The Dish



Belvedere Square renaissance

Nine food vendors, including a produce store, flower shop and bakeries, are among the stores bringing new life to the revamped Belvedere Square Market in North Baltimore near the Senator Theatre.

The food-market area of the retail center opened last Thursday and nearby stores will open later this year.

The food stores are: Planet Produce, featuring conventional and organic produce; Neopol Savory Smokery, selling Old-World-style smoked foods; the Peanut Shoppe, an expansion of a family business that has been on Lexington Street for 70 years; the Dutch Connection, selling high-end Dutch-inspired floral bouquets and arrangements; Ikan Seafood, a sushi bar; Louise's Bakery, an expansion of a Woodlawn bakery; Saigon Remembered, an expansion of a nearby Vietnamese restaurant; Atwater's and Ploughboy Soups, featuring fresh bread and other baked goods; and Grand Cru, a wine and beer store.

Belevedere Square was built in 1986, but fell into disrepair and was sold last year. For the last several months, it has been undergoing a $14 million face-lift.

Grilling, thrilling to the games

If you want to grill outdoors but can't bear the idea of missing a single inning of the game, Cal Spas is your dream come true.

The Sports Bar and Grill offers three flat-screen televisions, a DVD and CD stereo system, track lighting and a metal canopy over a wraparound bar and cocktail center. There's a refrigerator to keep the beer cold and a sink to prepare cocktails. Oh, yes, it also includes a gas grill with four or five burners. Prices range from $3,000 to $27,000, depending on options. For more information, visit or call 800-CAL-SPAS.

Advice about spice

Don't forget your spice rack when you're doing your spring cleaning. McCormick & Co. gives these tips for checking to see if your herbs and spices are fresh:

Check to see that the colors are vibrant. If the color has faded, so has the flavor.

Rub or crush the spice or herb in your hand. If the aroma is weak and the flavor is not apparent, it is time to replace it.

Generally, ground spices should be replaced every two to three years, whole spices every three to four years, herbs every one to three years, seasoning blends every one to two years and extracts every four years.

For more information, visit the Web site or call 800-632-5847.

Getting your soy

If you're looking for a way to get more soy in your diet, check out Soy Anytime from Premier Harvest. The product, made of soy and rice granules, can be added to yogurt, salads, even ice cream. Each teaspoon contains 6.5 grams of soy protein.

A 10-ounce container sells for a suggested retail price of $3.99 and is available in grocery and health-food stores.


Chef Keith Collora will present a three-class course on Italian cooking starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow and continuing May 1 and May 8 at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $130 for the series. Also at A Cook's Table, Linda Eckhardt will teach a class on how to smoke, grill and barbecue 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $70. For information on these and other classes, call 410-539-8600.

Taste Spanish wines along with a five-course dinner 7 p.m. April 25 at Charleston, 1000 Lancaster St. $145 per person. Call 410-332-7373 for reservations and information.

Learn how to cook for a special dinner party 6 p.m. April 30 at Donna's in the Village of Cross Keys. $45. Call 410-659-5248, Ext. 112 for reservations.

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