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May 6, 2001
Denim has overstepped its bounds. This season, the undisputed king of casual (lately that hip-hugging, low-riding must-have) has gone from knock-around wear to office chic -- and we're not talking casual Fridays here, either. Just look at Banana Republic's offerings. They've put out a whole line of diva-like dungarees: shimmery suits in soft, finely woven fabric, men's polished dress shirts, women's high-heeled mules, sleek trenches -- each of which sells for between $28 and $278. Better take advantage of it while you can, though.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Bushmill Tavern is the restaurant/bar that every neighborhood wishes it had. There's nothing fancy about the place, from the bare bones decor to the burger-centric menu, but thanks to friendly service and a ton of talent in the kitchen, locals could eat at Bushmill every night and never get bored. The Abingdon restaurant opened in February. In May, chef Mark Littleton took over in the kitchen. Littleton, who developed a loyal following in the city during his stints at Annabel Lee Tavern and the now-shuttered Adam's Eve, keeps the menu casual but shows off his cooking chops with top-notch execution and creative touches to standard dishes.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | January 13, 2002
The Men's Apparel Alliance is nearly at its wits' end over casual Fridays. "The trend of casualization has gone too far," says MAA president James Ammeen, who believes taking pride in your work requires taking pride in your appearance - and that means Hawaiian-shirt day has got to go. To that end, the alliance has issued Dressing for Business and Beyond, a what-to-wear guide for the "downright confused" male. Here's a look at the four acceptable levels of style and what they supposedly signify: Level 4: Tailored - The key elements are described as a "suit and hosiery," and the message is one of authority, confidence, credibility and persuasiveness.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Some meals require a bit of pomp and circumstance, and sometimes you just want to eat some great food without getting gussied up. Cafe Cito is the place for those times. The cafe opened in May in the Hampden space formerly occupied by Roland Park Cafe and Deli. According to chef/owner David Sherman, the former owner of Nasu Blanca in Riverside, Cafe Cito aims for good, Spanish-influenced food, friendly service and a casual atmosphere. It succeeds on all three counts. Scene & Decor The restaurant is currently open for breakfast and lunch every day except Monday, brunch on the weekends, and for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
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By DAN RODRICKS | June 19, 2000
FEW COLUMNS - not even the one about albino groundhogs - sparked as much reader reaction as last Wednesday's tale of Philadelphian Bruce Fulmer's treatment in a fine Little Italy restaurant because of his attire. Fulmer wore red sweat pants, a gray pocket T-shirt and a pair of loafers when he entered Rocco's Capriccio for dinner Saturday evening. He was seated alone in an upstairs dining room, away from other diners. He perceived this as a slight and beefed about it. I figured a lot of people would empathize.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2005
Start saying your goodbyes now, menfolk. The era of the T-shirt is dwindling. Oh, you can still wash the car in your T, mow the lawn in it, play a little basketball in it. But for most other casual events, the polo shirt has trumped your trusted T. That's right. The polo. You remember it from the 1980s preppy craze. Short-sleeved, two buttons. Tidy little collar. After seasons and seasons of T-shirts - rumpled, oversized or emblazoned with irreverent sayings - the polo has returned, taking men's fashion one step further into Grownupville.
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By Lois Fenton | April 4, 1991
Q:I just found out on rather short notice that a one-week cruise vacation has become available. They had a cancellation, and this is a good time for me to take time off from work. I've never been on a cruise. What clothes should I take to be properly dressed on board and in the ports we will be visiting?A: Most cruises these days emphasize casual dressing during the day and dressier clothes for evenings.Still, casual does not mean down-home sloppy. Colorful sport shirts and cotton khakis are perfect daytime wear for breakfast, on-board lectures, lunch, trapshooting, playing shuffleboard, or sightseeing on shore.
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By Richard Gorelick and Richard Gorelick,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2009
In my life as a reviewer, I never get to visit chain restaurants. In real life, I don't frequent them, but I don't go out of my way to avoid them, either. When the restaurant intended for this review was closed, though, we ended up eating at Noodles & Company, and I'm glad we did. For one thing, it was a very satisfying evening for me and the multi-generational family I had made plans with. And, for another, it's very useful for me to know about "fast casual" places like Noodles & Company since they're increasingly the direct competition for the kind of locally owned restaurant I typically do review.
NEWS
January 21, 1995
Mehdi Bazargan, 87, who was appointed Iran's first prime minister by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after the overthrow of the shah, died yesterday of heart failure in Zurich, Switzerland. He was appointed prime minister in February 1979 and held the post for nine turbulent months until he resigned in disagreement with the seizure of the United States Embassy in Tehran by Islamic militants.Vera Maxwell, 93, the fashion designer who pioneered casual American sportswear and transformed it for a half-century, died Sunday in New York after a brief illness.
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By Beth Cooney and Beth Cooney,The Stamford Advocate | January 30, 2005
Menswear designer Joseph Abboud couldn't help but be irked when two investment bankers trying to woo him as a client arrived at his New York office wearing white, button-down shirts with their sleeves rolled up. No suit jackets and no ties ultimately meant no sale to the designer, who was so annoyed by their relaxed attire, he ignored their pitch. "I think they were trying to send the message that they were young, hip and aggressive," says Abboud. "But they blew it because they offended me by being too casual.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Here's a restaurant with some sharp ideas about how a French bistro should behave when it's in 21st-century Hampden - be just French enough, without being too French. Le Garage opened last month in the site where The Dogwood restaurant had its valiant run. The space, which sits below street level, has never been considered an asset, but what the operators of Le Garage have done is rather cunning. Instead of fighting their location, they've exploited the space to create an environment that feels secluded and cool, like a place for folks in the know.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
The Boathouse Canton is a real beauty. The restaurant and bar, located in the Tindeco Wharf apartment complex, makes excellent use of its waterfront location. From what we saw, people are responding. The restaurant was busy each time we visited, on a late Saturday afternoon, an early weeknight evening and a weekday lunch. The waterfront dining patio, just off the main dining room, looks to be a popular perch, as does the expansive bar area, which appears to be attracting a fairly broad range of age groups But patrons are filling up the dining areas, too, which is a change from when this former power station housed Bay Cafe, a long-running Canton institution that was known for its real palm trees and beach parties.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
At some point after it opened in the fall of 2012, Harbor East's Fleet Street Kitchen realized its necktie was pulled a bit too tight. The stylish farm-to-table restaurant with the four-course tasting menu had earned a flattering reputation for its food, but it was not a place to stop in on a whim for a drink. Enter The Tavern Room, the more casual side of Fleet Street Kitchen that debuted at the beginning of this month. Instead of completely breaking down the sophisticated environment they had cultivated, owners the Bagby Restaurant Group split the room in half, leaving the upper dining room the same, while attempting to make the front area more approachable.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Glyndon Grill is all about casual comfort. But don't confuse that with being sloppy. The restaurant, which opened in October in the Butler Road space formerly occupied by Mia Carolina, feels upscale but it lacks the pretension that "upscale" sometimes involves. With friendly service and a kitchen turning out familiar and mostly well-executed comfort food, Glyndon Grill has already become a popular neighborhood spot. Scene & Decor The town of Glyndon is charming, historic and horsey, and Glyndon Grill fits right in. Though the space is newly renovated, horse country signage and historic photos capture the essence of the village.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
In his planning for Highland Inn, Brian Boston wanted to create a place that had the same solid attitudes about American cuisine as the Milton Inn, his long-running special-occasion restaurant in northern Baltimore County . But Boston said he wanted Highland Inn, which is near Clarksville in southern Howard County , to be more accessible, the kind of place where folks would want to come once a week instead of just...
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
When it comes to restaurants, never underestimate the role of location. For Plates, a casual American eatery located in the Downtown Athletic Club and surrounded by midtown office buildings, the location means a busy lunch but not much of a dinner rush. Sometimes the best time to visit a restaurant is in its off hours. At Plates, we found good service, well-executed, familiar food and a quiet - though sometimes slightly odd - atmosphere, right in the center of the city.
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By Jean Patteson and Jean Patteson,Orlando Sentinel | May 28, 2000
Two years ago, we had shorts and we had pants. Shorts were short. Pants were long. No confusion. This summer we have pedal pushers and clamdiggers, cropped pants and capris. They range in length from just below the knee to just above the ankle, and in width from skinny to elephantine. Some are finished with a cuff, others with a slit. With so many variations, there's bound to be some confusion. What length and width is most flattering? What shoes and tops look best? "There are cropped pants that are good for all sizes.
FEATURES
By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Sun Staff Writer | March 2, 1995
Take one look at Stu Scesney -- the suspenders, the Donald Duck tie, the Reeboks -- and you immediately think . . . casting agent? The president of the Talent Factory, a Cockeysville-based company specializing in photography, design and casting, doesn't exactly look the part of slick executive.But he believes his casual, sometimes goofy attire works in his favor. "They always say, 'Dress for success,' " says Mr. Scesney, 29, who lives in Cockeysville. "In my situation, where everyone dresses in a suit, I'm known for not doing that."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kit Waskom Pollard
For The Baltimore Sun
| September 24, 2013
In Mount Vernon , a neighborhood stacked with trendy bars, hot nightspots and intriguing ethnic restaurants, Tavern on the Hill stands out - because it's not any of those things. Instead, the bar and eatery, which opened in July, is purposefully unpretentious. Menu items like hot dogs and sandwiches are served by friendly, casually dressed waiters. But that doesn't mean the staff - or the food - is sloppy. The service, especially, is top-notch. Scene & Decor Stepping into Tavern on the Hill, glass cases housing desserts greeted us, giving the space the vibe of a carry-out joint.
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