May 19, 2006
It's almost that time of year again, when we trade in work clothes and spring jackets for bathing suits and sunscreen. Here's a look at some of this year's hot beach essentials - to make your time in the sand a little more exciting. Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler Manufacturer: Little Tikes / Price: $14.99 from Amazon.com. This sprinkler is inflatable so it is easy to take anywhere. Attach a hose and it's a sprinkler. Turn off the water, and you have a giant beach ball. Waterball Launcher Water Gun Manufacturer: Wild Planet Toys / Price: $27.99 from Spilsbury.
October 15, 2005
Maybe it's the mile-high altitude, or the early 2-foot snowfall that hit the Denver area earlier this week. Something must be in the air in the Rockies these days, because at least one member of 24th-ranked Colorado believes the Buffaloes will pull off the biggest upset of the season. Today, at No. 2 Texas. "I think we're playing well enough to give [Texas] a good game," senior tight end Joe Klopfenstein said in an interview with the Denver Post. "I think we're going to go in there and beat them.
August 15, 2005
Even Callie Thorne is occasionally shocked by some of the things she says and does on FX's red-hot firehouse drama Rescue Me. "I have kind of a truck-driver mouth," she said. "But some of the things it's hard to say without laughing because I'm embarrassed." Indeed, a lot of the stuff that comes from Thorne's mouth on Rescue Me (Tuesdays at 10 p.m.) can't be repeated here, yet it fits perfectly with her character, Sheila, whose firefighter-husband died on 9/11 and who is now sleeping with -- and for a while was apparently pregnant by -- her husband's best friend, Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
June 2, 2005
A charming little neighborhood restaurant doesn't have to be in a charming little neighborhood. A case in point is Roma's Cafe, a modest Italian eatery sandwiched between a Precision Tune and a Jiffy Lube on busy York Road. The restaurant shares a parking lot with the auto shops, but the scent of motor oil that greets you as you leave your car is no match for the welcoming aroma of garlic emanating from the cheerily lit restaurant. Though it's not easily visible from the road, Roma's has obviously found a following since it opened in June 2004.
May 26, 2005
The sign in the window of Pollo a la Brasa, the tiny new Peruvian chicken restaurant in Fells Point, said it was closed. But we could see people inside, so we forged ahead. Turned out, the sign was wrong. Pollo a la Brasa had been open since December, and it was definitely serving lunch on a recent windy spring day. Paula and Bill Reidy, who own the building, opened the restaurant with Victor Quajino, a longtime friend who hails from El Salvador. Quajino suggested that the area was in need of a real Peruvian chicken restaurant, explained Paula Reidy.
May 12, 2005
The quality of the matzo ball soup can tell a lot about a kosher deli, just as good crab dip can set a high standard for a sports bar and hot, fresh tortilla chips can make a strong first impression at a Mexican restaurant. The matzo ball soup at the recently opened Accents Grill in the Greenspring Shopping Center got our meal off to a terrific start. The steaming bowl of salty broth, studded with soft slivers of carrots and celery and large pieces of white-meat chicken, was dominated by a matzo ball so feather-light it hardly required chewing and swallowing -- it seemed to just dissolve in the mouth.