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By SLOANE BROWN | May 10, 2006
This weekend has been long awaited by the dining-out crowd in and around Towson. It's the weekend the area gets its own hip, fine-dining, nonchain eatery with the name of Vin (pronounced "vine"). Vin, which will emphasize the pairing of food and wine, will grace the back corner of the old Hutzler building, courtesy of owner/executive chef Christopher Paternotte and general manager Darin Mislan with backup from the Cordish Co. Paternotte says you'll be reminded of the wine part of the equation as soon as you walk into the bar - an enormous bar with a wood-laminate top in a "funky zebra pattern," complete with a stainless-steel state-of-the-art wine-preservation system.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Oyster Bay Grille is set to open late this month in the Towson Circle development. It will take over the back restaurant space that has sat vacant since Vin closed in 2008. The team behind Oyster Bay Grille includes brothers Nick and John Daskalakis and their longtime friend Sypros Stavrakas, who was a principal in the development of Taverna Athena, an original Harborplace tenant, and the well-remembered Fells Point restaurant Opa. Joining them is Christopher Vocci, formerly of the Baltimore Country Club, who was originally brought on at Oyster Bay Grille as a menu consultant but was ultimately hired on as executive chef.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2005
Just as ranchers brand their cattle to prevent losses or thefts, the "branding" of cars with an acid-etched, traceable code in as many places as possible will make it less attractive to thieves, police say. And tomorrow morning, in an event being co-sponsored by the Howard County police, the car-branding known as VIN-etching will be offered for free at a parking lot in Columbia. "This protects you against a professional thief," said Joe Asplen, vice president of the Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee, the other co-sponsor of tomorrow's event with Howard County police.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, Special To The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
Tucked in a house in the maritime-centric neighborhood of Eastport, VIN 909 proves that Annapolis cuisine has more to offer than crab cakes and rockfish. The duo behind the wine cafe, manager/owner/sommelier (and Annapolis native) Alex Manfredonia and Chef Justin Moore, met while working in a San Francisco restaurant. When they decided to head back to the East Coast to open a restaurant of their own, they moved into the space that formerly housed the Wild Orchid Café. The duo brought along a love for the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine of California, plus a commitment to environmental sustainability — working with local farmers and using organic ingredients.
SPORTS
By RAY FRAGER | May 28, 2006
Let me pass along something from DJ Gallo (the SportsPickle.com guy) in his ESPN.com column: Wow - I feel really bad for Dodgers fans. They have to listen to this play-by-play guy - Vin something or other - who is soooo old-fashioned. He doesn't have a bunch of catchphrases he forces into his calls, nor does he try to make himself out to be more important than the action on the field. He just calls the game as he sees it, with no bells or whistles at all. It was really quite annoying, as you no doubt can imagine.
NEWS
By Dianne Williams Hayes and Dianne Williams Hayes,SUN STAFF | September 13, 1990
The world is shrinking for 15-year-old Vin Gerrior. The oil-rich Arab state of Kuwait never meant much to him before, but he is paying close attention now that the family friend he refers to as "Uncle" was sent to help maintain peace in the Persian Gulf.His mischievous grin fades somewhat when the class discussion shifts to Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi dictator who led the Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait. When history teacher Virginia Crespo asked her history class at Broadneck High who had a friend or relative involved in the Mideast crisis, the 11th-grader quickly raised his hand.
NEWS
By ELIZABETH LARGE | July 16, 2008
In spite of the name, Harford County's Bliss Coffee and Wine Bar (1402 Handlir Drive, Riverside, 410-272-0505, live-your-bliss.com) is a full-fledged restaurant that seats 40 in the dining room, 15 in the bar and even more on the soon-to-be-opened patio. The chef is Lance Lader, who has worked various places in the area, but is currently cooking in the style of his time at Sotto Sopra. Dinner entrees run from $14.95 for a grilled vegetable pasta to $24.95 for a fillet wrapped in bacon with a black-cherry reduction.
BUSINESS
By Gregory Karp | July 3, 2005
New-car buyers waste the most money - and dealers make the most money - after the price has been negotiated. That's when buyers are ushered into the F&I, or finance and insurance, room. There, the dealer will push a host of options that consumers might not be prepared to reject. "A lot of those things are high-profit and really a waste of money," said Philip Reed, Edmunds.com's consumer advice editor and co-author of the book Strategies for Smart Car Buyers. "This is the prime place where the dealer is going to try to make a profit on you," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Oyster Bay Grille is set to open late this month in the Towson Circle development. It will take over the back restaurant space that has sat vacant since Vin closed in 2008. The team behind Oyster Bay Grille includes brothers Nick and John Daskalakis and their longtime friend Sypros Stavrakas, who was a principal in the development of Taverna Athena, an original Harborplace tenant, and the well-remembered Fells Point restaurant Opa. Joining them is Christopher Vocci, formerly of the Baltimore Country Club, who was originally brought on at Oyster Bay Grille as a menu consultant but was ultimately hired on as executive chef.
SPORTS
By Phil Jackman | October 25, 1991
Anyone who has been around the block more than once knows that old habits die hard. But the experiment of breaking away from the customary crash in front of the telly for World Series games proved rewarding enough to occasion future repeats.While viewers were being anesthetized by meaningless replays, interminable commercial breaks, annoying graphics and superfluous crowd shots, all to the accompaniment of audio equipment turned up to full blast on CBS, over on radio Vin Scully and Johnny Bench have been a joy.The way Scully describes the radio assignment is superb: "You show up with a canvas and your brushes and you go from there, painting a picture."
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2009
Sometimes you are in the mood to watch something intellectually engaging, such as the Masterpiece mystery series, "Inspector Lewis." You must pay attention when watching these British mysteries, because for the first half hour, you experience a 1.7-second delay between the British actors talking and your American ears understanding what in the devil they just said. This is because British people speak largely inside the face, whereas Americans project outward, flapping our lips expansively like sheets on a clothesline.
NEWS
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | April 3, 2009
With several high-speed chase scenes that outrank any outside The Transporter movies for visceral force and spectacle, Fast & Furious is a stripped-down version of The Fast and The Furious, the first movie in this demolition derby of a franchise. All the characters return in this fourth entry. (Hence the clever tag line: "New Model. Original Parts.") Paul Walker again plays the pivotal role of Brian O'Conner. Then he was an undercover cop who was the key to a joint police-FBI investigation into a string of truck hijackings.
NEWS
By ELIZABETH LARGE | July 16, 2008
In spite of the name, Harford County's Bliss Coffee and Wine Bar (1402 Handlir Drive, Riverside, 410-272-0505, live-your-bliss.com) is a full-fledged restaurant that seats 40 in the dining room, 15 in the bar and even more on the soon-to-be-opened patio. The chef is Lance Lader, who has worked various places in the area, but is currently cooking in the style of his time at Sotto Sopra. Dinner entrees run from $14.95 for a grilled vegetable pasta to $24.95 for a fillet wrapped in bacon with a black-cherry reduction.
NEWS
By MICHAEL DRESSER | August 30, 2006
This medium-bodied red wine from the south of France is an uncomplicated delight. It's just bursting with bright flavors of blueberry, cherries, earth and herbs. It's an outstanding wine for current drinking. It's also available in bag-in-a-box format - an especially good value. Serve with grilled tuna, chicken.
NEWS
By ELIZABETH LARGE and ELIZABETH LARGE,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | July 9, 2006
I have one thing to say to the various people who made Vin happen: What took you so long? I'm not talking about construction. I'm talking about the fact that Towson has desperately needed a restaurant that isn't a chain, doesn't serve crab dip or sushi and has some pizazz. Now there is one. In fact, Vin has a lot of pizazz in a techno-hip, sometimes-I'm-too-whimsical-but-I'm-likable-anyway sort of way. Once you get ensconced in your lipstick-red booth in front of the long, zebra-patterned bar, watching flowers slowly unfolding on all the TV sets over the bar (instead of ESPN)
SPORTS
By RAY FRAGER | May 28, 2006
Let me pass along something from DJ Gallo (the SportsPickle.com guy) in his ESPN.com column: Wow - I feel really bad for Dodgers fans. They have to listen to this play-by-play guy - Vin something or other - who is soooo old-fashioned. He doesn't have a bunch of catchphrases he forces into his calls, nor does he try to make himself out to be more important than the action on the field. He just calls the game as he sees it, with no bells or whistles at all. It was really quite annoying, as you no doubt can imagine.
FEATURES
By Mal Vincent and Mal Vincent,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | April 15, 2003
Vin Diesel is talking about George W. Bush. "He should change his name to George W. Diesel. He's gotten tough," the Diesel named Vin was saying. "When you put the pride of America at stake, you can push just about any agenda. But the president could have learned a few things if he'd been a bouncer at New York bars, like me. "I learned that you can calm the situation with a verbal tone and a demeanor. The best acting I've done was in calming rough situations when there were two of us against 10 at the door of a bar. They'll back off."
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser | October 13, 1996
1995 BONNY DOON MUSCAT VIN DE GLACIERE ($16, 375 MILLILITERS)Looking for an elegant way to top off a small dinner party? You might want to serve a taste of this California dessert nectar made by Randall Grahm, the Master of the Icebox. Grahm uses a commercial freezer to simulate the freezing that creates the rare and delicious German eisweins (ice wines). It seems to work, and the cost is far more reasonable. The process also concentrates the delicious natural flavors of the muscat grape -- honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, pineapple, coconut and marzipan.
NEWS
By SLOANE BROWN | May 10, 2006
This weekend has been long awaited by the dining-out crowd in and around Towson. It's the weekend the area gets its own hip, fine-dining, nonchain eatery with the name of Vin (pronounced "vine"). Vin, which will emphasize the pairing of food and wine, will grace the back corner of the old Hutzler building, courtesy of owner/executive chef Christopher Paternotte and general manager Darin Mislan with backup from the Cordish Co. Paternotte says you'll be reminded of the wine part of the equation as soon as you walk into the bar - an enormous bar with a wood-laminate top in a "funky zebra pattern," complete with a stainless-steel state-of-the-art wine-preservation system.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 7, 2005
After last year's disastrous Chronicles of Riddick, movie tough guy Vin Diesel scored a box-office hit with the Disney family comedy The Pacifier ($30). In this fish-out-of-water comedy, Navy SEAL Diesel must guard a late scientist's family. Of course, Diesel knows nothing about children, and the four charges are unruly and obnoxious. But before you can say Mary Poppins, Diesel and the kids become best friends, and he manages to save the world as well as solve most of their problems. The blooper reel is a bust except for the bits with the trained duck.
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