Mother’s Day Dining & Bakery Guide

Making reservations is strongly encouraged on Mother’s Day. This list is constantly being updated.

Baltimore

Dining

Los Angeles

Options for Cake

  • Delicious Bakery
  • Hansen Cakes
  • Lotus Bakery

Dining

New York

Options for Cake

Dining

San Diego

Dining

  • BALEEN– Mother’s Day Brunch on beautiful Mission Bay – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy an A La Carte Menu and our Signature Bloody Mary Bar – all with a Stunning Bay View!!
  • Charthouse (Solana Beach) Seafood
  • Old Town San Diego- There are a number of restaurants a short walking distance from each other.  Let Mom pick.  She can even shop on this excursion on your credit card:)

Washington, D.C.

Art and Soul Mother’s Day Brunch

Cassatt Kiwi Cafe – Brunch and Mother’s Day Dinner Specials specializing in New Zealand Cuisine (Arlington)

Jaleo – for Brunch(Bethesda, DC, Crystal City)

*Most Chart house locations are having a Mother’s Day Brunch. Some locations include Alexandria, Annapolis,  Wakiki, Weekhawken, and  Los Angeles.

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National ProStart Invitational: April 27-29 in Baltimore

More than 350 high school students are flocking to Baltimore this weekend at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation‘s National ProStart Invitational.

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Hugh Jackman’s Big Happy Multi Cultural Family

Hugh Jackman and wife have been the parents of their adopted children since they were babies.   According an interview with New Idea, Jackman said:

Oscar  is a bit of everything – African-American, Caucasian, Hawaiian and Cherokee. We specifically requested a bi-racial child because there was more of a need. People will wait 18 months to adopt a little blonde girl; meanwhile, bi-racial children are turned away. The same was true for Ava, she’s half Mexican, half German.

It is easy to find a variety of photos of pop and son, that kind of affection shown shot after shot can be hard to find.

See Great interview where Jackman talks about going out to a Knicks basketball game with his son.

Berry Important Info: How to Keep Berries Fresh

The key to preventing moldy berries? Vinegar! When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want, (though the mixture is so diluted I find you can’t taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge.

The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.

Simple Breakfast, Lots of Style

Scones and breakfast cakes are classic foods and always presented well on tiers.  With daring splash of originality plates were placed on what looks to be gift boxes.

Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork.com Veronica Hererra

 

Thinking about having brunch and would love the simplicity of a cereal bar?  You display does not have to go south.  Take a look at this display with a variety of cereals, fruits and milk.  Add a few elegant natural trimming and Wow.  We take no credit for this idea.  Saw it posted on facebook:

Healthier School Lunches Beginning Fall 2012

The government is releasing new nutrition standards for school meals. This is going to be a dramatic change. The changes are designed to improve the health of nearly 32 million children who eat lunch at school every day. One third of children in the USA are over weight or obese.

First lady Michelle Obama is making sure that we establish a healthier foodprogram at school for fall this year. One of the top issues is making sure that each student has at least one cup of vegetables and fruits. Overall, kids consume about 30% to 50% of their calories while at school and establish maximum calories and sodium limits for meal. This requires that foods that are served contain no Trans fat and limits for calories. (READ MORE)

Rosedale, Maryland: The Mallow Bar

Feeling for something different? Hmmh that sounds good, but what? What could you try?  Well,MCCN has a suggestion for you that is sweet, different, and oh so good! Mallow Munchies (now called Mallow Crunchies) is just the ticket.

Mallow what?Mallow Crunchies* are a delightful spin on rice crispy treats. I discovered these delicious little savories when I went to the Health Care for the Homeless Chocolate Affair in 2010 and boy-oh-boy was I surprised at how delicious it wasthe_mallow_bar_2. Mallow Crunchies owner, Nikki Lewis, and her husband were working together handing out the snacks, and let’s just say my “sampling” was downright embarassing, yet I had no shame. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought Nikki Lewis’ treat  was on the money; they were voted “Baltimore’s Best Sweet Snack” in 2010, by Baltimore Magazine.

Here’s what you should know about Mallow Crunchies. They are unlike your traditional rice crispy treats because they are made with homemade marshmallows, made with all natural ingredients and no preservatives. Mallow Crunchies, which is based out of the Baltimore, Maryland area, makes their crunchies with toppings like Belgian chocolate and homemade caramel. They have a shelf-life of about one month and should be placed in the refrigerator, if not immediately eaten. Mallow Crunchies recommends that before you eat the refrigerated munchies, you should let it sit in order “to reactivate their gooey, chewy goodness.”

Caramallow2.largeThere’s good news for those in the Maryland area—Nikiki Lewis, owner of Mallow Crunchies, has begun a new chapter in dessert bar history, opening up The Mallow Bar in Rosedale, Maryland—the first rice crispy treat cafe in the country. The Mallow Bar just had its soft opening in the beginning of February and had its grand opening on Saturday, February 25th. The Mallow Bar features the Mallow Crunchies as its flagship item, also serving other desserts as well as coffee and tea.

Here’s a listing of Mallow Crunchies options:

  • Original- the classic we all know
  • Dipped Munchies- pure Belgian dark chocolate
  • Toffe Nut Munch- with salted cashews and sweet toffee
  • CaraMallow Munch- with handmade caramel
  • Crunch Munch- popcorn and candy-coated chocolates
  • Trail Munch- The original mixed with dried cranberries and toasted pumpkinseeds

Find out how you can order Mallow Munchies by clicking here.

*Mallow Munchies has recently changed their name to Mallow Crunchies.

Seinfeld’s Super Bowl Acura sought “not too dark” Black actor

The ad for the new Acura NSX featuring Jerry Seinfeld was one of the biggest hits of this year’s Super Bowl ad parade — but according to a tipster to TMZ, the company that cast the ad sought a black actor for the role of a dealer by specifying someone “not too dark.” Moments ago, Acura issued an apology, saying it was unaware of the restriction.

TMZ says the call sheet for the ad was provided by another actor who was passed over for the role and angered by the casting company’s description. In the sheet, the firm says the role of a dealer who tells Seinfeld the first Acura NSX has already been sold should be “nice looking, friendly. Not too dark.”

The ad was created by an ad firm called “rp&,” a division of the RPA firm that creates ads for Acura’s parent Honda. (One might suggest updating their news page, which currently features several angry tweets about the racial choices of its Acura ad).

The real question: Why would the commercial specify a race for any of its minor characters? READ MORE

When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity

It has been nearly four decades since the United States government mandated the use by federal agencies of the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” to categorize Americans who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking countries, but the labels still haven’t been fully embraced by the group to which they have been affixed.

Only about one-quarter (24%) of Hispanic adults say they most often identify themselves by “Hispanic” or “Latino,” according to a new nationwide survey of Hispanic adults by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. About half (51%) say they identify themselves most often by their family’s country or place of origin-using such terms as Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran or Dominican. And 21% say they use the term “American” most often to describe themselves. The share rises to 40% among those who were born in the U.S. (Read More)