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“We want Annapolis to be known as the best city for sailing in the world.”

All you can eat plus sides of local culture at the Deale Volunteer Fire Department’s Oyster Roast

Sailors ­battle winter monsoons and South Pacific trade winds in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race

Marvels lie under the sea

Dress warm to catch ’em by the shore

Clip right to force branches of flowers

Smokey Joe’s is a casual place where you can afford to have a good time three meals a day. Come early for hearty breakfasts and join the fishermen. Come later for great barbecue, chicken and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Most dinners come with two homestyle sides, comfort foods like mashed potatoes with gravy, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, seasoned fries or potato salad.  Kids get special attention at Smokey Joe’s. Every Tuesday is Family Fun Night from 5 to 7pm, when all...
Rustico brings the robust flavors, fresh ingredients and warm, inviting atmosphere of southern Italy to picturesque Love Point in Stevensville, on the Eastern Shore. In the rustic setting of a revitalized historic landmark, partner and executive chef Gino Romano oversees the duplication of the tastes of Naples, his hometown in such dishes as Risotto Mediterraneano. Continuing the Italian tradition, Rustico is also a wine bar, where you can get to know Italian varietals. On Mondays and Wednesday...
In 2011, Rod ’n’ Reel Restaurant celebrates its 65th year. For all its changes it hasn’t changed so much. You’ll have the same far horizon your grandparents did with nothing between you and the Eastern Shore but water, sky and boats.  The Donovan family hasn’t changed grandfather Wesley Stinett’s philosophy, either, making Rod ’n’ Reel a place where you feel like you’re on vacation.  Food comes first in a Dining Guide.  Food...
Jalapeños Restaurante has served Chesapeake Country the classical cuisine of Spain and Hispanic America since 1999. Serving full meals, tapas and antojitos. Lamb Chops with Cabrales Cheese 4 lamb chops 1 cup Balsamic vinegar, aged 3 oz. Cabrales (blue) cheese 1tbs. butter Marinate the lamb chops in olive oil, with rosemary, thyme, oregano and garlic, adding salt and pepper to taste, for one to two hours.  Cook chops in a skillet to your liking.  To make the sauce, heat the vinegar...
Pirates Cove Oyster Pan Roast When it comes to traditional Chesapeake cuisine, oyster stew may be one of the earliest dishes documented. Its simplicity is at variance with its flavor and popularity. At the Cove, we have periodically taken it off the menu, only to promptly reinstate it after howls of dismay. The stew is quick and simple to produce, but it must be made one bowl at a time. The Cove’s oyster pan roast is very similar to the stew and differs only in thickness. We reduce the...

After a New Year’s Eve fire ravaged The Old Stein Inn, owner Mike Selinger looks to rebuild his dream

“No more tears,” says 41-year-old Mike Selinger on the 12th day since flames ravaged his family restaurant, The Old Stein Inn in Mayo. The predawn fire on the last day of 2010 shook his world, stole his livelihood and made him find words to explain to his parents what happened to the restaurant they founded 28 and left in his hands 15 years ago.  Day by day, it’s getting better. He has reassured his German-born parents, Karl and Ursula Selinger, who now live in Mexico....

Coyote Call

Fifty feet away, just where open land tumbled into kudzu, a large, shaggy, mottled, gray canine was devouring the carcass of some small animal. Certainly not a fox, which are the size of cats or lapdogs. Nor a wolf. Wolves are not resident in Maryland, according to Harry Spiker, Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ man on big furbearing mammals. Likely it was a coyote. In Fairhaven. “We’ve got coyotes statewide,” Spiker told me. “They’re good at not...

Digging up the origin of Jumpers Hole Road led to a few facts and plenty of fiction

Part of our What’s With That series has been a challenge to you, dear reader. We invite you to write in your queries, with the promise of an upcoming solution in our pages.  Turns out, this was a foolish assertion.  Pat Nesbit of Arnold wrote seeking the origin of the name Jumpers Hole Road. After a day of research, I got a bad feeling that I was about to be stumped. I was.  The simple answer is this: There is no definite, provable origin to Jumpers Hole Road. But I sure...

Parole Rotary promises to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted with its Naptown barBAYq contest and festival

This spring, the worlds of competitive cooking and barbecue culture will collide in Annapolis, as the capital city unveils its first-ever barbecue contest. Parole Rotary’s 2011 Naptown BarBAYq, planned for May 13 and 14 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, is a first-time event with big hopes. If it works, it will be a grand success on many scores, including bankrolling charities of Parole Rotary’s choosing.  Visiting a Colorado Rotary chapter’s own barbecue contest,...

A fun action flick with a buzzkill for a lead

In Seth Rogen’s (Funny People) latest leading role, which he wrote for himself, he creates a superhero with all the personality faults of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man but without any of the charm or competence. It’s a bold choice to craft a possible superhero franchise around a tiresome jerk, but Rogen relishes the challenge.  The film tells the story of Britt Reid (Rogan), the son of a newspaper magnate who hates his father and wants to save people. When his father...