Happy birthday confettiofstars
! We celebrated it in high style on Saturday evening with darthblitzkrieg
and their friend in Baltimore. On a previous trip, I'd wandered around Little Italy, but I didn't know enough about the restaurants to choose something. Dinner was at Della Notte
with its very Romanesque ambience with columns, marble busts, and immense tree in the center of the main dining room. No, I'm not kidding
However, if you wanted real authentic Baltimore and its unique local color, you went over to Vaccaro's
for dessert. The place has been around since 1956 and it's the perfect after dinner stop. If you're used to a short list of desserts, your mouth will drop when you see two pages worth, not counting all the drinkables. I almost wish I drank coffee, because it seemed like just the place for a little cup of espresso/cappuccino. You can scan the pastry shelves to see what looks yummy. (Just about everything, I might add!)
Now I've grown used to people adding nuts to my chocolate cake. I like mine plain, thank you very much. I know I'm odd. It's just a thing. So when I spotted the Chocolate Cannoli Cake, I was prepared to be disappointed. Actually, no, that version didn't have any nuts, just heavenly cannoli cream sandwiched with devil's food cake. The vanilla version had almonds all around the edges, but the chocolate one used chocolate chips instead. Cake excuses much. *pleased little sigh*
Baltimore wasn't quite done having fun with us. Our nearest neighbors were chatting about politics. From what little I heard, I knew somehow confettiofstars
would get involved. I didn't want anyone to ruin her birthday. Fortunately it turned into a good-natured little interaction, rather than fisticuffs. They didn't mind Republicans, as long as they were Green ones. The two of them were a riot. Now all of us assumed they were married. Until they were ready to leave and she sorta apologized for him saying before she left -- "I could never be married to someone like him". That dumbfounded all of us. Never let it be said that visiting Baltimore isn't without its moments.
I had a great time. I came home way way too late. I do wish that some of good feeling had trickled over to my sports teams. Alabama lost to flipping La-Monroe. For this we wanted Saban? And those scowls and dejected sighs you heard in a DC elevator Monday morning? Were all the Redskins fans after losing yet another close game, this one to our hated rivals the Cowboys. Ironically DC is where you'll find a fair number of Cowboy fans. At least someone will be happy this morning.