Fan Favorites

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I recently came to the realization that there are hundreds of people who live in Baltimore and know a lot more about it then I do. I decided to start a series on my blog called “Fan Favorites” where I’ll talk to different people about their favorite things from this city that we all call home. So for my first episode of “Fan Favorites” I’m going to start with myself just to set the tone for what else it to come.

My Favorite things in Baltimore

This list could go on forever but some of my absolute favorite things in Baltimore is a restaurant downtown called “RA.” It is located right outside Fells Point and has the most amazing sushi you will ever have. However, the reason I love RA is their happy hour deals on different rolls everyday. It’s the best!

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Speaking of Fells Point, it is the ultimate place for nightlife in Baltimore. It has amazing restaurants, super cool shops and fun bars so there is fun for everyone. My favorite thing about Fells Point are the different festivals they hold throughout the summer. There are bands and local vendors all there to share their work. It is one of my favorite ways to spend a free summer day!

Now that you know about my favorite things in Baltimore, it’s time to hear from some other locals about what makes this town so special!

Go Team!

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Something that draws a lot of tourism to a city are the sports team that represent it. In Baltimore, we have some amazing sports teams to cheer on and trust me, us locals love them so much. It feels like one big Baltimore family!!

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Our most notable team and my personal favorite is our hometown football team, The Baltimore Ravens. Not only did we have some incredibly famous players like Ray Lewis and Justin Tucker but we have a team that feels more like our friends and less like celebrities. I don’t know any other people that would drag themselves outside at 7 AM to cheer on a football team other than Ravens fans.  In 2012, we actually won the Super Bowl!! M&T Bank stadium is like the holy land of Baltimore and we know that once we step inside we all become one big unit cheering on our team.

Let’s Go O’s!

Baseball is another sport that people from Baltimore feel very competitive about. Our team, The Baltimore Orioles has been home to some of baseball most famous names like Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. While the Orioles had most of their success before I was born, they are still a hometown name that draws massive crowds during the warmer months. Anytime during summer you can catch Camden Yards full of fans of all ages waiting to see our birds play. In fact we are so passionate about our baseball team that we have changed our National Anthem. When the part “Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave” all of the Orioles fans scream O!! at the top of our lungs. It’s a tradition that I hope never goes away,

Olympic Champs

So this is cheating a little bit because technically the next thing I am about to talk about isn’t a sports team but a sports powerhouse nonetheless. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was born and raised in Baltimore! Probably the most famous person to come out of our city, we all feel especially proud whenever Michael would win another race. To be exact, he has a total of 28 Olympic medals. While Michael doesn’t reside in Baltimore anymore, he comes back every so often to visit his old training facility and to meet young hopeful Olympians. I know that everyone from Baltimore brags about the time they first met Michael Phelps…I know I do!!

Play Hard, Work Harder

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In my previous post,  I talked about all of the delectable dining you can find in Baltimore. If you’re like me, you love to indulge but definitely don’t like the guilt that can sometimes go along with it. Well don’t you worry, because good ole Charm City can offer you not only great food but great ways to burn the calories!

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The obvious first place to start is at Federal Hill Park right in the heart of downtown. You can walk your  dogs, go for a run or take your kids for a quick game of pickup. Not only is it literally at the top of a hill (sprints anyone?), the park looks over the Inner Harbor making for an amazing view while you’re getting your sweat on. So you can look at something good while making yourself look good too!! My friends and I love to go for walks with their puppies around the park and look down at the Harbor and we always feel great after so get up there, I promise you won’t regret it!

City of Sand

Right below Fed Hill Park is something that might seem out of place in a city like Baltimore. Located on 300 Key Highway are seven sand volleyball courts. Now you might be thinking “Allie, that can’t be possible?” but alas the amazing people of Baltimore made it happen! Summer through fall the courts are open to everyone for drop in games. Baltimore’s Sand Volleyball Organization also offer men’s, women’s and coed leagues all different nights of the week. It’s a super great way to work out and to meet people from the city!

Spin it

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m somebody who likes to switch up my workouts. I can’t do the same thing for too long or I get bored and eventually that leads to me getting lazy. So in between trips to the gym, I like to take fun workout classes. One of my favorites is a spin class. They are really high energy and fun so it doesn’t really feel like you are working as hard as you actually are. Well luckily for us, the couple behind REV Cycle are here to help! In 2014, Esther and Rick opened their first facility in Baltimore and haven’t stopped spinning ever since! They offer multiple classes a week, all with different themes and different genres of music so you can take as many that you want and as many that interest you! It’s a super fun and different way to get fit but still have fun and definitely get out of your comfort zone. So what are you doing, run (or spin) your way over to REV Cycle and sign up for a class! Maybe I’ll see you there 😉

 

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Take a look at all of the unique workout options that can be found in Baltimore!

Upper Left: REV Cycle classroom, credit: yelp.com

Upper Right: Baltimore Beach Volleyball Logo, credit: tripadvisor.com

Bottom: Baltimore Volleyball Court, credit: assets.com

The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach

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I don’t know about you all, but my favorite thing to do in the whole world, is to eat. I love food and I love how it is such an important thing to many cultures. That being said, I think the best way to get to know a place is to see what kind of cuisine they have to offer. Baltimore is stocked full of great places to munch with cool atmospheres and unique menus.

Crab Pizza

In my opinion, pizza is one of the best foods every invented. I think most people on this planet would agree with me so naturally the place at the top of my list is where you can get some of the best pizza around (Sorry NYC!) At Matthew’s Pizza in Canton, you will find any type of pizza you could ever want and more. They have been a hometown favorite for forever, and have catered to the locals since 1943. My dad loves Matthew’s Pizza and jumps at the chance to go whenever he can. He grew up eating it and still nothing compares. The menu has everything you could possibly want from 3 cheeses to a crab pie; a pizza loaded with crab meat and old bay. Its the perfect way to recharge after a long day of cheering on the Ravens!!

Honey Pie, Oh my!

In case you weren’t already full from scarfing down all of those pizzas, Woodberry Kitchen is here to help. Located in the heart of Baltimore, they pride themselves on being a farm to table restaurant. Their menus change with the seasons, allowing the chefs to create some seriously yummy plates. The last time I was there one of the appetizers was bone marrow…yeah, I was confused too, but it was amazing. They use different ingredients in ways you would never think to combine. Besides their incredible entrees, the main reason I’m including is for the dessert. In my 20 years on this earth, I haven’t tasted anything better than Woodberry Kitchen’s honey pie. It doesn’t look or sound like anything special but let me tell you this is the dessert of the gods. Its rich and buttery and tastes like toffee butterscotch goodness. If I could only recommend one thing ever, it would be the honey pie.

When in Baltimore, crabs are it

Everyone knows that Maryland is known for their crabs. Baltimoreans try to incorporate crab meat into as many things as possible but nothing really came out as good as the crab cake. If you’re in Baltimore, the place you have to go for the best crab cake is G&M. To be honest, I’m not a huge crab cake fan (basically a cardinal sin growing up where I did) but somehow the ones from G&M have changed my mind. They literally market them as Maryland’s Best Crab Cake!! If you are a friend of my family’s, you can probably expect some crab cakes from us for your next birthday or Christmas. G&M also has a really great well rounded menu so if you aren’t into shellfish there is something for you too! There is truly something for everyone!