Yesterday was a memorable day, once again enjoying a special tradition with a friend. Pam and I, every year, plan a special day out together to celebrate our birthdays. We’ve been doing it now for about 10 years, and have enjoyed such places as “The Women’s Exchange” an historic Baltimore restaurant and crafts shoppe where we were offered such vintage delicacies as “Tomato Aspic” from the waitresses wearing crisp white aprons over their uniforms. (Unfortunately the establishment is now closed.) After, Pam gave me a personal tour of her favorites in the city. For several years we ate lunches of scrumptious crab cakes and Cream of Crab soup at Phillip’s Seafood at Inner Harbour, Baltimore, (which is also no longer located there). Afterward we would visit the Cross Street Market in Federal Hill and visit a shoppe called “Zelda Zen”. Another adventure led us to the Boordy Winery where we sipped wines and then drove not too far to eat lunch at a little restaurant near the Loch Raven Dam where Pam used to have meals with her family as a child, It was delightful with plenty of vintage charm. After, we drove to the dam, and took in the beautiful scenes.
This year, we decided to stay closer to home and so dined at Pusser’s, located at the Marriott on the waterfront in Annapolis. It is a fun place to eat, and had several gluten-free dishes. (I am gluten-free.) I enjoyed a vegetable stir-fry, Caribbean style, and Pam had the Black Bean Soup with a Caesar Salad. Both dishes were delicious. Mine was a bit sweeter than a traditional stir fry, but not too sweet – a nice change from the usual fare for gluten-free. (For those who would like to try them, they do warn that their gluten-free choices are only “gluten friendly” but they did take the time to cook my lunch in a separate pan using clean utensils. The decor is delightful – old Annapolis nautical, with pressed tin ceilings and antiques. We were seated in the covered/glassed in patio, and were able to see the the myriad of sail boats dancing in the blue-gray water. (The below photo was taken in Annapolis, but not yesterday.)
After, we headed over to The Clay Bakers, on Main Street in Annapolis, where we spent several relaxing hours creating our own masterpieces. The atmosphere is lovely, as they softly play varied genre of music while you create. The staff are very helpful, as we had never done anything like this before. Our work will be ready next week, but we will return in a couple of weeks together to pick up our creations, and enjoy another day together – a two for one deal we can’t turn down! Until then, what a special day spent with a very special friend!