Archive for April, 2011

Last week, IcedGems celebrated its first birthday, and offered an unbeatable deal in honor of itself – buy one cupcake, and get a second one for free. The truck stopped by Hopkins on Thursday, and without a doubt, my fellow cupcake-loving friend Kit Harris and I were there.

The truck parked outside of Charles Commons near 33rd Street, its pink polka-dots impossible to miss. I selected two cupcakes – Key West and Birthday Cake (in honor of IcedGems!). Key West, essentially “Key Lime Pie in a cupcake,” combines vanilla cake with lime zest buttercream icing. Birthday Cake (pictured below) combines Bourbon buttercream icing with vanilla cake speckled with colored sprinkles.

According to IcedGem’s Facebook site, the bakery is creating special Easter-themed cupcakes in honor of the upcoming holiday – the photo I saw appears to be a chocolate cupcake topped with vanilla icing and a Peep. In addition, look for Easter-themed cake balls and Passover specials such as Matzo brittle.


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It’s finally here! Last week, The Haute Dog Carte opened a second stand at the Colonnade. After delaying their opening due to inclement weather the day before, Wednesday was still anything but sunny. Things were a bit hectic despite the pouring rain and wind, but the guys at HDC did a great job.

The new stand is a bit smaller than the original Falls road one, but there are more places to sit outside the Colonnade. This is a perfect addition, as I usually eat in my car at the Falls road location.

I ordered the Signature Dog, of course, but ordered it with a bison dog instead of the black angus dog. This was a wise choice, as I had never had a bison dog before. The hearty and savory flavors were intensely delicious – it was much more flavorful than a regular hot dog.

Due the depressing weather, HDC was exactly what I needed. In fact, I went back the next day and ordered the exact same thing (I promise I’m not a pig!).

Amidst the food truck madness going on around Hopkins right now, I think HDC’s gourmet spin on an American favorite will stand out. Its Colonnade location is a bit isolated from the Hopkins community during the day, but if I am willing to trek up Charles street from my apartment, I’m sure many others will be as well.

(Haute Dog II Fabulous Franks at the Colonnade is open everyday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

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Update – according to its Facebook site, The Haute Dog Carte will make its first appearance tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13th, at the Colonnade. I was grieved to discover that the cart was not there this Monday (after trekking all the way from my apartment), as it had planned to be.

A friend and I searched relentlessly for the cart – we even asked the concierge people inside the Colonnade, who were also grieved to inform us that it was in fact not there. I told them to make sure they give the cart a try.

There is a nice set-up in front of the Colonnade, which is going to have an awning as well when it officially opens. I look forward to it!


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Yes, it’s true, my favorite hot doggerie of Baltimore is opening a second location at the Colonnade, across the street from Hopkins. Starting April 11th,  Haute Dog II, Fabulous Franks at the Colonnade, will operate seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

I couldn’t be more excited! I first discovered the original location, right off of Falls Road outside of Bonjour Cafe last summer, spotting the stand as I was driving. I pulled a sharp u-turn and sped back towards the stand. When I tasted the signature dog, with that ridiculously tasty tomato and onion jam, I was hooked. With the recent flurry of food trucks to Hopkins’ campus, I am confident that The Haute Dog Carte will stand out with their unique, one-of-a-kind gourmet dogs.

Check out their Facebook site for updates and more information.

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Due to success at their Catonsville location, Grilled Cheese and Co. will soon open their doors in Eldersburg, Maryland, at 577 Johnsville Road. The restaurant, specializing in gourmet grilled cheeses (I blogged about them a few months ago), has proved their catchy concept. I recently visited their new location and was impressed by its stylish, yet warm and inviting interior. I wish Eldersburg were closer. Rumor has it that Grilled Cheese and Co. has their eyes on opening a Baltimore city location next – let’s hope it’s true!

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