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Baltimore Book Festival

The War of 1812 Soldiers

The War of 1812 Soldiers

I dragged my husband to the Baltimore Book Festival in Mount Vernon Place which ran from Sept. 28-30. Author signings, cooking demonstrations, workshops, lectures, music, tours and poetry readings were among the featured events. Centerstage participated with an open house for tours, demonstrations, performances and more.

We went to Mount Vernon on Sunday and the weather was clear and warm with a slight autumn breeze. It was a perfect day to people watch and enjoy the outdoors.

There were book swaps and great bargains. My husband purchased four books (which included two hardbacks) for $12. It was a great day and I think that he was glad that he went.

Book Sign

Garden
Garden
Radical Books
Radical Books
Edgar Allan Poe Shirt
Edgar Allan Poe Shirt

Baltimore Review/Washington Writers' Publishing House

Baltimore Review/Washington Writers’ Publishing House

Mount Vernon Place

Mount Vernon Place

Radical Pavilion

Radical Pavilion

Mime

Mime

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Cafe Troia, Towson, Maryland, Our Top Restaurant Choice

When you want an authentic Italian meal, is your first thought Little Italy in Baltimore? Yes, I love Little Italy, but my first thought is Cafe Troia in Towson. Cafe Troia is my favorite local Italian restaurant. It is located at 31 Allegheny Avenue in the heart of Towson.  Please click on this link to view their site. Their phone number is 410-377-0133. Parking and valet parking are available.

The Troia family, from Naples, opened Cafe Troia in 1986. Their chicken, beef and lamb are naturally and humanely raised without hormones or antibiotics.  They also feature fresh clams, shrimp, calamari and fish. They purchase local produce and vegetables, during the summer months, at the  Farmer’s Market on Allegheny Avenue. 

Happy hour is Monday to Friday until 7:00 in the bar and veranda.  You may also enjoy outdoor, secluded dining into the autumn months.  

 Cafe Troia offers regional wine dinners. They create a menu for food and wine from one of the 20 regions in Italy.  The dinner is offered at a set price.  It is a great way to enjoy a variety of food and wine, and explore the different regions.

My husband and I frequent Cafe Troia. If we do not dine in the restaurant, we eat in their, elegant and warm, cherry-wood bar.  It is a beautiful place to relax. Brian, the friendly bartender, entertains us with his stories.  It is rare that we visit Cafe Troia and do not know someone. The customers are friendly, and the staff always makes us feel welcome. 

Stefano, our favorite waiter, helps us select a great bottle of wine to accompany our meal. One of our wine selections is Nebbiolo, Ceretto Barolo Zoncherea.  It is from the Piedmont region in Italy. It has a  deep ruby color, smooth texture and a wonderful bouquet.  

We enjoy many  dishes at Troia.  I love a Caesar salad that crunches  because it is very fresh. Cafe Troia has a great Caesar salad.  It crunches and is tossed with a flavorful  Caesar dressing.  We often split the Caesar and get the anchovies on the side.

 Grilled eggplant accompanied by whipped goat cheese is one of my favorite appetizers. The goat cheese enhances the eggplant’s  pungent grilled  flavor.   They occasionally serve a beet salad with goat cheese and apple slices in a lemon dressing.   When it is available, I order the beet salad. 

One of my favorite entrees,  Branzino , a Northern Italian sea bass, is one of their specials.  It is served  many ways:  in parchment paper, pistachio encrusted or with tomatoes, capers and olives.  You can’t go wrong with any of these preparations. 

 I also enjoy the spinach and ricotta filled ravioli with salmon, shallots, dill and cream.  The smooth and creamy sauce complements the spinach ravioli and salmon.  It melts in your mouth!

 Their Creme Brulee is excellent. The custard is sweet and creamy with a crispy-caramel top. It is the perfect finale to a delicious meal.

If you want to celebrate an event or just prefer a healthy mouthwatering meal,  you need to try Cafe Troia.  See you there!