Wow, it has been quite a year in for us in Baltimore. Good times and bad, quite a few big moments and a lot of delicious food. Before we move forward into the new year, let’s take a quick look back at our 2015.
January – this year started with a bang: I began a new job in Baltimore (which I can walk to from my house!!), my amazing baby nephew was born and I traveled to the Bahamas on a cruise for my bachelorette party. In sports new, I went to my first Maryland Big Ten conference game and the Ravens, who were actually good last year, beat the Steelers in the first round of the playoffs only to lose to the pre-deflategate Patriots.
February – included an Abby and Jeanette Galentine’s Day date at Papi’s where we feasted on tacos and skinny margaritas before meeting the fellas at Max’s Belgian Beerfest. February ended with a beautiful bridal shower thrown for me by my cousin, aunt and bridesmaids, but the month will always be remembered for an epic nine hour drive to Atlantic City in a snowstorm. Our amazing friend navigated the icy roads and Jeanette and I hopped out of the car multiple times to push us out of snowbanks on 95-North. While it probably wasn’t our smartest move, the drive was ultimately a success and we got to AC in time to celebrate our friend’s bachelorette.
March – the month I married my best friend and love of my life. Our wedding weekend at the end of March was like a dream (albeit an unseasonably cold dream), we celebrated with a rehearsal dinner at the Rusty Scupper before saying our vows in front of family and friends at the Royal Sonesta.
April – In April we traveled to Turks and Caicos for our honeymoon and enjoyed a week soaking up the sun in paradise with fish tacos, frozen drinks and our first time scuba diving. After we returned to Baltimore, the city flipped upside down. Freddie Gray was killed, riots broke out and the city was occupied by the National Guard. It was a weird time for our city. The sound of choppers overhead was incessant as 4-6 media/police helicopters were constantly circling around downtown. My office in the Inner Harbor was closed for an entire week. They played an O’s game two blocks from our apartment in front of zero fans. We obeyed the 10pm-5am curfew which felt particularly surreal – especially when last call was at 8pm so bartenders and staff had time to get home before 10. Hopefully, everything that happened in April was a wake-up call and the start of change and healing for Baltimore.
May – we started this blog with our very first post! Adam and I also celebrated our five year dating anniversary on 5/15/15 at Cinghiale, enjoyed Memorial Day weekend at Breaux Vineyards and dressed like mustard (and Jeanette relish) with our bocce team. We also saw O’Malley announce his candidacy for president.
June – officially meant summer, the return of happy hour and going to quite a few O’s games. I also spent a weekend in New York for a friend’s baby shower, went for a jog through Central Park and had a delicious brunch at Hundred Acres.
July – Independence Day in Baltimore brings parades, fireworks and celebrations. Also in July we went to a wedding, more O’s games and Kastles matches, had a staycation in DC and had two amazing meals at Parts & Labor and Salt.
August – and September brought some travel. I spent a day at the beach in Rehoboth and visited a friend in Williamsburg. Jeanette scouted a great groupon for kayaking in Essex at Island View Waterfront Cafe where we spent an awesome afternoon on the water followed by the best half and half crab soup. And let’s not forget that Tiger Woods lost his 20th major since 2010 when I bet Adam that Woods would win a major other than the Masters in the next five years. Boy, was I ever wrong on that one.
September – Birthday month! I felt like I was everywhere but Baltimore in September: NJ for a wedding, a long weekend at Bethany Beach and a trip back to New York City. I celebrated my birthday with dinner at Wine Market Bistro, a day trip to Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, and brunch with family at Crepe Du Jour.
October – was non-stop falltivities: A trip to pumpkin patch, a pig roast, tailgated at a Maryland football game, went to the Renaissance Festival (where we ate literally everything: corn dog bites, mac and cheese on a stick, gyros, s’mores on a stick, warm cookies, and probably other things on sticks) and dressed up for Halloween.
November – During Maryland homecoming, Jeanette, Adam and I returned to the freshman year dorm where we all met ten years ago. I’m pretty sure we also forgot that we aren’t in college any more since we spent the entire day drinking and didn’t even go the game. We also celebrated Adam’s birthday at Food Market and traveled to South Carolina for Thanksgiving with my mom’s family.
December – closed out the year with quality time with family and friends celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. Jeanette and I exchanged gifts and had a festive day skating at the Pandora Ice Rink followed by lunch at Cheesecake Factory. Adam and I spent Christmas Eve with his family at Grano Emporio where we had an amazing Italian feast including antipasto, lasagna and a blood orange martini. After dinner we walked over to 34th Street and saw the fantastic light display and an equally fantastic cross-section of life in Baltimore. The block was packed with families and couples, groups of friends and several dogs, everyone was smiling and in a good mood because it was Christmas and it was Baltimore and it was over 60 degrees. What a perfect end to 2015.
What was a highlight of your year?