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There's no denying it: Penguins are cute. Really cute. And the fact that Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has recently opened up a cool new penguin exhibit really has us giddy with excitement. Each one of the winged inhabitants in this African penguin habitat has donned their Sunday best to receive visitors to their new home. (We suppose that's easy, when you're always wearing a tux.)
Named Penguin Coast and resembling a seaside ice shack, the exhibit's main viewing area offers a way to watch all 60 birds. Since the exhibit's unveiling in November, these feathered friends have been frolicking in 185,000 gallons of water — when they're not showing off on one of the rocks made for sunning, that is. While the majority of the critters are not young, there are a few baby penguins that swim back and forth, as intrigued by the human visitors as we are by them.
Whether you call it Charm City, The City of Firsts, Ravenstown, or Monument City — something that should be on any itinerary during a trip to Baltimore is crab! When it comes to indulging in quintessentially Baltimorean fare, the small crustacean is at the top of our list. Baltimore crabs are kind of world famous.
Frankly, it's almost impossible to venture anywhere in the city and not find crab on a menu. One of the most common ways to taste the seafood is by choosing crab cakes, but beware, not all are created equal. We'd recommend a splurge on a lump crab cake that features hand-picked crab meat and little to no filler, like breadcrumbs.
Right in the Inner Harbor sits Phillips, a touristy hot spot for seafood that serves up one of the heartier cakes we had while visiting. While it was delicious, we'd eschew the $42 price tag in favor of a more local flavor (at market price) by noshing over at Fells Point, where the hip locals eat. Thames Street Oyster House and Kooper's Tavern are on our short list.
The city of Baltimore is recovering from a long day and a night of violent riots that erupted after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody. But while the violence in downtown has calmed down for now, the city is still on edge.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and ordered National Guard Troops to assist the city police in preventing further riots. The NY Times reports that a weeklong curfew has also been imposed from 10pm to 5am starting tonight.
The Visit Baltimore site has updated its Important Visitor Information page about the riots and the curfew but has said to check Baltimore Police's website for more current information. Which really means following the police on social media for the most immediate updates.
One good question was brought forth by this FlyerTalk member who wondered if the curfew applied to traveling to and from the airport. Actually yes, it does. The Balitmore Sun reports that the curfew means "people may not be out on the road unless they are driving to or from work or have a medical emergency."
Currently, flights to and from Baltimore are not affected, however, last night's baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox was cancelled. According to the NY Times, if the tensions persists, tonight's game may also be postponed or moved into nearby Washington, DC.
As for visitors who are in the city right now, there are a wide-ranging observations from Business as Usual in some parts of town to National Guard sightings and of course, fear and concern about whether more rioting is still to come. Here are a few reactions on Twitter:
House of Cards might be set in the high stakes world of Washington D.C., but the series is actually filmed on location in Baltimore. Here's a look at where you can eat, stay, and be entertained in Frank and Claire's world.
Where to Eat:
During the first and second season of House of Cards Frank frequented Freddy’s BBQ Rib Joint but, unfortunately, Freddy's doesn't really exist. So, if you're in Baltimore and want some authentic BBQ Chaps Pit Beef is the next best thing.
If you want to check out another HOC hotspot, try Werner’s in downtown Baltimore. This diner was featured in the first season and the third season as one of Doug's many meeting places.
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Zookeepers at Washington DC's National Zoo, which literally shares a driveway with Jaunted's DC headquarters, have been doing their best to keep the public informed about the pair of baby lions born in late January to mother Nababiep. Medical exams of the cubs have revealed that they are "adorable" - that's an actual quote - and for the first few weeks fans from around the world could track the infants on the zoo's lion cam.
Recently, however, the lion cam feeds have gone dark in anticipation of another impending litter, this time to Nababiep's sister Shera. There's a more robust explanation of where each lioness hangs out, and how that influenced the decision to cut the feeds, here. But the short story is that - for now - the Internet has one less place with baby lions.
Whatever are people to do?
We can’t exactly put into writing the sounds of the major television networks and their theme music for NFL football, but now that we’ve mentioned it we’re hopeful that it’s providing a little background music. Now that you’re in the mood for football, let us remind you that kickoff to the NFL season is a little more than a week away. As you plan your travel schedule and itineraries around Sundays and your fantasy draft, let’s also discuss how to celebrate this year’s season opener.
The season is set to make its debut on Thursday, September 5, as the Baltimore Ravens visit the Denver Broncos out in Colorado. Despite the game’s location out west there’s still plenty of fun to be had in Baltimore. As part of the general kickoff festivities, Keith Urban will be performing live back in Maryland. The plan is for him to do his thing aboard a floating stage in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor right next to the Maryland Science Center.
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The Super Bowl is now over and in case you missed this year’s big game we’ll fill you in on what went down. The Baltimore Ravens won the first half of the game, then came Beyoncé, after that the lights went out, and then the San Francisco 49ers kind of won the second half.
It’s the final score that matters, so when it was all said and done the Ravens came out on top—final score 34 to 31. Now that the game is over—and since you’re not quite ready to start nursing that hangover—it’s time to join in on the victory parade.
Today is reserved for interviews and even more celebration, but the Baltimore Ravens are ready to hit the streets tomorrow—that’s Tuesday, February 5. The party is set to start doing its thing at 11am outside of City Hall, and then things will make their way through the city before ending at the team’s stadium. To us it sounds like the exact route is still being somewhat finalized as of Monday morning, but if you make your way to Baltimore we are fairly confident that you’ll be able to check out some of the action.
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Like usual, most good things come from New York. We kid, we kid...but really the beautiful Beaux Arts Pannsylvania Station in Baltimore was actually designed by a New York architect, Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison. The impressive buildingwith its clock-fronted facade and impressive interior stained glass skylightswas opened in 1911 and miraculously still serves quite a slew of regular Amtrak trains; trust Wikipedia to have a list of them.
Though we could have easily popped down to Baltimore on a train from NYC, we instead chose a BoltBus one time, which actually also arrived just a block or two away from the station, proving Penn Station's continued dominance as a hub of transportation on the east coast.
As anyone who has walked by a New York City bus shelter in the last few days certainly knows, Mad Men returns to AMC for a third season on August 16. But while the omnipresent poster campaign ominously shows Don Draper drowning in his own office, producers have been extremely tightlipped about what’s going down on the show this season.
We did get this one travel-y tidbit from Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, who tells us that in the season opener, Draper will actually leave New York to spend some time in Baltimore.
Draper jolts down to B-More to visit his clients at the London Fog factory, reportedly spending the night at the Hotel Belvedereyou can check out this historic Beaux Arts building, although it’s been converted to condosand of course grabbing dinner at the legendary Haussner’s Restaurantanother one that’s sadly, recently gone—although the space is currently for sale. Any fans want to snatch it up and open a Mad Men-themed restaurant? We'd be more than happy to have a highball there.
· AMC's Mad Men: Don Draper is coming to Baltimore [Baltimore Sun]
· Make It an Old-Fashioned, Neat: Boston Bar Hosting 'Mad Men' Premiere Party [Jaunted]
· He's Just Not That Into Baltimore [Jaunted]
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“He’s Just Not That Into You," the movie based on a book based on a line in “Sex and the City," is set in Baltimore but was primarily filmed in Los Angeles. They spent a few days filming in Charm City to sprinkle in some authenticity and gave the city plenty of shout outs but for the most part, the Baltimore in this Baltimore based flick is fake. Even the famous Domino Sugar sign that can be spotted through the window of Jennifer Aniston's apartment is nothing more than a backdrop on an L.A. soundstage. We've gathered a few tips for a taste of the real Baltimore.
Get out your over-teased wig and lip gloss and get ready for Hairspray and John Travolta in a full-on female body suit. The popular John Waters film gets remade and released today to all your 60s dancing heart.
Appearances are made by everyone, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes and Queen Latifah, and we're sure it's pretty true to the original version but looks a lot better on the big screen.
As we told you before, this version was shot entirely on set in Toronto, we offer you some fun things to do where the story is set, Baltimore!
Where To Stay: Celie's Waterfront Bed & Breakfast -- Check into this small cozy inn right on the waterfront and relax with your own private fireplace, hydro-thermo massage tub and access to the inn's private roof deck. Another perk? Parking is available a block and half away for just $7.00/day.
Where To Eat: The Brewer's Art -- This Mt Vernon establishment manages to pack romance in with their beer. There are two lively bars inside, however, the restaurant portion remains quiet despite the boozing locals. The menu is always changing and locals love the food. If you go, try the Resurrection, an amber ale.
1106 N. Charles Street, TEL: 410-547-6925
What to See: American Visionary Art Museum -- Head to this museum, the only of its kind in the country, where you can view works of art by visionaries - ie. those with no formal training. The current exhibit is entitled Home & Beast and focuses on the world being "one small hometown." Visionary stuff.
Planning to see "Hairspray," the new movie-musical version of John Waters' paean to his home city of Baltimore? Don't expect to see much of the city this time around. The original 1988 film, starring Ricki Lake and Waters muse Divine, was shot in Maryland's largest city (as have most of John Waters' movies).
But this time around, lured by the siren song of tax credits, the studio picked up and moved the production (including John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken to Toronto. The Canadian city is remarkably versatile, having previously stood in for Chicago (in "Chicago"), New York ("Cruel Intentions," "Dark Water") and Washington D.C. ("Man of the Year"). Waters says he's sorry the film wasn't shot in his hometown, but that at least they didn't change the opening song to "Good Morning, Toronto."
If you happen to be in Baltimore and want a real show, check out Illusions Magic Bar & Lounge. This new Federal Hill spot doesn't feature large-scale musical numbers, but the owner's son does card tricks and Houdini-esque escapes from atop the bar. Let's see someone make a movie about that!
[Photo: Just Jared]