I’m working nights this week, and while I’m not normally a night person, working that shift this week gives me all kinds of daytime hours in which to finish all the crap that I have left to do…not to put too fine a term on it.
I was off to Belvedere market off York Road first thing. I know that Atwaters Bakery runs out of stuff early around the holidays. Not this year my friends, not this year. So I bought some luscious looking breakfast scones and stuff and the cutie-pie gingerbread men in the picture.
I ran over to the Ceriello, also in Belvedere…great butcher shop with breads, Italian cookies, and cheeses.
I can never walk by without buying something, and on this trip I discovered what was on the menu for Christmas day…a “porquetto”…or that’s what the guy said…I didn’t make him spell it. What is a porquetto, you may ask? The guy wrapping it said, “It’s a pork loin wrapped in pork belly, with garlic, olive oil and herbs in between.” Sold, wrap it up, and call it Christmas dinner. $6.99 a pound…not bad for something that took a little while to put together. He told me to roast it at 500 degrees for about 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 250 and slow roast it another hour and a half. Yummy.
Then I headed up York Road to Towson where I stopped for the first time to the new Havana Road Cafe…..I had wanted to see this new Cuban cuisine place since it opened, and to grab a couple of Cubano sandwiches (one of my all time favs) for dinner tonight.
The place is super-cute and very festive with lights all over the ceiling…just a nice warm feel to it(not to mention smelling divine). I also took home a little Cuban brisket and some Cuban pork….OMG…the flavors are so rich and layered. Just amazing. And I can’t wait for dinner time and the Cubano…
Saw this cutie above out with Mom and Grandmom, all dressed up for Christmas. Isn’t she a love?? Her Mother wrote to me in the comment section and told me her name is Charlotte…a name I adore…but they call her Charlie. Sooooo sweet.