Flat tires, flowers and fish tacos….and goodbye to Mr. Baltimore

My daughters flat....

The weekend started with a flattie…. my son and the lovely Jennifer had taken the train into town from NYC….my daughter generously picked them up and we all met for dinner at Gertrude’s at the BMA….but there was an issue(isn’t there always with families?).  Three exasperated faces showed at the restaurant….and her tire that had a slow leak-that we had been begging our daughter to have fixed-“just take it to a service station and they’ll either fix it or replace it“-was now flat, and no resuscitation was gonna work. Yeah. Long story short….the car limped to her apartment, and AAA-bless them-changed it first thing next morning. I must add there were a few tense moments that can only exist among family members, with the tiniest bit of finger pointing and only a whiff of recrimination….you know what I’m sayin’.

a riot of color....geraniums, lettuce, pansies....

Made it to the Farmer’s Market Sunday morning, which has re-opened under the JFX…I love that place. Just love it. It was a sea of colors, with flat after flat of pansies and geraniums and lilies…and veges of course. We got cilantro and stopped at the seafood stand and chose some cod(instead of haddock which $20 a pound!) for the fish tacos, about which you will read more in a minute….and then stumbled across an old friend of my son’s.  Will Phillips, who heads up Under Armour’s Green program, is also a partner in Sandtown Millworks…..

Will Phillips with Sandtown Millworks media center.......

He is also a stunt double for my son…OK, not really, but they resemble each other a lot, enough so that back in their college days…there was some ID borrowing going on. Don’t ask, don’t tell is all I have to say about that. They make the most GORGEOUS rustic, hand-crafted pieces of furniture and frames, from reclaimed wood from buildings being demolished in Baltimore. I love the old sawmarks you can see on the piece above….

The Admirals Console....from old building joists...

..like the piece above.   The Admiral’s Cup, a historic Baltimore pub at 1645 Thames St., was recently gutted. They salvaged the joists to use as tabletops in pieces like this, The Admiral’s Console Table. So beautiful. And the table has a metal emblem on the front(can you see it?) with the address of where the piece came from. You can find out more about their stuff on Facebook… 

The makings of fish tacos in cilantro sauce….

And we made the most fabulous fish tacos from Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog GOOP(recipe here)….they were really pretty easy…if you have a blender or food processor. And a caveat here…if you don’t like cilantro, you won’t like this recipe. I adore it, but every once in a while I come across someone who is almost embarrassed to admit they just don’t like it. And this recipe is cilantro heavy, with the food tossed in a bright green cilantro/onion/garlic/cumin puree. But it’s amazing…we all agreed they were possibly the best fish tacos we had ever had…thanks Gwyneth.

And I would be remiss if I did not add my thoughts about William Donald Schaefer….a complicated, cantankerous, and unique man if there ever was one. He said what he thought, didn’t pull punches, and insisted everyone care as much as he did. Which was a lot. Thanks Mr. Baltimore. You will be missed…and Godspeed.


2 Responses

  1. Love GOOP! The hubby and I are making out first trip to Europe next month and I have a whole list of restaurants in London and Paris that she recommends.

  2. hey donna i just read the article about your house in the sun paper and it looks like you did on heck of a great job. the pictures look shweet. can you do my house? ha ha ha. joker.

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