March 19

Crown City Cooking | Atwaters Review

Fresh ingredients and a charming atmosphere make Atwaters a can’t miss food destination.

Spent the weekend at a family wedding. Anyone from a big family knows this means good food and a lot of liquor, so it goes without saying I spent my entire Sunday in recovery mode. Once I was functionally able to face the outside again, a friend suggested lunch at Atwaters. For me this means the same lunch every single time I go there, a Turkey Dill Havarti sandwich minus the sliced apples.

For those that don’t know, Atwaters has been a Baltimore staple since 1999, serving incredible edibles from baked goods to fresh sandwiches made with premium ingredients. Currently, there are six locations across the greater Maryland area. For me, it’s the Canton location or bust.

All together it has locally farmed turkey, dill Havarti cheese, basil mayonnaise, horseradish coleslaw and lettuce on Irish brown bread. While Atwaters offers a myriad of food with brunch on the weekends, I’ve stuck with this sandwich for so long because it’s the freshest turkey sandwich I’ve ever eaten. Every ingredient’s flavor is present in every bite, meaning you will finish this sandwich sooner than expected.

Another great meal at one of my favorite local eateries. Get your own if you have the chance or are suffering from a night of drinking, smoking and dancing to the classic hits of the 90s. If lunch isn’t really your thing, they offer breakfast from 8 am to 10 am (something I have yet to experience) or dinner from 5 pm to 8 pm.

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March 14

Crown City Cooking Recipe | Teriyaki Chicken

This Recipe’s Secret is in the Marinade.

One of my favorite things to cook is chicken. While I have a recipe for every poultry fueled occasion, it’s teriyaki I go back to most often. This is a quick and easy recipe you can make at home any time!

Ingredients:

4 to 12 pieces of chicken (dealer’s choice)

Teriyaki sauce

4 to 6 cloves of garlic

Instructions:
  1. Before you do anything… brine your chicken! I don’t know the true science behind it but I’ve watched enough cooking shows to know you brine your chicken (and some sea foods) in a bucket of salted water for an hour at the very least.
  2. After the brine process, remove the chicken from the water and dry with paper towels. Line the chicken in a large baking pan (glass preferred). Set aside.
  3. Chop or dice the cloves of garlic, putting all of the chunks in a bowl.
  4. Add teriyaki sauce to the contents of the bowl and stir. Let the sauce meld for five minutes before pouring all over the chicken.
  5. Wrap the baking pan with saran wrap and refrigerate for three to six hours. For best results, marinate in the fridge for twelve to twenty-four hours.
  6. Set your oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet before putting in the oven.
  7. Cook for one hour. Your chicken should come out plump and full of flavor.

 

Enjoy!

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March 13

Robservations | Morning Routine

Hey man, I’ve got something on my mind – my daily routine.

There are numerous men’s health blogs and publications that use our insecurities as a means to gain favor and ultimately trust. The publications pick at you on your job, fashion sense and diet. There’s usually athletes or movie stars – the beautiful people gracing these publications. It’s similar to what women have dealt with for years. They’re not selling their position as an idea or means to do something, they sell it as this is how smart, successful and attractive people do it. We all want to be that right? So, their position sells itself. What I aim to do here is share some things that I do in the morning to start the day off right.

  1. Wake up on time

My natural circadian rhythms help me wake up at 6 or maybe 630 in the morning. This becomes my pattern. Previously I would set the alarm for that time and it wouldn’t take it didn’t feel natural and I would rebel against the clock – jabbing the snooze button or unplugging the clock. I would move my wind down time to earlier in the previous night to ensure that I get ample sleep. Give it a shot, try going to sleep on the weekend and monitoring when you naturally wake up – no alarm – try to pattern your time around that and see what takes. It’s a better start to the day. When I do it I don’t rush, I’m able to modify my time for delays and even work-out.

  1. Working out

I like to get up in the morning – before coffee, before feeding my cat and before washing my arse – and get on my stationary bike for twenty to thirty minutes. It’s a means to get my blood flowing – I build up a nice sweat and as a treat I watch and episode of Supernatural. I try not to look at exercise as a punishment but part of my routine.  I think starting off my day with something light in terms of time and moderate in terms of activity is a good way to get myself ready, energized for the day.

  1. Dress

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been combating stress and anxiety differently than I normally would. I’ve been playing a character – utilizing skills that take energy. Those skills relate to mattering. I take a show and get dressed. I get dressed like I’m a big deal – nice cologne on my lower level – like Issey Miyake – not too much – enough for people take notice. Followed by dressing like a CEO or at least how I think they would dress. Essentially, I wear a nice tie, trousers and a dress shirt. I wear an overcoat because it’s winter. A small change in wardrobe with the appropriate attitude has garnered me attention. Typically, my wardrobe was rushed which minimal thought and more focus on comfort – polo shirts and the occasional wrinkled joggers. Now, I dress like a banker essentially and I’m wearing a timepiece as well. I dress this way everyday even on casual days. Casual days are for comfort – I rather have other people fear comfort – I don’t want to be comfortable at work – I want to know I’m at work and this helps.

So, there you have it, give these things above a shot. It’s helped me and maybe it’s something you can remixed for your own day. Until next time feel free to shoot me an email at mtrthenetwork@gmail.com

 

 

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March 13

Crown City Cooking | Foodgitive Review

 

French Fries on a completely different level.

Of all the trends that have come out in the last decade, food trucks will forever be my favorite. Despite blow back from brick & mortar restaurant owners, Baltimore has been a thriving community for these savvy entrepreneurs. Most of my food truck dining happens at Gatherings or whenever I’m randomly roaming around the city, so when a never before seen food truck sets up shop on the same block as my day job, I gravitate towards it without hesitation. 

 

Enter Foodgitive, a local food truck that specializes in something so indulgent, you won’t think twice about breaking that diet you’ve been working on since New Years. Cheesesteak fries sound like a simple concept, but what sets Foodgitive apart from the competition is that they deliver on both quality and quantity. For $10 you get a massive amount of fries, steak meat and all the fixings (if you so choose). Chopped Angus beef can’t be beat in this humble foodie’s opinion. It’s as if someone resurrected the sacred overstuffed sub from Captain Harvey’s and replaced the roll with a heap of crispy fresh fries. I ended up taking half of my meal home for dinner (which I immediately inhaled as soon as I changed into a loose fitting pair of pj’s).

 

My only regret was not getting fried onions, a mistake I plan to rectify the next time these food magicians come careening into town. Check them out on Facebook to find out where they will be throughout the week.

 

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March 13

Robservations | Bad Dads

 

“I know nothing about being a parent.”

Hey man – Rob Lee here and I have something on my mind – bad dads.

I’ll be the first one to say it – “I know nothing about being a parent.” As I’m not a parent, I’ve been a kid and I had good parents. Being a dad from what I’ve seen can be optional and being a good dad is uncommon from what most people say. I try to rally for the dad when petty women complain on Father’s Day about the lack of “real fathers” (he probably didn’t want your Looney Tunes ass in his life so he had to also abandon the kid to avoid you! – food for thought).

Rudy, my brother, is a dad and he’s still learning his way, evolving to a better parent – I think that’s something we must make a commitment to if we feel it is important. You don’t just stop one day and are suddenly the greatest parent ever – hell no. My boy, Tron, does a good job as a dad – he takes pride in being a father and wants to grow and foster a relationship with his child despite impediments.

Good Fathers

Good fathers deserve more credit that they get – my dad was hard on us growing up but he grew into a father I dig – Dann’s dad left a huge hole in his life speaking to the impact or impression a good dad has – granted they’ll never be most praised and lauded mothers. Not all moms are good mothers but socially we laud them in a way that excuses lack of growth parentally or nurture. My mother is great – over protective at times but I need that. I never raised a kid but I know bad parenting, because I know shitty people – I know them well.

An Observation of Bad Parenting

So, I was on the train today headed into the office – the passengers are generally a hodgepodge of Baltimoreans headed West. I see this Migos-reject – I’ve seen before – you know the type, a scrawny, wanna-be alpha male – this fucker would stand in my way – essentially trying to box me out – without consideration of my tact nor the fact that I could maul him. I heard him berating someone – I thought it was the light-skinned woman he’s usually with. It wasn’t and then it dawned on me – I was the little girl that they’re likely with – possibly their daughter.

It was just him and the little girl – she had to be 3 years old. He tells her “he’s going to beat her ass.” I’m not against spanking and so on – whatever not my problem but I noted it. We get off at the same stop – he and the girl are in front of me but within earshot. He dickhead drops to a knee to berate the kid further – I don’t remember what he said but I remember my response – I saw RED.

I sped up my gait to catch up to them. I them slowed by gait as not to move pass them but to be right there so he could see me. I wanted to protect the kid – I don’t know what she could have done to elicit his wrath but I’m assured it wasn’t worth it. I also thought as the three of us ascended on the escalator of what type of person would she become – this obviously wasn’t her first experience with her possible dad but it annoyed me.

We went our separate ways. I just hope the girl is OK and her possible dad becomes less of a cunt.  It’s a process I believe, he has a opportunity to improve as a man, as a father and as a parent. Let whatever the anger is go.

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