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!


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

Teriyaki sauce

4 to 6 cloves of garlic

  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.




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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



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