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It was almost midnight when Sandra found her son Aaron bustling around the kitchen, looking to satisfy a late-night sweet craving. Cooking had been one of the family's shared passions for decades, so it was only a matter of moments before Sandra joined Aaron in digging through old cupcake recipes and experimenting with flavors and frosting. With the counters covered in sweets, the snack craving thoroughly satisfied, and the Sandman growing impatient, the two went to bed, only to awaken the next day and share their midnight creations with family and friends. The reaction was overwhelming. The mother-son team quickly found themselves baking for so many birthday parties and special events that they decided to start a business, eventually earning a spot on Baltimore magazine's list of Our Favorite Cupcakes. At Midnite Confection?s Cupcakery, Sandra and Aaron continue to channel the enthusiasm and inventiveness they felt that first night. Their selection of more than 40 sweet treats includes signature flavors, such as birthday cake and a carrot-cake cupcake with organic carrots and a bit of pineapple, but also changes to include seasonal favorites. They also top their creations with decadent spreads such as whipped-pistachio or Grand Marnier?tinged icing. Although these handheld snacks are available at the store, Midnite Confection's food truck also travels the streets, spreading cupcakes to working folks.
1051 S Charles St
Baltimore,
MD
US
Gathered around Shaquille O’Neal in front of the chalkboard scribbled with the day’s ice cream flavors, the staff of Taharka Bros. is positively beaming. While the visit from a basketball legend brings a crowd of admirers into their shop, Taharka’s ice cream wizards have no problem attracting throngs of fans sans the help of Shaq’s presence. Voted one of Baltimore's "Great Milkshakes" by The Baltimore Sun in 2011, and crowned "Best Ice Cream" by Baltimore Magazine in its Best of Baltimore 2010 edition, devotees are drawn in by the eatery's "irresistible ice-cream menu," which includes decadent flavors such as honey graham and salty caramel. Adding to the draw is its ability to "satisfy [your] ravenous social conscience" with its management training program that "offers the chance for urban youth to get a foothold in the workplace." Throughout the day, the entrepreneurial young staffers hone business skills as they hand-make batches of frozen confections using fresh ingredients such as fruits and magic beanstalk beans plucked from local farms. The sense of community and teamwork that goes into the creation of every scoop reflects Taharka Bros.' support of initiatives that uphold civic involvement, social justice, and cultural exchange through the arts.
1405 Forge Avenue
Baltimore,
MD
US
The pastry chefs at Gone Cupcaking Across America share a wealth of gourmet cupcake experience with aspiring dessert artisans, in flavors that include whisked buttercream atop classic vanilla, chocolate, and red-velvet cake bases, and more exotic choices such as Grand Marnier or peaches 'n' cream. At lessons, students learn piping techniques, how to make frosting, and how to make iced flowers without the hassle of fertilizing regular flowers with milk and butter.
1340 Smith Avenue
Baltimore,
MD
US
The Otterbein’s Family Bakery was established in 1881 when Adam Otterbein arrived at Fort McHenry from Germany. The original sweet shop sold a full selection of traditional German cakes, breads, and pastries, but the bakery's thin sugar cookies always drew the greatest number of discerning dessertistas. Today's side deal gets you one pound of the time-honored treats, letting you choose your favorite flavor from chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, ginger, sugar, or lemon sugar. Order a tin to treat your own family to a taste of the Otterbein family recipe, or take a tin to work to show the vending machine it should never have taken your crinkly dollar for granted and that you've moved on for good this time.
2603 N Rolling Rd
Windsor Mill,
MD
US
You won't be disappointed at Baltimore's Teavolve Cafe and Lounge, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Teavolve Cafe and Lounge's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. The drink list at Teavolve Cafe and Lounge has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Parents, bring your kids along to Teavolve Cafe and Lounge, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers. Getting online is easy with Teavolve Cafe and Lounge free and convenient wifi. Teavolve Cafe and Lounge provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late. Got the whole gang with you? Teavolve Cafe and Lounge is a great pick for large parties. If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time. Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Teavolve Cafe and Lounge in jeans and a hoodie. You can also have Teavolve Cafe and Lounge cater your next event. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Guests take to street parking at Teavolve Cafe and Lounge's Aliceanna St spot. Expect to spend less than $15 per person at Teavolve Cafe and Lounge. Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
1401 Aliceanna St
Baltimore,
MD
US
The minds behind Fresh Farms Cafe hope to nourish guests with food that is not only prepared fresh every day, but also made with local dairy, meat, produce and bread products. Every morning, the kitchen welcomes deliveries of bread and fresh produce that the kitchen staff later use in handcrafted artisan sandwiches, paninis, salads, and flatbread pizzas. The cooks hand-form burger patties using 100% certified Angus beef from local farms and cook them to order, whip up housemade sauces, blend fruit purees with milk for smoothies, and simmer pots of freshly made soup. If they can't find an ingredient locally, they turn to regional and environmentally-conscious suppliers, eschewing national companies in an effort to be green. In fact, sustainability is so important to Fresh Farms Cafe, it serves its food and drinks in 100% recyclable, compostable, or post-consumer containers. Plus, it recycles newspapers, allowing patrons to freely read one that someone else has already read or used as a prop in an impromptu street performance of Newsies.
109 Market Place
Baltimore,
MD
US
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