Fun Weekend: Music, Wine, Food, & My Heart

BSO Bond and Beyond

Headed to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra‘s Bond & Beyond concert.  It was too much fun – they did everything from Goldfinger to Skyfall and the “Beyond” part included the Pink Panther Theme and Secret Agent Man.  It was a great concert. BSO Bond & Beyond

As a cool bonus – they were doing snap shots of concert goers in the lobby – there was a Bond-themed cocktail hour prior and they suggested people dress “up” for the event… which we did.  My Heart looked very dashing in his Italian suit !!3-types of tacos

After the concert we went to the Mari Luna Bistro, across the street. The service left a great deal to be desired but the food was delicious.  My Heart had the tacos: lamb / shrimp / pork.  The lamb was amazing and definitely something I want to try to make.

Beef Enchiladas Ranchero

Beef Enchiladas Ranchero

I had the Beef Enchiladas Ranchero which is topped with a fried egg. YUM!

seafood appetizers

seafood appetizers

Saturday we were off to Boordy Vineyard for a Case Club event – one of our favorite events.  The appetizers were steamed shrimp, mussels, mixed cheeses and delicious raw oysters. I really love oysters with a Mignonette sauce – something about the sharpness of the vinegar blends so well with the oyster flavor, especially really good oysters.

centerpieces

centerpieces

Beautiful pansies were the centerpieces – I love purple.

lunch

lunch

Lunch: I know we receive the menu but I can’t find it so I’m faking the description .. anyway – beautifully cooked beef brisket with a very light sauce, grits cooked with.. I think parma ham and parmesan cheese, and green beans with a wonderful balsamic glaze.  All the flavors worked very well together and everything was delicious.

Desserts

Desserts

We had to try ALL the desserts – my favorite are definitely the dulce de leche eclairs but the little caramel napoleon (lower left corner) was also very good.

tour

tour

Rob Deford, owner & president of Boordy Vineyard, always gives a tour at the Case Club events – he talks about what they are doing, plans, future wines, etc.

tour

tour

He’s a pretty funny guy too – this tour was very interesting and gave lots to look forward to in the coming vintages.

new wine building

new wine building

And he talked about the new wine building – which we should get to tour at the November event.

James talking wine

James talking wine

James Prichard is one of our favorite people, doesn’t hurt that he’s a Brit. (smile)  He is the Director of Winery Sales and, at this event, gave an interesting tasting of the four varieties of wines that ultimately make up their Landmark Reserve.

just beautiful

just beautiful

Boordy Case Club event

No real reason for these pics.. just pretty!

the dregs

the dregs

And the dregs after a lovely event – picked up our Landmark wines and our case .. AND, my Heart was right, they all fit in my little car.  We headed out.

Next stop?  We stopped at a movie theater on our way and watched GI Joe 2: Retaliation – not a particularly smart movie but pretty fun with good one-liners and Bruce Willis, what’s not to like?

My spicy lamb biryani & garlic naan

My spicy lamb biryani & garlic naan

We decided to have dinner on the way home and my Heart found good reviews on Yelp for John Brown’s Store.  The location is between Hunt Valley and Owings Mills, in the middle of horse country.  The location is also notorious for unsuccessful restaurants and shops but – what a great Find.  Really good Indian food in a rather odd location.

spicy lamb biryani

spicy lamb biryani

My lamb biryani was definitely spicy.. more like incendiary but also delicious.  If you look at the picture above you will see a little bit of the delicious yogurt sauce that came with mine – the yogurt sauce was definitely wonderful with the spice and had pieces of chopped tomato, cucumber, and onions.  There was also lovely garlic naan.

chicken vindaloo

chicken vindaloo

My Heart had the chicken vindaloo – also extremely spicy but probably the “freshest” tasting vindaloo I’ve every had.  YUM!  And, just in case you decide to go, all of the dishes are spiced “to taste” so you can ask for a dish to be “mild” if you prefer.

alu parantha

alu paratha

My Heart also had the Alu Paratha, which is naan stuffed with potato and peas.  Delicious and a lovely side with the spicy vindaloo.   Truly a peculiar location but the food was definitely good enough for return visits.  The prices are fairly high but you get a ton of food and the young man behind the counter was friendly and helpful.  They seem to do a good carryout business as well so we’re hoping they stick around!

It was a wonderful weekend with some real quality time with my Heart – something we really needed.

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