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The Ravens Purple Pride cocktail.

For the Ravens fans out there, a purple drink just for you. It's made with SKYY vodka, crème de violette, and prosecco (maybe the bubbles will spur on a Super Bowl win).

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Ounce SKYY Vodka
  • 3/4 Ounces crème de violette
  • 3 Ounces dry sparkling wine
  • 3 dashes Fee Brothers or Angostura Orange Bitters

Create the Spooky Raven Cocktail for Halloween

Our Raven cocktail is just the right amount of spooky for your upcoming Halloween party. Keep scrolling for the printable recipe below.

“Here I opened wide the door—–darkness there, and nothing more.” Edgar Allan Poe’s, The Raven

‘The Raven’ is notably Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous piece of literary work. In Poe’s The Raven, the author designates the Raven as a symbol of mournful, never ending remembrance. Throughout the book, the narrator shares his sorrow for the loss of his perfect maiden and ongoing references are made to a door that was closed, that will never reopen.

As a book lover myself, I wanted to give a nod to this literary masterpiece in the form of a slightly spooky, Raven cocktail for Halloween. We even displayed our Halloween cocktails atop an Edgar Allan Poe novel, with fun ravens keeping watch. Keep scrolling for the full recipe. Jump to Recipe


Purple Signature Party Cocktails

I admit it, I’m obsessed with all things purple. I’ve got several shades of purple in my hair, I adore the color in nail polish, food and pretty much everything in between. It’s so bad that when we got married last month, our color scheme was shades of purple (or purple ombre as it’s called in the wedding world) and yes, I dyed my hair to match the purple in my wedding dress.

A good friend of mine is also doing a purple theme wedding next year and I pulled together a list of some of the purple theme cocktails I’d looked at for our signature cocktail. We ended up not pulling off a signature cocktail, but I figured someone else could maybe use the info.

Hpnotiq Harmonie is a lilac infused liqueur with a shockingly purple color. It’s the perfect shade of purple for creating funky colored cocktails. They’ve got a slew of cocktail ideas on their website, but the one pictured above is my favorite Hpnotiq – the Harmonie Blush!

Ingredients

Directions: Shake well and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a candied violet or lemon twist.


Baltimore Ravens Marshmallow Pops

I have to be honest: I don’t know the first thing about football. I don’t know the rules of the game or which team comes from where. The other day at my nephew’s birthday party, I had to ask who the 49ers are and where they’re from. No joke. And, I’m totally ok with that. Football and I just don’t mix.

My dad, on the other hand, is a huge football fan. And he LOVES our home team, the Baltimore Ravens. He wears his purple Ravens shirts with pride, and he and his friends have a blast getting together for their football-watching parties on the weekends. Now that the Ravens are going to the Super Bowl this weekend, my dad is super excited. Judging by all the purple I’ve been seeing lately, so is everyone else!

These marshmallow pops are a great, and super easy, way to show off your purple pride this weekend. Need to bring something to the Super Bowl party you’re going to on Sunday? These couldn’t be easier to make, and kids and adults will enjoy them. You can make as many pops as you want, and you can even add on a little Ravens team printable to make them even more festive.

I never thought I’d say this, but for my Dad and all his fellow Ravens fans out there…


Golden Rule

We talk to tackle Brandon Williams about his fandom philosophy.

Congratulations on the offseason contract! How were the fans during that process? I felt a lot of support. There were waves of direct messages saying we love you here. There were even fans that said, ‘I understand it’s a business decision. I’ll be a Brandon Williams fan either way.’ It was a great feeling to be wanted by the fans, even when I could have not been in Baltimore.

You went to a small college. Was there a big shock coming to a fan base like Baltimore? It was crazy. Missouri Southern is in a small town. There weren’t many people in the stands, though the ones you saw were diehard. But switching over into Baltimore with a big town with great sports was nuts. As soon as they announced me on draft day, I was getting flooded on social media with people saying, ‘You’re going to be awesome for the team, you’re going to do just what Goose [Tony Siragusa] did.’ And I hadn’t even started playing yet! The immediate love and family feeling the fans gave me was amazing.

To you, what makes Baltimore Ravens fans unique? There are rarely any fair-weather fans. No matter how we’re doing, they’re like, ‘We’ll get ’em next time.’ I never really hear any backlash or anything, it’s always love and praise. The biggest thing about Baltimore, they are a bunch of hard-working people and they just love a team that’s in the community and shows love to them.

Explain your love of dancing and how fans react to that. The dances just happen. Sometimes when I’m home offseason, I just sit around and I start thinking weird things like, ‘You know what would be fun? If I did the Carlton dance.’ Or it’s like the dog days of training camp, and [Terrell] Suggs throws on music and I tell myself I won’t dance and then I’m like, ‘What is my body doing?’ and I just can’t control it.

There’s one video I took—we lost the game and everyone was so down in the dumps. So I put Wham! on and I started running around with the coaches and players. Let’s have some fun, let’s get a little loose! So many people come up to me in the street and say that it made their day. Man, that’s awesome to change someone’s perspective, just me being me.

What have been some highlights with fans over the years? When we went down to the veterans hospital and met with the military families. They’re going through the worst thing, but these kids are so inspiring. There was a kid who couldn’t walk and he said he couldn’t wait to get out of there to start playing football again. It was amazing to see his will and his heart. And I’ve been involved at the Boys & Girls Club down in Westport. I remember when I was a kid, I went to a boys club. So many people come to the games, but a lot of kids don’t have the means. I want to reach people beyond the stands.

I also have to shout-out the women. A regular old sexist man would think that women don’t watch football. But it’s the opposite here, and it’s awesome to see how many women support the team—a lot of times even more than the men.

“The biggest thing for me is I think about being a fan. . . . I treat fans how I’d want to be treated.”

When you were growing up, who were you a fan of? Okay, so I have to say this was before 1996, and before the Ravens were around. Being a big kid growing up, I wanted to do what the skinnier kids were doing, which was running the ball and scoring touchdowns. And Jerome Bettis was the fat kid who could touch the ball. He was kind of showing the small guy that we can do this, too. I actually got to meet him and I don’t think I even said anything. I just mumbled something and I was geeking out. My wife got me a signed jersey from him and I bawled.

How do you try to repay the fans? I learned it all from Haloti Ngata. He taught me how to be with fans. I would just look at him, how he had a big smile on his face as much as the fans did. The biggest thing for me is I think about being a fan. How would I feel to see someone from my hometown team in Wegmans? I treat fans how I’d want to be treated.

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Party in a Glass: Top Purple Cocktails You Need to Try in 2018

Purple, or rather PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, is the 2018 PANTONE color of the year, and this week we’re taking a look at how it’s being celebrated in liquid and solid form at restaurants around the world. First up, the drinks.

There’s nothing demure about a purple cocktail. Filled to the brim with mysterious elixirs, they seem to shout out, “Let’s rock and roll!” Purple people eater, purple rain to purple haze and more, mixologists love to wrap their craft beverage programs around this versatile color wheel. In the initial installment of a two-part series, we present 17 purple cocktails to try while violet is in vogue.

Tanner’s, Huntington Beach, California
Not since the Statler Brothers lamented loneliness in their song ‘Flowers on the Wall’ has there been such cause to throw back a drink or two. Joshua Holmes uses his cocktail of the same name to showcase a combination of vodka, Crème de Violet, caramelized pineapple, orgeat, and lime. Make a reservation at Tanner’s.

Kettner Exchange, San Diego, California
In one of California’s must-eat-here cities, Kettner Exchange entices with its Apple Fell Far from the Tree cocktail, prepared with butterfly pea-infused blanco tequila, pimento dram, lime, and Fuji apple syrup. Make a reservation at Kettner Exchange.

Elements Restaurant, Aruba
Leave it to senior bartender Aldrich Pontilius to create an Aruban version of purple rain for the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort on Eagle Beach. He blends rum, vodka, triple sec, gin, Blue Curaçao, grenadine, and Sprite, inspired by the Aruban sunset. Make a reservation at Elements.

VERGE Restaurant + Lounge at Toll House Hotel, Los Gatos, California
The Purple Lady lures imbibers to the VERGE for Hangar 1 mandarin vodka, Pama pomegranate liqueur, fresh lemon juice, cool jasmine water, and egg white. A topping of rose crystals gives the cocktail its irresistible “drink me” vibe. Make a reservation at Verge Restaurant + Lounge.

Rail Epicurean Market, Westfield, Indiana
The Urban Vine is growing on diners at Rail Epicurean Market. Mixed with Cardinal Spirits Bramble black raspberry vodka from the Bloomington, Indiana, distillery, it also includes the Rail’s own blueberry-rhubarb jam, lemon juice, and soda topper. Make a reservation at Rail Epicurean Market.

Farmer’s Bottega, San Diego, California
The come-hither concoction at Farmer’s Bottega is named Blackberry Seduction. Aligned with the restaurant’s style of uber garden-fresh ingredients and refreshing elements, the Blackberry Seduction is made with muddled mint and fresh blackberries, rice-based vodka, and sparkling water. Make a reservation at Farmer’s Bottega.

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen, Brea, California
Before a helping of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen roasted Jidori chicken or afterward for dessert, the creamy Blueberry Serrano Saiquiri is in perfect accompaniment to the live Latin sounds of this Orange County staple. A burst of heat from serrano chili compliments the sweetness of this Myers’s Platinum rum, fresh blueberries, lime, hibiscus syrup, and lime cocktail. Make a reservation at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen.

312 Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Head bartender Jenn Knott knows the way to a Port lover’s heart at 312 Chicago. She combines Taylor Fladgate LBV 2009, Remy Martin VSOP, Averna, cinnamon-orange Demerara syrup, lemon juice, and whole egg into a drink called the Eclipse, served up in a chilled rocks glass. Make a reservation at 312 Chicago.

Bulla Gastrobar, Coral Gables, Florida
The Mariposa Negra has amassed an almost cult following of fans at South Florida’s Bulla Gastrobar.Mixed with Old Forester 100 Bourbon, housemade butterfly pea powder syrup, lemon juice and St. Germain liqueur, it’s the perfect counterbalance to the salty bliss of Bulla Gastrobar’s Iberico ham and tapas like patatas bravas or pimientos de Padrón. Make a reservation at Bulla Gastrobar.

Hotel Alessandra, Houston, Texas
The Bardot gets the sultriest cocktail award from Lucienne Restaurant’s Bar Bardot in the Hotel Alessandra. Delicate etched glasses are filled with Bombay gin, Luxardo liqueur, crème de violette, lemon juice, and Luxardo cherry. Make a reservation at Lucienne in the Hotel Alessandra.

Fig Tree Café, San Diego, California
Some say it’s the coconut milk in the acai mojito from Fig Tree Café that makes it so unique. Mixed with Purity Vodka, Living-Tea Acai, lime juice, mint, coconut milk and fresh berries, it’s the kind of cocktail diners crave long after the last sip. Make a reservation at Fig Tree Café.

Sinema, Nashville, Tennessee
The marriage of white peaches, blueberries, and seven-year expression AFROHEAD Rum Briland 07 come together in Nashville Sinema in the cheekily named ‘Mint for Each Other’ cocktail. Make a reservation at Sinema.

JIMMY at The James, New York, New York
Leave it to JIMMY at The James co-owner and mixologist Johnny Swet to find a way to ingratiate the purple power of beets in his Beet Boulevardier. The lip-smacking cocktail has Maker’s Mark, Campari, Carpano Antica, and beet juice. Make a reservation at JIMMY at The James.

Rossoblu, Los Angeles, California
The Campari Lambrusco spritz is rooted in Rossoblu bar director Brynn Smith’s passion for sharing lesser- appreciated Italian spirits with her guests. The restaurant is inspired by chef Steve Samson’s childhood summers in Bologna, and Smith’s refreshing cocktail, made with Campari, Lini Lambrusco, and club soda transports you there. Make a reservation at Rossoblu.

The Boathouse, Richmond, Virginia
Richmond mixologist Michael Avery mixes things up by combining Cruzan black cherry rum, blackberries, and simple syrup for his black cherry mojito. Garnished with mint leaves and lime wedges, it gets a splash of soda water to finish it off. Make a reservation at The Boathouse at Rockets Landing.

Pisco y Nazca, Doral, Florida
As Peruvian cuisine continues on its hot streak, the cocktails have become part of that trajectory. Case in point: the Purple Skies cocktail from Pisco y Nazca with Ketel One vodka, triple sec, Peruvian purple corn, and lemon juice. Make a reservation at Pisco y Nazca.

Red Salt, Koloa, Hawaii
It’s always time for a cocktail in Hawaii. At Red Salt, Kamalei Pihana shakes things up in her blueberry-açaí martini, prepared with Van Gough Blueberry-Açaí vodka, lemonade, blueberries, and simple syrup. Make a reservation at Red Salt.

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Food and Drink Specials for the Ravens Season Opener

By Lauren Cohen | September 8, 2015, 05:09 pm

Baltimore Ravens

Although saying “sayonara” to summer means putting away the flip flops and gearing up for sweater weather, the upside is that our beloved birds are officially back in action. The Ravens kick off their season by going head to head with the Denver Broncos on Sunday, September 13. So throw on a jersey and celebrate the opener with these pre-game parties and game-day deals at spots all over town.

Ravens 5K and Kids Fun Run: Lace up your running shoes, put on your purple gear, and head to M&T Bank Stadium on Wednesday, September 9 for a night of family fun. The festivities will begin at 6:15 p.m. with special activities for kids and runners will be on their marks for the city-wide 5K at 7 p.m. Following the race, all spectators are invited to cool down at a tailgate party in the Gate A Plaza, where they can mingle with Ravens alumni, enjoy live music and snacks, and down free drafts courtesy of Miller Lite. 1101 Russell St.

Countdown to Kickoff Party: Power Plant Live is being painted purple for this bird bash on Thursday, September 10. Starting at 6 p.m., fans are invited to rub elbows with former players Jarret Johnson, Jamal Lewis, and Adalius Thomas, while bobbing their heads to the sounds of Los Angeles rockers We Are Harlot, indie alternative musicians The Struts, and country singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann, all performing on the main stage. 4 Market Place

Purple Friday Flock Festival: Make the most of the first official Purple Friday by visiting this all-day soirée on a lunch break or during happy hour. The inaugural Flock Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 11 at the Pratt & Light Street Plaza in the Inner Harbor, featuring a lineup of food and beer trucks, live entertainment, and plenty of raffles and autographed giveaways.

Charles Village Pub & Patio: No matter the sport, there’s never any shortage of game-day deals at this multi-level Towson hangout. With TV screens on virtually every wall—including in the spacious outdoor patio—CVP is an ideal space to kick back and show off your purple pride. The bar’s Ravens food and drink specials will be in full effect for Sunday’s opener, with offerings like 30 wings or 10 sliders for $29.99, a crab pretzel for $8.99, 60-oz. pitchers of Bud, Bud Light, or Natural Light for $8.99, and single Budweiser, Bud Light, or Natural Light bottles for $1.99. 19 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, 410-821-8155

Fish Head Cantina: If you’ll be backing the birds from Arbutus, head to this neighborhood tiki bar to shoot some pool, chow down on sushi, and watch the game on 11 big screens. A running list of Ravens specials includes $1 12-oz. Natty Boh drafts, $2 domestic bottles and cans, $3 twisted teas, $4 craft drafts, and $5 crushes. On game days, the pub menu is 25 percent off. 4802 Benson Ave., Arbutus, 410-247-2474

Hightopps Backstage Grille: While this Timonium spot’s signature outdoor deck is reminiscent of some of our favorite beach town hangouts, step inside and you’ll find multiple bars perfect for sipping boozy beverages while rooting for your team. Specials on eats and drinks are featured daily, and when Ravens games fall on a Sunday, Hightopps offers a deal on 50-cent wings. To kick off the season, guests can also enjoy $5.25 Southern Comfort, Bacardi, Jack Daniels, and Tuaca drinks. 2306 York Road, Timonium, 410-560-7101

Jimmy’s Famous Seafood: With a menu full of local seafood specialties, it’s no wonder this Dundalk mainstay has a reputation as being a go-to spot for many of the Ravens players themselves. To celebrate the season’s return, Jimmy’s will be hosting an all-inclusive blowout for the birds this Sunday from 3:45 p.m. until the game ends. For the price of admission, fans can take advantage of open bar access, a full bull and oyster roast with pit beef and Roma sausage, a photo booth, and plenty of drinking games, while watching the action unfold on more than 30 screens. 6526 Holabird Ave., Dundalk, 410-633-4040

Johnny Dee’s Lounge: Adorned with twinkling lights and plenty of black and purple décor, this laid-back restaurant is a well-known watering hole for Perry Hall locals. Whether you’re a fan of more upscale entrees, or a firm believer that football should be paired with traditional pub grub, Johnny Dee’s offers something for everyone. Specials of note for the first game include a $10 bucket of domestics and a free shot of the bartender’s choosing every time the Ravens score a touchdown. 1705 Amuskai Ave., Parkville, 410-665-7000

Jokers N’ Thieves: This low country-inspired Canton bar makes a tradition out of roasting a half hog on game days, and Sunday’s matchup will mark the restaurant’s first “Hog Jam” of the season. Tickets to the all-inclusive feast include all-you-can-eat meat, side dishes like cornbread, potato salad, and collard greens, and a Miller Lite tallboy. Kickoff isn’t until 4:25 p.m., but the food gets served at 1 p.m. sharp, so be sure to show up early. 3000 O’Donnell St., 410-675-4029

Kisling’s Tavern: No sports bash is complete without classic bar fare, and, when it comes to Buffalo wings, the accolades keep on coming for this Canton spot. Pull up a barstool at Kisling’s and chow down on its signature wings while enjoying 16-oz. Ravens-labeled Miller Lite cans for $3.50, crushes for $4.50, $2-off all craft drafts, and $1-off all domestics. 2100 Fleet Street, 410-327-5477

Looney’s Pub: With a menu full of sports snacks like nachos, wraps, wings, and quesadillas, locals frequently flock to this Canton Square bar on any given game day. Looney’s welcomes back football season with plenty of specials on eats and drinks like a dozen wings or half-pound of shrimp for $9.99, a pound of shrimp paired with a pitcher of beer for $23.99,$4 Blue Moon or Guinness drafts, and $5 crushes and bloody marys. 2900 O’Donnell Street, 410-675-9235

Michael’s Café: As the summer winds down, don’t miss your chance to soak up some sun on the patio at this Timonium hotspot. Michael’s (which we just named “Best ‘Burbs Bar”) is starting football season off right will an all-you-can-eat outdoor tailgate this Sunday. Chow down on endless hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled pork, and potato salad for $10, while throwing back $3 Maryland Beers and $2.50 Coors and Miller Lites. 2119 York Road, Timonium, 410-252-2022

Mt. Washington Tavern: Discounted food and drink offerings are always plentiful during sports season at this sleek neighborhood haunt, making it an ideal place to showcase your purple pride. On any day that the Ravens play, diners can sip $3 16-oz. Natty Boh cans, $4 Blue Moon drafts, and $7 Deep Eddie Vodka drinks, while digging in to $8 chicken quesadillas, $8 roasted Buffalo wings, $10 crab dip, and $10 loaded waffle fries. 5700 Newbury St., 410-367-6903

Ristorante Firenze: This Reisterstown newbie has been making a name for itself with by serving up Italian classics for a few months now, and it’s ready to celebrate its first Ravens season with plenty of drink deals. From kickoff until close, guests can take advantage of specials like $3 16-oz. Miller Lite cans, $4 purple power shots, and a reduced bar menu with snacks for sharing. 2 Hanover Road, Reisterstown, 410-394-5577

Turp’s Sports Bar and Restaurant: Head to this cheerful Mt. Vernon hotspot (which we just named “Best Sports Bar”) to catch the game on multiple flat screens and indulge in plenty of food and drink specials. Fans can sip $2 Natty Boh cans, $2.25 domestic bottles, and $2 purple shooters while watching the Ravens and the Broncos duke it out. 1317 N. Charles St., 410-347-0349


Food and Drink Specials for Ravens 2015 Season

By Lauren Cohen | August 13, 2015, 12:08 pm

-Baltimore Ravens

Although saying “sayonara” to summer means putting away the flip flops and gearing up for sweater weather, the upside is that our beloved birds are officially back in action. So throw on a jersey and celebrate the return of the Ravens with these game-day food and drink deals at spots all over town.

Charles Village Pub & Patio: No matter the sport, there’s never any shortage of game-day specials at this multi-level Towson bar. With TV screens on virtually every wall—including in the spacious outdoor patio—CVP is an ideal space to kick back and show off your purple pride. The bar’s football specials include 30 wings or 10 sliders for $29.99, a crab pretzel for $8.99, 60-oz. pitchers of Bud, Bud Light, or Natural Light for $8.99, and single Budweiser, Bud Light, or Natural Light bottles for $1.99. 19 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, 410-821-8155

Diamondback Tavern: This Ellicott City watering hole boasts an 80-seat bar section complete with arcade games and shuffleboard courts, making it the perfect spot for weekly Ravens ragers. Diamondback’s list of Sunday game specials includes $2.50 Miller Lite bottles, $3.50 Maker’s Mark drinks, and a Miller Lite bucket paired with an order of loaded nachos for $15. 3733 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, 410-313-8530.

Fish Head Cantina: If you’ll be backing the birds from Arbutus, head to this neighborhood tiki bar to shoot some pool, chow down on sushi, and watch the game on 11 screens. A running list of game-day specials includes $1 12-oz. Natty Boh drafts, $2 domestic bottles and cans, $3 twisted teas, $4 craft drafts, and $5 crushes. On game days, the pub menu is 25 percent off. 4802 Benson Ave., Arbutus, 410-247-2474

Hightopps Backstage Grille: While this Timonium spot’s signature outdoor deck is reminiscent of some of our favorite beach town hangouts, step inside and you’ll find multiple bars perfect for sipping boozy beverages while rooting for your team. Specials on eats and drinks are featured daily, and when Ravens games fall on a Sunday, Hightopps offers a deal on 50-cent wings and $5.25 Southern Comfort, Bacardi, Jack Daniels, and Tuaca drinks. 2306 York Road, Timonium, 410-560-7101

Johnny Dee’s Lounge: Adorned with twinkling lights and plenty of black and purple décor, this laid-back restaurant is a well-known meeting place for Perry Hall locals. Whether you’re a fan of more upscale entrees, or a firm believer that football should be paired with traditional pub grub, Johnny Dee’s offers something for everyone. Football specials of note include a $10 bucket of domestics and a free shot of the bartender’s choosing every time the Ravens score a touchdown. 1705 Amuskai Ave., Parkville, 410-665-7000

Kisling’s Tavern: When it comes to Buffalo wings, the accolades keep on coming for this Canton spot. Pull up a barstool at Kisling’s and chow down on its signature wings while enjoying 16-oz. Ravens-labeled Miller Lite cans for $3.50, crushes for $4.50, $2-off all craft drafts, and $1-off all domestics whenever the birds play on a Sunday. 2100 Fleet Street, 410-327-5477

Kooper’s: All three Kooper’s outposts in Fells Point, Lutherville, and Jacksonville will be running the same drink specials to celebrate the birds. Grab some friends and kick-back in the bar while sipping $3 Miller Lites, $4 Blue Moon cans, and $5 Absolut crushes during every game. Multiple locations including 1702 Thames St., 410-563-5423.

Looney’s Pub: Locals frequently flock to this Canton Square bar on any given game day to munch on sports snacks like nachos, wraps, wings, and quesadillas. Looney’s welcomes the birds back to Baltimore with plenty of specials on eats and drinks like a dozen wings or half-pound of shrimp for $9.99, a pound of shrimp paired with a pitcher of beer for $23.99,$4 Blue Moon or Guinness drafts, and $5 crushes and bloody marys. 2900 O’Donnell Street, 410-675-9235

Mother’s Grille: It’s been seven months since the last time we had the opportunity to hang out on the Purple Patio at Mother’s on a game day, but the Federal Hill gem is celebrating football’s return with a bash for the birds during every home game. Don your purple gear and enjoy all-you-can-drink mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, orange crushes, and beer for $30. 1113 S. Charles St., 410-244-8686.

Mt. Washington Tavern: Discounted food and drink offerings are always plentiful during sports season at this sleek neighborhood haunt, making it an ideal place to showcase your purple pride. On any day that the birds play, diners can sip $3 16-oz. Natty Boh cans, $4 Blue Moon drafts, and $7 Deep Eddie Vodka drinks, while enjoying eats like $8 chicken quesadillas, $8 roasted Buffalo wings, $10 crab dip, and $10 loaded waffle fries. 5700 Newbury St., 410-367-6903

Padonia Ale House: This go-to Timonium hangout features drink specials on a daily basis, and it throws a few extra deals into the mix in honor of Ravens games. A running list of Sunday football specials includes $3 Fireball shots, $3 16-oz. Bud Light Bottles, and $6 burgers. 63 E. Padonia Road, Timonium, 410-252-8181.

Ristorante Firenze: This Reisterstown newbie has been making a name for itself by serving up Italian classics for a few months now, and it’s ready to celebrate its first Ravens season with plenty of drink deals. From kickoff until close, guests can take advantage of specials like $3 16-oz. Miller Lite cans, $4 purple power shots, and a reduced bar menu with snacks for sharing. 2 Hanover Road, Reisterstown, 410-394-5577

Turp’s Sports Bar and Restaurant: Head to this cheerful Mt. Vernon hotspot (which we just named “Best Sports Bar”) to catch the game on multiple flat screens and indulge in plenty of food and drink specials. Fans can sip $2 Natty Boh cans, $2.25 domestic bottles, and $2 purple shooters while watching the Ravens and their opponents duke it out. 1317 N. Charles St., 410-347-0349


Sri Rama Navami celebrations and traditions

Wishing all my Friends,Family and Readers a Happy SRIRAMA NAVAMI !
It’s a wonderful feeling to share my celebrations at home but today my friend Kalpana was kind enough to send the pics and share her traditions . Lucky for me and all my readers to witness the puja.

Lord Rama decorated with flowers , fruits and Prasadam

108 names of Lord Rama chanted and silverflowers were offered.

Mangalaarathi after 108 naamvali . Aarathi …….looks so lively !

Traditional food : Vadapappu and Panakam offered as prasadam.

Reading stories and reciting shlokas in praise of Lord Sri Rama is a tradition.The book in the pic is almost 40 years old book ,rarely found in stores now .It is a 100Year-Old, Kalpana’s Family Tradition to read this book every Saturday.

Writing Raama Naamam is a tradition, It is said that the word “Ram” is more powerful than the Lord himself.One can write in any language ..( above it is written in Telugu )

Thanks Kalpana ! Hope , did justice in interpreting your pics.

What do you do on SriRama Navami ?Please feel free to comment about your festival traditions and send pictures.Everyone would love to see them.


The Raven: An Edgar Allan Poe Cocktail

All Hallows Eve is here, and with it, the end of our Edgar Allan Poe menu! Even though I don’t normally post recipes on Mondays, I thought it would be fun to share one on Halloween…and when I found a “The Raven” cocktail recipe a couple months ago, I knew I’d found the perfect way to bookend our Poe menu.

The recipe below is my interpretation of The Raven cocktail, which was originally developed by Ashley at Smarty Had a Party . The cocktail below is a delicious combo of 3 of my favorite flavors: blackberry, pomegranate, and mint. With a little white rum, it makes for a refreshing, darkly sweet (but not too sweet) drink. Enjoy while reading your favorite Edgar Allan Poe poems!


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