Two Girls, Three Courses: The Elephant.

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For restaurant week summer edition, the girlfriends dined at The Elephant, a new American restaurant in one of our favorite neighborhoods Mount Vernon. The Elephant was unexpected to say the least, even after rolling in late the staff was super accommodating (They even had a place to put my drenched umbrella)! The building was rich with history. The brass and wood detailing made us feel as if we were in the 1920’s. Of course, we ordered from the restaurant week prefix menu. The first course we tried was the heirloom tomato salad which was perfectly seasoned, a play on the panzella salad with the croutons was a great touch. We also tried the BL”T” slider that included bacon, lettuce, watermelon, and basil pesto. The watermelon was so refreshing a perfect complement to the saltiness of the bacon. For the second course, the chilled Asian noodles is a must have! The sesame dressing was everything. The short rib was super tender my only complaint is that there wasn’t more. The jerk chicken pizza was done just right, the jerk chicken was not overly spicy, and the mango sealed the authentic tropical taste. For dessert, we had the cinnamon roll and the chocolate peanut butter tart. After dinner we explored the upstairs lounge recommended by the owner Steven. We were immediately mesmerized by the white marble bar. We got lucky going on a Thursday night, picture this enjoying a live jazz band under a gold chandelier and a candle lit atmosphere (major speak easy vibes). It was an amazing night we will be back and not just because I forgot my umbrella!

 

Visit the Elephant for a tranquil dining experience and be sure to follow them @theelephantbaltimore on Instagram.

 

 

Keep it Classy!

The Girlfriends ❤

 

Breaking Bread with Girlfriends: Carleen, The Unconventional Traditionalist.

 

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For our first breaking bread interview we met with Carleen Goodridge the creator of Le Monade beverage boutique and plated by Le Monade catering company. We met at the beautiful Rec Pier Chop House restaurant inside of the Sagamore Pendry hotel. A great conversation over an exceptional meal. Carleen’s positive energy is infectious! A native New Yorker with roots in Liberia, she uses every experience to influence a beautiful brand. Le Monade beverage boutique is artisanal drinks, simple syrups, and wellness blends. Le Monade consists of local and natural ingredients meant to refresh, nourish, and inspire. Plated by Le Monade is a catering company where dinners consist of deconstructed west African food specifically Liberian cuisine which is a blend of southern American and Caribbean influences. The signature edible tablescapes, featuring citrus and tropical fruit are both appealing to the eye as well as a nourishing snack between courses.

Carleen dropped some serious gems about living your truth and being unapologetically you. A space that undoubtedly takes a journey to get to. “Every no and every wrong turn got me to where I am today.” She exclaimed as she opened about how rejection and failure ultimately lead to progress. The advice that she had for entrepreneurs is to not confuse success with money, find what you love, do not strive to keep up with the Jones’. The importance of rest and self-care were a huge topic. She spoke about how overworking leads to mental, physical, and relationship issues. Although she learned the hard way, she now secures time for rest and her well-being. Have you ever heard of a blue zone? (Yup we didn’t either). It is areas around the world where people are the happiest and live the longest. Carleen used to live in a blue zone in Ft. Worth, Texas. Where people ate healthier, maintained a healthy work balance, and understood the importance of healthy relationships, #Goals! If you did not know Carleen has four beautiful children and proper eating habits are something she values for her and her family. She shared her recipe for an avocado based chocolate pudding, while explaining how to find alternative options to replace guilty pleasures. “Spending more on quality ingredients is much better than spending money on hospital bills.” There is no price tag on joy was a phrase that stood out to us while discussing how money does not equal success or true wealth. Believe it or not Carleen is a city girl with a country heart who truly believes in being content with the simple things. Picture this, her vision is turning a bus into a mobile home or living on a farm raising livestock who rock her handmade flower crowns (seriously, how cute!) Carleen has a true love for décor she lit up on the topic of making your home appealing to you and making your kitchen your sexy place. We bonded over our love for bargain décor and Target clearance! We left super inspired after meeting with Carleen. We learned so much about health, growth, and embracing yourself. Carleen’s story is a pure depiction of taking life’s lemons and turning them into Le Monade. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and allowing us to use these gems to inspire others!

For more about Carleen’s businesses follow @le_monade_  & @plated.by.le_monade on Instagram.

Keep it Classy!

The Girlfriends ❤

Day. Night.

This Saturday was way too live to just pick one event. So, we didn’t! Our Saturday started at the Motor House Baltimore for beautifulpplusa’s something like a juke joint. From the moment we walked in it was impossible to miss the impeccable fashion, the contagious laughter, and the high energy on the dancefloor, this party embodied beautiful people. The perfect mix of afro beats and R&B. We couldn’t help but to move (thundaclap for the win!). The specialty cocktails were the Soul Glow an old fashioned with a little ginger kick and Cut a Rug a pineapple punch with sweet almond, fresh mint, and basil. This day party was a great kick off for the rest of the night. 1D3213A4-3B7C-4966-A9AD-CB5B9691BD9FCF245056-A00E-4702-83A3-C6AD66BD9DCB7DBA21BF-D17E-45A9-936C-C84A821D46CBDB622B55-D5D4-4786-A776-5091612A13DC
Onto the next event… The Night Brunch this sold out event did not disappoint! Greeted in the parking lot by Outstanding by the Gap band and the amazing smell of Chef Morrow’s cooking we immediately got family cookout vibes (When we saw the meat cage we knew it was about to go down!) The consistency of the chill atmosphere throughout the entire night with such a large group of people was unbelievable. The board games were an awesome touch! Imagine playing connect four while jamming to Bruno and Cardi … yeah doesn’t get much better. Thank you, Jason, for this innovative event to kick off our summer. 63BA3E5F-C9CB-4DD5-BC76-A31488C19088019D7545-DFFF-4070-8A36-598935B2E460A1E797B0-30DA-44D5-97E7-64B984F7E6A8
Our night would not be complete without junk food reflection. Shout out the good people at LB Skybar for leaving the kitchen open a few minutes later so we could have girl talk over pizza and tacos.0766266E-437E-4764-90A5-8202C7958C2F
That’s our weekend recap.

Keep it Classy!

The Girlfriends ❤

 

Girls Got the Juice.

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·         Chlorophyll Alkaline Water by @flowbmore this water is super smooth the chlorophyll and alkaline is not overpowering in taste. This water is a definite go to for a first day detox.

·         Quench by @drjen_knowsskin Very refreshing, the watermelon and cucumber stole the show in this juice.

·         Beets by Dr. J @drjen_knowsskin Super sweet, if you love smoothies this drink is for you!

·         Ginger Rose by @le_monade_ The ginger awakens your taste buds with a subtle finish of rose water. It gets better with every sip!

·          Citrus Thyme by @le_monade_ Warm citrus taste with the aromatics of thyme. Paired with champagne would make the perfect girlfriends brunch cocktail.

Super bummed that we did not get to sample all the juices from the ladies but we look forward to connecting with them and trying their products. Follow them! @lovewaterandjuice @tastebudtherapist @veganjuiceology and many thanks to @naturallychefcat for putting together an awesome event and giving a platform to female entrepreneurs.

 

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The Girlfriends ❤

And then there was Pizza!

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After weeks of our favorite local bloggers raving and our millionth replay of the Nutella calzone Instagram videos we made it to Midici in Whitemarsh. We were pleasantly surprised by the easy parking on a Friday night. The atmosphere felt warm and friendly we were immediately greeted by the manager and the chef. At first glance you think upscale sit-down restaurant but the self-seating and ordering gave us classic pizzeria vibes. Seeing as it was national meatball day we thought we had our dish figured out but the smell of that pizza though… So, pizza it was! we tried the margherita and egg and bacon pizzas. If you are looking for an authentic Italian pizza the margherita is for you! The dough was chewy yet crisp from the brick oven. The egg bacon pizza… There was potato, sausage, bacon, and an egg in the middle need I say more (didn’t think so!) For our healthier option we had the burrata and pear which did not disappoint! And for the grand finale *cues Rocky theme music* we had the infamous Nutella Calzone and yes it was everything we had dreamed of and so much more! Warm pizza dough, fresh berries drizzled Nutella a perfect ending to a delicious dinner. Whether post movie date night or after a shopping trip with the girls Midici is a go to and an awesome new flare to the Avenue in Whitemarsh!
Keep it Classy!
The Girlfriends ❤

 

Two girls, Three courses.

 

 

The girlfriends guide to restaurant week.

Night One- The Food Market

Our first night of restaurant week was off to a good start arriving at the food market receiving complimentary valet. Our reservation was set for 7:45pm we arrived 20 minutes early and were seated immediately. The restaurant gave a warm casual dining feel with communal seating and sociable vibes. This was an ideal place for a girl’s night out, you can share guilt free conversation and good laughs. Our waiter that we affectionately nicknamed our “Main Man Matt” was attentive from start to finish. After literally starving ourselves all day in anticipation for this feast we were about to partake in, you can only imagine what happened when Matt placed the focaccia bread in front of us. Our cocktail of choice was the Hanks Pym’s Cup which wasn’t overly strong and captured warm notes of orange and ginger. We both ordered from the restaurant week prix fixe menu. For our first courses, we ordered the mini beef wellington poppers and hot roasted Brussels. Upon first seeing the mini beef wellington poppers we couldn’t help but think “just two?” we also did not taste the foie gras or the duxelle mushrooms overall the dish just kind of lacked in flavor. The hot roasted brussels stole the show for the first course garnished with Cajun bacon and liquid goat cheese. Moving on to the entrees we ordered the crab pot pie and the roasted beef short rib. The crab pot pie came out hot, the crust was perfectly crisp yet light the filling was creamy and full of crab. The roasted beef short rib was super tender and I could have drank the hickory jus with a straw (yes it was that good!) Now onto our personal favorite, desserts! *insert praise hands* we ordered the half-baked blondie and the heathbar bread pudding. The blondie gave us all the nostalgia of grandma’s fresh baked cookies straight out the oven warm, rich, and just all around delicious. The Heathbar bread pudding was thick the way I like it and the caramel pretty much had me licking my plate. Thanks for having us Food Market and the girlfriends will be back!

Night Two- Roy’s of Baltimore

Our second night out was at Roy’s of Baltimore it started with valet service which was nine dollars with validation from the restaurant. We arrived about 10 minutes early and were immediately seated. The dining area was dimly lit perfect for a date night or corporate meeting (had to keep the volume of our girl talk to a minimum). Upon seating, our waiter asked our preference of water, the choices included iced or bottled and still or sparkling. Okay girlfriend breakdown… iced water is tap water; bottled water means they are charging you in our case it was one plastic bottle of Fiji water for us to share (not our idea of fine dining but okay). We had a glass of Chloe rose wine which was light and sweet. For our first course, we ordered crab rangoons and a petite wedge salad. The crab rangoons by themselves would have been perfect, the pineapple lemon sweet and sour sauce was amazing too but just not for that dish. The petite wedge salad was fresh, crisp and very flavorful. Honestly the first course was the highlight of our Roy’s experience. For our entrees, we ordered the half-roasted chicken and the tender braised lamb shank. The half-roasted chicken was obviously not brined, it was extremely dry and I found myself submerging it in the mashed potatoes and gravy to have any flavor at all. The braised lamb shank was tender but bland with only a half scoop of polenta (side note Stacia really loves polenta ☹). And now for the dessert, we ordered the Lilikoi crème brulee and the warm banana brioche bread pudding. The lilikoi crème brulee was more like a yogurt with a burnt coconut tuile. The warm banana brioche bread pudding had an awkward texture. Overall, we were not impressed with the dishes served at Roy’s. It felt like there was no effort put into the restaurant week menu. Based on this experience we have no interest in returning. It’s been real Roy!

Night Three- Rye Street Tavern

For our final night, during restaurant week we visited Rye Street Tavern we were mesmerized by the beautiful estate. Located next to the Sagamore Spirit distillery the string lighting and open design created a warm vibe before even entering the restaurant. We were seated immediately, the wood detailing, wall mounted moose head, and gold accents created the coziness of a lodge we truly forgot we were in Baltimore. We started with a bottle of Saratoga water and our cocktail of choice was the Sinatra sour (we were low key obsessed with their novelty ice cubes). Not long after we were seated we were brought their house made cornbread with whipped butter, the cornbread was warm, moist, and had a surprising pop of flavor of sweet scallion. For the first course, we ordered the black bean soup and the fried green tomatoes. The black bean soup was smooth and the lime crema completed the dish. The fried green tomatoes were a treat, mixing old school south with new Latin flavors. For our entrees, we ordered AC’S Famous Fried Chicken and Whiskey Marinated Flat Iron Steak. Let’s start with the chicken better yet let’s just move to my favorite part THE BISCUIT! I would have been just as satisfied if they would have simply brought me a plate full of biscuits. This was easily the best biscuit I have ever had in my entire 20 something years on this earth! Now for the steak, I ordered it medium rare it was cooked to perfection the whiskey marinade really took it over the top and as far as whipped potatoes go Rye street has the blueprint. For our third course, we ordered the banana pudding and the buttermilk pie. The banana pudding was essentially just custard, a few bananas, and a sugar cookie compared to the other dishes I felt it failed in comparison. The buttermilk pie was light and refreshing. We can’t end this post without shouting out the best waitress who wasn’t even our waitress. Taneshia was awesome! She was efficient, attentive, and respectful. We can’t say enough of how great her service was keep being great Taneshia! Rye Street Tavern was a great finale to Baltimore Restaurant Week.

Keep it classy!
The Girlfriends ❤