Detroit, MI: Polish Village Cafe

A surprising fact I came to learn about Detroit was the high number of Polish immigrants living in the city. As covered in the blog previously, I married into a Polish family, and largely through the annual celebration of Wigilia, I’ve discovered an entire world of food I didn’t previously know existed; or hadn’t attributed to the Poles.

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Detroit, MI: Slow’s Bar BQ

In the early stages of the 20th century, not long after Henry Ford fired up his model T for the first time, manufacturing jobs became the new gold rush. Thousands of skilled laborers rushed to the car plants of Detroit, Michigan. Why Detroit? Centrally located in the United States, it was perfectly positioned to receive the raw material coming in by train from all over the country.

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Baltimore, MD: LP Steamers

Our time in Baltimore was coming to an end, and we were saddened because we had thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The media gives an impression of an impoverished ghetto, which could not be further from the truth. It’s a city rich with history; a reminder to early industrialization, but still taking the steps necessary to find ways to keep relevancy. The harbor front is home to dozens of crab shacks, one of the world’s largest aquariums, and lots of ships – both work, and tour-boats.

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Baltimore, MD: Pioneer Pit Beef

When hitting the coastal city of Baltimore, the food you’d associate with the city would be crabs. Steamers, crab cakes, soft shell sandwiches, and more. Venture away from the port area, however, and you’ll find a completely different culinary scene. Over on the East side of the city lies the blue collar crowd, and crabs aren’t every day living. The fact is, seafood is a premium; and for those who are simply getting by, a much more humble sandwich is up their alley. Two words: Pit beef.

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Washington, DC: Nationals Park

As a father of a new baby boy, one of the things I’m looking forward to most in the coming years is sharing my love of baseball with him. It’s a passion, to the point of obsession, and it’s been with me since I was a kid. My earliest memory is sitting on my dad’s lap as he tried to wire me into a state of overwhelming euphoria every time Tim Raines came up to bat.

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Washington, DC: Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken

On March 20th, my wife and I welcomed our first son, Noah. To say it’s been a life-changing event would be minimizing the impact he’s had on us. Suddenly, every movement we make is consumed with the second thought of how we need to incorporate our newborn in our plans. After a couple of weeks of trying to figure out this whole gig of being parents, we figured the best thing we could ultimately do was just continue to live our lives the way we normally would, bringing our baby boy along for the ride. And, with the dawn of a new spring comes a new baseball season, and with it, new road trip opportunities for a couple of travel junkies. With a 4-day weekend over Easter, we took off for the nearest city whose Major League stadium we hadn’t checked out, which in this case was Washington, DC.

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Fiazza Fresh Fired

The Ottawa culinary scene has undergone a sweeping change in recent years, and as a food blogger, I couldn’t be happier. It’s not that I don’t appreciate poutine and shawarma, but there had reached a point when literally every non-fast food entity that was opening its doors was limited to one of those two items as its staple, and it was getting a little tiring.

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