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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