August 31, 2009


Recap of the weekend past:

Friday, Steve came over after work. We grilled some pizza, drank some beer, ate some of my homemade strawberry ice cream and watched the O's game :)

(Garlic & Herb pizza dough, $.99 at Trader Joe's)

Saturday, I got up and made Steve ham & cheddar croissant rolls for breakfast, went to meet some friends for lunch in Catonsville at El Nayar which also has a location in Columbia. I wouldn't say it was authentic Mexican cuisine, but the food wasn't bad. The place is BYOB which I like it was very clean, nicely decorated without being tacky, and the servers were attentive. The lunch menu is mainly a-la-carte and looked limited, but our server told us that we could order anything off of the dinner menu as well.

My chile relleno was huge, but I wish it were crispier. The fact that it was smothered in their home made salsa might have been the reason... I wasn't expecting my fish taco to be made with crispy fish, but didn't really mind, however I prefer grilled fish to fried any day. The taco would have been plain if it hadn't come with a cucumber, onion, and tomato "salsa" and a salsa verde. The cucumber, onion, and tomato "salsa" tasted a little vinegar-y and had a nice heat to it. I looked online and their menus are different for each location.

(Steve got a carne asada tostada, barbacoa torta, and a tamale)

(I ordered a chile relleno and a fish taco)

After lunch we walked around downtown Catonsville and stopped at an antique store, I bought a vintage necklace for $8 and a book about Fort McHenry for my dad which was $3. I love bargain shopping! After lunch Steve and I went Rita's then to the Under Armour Factory Store.

Went to the gym for a bit then dinner at Grill & Go a sushi and hibachi place in the Perry Hall Shopping Center by Superfresh and Chick-fil-A on Belair Road. We stuffed ourselves silly with sushi. This was my first time eating here and I believe that Grill & Go hasn't been open for more than 6mo. When we went around 8pm there was no one else in the small dining area except for us. Their menu had at least 40 different types of rolls one I had to try was the banana roll with coconut flakes. Have you ever in your life heard of a fruit roll!?, I haven't! Besides the banana roll they also have kiwi, mango, and pineapple with combination fruit rolls as well. The rolls were very reasonable, the fish tasted fresh, but it wasn't the best sushi I've ever had. Of course, I didn't expect it to be though.

Sunday, slept in, ate a big Sunday breakfast (family tradition), did some laundry, clipped coupons, errands around Towson, then went to dinner at Stewart's Drive-Inn in Rosedale. Every year since I was about 8, my family has been going to Stewart's once every season. My dad can remember coming here when he was a teen. The owner of Stewart's was still there this visit, he opens the drive-in from March-September then goes back to Texas for the winter. This season is going to be over September 13th so if you want a frosty mug of Stewart's fresh from the tap, creamy, root beer you better hurry!

(The Stewart's Chili Cheese Dog is a must try, they also have steamburgers. I got a chicken cheesesteak though)

Recipe & Links:

Ham & Cheddar Croissants
by CupcakeRN

I used reduced fat croissant dough that came with 8 servings, fat free cheddar cheese, and cut each slice of ham into half. Depending on your taste you can change the recipe to suit your preference such as using regular dough, adding more cheese or ham. This recipe is super easy, quick, and delicious. Perfect for a light breakfast or for a brunch appetizer.

1 roll of refrigerated croissant dough (I used reduced fat and came with 8 servings)
1 package shredded cheddar cheese (I used fat free)
4 slices deli ham

1. Preheat oven to temperature given on the baking instructions printed on the package of dough.
2. Unroll a triangle of dough and sprinkle on cheddar cheese. Place a piece of ham on top of the cheese and roll from one outer corner to the other.
3. Place the croissant corner side down onto a non-stick baking sheet.
4. Repeat for the remainder of the dough.
5. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the croissants are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

El Nayar (official website)
Urban Spoon Review (for Columbia location)

Under Armour (link to list of retail and factory store locations)
1010 Swan Creek Drive
Curtis Bay, MD 21226


  1. Next time that you're in Catonsville on a weekend, check out Home Anthology:

    Home Anthology sells used "mid-century" furniture. It is a few blocks from that El Nayar, and it is great for browsing. The couple who run the place are friendly, helpful and not stuffy at all.

  2. I'll keep this place in the mind, thanks for the link!