Maggiano's has been one of my favorite spots for Italian food for some time now. They always have great portions and the food is amazing. I only recently discovered that on the menu they have deals where you order a dish to eat in the restaurant and you get a second to take home. You can't beat that deal!
This past weekend my girlfriend and I decided it was time for a girls day out. So we decided to check out the new brunch at Maggiano's that way we could grab a bite and do some shopping! We went in around Noon and they weren't overly crowded so we were able to sit right away. However, before we ordered our food we noticed the place had packed up fairly quickly. We took forever to order because we were so busy chatting it up. When we finally took a look at the menu, it was tough trying to decide what to order because there were several tasty sounding options.
What is a girls brunch without a tasty drink right!? We opted for the Peach Bellini's which they also offer in a frozen version. We went for the non-frozen option and they were full of flavor. While waiting for our order they also provided us two mini cakes. They were kind of like a coffee cake texture and sweet.
For our meals, I went with the Chicken and Waffles and my friend ordered the crab cake, which comes with a poached egg but they gave her the option to change the way the eggs were cooked so she went with scrambled. In Maggiano's fashion, the portions were plentiful even for brunch!
The presentation definitely matched the taste. The chicken and waffles included 4 pieces of chicken in a batter that reminded me of funnel cake batter. It blended well with the waffles and syrup. The crab cake dish came with two crab cakes which were more crab meat than filler. The potatoes were seasoned with perfection. Both meals were way to much for us to eat in one sitting so we had leftovers to take home. I am looking forward to going back to try some of the other options on the menu, this is certainly a brunch you want to check out! The full brunch menu is served Saturday and Sunday until 3 pm. Make sure you let them know the Housewives of Annapolis sent you!
Maggiano's Little Italy
2100 Annapolis Mall Rd
Annapolis, MD 21401
Last week we held our Annapolis Housewives GNO Launch event at Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar in Annapolis. Some of you were not able to attend so we wanted to make sure you were still able to check out our awesome vendors that participated in the event!
First I would like to thank our charity partner and give a special thanks to those who brought in items for them to collect!
Thank You to our lovely photographer!
Make sure you check out our amazing venue if you have never been before!!
1905 Towne Centre Blvd
Annapolis, MD 21401
Paladar is a Latin American restaurant with a cuisine inspired by Central & South America, Cuba and the Latin Caribbean. It is located inside Annapolis Towne Centre near the free valet parking. I love the decor of this place it reminds me of somewhere in Cuba with the colorful walls and booths to the funky unique lighting.
On more than one occasion, I have stopped in to partake in the daily happy hour. My personal favorite drink is the Mango-Cilantro Margarita, sounds like a crazy combination right?? But it tastes so good!
Over the weekend I stopped in to have dinner rather than Happy Hour. We decided to try some new things since we had never had dinner here before. For drinks we ordered a Rum Punch and a Pomegranate - Ginger Margarita. Once again the drinks did not disappoint! Our waitress who was super helpful, let us know that with the fresh guacamole you can add additional items like Jalapenos, Mango, Shrimp and even BACON! There were several other options but we decided on shrimp and it was yummy! We can't wait to go back and try a different combo!
For starters we had the Braised Beef Ropa Vieja and Jerk Chicken Skewers. Both were absolutely scrumptious! The Jerk Skewers have a mango jerk sauce that gives it a sweet and spicy taste.
Our main course ended up being the next days lunch because we stuffed ourselves on starters! We ordered the 21-DAY Dry Aged Skirt Steak Churrasco and the Mojo Marinated Sockeye Salmon. The skirt steak comes with chimichurri (Chimichurri is a popular South American sauce that generally accompanies meat) and the flavors pop in your mouth! The salmon was out of this world, you can taste the season of the marinade in every bite. All and all we were delighted to discover that Happy Hour wasn't the only thing this place has to offer. We would recommend Paladar to anyone looking for great drinks and apps or for a great dinner dining experience.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favorite holidays. It's the the time of year where my family gets a chance to come together. I have a rather large family and we are spread out over the east coast so I love when we get a chance to spend some time. For me the holidays are about traditions. Some of those traditions are based around food!! Another reason to love the holidays! I started making this apple pie cheesecake a few years ago for Thanksgiving and Christmas and it has since become a tradition. As delicious as it is, it doesn't seem right baking it any other time of year. Even those who are not usually a fan of cheesecake love it. So I'm breaking tradition and sharing the recipe. Give it a try you are going to love it!!
10 graham crackers sheets, finely crushed (1 1/3 cups)
2 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb granny smith apples, finely chopped*
2 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Salted caramel sauce
For the crust:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Pour in butter and using a fork, stir until evenly moistened. Press evenly into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated oven 5 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to cool.
For the streusel:
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, quick oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add cold butter and using fingertips, rub butter into dry mixture until it comes together it small crumbles and pieces of butter are no longer visible. Transfer to refrigerator while preparing apples and filling.
For the filling:
In a bowl, toss chopped apples with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-low speed, cream together cream cheese with sugar just until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, then blend in sour cream and vanilla.
To assemble cheesecake:
Pour cheesecake batter evenly over crust. Pour apples evenly over cheesecake layer, then finish by sprinkling the streusel over top. Bake in preheated oven 25-30 minutes until filling is set. Cool at room temperature 30 minutes, then transfer to fridge and chill 3 hours. Serve with caramel sauce.
I'm a wife and mom that works from home full time. I also own an online women's boutique. I love all things fashion, I love to cook and I enjoy a great glass of wine anytime I can!
I'm new to blogging but have always worked in events and entertainment until about a year ago when I took my current job. I needed to have more flexibility and time as I became an instant mom. My husband was an awesome full time Dad but now he probably wonders how he did it without me!!
Life was much different a few years ago when I was single and ready to mingle!! I traveled at the drop of a hat, promoted parties, hosted celebrities for various events. It was a great ride but I've traded those party nights in for cooking dinner, baking cakes and football practice!! So when I saw this opportunity I couldn't jump fast enough. It was a chance to not only be social again but I could also put my event skills to work. It's so inspiring to work alongside women like myself that are juggling not only family but a million other endeavors. I am looking forward to making some great connections at our Girls Night Out events and showcasing some of the awesome businesses and restaurants Annapolis has to offer.
Join me on this journey, I hope to continue to grow and want to see you grow with me!
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I am Deedra!!
I am a genuine people person who is on a constant search for new BFFs, great times, great food and great wine! Let's connect! ... There are so many great places to visit and explore in our beautiful city of Annapolis. Please also join me for our monthly Girls' Night Out!! I can't wait to meet you!