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Baltimore Sandwiches: Regi’s Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Panini

Although most Baltimoreans know Regi’s for their American bistro-style dinner offerings, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s eaten there that they also offer an outstanding brunch on the weekends.  Regi’s, on Light Street in Federal Hill, opens early on Saturday and Sunday to provide some of the top breakfast dishes in the area.  In my times eating there I’ve seen almost everything on their menu get rave reviews, but arguably the best brunch item on the menu is the bacon, egg, and cheese panini.

Most people will immediately scoff at the notion that this sandwich can’t possibly be better than something they could get at countless other brunches around the city, but I assure you this sandwich is special.  First, it’s served on Texas toast, which is thick enough to contain and absorb all the egg while not being too thick and chewy, which is often the case with a bagel.  The eggs are scrambled perfectly and held together by just the right amount of cheddar cheese as not to overwhelm the taste buds.  The key, though, is the bacon.  Sliced thicker than in any restaurant I can recall, it’s cooked to just the right level of crispness to blend perfectly with the soft eggs and cheese.

Not only will you be treated to this amazing sandwich, but all of Regi’s brunch items are served with fantastic home fries that, again, are prepared crispy but not burnt.  When you wake up this Sunday after a night of drinking Bohs to celebrate the Ravens win over the Colts, consider heading to Regi’s for a panini that’s sure to start your day right.


Circulator Kicks Off Service

This morning Sheila Dixon was on hand to help begin service of the Charm City Circulator, a free bus service that provides eco-friendly transportation throughout downtown.  The Orange Line is the first to go into effect, traveling East/West from the University of Maryland area across downtown to Harbor East and Little Italy.

If you’re downtown in the next few days hop on and let us know what the service is like.

Whoops…Sorry New England

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PBR Baltimore Invitational

This past Saturday night, as the effects of a joyous New Years Eve were slowly dissipating, a majority of the Bohs and O’s crew attended the Professional Bull Riders Baltimore Invitational at the 1st Mariner Arena.  Clad in our jeans and flannel shirts, we braved the frigid winter weather and headed to the Arena to see today’s finest bull riders take part in the 1st event of the 2010 season.  I’d never been to one of these events before and was very impressed with the entire production.

The event was being shown live on Versus so that led to numerous commercial breaks in between each round, but they had a rodeo clown emcee who did a nice job keeping everyone entertained as we waited for the next potential sternum gorging from Code Blue, Big Tex, or Voodoo Child. During each round there were almost no breaks in the action.  They have a complex setup at one end of the arena with 6 loading docks connected to the fenced in areas where the bulls are kept.  When one rider was either bucked or completed 8 seconds there was always another rider ready to go.

One thing that surprised me, and everyone in our group, was the number of Brazilian’s competing.  Three of last years top 5 riders were from Brazil and there were numerous others who rode throughout the night.  Although none of the cowboys were from Maryland there were several local Bulls who we obviously were hoping would celebrate their victories by ramming their horns into the defeated cowboys against the fence; hereby displaying Maryland’s dominance to all of the out-of-towners in attendance.  Alas, there was no bloodshed, but some of the cowboys (the pathetic ones) were prepared with what most closely resembled box lacrosse helmets.  This really took away from the feel of the rodeo, men riding bulls without cowboy hats.  I’m no expert on the subject, but what kind of professional bull rider can respect himself wearing a helmet instead of a cowboy hat during competition.  If you want to wear one in practice when no one is around be my guest, but when you’re trying to represent yourself and the professional bull riders tour it doesn’t help your image to be wearing a big, dorky helmet instead of a cowboy hat.  Step up to the plate helmet wearers; you’re supposed to resemble this when you get up on that bucking bronco.

All in all it was a great evening at the rodeo and I can’t wait until the 2011 Baltimore Invitational.   It’ll be tough to wait another whole year, but luckily Monster Jam will be at the Arena at the end of February to keep us entertained.  You can be sure Bohs and O’s won’t miss that event either.

Sheila Dixon Stepping Down As Mayor of Baltimore


Senator Theater Update

Last night a meeting was held at the historic Senator Theater to review four proposals for the future of the theater.  The proposals included ideas for the site to remain a first-run movie theater as well as a potential site for a multi-purpose performing arts center, apartments, restaurants, or a local radio station.  Personally I’d like to see The Senator remain a first-run theater; as I’ve detailed before on this blog there isn’t another theater experience like The Senator.  The large screen, large auditorium, and “large” sound make it a unique place for people to see movies that they wouldn’t otherwise experience in today’s shift toward megaplexes with 10+ screens.  No one is sure whether these proposals are doable in the near future, but based solely off of the ideas bounced around last night I’d definitely like to see the vision of Buzz Cusack some to fruition.  If The Senator could resemble anything close to what the Charles has become it would be great for the neighborhood and all film lovers in Baltimore.  The Station North district was hardly more than what the Belvedere/Govans area is now and it has blossomed into a thriving center of arts and food.  Bringing the theater back would also help the resurgent Belvedere Square and other restaurants in the area like Cafe Zen.  There’s obviously still plenty of work to do but hopefully in the future we can talk, once again, about the brilliant movies we’ve just seen at The Senator.

Terps of the Decade

When coming up with the Maryland Men’s Basketball team of the decade the obvious place to start is the 2002 National Championship team.  I then went through the other 9 years of play during the decade and tried to decide if anyone could knock one of those 5 out of his spot.  The answer I came up with…no.  So this has turned out to be a mini-tribute to the 2002 National Champions, but I’ve added a second team of non-champion Terps from throughout the past ten years.


PG – Steve Blake

SG – Juan Dixon (Overall Player of the Decade)

SF – Byron Mouton

PF – Chris Wilcox

C – Lonny Baxter


PG – John Gilchrist

SG – Greivis Vasquez

SF – Nik Caner-Medley

PF – Terence Morris

C – Bambale Osby

It was interesting to look back through the past Maryland rosters and see that we were very weak in talent at small forward and center and deep at both guard positions.  The latter is something that needs to be improved upon going forward for Gary and the Terps; even at power forward, where we had more consistent performances, we had guys who liked to play the perimeter and shoot jumpers rather than take the ball down low and post up.  Hopefully the additions this year of Williams and Padgett will help the Terps get back to a in-and-out offense with offensive rebounding potential.  If Lonny Baxter wasn’t so busy waving guns around at DC night clubs he could definitely teach the two of them some post moves.