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Ocean City, Candy Kitchen lollipops

I’m down the Maryland shore for the Cruisin’ Ocean City event, a 4-day car show where the the streets are loud and packed with the low, dull roar of gunning cars.

We actually didn’t come for the car show, but the old cars are parked everywhere and many of their drivers are constantly cruising down route one.

I’m not a car person. Having to drive down busy roads is actually one of the worst chores in the world, I think. But even for me, it was hard not to be impressed with some of these old cars, especially their bright colors (construction cone orange, mint green and silver, sunny yellow) and sleek, shiny chrome exteriors.

So my photography practice continues with a few pictures of the cars, as well as one of my favorite Ocean City institutions: Candy Ktichen.

Ocean City Cruisin', May 2012

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Pierce's Park, Baltimore Inner Harbor

I wrote a couple of days ago about the importance of learning multimedia skills to be a successful freelancer today, and a recent article on Ebyline’s blog gives 4 tips on how to become a multimedia journalist, including advice on building photography, audio, and video skills.

Although I’d like to experiment with video and audio, photography is the easiest place for me to start building these skills. At the ASJA conference, writer and photographer Gina DeMillo Wagner mentioned that there is a 365 Project in which photographers take a picture a day and upload the results to Flickr and photo sharing sites for feedback. I plan to sign up.

To get a jump on the project, yesterday I took Kenny to Pierce’s Park in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a new interactive patch of space that looks both industrial (lots of steel) and verdant (a tunnel threaded with leaves, bright green grass) to practice taking pictures.

Here’s a few basic tips that I’ve heard about taking better photographs, as well as the results from our trip to the park.

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Six Characters in Search of an Author by Kenny Yee

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Kenny Yee

I can’t resist plugging Kenny’s latest show: He’s part of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s “The Seam” exhibit, which will be in the Fox 3 Gallery at MICA – Fox Building, 3rd Floor, 1301 West Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore, until February 15th.

I know I’m biased, but I’m going to offer my opinion anyway: It’s a great show.  What I most appreciated was the variety of work in the exhibit, from abstract and figurative paintings and glassware to videos, photographs, and installation pieces made with brightly-colored pom poms and 400 pounds of dirt from Home Depot.

Here’s the food tie-in – there are paintings on toast.

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Spicy Maple-Cashew Popcorn from Cooking Light

Inspired by this post by Three Many Cooks, I actually did ask for a Dutch oven for Christmas. I was lucky enough to get one, and I’ve been popping popcorn like crazy ever since. 

A couple of weeks ago I took a big bowl of this spicy maple-cashew popcorn to my grandmother’s house, where my entire family had gotten together for a post-New Year celebration. It was a Sunday – game day – and nearly everyone was in a Ravens jersey or shirt of some kind, supporting the home team.

As the game dragged on and it looked like the Ravens would lose to the Bengals (again – yikes!), this popcorn had a lot of competition.  There were seven kinds of cookies, sugared nuts, and a cracker spread made with shrimp, crab, cream cheese, and tomatoes.  There were casseroles and bread baskets and Hershey’s kisses.  But in the end the Ravens prevailed in the face of adversity – and so did this popcorn.  Most of the bowl was gone by the end of the party.

I suggest you whip up a batch of spicy maple-cashew popcorn for the games this weekend.  You’ll need to keep your energy up for cheering…or yelling curse words.  If you’re a Ravens fan, obviously I hope it’s the former.  Which leads me to the reason I really wrote this post.  I wanted to say this:

Move those chains, move those chains, move those chains.

Ravens 2011 Playoffs

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Polish cookies

Polish cookies

In between watching football this weekend – and baking, and using the computer while Kenny watched football in the background – I finally visited H Mart, a grocery store that sells a massive amount of Asian foods, tried some Polish sweets, and devoured a Chinese meal that I actually crave.  They were exciting food experiences all around.  (And I use the word “exciting” with all sincerity.  I truly did feel rush of energy each time.)

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Happy Holidays!

Last night Kenny and I went to East Baltimore Christmas, an evening of freezing but cheerful caroling in Fell’s Point. Because the event is organized by the Polish Home Club, Polish carols were part of the lineup too. We made it an hour and a half before we couldn’t feel our hands and feet anymore. There were still tons of people going strong when we left though.

Here’s a few pictures from the event.  I hope you all have a very happy holiday!

East Baltimore Christmas, Polish Home Club

East Baltimore Christmas, the band

East Baltimore Christmas, caroling in Fell's Point

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Thanks so much to everyone who voted for My Morning Chocolate in The Baltimore Sun‘s The Mobbies Awards! so here’s a look at some posts from the Top 5 blogs in the “Foodie” category. Go explore! And if you want to see the full list of Mobbies results, click here. I hope to be back with a real post later this week, right after I get over a hump of deadlines.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Crispy Magic Frosting from If You Give a Girl a Cookie

Just in time for holiday baking: Bake! by Nick Malgieri from Dining Dish

The Cravings of Out-of-Town Visitors from HowChow

KFC FTW (or Korean Fried Chicken for the win) from Black Coffee and a Donut

Makin Bacon from Rouxde Cooking School

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