Friday, June 11, 2010

E & M's Visit to Baltimore: Part II

When we left off, we had just finished trying our very first Baltimore snowballs.

We then hiked back to Federal Hill, drank some cold water and cooled off, then got in the car to drive over to see the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. My sister's an English teacher so this was her request, though I'm also glad I got the chance.

This was his original gravesite:

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I'm assuming the coins are for good luck?

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And here is my sister and I at his current burial site in the same churchyard (somehow I look super shrimpy in this photo):

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We retreated back to the house for some R&R. After ordering some delicious carry-out from our favorite local Thai restaurant, Thai Arroy, we had a lovely meal on the deck (where else?). Since I never posted it, here is my review for Thai Arroy:

"I was so glad to find a good Thai place in our neck of the woods in Federal Hill. While I found it to be a bit pricey, you definitely get a lot of food for what you pay for. I had the pad kee mao (drunken noodles) with tofu and it was super tasty. My husband randomly tried the chu-chee with chicken and the sauce was great.

I wasn't aware of the online ordering but I'll have to try that out soon! The website ( is nice because it has pictures of all the food, which I appreciate!"

Thai Arroy on Urbanspoon

Finally, we went to the Illusions Magic Bar, which I've been wanting to try out for awhile. Every Friday and Saturday night, this local bar puts on a little magic show for $5 a person. It's a father-son business, with Dad owning the bar and greeting all the customers, and Son as the magician (and one of the bartenders). I really liked the bar itself- it feels like an old speak-easy, and there's pool for $1 in the back, as well as pictures of the magician with lots of different famous people (Neil Patrick Harris! NPH!).

I wasn't a huge fan of the 2 drink minimum per person requirement during the show (though I guess non-alcoholic drinks count as well). The drinks were very good though- I had a mint chocolate chip martini, and a midori sour. Nonetheless, the $5 show soon became a $25 show/person (unless you're a beer drinker, which will save you some cash).

The magic show itself was decent- the script was a bit over-played and cheesy, but the tricks were quite entertaining. They all culminated in an actual escape from a straight-jacket- with the magician hanging right over the bar! At the very least, you'll have a unique evening out. I think I would definitely take new visitors to Baltimore back there.

Illusions Magic Bar & Lounge on Urbanspoon

Pictures from our night at Illusions:

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