Where to Do Your Christmas Shopping in Baltimore

The Chop has become something of a Grinch of late. This year our holiday strategy was to go out to sea and stay there until the weather warms up. But one thing and another and we’re still not aboard a ship and lo and behold here it is Thanksgiving week, so The Holidays are here, […]

The Best Christmas Gifts under $10

Maybe your workplace is doing a secret Santa this year. Maybe you got an invite to a holiday party and want to bring a gift for your hosts (which is proper and good form). Maybe you need something for the mailman or your kid’s teacher or someone else you don’t really care about at all. […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Christmas Lights

We’re forgoing any Christmas decorations this year. Call it an austerity measure. Call it Grinching. Call it (most accurately) laziness. With the amount of traveling we do every year, and not knowing when we’ll next be home for the holidays, it didn’t seem prudent to invest time, effort and money in decorations that may not […]

Everyone Is Still Pissed: Our Bi-Weekly Political Roundup

Got to admit… We weren’t too impressed with that Monument lighting this year. It was freezing. It was packed. It was so much puppets and choir music. It was also pretty anti-climactic, as those sorts of things usually are. For those of you looking to come to Mount Vernon and be just as festive (read: […]

Compass Box Scotch Whisky Review

Words like “craft” and “artisan” are thrown around much too freely these days. Everything we buy now has to have some grand, romantic story attached to it. From furniture to farmers’ markets, from apparel to accessories, stories sell. If you don’t know the name of the guy who made it and you can’t drop by […]