Day 1. Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles!

Saturday, 6/26/2010.  Whew!  We made it!   Took the red eye and arrived 8AM yesterday, played tourist in Baltimore until our room was ready and then crashed for a few hours. Then on the highest of recommendations from the hotel staff, we went to the local G & M Seafood House and  had Maryland crabcakes that probably weighed 1# each and were the best crabcakes, or actually the best restaurant dinner, I’ve had in years!  Thank you G & M Seafoods for a great night out in Baltimore! 

Everything’s so organized.   Got up early this morning and checked in with the rest of the group (50 total) in the

Baltimore Harbor

lobby, boarded our bus, picked out a seat we’d claim for the next 7 days and settled in for the first leg of a 7 day tour. 

Destination~ Camden Park to watch our first  game, Washington  vs. Baltimore .    We had some free time to run around Baltimore and chose to take the water taxi to Ft McHenry, where Frances Scott Keyes penned “The Star Spangled Banner.”    So much history here on the East Coast.   The Inner Harbor is great and so much to see and do.

There was a great surprise waiting for us when we arrived at the game.   This just so happened to be the day the Orioles were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1970 World Champion Baltimore Orioles Team!  Whatta treat!   The first clue something big was going on was arriving at the stadium and encountering a line of fans that encircled half of the stadium, all waiting for autographs from former Oriole players.   The entire 1970 team, or a representative if they weren’t available, was introduced to wild enthusiasm and applause.  The  first pitch was thrown out by none other than Jim Palmer and Brooks Robinsonson, live and in person!

The game?   We were so anxious to get out in the ballpark, we grabbed a hotdog and lemonade and found our seats about an hour early so we could watch all the fun stuff, which we did!   But the clouds swiftly moved away and we found ourselves baking in 98 D weather with what had to be 98% humidity!   Ugghhh……Slathered on more sunscreen and put on our true fan stripes and watched a great game.   Baltimore started out with a 5-0 deficit which is always hard to take for the locals.   (I consider myself a local when visiting a ballpark but never fail to cheer for a great play, no matter which team makes it, much to the consernation of some of the die-hards).   But not to worry.  The Orioles made an amazing comeback and ended winning the game with an amazing 6-5 score. 

The ballpark food was rather secondary today, because, honestly, after that amazing crabcake feast the night before food wasn’t our primary focus today.   (Refer to my May 25th blog for this great recipe!)   Okay so now it’s 12:30AM and we’ve been informed the bus pulls out at 8AM sharp ~   Destination Citifield Park, New York City!


Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards & Crabcakes!

One of my favorite ballparks is Oriole Park at Camden Yards.   When I first saw it back in 2004 I felt like I’d been there before, which of course I hadn’t.   Maybe it just reminded me of pictures of grand old stadiums with the brick facades, with it’s  brick B & O Warehouse as a partial border.  It’s Oriole Park located on a river that empties into the Chesapeake Bay and is only a few minutes walk to the Inner Harbor shops & restaurants.  The playing field sits 16 feet below street level.   Its a grand stadium and the food is terrific so I’m told.   

My determination to dine on Maryland Crabcakes took me to Phillips Seafood restaurant at the Inner Harbor, about 12 minute walk from Camden Yards.   I really wanted to try the Crabcake sandwich at the ballpark but  it was raining (the game was eventually rained out) and I wasn’t quite ready to settle into the ballpark, so I ventured toward the harbor and landed at Phillips.  It was a great choice and  I was not disappointed!   Shirley Phillips, co-founder of the restaurant shares her award winning recipe below.   Costco has lump crab meat in 1# containers that works great with this recipe!


8oz. Phillips Crab Meat
½ tsp. Seafood Seasoning
1 egg
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp. dry mustard
1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
½ tsp. lemon juice
1 ½ tsp. mustard
1 ½ tsp. melted butter
½ tsp. parsley flakes
¼ c. breadcrumbs

Preparation Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for crab meat. Gently fold in the crab meat, being careful not to break up the lumps.  Shape into cakes.  Pan fry or bake at 375°F degrees for 12-15 minutes or until evenly brown on each side and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.