Top 4 Ice Cream Places in Baltimore

You scream, I scream, we all scream for…ice cream! If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for the latest and greatest places to satisfy your sweet tooth. Luckily, there are a ton of great places in Baltimore that can do just that. One thing I think all of us dessert lovers can all agree on is that the best part of summer is enjoying ice cream almost every night. It truly is the best way to beat the heat. As always, I’ve been your personal taste tester and have listed the Top 4 Ice Cream Places in Baltimore just for you. 

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1. BMORE LICKS

BMORE LICKS is one of the best ice cream places I have ever been to. Seriously. They have so many flavors and topping options that sometimes it can be hard to choose. Not to mention their ice cream mural on their building truly makes them a one of a kind spot (it’s perfect for that summer Instagram you’ve been wanting to post). If you love ice cream (and love showing it off on social media) you’ll want to be sure to make a visit to BMORE LICKS this summer. 

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2. Roll Ice Cream Baltimore

Rolled Ice Cream is all the rage this summer. I mean you just can’t go all summer without trying it (your friends will judge you for it). If you’re looking for delicious ice cream scooped in a non-traditional way, you’ll want to check out Roll Ice Cream Baltimore. The have a ton of flavors each month. If you can’t decide what to order, my personal favorite is Monkey Business (it’s a nice twist on a banana split)!

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3. The Charmery

The Charmery is one of my absolute go-to places for ice cream. And not to mention the best part is that they have two locations! One in Hampden, Baltimore and another in their new location Towson, Maryland. If you ever find yourself looking for a sweet treat, the Charmery is the place to be, trust me! I recommend giving the Old Bay Caramel flavor a try (it wouldn’t be very Maryland of you if you didn’t). 

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4. Uncle Wiggly’s

Uncle Wiggly’s is one of the best ice cream places I’ve been to in Maryland. Did I mention they’re also a deli? So basically you can eat your lunch and dessert all at one place. What more could you ask for? I can’t think of anything better than a nice delicious ice cream treat from Uncle Wiggly’s on a hot summer night. If you’re looking for a great lunch and ice cream spot all wrapped into one, Uncle Wiggly’s is your place. 

And there you have it, the Top 4 Ice Cream Places in Baltimore, Maryland. There is no doubt that it will be a hot one this summer. A sure way to stay cool is with your favorite ice cream in hand. If you’re looking for even more sweet treats, check out The 3 Must-Try  Donuts from Diablo Doughnuts. Happy Tasting!

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget – 6 Simple Tips

These days it can often be difficult to find healthy food that you really like and can afford. I mean, fruits and vegetables can be crazy expensive (depending on where you’re buying them). And while I typically write about restaurants I figured I’d switch things up for a change. Because let’s be honest, while eating out is something we love, we can’t always afford it. So, here are some of my best tips on how to eat healthy on a budget. 

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1. Plan your meals

This is probably one of the most important steps to eating healthy on a budget. If you plan your meals accordingly, it will make things easier when you go to the grocery store. Also, it will keep you on track, help you make your grocery list (and stick to it!), and allow you to plan according to your budget.

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2. Visit a local farmer’s market

The local farmer’s market is the best place to bargain shop for fresh fruits and veggies. The best part is knowing exactly where your food is coming from! Farmer’s markets are a great place to visit if you’re on a budget (which you know I’m always looking for the best deals). And even if you aren’t, I still recommend making a day of it and supporting your local farmer’s market!

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3. Buy seasonal produce

This is another important tip if you’re looking to ball on a budget when it comes to food. BUY SEASONAL PRODUCE! There are a TON of reasons as to why you should buy produce that’s in season. The most important being that it’s cheaper (we all know the rules of supply and demand)! It also tastes better because it’s been harvested at just the right time. 

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4. Buy in bulk – Visit a BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sam’s Club, or Costco

When it comes to meat I’ve found buying in bulk gets me more bang for my buck. This is why I love that I have a BJ’s Membership. I go maybe twice a month and stock up on all of the meats my household needs (mostly chicken since we try to stay away from too much red meat). Then, all you have to do is freeze them. I like to separate each piece of meat individually (depending on the type) and freeze them – this makes it so much easier than having to defrost ALL of the meat you’ve frozen at one time. 

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5. Make a trip to Aldi

Aldi always has great deals on their produce. If you’re looking for healthy snacks at a great price, Aldi is the place to go. Aldi also offers a ton of vegetarian, organic, and gluten-free options (if you’re into that sort of thing). I’m certainly not against saving a few extra bucks when it comes to my groceries, that’s for sure!

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6. Grow your own herbs and vegetables

The last tip is probably one of my favorites. GROW YOUR OWN VEGGIES. I am HORRIBLE at keeping plants alive but somehow I get lucky with my vegetable and herb garden. There is nothing better than picking a fresh tomato off the vine right in your back yard! I am all for growing my own food – it just makes sense (plus it’s convenient and saves you money). 

And there you have it! The 6 tips to consider when you’re trying to eat healthy on a budget. While eating healthy may seem like an expensive alternate to eating out every night, it really is something we should all be mindful of. However, if you’ve read this and are still thinking about pizza and burgers be sure to check out  5 Best Pizza Places near Towson, MD and the 6 Best Burger Places in Towson, MD

5 Best Seafood Spots in Maryland

When it comes to seafood, it’s no secret that Maryland brings in the best. I mean, we have crabs, crab cakes, rock fish, salmon, shrimp, the list goes on and on. With so many options, it can be hard to find the restaurants that have the best seafood (you know, the ones that don’t have filler in their crab cakes). And since you’ve landed on this blog site, you already know I do all of the hard work for you (I mean, getting to try new restaurants and eat all the time is pretty exhausting…). So, if you’re craving seafood and don’t know where to start or if you want to show your friends from out of town that crab cakes and football REALLY IS what Maryland does, here are the 5 Best Seafood Spots in Maryland. 

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1. Skipjack’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

If you’re looking for crabs that are incredibly full and worth your money, look no further. Skipjack’s has HANDS DOWN the best crabs I’ve ever tasted. The medium sizes are so full that you would think you ordered larges (no, seriously). Their crabs are unbeatable, delicious, and will have you coming back for more. I should warn you, Skipjack’s is so popular that they will sell out of crabs so be sure to call ahead and reserve your half dozen, dozen, bushel (whatever you’re feeling)! 

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2. Thames Street Oyster House

A true staple to Baltimore and Maryland as a whole – I absolutely LOVE this place. Thames Street Oyster House is one of the most popular seafood places so, of course, it had to be on my list. They’ve won multiple awards for their great seafood and raw bar. Any seafood you can think of, they have it. Their oysters are the absolute BEST I have ever had (and that’s saying a lot – I’m very picky about my oysters!) If you ever find yourself in downtown Baltimore, you’ll want to make sure to check this place out.

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3. Mama’s On the Half Shell

Ah yes, Mama’s On the Half Shell. Where do I even begin? First, nothing beats their location in Canton, Baltimore. Not to mention they have an incredible brunch menu. But aside from that (we’re here to talk seafood, remember?) they have THE BEST seafood club. Trust me, I’m not just saying that (it’s true!). Their seafood club is packed with crab cake AND shrimp salad. I mean, does it get any better? Mama’s definitely has my heart and goes down in my book as one of the best places in Maryland for all of your seafood needs. 

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4. Pappas

If you want a crab cake that’s lump meat (and lump meat only) Pappas is your place. Seriously, I won’t get my crab cakes from anywhere else. Did I mention you can send their crab cakes? Yes, you can send them in the mail to your friends and family who don’t get to enjoy Maryland seafood on a daily basis (yes, I’m talking about you folks in New York). Everyone I know loves Pappas and their jumbo crab cakes. So take it from a Maryland local and be sure to try their crab cakes for yourself.

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5. Nick’s Fish House

Last, but certainly not least, Nick’s Fish House. You just can’t beat Nick’s. Their location on the water is the best place for a summer evening happy hour with friends. Did I mention they have $1.50 oysters? Oh yeah. Nick’s Fish House has one of the best crab pretzels I’ve ever tasted in my life. And if you’re feeling extra bold, you might want to try their crab grilled cheese (it’s to die for). 

And there you have it, the 5 Best Seafood Spots in Maryland. Now, go out there and show your friends what Maryland does!

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*I was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*