Why Your Next Dinner Needs to Be At CVP Towson

If you’re anything like me, you love a good local place to eat. I’ve told you all about Charles Village Pub – Towson before in my post 6 Best Burgers in Towson, MD. And while it’s true that they have the best burger in town, they also have a lot more to offer. CVP has hands down some of the best food I’ve ever had, so kudos to their chef! I have yet to be disappointed by the food at CVP Towson. So, here is why your next dinner needs to be at CVP.

1. The Atmosphere

The atmosphere in CVP is unbeatable. It’s a mix of a local bar feel (where everybody knows your name, Cheers fans am I right?) and a quaint restaurant. Enjoy drinks and a meal while classic rock and pop 90’s hits play, I’m talking Matchbox Twenty, Third Eye Blind, Oasis, etc. (the good stuff). With added outdoor seating and a second floor to fit you and all of your friends, CVP’s atmosphere will make you feel right at home.

2. The Food

Obviously, I’m partial to talking about CVP’s food…because it’s THAT GOOD. Two words. Buffalo. Bites. CVP has the best buffalo bites I have ever had. If you’re looking to start with an appetizer, I have never had better nachos in my entire life. I’m serious, their nachos are loaded (they don’t call them six napkin nachos for nothing). Not to mention, you can get a small size of the nachos during happy hour. Be sure to try the Tiger Steak Flatbread. It’s honestly one of my favorite items on the menu because it’s so unique, you can’t get this anywhere else not to mention it’s delicious. And after all, CVP does have the best burger in Towson. Need I say more?

3. The People

The employees at CVP Towson are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. No matter how crowded the place is, they always make you feel like you’re the center of their attention. They’re incredibly attentive to your needs while you’re eating there (and to me – that’s customer service at its best). The people at CVP make you feel like you’re eating with your closest friends. So bring your people to their people and I guarantee you’ll have a great time.

And there you have it. Whether you’re looking for a place to eat with family or friends, CVP Towson is where you’ll want to be. Want the best burger in town? CVP is your place. Want a “feels like home” atmosphere? CVP is your place. I don’t think I have to say more, clearly your next dinner needs to be at CVP Towson.

So, what are you waiting for? Start making those dinner plans now!

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

The 7 Best Wineries in Maryland

Okay okay, this post might not be about food but if you’re like me you appreciate a good fine wine. Maybe this is the beginning of your journey as a wine connoisseur or maybe you just really don’t know where to start when it comes to wine selections. I mean, have you ever been in the wine section of a liquor store? It can be incredibly overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for (and that’s how you wind up with a box of Franzia acting like it’s the best wine ever made). The best way to start your journey is to figure out which kinds of wine you prefer by attending wine tastings. Lucky for you, I’ve been to MANY wine tastings and have narrowed down the 7 Best Wineries in Maryland for you (you’re welcome). 

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1. Boordy Vineyards

Boordy is one of my personal favorites. The outdoor and open atmosphere easily makes this vineyard number one in my book. Not to mention their array of delicious wines. They offer a range of events in the summer including concerts, farmers markets, and food festivals. Did I mention that you can buy a bottle of wine from their cellar and have a picnic in their seating area? If you’re looking for something to do on a summer weekend be sure to call up your friends and make a visit to Boordy Vineyards (you won’t regret it and hopefully you’ll remember it too). 

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2. Basignani Winery

The first time I visited Basignani was with my parents when I was a little girl. I told you I’ve visited many wineries in my day (probably due to the fact that my parents enjoy a good wine). Anyway, I digress. Basignani Winery is one of the best places to really find what kind of wine you prefer (my personal favorite is the dry Vidal). Conveniently located in Sparks, Maryland, they offer a variety of weekend events and tastings. And here’s a secret, if you visit Basignani with someone who’s a member of their case club your wine tasting is FREE! 

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3. Great Frogs Winery

Located in the beautiful Annapolis, MD, Great Frogs Winery is one of the most scenic vineyards I have ever been to. If you don’t live near Annapolis, I highly recommend making a day out of your visit to Great Frogs. They offer live music every Saturday and a variety of events. If you don’t get a chance to visit the winery, don’t worry, Great Frogs’ wine selections are offered in many restaurants located in Annapolis

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4. Linganore Winecellars

Linganore Winecellers is located in picturesque Mount Airy, MD. Run by the sons of the founders, this winery is by far one of my top recommendations. They offer Music at the Winery every Friday evening. Linganore provides an amazing atmosphere of great wine, music, and food. One of the other interesting things about Linganore is that they also have a Brewery on their grounds. It’s the best of both worlds!

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5. Saint Michaels Winery

I highly recommend making a trip to Saint Michaels Winery. Saint Michaels, MD is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It’s in your best interest to book a weekend trip here. Enjoy views by the water and a vast amount of scenic areas. Their tasting room is open year round and they offer 18 samples. The best part is, each sample of wine is only $1!

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6. Serpent Ridge Vineyard

Located in the beautiful countryside Serpent Ridge Vineyard is the first vineyard winery in Carroll County, MD. Serpent Ridge offers everything from live music to paint nights and even yoga at the vineyard! If you’re looking for the best cheese for your wine be sure to try one of their wine and cheese pairings. Two of my personal favorites which you should try are their 2015 Vidal Blanc and their award winning 2012 Vintner’s Cabernet. 

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7. Harford Vineyard & Winery

I love Harford Vineyard & Winery not only because of their amazing selection of wines but because of their location in Forest Hill, MD. I think the most unique thing about this winery is that they offer wine trails. Basically, you sip and savor your wine while making your way through Maryland’s most famous wine trails. With live music offerings, farm fairs, and wine trails what more could you ask for from a vineyard? 

There you have it! I bet you’re already starting to plan some of your visits (I’ll be waiting for my invite). So if you love to whine or wine (like me!) you’ll love these vineyards and their wine selections. Please, remember to drink responsibly and ALWAYS have a designated driver (get your first ride free with my uber code: brir81 or lyft code: BRIANA426243). And if all that wine makes you hungry be sure to check out The 6 Best Burger Places in Towson, MD or the 5 Best Pizza Places Near Towson, MD.

Happy Tasting! 

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

5 Best Burger Places in Towson, MD

We’ve all been there. You know, the times when you’re REALLY craving a burger and nothing else will satisfy you. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, you need a burger and you need it now. Luckily,  you’ve come to the right blog and I’ll let you in on my favorite food secrets (including the best places to eat). We’ve told you about the 5 Best Pizza Places Near Towson, MD. Now, we present the 6 Best Burger Places in Towson, MD so you’ll always be satisfied when that burger craving hits. 

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1. Charles Village Pub Towson

CVP Towson has hands down one of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted. Seriously, I’ve never been disappointed. Even those that I’ve recommended fall in love with their burgers. Did I mention on Monday’s their burgers are half price? All the more reason to give them a try. I enjoy the Oldy but Goody but really you can’t go wrong with any of their burger selections. Grilled to perfection with just the right amount of savory flavors, hat’s off to the chef’s over at CVP Towson!

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2. BJ’s Brewhouse

I don’t think I’ve ever had anything remotely close to bad food from BJ’s Brewhouse. No matter what I order it’s incredibly delicious and I always love it. I love their burgers because they will substitute any type of patty for you. My personal favorite is the BJ’s Brewhouse Burger with a bison burger substitute. If you’re looking for a burger that’s incredibly juicy, delicious, and cooked to perfection, BJ’s Brewhouse is the place for you. 

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3. Burger Bros

Burger Bros in Towson is one of my favorite local spots. They were voted Best Burger in Baltimore by Baltimore Magazine and it’s not hard to see why. They may be small and tucked away on a side street but their delicious burgers make up for that. So, if you’re looking for a local place with big flavor, you’re looking for Burger Bros in Towson.

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4. Towson Diner

This may come as a surprise to some of you butTowson Dineractually has a great tasting burger and it’s affordable, you really can’t beat that. Their Mushroom Swiss Burger is one of the best I’ve ever had. Also, they’re the perfect place for that late night snack because they’re open 24/7. So, next time you find yourself craving a burger on a Friday night, instead of going to McDonald’s or Burger King stop by Towson Diner for some deliciousness instead. 

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5. Red Robin

Ah yes, the classic Red Robin (yum!). Red Robin has probably one of the widest selections of gourmet burgers I have ever seen. Seriously, there are so many different options to choose from. I’m always torn between the Banzai Burger topped with grilled pineapple or the Whiskey River BBQ burger (can’t I just get both?). Red Robin has perfected the art of cooking burgers and I highly recommend you give them a try (you don’t know what you’re missing!). 

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

3 Must-Try Donuts From Diablo Doughnuts

Do you have a big sweet tooth? Me too. I can’t tell you the amount of times during the day that I’m thinking about dessert. Cake, brownies, cookies, pies, donuts, you name it. Seriously, it’s always on my mind. Everything except ice cream (sorry guys, I just can’t get past how cold it is!) But there is only one donut place I trust with satisfying my sweet treat cravings: Diablo Doughnuts. Conveniently located in Fells Point it’s the perfect location to grab a morning dessert and sit by the water. I don’t know what it is they put in their donuts but they are hands down the BEST of Baltimore (Diablo Doughnuts – tell me your secret!!) Okay but seriously, here are the 3 Must-Try Donuts.

1. Unicorn Farts

I know exactly what you’re thinking. Why would I want to try a donut with the name Unicorn Farts?! Let me put it this way, you’d regret it if you didn’t. It is one of Diablo Doughnuts specialties and best sellers. These Unicorn Farts are doughy and delicious with a fruity pebble topping that gives the perfect amount of flavor. I don’t know where Diablo Doughnuts gets their dough from but it’s the best in town. Unicorn Farts taste just as colorful as they look and they’re incredibly fun to Instagram if you can wait that long before indulging in them (can anyone say Diablo Doughnuts boomerang?)

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2. S’more

The name says it all. As soon as I finish eating this donut I just want s’more. If you love a good s’more by the campfire on a summer night, this is the donut for you. And with the crazy weather lately, I can’t think of a better treat to remind you of that warm summer feeling we all know and love (which hopefully is coming soon, right Mother Nature?)

3. Sin Crunch

A tasteful blend of cinnamon sugar and vanilla glaze all topped with Cap’n Crunch cereal. Need I say more? I mean, my mouth is already watering just writing about it. You just can’t go wrong with this donut and it’s the perfect breakfast treat! You’ll want to be sure to add this to your box of delicious donut selections. Did I mention it’s only $2.50? 

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