Going to Catholic school definitely has its perks, one of which is the five day break we are so generously given for the Easter holiday. Each year I have loved being able to go home to my comfy bed and mom’s home cooked feast of ham, mashed potatoes, pineapple soufflé, carrots, string beans…okay, I could go on forever, but I think you get the point. Although I am 22 years old and nearing graduation, the Easter bunny still visits me, leaving a white wicker basket filled with peeps, jelly beans, and lots of chocolate, and I still dye eggs each Easter Eve, which later get turned into pickled eggs by dad.
Although I am given the chance to celebrate this holiday with my family back in New Jersey, I realize most students don’t have the opportunity to travel home. Students that celebrate Passover are usually in the same boat, and are denied the chance to spend the holiday with their family and friends back home.
For all those students out there that are going to be spending these upcoming holidays right here in Baltimore this post is for you! Baltimore offers a lot of fun celebrations, and there are still plenty of ways to make these days special.
Nothing says Easter quite like being stuffed to the point of immobility after an early afternoon brunch. Here are some restaurants with great brunches, and some even offering special Easter menus.
Fleet Street Kitchen opens for brunch service for the first time on Easter Sunday,10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Harbor East restaurant is offering a three-course, $39 fixed-price menu including main course options of slow-roasted leg of lamb, steak frites with farm eggs and lobster frittata. See the full menu here.
Oceanaire Seafood Room will open its doors at noon for a special Easter Sunday brunch featuring some of the chef’s favorite seafood items.
SoBo Cafe in Federal Hill is serving its regular Sunday brunch menu, along with a few specials, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Whether you are dying them or looking for delicious ways to eat them, eggs are an Easter must!
Saturday, March 23, McCormick World of Flavors at Harborplace is hosting a pair of cooking demonstrations. The first demonstration from noon – 12:30 p.m. is full of Easter egg dyeing tips and tricks. Then from 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., learn how to make Easter egg truffles.
Or wow your friends with some unique and fun egg decorating ideas.
So you’ve hard-boiled and decorated a ton of eggs, but now you are not sure what to do with the leftovers after Easter. Instead of just eating plain hard-boiled eggs for all your meals for the next week, try some of these great recipes. Like I said before, my dad is king of pickled eggs, which are a great option for someone looking for something that will keep a long time in the fridge (few months)—and their deep fuchsia color adds a splash of color to any meal.
So even though you can’t spend Easter at home, take advantage of all Baltimore has to offer. After stuffing your face with a hearty brunch, set up an Easter egg hunt across campus with your creatively decorated eggs (that is if you can move after eating), or stay in with the roomies poppin’ peeps and watching Easter movie classics.
AND don’t think I forgot about those of you who will be celebrating Passover. Baltimore has some great kosher restaurants and stores, which you can find on our website’s “kosher eats” page.
Going to make your own Passover meal instead? Then check out some of these recipes from Baltimore chef Scott Sunshine.
If you have any other great Easter or Passover suggestions let us know! We would love to hear from you!
Katie Windt, Intern