Staying Active in College

Don’t let your schoolwork get you into a slump! This is the time to develop a consistent workout regime in order to stay fit and healthy for years to come. Baltimore has tons of great options for staying active. Check out some fun running events this fall to get your body in shape before the holidays!

Race for the Cure: October 26

The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure returns to Maryland! Although it may be too late for you to prepare for a 5K run this Sunday, you can still consider the 5K walk, or volunteering at the event.

The race will be in Hunt Valley, at the Executive Plaza parking lots, across Shawan Road from the Hunt Valley Towne Centre. The race doesn’t start until 8 am, but participants are encouraged to get there between 6 and 7 am to avoid any parking issues and to have adequate time for checking-in or registering.

If you can’t make the event, still consider donating to the foundation. About one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, and we need to find a cure!

The Running Dead Virtual Run – 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon: October 25 through November 1

For those of you that may not have adequate transportation, this run is perfect! It’s a virtual run, so it can done from the comfort of your treadmill!

The Halloween/zombie-themed run’s proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All participants will also receive a Running Dead medal in the mail.

Color Run: November 15

The Color Run comes back to Baltimore! Nicknamed the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” the run is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality.

The 3.1-mile loop circles Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Ravens Stadium. Runners wear white at the starting line and get doused with five or six different colors throughout the run!

The daylong event has a morning run at 9 a.m. and afternoon run at 1 p.m., and dismisses runners in shifts every few minutes. The race isn’t timed, and encourages everyone to go at his or her own pace.

My personal experience with the Color Run was incredible. I completed the Color Run in May of 2013 with a group of friends and it was one of the most fun events I’ve done. Everyone is in a great mood, happy to be there, and encouraging of strangers to keep going!

Y of Central Maryland Turkey Trot: November 27

If you’re staying in the area over the Thanksgiving holiday, rise and shine to run before you feast! This year marks the 20th year of the Turkey Trot in Towson.    It will start at the Orokawa Family Center Y in Towson, run through the hills of West Towson and Southland Hills and finish back at the Y.

There will be prizes for the top three males and females overall, and there will be food available after the course for runners!

Other locations for the Y of Central Maryland Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day include Ellicott City, Bel Air, Arnold, and Westminster.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk: December 14

This festive run is a great way to kick off your holiday celebrations! The proceeds from the 5K go towards finding a cure for arthritis. Runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up in a holiday themed costume.

The walk/run starts at 9 am and is located at Du Burns Arena at Bonvenga Field, 1301 S. Ellwood Avenue n Baltimore Md. Get into the holiday spirit by giving to others in need! Let’s find a cure for arthritis!

What are your plans for staying in shape this fall and winter? Let us know if you have any tips or ideas!


COLLEGE EATS: Baltimore’s Farmers Markets

Tired of eating greasy dining hall meals?

How about overspending at grocery stores?

College can set you up with terrible eating and spending habits. Like many students, I chose cheap fast foods over cooking something in my apartment. It’s also not surprising that when I did cook, it involved Kraft’s Easy Mac, Ramen Noodles or Chef Boyardee.

Credit: Amy Davis, The Baltimore Sun

With the surging popularity of locally grown food, I knew it wasn’t too late to acquire a taste for healthy meals. Depending on your school’s location, there are nearby FARMERS MARKETS featuring great and affordable selections of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, pastries, Vegan items and more. All come from local growers! Some markets even offer handmade crafts and collectibles like jewelry, handbags, clothing, pottery and photographs.

So join me in exploring the Baltimore Collegetown Farmers Markets List and find one close to your campus!

Near Coppin State University:

3100 Swann Drive, Baltimore MD 21217

Wednesdays, 3:30pm – 7:30pm, now through September 26

Near Goucher College and Towson University:

2200 York Road Main Gate, Lutherville-Timonium MD 21093

Wednesdays, 2:30pm – 5:30pm, now through October 31

800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson MD 21204

Tuesdays, 3:30pm – 6:30pm, now through Novembr 20

17 Alleghany Avenue, Towson MD 21204

Thursdays, 11 am – 3pm, now through October 25

Thursdays, 11 am – 3pm, November 1, 8, & 15

Near CCBC Catonsville campus and UMBC:

730  Frederick Road, Catonsville MD 21228

Sundays, 10am – 1:30pm, now through November 4

Near CCBC Dundalk campus:

44 Shipping Place, Dundalk MD 21222

Saturdays, 7am – 12:30pm, now through November 17

Near Stevenson University:

1630 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville MD 21208

Tuesdays, 9:30am – 2:30pm, now through November 13

8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown MD 21133

Wednesday: 2pm – 5pm, now through September 26

Near Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University:

400 block of E. 32nd Street , Baltimore MD 21210

Saturdays, 7am – noon, all year-round

Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets (under JFX Viaduct), Baltimore MD 21202

Sundays, 7am – noon, now through December 23

Near University of Baltimore, MICA, Peabody Institute and University of Maryland Baltimore:

1700 Charles Street, Baltimore MD

Friday, 3pm – 8pm, now through November 23

10 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore MD 21201

Fridays, 10am – 2pm, now through November 30

Plaza Park, Corner of Paca Street & Baltimore Street, Baltimore

Tuesdays, 10:00am – 2:30pm, now through November 22

201 West Preston Street, Baltimore MD 21201

Wednesdays, 10am – 2pm, now through October 24

Near McDaniel College:

797 E. Patrick Street, Frederick 21701, Frederick MD 21705

Saturdays, 8am – 2pm, all year-round

Source: Maryland Department of Agriculture, 2012 Maryland Farmers’ Market Directory

While you’re at it, check out Urbanite 2012 Project: Healthy Food Challenge and Mother Nature Network’s Top 10 List of Impressive College Farmers Markets.


Credit: Mother Nature Network

Get inspired and maybe start one on your campus.

If you’ve been to any of the farmers markets listed above or if you have one in mind, feel free to leave a comment below.

UP NEXT: Tune in next week to check out my adventures at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar!

Samantha Lozano, Intern

Chile Study Tour – Day 1 and 2

Hello friends!

It’s Ankur here and for the next week I will be sharing with you my experiences on my Loyola Chile Study Tour experience.  I’m currently enrolled in the MBA Program at Loyola and I’m on this study tour with amazing people and what better way to chronicle this experience than to blog about it!!  So each day for the next week or so, I’m going to give you guys a snippet of what happened each day and then tie it into a one word theme.  Today’s theme – opportunity.

I’ve truly been blessed with amazing opportunities in my life:  Doing an internship in Ireland, working at Collegetown, and now on a study tour in Chile.  I’m with 30 great individuals -all of us coming from different backgrounds and experiences coming together for a common one.

The first day of our study tour was primarily consumed by travelling from BWI to Dallas and then Santiago. There’s always that awkward point when we’re all together and we’re still getting to know each other, learning each other’s names, scratching the surface, etc etc.  Journey over here was definitely manageable, for most, that is;  for me, it’s a litle dififcult – if you haven’t met me, I’m tall!  Enough said! 

Stepping outside the Santiago airport was a complete breath of fresh air.  It was amazing to get away from cold Baltimore and step outside to sunny Santiago!  On the way to the hotel more bonding ensued, life stories and other details were flowing, laughs and OMGs rang in my ears.  As soon as we got to the hotel and settled in our rooms, we hit the ground running cuz like June Carter said in one of her songs “Time’s a Wastin'”!!!  A large chunk of us headed on the metro system and headed over to San Cristobal and rode the trolley to the top of the hill.  When reaching the top of the hill, you get a picturesque and breathtaking view of Santiago…more than one would never envisioned.  It was absolutely serene at the top of the hill with the sun beaming down on you and the breeze wisping your hair – I didn’t really wanna come down. 

Anyways, we had to come back to the hoel to not only rid ourselves of the gnarly airplane funk and take a little catnap, but to get all dressed up for our dinner with other MBA alums (this is where the whole opportunity theme ties in, if you’ve been wondering).  We had a great three course meal (avocado stuffed with chicken salad, reineta with potatoes, and a crepe!!), but aside from that great conversation with local MBA alums, some holding executive positions on the alumni association.  It was great to have one on one interaction with a local and learn first hand the culture, daily customs, higher education, who’s hot/who’s not, and much more.  Of course, being MBA students, we asked questions about the positive economic climate here, how Chile is definitely on the rise, and about our guests’ professional background. 

To think I almost didn’t sign up for this class…crazy!  It would have been a missed opportunity for sure.  Lesson learned:  Go against the grain, challenge yourself, because you never know what’s on the other side.

I’ll check in tomorrow with Day 3’s events.  I know for sure tomorrow several of us are going on a bike tour and we’ll pass by Pablo Neruda’s house.  Start doing your research folks and be prepared for some commentary!  Alright peeps, it’s time to get some shuteye.

For now, this is Ankur…

Signing off…

Blue Agave…In the words of Shania Twain..”That don’t impress me much “


Yup, I brought in a country reference into a blog posting…haha…check that off my bucket list!  Just kidding!

Let’s talk about Blue Agave, shall we?  Blue Agave is a restaurant located in Federal Hill in the historic McHenry Theater Building about a block away from the Cross Street Market.  Location wise, it’s a sure fire hit.  I mean it’s in the heart of Federal Hill (not too far off from the Harbor) accessible by Water Taxi, Charm City Circulator, or your two feet.  I live in Little Italy and it was really nice weather, so my buddy and I decided to walk it to Fed Hill.  Regardless, I was looking forward to the whole experience because I’ve heard positive things about the venue.

My buddy and I were greeted warmly by the hostess and directed to sit at the bar for a minute while our table was getting setup for us and the other members in our party.  While we were at the bar, I was scoping out the drink selection and they have some pretty cool concoctions worth checking out.  I abstained from the drink menu that night and a few minutes later, we were directed to our table.  Shortly thereafter, my buddy pointed to the exposed brick wall I sat in front of; he wasn’t pointing out how the exposed brick added to the vibe of the place, rather, he pointed out the massive cockroach on it….ICK!  We immediately pointed it out to one of the servers and they said they would address it.  Yeah, it wasn’t…double ICK!  I know stuff like that happens in restaurants – I m a reasonable guy – but it wasn’t ideal for a first experience in a restaurant that I’ve been anxiously waiting to try!  It sent chills down my spine for not so good reasons!

We were a party of six:  three of us ordered this vegetarian burrito, two of us ordered a vegetarian burrito, and my good buddy stood alone and ordered a grilled veggie burrito with pesto.  The chicken enchiladas were well-received and oddly enough, so was the grilled veggie burrito with pesto, however, the rest of us….yeah not so much!  When I go to a restaurant, I expect food that I really can’t make myself and/or has some kind of unique flavor profile that keeps me coming back for more.  This burrito lacked both.  Don’t get me wrong, the portion size was there and it was accompanied by rice and black beans, but I didn’t need to drop the $15 on my dish that I could have gotten at Chipotle for $6.50. 

Now question is, would I go back? Absolutely.  I would definitely try something new, because it is possible that I just picked the wrong dish.  I kind of have to go back anyways because I ordered a Groupon for it a while back…haha!  For me, still the best authentic Mexican food I’ve had in Baltimore is Miguel’s Baltimore.  A little hard to get to via public transportation because it’s in South Baltimore, but definitely worth the trip if you can make it.   

Concluding thoughts:
Pros:  Ambiance, Location
Cons:  Price, Quality of Dishes
Other:  Be aware that first basket of chips is on the house, anything beyond that, it’s on you!   Demographic wise – the restaurant is good for all: couples, young professionals, families.  

For now, this is Ankur…

Signing off!