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Weekend In Baltimore

To watch Kansas City, play the Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens recently triumphed over the Houston Texans in the Divisional Playoff, securing a spot in the conference Championship games against Taylor Swift's team, the Kansas City Chiefs. This victory was especially exciting for my husband, Dwayne, who is a diehard Raven fan due to his upbringing in Baltimore, Maryland. When we learned that the next game would be played on Baltimore's home turf, I immediately went to to reserve a room. Unfortunately, my preferred hotel, the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, was fully booked. I later discovered that Taylor Swift and some of the Kansas City Chiefs players were staying there, so I opted for my second favorite hotel, the Canopy by Hilton Baltimore Harbor Point.

This upscale hotel boasts a top-notch restaurant near the Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina, with a customer service rating of 10 out of 10. The rooms are immaculate, and the highlight of the hotel is the bar with a view of the water.

It's an ideal place to socialize with friends and family, complete with a sitting area, TV, books, and a nice pool table, as well as conference rooms if needed. 

Before checking into our hotel, my husband and I made a stop at our favorite crab restaurant, LP Steamer. This laid-back seafood joint is known for its Maryland-style steamed crabs and rooftop deck with stunning city views. However, due to the influx of tourists in the city, all of the crab houses were sold out of large Jumbo Crabs.

This was an unusual scenario for me, but we were fortunate enough to get our hands on a dozen medium-sized crabs. These hot, steamed Maryland crabs are seasoned with Old Bay, which gives the crabmeat a delicious flavor. They also serve crab meat with butter and vinegar. In addition to the crabs, we ordered an Old Bay basket of fries and steamed shrimp for our appetizer, which were all equally delectable. 

After settling into our room, we went straight to the bar for a glass of our favorite wine, Pinot Grigio, and ordered some appetizers. I opted for the Sweet Jesus Oysters on the Half Shell, which were incredibly fresh, while my husband ordered the Cornmeal Fried Oysters. Both appetizers had fantastic textures and flavors.

We slept in on Saturday morning and ordered room service from the hotel restaurant, Cindy Lou Fish House, which offers classic seafood dishes in a polished waterside setting. Our Southern Breakfast consisted of three eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, and toast, all for just $20.00. It was a hearty breakfast that kept us full for quite some time. 

After breakfast, we indulged in some pampering at Broadway Nail and Spa, where the service is exceptional, and the prices are much lower than in New York. I paid just $60.00 for a gel pedicure.

Once we finished, we headed back to LP Steamer for lunch and ordered another dozen medium crabs. I also ordered fried pickles for my appetizer, which were crispy and well-seasoned. We returned to the hotel bar for some drinks, and this time I ordered a Lemon Drop Martini while my husband stuck with his Pinot Grigio. 

For dinner, we had a reservation at Papi Cuisine, which has been all the rage on Instagram lately. The food was exceptional, with a rating of 10 out of 10.

My husband's brother and his wife joined us for dinner. The restaurant is designed with Instagram in mind, complete with grass on the wall and bright lights. It's perfect for young adults between the ages of 22 and 35.

We were the oldest people there, so if you're over 35, it may not be your cup of tea. The music was loud, and it seemed like a great place to meet someone. However, the food and service were exceptional.

They started us off with an appetizer for the table, which was a massive portion of fries and chicken wings. The honey Old Bay wings were particularly delicious, with the ideal balance of heat and flavor.

I ordered the ULTIMATE SEAFOOD ALFREDO, which consisted of 5-6 oz grilled lobster tail, colossal shrimp, and jumbo lump crab. It was one of the best seafood pastas I've ever had, with fresh seafood and generous portions.

My husband ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake and the Honey Jerk Lamb Lollipops, which were incredibly tender with a perfect sweet and spicy sauce. The Brussels sprouts were decent, but the Mac and cheese was a home run.

I always try a bite of my husband's food, and the crab cake was meaty and well-seasoned.

My sister-in-law, who is a picky eater, ordered PAPI'S RED SNAPPER Dominican Style Red Snapper Con Frijoles Y Arroz (W/Rice & Beans) and loved it, saying it was crispy and tender on the inside.

My brother-in-law ordered the BEEF TENDERLOIN STEAK, which was moist, tender, and full of flavor. We ended the night fully satisfied with our meal and the experience.

As the night drew to a close, my husband and I found ourselves back at the hotel bar, reminiscing about the day's events. The restaurant we had dined at earlier had left a lasting impression on us, and I decided to order another lemon drop martini at the bar. We struck up a conversation with a few fans of the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City; the bar was packed with guests who were excited about the game the following day. Before retiring to our room, I stopped by the front desk to inquire about a late checkout. I was pleasantly surprised by the exceptional customer service at the Canopy hotel. They not only granted us a checkout time of 1:00 pm but also allowed us to store our luggage until we were ready to leave later in the evening. 

The next morning, I woke up at 11:00 am and made myself a cup of coffee. The room had all the amenities one could ask for, and I took advantage of the beautiful view of the water outside my window to work on some video editing for Instagram reels.

My husband slept in until 12:30 pm and then joined me for lunch at a nearby Baltimore staple - an authentic Jewish deli serving delectable New York-style sandwiches.

We both ordered the homemade chicken noodle soup, and I opted for the 1915 Reuben corned beef sandwich with sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on grilled rye bread.

My husband went for the hot pastrami and corned beef sandwich on rye bread. 

After a delicious lunch, we headed back to the hotel bar to catch the Baltimore Ravens playing against the Kansas City Chiefs. We sipped on wine as we watched the game, but as the tension grew, the bartender suggested my husband try an espresso martini to calm his nerves.

The Chiefs ended up winning, and we left the hotel to catch our Amtrak train back to New York, enjoying our last glass of wine on board as we watched my beloved Detroit Lions play the 49ers. Although the Lions didn't fare very well, I couldn't help but reminisce about the fantastic time we had in Baltimore.

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