Who knew Mother’s Day was like your birthday packaged inside of a Jewish Christmas wrapped all up in a national holiday? It may be my new favorite holiday: people everywhere you go wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day; receiving warm smiles from hostesses and bartenders, shopgirls and parking attendants; strangers walking in the streets with arms full of flowers, tulips, roses, poppies, and hydrangeas (I love this about Valentine’s Day too!); texts and calls, facebook wishes; gorgeous cards, even from babies, and thoughtful gifts…It almost makes up for the whole pregnancy/giving birth thing.
We wanted to make the morning a little extra special, so we drove to Baltimore (about an hour away), which we thought would be a fresh scene and fun treat for Mother’s Day.
We got a recommendation for Fleet Street Kitchen from a friend who lives in Baltimore. Usually, they’re not open for brunch, but they make an exception for Mother’s Day. It turned out to be spectacular! Isn’t this picture cool? Those are our shadows and a passerby’s reflection in the glass.The interior was overlaid with lots of gorgeous wood broken up with glass, brick, patterned fabrics, and gorgeous textures.
I wouldn’t have thought of doing a plaid for a bench, but adored how modern it looked against the wood, mirrors, other mismatched fabrics, and brass studs.
Here’s another fabric pattern that I completely loved and was surprised by. I would never have picked the 60s-inspired pattern for the modern space, but it worked with the rest of the eclectic pieces and looked fabulous.
We’ve already incorporated the idea of herb planters as wall-decor in our new kitchen condo. I was thinking either white pots on metal shelves or even painting the pots with chalkboard paint and labeling each with the planted herb inside. There are so many ideas–how brilliant is this idea? The bar at Mondrian NYC has a similar design, but the plants are fake.
This may have been may favorite brunch ever with my the most special people in the world. Judah only crawled on the table once during brunch and was a complete angel otherwise. We were able to eat at a regular pace (as opposed to our autopilot speed of that of a rabid animal with one of us running defense after Judah, and the other standing at the table shoving food in as fast as possible), as the baby sat on my husband’s lap the entire time, playing with toys, and reading books.
The restaurant: divine. It may have been because we were able to actually sit and eat for the entire meal, but we both agreed that Fleet Street was one of the best meals we’ve had. Starting with the spicy bloody Mary’s (extra spicy, please) with stainless steel straws and perfectly square ice cubes that didn’t melt:
Here are a few of the dishes we tried (the appetizer pictures did not turn out, unfortunately!).
Shrimp and grits:
Frittata with goat cheese:
Macaroons (gorgeous and delish):
Chocolate palette (love the idea of a dessert “palette”):
The menu referenced all of the local farms and fisheries that each dish matriculated from.
We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling in Baltimore and enjoying the Inner Harbor. We did a little shopping:
And stopped for a glass of Rose at the Four Seasons. Judah did a bit more climbing at our second location…
I love the arrangement in the Baltimore Four Seasons’s lobby, having admired it multiple times in the past year. They keep the vases the same and change out the flowers periodically, employing the same juxtaposed display year-round.
I’ve been attempting this style at home. The trick is to use a floral, green rubber band to hold the stems tightly together.All in all, a perfect day, finished with art journaling with friends Mother’s Day evening. Whether your a mother or not, or celebrated by yourself or with friends or family, I hope it your day was wonderful with lots of space for meandering, savoring, and, hopefully, more than a few indulgences.