Baltimore is beaming with Ravens pride. We're going to the Super Bowl. Really and truly. We are going the Super Bowl (had to repeat it...) Everywhere you go, people are decked out in purple. They're happy. Smiling. And, asking, "Where are you gonna watch the game?"
What I'm more interested in knowing, however is..."What are you gonna EAT while you watch the game?" Here are some ideas if you want to add a little purple pride to the boofay without hitting the food color.
Fruit platter of grapes, blueberries, blackberries
Also, our friends down at the Four Seasons Harbor East are serving up some purple goodness now through the big game. Thanks to rock star pastry chef Chris Ford, LAMILL is offering purple macarons for $1.50 (filling flavors changing all week long) as well as a special Ravens cupcake - a chocolate cupcake with a purple vanilla buttercream for $2.75 each, $15 half-dozen and $29 dozen. And at Wit & Wisdom, you can have a purple Ravens Royale cocktail - vodka, gin, purple honey and lemon juice, topped with sparkling wine. And...at brunch on Sunday, you can enjoy bottomless purple mimosas. Yikes, sounds like fun! Check out their Facebook page for more info.
While many downtown restaurants close for dinner Super Bowl Sunday, lots of places are offering specials! Here's Richard Gorelick's rundown.
As for me, I feel compelled to watch the big game where I watched the AFC Championship - in my living room in the Hampdens. There will be lots of worrying, pacing, yelling and yes...eating.
p.s. Here are some of my favorite non-purple tailgate-esque party foods.
White Chicken Chili from America's Test Kitchen (it has a kick!)
Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Slaw by Smitten Kitchen
Old Bay Wings from Food & Wine
Pan-fried Onion Dip from Ina Garten
Rosemary Lemon White Bean Dip from Mark Bittmann
Beef Sliders from Martha Stewart
Mexican Layer Dip from Pioneer Woman