Tapas in the City: Twist

Picture this: You’re out to dinner at a new restaurant with a friend. You glance over the menu to find that there are 2 appetizers, 3 entrees, and a dessert that all sound delicious. But you obviously can’t order everything….

Why?  1) Fun fact, your stomach does not follow the same physics rules as Mary Poppins’ bag (I think we all wish it did) 2) You’ll be stuck with more leftovers than a sane person would choose to consume 3) You’ve got to foot that bill.

So what do you do? Most of us stick to one appetizer + an entree; or we skip the appetizer but opt for an entree, dessert, and a drink. But, what if I told you there was a way for you to try multiple items on a menu, without having to settle for just one of this and one of that? Just like you shouldn’t have settle on a significant other, you CERTAINLY shouldn’t have to settle on your food.

Cue Tapas in the City.

Hosting monthly pop-up dinners at different Baltimore-restaurants, Tapas in the City is a service to help you sample menus of Baltimore restaurants, providing guests twice the experience at a fraction of the cost. Each restaurant provides both a regular + pescatarian 7-course tapas menus, catering to variety of dietary restrictions and preferences.

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Tapas at Twist

I was lucky enough to attend Tapas In the City’s event at Twist in Fells Point, a cool little spot serving American dishes with a Mediterranean twist.  You can check out the 7-course tapas menus below!

 

When purchasing tickets for a Tapas in the City event, you have the option to purchase drink pairings with your meal. Past drink pairings have consisted of cocktails prepared by the restaurant’s bar; however, at Twist, Tapas in the City partnered with the new kid in Locust Point (and in the Baltimore beer game), Diamondback Brewing Co! As a beer lover, I was ecstatic to hear that I would get the chance to try some of Diamondback’s craft brews paired with my courses.

I’ve learned two things from this event:

  1. Come hungry. Although the event is titled Tapas in the City, don’t make assumptions about portion sizes. You get a good amount of food, much more than you would with traditional ‘ tapas’. So, come hungry (and don’t be afraid to ask for to-go boxes.)
  2. If you purchased the drink pairing, it’s best that you Uber. Yes, you will eat a good amount of food at the event.  But take it from me, if you’re coming hungry to the event with little food in your stomach, you’ll be feeling those drinks real fast. It’s awesome but definitely consider using a DD to get to and from the event.

Sign up and get your first Uber ride for free with my code taylore437!

 

THE FOOD

I didn’t get pics of every dish (my apologies!), but here are a few of the dishes that were on the menu:

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The 7-course meal was preceded by appetizers of roasted vegetables and various spreads, pictured here, and pita bread.

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For their event at Twist, Tapas in the City partnered with Diamondback Beer to bring guests 4 unique beers straight from the Diamondback taps! Portion 1 of the menu was paired with their Locust Point Pilsner (4.2% ABV)

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Chicken & Waffles from Tapas in the City at Twist, Fells Point

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Pan Seared Scallops with Saffron Pea Risotto from Tapas in the City at Twist, Fells Point

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Azzaca Blonde Ale (4.2% ABV) from Diamondback Brewing Co.

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Lexington Grilled Cheese with Brie + Cheddar Jack + Bacon + Pepper Jelly from Tapas in the City at Twist, Fells Point

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Crab + Avocado Salad from Tapas in the City at Twist, Fells Point

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Gelato topped with Macaroons from Tapas in the City at Twist, Fells Point

Overall, I would suggest Tapas in the City to those looking to expand their food-experiences, their experience as a Baltimore-resident, or simply try something different. I seriously think the variety on each menu ensures that each guest is trying at least one new ingredient, dish, or preparation technique. The idea makes it a perfect date night activity; and the cost is realistic for a night out for two ($84 for dinner + drinks for 2 people, AND tax + tip is already included!)

Check out the menu for Tapas in the City next event (January 2016) at Lebanese Taverana in Harbor East + purchase your tickets HERE! Use the code ‘lebtav’ for a discount on your tickets!

Until next time, keep eating!

Xo,

Taylor

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