Last weekend I had two days off. When looking at my calendar, I didn't see a bloc of free time this large until June vacation.
Although I hadn't noticed anything clearly wrong with my bassoon, I thought it would be a good time to schedule an appointment with Holden McAleer, my bassoon repairman. Holden does great work and enjoys the one-on-one with his clients talking about the bassoon and making adjustments to the instrument.
Just up Harford Rd. from Holden's shop is a local coffee roaster, Zeke's. Of course, I went in and had a tour. They mixed an espresso blend for me right out of the green coffee vats.
Zeke's just opened a storefront cafe. It serves their coffees and sells bags of their roasts along with pastries and sandwiches. I spoke with Todd, one of the employees. He designed the logo -- a crab holding a coffee bean.
I had an excellent espresso there. Very full flavor and great crema.
While Holden worked on my bassoon, I went to the Federal Hill section of Baltimore and lunched at Ryleigh's Oyster Bar. There were seven different kinds of East Coast oysters on the raw bar menu. I tried the Chincoteague from Virginia and one from the Maryland part of the Chesapeake.
I also had the Maryland crab soup and a pint of "Raging Bitch" Ale. Somehow my mouth formed the words, "I'll have a Raging Bitch, please." when the woman behind the bar asked for my order.