Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Visit To Fort McHenry

 Thank you for the comments asking if I am okay after my encounter with the yellow jackets.  I am fine.  It has been hot here (not as hot as in St. Louis), but high dew points and humidity.  Mom and I have been taking shorter walks the past few days. We spend our days inside.  I sleep and she reads on her Kindle.




Sunday, the folks visited Fort McHenry.  They said they visited there in the 90's.  Mom said it looked different.  BOL!  Actually, they both agreed the visitor's center was not there when they visited the first time. The first time, they took a water taxi to it and this time, they drove.

Fort McHenry is what inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner.  In 1814, the British attacked the fort.  After the battle was over, Key saw that the American flag was raised and that is what inspired him to write what is now our national anthem.

Entering the fort.  Notice the number of stars on the flag.  It is not our current flag.

Inside the fort.

Beds that soldiers used.

The flag became tangled and the Ranger along with a visitor worked to untangle it.

Other visitors then joined into help. They had to move the flag to the other side of the pole so that it could be raised again.  It took a lot of people to do this.




The guard room. This is where the flag was stored during the battle.



A re-enactment of soldiers holding drills.



The fort was very well protected.

The folks ate lunch at Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen and Bar.  Guy is on the Food Network.  Dad ate there when he was here over the winter and thought Mom would like it.

Inside Guy's Restaurant
The restaurant is located inside a casino.  The folks had to wait for a while to be seated.  It wasn't crowded. There was just no one around to seat them.

The folks started out their meal with an appetizer, of course.  They chose the Vegas fries.  The fries are tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce, topped with clue cheese crumbles and served with cool blue-sabi dipping sauce (blue cheese + wasabi).  Mom said it was delicious.  She really liked the dipping sauces.

Vegas Fries
Mom ordered the Off-Da-Hook Burger.  It is a cheeseburger with an onion ring, bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, donkey sauce on a garlic buttered bun.  Mom said the flavors were amazing.  It was one of the BEST burgers she has ever had.  What is donkey sauce? It is a mayonnaise based sauce which is enhanced by roasted garlic, Worcestershire, and mustard for a well-rounded flavor smash.

Off -Da-Hook Burger
 Dad ordered the '68 Cajun Sandwich.  It has blackened chicken, andouille sausage, cheddar cheese, creole trinity and Louisiana hot sauce. He said it was good, but I don't think it was as good as Mom's burger.

'68 Cajun Sandwich
The food was great.  The service was not.  The place was not busy and the staff didn't seem motivated to work.  Mom found a large group of employees standing around the beverage area instead of waiting on customers.  The restaurant will probably not make it at this location due to the employees and the location.  It is located in a casino and the older crowd may not like the type of food that Guy offers.  The prices are high.  Mom's burger was $15 as was Dad's.  The appetizer was $13.

I was able to try a bit of the burger and a few fries and I agree that the food was great.

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Enjoys Sampling Food From Around The Country
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