One month, two new bakeries; both one block from home

Mini Tarts: Patisserie Poupon, Baltimore

Baltimore 21201 is getting hot. As I write this I’m humming Fats Waller:

They have a new expression,
along ol’ Harlem way.
That tells you when a party
is ten times more than gay
To say that things are jumpin’
leaves not a single doubt.
That everything is in full swing
when you hear someone shout Here ’tis:

This joint is jumpin’,
It’s really jumpin’,
Come in cats an’ check your hats,
I mean this joint is jumpin’.
This here spot is more than hot,
In fact the joint is jumpin’—

Yesterday, on his way home, Jacob stopped by a smart little place right across the street from us : Patisserie Poupon at 225 N. Charles Street in the Grand Historic Venue. He brought home a wild mushroom quiche and a pear tart. They were both outstanding. He stopped by again this evening for a couple of mini-tarts. I snapped this photo and then we moaned a bit while we ate them. I have nothing else to say but, “Amazing” and “Patisserie, welcome to 21201, we’ll see you often.” Full disclosure: I gain nothing from our relationship with this new bakery. Wait, that’s not completely true. I gain, I’m thinking, about 1000 calories per each Jacob visit. And also, a pretty great feeling that there are new bakers paying attention to quality, fresh ingredients, and service. Stay tuned for some notes on the French Kitchen Bakery that just opened in the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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