MAY 28, 2009 7:33 AM

I love regional foods! I wrote about some of the regional foods I came across when I first moved to the Mid-Atlantic region. Having spent the last two years traveling between DC and Philly with occasional stops in Baltimore, I've come across quite a few regional specialties. Some are good, some are just interesting, and some are stomach churning (scrapple anyone?).

And then there is Baltimore's Berger cookie.

Look at that sweet packaging! Looks cool, but it sort of like the nasty old candy grandparents often have around doesn't it? Nope! These cookies are amazing.

There is a soft, butter, cookie which is itself not terribly sweet. This situation is taken care of by a huge schmear of fudge. Actually, some people I know think that the cookie is just there to give the fudge a platform for wider exposure.

Some of these came into our office a couple weeks ago. A quick google search peaked my interest and I became more and more obsessed as the day went on (I didn't get any of the cookies that came into the office because they were eaten before I could get there).

I was considering taking the train to Baltimore, where Berger cookies are apparently so common that you can get them at most grocery stores, but luckily, I have a friend who lives by one of the specialty markets in DC that carries them. The cookies are super-rich and you get like 10 or 12 in a box so I always end up sharing. I'm all about building community through cookies.

♥ anthony
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MAY 27, 2009 7:06 PM

This is the image that accompanied the digital invitation to the Washington National Opera's fundraiser, the "Opera Ball."

Opera Grand Rapids has had some pretty sweet artwork over the past few years. The artists have changed but ads remain simple and subtly emotive. Mixed Feelings wrote about Opera GR's artwork a while back.

The image from the WNO is so heavy-handed that I can hardly believe it. There is no irony in using a picture of tony white people in evening wear to advertise a $500 fundraiser. That is who is going to be there. It doesn't really sell the event. People will go because this is DC and you have to go to give out business cards, but not because this advertisement causes a stir of excitement.

This sort of illustrates why mid-sized Opera companies are so necessary. They won't make it if they don't make efforts to bring in new audiences as Opera GR has. WNO was criticized two seasons ago for staging operas with sexy young people rather than good singers as a means of garnering a younger audience.

♥ anthony
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JANUARY 4, 2009 8:28 PM

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