Me Love You Long Time

17 Jul

I have a new favorite place for cocktails. There’s a phenomenal restaurant in the downtown Baltimore area called Ixia-it is absolutely divine. I’ve been there a handful of times, and would go every single day, if only my salary was magically doubled. The place is pricey, but everything is well worth it. Saturday night I went with Lola and Muffy for cocktails and some lite snacks. Ugh, so freaking delicious. Let’s talk cocktails first, and then we’ll get into the grub.This place has the most fabulous cocktail menu I have ever seen, and it’s a great place to get all boozy suzy. In the handful of times I’ve been there, I’ve tried several of their drinks and have come to the conclusion that they are all sprinkled with crack before they’re served. What else could explain the immediate reaction that I must have more more more immediately if not sooner? My favorite, by far, is the Strawberry Basil Mojito. It is so fresh and delicious for summer time, and will only be on the menu for a limited time. On Saturday, we tried their Magic Mojito, and you too must try it should you go. The brought us out a martini glass that had a wad of fluffy, pink cotton candy in it. Then they poured a delicious blend of god knows what over the cotton candy which caused it to melt. It was fantastic!

A few weeks ago, they also started this kick ass new concept: the Nitro Bar. Essentially, they can take any cocktail off the menu, and turn it into a sorbet by adding liquid nitrogen. This process serves to intensify the alcohol. It’s truly a wonderful thing to watch, and then enjoy. The cocktails run about $12, and the Nitro Bar runs between $15-18.
Now let’s move onto the food. They have an appetizer there that I would kill for-seriously, I’d kill someone for it, or at least stab someone with a fork. It’s ravioli filled with oyster mushrooms, and served with an English Pea Buerre Monte (pureed peas, butter, garlic, and crack-pretty sure that’s what it means). You can’t imagine how intense, and dreamy the sauce is. It’s worth picking up the plate and licking every little bit of delicious goodness right off the plate. Their Lobster Mac & Cheese is also heavenly. And don’t forget to save room for some dessert. Lola ordered the grilled summer peaches with mascarpone cheese and macadamia nut brittle, and Muffy and I split the plum upside down cake with lime creme brulee.
Seriously, start saving your money and make plans to go right away. You don’t need a reservation if you want to hang out in their fabulous lounge. Find a cute outfit that will impress the hot waiters, make friends with Trevor (the General Manger), and just go.
I heart Ixia.

13 Responses to “Me Love You Long Time”

  1. The Diva's Thoughts July 17, 2007 at 3:05 pm #

    Ok….why am I just realizing we are both in Baltimore!!! How cool. Please tell me where Ixia is because you made it sound so fabulous that I must go!

  2. Catherinette Singleton July 17, 2007 at 3:21 pm #

    Yay! We’re both local!! Woo hoo! Okay, so Ixia is just south of the Walter’s Art Gallery on Charles Street on the left handside. If you’re a long time resident, you may remember where Louis’ Bookstore used to be-Ixia took over Louis’.

  3. Mister Underhill July 17, 2007 at 3:25 pm #

    So when are you taking me? 😦

  4. Catherinette Singleton July 17, 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    When are you coming to town? I’ll take you there, let you buy me a drink, and then make out with you on the way home.

  5. Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! July 17, 2007 at 3:39 pm #

    I’ll be there, as soon as I save up the pennies to fly from England! Happy to go with you and the a delightful Diva (and whoever that cutie above is, aswell!!!)

  6. Kadonkadonk July 17, 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    So it this place worth a trip up from DC? Of course, I’d have no way to get home after a few strawberry mojitos! Eh, I’m sure I could find someone to go home with…

  7. Catherinette Singleton July 17, 2007 at 4:01 pm #

    Vi Vi Vi Voom: God I love England. I’d rather save up my pennies and go there. Mr. Underhill can come too.

    Kadonkadonk: I would have to say that yes, it is worth a trip. The bartenders are WAY hot too, so you could always go home with one of them. I know I always want to!

  8. Detail Medic July 17, 2007 at 8:59 pm #

    Add me to the locals list…. I’m right between you and kadonkadonk on the map!

    I’d really like to check this place out!

  9. Cinnkitty July 18, 2007 at 12:37 am #

    Good grief..that place sounds abso fabo!! You’d think Atlanta has something like that but nooo…I’m gonna have to head to Balitmore instead. 🙂 Whoo…hoo…Maybe I can hit a Ravens game while I’m in town!!!!!!

  10. Catherinette Singleton July 18, 2007 at 12:35 pm #

    Detail Medic: Bring your fellow firefighters (the hot ones) and meet us out for a drink.

    Cinnkitty: It truly is a fabulous place. Totally worth the trip.

  11. Del-V July 18, 2007 at 5:53 pm #

    The food is freakin’ awesome. I had the lamb the last time I was there and it blew my mind. I never went there for just drinks but anything with liquid nitrogen sounds like fun to me.

  12. The Ambiguous Blob July 18, 2007 at 7:21 pm #

    I’ll have to call them and ask for a franchise to open in LA!!!

  13. Detail Medic July 19, 2007 at 5:17 pm #

    Oh my god. You haven’t been around the fire department much have you? Well, maybe I can find a couple of hots one for you…but not many! People think it’s like Third Watch here… It. IS. NOT!

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