Brunching through Baltimore: The Ultimate Guide

Baltimore is a foodie’s paradise—especially if you love breakfast and lunch, but have a hard time deciding which to partake in. There are tons of restaurants in nearly every popular neighborhood in Baltimore that offer brunch lovers the tastes they crave.

I’ve been chronicling my brunch adventures in my podcast, Brunching Through Baltimore.

Throughout my four years of brunching in Baltimore, I have picked up a few tricks to getting the most out of every experience.

Allow me to share my top five…

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My Light City Experience

Light City took place last week in Baltimore.

This week-long festival of art, lights, and innovation included live performances, tons of public art and light installations, and opportunities for the community to learn more about local art, music, architecture, and initiatives taking place in our city.

This is the kind of festival that puts the “charm” in Charm City.

My first stop on the Light City tour was the neighborhood of Hampden…

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How I Landed My Amazing Internship

Last semester, I attended Loyola’s bi-annual Career Fair where, armed with multiple copies of my résumé, I joined many of my peers in visiting tables, talking to recruiters, networking with local and regional employers, seeking a good fit for a paid internship for the second semester of my senior year at Loyola.

One of the tables I stopped at was Power Plant Live!, Baltimore’s downtown entertainment district in the Inner Harbor. I knew I was interested in having an internship second semester, so I mentioned that to the recruiter.

Following the Career Fair, I followed up with an email to the recruiter thanking her for her time and consideration… and a few days later, I received an email from two women who work for The Cordish Companies.

I work on the 6 and a half floor of the Power Plant Building, just below the giant guitar.

I work on the 6 and a half floor of the Power Plant Building, just below the giant Hard Rock Cafe guitar.

The Cordish Companies are a global leader in real estate development headquartered right here in Baltimore.

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Crumbs & Whiskers, the Cat Cafe in Washington, D.C.

I’ve completed an item on my top ten list for senior year at Loyola!Crumbs & Whiskers

My friends and I recently had the opportunity to visit the first and only cat cafe in the heart of our nation’s capital.

We had a few friends in from out of town who were visiting for another friend’s birthday, so we decided to head south to D.C. for cats, coffee, and to celebrate on Saturday.

It was incredible.


This is one of their kittens, Carmella.




Now, you may be wondering what, exactly, a “cat cafe” is…

Crumbs & Whiskers is a cafe that operates in partnership with a local animal shelter. On any given day, there are 20 cats in the cafe for visitors to meet and spend time with while they enjoy a variety of coffee drinks and macaroons from a nearby cafe (no need to worry about cat hair in the pastries!).

To date, Crumbs & Whiskers has helped with the successful adoption of more than 60 cats and kittens—a truly incredible feat, considering the cafe opened less than a year ago.

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A Day in the Life: Rachel


7:45 a.m.
My alarm sounds, a soothing Jack Johnson song…

Yes, I set three alarms. No you can't judge me.

Yes, I set three alarms. No, you can’t judge me.

8:00 a.m.*
My alarm sounds again, and this time I actually get out of bed. I eat breakfast (it is the most important meal of the day!) and get dressed. I’m out the door around 8:40 a.m. with my roommate, Kat, headed toward WLOY Loyola Radio on the west side of campus.

*The 8:05 a.m. is just a retainer alarm.

9:00 a.m.
I arrive at WLOY and open up the station. I put in an hour of work, taping up the week’s production studio schedule as well as sending out the weekly email to keep our largest-ever DJ staff (around 130 students!) in the loop and doing the best job they possibly can. These emails typically involve many gifs and fun tidbits about what’s happening this week on campus.

beach boom box

This was my gif choice in preparation for Spring Break.

10:00 a.m.
Kat and I are live on the air at, 1620AM Baltimore. We host Kat & Rae in the Morning for two hours once a week, playing all our favorite tunes.

On our first show of the semester, we paid tribute to the late, great David Bowie as well as the late Glenn Frey of The Eagles. Coldplay’s “Adventure of a Lifetime” has been in heavy rotation. (It’s a really great song if you haven’t heard it just yet.)

After jamming out for two hours to our favorite tunes and giving shout-outs to our friends and our moms, we sign off the air.

This photo was taken on the last first show of Kat & Rae in the Morning

This photo was taken on the last first show of Kat & Rae in the Morning

12:15-1:30 p.m.
Kat and I have head to a class we’re both in, a course on podcasting and long-form digital audio.

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Second Semester Senior: 10 Musts

Second semester senior.

Try saying that five times fast!

On second thought, don’t. It’s not as hard to say as it is difficult to come to terms with. I am at this precipice in life where everything is about to change completely, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that my days won’t be filled with classes and homework and WLOY and club meetings and dinners with friends at Boulder Cafe.

There are still a few things I want to do before walking across the stage on May 21, 2016, and I intend to accomplish all of them.

3028974-inline-i-9-3028974the-difference-between-what-you-should-do-and-what-you-must-doWhich is why I’ve compiled a list of my Ten Musts for a second semester senior…

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Making an impact through Spectrum

Spectrum is Loyola’s LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, +) club on campus.

We are comprised of a strong and growing group of members and allies of the LGBT community who advocate for understanding and recognition on campus, in Baltimore, and on a global scale.

In our diverse and changing world, Spectrum aims to expose and inform Loyola’s population on LGBTQIA issues to promote awareness and acceptance.

As students at a Jesuit university, it is our duty and privilege to be able to educate and advocate for inclusion of all people, no matter their sexual orientation, gender, race, or anything else.


I have been a member of the Spectrum since my first-year at Loyola. Being part of a club that makes a difference on campus and its culture and climate is unique. It’s also pretty powerful.

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The Best Lessons I Learned in 2015

It’s been a tough year for me.

This time last year, my whole life was flipped upside down in an unimaginable way.

One day, you’re walking about the world, looking at everything a certain way, feeling a certain way, and expressing yourself in a certain way.

Suddenly everything is different. How you think, feel, and see the world can never go back to the way it was before. It’s scary. And it’s so hard. And it’s constantly changing, even today.

On Dec. 26, 2014, one of the best people I have ever had the privilege of knowing left us in a sudden and tragic way.

Colleen was so many wonderful things. A few weeks shy of 21 years old, she was vivacious, she was hilarious, she was kind, she was thoughtful, she was brilliant. She was one of my three best friends at Loyola. I loved her and continue to love her so much. She was one third of my sun at Loyola. And then suddenly she was gone. As a result, my whole world got dimmer.

You find ways to patch together little glimmers of light here and there, but the light you once enjoyed can never be fully restored.

This new world is the one I must live in every day now, and I am trying to live the best life I can without her.

For her.

Colleen and Rachel

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When the people you look up to are good people in real life

One of the many things I enjoy about my role as DJ for WLOY, Loyola’s college radio station, is the opportunity to speak with artists about their music, their lives, and their passions, and to share this with our listeners.

Recently, my co-host/roommate/confidant Kat O’Brien and I had opportunity to sit down (virtually first, physically later) with Allen Stone. Allen Stone is a national recording artist from Washington, who is soulful and sweet and everything you’d expect him to be from his picture—and more.

We had a great phone interview with him a few weeks before his show in Baltimore.  We dug down deep and asked him some serious questions, including about his hair and his taste in hats. You can listen to the interview here.

Allen has been on an international tour for his new album, Radius, which came out this summer. He was accompanied in Baltimore by Bernhoft, an internationally renowned musician who has been with him for the Southern and Northeast American leg of the tour.

We went to their show on November 11 at the Baltimore Soundstage, a fantastic local venue for anyone looking for known and unknown musical acts throughout the year.

In a word, the show was unforgettable.

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