I enjoy Goucher College, though I am a Goucher II student, a non-traditional student living off campus with my own family. I have attended 2 other colleges, a private college the same size in NM, and a small community college in NY state. Goucher is a small liberal-arts college with many varying majors. I am studying Psychology, one of the most popular majors for the college. The faculty are extremely nice, and knowledgable about their perspective coursres, and most are very open to student's needs or concerns. This college has a fairly small campus, but with nice buidings and extensive grounds around the college. It is very close to downtown Towson, the mall and shops and restaurants. There are shuttles that leave the college daily to other Baltimore colleges and Universities throughout the city. Goucher is in a consortium, meaning if you want, you may take credits at other local colleges and universities in the area, while being a full-time Goucher student, and financial aid covers it. The staff people in every office of the college are very helpful, and often know you by name. Goucher requires students do a study abroad option and offer a stipend for expenses. Though the college is very expensive, they have many scholarships and grants avaiable to students with need. They offer work study programs as well. The library/computer space is open 24 hours/day during school sessions. The school is very unique in that many of it's students do independent studies or majors. There are many courses that overlap in an integrated learning type environment.The contacts avaiable for internships are also very impressive, reaching all the way into the White House. Whatever you think of, Goucher can almost certainly help you make your dream happen. One thing I am not used to is the high female population...it feels like around 75% or more. The college was originally a female college, though is slowly becoming more coed. There is also a large Jewish population. The college offers a kosher dining hall. Environmental and sustainability are also important at the college, offering recycling, comminty gardens, and the Anthaneum, which is a environmentally sound building. It is a great college for those who want a small feel, but with big asperations, and that long for a challenge and new experiences.
We love the National Zoo..especially in Spring or Fall, when it is not so hot and humid out. We love that it is free, and is in a park-type setting. Beware, it will involve a lot of walking. The subway is a few blocks away. It can be a bit of a walk for little ones, especially in heat, but there are restaurants and shops nearby to stop for the bathrooms, drinks, etc. The food and vendor prices inside the park are a bit pricey, but the animal exhibits are great. Well maintained, and in an easily maneuverable setup, meandering from one exhibit into the other. A visit is suggested with plenty of time, as one can easily get lost in the park setting. Parking is available sometimes on the street outside. I have been to this zoo at least 5 times over the past 30 years, and it just keeps getting more enjoyable each time, especially with my own kids.
We love the Blue Agave, but they are very pricey!They have one of the best tequila selections around, although at $66/shot for the most expensie...a lot of dough. I love the carnitas, fajitas. Excellent variety of authentic Mexican food. Although I was not so impressed by the rice. I know one of the bartenders, the first time I went in, I only spoke with him for 5 minutes, the next time I went in, like 4 months later, he remembered me by name...the waitstaff are all very nice. Service was a bit slow, especially when they are busy, but the food makes up for it. My only complaint, it is a bit expensive...especially for a family of 4. (we dropped $90 easily...just eating entrees& drinks during restaurant week,with 2 small kids...that was WITH the discount!)Still gets lots of stars...and my Peruvian friend liked it...and he isn't a big fan of Mexican food ;)
This restaurant is pretty good. They have a mix of El Salvadoran and Mexican food. I like the pozole. They have some of the best salsa in the neighborhood. I am not a Salvadoran food fan, but they actually have chicken mole, pretty rare, but good. The cook are these little old ladies, so you know the food has to be pretty good. The atmoshere is nice, tasteful, usually quiet, the bathrooms are always freezing. The price is kind of high, especially for the area it is in, but if the food were not as good, it would not be worth it.
So far, my favorite museum to date...(and I have been to MANY in various states!) A virtual maze of stuff to see from historical artifacts to visual art pieces. Pay-what-you-want entrance...epecially nice for those travelling on a budget. Cool stuff in the stores, LOVE the sculpture garden and inside sculpture rooms. For me, must sees are the sculptures, Impressionist art (lots of Van Goughs, Monets, and Seurats), musical instruments, the Armory, and the Egyptian Temple area. On a beautiful day, the patio is also a must!The only negative is it being kind of far from the train...the green/6 stop is a bit of a hike, especially in the rain/cold or toting kids. I wish we had an apartment on 77th, right on the park, so we could enjoy it EVERY day! A MUST SEE if you plan to visit NYC!
We went to this place last minute because we were staying next door at La Quinta Inn.We got in on a Sat. night around 9pm...we sat uptairs.It was hopping...lots of people...sizzling plates...the smell was great (if you like an open-pit grilling camp-smell)...I do. We sat in the back near the kitchen door, the Asian waiters and Latino bus boys carrying food and hot coals around like busy bees. The atmosphere was kind of cozy at the time. Low-lighting, busy chatter of the customers...it was pouring rain outside.A nice, warm feel after being cold and wet all day.They just gave us 6-8 little appetizer bowls of what I think was stuff like Kimchee, (which I like) vinegared green beans, beansprouts, deep fried tofu, a sweet/sour shredded cabbage mix..etc.it was different, but good. My friend ordered pork fried rice, I ordered the beef teryaki. It was good. He LOVED the rice (wanted more) and the beef was great..good flavor, tender, BUT they did not trim the fatty parts off well. Yummy carrots, peas and green peppers splattered the dish. It came with a side of steamed white rice. It was good. It was my first time in a real Korean place, but I would go back...sorry to hear the others had a not-so-pleasant experience.Best part..we only had to walk 2 doors down to the hotel. It is close to the subway, Megabus station, Empire State Bldg...I would recommend it, even if for just one visit.
We love Jimmy's, our favorite family diner. We have walked in a blizzard to eat there...good thing it was close by. The food is tasty, good-sized portions, fast and friendly service. The owner and his son are always very helpful...and visible. You can tell they are in it for the love...not just the $. Good prices, usually ample parking....BUT for us, short hours...they close by 7pm! Awwww....too bad...THAT would be a good meal after clubbing at 2am!..
One Eyed Mike's is Great! I have tried numerous things on the menu, and so far, everything has been good! Epecially the soups and deserts.I like the BBQ pulled pork sandwich. Everything is homemade...even the chips.They have a pirate theme, with a Grand Marinier club...a first, better than a beer club. The rest. is in a very rustic spot, in a cute neighborhood, near the H&S Bakery. They have a back patio area when it's nice outside.The staff are very friendly, but the service can be a little slow due to short staffing. It's one of our favorite places...with kids or for a romantic dinner.
We love Chicken Rico!They have excellent chicken...pretty good lomo saltado, and other traditional Peruvian fare. Sometimes it is cold...it's a large place, and the service is fairly slow...especially if you order the lomo. They have a large selection of drinks...It's like a fast-food better-for-you option.Good thing they have juices...They SHOULD have a fresh fuit drink stand. THAT would be good! It is also pretty cheap...for the food you get.$6 for a filling MEAL. Feed a family of 4 for $20! And it is pretty healthy.The neighborhood is kind of sketchy, but maybe it's a part of the "feel" of being in a foreign country.The best part...they DELIVER!
BOP is pretty good. The pizza is fab, but I wish they had different bread for sandwiches. All they have are wraps.Sometimes the counter help are slow...the kitchen workers are very nice...it probably helps that I speak Spanish...I love the atmosphere, nice mural on the walls, and the jukebox has great tunes...a plus with kids.