As I entered the Greek restaurant on a very chilly Saturday night, I grabbed a small table in the bar as well-dressed socialites in sequined miniskirts and to-die-for boots stood shoulder-to-shoulder with men sporting business-casual wear, nursing handcrafted cocktails and downing shots of the mystical isle's minty, anise-flavored liqueur. My own attire for the evening channeled the flowing robes adorning goddesses in Greek Mythology. I chose a gorgeous teal number by DJ-Jaz with silky fabric draping gracefully front and back from a congregation of faceted crystals at the single, ruched shoulder, a steal I happened upon earlier in the day for just $10 at my local JCPenney store in Baltimore County.
To highlight my Hellenic persona, I added some vintage crystal earrings that belonged to my late grandmother, a silver-metal bracelet-watch which I picked up in the Dallas-Fort Worth international Airport a couple of years ago, a blue-green crystal fashion ring from BCBG in Las Vegas, and a dazzling bracelet of azure crystals made by my high-school pal, Lily Williams, in northern California. I completed my look with a quilted silver handbag by Adolfo given to me by my best friend’s mother, Joyce, in Spokane, and my favorite black patent platform pumps by Call It Spring.
|George Aligeorgas, owner of Ouzo Bay|
restaurant, greets a dinner guest
Reservations at Ouzo Bay (www.ouzobay.com), the hottest new restaurant in Baltimore’s progressive Harbor East neighborhood, were not easy to come by. I had to be content with a seating for dinner at 9:15 in the evening on Valentine’s Day weekend, although the reservation was made weeks in advance. At my arrival, for a cocktail and appetizers at around 8:00 p.m., the place was absolutely hopping.
|Succulent lamb shank|
|Baklava came adorned with ice cream,|
cinnamon stick and spun-sugar
Shortly after leaning in for a photo, George treated me to a nightcap of his restaurant’s signature Ouzo liqueur. Were his charming attentions in tribute to my Grecian gown? Who knows? But it sure made for a marvelous evening.