Friday, July 21, 2006

I Smell B&O

Every afternoon when I come home, I drive over the train tracks just east of Canton. And (almost) every afternoon when I drive over those tracks, I smell spices.....

Now I know that McCormick is located in the Baltimore area, but that's up in Hunt Valley, a good twenty miles or so away.

How does this happen?


Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Hunt Valley isn't twenty miles from Canton! (Twenty minutes, maybe, if you drive fast). McCormick *used to be* in Baltimore City somewhere -- maybe you're smelling the residue from their old plants.

Here's a fun fact: when McCormick moved out of the city, they didn't want to write "Cockeysville" on their outgoing mail, so they persuaded Baltimore County to rename the industrial park "Hunt Valley."

July 21, 2006 10:57 PM  
Anonymous mom said...

That reminds me of the Powerhouse (Now Barnes and Nobles building- check last picture)in Baltimore in the 80's - do you remember smell-a-vison?
It was part of Phineas T. Fogg idea on were the future would take us. Now you have it in Canton.

July 21, 2006 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Richie said...

It IS around 20 miles from Canton to Hunt Valley, Señor Snay.

I would say it's a decent bet that the spices come through your hood on their way to the factories in Hunt Valley. I know a bunch of McCormick folk and I'll be sure to ask next time I talk to one.

July 22, 2006 6:50 AM  
Blogger Heaving Melon said...

Start address: Baltimore, MD

End address: Hunt Valley, MD

Distance: 19.0 mi (about 29 mins)

From our Friends at google..

I have smelled spices in that area too... actually the whole east side from time to time you can... I am sure there is another spice plant in the area of some sort.

July 22, 2006 7:26 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

Mmmm. I smell white bread baking. It is HEAVENLY...and also makes me crave white bread night and day...

July 22, 2006 8:12 AM  
Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Wait, I was wrong about something? Impossible! I want a recount!

July 22, 2006 1:08 PM  
Blogger Missy B said...

I am jealous of nice smells. I used to smell the orange groves driving to my house but as the developers have decided homes are more profitable I smell exhaust from construction vehicles. I miss the white bread smell.

July 22, 2006 11:27 PM  
Blogger Summer said...

There's a huge bakery on my trip home to Patterson Park and I LOOOOVEEE the smell of the bread. It's so yummy! I'm glad it's only on the way home and not next to my house though or I'd be hungry all the time.

July 22, 2006 11:33 PM  
Blogger Candice said...

This is cracking me up... I live in NY but have recently been working in Hunt Valley and staying at the Courtyard by Marriott. I've always noticed a strange smell outside the building... but I guess I just chalked it up to something to do with the hotel. Then, today as I was leaving the office, I smelled it again. I started trying to figure out what it was... "Cinnamon? No... something like that maybe... cumin, ginger? Allspice?" This is what was running through my head. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I knew it was a spice. So now, here I am back in NY googling "Hunt Valley smell" and my questions have been answered. The hotel and office are right on International Circle, off of MCCORMICK ROAD. :) And I've driven by the factory numerous times, just didn't put two and two together. Thanks for solving my mystery!

January 11, 2008 9:17 PM  

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