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Hot Plate: Restaurant Week Continues, Filipino Pop-Up at Ida B’s, Peter’s Inn BLTs at Bertha’s & More

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Chef Kiran Patnam’s butter chicken, which beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network last week, is now available at Apropoe’s in Harbor East.

It’s chilly outside, but Baltimore’s restaurant scene is hot with openings, Restaurant Week and intriguing collaborative events. Here’s a look at what’s happening around town:

Hot House: Victorian Outside, Gen X Inside, Asks $899K In Roland Park

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Hot House: 509 Hawthorn Road, Baltimore, 21210

Victorian-style cedar shingle house, circa 1900, complete and recent renovation inside and out. Four to five bedrooms, three full and one half bath over 3,326 sq. ft. with a semi-finished basement. New asphalt shingle roof 2011, new mains water line, all new Marvin windows, exterior and interior paint.  Open living dining room with built-in office. New kitchen with Silestone island and counters, main floor laundry room off kitchen.  Large master suite with custom dressing room. All new bathrooms with glass showers, separate tub. Central air, whole house security system, generator.  Fenced backyard with 2-car parking pad on .25 acre property: $899,000

Hot Plate: Korean Pop-Ups at Dylan’s & Wet City, Cakebread Cellars Dinners & More

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Spicy crab soup will be on the menu when Korean pop-up haenyo takes over the kitchen at Dylan’s Oyster House on Monday night.

It’s a busy week coming up in the Baltimore restaurant scene, with several exciting openings on the horizon and fun food events of all different types.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Greenlaurel: A Step-By-Step Guide to Making a Smart Electricity Supply Choice in Maryland

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To help you navigate Maryland’s deregulated — and frankly, confusing — energy supplier marketplace, we called on the experts to offer their practical tips to help you make energy deregulation work for your household. Grab your BGE bill, paper and pencil, and a calculator would’t hurt, too.

Q&A: Ben Jealous talks universal health care, weed, his progressive roots and more

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Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

Ben Jealous might just be the only gubernatorial candidate for 2018 who could bolster his run by getting handcuffed at the White House.

Hot Plate: foraged eatery Opens, Restaurant Week Begins

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Chef Chris Amendola’s new Hampden restaurant, foraged eatery, opened last week.

Happy New Year, Baltimore food lovers!

With the holidays behind us and 2018 a clean slate, local restaurants are getting back into regular routines and trying some new things. Here’s a look at what’s new and what’s coming up this week:

Just Like Star Wars, I Got a Sequel

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Movie poster via IMP Awards.

Good news: A couple of days before Christmas I received word that Counterpoint, the press that published The Glen Rock Book of the Dead in 2008, will bring out a companion volume in the late fall of 2018. Like its predecessor, The Baltimore Book of the Dead is named for the place where it is being composed and will contain about 60 brief portraits of people who have died, all who have crossed my path in one way or another. (While it will contain some allusions to the terrible violence we have suffered in the city in recent years, it will not be the focus of the book.) I could not be happier about this much-wished-for turn of events and have spent the past two and a half months traveling in the world of the departed. Now I will spend several more.

Hot House: For $599K, A Roland Park Chateau or A Ruxton Cape?

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Imagine you have $599,000 to spend on a house and you can’t decide between living in Baltimore City or Baltimore County. These two houses are a snapshot of what the market looks like right now. Have a look, there are more photos online. Tell us what you think, and what your considerations would be.  Only one can win …

Hot House #1: 314 Northfield Place, Baltimore 21210

French Provencal style home, circa 1929, in stucco with slate roof. Four bedrooms, three and a half baths over 3,015 sq. ft., in fair condition. Hardwood floors, fireplace, marble bath, master suite, basement bar. Landscaped .3 acre lot with detached two-car garage: $599,000 

Hot Plate: Restaurants Celebrate New Year’s Eve, Lib’s Grill & Food Plenty Open, Suburban House Closes

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Local restaurants have plenty of champagne on ice in anticipation of Sunday night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Photo copyright.

With 2017 nearly over and 2018 on the horizon, local restaurants are ready to break out the bubbly. Here’s a look at what Baltimore’s food scene has in store for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and the rest of the week to come:

Home Burial

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Two days after Christmas, six years ago, my daughters and I traveled home to Vermont, to ring in the New Year with my parents.  We settled into the cabin up the hill from their house and went down to say hello before bed. Dad was stretched out in a recliner in front of the fireplace.  He’d been diagnosed with bone cancer about a year before, but he was doing well. He wasn’t in real pain, any more than the usual pains of a man who’d lived hard all his life, a man with lousy knees and stents in his heart, who’d tracked mountain lions in the Great West, split thousands of cords of wood, worked as a farmer and a firefighter, among other things, and had finally written, on a scrap of paper I found after he died, “My time is the only capital contribution I can make.”