Hot Plate: Irish food and drinks this weekend, followed by a week of wine

The Corner Pantry’s corned beef and cabbage is just one of the Irish specials to be had around town this weekend.

From beer and whiskey to wine and funky mushrooms, this week is a festive one in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot House: 1887 Monkton Farmhouse, Steps From the NCR Trail


Hot House: 16207 Corbett Village Lane, Monkton, MD. 21111

German-style Victorian farmhouse, circa 1887, in fair condition. Wood clapboard, shingle and metal roof. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths over three stories and 1,728 sq. ft. Original floorplan, living room with fireplace, dining room, large country kitchen with gas fireplace, full bath on first floor. Original wood floors and moldings throughout. Master bedroom and large master bath on second floor. Two further beds and full bath on third floor. Unfinished basement, central a/c. .15 acre lot: $310,000 (recently reduced)

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Hot Plate: Changes in Federal Hill, coffee competitions, wine dinners and more

Order & Chaos’s latte art throwdown competition is just one of a couple coffee-related events this week.

From breakfast through evening cocktails, Baltimore restaurants have you covered this week. It’s a fun one. Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around town:

Greenlaurel: ’Unprecedented recovery’ in Chesapeake Bay’s sea grasses directly tied to clean-up efforts

Sea grasses in the Chesapeake Bay. Photo credit: Jon LefCheck, via UMCES.

A first-of-its-kind study has revealed that the decades-long “Save the Bay” effort is working. Underwater sea grasses, vital to the bay’s ecosystem, are at their highest levels in nearly 50 years. Not only is this good news for the Chesapeake Bay, but the research provides hope for other impaired estuaries, proving that a coordinated government collaboration focused on reducing pollution can lead to real restoration.

A Cat Named Bruce

“Bruce The Cat Is AWOL: We haven’t seen our cat Bruce (gray and white with a big belly) since yesterday. If anyone spots him, please let me know.” -Evergreen Community listserv

The email list in our neighborhood is an active one, what with people getting rid of furniture and gadgets, looking for plumbers and electricians, and calling for crews to pick up litter at Stony Run, the creek that runs along the edge of our three-block enclave. This posting about Bruce the Cat, complete with framed oil portrait, appeared one day in late February and turned out to be the first in a rather riveting series. But before we follow the drama of Bruce’s recent disappearance, let us begin with his origin story.

Q&A: Gubernatorial candidate Jim Shea on boosting transportation accessibility, teaming up with Brandon Scott, and more

Photo via Jim Shea for Maryland

At 65 and standing well under six feet tall, Jim Shea says he often tells people that when he started as a managing partner of Venable LLP, “I was 6’8″ and had a full head of hair, and 22 years later, I don’t.”

Hot Plate: Suspended Brewing & Lupa Open, Fun Collaborations, Wine & Whiskey Dinners All Week

Suspended Brewing Company’s taproom opens this week. Photo by Sam Levin.

Spring hasn’t quite sprung yet in Baltimore, but local restaurants are providing plenty of reasons to get out of the house. This week is packed full of fun events and exciting openings. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Q&A with Baltimore cartoonist turned literati, Tim Kreider


In Baltimore, Tim Kreider is known primarily for two things: his comic strip in the City Paper, The Pain: When Will It End?, which ran for fifteen years, and an essay called “My Own Private Baltimore” that he published in The New York Times. For the former, he is beloved. For the latter, the reaction was more complicated. (Sample sentence: “Ernest Hemingway famously described Paris as a moveable feast; Baltimore is more like a permanent hangover. Once you have lived there, you will never be entirely sober again.”)

Treasure in the Field


Leaving the Amtrak waiting area at Penn Station, New York, a few weekends ago, I walked away from my wallet. Technically speaking, it’s a clutch, big enough for credit cards, cell phone, cash, driver’s license, checkbook, keys, ATM cards, and yes, it was all in there. I was so intent on hustling my daughter and self onto the train, that I somehow lost track of the wallet. It hit me as we were getting settled into our seats. There was possibly enough time to sprint back upstairs to the waiting area. I got off the train to consult with the conductor who’d taken my ticket on the platform. He pointed to the end of a long line of passengers. “I’ll get to you when it’s your turn, ma’am.” I’d left my daughter on the train and had nothing but my ticket in hand. If I went back up and the train left and my wallet was already gone, I’d really be up a creek.

Hot House: Four Seasons entry-level condo asks $799K (includes valet parking)


Hot House: Four Seasons Residences, 300 International Drive, Unit 2207, Baltimore, MD 21202

Photo credit: Christian Horan

One bedroom, two bath, 900 sq. ft.  condo at Four Seasons Residences. Open plan layout, glass walls with harbor views, herringbone walnut floors, waterfall marble counters and Miele appliances in kitchen. Washer/dryer, marble bathrooms, glass shower, custom walk-in closet, smart screens, shades, fully wired. Access to private residents floor and amenities: $799,000