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Baltimost: Cori Dioquino, actor and co-founder of the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective

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Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Cori Dioquino, 34, is an actor, producer, arts integration educator and co-founder of the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (BAPAC). In her words:

Hot Plate: Steak for dads, cocktails for Pride, Cunningham’s chef on ‘Chopped’ and more

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The Tomahawk steak at Topside is one of several Father’s Day weekend specials that will make carnivorous dads happy.

From wine to Pride to Father’s Day and beyond, this weekend and week are busy in Baltimore. Check out what’s happening in the local restaurant world:

Hot Plate: Clavel turns four, celebrations of Italian, Chilean and Lao flavors, Donut Bike Crawl and more

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Clavel just wrapped up its fourth year in business. That’s four years of excellent ceviches, tacos and mezcal cocktails like the Amado Nervo.

This week in Baltimore’s bar and dining scene is filled with events featuring international flair–and lots of wine, plus a few donuts. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Things one does not expect

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blue crawfishNote: This piece is in the style of the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, lady-in-waiting to the Empress of Japan during the 990s — one of the world’s first great personal essayists, who thought she was only keeping a diary. Her lists have titles like “Things That Make The Heart Beat Faster,” “Occasions When Time Drags By,” “Hateful Things,” “Adorable Things.” They give an amazing window into the culture of her time and place, but just as strikingly illustrate the unchanging aspects of human nature. “One has gone to a house and asked to see someone; but the wrong person appears, thinking that it is he who is wanted; this is especially awkward if one has brought a present.” “It is quite late at night and a woman has been expecting a visitor. Hearing finally a stealthy tapping, she sends her maid to open the gate and lies waiting excitedly. But the name announced by the maid is that of someone with whom she has absolutely no connection. Of all the depressing things this is by far the worst.” I sometimes give students the assignment to make a Shonagon-style list, but I never made one myself before. Excerpts from the original are here and here.

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When one returns to one’s small gray car just in time to see the huge SUV parked in front of it back into one’s front end before pulling away, one is relieved to find that no serious damage has been done. One does not expect to see, after driving home, that one’s Toyota hood ornament was jarred loose by the impact and has now fallen off. A depressing black oval remains.

Hot Plate: The Feast of St. Anthony, Forest Hill’s Strawberry Festival, al fresco dining in Fells Point and more

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The four-day St. Nicholas Greek Festival, always a foodie destination, kicks off on Thursday.

With summer (unofficially) underway, we’re looking at a great week filled with festivals, strawberries and soft shell crabs, among other things. Here’s what’s coming up:

Baltimost: Scott Patterson, pianist and artistic director of Afro House

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Credit: Jill Fannon.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Scott Patterson, 42, is a pianist, composer and artistic director of Afro House.  In his words:

“Afro House is a music-driven performance art house. We make things with art and music. We tell stories. We got into the business to break barriers and challenge norms and aesthetics around people of color.

Hot House: Mt. Washington Hillside Cottage of Artist Herman Maril

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Hot House: 5602 Roxbury Place, Baltimore MD 21209

Victorian-era cottage, circa 1865, stone and wood frame with shingle roof, front and rear screen porches.  Five bedrooms, 3.5 baths over 3 levels and 2, 648 sq. ft. High ceilings, grand staircase, large rooms, hardwood floors throughout. Living room and dining room with fireplaces, kitchen with original exterior wall. Lower level studio and office space. Whole house generator.  Lush private setting on .3 acre property, sold in as-is condition: $385,000

Hot Plate: Party at Sandlot, Market at Montebello debuts, Raw & Refined opens and more

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This week offers opportunities to eat and drink outdoors, including at a party at the Sandlot on Sunday.

The unofficial start of summer is upon us and the Baltimore restaurant scene is in celebration mode this week, with tons of al fresco dining options, a handful of fun new openings and several strong incentives to raise a glass. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Fat Tiger, El Tigre and Old Boy open in Broadway Market, Preakness specials, Mac and Cheese Festival and more

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Topside celebrates Preakness Friday and Saturday with a “raising the steaks” special.

This week is full of great restaurant news, including multiple openings and new offerings, Preakness-related specials and an opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest women in the Baltimore restaurant scene.

Here’s a look at what’s been happening and what’s on tap:

Hot House: $1.389M With Pool, Guesthouse, Horse Pasture Views in the Greenspring Valley

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Hot House: 30 Caveswood Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117

 

American traditional style house in wood clapboard, circa 1972. Five bedrooms, 5.5 baths over two stories and 5,000 sq. ft., with large finished lower level.  Entrance foyer, living room, dining room, library/den, gourmet kitchen. Large family room off kitchen with wood beamed ceilings, wet bar, fireplace with leather bench seating, french doors to terrace. First-floor en suite master bedroom with French doors, custom dressing/closet room. Full bath on lower level, plus bar and entertainment area. Landscaped gardens, guesthouse with bedroom and full bath. Pool house with bar and fridge, garden shed. Central a/c, two-car attached garage, extensive bluestone hardscaping, 1.5 acre property: $1,389,000

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