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Hot Plate: The Elephant is closing, Cosima turns three, Saturday wing festival, new spring cocktails and more

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Cosima celebrates its third anniversary this week with a Tuesday night three-course dinner.

Spring has sprung and even though the temperatures haven’t fully caught up with the season, Baltimore restaurants offer plenty of reasons to head out to brunch or dinner this week. Take a look at what’s on tap:

Hot House: Roland Park House, Rich In Porches, Asks $1.2M; Includes Basketball Court

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Hot House: 112 Ridgewood Road, Baltimore, MD 21210

Shingle-style colonial, circa 1907, recently renovated. Three stories with slate roof, multiple back porches, large finished basement/rec with bedroom and full bath. Five bedrooms, five baths over 4,387 sq. ft. Grand entrance hall, living room with gas fireplace, French doors to sun porch. Dining room with breakfast nook opens to  gourmet kitchen. Second floor has master suite with marble bath, walk in closet, office, laundry room, second bedroom with full bath. Central air. Landscaped .55 acre level lot with basketball court and 2-car detached garage: $1,195,000.

Baltimost: Bill Stevenson, owner of Waverly Color Company and co-owner of Waverly Brewing Company

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Credit: Laura Lynn Photography.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature 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]

Bill Stevenson, 55, is the owner of Waverly Color Company and co-owner of Waverly Brewing Company. In his words:

Hot Plate: St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Epoch Rye release, new chefs at Michael’s Cafe and Hotel Revival and more

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Baltimore Spirits Company releases its hotly anticipated Epoch Rye on Saturday.

Whether or not you’re a fan of corned beef and beer, this week should be a fun one. From St. Patrick’s Day festivities to Italian wine to a magical meal, there’s a little something for everyone.

Lent Report

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Photo by Flickr user radiate2357

Last week, I received an email from Carrot Ink, the company from whom I purchase supplies for my printer. GET READY FOR MARDI GRAS, it urged in puffy purple letters festooned with GIF confetti and wagging carnival masks. 18% off all ink and toner with coupon code PARTY18.

Today can’t be Mardi Gras, was my first thought. It’s Thursday.

Followed immediately by my God, has it come to this?

Hot Plate: St. Paddy’s Day specials, new plans for former Nickel Taphouse space, a stall change at R. House and more

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Think you know wine? Test your blind tasting capabilities during BIN 604’s Amateur Sommelier Competition on Saturday.

This week brings plenty of news about springtime restaurant openings, several food-oriented fundraisers and a few excellent wine and cocktail events. Plus, local restaurants are offering a healthy dose of all things green for St. Patrick’s Day.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Baltimost: Catina Smith, line cook at Alexander Brown

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Credit: Matty Tae.

Baltimost is a new Baltimore Fishbowl feature 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]

Catina Smith, 33, is a line cook at Alexander Brown. In her words:

Hot House: Quirky 1868 log cabin in the heart of Towson

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Hot House: 410 Fairmount Avenue, Towson MD 21286

Historic log cabin, circa 1868, with wood shingle siding, screened side porch, stone foundation and unfinished basement. Completely renovated in 2015, and moved from original location on Jefferson Street. Two bedrooms, one and a half baths over 1,352 sq. ft. Original wood floors. All new systems. Living room and dining room with original wood beam ceiling, log and post construction, fireplace, new kitchen, downstairs powder room. Upstairs sitting room, master bedroom and second bedroom, full bath. Central air. Large, sunny backyard with driveway: $325,000

Hot Plate: Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras celebrations, R&R Taqueria opens, Cocina Luchadoras pops up at Ekiben and more

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The Corner Pantry’s Shrove Tuesday menu – including pancakes and doughnuts all day long – is one of several pre-Lent celebrations happening around town.

It’s March and it’s Mardi Gras week, Baltimore, which means it’s time for beads, masks and a whole lot more. Local restaurants are kicking off the month with a festive week. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Baltimost: Annie Howe, artist behind one-of-a-kind papercuts

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Photo credit: McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter Photography.

Baltimost is a new Baltimore Fishbowl feature 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]

Annie Howe, 39, the artist and owner behind Annie Howe Papercuts, makes and sells her intricate, one-of-a-kind designs to individuals, publications and companies. In her words:

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