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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Your Guide to the Best Locally Made Gifts

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It’s that time of year again when we search for gifts for family and friends (and teachers and secretaries and the postman and so on). This year our selections focus on items locally made. Not only will you find something for everyone, but you’ll be supporting local artisans as well!

Hot Plate: Gingerbread decorating at Roy’s and Das Bierhalle, Cookies & Cocktails in Harbor East, new restaurants and more

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Holiday events are in full swing this week, which means plenty of gingerbread, cookies and other treats.

Holiday events are in full swing and that means plenty to eat and drink around Baltimore. This week brings lots of fun, including gingerbread and cookies for the kids… and wine and cocktails for the grown-ups. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

The Luxury of Solitude

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The author’s dog, Beau. Photo by Marion Winik.

At Thanksgiving dinner, as we went around the table saying what we were grateful for, my daughter Jane gave thanks for leaving home, for the excitement of starting a new part of her life on her own. For a second, I thought about being hurt by this, but she assured us that she meant it in the nicest way, going on to thank everyone at the table who had helped her get to this point. 

Once I thought about it, I realized I too should give thanks for her departure.

French country-style Ruxton estate asks $2.5 million

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Hot House: 1307 Walnut Hill Lane, Ruxton, MD 21204

This Hot House is sponsored by Roofing Contractor in BaltimoreFour Twelve Roofing

French country-style house in stone and stucco, circa 2000, with extensive wine cellar and heated swimming pool. Seven bedrooms, five full and two half-baths over two stories and 6,685 square feet. Full, finished lower level with indoor sports court and theater. Entrance hall, open living area with fireplace and multiple French doors to pool. Timber ceilings and lintels. Vintage barn wood floors. Large kitchen with raised-hearth wood-burning fireplace, Traulsen fridge. Distinctive mantels from France. Dining room and main-floor bedroom, also with French doors to pool. Guest suite with kitchen above three-car garage. Central air. Two-acre property with mature plantings and professional landscaping: $2,499,000

Hot Plate: Hygge Mood at Prime Corner, Johnny’s gets festive, Chanukah at Gunther & more

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It’s the happiest time of the year. With everything from holiday cocktails to Chanukah latkes, this week offers a variety of ways to kick off Baltimore’s holiday season with good food and drink. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in and around town:

Hot Plate: Silver Queen Cafe turns 3, holiday festivities at Gertrude’s, whiskey at Wayward Smokehouse and more

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Photo via Silver Queen Cafe/Facebook

Now that the turkey has been carved, it’s time for leftovers–and to think about the next holiday. This week, local restaurants are closing out November with shopping events, decorating contests, and festive food and drinks.

Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Modern Craftsman house on five private acres in Glyndon asks $1 million

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Hot House: 14225 Longnecker Road, Glyndon, MD 21136

This Hot House is sponsored by Roofing Contractor in BaltimoreFour Twelve Roofing

Arts and Crafts-style house, custom built for owner, circa 2006, with covered porch, wraparound deck and screened porch. Hardiplank and cedar shingles and roof. Hardwood floors throughout. Five upstairs bedrooms, 4.5 baths over two stories and 5,600 square feet. Entry hall, open-plan main level with living room, library, kitchen with granite island, butler’s pantry, family room with Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired fireplace. Master suite with glass shower and freestanding tub, closet room, balcony. Nine-foot beamed ceilings. Full, finished basement with workshop. Zoned heat and central air, two-car attached garage, 5.86 acres: $1,000,000 (reduced from $1,295,000)

Hot Plate: Thanksgiving plans, new beer garden and sake/wine bar Fadensonnen opens in Old Goucher, Oyfest at Union and more

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Tons of local restaurants will serve traditional Thanksgiving meals this Thursday.

It’s turkey time and that alone is exciting news. But Baltimore has more in store for food lovers this week, from oysters to ice cream to a brand new sake bar and beer garden. Take a look at what’s happening in Charm City food news this week:

Hot Plate: Broadway Market vendors announced, wine dinners at Petit Louis and Cafe Troia, Thanksgiving pies for pre-order and more

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The restaurant world lineup this week includes a couple stellar wine dinners.

Every once in a while, Baltimore’s food scene has an exceptionally busy week. We’ve got one of those coming up. From fine wines to down and dirty barbecue, this week holds a ton of promise for food lovers. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

This Dog’s Life: A Tale of Love and Armed Robbery

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black german shepherd in EvergreenBefore I was struck down by my rebellious appendix last summer, I had started a new writing project, collecting stories about pets in my three-block Baltimore neighborhood, Evergreen, founded in 1873. Many of its original residents were the construction workers and tradesmen who helped build Roland Park, the elegant, affluent quarter that surrounds us on all sides. 

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