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Hot Plate: Bacardi dinner at The Bygone, Boiler Room opens, DaMimmo closes and more

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Bourbon, whiskey and rum lovers have their pick of tasting events and cocktail dinners this week.

It’s cold outside but with local restaurant week promotions in full swing and a handful of fun events on the horizon, there are plenty of good reasons to bundle up and head out to eat in Baltimore this week. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: Restaurant Week, changes at Cunningham’s & The Milton Inn, NiHao pop-up and more

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The vegan dish Rabbit Paradise is a highlight of Alma Cocina Latina’s Restaurant Week menu. Baltimore Restaurant Week starts Friday, Jan. 10. Photo by Irena Stein Photography.

It’s a new year, full of resolutions, promise — and opportunity to eat well in Baltimore. This year kicks off with lots of exciting news of openings, renovations, and expansions. Plus, it’s Restaurant Week season, which means it’s prime time to peruse menus.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Baltimore restaurant scene this week:

Baltimost: Jefferson A. Russell, actor with Everyman Theatre

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Photo by Teresa Castracane Photography

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]

Jefferson A. Russell, 53, actor

As a member of the Everyman Theatre’s resident company, I have steady work and an artistic home.

Baltimore Holiday Report

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I don’t know if I’m going soft in my old age or what, but I didn’t hate the holidays at all this year. From the morning I ran outside barefoot in my bathrobe to give the garbage men a twenty-dollar bill, it was just one sweet moment after another. Since my children don’t live here anymore, it was lovely to have a couple of them return. Jane helped me get the Christmas tree and Vince found Chanukah candles for 89 cents a box. Then I cooked their favorite dishes as they sat side by side on the couch joyously playing Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch. Hayes and Maria were in Ecuador with her family but showed up on Facetime at key moments.

Mt. Vernon apartment with extraordinary detail on market for $224,900

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Hot House: 8 W. Madison Street, Unit 25, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Approximately 837 square foot studio apartment with hardwood floors throughout, entryway with built-in sitting nook and bookcases leading to the great room; updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and ample cabinet space. Located in the heart of Mt. Vernon: $224,900

Q&A With Malka Older, Author of “…and Other Disasters”

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It’s hard to do much better in describing Malka Older’s unusual new collection, “…and Other Disasters,” published by Baltimore-based Mason Jar Press, than sci-fi king Bruce Sterling, who commented that Older is like “a psychoanalyst in a planetary refugee camp.”

Condo with harbor views just right for watching NYE fireworks

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Hot House: 300 International Drive, Unit 2301, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Large three-bedroom, two-bath condominium on the 23rd floor of the Four Seasons. Deck, walk-in closets, wet bar, and windows that extend the length of the condo to survey the spectacular views. 2,208 sq. ft.: $2,750,000

Hot Plate: New Year’s Eve dinners and New Year’s Day brunches to ring in 2020, Gourmand dinner at La Cuchara and more

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This week we welcome a new year and a new decade. What better way is there to ring in 2020 than with a great meal or two? Baltimore restaurants have a lot planned throughout the week and through the beginning of the new year, so whether you’re looking for a casual brunch or an over-the-top dinner, local restaurants have you covered.

This installment of Hot Plate is a little longer than usual: instead of one week of events, it covers two weeks (Dec. 28 through Jan. 10). Here’s a look at what’s happening during that time:

Hampden rowhouse offers all the fun of 34th Street with none of the hassle

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Hot House: 3432 Keswick Road, Baltimore, 21211

Light-filled end-of-group with open floor plan. Great first floor with sweet front porch, bright living room, separate dining room, spacious white kitchen with ample cabinet space, luxury counters, subway tile backsplash, and gray herringbone floor. Lower level has 7+ foot ceilings, bonus family room with natural light, and a large full bathroom. Second and third floors have three bedrooms, large renovated full bathroom, and second-floor laundry room. Rear deck leads to yard and parking pad. Many upgrades throughout.  $269,900

Hot Plate: Peerce’s and Taharka Bros. open, Chanukah, Christmas Eve and Christmas dining and more

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Several local restaurants will offer Feast of the Seven Fishes menus this Christmas Eve.

Merry merry merry! The big dining news this week is all about the holidays, but that doesn’t mean celebratory dinners are the only good dining opportunity on the horizon. There are several fun events happening this week, plus a bunch of good news about Baltimore restaurants.

Here’s a look at what’s happening around town:

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