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Hot Plate: Pop-ups at Broadway Market, new summer menus around town, Bastille Day celebrations, Foodscape and more

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On Saturday morning, head to Broadway Market for doughnuts from the former Cross Street vendor called Sundays. The sweet breakfast treats will be part of one of two different pop-ups at the market this week.

It’s high summer here in Baltimore, which means high humidity but also some positive things, like crushes, peaches and tomatoes. Local restaurants are celebrating some of the better aspects of the season this week with new menus, outdoor meals and more. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Bluebird turns two, fried chicken and champagne at Chez Hugo Bistro, Gertrude’s Crabaret and more

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Bluebird Cocktail Room, which celebrates its 2nd anniversary Sunday, has added several new seasonal drinks to its menu.

The fireworks might be over, but summertime is just heating up in Baltimore. Local restaurants and shops are celebrating the season–and themselves–this week with new menu additions and fun events. Here’s what’s coming up:

No Dogfights at Dewey

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Beau the dachshund
Marion Winik’s dog, Beau.

Every morning from the bedroom window of the condo, I watch the sun rise over the water. Most days begin as smears of coral against a wash of night-blue, then bring on the drama in pink and peach as the fireball edges into view. Cloudy days take a more minimalist approach: misty layers of gray, a golden shimmer on the water. The first silhouettes on the beach are the fishermen, posted up in folding chairs, their lines stretching out into the calm morning sea. They are followed by the dog owners, wearing billed caps and carrying coffee cups, some with their pets trotting ahead of them, others with puppies or nervous new rescues on leashes.

Baltimost: Jonathan Sneddon, IT administrator and artist behind Teara Newhole Gsus

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Credit: Studio 5 Baltimore

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]

Jonathan Sneddon, 37, is an IT administrator and artist. In their words:

Hot Plate: Freedom fries for U.S. vs. France at Johnny’s, Fourth of July events, and more

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It’s a crabby time of year in Baltimore. This week, you’ll find lots of crab at The Rusty Scupper and Mt. Washington Tavern (and lots of other places).

Independence Day is fast approaching, Baltimore! If you’re not heading to the beach for the holiday, there’s still plenty to do–and eat–here in the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Here’s a look at what Baltimore restaurants have planned for the week:

Hot Plate: Bourdain Day in Baltimore, farm and food festivals, The Tilted Row opens and more

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Summer is upon us and this year, and the new season brings lots of news in the Baltimore restaurant world, from openings and closings to fun festivals. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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

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Credit: Human Being Productions

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.

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