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Hot Plate: Christmas cookies and ornaments at Silver Queen, pancakes at Gertrude’s, Santa everywhere and more

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Baltimore has never been more festive. This week, local restaurants are filled with holiday spirit, hosting pop-ups from Santa, introducing new cocktails, baking cookies and helping kids create crafts. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Grand Mt. Vernon mansion, owned by a Catholic order for the past 87 years, asks $1.25M

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Hot House: 1128 N. Calvert St.

Mansion and carriage house with gorgeous details ideal for hotel, office, B&B, distinguished residence, private club or business. Large public spaces on first floor. Spacious rooms, many with fireplaces and adjoining baths on second and third floors. Twelve bedrooms, 8 bathrooms. Wood floors under carpet well preserved. Designed by architect Charles Carson in 1891 for the Hooper Family: $1,245,000

Hot Plate: Champagne dinner at Cypriana, gift card deals and holiday shopping events and more

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Noona’s $12 lunch menu includes some of the restaurant’s popular pizzas.

Talk about the most wonderful time of the year! This week, the Baltimore restaurant scene offers a little bit of everything, from a flurry of new restaurant openings and announcements to champagne toasts and brunch with The Grinch.

Another Baltimore Dog Story: The Trials of Lea

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My neighbor Pam has three wild boys, and all have begged for years to get a dog. Particularly Rocco, the middle one, a born animal lover. But who will take care of this dog? asked Pam, knowing perfectly well who it would be. Sorry boys, no dog. It’s already too much around here.

Baltimost: Judy Tallwing, artist

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Credit: Jay Dahm

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]

Judy Tallwing, 74, is an artist.

In her words: “Sometimes the ideas for my paintings come to me in a dream. I work with oils, so it’s not unusual for me to have five or six paintings going at once. I have a thing about starting paintings and not wanting to wait for them to dry. 

Hot Plate: Holiday by the Falls, cocktail dinner at Ouzo Bay, citrus talk at Artifact and more

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This month’s Origins conversation and meal at Artifact Coffee focuses on growing citrus right here in the mid-Atlantic.

Now that the stuffing and turkey have been gobbled up, it’s time for Baltimore food lovers to turn their thoughts toward the holidays. This week, there’s at least one fun food-related event in Baltimore every day. And it’s a good one.

Here’s a look at what the Baltimore restaurant scene has to offer this week:

Caves Valley family home looks grand but feels cozy

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Hot House: 3110 Caves Road Owings Mills

Tremendous entertaining areas, cozy gathering areas, five bedrooms, four and a half baths. Formal living room and dining room, library, open concept updated kitchen/family room with breakfast area, two-story great room with wet bar and loft. 24×20 master bedroom with spa bath. Detached two-car garage with a second story art studio. Loggia flows to patio, terrace lawn off great room, all on four-plus landscaped acres. $1,499,000

Hot Plate: Baltimore Whiskey Festival, Thanksgiving options, new menus at Ida B’s and Cinghiale, and more

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Topside’s Pimlico Pie is one of several traditional Maryland dishes found on special menus around the region this Thanksgiving.

This time of year is a huge one for food lovers in Baltimore and beyond. Thanksgiving is, of course, the focus, but it’s not the only thing happening in the local restaurant scene. Check out below for other fun events and openings announced recently:

Baltimost: Mark Osteen, co-founder Baltimore Jazz Alliance, vice president Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society

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Credit: Kris Faatz.

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]

Mark Osteen, 65, is co-founder Baltimore Jazz Alliance and vice president Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society.

In his words: “When you go to a jazz performance, it’s a different show every night. Art is unfolding before your eyes in that second. It’s never going to come back again. You’re catching art on the fly. You get to see musicians and artists working together to create something bigger than they are.

Hot Plate: Oyfest 6, Baltimore Beer Night at the BMI, wine dinners and more

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This week is chock full of fun events featuring beer, wine and spirits – including a beer discussion and tasting at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Thursday.

Mid-November is prime time for food in Baltimore. From comfort food to wine dinners to holiday catering menus, this week offers tons of opportunities to eat and drink well. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

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