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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:

Hot Plate: Champagne brunch & bar, talking African diaspora at Ida B’s, two Filipino pop-ups and more

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This week sparkles with a pop-up Veuve Cliquot bar at the Four Seasons and a Ladies’ Only Champagne Brunch at The Chasseur.

Baltimore’s restaurant scene is closing out February with a fun week filled with bubbles, whiskey and Filipino food. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Kentucky Nights fundraiser at Mt. Washington Tavern, Vida & Jailbreak team up for beer and tacos, Valentine’s Day continues at Ampersea & Winecream

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Mt. Washington Tavern hosts its 5th annual Kentucky Nights bourbon tasting this week, benefiting the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

With Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest restaurant nights of the year, behind us, local restaurateurs could be taking a much-deserved break. But they’re not! This week brings a handful of fun events benefitting great causes, plus a few opportunities to check out interesting wines, beers and bourbons.

Here’s a look at what’s happening:

No Time Off for Good Behavior

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Marion and Tony Winik with their children, 1992.

Readers: I wrote the following essay a long, long time ago. Whether you are raising small children now or whether you are, like me, looking in the rear view of an empty nest, it could make you feel better about things. Yours truly, M. Winik, setting the low bar on parenting since 1988.

I see a couple with a tiny baby at a party; they are so happy. I go over to ooh and aah at the baby, and ask to hold him. I have two boys, I say.

Oh, really, how old?
Two and four.
Is that hard?
It’s hell.

They exchange looks. Is this a depraved person to whom they are speaking, or is it the voice of doom resonating from their future?

Hot House: Excelsior Cigar Factory in Butcher’s Hill—$400K, with garage and roof deck

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Hot House: 101 S. Washington Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Brick townhouse, circa 1891, detached. Two bedrooms, two full and two half baths over 2,322 sq. ft., no basement. Ten-foot ceilings, original and new hardwood floors throughout, radiant flooring. Living room, powder room, laundry room and garage on the main level. Upstairs has open plan, loft-like kitchen/dining area and addition with ensuite bedroom. Third level has large master suite and original architectural detailing. Large roof deck with city views. Central air. Two-car garage plus one-car parking pad on alley: $399,900

Hot Plate: Valentine’s dinners, Galentine’s parties and more ways to celebrate love with food

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Citron’s Valentine’s Day menu includes Parmesan Reggiano arancini with saffron risotto, Mediterranean olive tapenade and roasted red pepper coulis. Photo by Beverly Funkhouser Photography.

The big news in Baltimore’s restaurant world this week is, of course, Valentine’s Day. But even before we get to Thursday’s celebration of hearts, flowers and all things lovey-dovey, there’s plenty else to do. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Orto and Alexander Brown Restaurant open, celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, Year of the Pig pop-ups and more

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Celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast Day on Saturday at The Charmery or Silver Queen Cafe

The week ahead is filled with everything from high-profile restaurant openings to celebrations offering ice cream for breakfast (you read that right) to pop-ups honoring the Year of the Pig. Here’s a look at what’s happening over the next few days:

Q&A with environmental journalist Tom Pelton, on the health of the Chesapeake and his book ‘The Chesapeake in Focus’

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Even if the story about the person who fell off a party boat into the Inner Harbor and died the next day is an urban legend, we all know the Chesapeake Bay is in trouble. I just googled: the last three headlines in the Baltimore Sun on the topic have been “Chesapeake Bay’s weakened federal partner takes another hit,” “Chesapeake Bay’s grade drops to a D+ in 2018 report card,” and ” ‘Code red’ for the Chesapeake Bay.”

Whether you’re a nature lover, an oyster and crab maven, a sailor, or just a citizen of this region, it’s a good time to take look at Tom Pelton’s 2018 book, “The Chesapeake in Focus” (Johns Hopkins University Press), a sweeping narrative that leverages the author’s decades of environmental reporting to create a multi-faceted portrait. Pelton’s combination of nature and travel writing, personality profiles, political analysis, and scientific storytelling will be familiar to listeners of his public radio program, “The Environment in Focus.”

Hot House: Hook & Ladder 13 for sale in Hollins Market; $500K, includes three fire poles

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Hot House: 43 S. Carey Street, Baltimore, 21223

Former Baltimore City firehouse, circa 1906, decommissioned in 2001 and zoned for residential use.  Two-story brick building, with basement. 3,780 sq. ft. unfinished space, with one full bath, two possible bedrooms. Fifteen foot+ ceilings on lower level, 13’ ceilings on second level, basement with eight-foot ceilings. Steam heat. Property being sold “as is”: $499,900

Hot Plate: Nepenthe opens, Encantada closes, Harry Potter at Order & Chaos, St. Vincent Festival at Old Westminster Winery and more

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Full Circle Artisan Palace and Order & Chaos Coffee join creative forces this weekend on a Harry Potter-themed menu at O&C.

This week in Baltimore’s food scene offers everything from Danish breakfast treats to a wine festival inspired by the traditions of ancient Burgundy.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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