Shop & Eat

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:

Join the Shops at Kenilworth on 12/19 for Holiday Sip & Shop

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Deck the halls at The Shops at Kenilworth this month during their Holiday Sip & Shop on Thursday, December 19. Enjoy complimentary valet, a glass of bubbly and special offers. Check off that list with in-store offers. Plus, the first 50 guests to spend $50 between 5pm-8pm will receive a swag bag! Nothing says holidays like an evening of shopping, indulging and a little FaLaLa-ing. For more details, click here.

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.

Creole Soul taking over Arba Mediterranean booth in R. House

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Photo via Johns Hopkins University.

Creole Soul, an eatery that has offered Cajun classics in R. House’s pop-up space, will take up a more permanent home in the Remington food hall, Seawall Development announced today.

The stall will replace Arba Mediterranean, whose chef, Farid Salloum, is focusing his attention on his Riverside restaurant Baba’s Kitchen.

Restaurant Review: The Curious Oyster has lots of potential but also needs fine-tuning

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Between the Chesapeake Bay’s newly prolific oyster farms and an uptick in restaurants shining a spotlight on the beautiful bivalve, there’s never been a better time to be an oyster lover in Baltimore.

One of this fall’s most recent additions to the region’s oyster-centric dining scene is The Curious Oyster, which opened in mid-October at The Avenue at White Marsh. During a recent visit, the restaurant presented itself as ripe with potential, but in need of polishing.

Holiday East Presents Cookies and Cocktails on 12/11

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Next Wednesday, December 11, head to Holiday East for Cookies & Cocktails – a tasty quest through Harbor East from 6pm – 9pm. Still looking for that perfect gift? Enjoy the sounds of the season, sweet treats and festive drinks while shopping the best of Baltimore. Participating neighborhood shops will each feature a unique bite-sized holiday confection. Reserve your Cookie Passport! The $10 pass includes one cookie at each participating shop, a signature ornament, and parking for the evening. 100% of tour sales will benefit The Family Tree. Plus enjoy photos with Santa Claus, music and cocktail bars along the way.

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