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(Local) Food Court

Baltimore’s hip new food emporium (a micro version of Union Market in D.C. or a more urban Belvedere Square) opened in October beneath the apartments at 520 Park—steps from the Maryland Historical Society and the Walters, a welcome addition to the rapidly evolving neighborhood. Mt. Vernon Marketplace is meant to …

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Beer Studies

After Ian Hummel graduated from the VLB, a prestigious German beer-making school in Berlin, his dad, Harry, a York, PA-based architect, offered to help him establish a place to ply his trade. The result is the revitalized former Station 16 firehouse at N. Calvert and Read, in which the architect …

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Q&A Reality Star: Six Questions for Sammy Hoi

We chatted with MICA President Sammy Hoi about his love of all things artisan-made, his favorite things about life in Baltimore and how he’s strategizing to bring back manufacturing to his new home city—via an entrepreneurial program of study. >> How are you enjoying making Baltimore your home city? Love …

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Daytime Decadence High tea

Tea at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel is just what you want it to be. The colonial-inspired Explorers Lounge, with its faux animal prints and Persian carpets, upholstered chairs and posh service, is just the right setting—especially if you are seated with views of the Inner Harbor. Tea arrives …

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Gourmet Delivery That’s an order

Alan Clifford was the third employee at LivingSocial. He knows not just online sales, but what people are hankering for. He knows that modern people need options. “If I come home tired, I’m just as likely to eat popcorn, or cheese and crackers. Or three glasses of wine and no …

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Late-Night Bite Dare me

Cyrus Keefer’s new after-hours spot is a bustling and bright extension of his downstairs kitchen at 13.5 Wine Bar in Hampden. A smattering of tables, chairs and barstools in a tiny raw space in full view of the stainless kitchen—chefs busily plating and shouting orders, burners with pots of simmering …

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Bottoms Up Rye Not?

When Baltimore native Allen Katz announced his Mister Katz Rock & Rye, I was beside myself with anticipation. My gosh, does it deliver! This low-octane spirit has all of the character of a young rye whiskey enhanced with candy sugar, cinnamon, sour cherry and a touch of citrus. Shake off …

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Future Tense

The passing of time and the collection of memory can be as physical as they are experiential. The poignant work of Baltimore-based artist Michelle Dickson explores this juxtaposition through her collection, “Neither Mine Nor Yours.” As a process-oriented artist, Dickson began with a cast of her own face combined with …

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Look Books Next to your Pinterest-worthy terrariums and Anthropologie vases should be at least one (if not all) of these six sexy coffee table books.

Relive some of Vogue’s greatest moments in Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue, the book that chronicles the famously visionary creative director Grace Coddington (Phaidon, $150). Cabin Porn by Zach Klein—hey, get your head out of the gutter—is a serene photo meditation on the great outdoors (Little Brown, $18). …

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