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Holiday Breakfast with Santa

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 19, 2014 1:09pm


catch of the day fish (2)Yes, you hear about him all day, everyday now. They’re singing about him coming to town, his face is plastered on soda bottles and billboards. He’s all the kids talk about (is he real or isn’t he?). So you may be up to your nose in Santa right now, and we feel that. But then, come on. It’s Santa! And he’s only around once a year, so you’ve got to get in some quality time with the big guy while he’s still here. After all, you want to make sure he understnads the nuances of your wish list, and it’s always smart to make a good impression so he’ll remember you next year, right? Read More →

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Give to the Maryland Food Bank for the Holidays

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 1:49pm

Food Bank

catch of the day fish (2)Though you might not know it, Maryland is the wealthiest state in the country. And yet, hundreds of thousands of Marylanders don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  That’s more than ever before, and includes over a quarter of a million children. During the holidays, the need is especially great. Demand for food surges as the weather gets colder. And while many of us are able to put food on the holiday table without giving much thought to the cost of a few extra trimmings, the cost of feeding a whole family on a regular basis can be prohibitive for so many of our fellow Baltimoreans. So while you shop this year, we’d like to encourage you to also consider donating to an organization that will absolutely put your money to good use– The Maryland Food Bank.

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Blacksauce Comes to Artifact

0 Written by: | Monday, Dec 15, 2014 1:01pm

Whole Hog

catch of the day fish (2)We love it when two of our favorite things come together. In this case, it’s a (weekend-long) marriage of Artifact Coffee (one of the best spots in town for a cup of joe and something to nibble on) and Blacksauce Kitchen (you know the mile-long line at the farmers market for their biscuits?). And not only have the two teamed up for what promises to be a delicious and unique dinner concept this weekend, but they’ve done it right at the peak of the holiday season. Translation: one meal that we don’t have to cook ourselves. One night when we will not have to wash one dish. One night that we can sit and be served food, rather than chasing after the kids to make sure they’re not throwing theirs all over the floor/couch/guests. In other words: perfect timing. Read More →

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Berger Cookies Holiday Tins

0 Written by: | Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 3:00pm


catch of the day fish (2)I’ll admit it. Every year, right around November, get a wellspring of ambition as the holidays approach. I’m going to finally send out a holiday card this year. I’m going to make and purchase the most thoughtful, lovely gifts my family has every seen. I’ll make truffles and cookies and fudge and send them to friends across the country. How many times have I accomplished this dream? Well, going on zero. But there is hope yet (kind of). I can at least ease my burden by relieving myself of my cookie-making delusions and going a bit kitschier (though just as delicious) by sending tins of Berger cookies. Read More →

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Handmade Pop Art Baltimore Neighborhood Map

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 12, 2014 1:15pm


catch of the day fish (2)Roaming around Baltimore, it does often seem that our city has a new neighborhood just about every three blocks. Some neighborhoods are even so small that pretty much only the people who live there really know the name (and boundaries) of their neighborhood. It’s like we have neighborhoods inside of neighborhoods inside of neighborhoods. Well, thanks to local artist Justine Bedard, there is now a comprehensive (if not 100% practical) map that shows each neighborhood’s name, and exactly where it sits in this mess of a neighborhood. Read More →

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MICA Holiday Art Market

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 1:12pm

MICA Art Market

catch of the day fish (2)Baltimore has its fair share of great craft fairs– particularly this time of year. But probably our absolute favorite is the MICA Art Market. We look forward to it every year for a couple of reasons. Firstly, since many of the vendors are students, it’s markedly different from year to year. And we all know that those MICA students can dream up some pretty wild and creative stuff. So it’s guaranteed to not be your usual holiday craft fair. You can find hats and scarves that only an avant garde painting student could dream up, or conceptually designed pencils (seriously), or simply lovely paintings, drawings, and prints. Read More →

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Tomorrow: Sip & Shop Ruxton

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Dec 09, 2014 1:17pm


catch of the day fish (2)Local merchants truly are making it more and more appealing to keep your holiday shopping based in our own communities. And while the next couple of weekends are packed with sales and shopping events, tomorrow offers a fabulous mid-week way to get some of your shopping in and even get to unwind a bit while you do it. Swing by the Shops at Ruxton and Ruxton Village tomorrow (Wednesday, December 10th) beginning at 4pm for special offers and merrymaking from retailers. Each will offer a little something to help add some holiday cheer to your evening. You may be doing some mid-week grocery shopping at Grauls’ Market anyway, so why not pick up a little something from the likes of The Little Shoebox, JG Sassy, or Linens & Lingerie. Sure, you may well end up gift shopping for yourself, but no one ever said that that’s not allowed.


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Aquadopt from the Aquarium for the Holidays

0 Written by: | Monday, Dec 08, 2014 1:41pm


catch of the day fish (2)Many of us struggle to find gifts that won’t easily be forgotten, and that also won’t clutter up an already full house. But gift certificates can seem impersonal, and it’s hard to “give” an experience as a gift. But the National Aquarium has a gift opportunity that works for adults and kids alike and that will warm the recipient’s heart while helping ensure that one of the Aquarium’s beloved animals stays well-tended to. It’s their Aquadopt program, and it allows you to “adopt” one of your favorite animals. Luckily, the folks at the aquarium will still do the work– no need to come in on Sundays to clean the tank or throw anybody some mackerel.  Read More →

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Celebrate the Night of the Krampus at Bazaar

0 Written by: | Saturday, Dec 06, 2014 3:00pm


Ah, Krampus. He’s just what you need if all the jingle bells and holly jolly are beginning to make you want to fa-la-la your way under a rock. If you’re unfamiliar, Krampus is basically the anti-Santa in traditional Alpine lore. He looks rather devilish and beastly and behaves as such. While Santa brings gifts for all the good boys and girls, Krampus brings coal and other punishments to all of the naughty ones. So it’s fitting that just across the way from Baltimore’s much beloved Miracle on 34th Street lies Bazaar—the impeccably curated curiosity shop. Where else in town would Krampus pick for his local HQ? Read More →

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Penguin Sleepover with Tripster

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014 1:19pm

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catch of the day fish (2)So it’s that point in the season when Santa is working overtime. And we don’t even mean making the gifts and checking his list. We’re talking all the deliberating and thinking that has to go into picking out the absolute perfect gift for millions and millions of boys and girls the world over. Kind of a big job. And though you’ve maybe only got one or two youngsters you need to plan for, it can still get exhausting trying to outdo yourself (or Santa) year after year. Plus, unlike Santa, you have to live with all of the gifts that pile up with the holidays and find their way into the living room, the dining room, the basement, the master bedroom, etc. So if you find yourself searching these days for the absolute perfect gift, but would prefer its tiny, plastic, always-getting-stepped-on pieces not be scattered around the house, perhaps giving your kid an unforgettable experience (rather than a probably-soon-to-be-forgotten new toy) is in order. And what makes for a truly unforgettable experience for practically any kid? How’s a sleepover with penguins at the zoo sound?

Thanks to Tripster, (the incredible folks who plan out mind-blowing day trips for kids on weekends and school holidays) a sleepover with penguins can totally become a reality for your kids this winter. And even for you, if they’ll let you tag along. Back by popular demand (the November event was an absolute hit), the sleepover takes place Saturday, January 10th and lasts through Sunday morning. Now that the Maryland Zoo has completed its new state-of-the-art exhibit called Penguin Coast, you can snore along with these lovable birds and get to know what happens at the zoo when the zookeepers and and patrons all go home.  

Tripster kids will tour the Zoo from a whole new perspective, visit natural habitats, and look for nocturnal creatures, explore animal senses through participatory games, listen to camp light stories and songs, hang out with old friends and make some new ones! On Sunday morning, a light breakfast will be served and everyone (except the animals) goes home by 9:30am. However, the price of the Tripster event includes admission to the Zoo on Sunday, so you are welcome to stay and continue your adventure for as long as you’d like. And while the event itself won’t last forever, certainly the very special memories will.

The Tripster penguin sleepover event takes place starting on Saturday, January 10th. Reservations are a must. For more information, or to reserve a space, visit

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