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December 5, 2022

Leisure

Leisure is the section where we highlight the intriguing, exciting and all-around fun events and activities happening in Baltimore over the weekend.



JOHN D'CRUZ / GRAPHICS EDITOR
Maras takes a closer look at what it means to be a "food city" and whether Baltimore has obtained such a status.

Is Baltimore a food city?

Read any major listicle about the top “food cities” in the U.S. and you will seldom find Baltimore in the conversation, let alone even in the top 25. As a somewhat biased party who has tried, loved and written about a whole bunch of restaurants in Baltimore, I’m frustrated by this exclusion. 


JOHN D'CRUZ / GRAPHICS EDITOR
Take full advantage of the holiday season with the many festive occasions happening this weekend.

Events this weekend (Dec. 1 – 4)

I hope you had a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving break, Blue Jays! While we might be in the home stretch of the semester, we’re also luckily in the holiday season. Check out one of the many delightful holiday events happening as we ring in December. 


COURTESY OF LAURA WADSTEN
Wadsten discusses all things plant care with a local authority on the subject.

A beginner's plant parent guide

We’ve all seen photos on Pinterest and Instagram and are probably guilty of the trend ourselves. Houseplants, both living and faux, have taken over our window sills and social media feeds — and for good reason. Studies suggest indoor plants can have positive effects on mental health and productivity. Plus the vibes are undeniably good. Who wouldn’t want to live in a jungle or at least bring a little life to a dark, generic dorm room?


COURTESY OF VICKY ZHU
For Zhu, food has become a vital way to remain connected to her home since moving to the U.S.

Transforming instant noodles for a taste of home

Growing up, I was spoiled by my grandma’s homemade Chinese cuisine, a concoction of traditional Chinese ingredients and her own ingenious tweaks. I am convinced that her magic cuisines have satiated the microbiome of my stomach so much that I will forever crave for and associate that savory with family and happiness.


JOHN D'CRUZ / GRAPHICS EDITOR
If you're sticking around for the weekend before Thanksgiving, our Leisure Editor has some great events for you to kick off your break!

Events this weekend (Nov. 18 – 20)

Happy Thanksgiving break, Blue Jays! You’re so close to finishing your semester! I hope you have some exciting plans for the break, but if you’re sticking around for this weekend, I’ve got some great events for you.


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
Maras and Park offer a comprehensive look at some of the most notable KBBQ offerings in the Baltimore area.

The great KBBQ conquest: Which spot is best?

Korean Barbecue (KBBQ) emerged as a popular dining option in the past decade, especially in cities with high concentrations of Korean Americans and Korean immigrants. Restaurants provide raw meat — typically sliced thin — for you to cook yourself on a grill inserted in the table. 


COURTESY OF MOLLY GAHAGEN AND MICHELLE LIMPE
Gahagen and Limpe were enchanted by their experience at “I Want Your Midnights: A Taylor Swift Dance Party,” which celebrated the pop queen's many musical marvels.

Meet us at midnight at the Taylor Swift Dance Party

If you haven’t been living in a labyrinth, you probably know that Taylor Swift recently announced her Eras Tour, with fans eagerly anticipating her return to the stage after four new albums and two re-recorded studio albums. Our love of Swift is nothing new, as both of us are longtime fans. While we, along with every other fan, are vying for the chance to live out our wildest dreams, we know that tour tickets will likely be untouchable. 


JOHN D'CRUZ / GRAPHICS EDITOR
The holiday season is starting to roll in, so get festive with these awesome events this weekend!

Events this weekend (Nov. 11 – 13)

While it certainly hasn’t felt like it lately, fall in Baltimore is ramping up as we quickly approach the holiday season! Check out these exciting events before you leave for Thanksgiving break.


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
Our Leisure Editor explains some of the recent new initiatives she's undertaking to bolster the Leisure section.

Connect with the Leisure section in new ways

In my time as the Leisure Editor, I have had so much fun continuously discovering Baltimore through the eyes of my writers and my own new experiences. I relish the opportunity to celebrate Baltimore in any way that I can because it is such a wonderful city. 


JOHN D'CRUZ / GRAPHICS EDITOR
Take advantage of the continually warm weather with this weekend's awesome events!

Events this weekend (Nov. 4 – 6)

Can you believe it’s November already, Blue Jays? Congrats on getting over halfway through the semester! I hope you had an excellent Halloween, and I hope you’re ready to spend these last few weeks of fall having lots of fun at these events!


COURTESY OF EMI GONZALEZ
Gonzalez reviews her favorite pieces from the National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery, two of the many renowned art museums in Washington, D.C.

Marvel at the jewels of D.C.'s finest art galleries

Over fall break, my friends and I took a quick two-day trip to Washington, D.C. While I’ve seen many aspects of D.C., I had never before been to the two museums that I thought were worth the blisters my Doc Martens gave me on the walk over: the National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery. 


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
Maras outlines three ways to take your average instant mac and cheese to the next level.

College classics: Remix your mac and cheese

I’d be lost without mac and cheese. Back in my old Wolman days when I had nothing but a microwave, an electric burner and a dream, mac and cheese was often the only midnight snack that could ever truly satiate me.


COURTESY OF JOHN D'CRUZ, GRAPHICS EDITOR
Get into the Halloween spirit with these spooky events from our Leisure Editor!

Events this weekend (Oct. 28 – 31)

Happy Halloween, Blue Jays! I hope you’ve got some great costumes planned. I know being back in school after Fall Break can be spooky, but if you check out these awesome events, you can still revel in the Halloween festivities! 


COURTESY OF EMMA ANDERSSON
Andersson recommends Shenandoah National Park for breathtaking views and its comforting country feel.

Shenandoah National Park is the perfect quick getaway

Itching to explore a new place or longing for some time in nature? Venture no farther than Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Here, you’ll encounter picturesque landscapes, trails boasting panoramic views and quaint country towns that will surely charm you.


COURTESY OF TOMMY SONG
Song recounts his exciting day at the Baltimore Running Festival alongside his Running Club teammates.

Dig deep and explore the city at the Baltimore Running Festival

Who would voluntarily wake up at 6 a.m. to run in 40-degree weather? Well, at least 11,000 people in Baltimore. Saturday, Oct. 15, was the 21st annual Baltimore Running Festival, which included the 5K, the 10K, the Half Marathon, the Marathon and the BaltiMORON-a-Thon, which is a 5K and a half marathon back-to-back.


COURTESY OF JOHN D’CRUZ, GRAPHICS EDITOR
To help you enjoy your extra days of break, our Leisure Editor has compiled some great markets, concerts and day trip ideas.

Events this weekend (Oct. 21 – 23)

Happy fall break, Blue Jays! You’re officially halfway done with the semester, and you have earned some well-deserved time to relax. I’ve compiled some really fun events for those of you who are staying in town, so get out and enjoy this free time!


COURTESY OF JOHN D'CRUZ, GRAPHICS EDITOR
Go enjoy many of the fall festivities that Baltimore has to offer this weekend!

Events this weekend (Oct. 14 — 16)

Baltimore in the fall is absolutely unparalleled. As we begin to see the leaves change and the sun backs off, I strongly urge you to relish this beautiful season and take on the city with these events!


COURTESY OF KAYLA RABEY
Rabey reviews her food from the Mexican On The Run and Quinn's Ice food trucks, including the delectable carnitas pork tacos.

Hoptoberfest's showstopping food trucks hit the mark

With heavy rains, cold mornings and overcast skies, fall season has officially begun! Along with these weather changes came the start of Hoptoberfest at Hopkins. The first event of the celebration, the Hoptoberfest Kickoff, involved food trucks, blow-up activities and t-shirts at the Recreation (Rec) Center. 


COURTESY OF ASHWATHA SURESH
Suresh offers tips on how to have the best concert experience possible through preparation and planning.

How to navigate concerts in and around Baltimore

I went to my first concert in Baltimore a couple weeks ago. The experience was life-changing, magical, surreal — everything from the music, the beat and the vibes made it an important memory in my college life. But as magical as the concert was, navigating through a concert was a reality that required a lot of effort and planning.


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