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September 21, 2021


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

Letting my mother take care of me for a weekend

It’s Friday. I’ve cleared my plans for the evening. My forest green, slightly baggy Mercy Medical volunteering polo sits folded up in the dark drawer of my Ikea dresser. Classes are done for the day, and I’m ready to meet up with the one special woman in my life.

A sentimental revisit of two years of brunches

I’m talking about brunch. I think it’s annoying and very 2010s of me, but I’m doing it.  My first Baltimore brunch was at Ida B’s Table. We had just split a Dangerously Delicious pie and an Ekiben sandwich from the Baltimore Farmers’ Market (just across the street, under the freeway) and decided that we still needed an entire meal of carbs and protein. Cotton plants sat in the windowsill, civil rights activists and their quotes were painted onto the walls. I ordered the chicken and waffles and he told me that shopping and eating with me reminded him of following his mom around on Saturday mornings when he was a kid. It was a little bizarre but I took it as affection (he can be the judge of that). 

Wu’s co-reviewer pointing to the legendary Duke’s Grocery Proper Burger.

The Burger Column: The pilgrimage to Duke’s Grocery

Washington D.C., with its buttoned-up political culture and obdurate expectations of conformity — picture bureaucrats, G-Men and rows upon rows of indistinguishably neoclassical government buildings — is not known for its food culture. Compared to a city like New York, where the selection of cuisines is so vibrant that locals prefer to eat out regularly rather than to cook at home, our nation’s capital is a veritable food desert.

Gupta’s favorite among the trendy boba and Asian dessert spots is Den Da.

Boba and movies are essential treats in Towson

“Oh, how I’ve missed you,” I thought to myself as I boarded the Collegetown Shuttle. You see, the free service is not available during the summer, and my friends and I had been forced to split $8 Uber rides for the past few months.

Courtesy of Aubin Lohier.
Dipping noodles and unique broths make Ojichan worth visiting.

Ojichan Tsukemen serves delicious dipping noodles

There’s never a shortage of cool and interesting places to eat in Baltimore. As Chris Katz, head chef of Atchara, described it, “Baltimore is like the wild west of food.” And few places can beat the diversity of food vendors found at Fadensonnen, the sake bar located at 3 W. 23rd St. (and accessible by Blue Jay Shuttle).

B'more's Neighborhoods: Highlights of some neighborhoods of Charm City

If you never step foot off of Homewood campus or leave the Hopkins bubble, then you will never really take advantage of all your opportunities here at Hopkins. All students should get to know the city that they’ll be calling home for the next four years, but it can be intimidating to know where to start in a new place. 

A guide to Baltimore transport

As someone from a small town (as in, I can’t get groceries without running into half of my graduating class), one of the things I was most excited about when I started college was getting to live in a bigger city like Baltimore. 

Milton S. Eisenhower Library, a space frequented by workaholic JHU students.

Reading period: a time to pause and wind down

The countdown to finals is getting dangerously low. Get excited, folks. Even the worst of procrastinators — myself included — are beginning to settle down and spend some quality time with their textbooks and laptops in order to prepare for this most hellish of hell weeks. Before that, though, is a four-day reprieve: reading period. 

Julia Fleischaker is the owner of Greedy Reads, a bookstore in Fells Point.

Greedy Reads builds community through books

The small, unassuming dark brick building sits at the corner of Aliceanna and South Ann in Fells Point. Large white letters spell out “Greedy Reads” on the street side window; inside, the bookstore’s owner, Julia Fleischaker, sits in a pool of red and blue light cast by the building’s original stained-glass windows, browsing on a laptop in her armchair. 

Events in Baltimore this weekend: April 25 - 28

Thursday 2019 Kickoff Party Nick’s Fish House 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Get ready for the start of the 2019 season! It’s the annual Kickoff Party out on the deck at Nick’s Fish House, a seafood restaurant in Port Covington.

 COURTESY OF Rachel Juieng
Graham Coreil-Allen leads a tour through historic Auchentoroly Terrace.

Auchentoroly Terrace retains historic memories

When I was given the opportunity to participate in a walking tour of historic Druid Hill Park, I was thrilled — I love wholesome weekend mornings. However, the morning of said tour, I was terribly sleepy and not at all excited to walk in the heat for two whole hours. Fortunately, I was pleasantly awoken by the sunny morning and slow walking pace. 

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