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October 1, 2023


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

Erin (left) and Lena (right) Bowman are bringing delectable and unique cupcakes to Hopkins and all of Baltimore with Sistahs' Sweets.

Sistahs' Sweets will satisfy your cupcake craving

Every so often, you will find a small black truck with bright pink font sitting on what has unofficially been dubbed the “food truck corner” of Homewood Campus. Inside that truck, you will find two extraordinary young women named Erin and Lena Bowman, who are the co-founders of Sistahs’ Sweets. The Bowman sisters are homeschool graduates who operate their own cupcake truck as a full-time business.

If you're sticking around Baltimore for the break, enjoy some time away from school by hitting the city for these fun events.

Events this break (March 19 – 28)

We finally made it to Spring Break! Can you believe it? I, for one, am excited to experience my first true college Spring Break (shoutout to the sporadic one-day breaks last spring, you are gone and happily forgotten). If you’re staying around the Baltimore area for break, I’ve got you covered with some great events for both this weekend and next weekend to keep you entertained.

Get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit and celebrate with the city this weekend!

Events this weekend (March 11 – 13)

If you’re anything like me, you need a nice break from the midterm grind this weekend. Luckily, we’re quickly approaching St. Patrick’s Day and have a host of great events to celebrate it! Have some fun before delving into the last week of school before spring break; you’ve earned it.

Coffee and pastry lovers alike are in luck; the newest cafe in town receives glowing reviews from Andersson. 

Coffee lovers can find Common Ground at their new Hampden spot

Attention, cafe lovers: Common Ground is officially back open for business at its new location. Situated in a cozy brick building right off of the Avenue in Hampden, Common Ground serves coffee, baked goods and sandwiches. With plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors on its spacious patio, this cafe provides the perfect setting to enjoy a quiet morning or spend a relaxing afternoon with friends. 

Jiang speaks with Carma of Carma's Cafe to hear about her experience with facing remodeling issues and pandemic obstacles as she plans to reopen her doors in April.

Carma's Cafe prepares to make its return

Carma Halterman opened up her cafe 18 years ago in November 2004. Michael Lynch, her housemate at the time, wanted a part-time job in a social environment. They both thought that the location, which is now home to Carma’s Cafe, would suit them perfectly. 

Andersson reviews the newest exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where visitors can find intriguing and visually stunning works.

Modern art shines in the BMA spring exhibits

If you haven’t yet seen the Richard Yarde exhibit on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), you still have a few more weeks to visit. Richard Yarde: Beyond the Savoy will remain on show through April 24, and I urge you to see it while you can. 

Students report inadequate communication from the University regarding its investigation. 

Events this weekend (March 3 — 6)

Congrats on getting through your first full month of the semester! I’ve got some exciting events this weekend where you can find great food, drinks and dancing. There’s a little something for everyone as we head into warmer days.

Andersson and friends sing high praises of NuVegan, the newest addition to the St. Paul strip of restaurants.

Rediscover old favorites at NuVegan Cafe

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just looking to try a new restaurant, NuVegan Cafe deserves a place on your Baltimore bucket list. Located on St. Paul Street, this newly opened spot makes for a convenient lunch between classes or a casual dinner option. 

Maras offers a survey of the nearest bookstores to the Homewood Campus, including the wonderfully eccentric Normal's Books & Records.

Find your perfect Baltimore bookstore

I know it can be tough to find time to read for pleasure during our busy semesters, but sometimes even just browsing a quality bookstore can be an immensely calming activity. Here’s a rundown of some of the great independent bookstores surrounding campus, each with its own unique assets—I even snuck in some book recommendations if you need somewhere to start. 

B.Willow provides a diverse array of plants to help you spruce up your dorm room.

Become a plant person at B.Willow

Amid the stressful midterm season, we found ourselves in need of a stress-relieving hobby. Grace’s residential advisor mentioned that raising plants helped improve her mood and recommended that she look into raising plants of my own. As per her suggestion, we went to B.Willow to check out their selection of plants and was astounded to see the aesthetics and calming nature of the store.  

Take a brief trip north to check out the Evergreen Museum, a historical time capsule from old Baltimore.

Escape to the Evergreen Museum

Though pictures of the Evergreen Museum make it seem like a reclusive, hard-to-find area of lush greenery in the middle of a bustling Baltimore, it is actually quite easy to access. 

Shtarkman emphasizes that you've never had fries like these before. The Local Fry offers flavor combinations that will knock you out of this world.

Get your fusion fix at The Local Fry

We’ve all been there: scrolling through “food near me” on Google, unable to pick a place to eat. Am I in the mood for Asian? Maybe I should have some Spanish? Or should I go with American? Well, imagine a place that has all these cuisines. Now bring that imagination to reality and head over to The Local Fry, which is conveniently nestled in the Rotunda in Hampden. 

From jazz to flea markets to movie screenings, there's no shortage of fun events to seek out this weekend in Baltimore.

Events this weekend (Feb. 18 — Feb. 20)

Happy weekend, Blue Jays! After an unfortunate cold spell this week, enjoy some time around the city as the weather warms back up. There are plenty of opportunities to try some new foods, shop from local business owners and learn more about the city itself, so don’t be shy!

Maras reviews the cuisine of Cosima, a local option for fine dining near the Homewood campus.

Valentine's Day three ways: Remington

While Hopkins students know and love the Remington eateries that are most proximate to us, like R. House and Papermoon Diner, I want to introduce you to a lesser known but equally wonderful spot that might serve you well this Valentine’s Day weekend. 

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Diksha Iyer reviews her journey to The Helmand restaurant with her friends, where she enjoyed a variety of Afghan dishes. 

Valentine's Day three ways: Mount Vernon

Walking into The Helmand is an experience in and of itself: The restaurant is dimly lit, and a cozy aura immediately wraps itself around you and your companions. This year, the restaurant is celebrating a wonderful 33 years of premier Afghan cuisine in Baltimore. The restaurant was named after the auspicious Helmand River, which delivers nourishment to the dry terrain of Afghanistan. 

Park marvels at the steak from The Prime Rib, Baltimore's resident classic steakhouse.

Valentine's Day three ways: Midtown

No meal — including the other recommendations in the three-part Valentine’s Day series in The News-Letter — can hold a candle to the United States Department of Agriculture Prime cuts of beef from The Prime Rib. This is one serious meal. Live music? Check. Tuxedo-donned waiters with cheeky steak jokes? Of course. 

Maras wants you to check out the great shows and Valentine's Day pop-ups happening around the city this week. 

Events this weekend (Feb. 11 — Feb. 13)

Happy Valentine’s weekend! Whether you’ve got a date or plan to spend it with your pals, there are still plenty of great shopping spots and intriguing performances in Baltimore this weekend to keep you entertained.

Still searching for a Valentine’s Day gift? Maras has you covered. 

Events this weekend (Feb. 4 — Feb. 6)

The weather unfortunately hasn’t let up on us yet, but don’t let the cold stop you from having some fun this weekend! Check out these events to see what’s happening in art, food and festivities this weekend in Baltimore. 

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