| Oct 9, 2013
| 9:19 AM
Arguably, it's the most wonderful time of the year to take a cruise: the holiday season. Ships are decorated to the nines (so you don’t have to struggle with tangled up knots of Christmas lights), festive feasts are prepared and served (so you can...
| Oct 13, 2013
Hanukkah is just 45 days away, and Christmas is coming right up!
Forget Halloween candy and costumes. The upcoming holidays qualify as a shopping emergency.
If you think I've lost my mind, don't. It's your sanity that may be on the line....
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:03 PM
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This week's TV Movies
Last Man Standing Vanessa (Nancy...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 4:45 AM
Priya DasSarma's childhood memories of celebrating Diwali in India are bright and happy, filled with firecrackers, lanterns and many, many sweets.
The Ellicott City resident's family moved around when she was a child, bouncing between India, Europe...
| Oct 27, 2013
Consider the holiday retail race to be in full swing, as both Wal-Mart and Toys R Us moved to stake a claim in the competitive toy market back in September by releasing lists of top toys for Christmas and Hanukkah.
Discount behemoth Wal-Mart, which says...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 1:13 PM
The last time people I knew had a home dehydrator was the same time that a vegetarian dinner meant brown rice topped with enough cheese to wipe out Wisconsin. But my head was spinning after my latest canning and preserving class, and guess what I want for...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 4:39 PM
Tom Bergin's, the Irish pub on Fairfax Avenue that shocked many when it closed suddenly in July, will reopen Nov. 30 if all goes according to new owner Derek Schreck's plans, with a new whiskey and craft cocktail lounge upstairs and an entirely new menu...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:30 AM
As a service to readers, I have posted annually since 2006 a compendium of dreary but apparently irresistible holiday cliches that any writer with a modicum of self-respect should shun. As Tom Lehrer sings in his Christmas carol, "Brother, here we go...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 1:40 PM
A week before Thanksgiving, Cary Moritz is planning a menu like none before: pecan pie rugelach, pumpkin frosted doughnuts and latkes with a dollop of blue-tinged mashed potatoes.
Thanksgiving favorites with a nod to Hanukkah or Hanukkah staples with...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 5:43 AM
Big box retailers and department stores like Toys "R" Us and Kohl's will offer more consecutive store hours than ever before in anticipation of Christmas this year.
Kohl’s stores will be open for more than 100 hours straight, beginning at 6 a.m....
| Dec 19, 2013
| 3:02 PM
A deal that fell through three years ago led to an unusually happy outcome for Manny and Gayle Levy.
The couple had thought a move to condominium living would simplify their lives and free them from the upkeep of the Pikesville mid-century modern,...