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Hungry BWI travelers can sample these plates at the gate

If you want to try the Triple Delight roll at Gachi House of Sushi, the crab frittata at Obrycki's or the Latin specialties at Zona Cocina, you'll have to buy a plane ticket. These eateries, which only exist at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, are in post-security areas, and you can only eat there if you have a boarding pass.

And if you don't believe you can get super-fresh, premium sushi at an airport, try asking your pilot. They'll tell you that Gachi, a full-service sushi bar on Concourse A between gates 8 and 9, is the real deal.

In fact, pilots often call in their orders from the cockpit after landing so they'll be ready to go, said Budi Suryakusuma, Gachi's chef and managing partner.

Savvy travelers have discovered Gachi, too. "I think [they've] got the best sushi in Baltimore," said Dr. Morton F. Goldberg. The former director of the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital said he and his wife always make extra time to visit Gachi when they travel through BWI.

"I tell all of...

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This New Year's Eve, all 'angsty millennials' should have at least one thing to celebrate

The legacy of 2014, now in its waning days, will be contemplated in countless year-end retrospectives. But for one of my best friends, summing up the past 365 days was simple.

"2014 was the worst year of my life," he said.

Now, he was obviously being a bit dramatic, but his sentiment is born from something I think all new "adults" can commiserate with. Let's call it millennial angst.

Think teen angst displaced a few years, and with some extra responsibilities added in. Instead of blaring pop-punk songs and whining about how the world just doesn't understand us, we're drowning our sorrows in bottomless bloody mary brunches and realizing that we just don't understand the world.

That's why, as New Year's Eve approaches, it's tempting to look back and feel like you've been kicked around with little to show for it. For many 20-somethings, I'm sure 2014 wasn't easy.

For me and my friend, it was the first year we didn't spend even a day in school. And to go from that microcosm of a world to...

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Take Five with Brian Bourne, Under the Covers singer

New Year's Eve is America's biggest party, and Brian Bourne is set to keep Baltimore's celebration going strong.

The 34-year-old lead singer of the band Under the Covers said that after years of working their way up in the industry, they are excited for the chance to perform at the Inner Harbor for this year's New Year's Eve spectacular — and start off 2015 with people dancing to their music.

Bourne, who lives in Canton, and his bandmates, Charles Simon, Anthony Dimenna, John Burkhardt, Brennan McShane, Mike Palumbo and Tim Cobb, will be performing covers of classic rock and Top 40 hits at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater on Dec. 31. The show starts at 9 p.m., leading up to the grand fireworks display at midnight (info: bop.org).

Before the big show, Bourne talked with us about his experiences with the band and his goals for the new year.

What do you love about music and about performing?

I love the fact that it's a healthy outlet for whatever emotions and feelings that I or others may be...

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A familial atmosphere at Mad Dog Murphy's in Canton

Growing up in a big family, Adam Scher and his cousins often heard their grandfather’s old tales when they visited him in Severna Park. One in particular, about the most feared pirate on the Chesapeake Bay always stuck with Scher.

So when Scher, a 28-year-old native of Owings Mills, purchased a corner bar in Canton in January, he named it after the possibly apocryphal swashbuckler as a tribute to his beloved family member. Replacing the old Hooper's Pub sports bar, Mad Dog Murphy's opened the first week of March.

When we visited on a recent late Saturday night, Mad Dog Murphy's exuded an appropriately familial presence, despite a lack of foot traffic. A handful of folks — a few patrons, a few staff members on the clock and off — were huddled around the modest square bar in the center of the single-floor bar. It was clear from the breezy conversation and inside jokes that these people knew each other well. This was their neighborhood hangout.

Nearly all corner bars feel this way, or...

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And 'The Voice' winner is ...

Never underestimate the power of the country vote on “The Voice.” In what may be considered an upset victory, Craig Wayne Boyd carried off the Season 7 crown on Tuesday night’s finale results show. 

If Boyd’s big win didn’t come as a surprise to you, it certainly seemed to do so to Adam Levine, who had practically anointed his own contestant, Matt McAndrew, on Monday’s performance show, saying at one point that the shaggy-haired, bespectacled contestant was “not even done winning yet.” 

A tattoo artist somewhere may have already been readying his equipment to check the empty box on McAndrew’s forearm, which the singer had vowed to complete when he nabbed a record contract, but the arm tat will have to wait – at least for today. 

As it turns out, it was Boyd, the sole member of Blake Shelton’s team to make the finale, who wasn’t yet done winning. 

On Tuesday night -- after a two-hour finale featuring all manner of performances by current and past contestants, coaches, and visiting...

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Iggy Azalea's Great Escape Tour comes to Baltimore in March

Iggy Azalea, the "Fancy" rapper from Australia whose star-making year recently culminated in four Grammy nominations, will headline Royal Farms Arena on May 13. Nick Jonas, Tinashe and DJ Whizz Kidd will also perform as a part of Azalea's North American Great Escape Tour. 

Tickets go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. Friday on AEGLive.com

Azalea remained a presence on the charts this year thanks to hook-oriented singles from her debut album, "The New Classic," such as "Problem," featuring Ariana Grande, and "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora. The Grammys will air on CBS on Feb. 8.

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