One good reason to brave the elements in this chilly month is the arrival of Howard County Restaurant Weeks, running from Jan. 22 to Feb, 5. This is the 10th anniversary of this popular event and to celebrate, the organizers are offering a great giveaway. Just post photos of your favorite meals or menus on the Howard County Restaurant Weeks page on Facebook and you will be entered into a chance to win great prizes like meal gift certificates and an overnight at Turf Valley. Several dozen restaurants are participating, including Georgia Grace, La Palapa and Tersiguel’s in the historic district. Speaking of restaurants in the historic district, Syriana is now offering a full menu in its spot at 8180 Main St., where Ellicott’s Country Store used to be. The dishes include falafel, hummus, souvlaki, grape leaves and a variety of kabobs.