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  1. next week. Reviews on a couple places are bad. So is the Diamondback Tavern a good place for a group of friends to gather? Will we be happy with the food and wine there?
  2. I'm still here. Going stronger than ever at the things which interest me most. Conner remains active elsewhere. His health has taken some of the oomph put of him but, he's a fighter. We have several new additions to the family and spend time chasing them around. Our charity work has been more of a challenge than ever due to the economy but, we are proud of what we have helped accomplish. We have fond memories of some posters. You know who you are.
  3. Batemans in Parkville "rounded up" our bill w/o informing us. We left a tip and haven't been back.
  4. Still miss that show. RIP Mr.Chew.
  5. Parkville Bateman's started rounding up the bill before presenting it to us. We won't be back. Our tips were very good- so it's the staff's loss.
  6. Such sad appearances on the board.
  7. The irony is that there are ads on here for companies from which I do buy. However, I'm already their customer and buy through their websites.
  8. Last night we were at the Candlelight Inn for our friends' anniversary. There was a good size crowd spread throughout the building but we were in a smaller room and managed to be semi private the whole time. Everyone else took advantage of the extended Restaurant week specials ($30/ 3 courses) and they really enjoyed them. I was the hold out- asking just for the duck special and it was great. We shared a bottle of wine. No pressure to leave just very good service, so we sat and talked to catch up. Another pleasant dinner and good memories. Thanks,Candlelight.
  9. We were at the Diamondback Inn, having driven through a terrible rain to get there. One friend met us immediately and I asked if they might like another place. No, she wanted to try this one. We were first into the dining room area and our waitress was very knowlegeable and attentive. Waiting for our fourth member we ordered drinks and my Ellicott City Ice Tea had good flavor. My husband had the Orange Crush and friends choose with Mountain Dudes. Everyone like the drinks, none of which were too strong for driving later. We ended up with two sheperd's pies, a testudo and an ahi tuna appeztixer (huge) as an entree. The sheperd's pies were wonderful. Not too large but a good size and the meat melted in your mouth, good texture in the potatoes. Extra good DISH on a damp night. Our friend with the tuna was very pleased, even though the portion was so large she took about half home. The one with the Testudo was disappointed only because she thought a a Caribbean style dish would be spicer. Otherwise, she liked the flavor and textures. We ended with coffee and that decaf had a good, bold flavor. Under a hundred for all of us and we were all happy, The dining room was not fully packed but it was a lively spot. We had a really good time and I am glad. We won't seem them for ages and we all have a good memory to hang on to.
  10. I had already shown my husband Tersiquel's menu. He didn't like that. Lapalapa didn't suit him, either, but I think a gift card would be great for Christmas for our vegan nephew and his wife. My husband is finnicky about food in the best of times but, right now he's had some problems with stress and reflux. So, it comes down to whatever he thinks he can eat the most easily. We have to forego the Crab Shanty for that reason, as well.
  11. I agree! We've had several lovely times at the CandleLight Inn and, actually, we are going there for a couple's 30ieth anniversary, weekend after next. We just needed something a bit more casual for the dinner with other friends. One of them likes chain restaurant atmospheres but, I had to nix BareBones because of my husband's many food issues. Thank you everyone for all the suggestions. I'll see what the others want to do.
  12. Thank you. I'll check the menu and see if my husband will be happy with it. ( He's so picky about certain things. )
  13. So now one has been there and no one has any other place to recommend? I find that rather shocking.
  14. At least, Weber's is back !
  15. UH, yes they did and people knew about it. Had he not been a guilt ridden Catholic, he'd have divorced his wife and married Katherine. The most dignified romance in Hollywood was a delightful exchange, and somehow it captured the spirit of the two people and their long relationship - Hepburn's ebullient enthusiasm, Tracy's earthy realism. Their love affair had been going on for more than a quarter of a century, and yet the press seemed to look the other way. ........ "When Tracy, already troubled by a weakened heart, went to Berlin to shoot Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg, Hepburn went along as nursemaid. A friend who worked for Kramer said that during the shooting, the limo would pick up Kramer and Tracy in front of the hotel every morning then drive around to the service entrance at the rear. Hepburn would dash into the limo and they would all drive off to the location. At the end of the day the limo would stop at the service entrance and Hepburn would dash into the hotel; the limo would proceed to the front entrance, and Kramer and Tracy would emerge............ There have been Hollywood romances, love affairs conducted in public for as long as they lasted, but not, I think, in the long history of the town has there been anything to equal the passion, the perseverance and the dignity of Katharine Hepburn's love for Spencer Tracy
  16. It's been closed awhile and the site will be changed to something else.
  17. Working on plans for charity events in June and October. You know, being pessimistic about someone KNOWING the date God wouldn't even tell Jesus.
  18. I believe that while the young lady was missing, state troopers aided in the Patapsco State Park search. AS there was a tip about her being in or near a body of water; they may have also assisted in searching other areas near water.
  19. I know. Alex can be bearable at times but Simon is too spooky. The children just need boundaries and fast.
  20. Ever catch Francois and Johan van Kempen in their holiday hell behaviors on The Real Housewives of New York? A textbook example of what not to let your children do at a fancy dinner party. ( They were too young to have pleasantly attended the event- but their parents were blissfully unaware of that. ) Finally found it Part way through the video- it shows Francois at the the dinner
  21. I'm not talking about parenting necessarily but about how to understand and motivate children toward better behaviors. I've known many pre-k to elementary teachers and Day Care Center workers who could beat Super Nanny with their engaging tatics with children. Of course, there are teachers who shouldn't never have had their own children or teach. They are a different subject altogether.
  22. I think that people should be able to separate their anger over a parent who won't/ can't control their small child and the child's behavior. It's not acceptable to me to be angry and blame the child; that's what I mean by gving some tolerance toward the child. Babies and toddlers don't have many skills to indicate their pain, discomfort, anger, prtoest over their disrupted schedules. Yes, the parent failing to remove the child is at fault and that's what I said in the part of my post you conveniently left out.
  23. CrickRat23, Thanks to you and your wife for dealing with it properly. But ,remember, just because a person never had children- doesn't mean they haven't dealt with them intimately. I've known a lot of teachers who were childless, for example. The fault lies with the parents - after a few short moments of the wailing, the child should be picked up and taken to another spot to be calmed. The parents have to know that the unwanted, annoying sound is ruining the circumstances for others. And they ( other customers) are paying for an expected dining atmosphere-especially in a nonfamily oriented restaurant.) While others should try to be tolerant because children below a certain age can't control themselves; the management needs to end the misery and ask the parent(s) who hasn't done so- to remove the child until it is quiet. Lately in this economy, I'm sure that people who are trying to go out don't want to pay the fees for a sitter. So we have more troublesome little customers showing up here and there.