Sweet Valentine's dinner deals at two restaurants [Ellicott City]

So, are you getting your sweetie a Raven's jersey for Valentine's Day? It's okay — we need to bask in the glory for a little while yet. And I'm sure that jersey would be acceptable garb for your romantic dinner out tonight.

In the historic district, at least two restaurants are advertising sweetheart deals on meals. The Pure Wine Café, at 8210 Main St., is offering a four-course menu with wine pairings for $75 plus tax and gratuity.

The menu sounds amazing, with choices ranging from strawberry asparagus to duck breast to beef tenderloin, finishing with salted caramel cheesecake. Call them at 410-480-5037 to see if space is still available.

Farther up the street at Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant, chef Michel Tersiguel is offering a special lunch for $50 and a special dinner for $80, plus beverages, tax and gratuity.

The five-course dinner menu highlights such dishes as herb-cured tuna loin, wild mushroom soup, seasonal fish, filet mignon and a trio of house-made desserts. Call them at 410-465-4004.


The new parking meters are now in effect, so be sure to pay to avoid getting a ticket. I tried them out on Main Street and they are pretty easy to use.

There is one meter for every six or seven cars. First, you note the number of your spot which is painted on the curb. Then you key in that number in the meter. You choose how long you want to park — up to two hours — and then pay by cash or credit card.

You don't get any kind of ticket to stick in your window, it's all in the computer, so be sure to accurately note your space number.

Also, I see where Portalli's restaurant on Main Street is helping make things easier for patrons on Friday and Saturday nights by offering free valet parking. What a terrific idea. Makes visiting the restaurant with no adjacent parking a lot easier.


Tea on the Tiber, at 8081 Main St., under new management by Linda Jones, offers seatings for tea between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For $22.50 plus tax and gratuity, you get to enjoy a warm Victorian setting and dine on scones with clotted cream, jam and lemon curd, savory sandwiches and fresh fruit and cheese. Not to mention an interesting variety of tea selections.

There is also a "shoppers cream tea" with a more limited menu for $12 available on Thursday and Friday, and, if there is space available, on weekends. What a nice way to break up a shopping spree in the historic district. The restaurant also offers a gift shop with tea-related gift items. Call them at 410-480-8000 for reservations.

Show House

My friends at Historic Ellicott City Inc. tell me that the search is on for their 2013 Decorator Show House. This event is in its third decade in Howard County and showcases each year a wonderful home and grounds.

Past venues in the historic district include the majestic castle on the hill, Lilburn, as well as Mt. Ida, the last home built for a member of the Ellicott family in the historic district. Other past favorites include Longwood, MacAlpine and Font Hill.

In all cases, the history and integrity of the homes are respected while the area's best designers work their magic, making the experience memorable for the home owners as well as the visitors.

If you have a home that you think might be worthy of consideration, call the organization at 410-461-6908.


The Howard County Historical Society's annual membership meeting will be held Feb. 24 at the Miller Library. This year's meeting features a presentation by local author Daniel Toomey on "The War Came by Train." Visit the website at http://www.hchsmd.org. to join this worthwhile organization and be able to attend the meeting.

You don't have to be a member to go on one of their popular bus trips. Visit the website for information and reservations for two upcoming special events.

On April 5 the group will visit Washington, D.C., and President Lincoln's Cottage. On April 27 they are off to Baltimore to visit sites important in the War of 1812.

And, speaking of the Miller Library, don't forget the library's annual gala on Feb. 23. This year's Evening in the Stacks is titled "Sparkles and Spurs." Sounds like fun. Tickets are $125. For more information, call 410-313-7750.

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