Oprah visits local eatery


POLO PLAYERS: Lenny and Gail Kaplan's Polo Grill got a surprise visitor last Sunday night -- Oprah Winfrey!

Seems the talk show host had a hometown hankerin' for the Polo's tasty fried lobster tail dish and flew here specifically from New York.

Joining Oprah for dinner were former "People Are Talking" co-workers Richard Sher (with wife Annabelle), Arleen Weiner and Skip Ball.

Oprah, by the way, is back on her diet and never leaves home without her personal chef, Rosie, who got a table-side visit from Polo exec chef Harold Marmulstein to explain how to make Op's favorite dish. Maybe Gail and Lenny should re-name the dish, "Oprah's Desire."

REEL PEOPLE: If the opening and closing scenes on Fox 45's comedy "Roc" (which airs Sunday nights at 8:30) look familiar, there's a good reason for it. Seems the shots of Baltimore's Inner City were taken by Reggie Daniels of Piper Productions located here. And did you know that the show's star, Charles Dutton, who is originally from Baltimore, is nicknamed "Roc"?

EYE OPENERS: Singer-piano player Marcus Dagan will be featured in concert at the BAUhouse on Charles Street tomorrow night . . . National fitness expert and TV personality Cynthia Kereluk will lead pre-walk warm-ups at Save A Heart Foundation's second annual Walk-a-thon Sunday. WMAR-TV's Scott Garceau will emcee the event. Call 653-3131 to register . . .

Cal Ripken Jr. is featured in this month's issue of American Health. "My philosophy has always been that if you never get out of shape, you never have to get back in shape," he says.

A HANDFUL: Baltimore was well represented at the International Jugglers Association in St. Louis recently. In fact, Baltimore jugglers came home with 17 medals and awards.

Among the Big Crab contingent? Laura Green, Nick and Alex Karvounis, Barry Goldmeir, Mike Rosman, Dana Tison, Anthony Gatto and Joel Purcell. Call 675-1276 if you're interested in the Baltimore Juggler's Association.

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