Find tasty fare at a Maryland food truck gathering

The atmosphere on a recent summer evening as hundreds dined at a firehouse in Anne Arundel County could best be described as abuzz. Visitors chatted about where and what they were eating while generators hummed in the background, powering more than a dozen food trucks.

It was Food Truck Thursday in Odenton, a weekly occurrence that began earlier this year and one of several like it in the region.

12 exciting date adventures for you and your spouse in the Annapolis area

dateadventureBy Rose Talbot

Date adventures don't have to be a thing of the past for Baltimore/Annapolis area parents. There are plenty of ways for Mommy and Daddy to get their groove back.

Liz and Kevin Parker of Owings have a nearly fail-safe system for making and keeping their date nights. For the last 10 years they have combined forces with three other families to make sure a monthly date night happens.

On a mutually agreed upon Saturday night, three couples drop their kids off at the fourth couple's house. They all have appetizers, chat and then the three couples go their separate ways for their dates while the kids stay at the hosting family's house, eat dinner and play. The couples are expected back no later than 11 p.m., Parker explains.

"Over the years we've used our 'date night' to go to dinner alone, go to a bookstore and have coffee, go Christmas shopping, walk around Annapolis or attend a special event," she says. "We have even used the night to head back home for a quiet dinner at the house."

Another benefit of the arrangement is that the kids have so much fun, they don't want to give up their date night at the host house which ensures Mom and Dad get their evening alone.

Consider a kayak date with your mate

KayakGetting out on the water together can provide valuable bonding time for couples, and kayaking is an easy way to achieve this — especially in Central Maryland where there are plenty of places to paddle.

“It’s fun to spend an hour or two with someone, catching up. It’s kind of a hectic world. ... You can unplug and really enjoy it,” says Chris Dollar, owner and operator of Centreville Outdoors, which rents and sells kayaks.

When the Smolen family moved from downtown Baltimore to Crownsville, they found a sign left outside saying, “Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe”— fitting advice for a household backing up to the Severn River.

Paddling has, in fact, become a favorite pastime for the Smolens, but they prefer kayaks.

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