Parker Garage a Culinary Triumph

Don’t let the plaid-shirted wait staff and beer-bottle chandeliers fool you. You are about to have a superlative dining experience. The Parker Garage (so named because it inhabits the original “Parker Garage,” complete with its turn-of-the-century trusses, interior brick and repurposed tables made from the original floor boards) is destined to become THE culinary destination for epicureans everywhere. Sourcing only the best local produce and meat, (recently purchasing a farm on which the chef himself lives), the Parker Garage elevates the “farm to table” concept beyond something quaint to something extraordinary. Chef Duy (pronounced “Dewey”) Pham, classically trained in French cuisine, masterfully prepares a range of dishes, from the elegant salmo...

Tips for taking your tantruming fighting kids in public

Dear Mama Drama: I have nearly decided I cannot take my kids out in public anymore. Every time I do, they have terrible meltdowns and we all end up miserable.  They are two and four and will either fight, throw tantrums, or run around like crazy when we go to a store or restaurant. I am so embarrassed by their behavior and that people will think I’m a bad parent. I don’t want to embarrass them by disciplining them in public, so things tend to get really out of control. By the time we get home I am ready to explode. ~Home Bound Mama