Smoke-free outdoors dining
I've ignored Mark a couple of times when we've been talking about places to eat outdoors (sorry, Mark) because I just don't know if there are any local restaurants that ban smoking in their outdoor eating spaces. Maybe if I make this a separate entry, someone will tell us if there is any smoke-free al fresco dining to be had in Baltimore.
I'm more sympathetic to smokers than you might think for a nonsmoker, and expect people to be smoking if I eat outdoors. But once I was eating outside at the Newsroom, a vegetarian, organic cafe in Los Angeles, and was so startled to smell smoke, given the nature of the place, I turned around to look. ...
The guy went nuts, even though I didn't say anything and looked away quickly. He started yelling at me that he had every right to smoke etc. etc. I guess in California you feel really beleaguered if you smoke. It was so weird it made me a lot more cautious about even suggesting by a flick of an eye that someone's smoking bothered me.
Anyway, please help Mark out if you can.
(Photo of Brasserie Tatin's courtyard by Barbara Haddock Taylor/Sun photographer)