There was that great meal with fun friends at Gerst Haus. And here's my tab for that rollicking night of cards at Crows Nest. Here was the receipt from a fabulous early spring dinner at Miel and also the sad last dinner at Zola. There was a right-on-the-money visit to Golden Coast's weekend buffet, a successful dim sum visit to Lucky Bamboo, and a sensational coffee with my daughter at Crema.
So many standout eats! Birthday night steak at PortaVia, a trip to Martin's BBQ, the lamb burger at Burger Up, the crepes at Perch.
And so many good drinks, like this boozy evening at Broadway Brewhouse, a couple of exceptional cocktails at Patterson House, a nightcap at The Oak Bar.
And so many friends I don't see often enough: a good meal with Chris Wage at Ella Jean's Cafe, a homemade lunch with a school pal at Tee's Fireside Cafe. And here's the tab from Gridiron 9, where Chris, Dana and I ate last fall.
There were also the meals I paid too much for: the $27 nachos, pizza and soft drinks at a Titans game. The really mediocre meal at La Hacienda (is it just me?) Mexican restaurant. A business breakfast where the tycoon who invited me declared we should go Dutch.
My bill for a year's worth of dining: $1,755. It doesn't seem like much to pay for all those good memories and meals. What say you? I'm kind of scratching my head: Is that a lot? Or not?