Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tax Time Means Happy Memories of Meals Past

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 5:45 AM

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I save receipts for the meals I eat for this blog, so tax time for me has an unexpected bonus: happy memories.

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?

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