That's insane. Unthinkable. Just plain weird.
But that's my new life now that the gravy train has come to a screeching halt. My dining out budget in 2008 was something like $40K and I'm not exaggerating, even though I'm prone to gilding the lilly. I was out there all the time. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hours, afternoon tea and sloppy late night snacks.
I'm happy to be back in my kitchen. I love to cook. Just absolutely hate to clean up. Thank goodness for my prep cook/dishwasher husband, but more importantly, thank heaven for his late mama who banged it into his head to never leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight.
Still, I miss the drama of the dining room and the thrill of being served something spectacular while sipping wine and wondering, what the hell could be better than this?
As this sucky recession wears on my last good nerve, I gotta ask, am I the only one cutting back? Please take the poll and offer me some suggestions on the city's best cheap eats, so I can get back out there!