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Archive for September 2014

Susan Campbell’s Story

Posted in: Greatest Meals

I’ll never forget the greatest meal of my life… it was June 30, 1998. It was my birthday, we had gone out to Scott’s Seafood to celebrate. Hey, it was my choice and it was lobster! We had just gotten to the restaurant; I had not been feeling good all day, but was determined to enjoy my big night out! This was an extra special birthday — I had always been told I could not get pregnant, but after years finally had! I was due within the next two weeks. My son Ryan had different plans! As the meal progressed (very yummy), I just could not get comfortable. I decided to forgo dessert and make it an early night. Good idea… I had not realized it, but I’d been in labor for hours and didn’t know it! Ryan was born 7/1/97 at five in the morning. He was early but perfect. I will never forget that dinner!

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Crystal Choe’s Story

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One of the most memorable meals that I’ve partaken in is probably Thanksgiving dinner. Just a little background, I come from a typical Korean family with a twist. We rarely celebrate any Korean holidays but go all out with family dinners for almost every American holiday, birthdays and regular mid-week family dinners. And when we celebrate, it’s not an intimate dinner of our immediate, nuclear family of five but we bring in all the cousins and aunts and grandparents. Huge dinners are a norm for our family but when it comes to Thanksgiving, we go into dinner overload.

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Cathy Aggergaard’s Story

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I am not a fancy writer but this is my story. In 2005 I lost my husband of 22 years quiet suddenly and while getting my life back together, one evening a friend had introduced me to Steve. Steve and I became phone and email “buddies.” He would check in with me when I got back from counseling (learning how to move on and deal with the grief) and he would check to see how my scuba diving classes were going or just see how my day went. We realized how much we had in common and how much our paths had crossed before we knew each other.

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Debbie A.’s Story

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I saved for about 6 months to take my fiance to emerils in Florida. I knew dinner was roughly going to be around $300. We did a chef special tour of mushrooms that included 4 courses. We had beef, fish, appetizer, a soup, and a dessert. The chef even sent out a special tatster treat to start dinner with. Each dish was succulent and mouth watering. We had the most amazing garlic mashed potatoes with wild boar bacon. Dessert was a peanut butter chocolate cheesecake that was heaven. This was a special meal because shortly after I got laid off and money has been tight with four kids in the house. I will always treasure this amazing meal. I would love to try Scott’s as we are huge seafood fans… I hear the food is special here as well.

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Teri C.’s Story

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The first time I had the pleasure of your deliciousness was with two of my best friends, just after we lost one of our mutual friends to a car accident while she was walking. We got to enjoy each others company and good food and wine also. Memories to last a lifetime.

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Heather P.’s Story

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The greatest meal ever for me was the last birthday lunch for my grandpa’s 78th birthday. It wasn’t the food so much as it was the last birthday he would ever celebrate as he passed two months later. We had a huge celebration with most of the family because we knew he was dying. I miss my grandpa and will forever cherish the memories from that day.

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Sue M.’s Story

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To celebrate our grandson’s birth, our son-in-law took us to Charlie Trotters (now closed) in Chicago. After we were seated, a waiter presented us with a 11/14 vellum menu. At the top was Name, Date of Birth, weight and length of the baby. The menu itself had 3 price-fixed choices-meat, seafood, and vegetarian. No explanation of what each choice was composed. Being adventurous, I chose the vegetarian while our son-in-law and my husband picked each of the others. We were assisted with the wine selections as each person had a different menu choice.Each serving was small but with great variation. We shared bites and oohed over each of the 12 presentations. The chef occasionally would appear with a “bite” for each of us. Even my vegetarian selection was marvelous. We were pleasantly comfortable by dessert time but “had to try” one more presentation. To top everything, we were not hurried and the wait staff was invisible except when they noticed a need. Great evening was enjoyed by all. We did return once again but I think the vegetarian option was the best!

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Daniela S.’s Story

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The greatest meal ever was the one we had at Sunrise Crest Piscina, in Arpino, Italy. Eleven courses of local cheeses, sausages, pasta, meat dishes, and lots more, So much in fact, that around course eight or nine I was saying “More?” Italians know how to eat!!!

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L.L. D.’s Story

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Best dinner ever was the first time I flew first class international to France on United Airlines. My husband had to fly ever week for four years. We finally had the miles to do this. Before we sat down, the air hostess asked if we’d like to have some Dom Perrignon champagne. (OUI OUI S.V.P.!) Then we had BELUGA caviar & hot samosas served with 20 year old vodka in a solid ice block! Next, prawns in cocktail sauce. Filet mignon with bacon, pommes Dauphines (scalloped potatoes with brie, shallots & cream). Then came green salad with tri color beets and tomatoes. Red wine from the Loire Valley was perfect match. Next came chocolate lava cake with fresh raspberries, strawberries and espresso. It took 2 hours to eat and thoroughly enjoy. And, we had BIG SEATS, linen table clothes and wonderfully attentive servers. HEAVENLY!

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