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Old 07-06-2016, 06:24 AM   #1
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A Humbling Experience

Let me start by making a stereotypical comment. In most situations where there is a male/ female couple, usually the male will "Out - Eat" his female counterpart. Not only by completing his dish, but probably eating half of her dish too.

After almost 25 years of marriage, I witnessed the almost impossible the other day. We were in Philadelphia for the 4th and decided to go out for breakfast at a restaurant recommended by a friend. We walk from our hotel to the restaurant , which is located in a nice, upscale section of the city, surrounded by narrow streets and houses that were probably their since our countries birth. The restaurant is kind of modern, with some tables lining the sidewalk and a very comfortable, open layout on the inside. We were informed that it is a 'cash - only' place, so I checked my wallet to make sure I wasn't going to embarrass myself at the end of the meal ( they also had a conveniently placed ATM machine in the restaurant).

We sit down and are presented with a menu which consists of fancy derivatives of popular breakfast items: Cookie Dough Stuffed French Toast, Creme Brulee French Toast, Red Velvet Pancake ...and the list goes on. Having been with my wife for over 30 years, I had a pretty good idea which she would choose , and I was right, the Apple Pie French Toast. It was at this point when I started to realize something special was going to happen. Her eyes were kinda wide open and glazed, not paying attention to anything I was saying, just the look of anticipation of what she was going to be presented with.

Then, from a distance, I see the waitress approaching the table with what appeared to be a sombrero-sized plate. As she lowered the plate to the table , in front of my wife, I see a stacked French toast ( about 6 inches high), topped with cinnamon apples and the crumbles you would find on a cobbler and a scoop of what i thought was vanilla ice cream, but was actually a sugar sweetened butter scoop. I was amazed by the amount of food on the plate, and in my mind, I figured there was no way in hell she was going to finish this. I anticipated having to lug her left overs all around the city the rest of the day in a doggie bag. i was full just by looking at the amount on the plate.

Then the miracle began. I focussed on my own dish , rosemary roasted potatoes, home baked rye toast, and a scramble of tomatoes, onions, peppers and tofu ( yeah, I know what you guys are thinking, how can you compare a tofu scramble to an apple pi french toast). To my defense , Im not much of a breakfast eater, and i prefer savory over sweet. Anyway, as Im focussing on my breakfast, I swear I see sparks coming off of her knife and fork as she devours her breakfast. She gets about halfway done, showing no signs of slowing down, chipping away at the stack. I would say I ate about 3/4 of my dish, but I was actually getting full just watching her.

Finally, as she became a member of the 'empty plate club', except the lonely sprig of mint pushed to the side, a waiter comes to the table and asks ' Are you finished? May I take the plate? " and my classic response to him was " no, she's hasn't licked the plate yet" which earned me a deserved, but well worth kick under the table. We all laughed. Not sure if there is a moral to this story, I was just amazed that after 30+ years, I had finally witnessed the impossible. To her defense, she didn't eat anything else until dinner time.

Just thought I'd share.

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Old 07-06-2016, 08:38 AM   #2
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I would have eaten the mint, too! That's is a gorgeous breakfast!
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:58 AM   #3
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Great story, Larry!
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:33 AM   #4
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I would have eaten the mint, too! That's is a gorgeous breakfast!
Ditto!
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Old 07-06-2016, 10:46 AM   #5
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Glad you joined us in Philly for the fourth, great time to be in the city. We were down on the third for brunch, but work commitments got us out of town on the fourth itself back up here in Allentown.

If you get a chance, go to Monk's cafe, 16th st between locust and spruce, best Mussels in PA, and perhaps on the east coast.

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Old 07-06-2016, 11:26 AM   #6
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Always loved Philly, ever since I went to school there in the 90's. We make it a point to go back at least 2 times a year ( usually The Flower Show and The Fourth. Almost every visit requires a stop in the Reading Terminal Market , and picking up a stash of Pretzels to bring home.
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:43 PM   #7
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That is a beautiful and delicious-looking French toast, larry. I think I would have scarfed that baby up all by myself...then regretted it for most of the rest of the day. It would have been worth it!
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:49 PM   #8
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That is a beautiful and delicious-looking French toast, larry. I think I would have scarfed that baby up all by myself...then regretted it for most of the rest of the day. It would have been worth it!
My wife's exact feelings.
I think she surprised herself.
We did walk about 18 miles in the 2 days, so she didn't feel too bad.
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:03 PM   #9
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That is a great story. I can just see her doing damage to that mile high deal. Larry, so funny and you are a good story teller.

I'm pretty certain my favorite people in most venues, have a hint of humility, I just had to read it.

My DH on the other hand, darling man that he is, is in love with me, madly and falling down swooning in love with me because I give him half my steak when we order steak dinners. It's what happened on our first date, our steaks were small, I gave him half of mine. Whenever I feel the least bit that we are falling out of love, I make steaks and give him half of mine.
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...because I give him half my steak...

I'd be in love with you too. \

SO often doesn't finish her steak so I end up with it. I save it for a lunch or steak and eggs for breakfast.
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