good evening all! before we begin, i'd like to make it clear that i am in NO WAY tipsy. nope. not me. tipsy-am-not, that's me.
(PSSSSSST. i'm lying! hee!)
so one of the fantastic things about dc, especially for a wannabe foodie like me, is the twice-annual Restaurant Week that a ton of local restaurants participate in. each place that plays along offers a prix fixe menu, generally 3 courses, with a few options per course to pick from. it used to be the price of the year - eg, $19.98 for dinner in 1998 - but inflation has gone up more than a penny per year, so in recent years it's been the year-amount for lunch ($20.07, for example) and an additional $10 for dinner ($30.07). inflation got involved this year, and dinner now runs $35.08... but for a three-course meal in places where the entrees run in the upper $20s to upper $30s, that's still a really decent price. and even more importantly, it's a really good excuse to go out to dinner a lot.
there are very few things that make me feel happier, more grown up, and more content with my life than heading to a nice restaurant, having a glass of good wine at the bar while i wait for people to show up, then sitting down to a full meal with friends.
last night i went classic french, tonight was american-infused continental, and tomorrow is all steak. saturday is moroccon, for my lovely friend alyssa's birthday.
i've always felt that i needed to live in - or somewhere with direct access to - a full city. this is one of the perfect examples of why. i need the people, the vibrancy, the bustle... but i also need the food :-)