OK, not really gardening related, but I read this article in the Times tonight and am still reeling a little bit from it:
I don't live on the same planet as these people
They think that $100 for a meal for two people is a bargain. For that matter, they think a ceasar salad for less than $10 is a big steal. Do you know what's in a ceasar salad? Lettuce and stale bread with some creamy dressing.
Is it just me, or does anyone else think they could make a pretty tasty meal for two for a lot less than than a $100? I mean, you should taste my Frito Pie. Granted, I make it with my home-grown poblano peppers, so maybe that's why I could get away with charging less than $38.50 for a bowl of it...Heck, I'd probably charge less than they charged for the ceasar salad.
But lordy, that savory, spicy bowl of Frito Pie will fill you and warm you on a frosty winter's night!
Also granted, they say this:
"It was an experiment for lean times, but not an exercise in cheap eats. After all, even many of the most keenly cost-conscious diners can still afford — and still want to enjoy — food of some distinction in full-service restaurants with some coddling."
But still. An experiment for lean times? I'm thinking that if I'm cutting back because times are lean, I'd start with ditching a restaurant that sells a minimalist ten dollar salad.
Now wine--that's a different matter.
I would totally pay 10 bucks for a bottle of wine.
But is a plate of lettuce worth 10 Washingtons just because you get some fancy lighting along with it? What say you, dear readers? Do you think there are meals genuinely worth this much (or more), or is it all hype and/or cost of living in NYC?
And if you disagree with me, if you think that there is a price to be paid to support art--including culinary art--speak up! I don't bite.