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Mr. Swank and I are feuding over our birthday meal. Help save our marriage?

Swankalicious | Dec 7, 201108:01 AM

I'm exaggerating, but only a little.

Mr. Swank and I share birthdays that fall quite close together, ergo we combine our birthday meals into one mutually exciting outing. We do this partially to save money but also because it's fun to come up with a place that we both enjoy. Well, this year things are going south in a hurry.

In years past, we've enjoyed: Oleana, Craigie on Main, Helmond, and East Coast Grill.

This year, Mr. Swank wants to go to Bergamot or Bondir. I'm not wildly anxious to try either. I'm sure they're delicious, but I really want something spicy and splashy, and very new to the scene. My top picks in this category are Red Lantern and Temazcal.

Together we've recently supped at Island Creek, Tico, Trade, Coppa, and Legal Harborside. We'd like to try a place that we've not tried before.

I am drawing a blank. I want something ethnic yet scene-y and, yet, new. He wants rustic and comforting. Oh, and he won't eat sushi. Help!

Is there a middle ground? Any suggestions?

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