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And this year's Blowout dinner is at...

Diana | Apr 10, 200808:47 AM

AS many of you know, I celebrate the anniversary of my unintentional acrobatic dismount from my motorcycle with a big blowout meal, for which I save all year. I call it "Life Day". The past few years, I have been going to Providence and getting the Chef's tasting menu. Last year, I found out about the "worst table in the house" deal, and thus saved 10% on my blowout meal.

This year, "Life Day Observed" is the 11th. This Friday. I have managed to scrimp and save almost double last year's Life Day money. It has been a hard few months. My husband lost his job, my car was broken into and all my electronics ripped off, and my sister discovered a suspicious lump over her spine (fingers crossed, she goes in this week to get it surgically checked out!) So, I am READY for Life Day. My husband insisted I use the Life Day mney for its original purpose (thank God for savings and stock portfolios!)

And this year, I'm going to...


Yep, going again. But this year is special! I called Donato a few months ago, told him how much I had, and that I wanted something really special. He told me he would "take care of me".

I love Providence. Doesn't matter how often you go, they keep notes on you. Donato knows my likes and dislikes. He knows all my allergies (nuts, oysters, clams, musselscan kill but scallops, shrimp, lobster, octopus and other cephalopods or pine nuts are perfectly fine). He knows my husband is a beer geek and that I like to explore interesting wines He knows where I like to sit. I think he even knows how much I weigh, because at 107lbs, I can't drink much wine, and he knows how to advise his amazing sommalier the right amount to serve me. He knows to keep the bread basket full! Donato is an absolute God of high caliber Customer Service. Frankly, I think someone must have rubbed a magic lamp to get him-he is liek a genie granting wishes!

Michael is a true master, as is Adrian. I have yet to have a dish there that didn't amaze. The falvors are pure, fresh, clean, complex...aaahhh! It's just amazing. (can you tell I'm excited?) My only problem is I want to go to LA Mill for coffee and treats the same day, but I know I'd better not-need to save room and keep my palatte clean!

All I know is that I am getting a super special something with wines paired. At Providence, the promis of something special is an exciting thing to think about! I go tomorrow! I may bring a notebook, but have decided to leave the camera at home.

I will write a report!

Keep in mind, I saved A LOT for this. The amount of this meal is something I just can't even type, well, perhaps for my report. I don't care. I know that where I am going, it will be worth it! I have worked hard to save for this! Ooh, and don't tell me I should have gone to Urasawa..I KNOW it is supposed to be amazing. I just didn't feel like Urasawa. Donato promised me something truly unique and special, and I know he and Michael can deliver!


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