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Dinner at the Julien
Since it was Warren's birthday yesterday we went to the Julien for dinner. We go there for all our birthdays, his and mine.

I'm not into writing about food in my journal they way some people are. The truth is, I just don't normally get very excited about food. You'll just have to trust me that the food at the Julien is worth the fancy price they charge.

Of course the experience isn't just about the food, amazing as it is. Its an excuse to get dressed up and go out somewhere really fancy. Warren and I both like getting dressed up, so this is a big bonus to us. We're often the best dressed people there, and the staff seem to treat us extra-well because of it. That brings me to another aspect of the experience, the staff. This is the only place that we go where we know the waiters are doing this because being a waiter is their career, not just something they're doing to make money in the meantime. We see nearly the same people every time we go, and its clear that they take pride in what they're doing.

I suppose another thing I like about the Julien is our personal history with the place. Long before we started dating, I used to work for Warren, and we worked a couple of blocks away from the Julien. At the time, the restaurant served lunch. (Alas, hasn't in a long time.) Also, at the time our company had a policy of doing employee reviews over lunch and paying for a very nice lunch. So for my first review Warren took me to lunch at the Julien. It was really nice, and getting a good review and a good raise at the same time made it seem extra-good. Of course there was nothing romantic about that lunch, or the other two we had there. We were both with other people at the time and we didn't start dating until a year and a half after Warren left the company. Still, it has good mutual memories for us going back almost as long as we've known each other, and we've certainly had plenty of actual romantic dinners there in the meantime.

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dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: March 18th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

intriguing

Where is this place, and what's the genre of food?

And how dressy is dressy?

nuclearpolymer and I have been a bit disappointed in that it's very difficult to find a dress-up dinner place nearer than Maine. (We go to the White Barn Inn every other year for our anniversary.)
mjperson From: mjperson Date: March 18th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

White Barn Inn

Oooh, I love the White Barn Inn. Just last week I was thinking it was time to head up there again...
desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: March 18th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: White Barn Inn

Gosh, I don't normally think about going to Maine in the dead of winter. But perhaps that's because I only go there to stay in non-winterized houses. ;)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 18th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: intriguing

Its a French restaurant. Its in what used to be the Hotel Meridian, but the hotel changed there name, and I can't remember its new name. Starts with an L... Anyway, the address is 250 Franklin Street, and its downtown near Post Office Square.

Dressy... well, we're usually the best dressed when we arrive in black tie, but not so much that we feel out of place. I think jacket and tie is the default, though on bad nights you see people in "business casual".
coraline From: coraline Date: March 18th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's interesting that you "don't normally get excited about food" but find the food worth the price... (most non-foody friends of mine can't stomach the pricetag of really good food...)

eric & i love dressing up for fancy restaurants :)
julien is definitely on our list... maybe after the wedding :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 18th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess I'm weird that way. I can appreciate the quality, even when its not something that I normally pay attention too. Plus, I'm getting way more than just a meal out of it.
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