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Sally: What’s the matter with me?
Harry: Nothing.
Sally: I’m difficult.
Harry: You’re challenging.
Sally: I’m too structured. I’m completely closed off.
Harry: But in a good way.
Sally: No no no. And I’m going to be forty.
Harry: When?
Sally: Someday.
Harry: In eight years.

Our girls night out last evening reminded me of this scene from my favorite movie. Not really the turning the big 4-0 part or being completely closed off, but the fact that when we go out, en masse, we are a bit difficult to please. We met at a new tapas joint hungry and ready for a good time. To be honest, I didn’t think it was asking too much for good service to accompany such an appealing menu. I of course was thrilled to see a cheese plate in Cincinnati, aged manchego along with some Spanish goat brie and other delights. There wasn’t one catastrophic event to make me think I’m too structured in my dining expectations – but the little things do add up. For instance, if a question is posed as to what an ingredient is in a certain dish, you can’t use that word to define – and that’s what I learned in elementary school. Saying ‘apple chlorophyll’ is an apple type chlorophyll is really not helpful. Also, if you are going to go to the trouble of clearing the table of bread crumbs, please at least wait to bring us the check after we’ve finished. The ironic part is that the name of the restaurant, Seny (silent y), translate to ‘common sense;’ odd since our waiter had none.

In retrospect, perhaps this isn’t the best quote to describe the night, but it is a great movie.

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