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The Third Deadly Sin

One day at work, my co-worker Winter Boots (not her real name, but she has lots of winter boots)–who coincidentally is a friend of my dear friend Lauren from Seattle–turns to me:

Winter Boots: Kelly, can I ask you a question?

Kelly: Sure.

WB: It’s not work related or anything…

K: Ok, shoot.

WB: Uh…will you go to OLIVE GARDEN with me for lunch one day?

K: HA! Sure.

WB: Yeah, I saw the commercial for the all-you-can-eat special…it’s so good!

K: Sure, let’s go one day.

Honestly, I’d only been there once in my whole life, and I did not remember it being good. But poor WB, she needed a partner in crime.

The past two weeks have been crazy at work, so all this week were were plotting about the day when we would finally get to go to the Olive Garden. And today was the day we left with the intent of committing the third deadly sin.

I told WB not to eat any breakfast this morning so we could get our seven dollars’ worth. At 12:30pm we happily marched into the Olive Garden across the street and joined the lunch crowd of cheap people.  

The food was as bad as I remembered, but somehow, SOMEHOW, I ended up eating two bowls of soup, two servings of salad and four breadsticks!

Even sadder was the fact that Kristin and Melissa wanted to go to Balthazar for dinner. After all the crap I had, I was worried about not being able to eat at the institution that is Balthazar. The 45-min wait, however, worked up an appetite, and I was ready to order some good French food. Our meal was delicious. Kristin had the carrot soup and salad, Melissa opted for the shrimp risotto and the restaurant’s signature salad. I had a side of fries (which I devoured by myself, thank you very much) and the most delicious and delicate goat cheese and caramelized onions tart with the most airy, souffle-like consistency. SO good.

Dessert was the best part, and here’s my recommendation: the caramelized banana tart with ricotta filling, accompanied with a banana ice cream. Write this down and make it a point to order it when you’re in NY. It’s the best dessert I’ve had in the city so far and it’s simply perfection when paired with a cup of espresso.

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