there is no such thing as a free lunch

2 April 2007

Last Thursday, I had a very nice meal at Peter Luger. Peter Luger is a well-known steakhouse famous for its huge porterhouse steaks. (Aside: I actually gave up red meat for Lent, but I swear I’m tacking on an extra day of atonement! Plus, I am planning not to eat it on a regular basis anymore.)

I went there with this attorney who had been practicing for many, many years. Now I knew that this guy was rich (from what I heard). What I didn’t know was that this guy was wealthy (because there is a difference). He’s a very unassuming gentleman and you’d never really consider him to be an intimidating sort of fellow. This guy has a combination of smarts and luck. Case in point: On his last trip to Las Vegas, he won $90,000. That’s on a hundred-dollar slot machine. In one try! Egads!

As soon as we get there, he’s discreetly peeling off bills left and right to the maitre’ d, to the waiters, and to the valet from a wad the size of a roll of toilet paper. I kid you not. I have no idea how that even fit his pocket, but it did. Anyway, we got our appetizers in 5 minutes, our lunch in 10. We’re talking service here. Good meal. Good conversation. He’s led a very full life and I was happy to get to know him. He was genuinely a good guy with no airs about him.

So that was Thursday. Thursday night, I get a stomachache. By Friday, I’ve developed a low-grade fever and couldn’t keep anything down. So from Friday to Saturday night, all I did was puke-poop-sleep. I know, TMI huh? But that was my weekend. Gah! I can’t believe I got the stomach virus again! Prior to this year, I have never really had it. What gives?! My only main concern was whether I’d get the baby sick. So far, so good.

So the moral of the story is: there is no such thing as a free lunch! But I must say, it was a good lunch indeed. Steak, red wine, a hot fudge sundae topped with massive amounts of whipped cream and a nice cappuccino. What more can you ask for?

P.S. It’s tagging time! I’ve been tagged by Eileen Joy and Karen.

4 Things

Four Jobs I have had in my life:
1. Attorney
2. Law Clerk (judicial clerkship)
3. Sales Clerk (for Eddie Bauer, Gap Kids, and The Gap)
4. Babysitter

Four Movies I would watch over and over:
1. Lord of the Rings (especially ‘the two towers’)
2. Stand by Me
3. The Professional
4. Like Water for Chocolate

Four Places I have lived:
1. Manila
2. Los Angeles
3. New York
4. New Jersey

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Most Filipino dishes (especially pork sinigang and lechon kawali)
2. Sushi and other Japanese fare (especially shrimp tempura and donburi)
3. Thai, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Spanish cuisine
4. hamburgers and beef pho

Four Places I’d rather be right now:
1. exploring Greece
2. playing in Central Park with rockstar baby
3. eating a delicious meal with the hubs at the Four Seasons or Per Se
4. exploring Brazil and Argentina



  1. Is my friend cheating on Mark? Just kidding. Maybe not. Does he have a friend or a brother?

  2. aw, what a weekend!

  3. Sucks to be sick girl. I’m currently on antibiotics and cough congestion pills since I’m still fighting the cold from hell.

    Hope you’re feeling well!

    Oh and I’d rather be exploring Greece now too! Oh to be with Zeus and Hera again…

  4. OH gosh, I love free food! That’s what I usually get when I go out for a meal with the ‘rents. Hehe.

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  5. at least, you lose a few pounds, hehe.

  6. no such thing as a free lunch indeed since you puke it all! lol!

  7. Oh my, that must have been awful. My husband and daughter both have very sensitive tummies, they get sick even from a drink of water from an unknown source so we always bring our own. They can’t eat leafy veggies from restaurants because of that. Did you try to have your poop tested by a lab to see what got you sick?

    Btw, can I link you up?

  8. Oh I’m so sorry you got sick! But that sounds like quite a meal indeed.

    To answer your question on my blog – yup my daughter’s supposed to be in daycare already, but she missed the past 2 weeks because she was sick. She was starting to get used to the daycare routine already, and I’m sure we’ll have lots of struggles and tears when she goes back again next week 😦

  9. Eek! Hope you’re feeling better. At least the lunch was good while it lasted!

  10. like water for chocolate is one of my favorite movies, too. my husband’s dream is to go to greece.

  11. Poor you … from what I know stomach virus is not contagious so long as you don’t transfer any liquid to baby …

    I hope you feel better .. .don’t drink anything cold … it triggers it more …

    As for the free lunch … yep, no such thing …

  12. This made me so hungry. Mentioning steak, pork sinigang and lechon kawali in the same post is just too much. Yum!!!!

  13. Wow! 90k from a slot machine… Wow!

    Hope the stomach flu’s gone already. I guess quoting Emily Blunt in your previous entry was a premonition of sorts. 🙂

    I so so love “The Professional”. Natalie Portman was incredible… Jean Reno so likeable… and it’s the movie where I discovered Gary Oldman’s genius as a villain.

  14. i found out the hard way that wine, mousse and cream do not mix very well in my tummy. free lunch especially THAT lunch is really good. did you get to learn some secrets to be wealthy..? Tipping is not all that popular in Australia.

  15. Stomach flu? The perfect tummy? Haha, just kidding. Like I really wanted you to get that flat front through puking and pooping? Duh. I hope you’re feeling better. 😀

  16. I wonder if that wealthy guy is sick too… 😉
    Or maybe he is too lucky ! 😉

  17. Yikes! What a way to atone for feasting on Maundy Thursday. Hope you feel better, Kat.

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