The Last Meal

The last meal.  The last time for a whole year eating in a restaurant.  Talk about pressure!  We have tried to decide what exactly our last meal would be for a few weeks.  Truthfully, we have had lots of “lasts.”  One last time eating Mexican.  One last time eating Chineese.  One last time at McDonalds.  The list goes on.  It seems like since we decided to do this, any time there was a temptation to get out of cooking, we needed one “last” time to eat somewhere.  We wanted to get it all in.

At one point we wanted to go out on a romantic date to Sambuca for their shrimp and crab bisque and cheesecake sopapillias.  This would have been great, however, both of my parents have been out-of-town tending to their ailing fathers, so no (free) babysitter for Ryman.  That was fine because upon further discussion we decided, we wanted our last meal to be something that is difficult to make at home.  It is so easy now to find just about any recipe, and there are plenty of international markets for odd ingredients you might need.  We had to pick something that took some skill to make that I might not be able to do.

The big winner?


We had to go down to my parents house to return my dad’s chainsaw Matt used to get this out of our yard.

Near their house is a great place called Fulin’s.  They have a huge sushi menu plus lots of other choices.  Matt is really the Sushi eater of the two of us.  I like it fine, but I’m not usually going to pick it over another option.  We both had their salad with ginger dressing.  It’s very creamy, unlike other ginger dressings that can sometimes get watery.  Matt decided on a rainbow roll.  For those of you who don’t eat sushi, it’s crab meat, avocado, and cucumber rolled tightly with seaweed and rice with pieces of whitefish, tuna, salmon, and more avocado laying on top of each piece.  The part Matt loves is dipping each piece into soy sauce he has mixed with the big clump of wassabi that comes with each plate of sushi.  I didn’t want to waste my last meal on sushi, so I opted for their chicken lo mein.  That may not seem exciting, but it is probably something I won’t be making at home.  It was wonderful.  The best part about the meal was that Ryman was in a great mood, and was content to open and close the menu over and over and eat her peas and sweet potato.

Right next door to Fulin’s is Cold Stone Creamery.  For those of you who have been to Cold Stone, that is enough said.  You know we went there.  It’s similar to Marble Slab with all of the mix-in options, but soooo much better.  From the first conversation about the last meal, I let Matt know that I really didn’t care where we went as long as it involved Cold Stone at the end.  After much deliberation, I got chocolate ice cream with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups mixed in.  (Definitely the right choice.)  Matt got cheesecake ice cream with graham crackers and strawberries mixed in.

We had a great time, and great conversation about the naysayers who think we won’t make it a year.  I truly think we can, and it all starts today!

I would love to know…

What would you want for your last meal?



Filed under Why No Restaurants?

2 responses to “The Last Meal

  1. Mimi

    Last meal… definitely Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion, Fleming’s Chopped Salad, a medium rare filet with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus….probably some Alaskan king crab legs too, calories don’t count for the last meal, right? And then there’s the desserts. What to choose? Moose Tracks ice cream? Strawberry Dream Cake? A half pound bag of plain M& Ms, because, again, the calories don’t count? I”ll have to think about this some more!

  2. Mary Beth

    Lauren, you know I would eat hibachi for my last meal! 🙂

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