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Dining Out ~ The Decline & Fall
Your host could be enjoying something of a comeback, or viewed from a different stance your much beleaguered host my be heading ever towards a nadir in life !
I’m not looking for sympathy - but . . .

I’m not looking for sympathy, I would if I thought I would get any :) , but the dining out escapades of your cherished host are something of a roller coaster ride.
Until recently I rarely ate out, as a young man my old diaries show that I ate out all the time but in recent years I’ve not bothered.
When I’m out and about I usually eat no lunch are grab a few bits to cobble up a picnic if it’s a nice day.

Of late however, I’ve taken to having a sit down lunch when I’m out and about - it feels like a real treat, and the fact is - it really is !
I still believe that, such is my relationship with the value of money and what I perceive I deserve.
The other day I was out in Lincoln with my brother and enjoyed another feast with a return trip to The Mod Cafe in Lincoln . . .

Not what I’d normally eat but a real treat and a great place, it is exactly as it should be, a rare thing nowadays.
I sat there thinking how lucky I was to be in Lincoln, enjoying a day out with my brother, without a care in the world and about to eat exactly what I wanted at that time - very fortunate indeed!

However, you could say it’s less fortunate than it once used to be.
Gone are the days when I dined at The Savoy and The Ivy in London et al . . . The High Life you may say.

I’m not sure I would though, having lived a varied life, arguably a life on fast forward, having done all the major things in life before I was even 40 years old, I’ve experienced a lot of things.
Because of that I now feel I make decisions based on solid experience and I know what I like . . .
Eating at the Mod Cafe or Steele’s the other day somehow seems like more of a treat than Michelin starred London restaurants - as wonderful as they are I don’t think I’d swap.

Life can be a twisty road, mine certainly has been, a lot of thing you could do without but all things can be of value, even if they leave us worse off they give us the value of experience.

Yours in pontification,


  1. Little Brother said,

    February 2, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Food can often inspire the best memories for different reasons. Take each one for what it is, they all have their own merits.

  2. Rod said,

    February 2, 2013 @ 8:03 am


  3. swin said,

    February 2, 2013 @ 12:41 pm


    You said the magic word for someone who likes his food and has been exiled for 35 years - Steeles!


  4. Rod said,

    February 2, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    I was there last week, very retro in feel and very good, they too are delivering the goods exactly as they should be.
    I very much enjoyed it, I’ll photograph and write it up when next I visit

  5. Swin said,

    February 3, 2013 @ 4:42 pm


    Yes please - jumbo haddock if possible! :-) I miss it so much


  6. Rod said,

    February 3, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    I’ll start saving :)

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