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French Laundry

I grew up with a family of eight children and my Dad was a school teacher. Needless to say it seems like we were always on a budget. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I justify eating at really nice restaurants, coming from a very budget conscious mentality. I have a friend here in the city who told me he spends his money on three things:

1. Traveling
2. Art
3. Restaurants

He makes six figures (at least) and he spends all of his money on those three things. While I like all three of those things and a good chunk of our budget goest to all three of them, we prefer to save up for a house, etc. It was interesting to think about what kind of life we would lead if owning a house wasn’t a goal.

Before I moved to San Francisco, the nicest restaurant I had ever been to was the Metropolitan in SLC. For work and other things I’ve managed to hit a few upper-crust places while we’ve been here. But once a year we pick one to go to that we pay for ourselves. Two years ago: Michael Mina’s Last year: Fleur de Lys and this year: The French Laundry.

The French Laundry was named the best restaurant in the world several years in a row and it is nearly impossible to get in. You either have to know someone or know a trick. This site is dedicated to teaching how to get a reservation. Our anniversary isn’t for six more months but you have to call ahead four months.

It is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on food but we always have a really fun time. We eat a next-to-nothing lunch and then the meal usually consists of three hours straight of incredible food. By the end we are so stuffed we can hardly walk.

  1. Erin

    October 5, 2006

    I would love to go to French Laundry. Have you seen their cookbook? It’s beautiful.

  2. robin k

    October 5, 2006

    Erin, I want to go to the French Laundry, too. Let’s join them on their anniversary dinner.

  3. Anonymous

    October 5, 2006

    Jordan…it is so funny you blogged about the FL. We are going there for our anniversary this year too. And I was just looking online a couple weeks ago. I can’t believe it is so hard to get a reservation. Tell me how it goes for you. Our anniversary is in January…so I am going to call in Nov.

    Nicole 🙂

  4. michelle

    October 5, 2006

    Rachel C. has been twice. Chat with her first, she has great recommendations.

  5. Katie

    October 5, 2006

    I’ve been reading a book all about French Laundry and have since found myself in love with the idea of Thomas Keller (the head chef). Not formall trained. Best in the world. I love that kind of story.

    I heard they only take reservations a month in advance at 10 am. The book is full in about 5 minutes.

    Good luck and write the best review EVER!

  6. Leslie

    October 5, 2006

    My cousin did an internship there this past summer – he just graduated from the CCI in SF. I could ask him for suggestions on getting in…

  7. Anonymous

    October 5, 2006

    please do…i need all the help i can get – they should give priority to bday/anniversaries


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