Let Them Eat Cheap!

When it comes to today's "challenge" in the New York Times' "Dining" Section - Great Meals for Two, Under $100 (It’s Possible) - most of us could probably have given restaurant critic Frank Bruni a pointer or two. Bruni describes his task as finding "a dinner for two that was at least three courses in a restaurant structured that way — and a similar amount of food in a restaurant that wasn’t — would be $99 or less, including tax and a tip of 20 percent on the total of the check before tax." (Wine, obviously, is out of the question on this pauper's budget.) Amazingly, he manages it! We say: no one wants to deny these writers the fun of slumming it, but "experiments" like this are an insult to those of us for whom the budget he describes is a challenge of quite a different kind. Emputhee: ur duin it rong. [New York Times]