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Restaurant Review: Lure Fishbar

FIRST IMPRESSION: So this is what it will feel like to be on my million dollar yacht when I hit the big time! This underground restaurant and bar had structural accents of a yacht in all the right places; port holes letting pedestrians have a glimpse inside, white and silver edges like the hull of a ship, brass knobs and gleaming oak. It was beautiful to look at. And full of beautiful people. It was buzzing with chatter and loud, almost club-like…

A life of fantasy.

I live in the same house I’ve lived in since birth. It’s a small farm house, split level, with an old garage with lots of rusty farm equipment and tons of terra cotta pots. The sun beams down through the places where weather and rain made the shingles soften and cave in. Vines have started to creep over the walls and down into the cement foundation. The earth is going to reclaim it soon. Even farther out on our property…

Balthazar

First Impression: Pirate ship. Maritime. French riviera. Wine country. These are what I thought of when I walked into Balthazar which, on this night, was packed. I mean, loaded with people. 45 minute wait. Standing shoulder to shoulder at the bar getting cozy with the other people waiting for seats. But you know what? We didn't care. It would be worth it. As we waited, I looked around. Warm, flattering lighting and enormous tarnished silver mirrors hung on every gigantic…