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The interior of the restaurant, a more luxurious wood paneled setting, is being readied for a ‘closed’ event in the evening. We pick from the full menu. Tom orders their signature dish – a melon with mincemeat filling. I have the lamb with figs, almonds, and apricots. Both dishes are fabulous. The spices enhance without competing. We watch other unusual and visually compelling dishes served to the surrounding tables. The table next two us, talkative before being served, is in a silent reverie over their dishes. We learn that they are both Swedish. One is an opera singer and the other restores oil paintings. I share that I studied German with opera singers at the Goethe Institute near Munich many years ago. Tom shares his background in art. Wonderful conversation to match our wonderful food!
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