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I Was There (Twice!): Talula’s Table – “The Toughest Reservation in America”

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“When foodies hear ‘tough reservation,’ they generally think French Laundry in Napa or Le Cirque in New York — both known for their six-month waiting lists. That’s a snap compared with a spot at Talula’s Table.”

— NPR

Back when we lived in Philly, I kept seeing news items and breathless reports about Talula’s Table, the gourmet market in Kennet Square, a historic borough about 40 miles southwest of the city, that closed every evening to transform into a cozy spot that served dinner to one group at the lone table in the center of the market.

I dreamed of sitting at that mythical Farm Table, surrounded by close friends, door locked, the only people able to eat there that night.

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I Was There: A Taping of “Last Week Tonight”

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The email came while I was nearing the end of my weekly trip to the supermarket, standing in the organic dairy section deciding what kind of yogurt to buy the kid:

If you are in NYC TODAY or can be, we had some seats become available to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for Today/Sunday’s show — Sunday, September 30th.

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I Was There Life

“Police! Open Up!” – The morning U.S. Marshals pounded on my door

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It was December, 2013. A Tuesday morning.

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A Night in NYC to See Ryan Holiday, My Favorite Writer

 

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“How did you first hear about my work?”

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I Was There: Live 8 Philadelphia

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We weren’t going to go.

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I Was There Rap

I Was There: A (Roots) Picnic with the Wu-Tang Clan

The Wu-Tang Clan backed by The Legendary Roots Crew?! I was not going to miss it.

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I Was There: Carmelo, LeBron, CP3 & “The Battle of I-95”

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They are the NBA’s version of the Super Friends.

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I Was There: Smokin’ Grooves ’98

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Unlike many of my fellow suburban high school students, I didn’t attend concerts.

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I Was There: Seeing LeBron Play in High School

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I haven’t been to very many historical sporting events. No World Cup. No Super Bowl. No championship-clinching win. I was there for the final Philadelphia Eagles win at Veterans Stadium in 2002, went to a few NLDS and NLCS games in 2008 as the Phillies rolled towards a title, and attended a few NBA Playoff games, but they were appetizers. The biggest event I’ve ever attended was the final game of Michael Jordan’s career and while that was great, it’s not like it was the 63-point game at the Boston Garden in 1986 or Game 6 of the ’98 Finals in Utah.

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I Was There: Michael Jordan’s Final Game

Last week, I read (with escalating anger) the story of the Kobe Bryant fan who had the foresight to purchase tickets to what will almost certainly be Kobe’s final NBA game, only to later be screwed by StubHub’s greed. (StubHub has since apologized and promised to make things right, but only because of the outcry the company’s original decision caused.)