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The Annual Restaurant Meal

Every year, America’s Fittest Couple designates one day for “eating out.”  Because it is such a rare occasion, plans are made months in advance and the location is carefully selected.  Usually, the Annual Restaurant Meal is aligned with one of the three holidays the Couple celebrates:  their anniversary, Lyuda’s birthday, or Valentine’s Day.

The Annual Restaurant Meal in 2012 at the "Mather House" formal.  The Couple is as madly in-love now as they were back then.

The Annual Restaurant Meal in 2012 at the "Mather House" formal.  The Couple is as madly in-love now as they were back then.

 

Coordinating and following through with the Annual Restaurant Meal is no easy task, especially given how out of the ordinary it is.  It’s difficult for the Couple to leave their fresh, organic produce unattended in the kitchen, and it’s even harder to accommodate themselves to the sights, sounds, smells, and people at their unfamiliar bread-breaking destination. 

 

An insignificant and seemingly ordinary thing – if you're unaccustomed to it – can prove to be an insurmountable burden.  While the Annual Restaurant Meal is a highly anticipated event in the Couple’s household, mobilizing to actually get there and follow through with it requires tremendous resolve.

The 2013 Annual Restaurant Meal being consummated at the "Palm Beach Grill" for the Couple's anniversary.

The 2013 Annual Restaurant Meal being consummated at the "Palm Beach Grill" for the Couple's anniversary.

 

In 2012, Jon was still a senior at Harvard, and the couple celebrated the Annual Restaurant Meal at the "Mather House" formal (a black-tie event hosted by Jon's residence house).  In 2013, the Annual Restaurant Meal was held at the “Palm Beach Grill,” a hot-spot destination for the well-to-do – and it was there that the Couple celebrated its anniversary on October 31st.  In 2014, the Annual was looked forward to the entire year until finally being consummated on December 28th – Lyuda’s birthday – at “Island Creek Oyster Bar” in Boston.  This year, the Meal was had at an exquisite Valentine’s Day gala, and the Couple feels relieved to have gotten it out of the way so early.   

 

Last year's Annual at the "Island Creek Oyster Bar" in Boston.

Last year's Annual at the "Island Creek Oyster Bar" in Boston.

 

The after-effects of the Annual Restaurant Meal are well planned for too.   It is well established doctrine at the AFC homestead that a restaurant meal necessitates at least three or four days to recover from.  Therefore, America’s Fittest Couple is sure to clear out its schedule in the days following.  It would prove highly unfavorable if some urgent work deadline or important workout block was in place during the post-restaurant haze.

 

Getting fit is all about preparing your meals at home.  Nonetheless, there’s always a time and place for a little leeway – namely once per year at a restaurant of your choice.  Be sure to pursue your Annual Restaurant Meal responsibly and refrain from any “supplemental” outings, and make sure to clear out your schedule in the days following to ensure a speedy and full recovery.

The "evolution" of the Annual Restaurant Meal is singularly apparent in this year's outing for Valentine's Day.  The "Annual" -- as it's referred to at the AFC homestead -- is an integral part of the Couple's hectic social calendar. 

The "evolution" of the Annual Restaurant Meal is singularly apparent in this year's outing for Valentine's Day.  The "Annual" -- as it's referred to at the AFC homestead -- is an integral part of the Couple's hectic social calendar. 

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