Love on the Menu

February 17, 2009

“Table 25 is a table of two…” So begins a restaurant owner’s account of a most romantic Portland spot. Not because of the setting at Andina’s but what Mama Doris calls magic at work. She describes celebrations of love playing out at the table, events sometimes so intense that they rivet the staff.

Maybe her story connects with me because another table for two, this one at a small restaurant in Winter Park, Florida, proved pivotal in my love life years ago. Funny that I remember nothing about the food but can still picture everything about the table and the bewitching woman sitting across from me.