Choose a favorite restaurant and patronize it. It will feed your soul, and help make sure that your dining place of choice weathers these rocky economic times. I was reading an article on-line yesterday about a family that excels at living within their means. Here’s the key quote: “Instead of spending too much money on things, we just make choices.”

What a concept – actually chosing what you want, rather than just mindlessly spending, spending, spending. Instead of mediocre meals that supply only calories, and nothing in the way of spiritual renewal and joyful flavor – chose to eat out only at places that matter to you, that provide genuine value for the money.

Dining out doesn’t have to be a budget destroyer. Limoncello, one of our downtown dining treasures, offers authentic Italian lunches weekdays, starting at $7. That’s worth making plans for. I strongly urge you to resist the temptation to slip back into such destructive default habits as fast food and generic to-go meals.

Diners of the world – visit your local bistros, cafes and restaurants now. You have nothing to lose but your chains!