This post originally appeared in the Bloomington Herald Times on December 28, 2005
Another year's end, accompanied by that familiar, heady combination of fizzing anticipation for the fresh, untrammeled days ahead, laced with mellow, sweet nostalgia for those long gone. If there is ever a time for maudlin sentimentality, this would be it and, as always, I am just the one to wallow in it.
The particular memory lane I am wandering this year is a culinary one,
triggered by the closing of a favorite restaurant - Tortilla Flat. I know the
owner, Becky Wann, felt beleaguered by the unceasing demands of the restaurant
business and eager to launch a new career in real estate. Still, I'll miss her
eggplant burritos and ummm, that incredible Chile con