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I had an experience a couple of weeks ago that I wish I could have shared with you in person but you will get a non-tasting report of it today. It was a perfect luncheon experience — good friends and good food. What more can you want?

It’s 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening as I write this, and I’m still so full from lunch I might not be able to eat again until dinner.

Thanksgiving is coming this week. For the last several years, I have written an annual column on the power of gratitude. I’m really grateful that I get to do that.

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