Inflation, gas prices and high food costs, when will it all end? Through our lifetime we have always dealt with rising prices. In my fathers later years, he and his friend would go out to lunch. They would pride themselves with how cheaply they could have lunch. They would search out senior discounts and sometimes get free coffee with their meals. A Wendy's burger for under a dollar and a free coffee was a successful day for my father and friend. My father and friend have long passed and I am glad he would not be able to read what I am about to print.
Downtown Oakland is across the bay from the "City" San Francisco but always in its shadow. Oakland has their skyscrapers and fine restaurants. We went to "Tribune", a restaurant located in the iconic Tribune tower. This used to be the headquarters of the local newspaper. It is a fairly fancy restaurant decorated with modern urban art. I dined with two other friends. We all had burgers with two orders of fries and we all drank water. We enjoyed our burgers. The service was more than fantastic. What is not to like about Tribune? Eighty dollars for 3 burgers, 2 fries and no drinks not including tip was our price tag for dining today. What is one to do? We paid of course but I am glad my father did not see the bill.