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We are at Topo Gigio Ristorante.

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A couple of years ago I had just broken up with my boyfriend after having a fight at a friend's wedding. A couple of nights later--it was a Tuesday--I went out with my girlfriends to P.J. Clarke's. These two guys sent over a bottle of Dom Perignon, but by that time we'd had a few so we turned it down. The guys came over and joined us and said, "I can't believe you turned down Dom Perignon," and I said, "If I can't taste it I'd rather wait." We closed the place, laughing and talking, and one of the guys and I exchanged numbers. He called me the next day and said, "Why don't we get our friends together tomorrow night and I'll take everybody out to dinner?" I said, "Why not?" and we met here and were getting happy. The guy was 44 and he hadn't had a serious girlfriend, which I kidded him about, and all of a sudden he got down on his knees and proposed to me in front of all of his friends. I said, "Can we try living with each other first?" Two weeks later I moved in with him. We got engaged a couple of months later, then broke up a year after that, but to this day we are still good friends. The moral of the story is, if someone offers you Dom P--turn it down and you might get something better!

--Cynthia Bielski, sales

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