I had this shit on paper
No, seriously. For the longest time I was trying to figure out how to bind my Gourmets. I had them from '98 to '06 or so. Then they put it all online and what was the point? other than the ads.
What I wonder is if I still have the bound copies I stole from an ex-girlfriend. I had all of '74, '75 and some of '76. I think I don't.
The ads were amazing.
To the subject at hand: When it mattered I had a list of 15-20 restaurants that were pretty awesome. I'd call around until I found one with a cancellation. Never had to bribe my way in anywhere. Of course now I'm in LA and there's no goddamn point. Los Angeles: Where you can pay $90 for a $30 dinner.