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July 20, 2006

The Expo’s Aces With Me!

Leaving my husband to go about his business in D.C., I hopped a train to Delaware to visit sister Megan and attend the Delaware Today Best of Delaware Food & Wine Expo. As if the allure of an evening of free food & drink wasn’t enough, the event was being held at Dover Downs, Delaware’s largest casino. This was going to be fun.

We dined on oysters with lime sorbet, panko-crusted pan fried catfish, roast tenderloin with an orange-cranberry reduction, grilled scallops on garlic mash drizzled with truffle oil, foie gras, and pate’. We tasted wines, beers, margaritas, martinis, and a surprising variety of blue drinks. Well, I did. My sister had no cocktails as she was 8 months pregnant. Everything was delicious.

As we were leaving, we decided to spend 20 minutes trying our luck at the casino. I plopped myself down at a video poker machine and started dropping quarters. Hand one: nothing. Hand two: nothing. Hand three: nothing. Discouraged, I decided to give the machine one last try before moving one. I dropped in the maximum number of quarters, and the machine dealt the cards. Two aces. Figuring that a pair was better than nothing, I held the aces and pushed the “draw” button. A seven, and ace, and another ace. Four aces. Free food, free drink, four aces, and $250 in quarters.

That, my friends, is how to play the game.

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