Often times I'll use a paper menu, bill, ticket, matchbook or postcard from a great restaurant in a variety of ways. While traveling, this simple gesture can really be meaningful when you get home. For example, I have the above coffee order from a beloved bakery, Tartine in San Francisco, framed in my bedroom. I visited this wonderful establishment with my mom a few years ago, and it's a great reminder of the luscious coffee and fantastic meal we shared there.
I've never been refused a paper menu when I asked if I could keep one, and I savor my collection of menus as inspiration for home cooking as well as dinner parties. Menus are a veritable treasure trove of great ideas by acclaimed chefs, and they make beautiful wall decor in the same manner as favorite restaurant's receipt or bill.
Do you save little memories of great meals in this way? What bits of gourmande history do you love?
(Image: Leela Cyd Ross)