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Slight drizzle started while we were inside. We jump in the van where drummer Jeff Curtin waits. Juan explains the benefit of shopping for meat at Fleisher's, an all-organic, local butchery that is also our next stop. "It's tough to buy a frozen chicken at C-Town when this chicken is just, so fresh."
The cash register lights up $9.09 for two pounds of thighs. Total meal cost: $21.85. Juan asks again how Ava Luna fared—when I replied, "$2.45 over." He triumphantly announces, "We beat them!"