This is from Star Simpson’s Blog
I Spent A Coin (And I Liked It) — How I Bought Lunch in Manhattan with Bitcoins
June 25th, 2011
Greetings, readers! I am introducing guest blogger Pseudonymous, who is writing a post about Bitcoins this week on the blog. The post assumes some familiarity with the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoins, but if you haven’t encountered it yet and are curious, learn more at weusecoins.com
Insomne, poseído, casi feliz, pensé que nada hay menos material que el dinero
Some people claim that Bitcoin isn’t a “real currency,” that it is “imaginary,” or a Ponzi scheme — for a number of reasons, but perhaps mostly because there’s no obvious way to use them in most people’s daily lives. I have a different perspective because last week I paid for lunch with Bitcoins. Here’s how it happened.
First, someone sent me a Fortune article, “The Clock is Ticking on Bitcoin.” The article is mainly gloom and doom about Bitcoin’s future, but also happened to alert me to the existence of Meze Grill, a restaurant in midtown Manhattan, that accepts both U.S. dollars and Bitcoins as payment for food. Notably, even this was not enough to inspire the Fortune author’s confidence, on the grounds that nobody had yet spent a Bitcoin there.
Being in midtown Manhattan, I decided to hop over to Meze Grill for a bite to eat. The restaurant is a block or so from Columbus Circle and sports a rather professional-looking “Bitcoin Accepted Here” sign in the window.
My conversation with the man behind the counter began awkwardly:
“I heard that you take … Bitcoins here … as a way of paying for food,” I said.
“Oh,” he said, looking confused. “Ask him about that,” and pointed to the restaurant owner, who was sitting at a table explaining Bitcoin to another employee.
I walked up to them. “Excuse me,” I said, “I heard you accept Bitcoins here?”
“Yes, of course,” the owner replied, nonchalantly.
The owner responded so confidently, I felt as though I had asked if they took US dollars. What kind of a restaurant did I think this was — of course they accept Bitcoins!
Read the full article here: http://starburst.hackerfriendly.com/?p=1530