When it comes to memorable meals, this one is difficult to beat. It all began when a young couple was out for dinner in Boston about three years ago. They were young, in love, and it showed.
According to Richard Branson, who tells the tale on his blog at Virgin.com, a generous man by the name of Pankaj Shah was dining there as well. He had the wonderful habit of anonymously paying for people's meals when he was dining out.
On that particular night, he asked restaurant staff to find "the couple who looked most in love."
They did, and Shah went on about his way, probably never giving them too much more thought beyond hopes that they enjoyed the meal.
But when he returned to Boston three years later, something really amazing happened.
He went back to the restaurant to eat, and the manager came up and told him that the same couple he had paid for three years ago was there again, right then. What a coincidence, right?!
The manager said he knew it was them because the "dude just got down on one knee and proposed."
When he asked them why they'd chosen that particular restaurant, he said: The guy said they were sitting at that same table three years ago and some stranger paid for their meal and made them think about kindness and love and they have been talking about it ever since.
They have incorporated it into their lives and said there was no other place he could have proposed, it was their most impactful memory.
While the couple has remained anonymous themselves so far, according to Branson, they did invite Shah to their wedding.