I think Uncas summed it up best this afternoon when he said "Apparently no one buys produce or eats in dining rooms anymore . . .!"
We spent the afternoon looking at houses since we are finally ready to start buying. We walked through some very nice ones today, but they lacked a dining room. All had eat-in kitchens, but they were pretty tiny. We actually happen to use our current dining room and can't imagine buying a house without one! Then we went to three different grocery stores to buy fresh basil. Maybe folks around here just grow their own . . .?