The first time I ever tried L&P was when I was 6 or so – circa 1954, before they put "CYA" expiration dates and "refridgerate after opening" notices on the labels. There was this old dusty bottle of it in the pantry that my mother had opened and used once for cooking a long time before. Against her better judgment I was allowed to taste it before she was going to throw it away. I put it on my burger patty and was in heaven! She threw that bottle away, but bought a fresh one on the next trip to the A&P. Ever since, there has always been "fresh" L&P in both my pantry and fridge.
And, I don’t care how good the steak is or how snooty the restaurant I always request it. It amuses me that the finer joints serve in in a small ramekin with a demitasse spoon!
(My goodness, I had almost forgotten A&P: The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company – once the largest grocer in the U.S. but hardly remembered by anyone under 40 today).