"Alas", particularly when it is used by some douche (usually a chick, but sometimes a dude) on Yelp who wants to make it sound like they're a real writer/food critic.
-Lovely looking veal chops - but alas, I could not afford them that day.
-Alas, my thighs, I ate the carbs!
-Alas, I handle all of my correspondence via...
-Alas, even though I'm fine with the idea of seeing a movie by myself, a little bit of self-loathing sets in when I buy just one (1) ticket, the cashier surely sitting in silent judgment of my solitary visage shambling into the theater.
-About 10 years ago I had the Best cheese steak of my life in this area, but alas I can't remember where the spot was.
-The breakfast menu is lovely, for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike (alas, I'm of the latter persuasion).
-I really wish I could go to Concepcion more often, but, alas, I only need my hair cut every 6-8 weeks.
-But, alas, thanks to Coco Chanel in the 80's and the increasing pressure we are receiving from the media to look like Anna Nicole Smith
The above are actual examples - these are the top 8 uses of "alas" when I do a search for the word in my work zip.