Saturday, January 5, 2019

Some Resolutions

Happy... 201g, I guess?
Seeing as it's a new year and all, I thought I'd pause and reflect on how things are going, and how I'd like to improve going forward. Here are some of my food year's resolutions. (Resolution #1: Fewer lazy food puns.)

100 posts. As long as I have time and stay motivated, this seems like a reasonable goal. This averages to just under two a week. That's extremely doable!

More Mexican. To my eternal shame, I really don't know all that much about San Diego's impressive array of Mexican restaurants, especially the hole in the wall spots. I have never been to Lolita's! Nary a single "Berto's"! If I am to protect my world-renowned (er... would you believe "house-renowned"?) reputation, all this must change.

Be frugal. This dovetails nicely with the previous goal. Other oft-cheap cuisine categories like Chinese and ramen will be a big help. Groupon will also be my friend here, as well as the Passport Dining card I got for Christmas. Of course, that's not to say I won't splurge when the situation demands it!

Tell a story. Food descriptions are undoubtedly pretty important. What I've been trying to do, and will continue to try, is to embed them in a narrative. People like food, but they get invested in stories. Even one as simple as a hole-in-the-wall joint exceeding all expectations creates an underdog to root for.

Get meaner. Okay, that's an exaggeration. But I do have a tendency to give restaurants a bit too much benefit of the doubt. I often find myself hoping I've found a new favorite, when of course that will seldom be true. While I haven't done a formal statistical analysis, I strongly suspect that the quality of restaurants would fit a bell curve distribution—that is, most restaurants are average, with a few bad ones and a few great ones on the margins. Sure, even average restaurant food is pretty good, and my research leads me to better places than if I were to choose at random. Still, I'm pledging to tell it like it is when a restaurant doesn't live up to expectations.

...And there we have it. Now I just need to avoid breaking these in the first two weeks like everybody else. Happy 2019!

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