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Zeno Marx

Zeno Marx

Registration date : 2010-06-26

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PostSubject: resistant to trying something new?   resistant to trying something new? EmptySun Mar 15, 2020 1:29 pm

restaurants...

This is where I'm terrible. If I go to a restaurant for the first time and find something I like, every time I go back, I order the same thing. I never try anything else on the menu. It makes no sense, other than acknowledging that the likely reason I'm returning to that restaurant is because I'm longing for that same food. I'm no longer wondering what that restaurant is like or going with no expectations. I now have baggage that seems to restrain me. I do not like this about myself. A true vice.

(family) recipes...

I do not have the same problem here. Family recipes didn't just suddenly appear as-is. At some point, and likely at more than one point, someone experimented. They weren't likely immaculately conceived. I also have a grudge with tradition for tradition's sake, but that is for another discussion. I almost never cook a recipe the same way twice. I don't care where I got the recipe. They aren't sacred texts. Adding or subtracting ingredients. Messing with measurements. Substituting one starch for another. You name it, if my brain is in working order, I'm thinking of some way to try something new, willing to screw with the chemistry. It might not be as good, or I might stumble upon an improvement. I like that part of cooking a lot. The journey means more to me than the destination.

How about you? What are your vices and virtues when it comes to change and food?
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GeoffC

GeoffC

Age : 53
Location : North Carolina
Registration date : 2011-10-23

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PostSubject: Re: resistant to trying something new?   resistant to trying something new? EmptySun Mar 15, 2020 9:31 pm

I find myself doing this in various ethnic Asian restaurants. My wife is the worst at it. I will sometime change it up. However when I am in the mood I will ask the chef to surprise me and those are the best experiences.

On a side note, Ohio and Illinois just said they are shutting down all restaurants and bars. Wife and I went out to a fairly popular indy American restaurant here in NC. Usually packed it was beyond dead. Like maybe 1/4 full. Asked the waitress how bad is it now and she said they are not making any money. Business is off 50% or more. I am afraid the small businesses in America are not going to survive this downturn if things do not get better. As a previous owner of a coffeeshop I can tell you that most small businesses can handle one disaster but rarely two so let's hope the environment improves quickly.

It's a great question and the same can be extended to tobacco blends. I order my tried and true and have a pretty wide cellar but still order a tin of something I have never had to try.
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