For those who know me or read my random musings on a regular basis it is of no surprise that their are two things in life I truly enjoy – a great meal and a great beer. However, as a Foodie and Beer Geek I am very different then the average one.
First, as far as it goes when it comes to food I just like a great meal and celebrity chefs, personally they don’t impress me and while the food is quite good it is ALWAYS overpriced it seems. I don’t need to go to the latest Danny Meyer or Tom Colicchio creation I just need a great place to eat. Fortunately, I live in NYC a “Foodies” wet dream. Anyone who lives here knows that if you just take a look around there are amazing mom and pop places all over which are usually much better then the celeb places I feel. Now, don’t get me wrong I still visit celeb chef places too just saying to me its not all about them.
Now, beer my other passion, I just simply like good beer. Heck, not good but great beer. However, as with all things what is good vs what is great is all relative based on the person enjoying it. My biggest pet peeve is how people clamor for all these rare/limited releases. Yes, I am fortunate enough to get to try many of these through friends or even acquire some myself but to me if I don’t get one I don’t go cry or go crazy trying to trade for it. I simply shrug it off say oh well and go onto one of the 100s, heck 1000s of other beers I am yet to try.
The bottom line is this, in life who cares what critics think of anything. In this day and age of the internet everyone is a critic reviewing beers on sites like BA, RateBeer or on their own blog and the same goes for food with sites like Yelp, Zagat and more. I say next time you go out to eat or drink don’t look at a ratings or reviews beforehand, go in with a clear mind and the true mentality (open mindedness) of a foodie or beer geek and enjoy. However, if you insist on reading reviews take them with a grain of salt and remember everyone’s pallet is different. Reviews by friends who you know best are the ones most worthy of consideration, not those of strangers.
And that’s … From My Mellin!