Also, many of my stories and recollections that involve specific people, I may choose to keep them anonymous only because I don’t have to seek written permission to recount their role in the story. Think of this style as very casual, as if you just met me in a bar or at the airport, and we are sharing a few good restaurant or bar suggestions, maybe a few personal anecdotes to add color and authenticity. But if you ask for legal proof, I have to maintain ignorance…easy for me!!
Real, qualified restaurant critics will often visit a place two or three times and write about all of the diversity a menu offers. I am not consistent normally; if I read about, or someone suggests a promising spot, I’ll check it out. Maybe if I like it, I’ll go numerous times, I may order the same dishes most of the time. Some places have good food, or drinks, or entertainment, but are too crowded – noisy; that would limit my return trips. I like places that serve food on their plates, not just minimal sculpture with exotic combinations. Thus, no froufrou places. I normally like to sit at the bar to eat when I’m by myself or with drinking friends. I like to make friends with my bartender if they are friendly. This can lead to larger than normal tipping if the bartender provides a lot of information, poses for photos, or takes photos of my party. Which brings us to my most salient, and all-abiding point: I DONT LIKE CHEAPSKATES!! I don’t like them as friends, family, workers, or any form that shows lack of class. So please don’t visit any recommendations and cheap out, especially if you mention my name!