Guide to living to eat and not eating to live with your smart phones.
A friend I grew up with in San Francisco once asked if I live to eat or eat to live. That question prompted me to ponder on his question and eventually decided that I lived to eat #livetoeat. Which is a true for everyone on this planet. However, working in an restaurant in the middle of Silicon Valley since the late 1990’s I have seen a transformation. The transformation of people who seek an advice through their smart phones on what they should eat rather than reading an pre smart phone era menu or just simply asking the the folks running the restaurant on what is good. Unlike the online non professional reviews which tell the story from the writers perspective on their liking or not liking a certain dish or an overall experience at a restaurant which totally disconnects the overall crowed. I remember reading reviews in newspapers where an professional reporter’s review focused on the entrées and the selection of the menu items which captured the whole ambiance from the area the restaurant was in and the total experience.
However, nowadays the smart phone era, reviewers sometimes rant on without making sense or are just irate that they spent so much money on food. I have even seen reviews where they simply degrade the restaurant just to drop its overall rating, perhaps helping one of his investments in another restaurant. From an operator’s perspective, I see that most negative reviews for Indian restaurants in the South Bay are from Ethnically Indian reviewers. I have even seen customers who order food, finish everything on the plate and complain online that the item was not good without mentioning a word to the servers. Therefore, misrepresenting the restaurant and its efforts.
Now days I tell my friends that its better to eat for your stomach with your sense in the real space and not from your touch in the cyberspace. When I travel to an area I am familiar with, I do not whip out my phone to see which restaurant I should go to. I simply follow my taste to feed my soul for what ever cuisine my heart desires. Food makes a gathering special.