After a few disappointing dining experiences at both new and old places, I find myself seeking out my reliable favorites repeatedly, rather than risk another disappointment with the latest and the supposedly greatest. Better than staring despondently into my kitchen cupboards and/or the list of restaurants on Opentable, hoping to be inspired by either. Looking at the menus from my recent less successful dining experiments, I found it too demoralizing and uninspiring to write about various shortcomings-- who wants to relive those?
Instead, I have stopped by El Norteno taco truck for my favorite taco triple (cabeza, carnitas, carne asada) so many times lately that despite the throngs of people that crowd the truck daily, they now know me by sight.
I have tried every single possible combination and permutation of the omakase at Sushi Sam's to the point where they had to leave for vacation to get rid of me (but they're BACK).
Manresa and Komi I can't get to as often as I would like due to travel and credit card constraints, but the memories of the meals by Kinch and Monis keep haunting me such that I start to wonder whether I am ever going to enjoy any other restaurant as much.
If Canteen weren't so small, I would be able to go there for dinner whenever I fancy a fancy meal without the fancy price.
It is also frustrating to have to drive across the bridge all the way out to Larkspur for that perfect, simple margherita pizza followed by the ideal dessert-- soft serve ice cream with sweet olive oil ladled on top and decorated with sparkling opaque salt crystals.
So I have not exactly been deprived of good eats but not much fodder for blogging...