March 9, 2011

I Want You for a Real Men Bake Experiment

Friends, Foodies, and Gourmets, lend me your ears (or eyes in this case)!

I want you to help me in a little experiment that shouldn't be too hard but might take some courage on your part.


So over the years, I have learned to be willing to try any food, no matter how much I may or may not like it. Because of that, I have had many things that I would have never experienced had I not stepped outside of my comfort zone. I have recently developed a new habit that I have learned from my Dad at restaurants when I am not sure what I am in the mood for or what I want to order.

I let the server surprise me.

Unless there  is something on the menu I know I wouldn't eat, I pretty much let them pick. The results can be interesting, not just in the food you get, but in observing how the server reacts in the situation.

Sometimes observing the server is better than the food you get (no matter how tasty). Why? Because you are putting them out of their comfort zone. But why not have them choose? They know the menu and if you know you'd eat pretty much everything, what is there to lose, especially when you don't have a preference one way or another? Also, I find it interesting to see their choice, do they go safe and pick something everyone would eat or go with their own personal favorite or something radical that may be shocking.

By doing this I have had some things I would have never thought to order but were absolutely wonderful.

The Task

Next time you go to a restaurant, try it. Give it a shot and see the results. See how the server reacts, what food you get and your thoughts on it.

Afterwards, post in the comments your experience. If you have done it before then tell me about that.

I know it takes some courage but I'd be interesting to see what happens! If you are unsure if your server would pick something you'd like, ask for their opinion first before you leave the ultimate decision up to them, it gives you a little insight to their tastes and how they might relate to yours.

Good luck! 


  1. I'll get this started by sharing my experience last Saturday night at the the First Street Alehouse in downtown Livermore.

    I had tasted their food before when Ashley brought some leftovers home and a quick glance at the menu told me I'd eat anything on there.

    I asked Courtney (our server) her recommendations and she threw out a few different options, all not standard choices. Hearing her top choices, I decided to let her pick, thinking she'd go with the cilantro-jalapeño burger she highly recommended.

    Well I was wrong. I got something completely different: a pork carnitas sandwich.

    It was wonderful.

    Kudos to Courtney for an excellent selection and service. Also, if you are in the downtown Livermore area, the First Street Alehouse is a great choice for food in a brewery style atmosphere.

  2. Okay, so it took me a while, but there is this beautiful cafe in Culver City that my roommate and I go to on Sundays for brunch. it is called Cafe Laurent. It is a cute French bistro-type place and has live music on Sundays. I was looking at their weekly menu and the Thursdays special is "Chef's Favorite" and the description says: Whatever Laurent will choose to fix for you.

    I don't normally go on Thursdays, but I thought, why not try something new! I went in [with a book, my roomie was still working :( ] and I asked my server, Pierre, to bring me whatever Laurent decided to make.

    About 10 minutes later I was served a plate of steaming mussels and rice in ink sauce. I probably would never have asked for the rice. Squid ink scares me. But, as a matter of fact, the combination was amazing. I had a lovely time and now I know that I can handle even squid ink :)

    Thanks, Pat, for the suggestion!

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