Food: My Never-Ending List of Eateries


About a year ago, I told you I tried sushi for the first time and loved it. I have had sushi many times since then, too, which has been a pleasant surprise.

There was only one time I had sushi in the last year or so that it wasn’t too good. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t worth getting again at that specific location.

Also, I discovered a friend of mine enjoyed sushi just as much as I did. So, she’s my go-to sushi companion now.

Nevertheless, in that same post, I also mentioned some foods I wanted to try in their most authentic form. Those included Pad Thai, ramen, and vegan food.

Today, I wanted to expand just a little bit on that idea of foods I want to try.

First, I must say, I have yet to try Pad Thai or vegan food.

I have had plenty of vegetarian food, but I don’t think I have had vegan. If I did, I didn’t know it, so it doesn’t count—at least that’s what I am telling myself.

Some of the vegetarian food was extremely delectable, while other meals have not been worth their price or rave reviews.

Nevertheless, I have had ramen and it did not disappoint at all! Of the two restaurants I’ve had it at, one is definitely better than the other, but they were both delicious! I plan on going back to both places any chance I can.

Even though I have yet to have Pad Thai, I think the chances of me doing so have increased now that there is a new Thai restaurant nearby. According to some who’ve been there, it is as close as one can get to authentic where I live.

If it is anything like the experience I had last night at a new restaurant in town, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed. The food I had there was incredible! In fact, so incredible that I’ve already figured out how I can go there again and who I can bring along!

This is important to me because it shows me it is worth having a never-ending list of eateries to try.

Sometimes, the food will be incredible, like last night. Other times, it won’t be worth eating again, like some of the sushi and vegetarian food I have had.

Most of the items on my eateries to try are general types of food and not actual restaurants. But, there are some specific places.

For instance, as I’ve previously mentioned before, there is a restaurant named Renata in Portland, so I want to go there since that is my name after all.

I also recently discovered there is a Renata’s Kitchen in Philadelphia. My husband and I want to vacation in Pennsylvania in the fall one year, so we’ll definitely make a point to visit.

Then, there is an establishment in San Diego, CA called Pushkin Russian Restaurant that I absolutely must try. Out of all the places on my list, that is the one I am most excited and motivated to one day experience.

I’ve always wanted to try Russian food and be able to remember it. I don’t remember my time in Russia, so I don’t have an informed opinion about the food.

I am all about going where locals highly recommend, not just where tourists go. That’s why I love finding hole-in-the-wall establishments that can be a pleasant surprise—like the one I thoroughly enjoyed last night.

I used to not always understand foodies and their incessant need to try all the new eateries in town. But, as I grow older and the area I live in continues to expand, I’ve begun to understand and appreciate the pursuit that is local cuisine.

Where have you gone in your local area that you think I must absolutely try?

Food is a wonderful reason to travel! In fact, I once drove nearly three hours for pasta my husband loved so much that he just had to take me there.

My call to you is this: Pick a random local eatery in your hometown whether you live in a big city or tiny town. Eat at the said eatery. You might be pleasantly surprised. And if you aren’t, that’s okay.

But, if you don’t try, you’ll never truly know if you do not like something. Most importantly, you won’t be able to articulate why.

Travel. Eat. Enjoy.



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2 thoughts on “Food: My Never-Ending List of Eateries

  1. Food is wonderful entry point to learning about a new culture. It can be fun and interesting to experience both the authentic version of a particular dish and the the Americanized version and then compare and contrast.


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