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The Key to Tasteful Living

Published: Thursday, August 2, 2012

Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2012 12:08


Not long ago, I went out to eat with a group of five or six friends.

One of the girls in the group suggested that we go to Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles in downtown Phoenix because she had been “dying to try it.” I would never turn down an opportunity to go to Lolo’s, so my friends and I agreed to meet at the restaurant for dinner.

At first, it was pleasant and somewhat normal. Copious amounts of Kool-Aid were being consumed and good times had. Then something happened.

Amongst the standard orders of friend chicken, waffles and various traditional sides, my friend who had been “dying to try” Lolo’s ordered chili cheese fries as an entrée.

I was shocked by this egregious act of ordering neither chicken nor waffles at Lolo’s.

I am sure that the chili cheese fries at Lolo’s are just fine. However, why would someone go to a restaurant for the first time and not try the restaurant’s specialty?

I would understand if she maybe was trying to watch her weight (in which case Lolo’s is a terrible idea) or if she had some kind of allergies related to either fried chicken or waffles, but that wasn’t the case.

When somebody wants a fast food burger, he or she doesn’t go to Taco Bell.

Likewise, someone shouldn’t go to a burger joint when craving burritos.

These kinds of mistakes can make for a disappointing meal.

My friend liked the idea of chicken and waffles. However, she felt the pairing was too crazy and didn’t want to risk being disappointed.

Just because fried chicken and waffles seems like an unlikely combination, it doesn’t mean it is bad.

I grew up in a family that is very passionate about food, so I think it’s sad when people shut themselves out to the culinary world.

Trying new food is just like meeting new people; it might be a little scary, but you just have to put yourself out there and see if there is any chemistry.

Don’t hide from new experiences. Great, new, interesting food is all around you and available in every price range.

Take chances and the good food will find you.

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