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Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French lawyer who coined the term gastronome, believed that enjoying food was not just a pleasurable distraction, but a civilising art of existential import. As he once wrote: “The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity than the discovery of a new star.” (Here my cat would argue that the same applies to catmanity.)

As life gets busy dining out sometimes becomes my only outlet for discovering new sensations and places. Some experiences are memorable, some less exciting, but the path to discovering different dishes and the secrets of exceptional cooking is an enormously exciting process for me. I hope to share that with anyone who enjoys the wonders of good food (and company) as much as I do.

While I’m no culinary expert rating experiences is ultimately a subjective endeavor, but for viewers who are looking for quick recommendations, I have categorized restaurants I reviewed here based on a “Pleasure Index” (a number out of ten in any review’s title) that is a gauge of the overall feeling I have as I leave each restaurant, inclusive of food and service quality. I let hospitality weigh in heavily in my index, because while we may forget what we ate, we won’t forget how we felt.

I hope you enjoy my two pennies.

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