So, I want to talk about how you’ve never tried the places I’m talking about.
Because let’s be honest – how many of the 160+ desserts I’ve posted to Instagram have you tried? One? Two? Any?
Look, I know the rut you’re in. The one you’ve been in. Every day, you get up, go to work, slog through tasks, fight traffic on the way home, and collapse. You want to order a bowl of pho from your favorite shop and to go watch cat videos until you go to bed. Rinse and repeat for the weekdays, then explore for brunch on the weekends.
I know because I totally do the same thing. Yes, this is my job now, but I like picking up my favorite salad or vermicelli bowl knowing that it will rock. Because eating someplace else means taking a risk. And I don’t always want to devote energy to that risk. I want my tasty food now, please.
Eating outside the safe zone, the known, is definitely risky. Even for dessert, which you would think is pretty safe. Noooope. There are bland ice creams, badly tempered chocolate, hideous flavor combinations. Being honest, I have tried some really gross desserts in my quest to write these pieces. And not like “my wussy white palate can’t handle spices” – I know I can’t – I had a chocolate truffle a few days ago that was one of the worst confections I’ve ever experienced in my life. Still not sure what to say about it.
But I also like taking that risk. I like exploring and seeing the trends. I like finding places. And I like seeing more of my town and learning what’s going on. The other day I forgot that Kedai Makan had moved to La Bete’s old spot, and ended up trying Tortas Condesa for dessert instead. It turns out they’re making some of the tallest ice cream sandwiches I’ve ever tried. (Fingers crossed for their rocking the second tasting, because it was good.) I know that it could have been awful – it’s a tortas shop, not a dessert shop. But I was having fun, so I went and I ate. Simple as that.
My writing this, my daily posts on Instagram – they’re all there to lower the bar for you. Because I’m going to keep on trying places out anyway, so you can grow your plans by learning along with me. To make sure you’re not risking time on meh desserts. So when you go out, you’ve got options, ideas, new pathways and travels and goals. (If you don’t have food goals, get some. They make eating out fun.)
Because I want both of us to have options when our favorite places close for good. Or when they change too much from our memories. After all, that happens all the time. Like Drive Thru Boba was closed for over four weeks, much to the combined shock of the bubble tea geek community. I know I wasn’t the only one branching out in boba to deal with the loss. And it’ll likely happen again and again, as new places replace the old favorites.
I’m not saying you have to be me. Again, I’m doing this as my job. But you should totally take some adventures. When you can. After all, what’s the fun in repeating the same day every day? And what have you been avoiding trying that’s just next door?