I live in a smallish town, one that reminds me of where I grew up. There is one small problem with living in a small town though, everyone loves to get in your business. we have a lot small businesses to support. There are favorites and then the ones people love to pick on. Me, I am a bit more choosy about these places especially restaurants. If someone gives a bad review of one of these places all of their fans gang up on the reviewer, because that is the adult thing to do. Today one of these reviews happened and honestly I kind of love watching the fireworks, it amuses me how passionate people are about forcing everyone to love their restaurant. I have mixed feelings about a lot of positive reviews about a place, it makes me wonder because I know I have been to countless places that everyone just loved and raved about and I found the experience less than stellar so I prefer mixed reviews about a place. I also hate to break it to people, but not everyone is going to enjoy the same kinds of places. ME? I dislike Italian restaurants, unless they specialize in pizza and it won’t matter how many rave reviews a place gets I am not going to drive more than 5 miles to try a place out when I can make the same dish at home for much less. Anyway, one of the other things I found highly amusing was that one person said we weren’t professional restaurant critics. This amused me because she seemed to devalue a customer’s review of a place and place a journalists review above the rest of us. Just goes to show that some people can not truly be objective about anything not even a customer’s comments about a place. I also added a new restaurant and a bakery to my list of places I will never go to because of how the owner of those establishments decided to treat legitimate future customers, by saying we needed to learn to speak up for ourselves so that the restaurant could fix the issues while we were there. She didn’t seem to understand that not everyone is comfortable with that and that often times it isn’t a productive thing to do. I’ve had the chef yell at me in restaurants because I didn’t like something I am not going to do that again ever and honestly if something isn’t seasoned right or tastes off well the owner/chef/cook should have caught it before I did because they are in the kitchen and they should know how things taste before they even leave the kitchen. If they don’t it is on them. Anyway enough ranting about small town minds. I need to head off to bed.