R and I have this weird habit when it comes to eating out…it goes a little something like this:
- We find a new place and love it!
- We go back there at least once or twice a week for a month or sometimes even longer.
It’s at least long enough that the staff at these restaurants get to know us and can also remember the dishes that we enjoy.
- Then we’ll get busy, life gets in the way, and we can’t make it back to that restaurant for a while.
- The next time we have a chance to eat out, and we decide on where to eat sudden amnesia develops, we forget about that restaurant and find a new place.
- And the cycle starts all over again.
There are many times we’ve done that. It’s as if we gorge ourselves on the excellent food, and then we’re sick of it, and we move on as if that place never existed. It’s kind of hard, and I’m sure the staff that is so used to our weekly visits wonder where we’ve disappeared to. Usually, we don’t feel too bad because these restaurants do well, and we’re sure they don’t miss us, but sometimes there are the little stalls that do know us quite well and have come to expect us a few nights a week.
It happened recently when we revisited a Chinese shop in our old neighborhood.
We had stopped eating there, not because of the food or anything related to that.
It was because we had moved. There were so many new restaurants to distract us and being as flaky as we are about restaurants, we just forgot.
So when we got there, the woman who owns the place immediately recognized us and said, “Wah! So long, it bothers me when you don’t come here. You move to a new place, ah?”…and the guilt washed over us…because the food here is good… delicious. And we allowed ourselves to be swayed by shiny, flashy new restaurants. We forgot the little place that fed us many evenings when I didn’t have a kitchen to cook.
And once we ordered our favorite dishes, we took one bite, …and the memories came flooding back. The amnesia cloud had lifted, and we enjoyed every last bit!
We ordered our favorite Cantonese way teow bihun.