by Hayley Snow from the Key West food critic mysteries
You probably know some people who eat to live--I imagine that's easier than my life: I live to eat! And it matters to me whether it's good--a lot. And since I review restaurants for a living, I thought you might like to hear some of my tips for finding great food--almost anywhere!
1. Go where the lines are. And a corollary--check ahead to see if you need a reservation. If the place is booked, chances are the food is great!
2. Which reminds me of the law of converging suggestions. Try Yelp or Tripadvisor, but it helps if more than one person recommends the place. And also, try to get a sense of what kind of eater they are. One woman's filet mignon is another gal's cheeseburger, if you get my drift.
3. When desperate for something not too foreign or in doubt about the choices, go to the museum cafe.
Here are the hummus and olives that my writer ate at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
4. Steer away from tourist traps on the main drag. Okay, I'm a little bit of a food snob. People love to eat at the places along Duval Street--the people-watching is amazing. And sometimes the food is pretty good. And sometimes the food can be sacrificed if the view is good enough, even if the folks at the next table are a little annoying...
5. Try the local specialties. In Key West, that's probably going to be the Key West pink shrimp, and the fresh caught grouper or mahi-mahi. And in the summer, mangoes and avocados and pineapples...and all year round, Cuban coffee, and key lime pie...
6. Eat what's local and fresh. Enough said, and not so easy on an island...
7. Ask people who live there. They know all the off-the-beaten track places that a tourist wouldn't know about. You might strike gold with their recommendations of roasted corn, pulled pork
|Little Creatures in Melbourne|
8. If you're in a city, look for a foodie walking tour. You might get a great sample of food across the city--and some history besides.
And that brings me to one last thing--people ask how I can eat like I do, and still stay thinnish. My advice? You don't need to eat all of it--take a little bit home. And if you don't like it, don't eat it. The starving kids in the third world aren't going to get your leftovers anyway. And then walk or bike home...and go to the gym baby--it's worth it:).
(Here's Lucy swooning over one amazing bite of salted caramel...)
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