Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Are you a Moody Foodie?

We’ve all experienced this, at one point or another. And it’s quite frustrating. You know.. That predicament when you’re not quite sure what you’re in the mood for exactly. It’s even worse when you’re trying to plan a meal outing with someone who is equally unsure. And worst, if that someone is the person that you’re dating.

Does this sound familiar?

“Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know, where do you want to go?”
“Well, what are you in the mood for?”
“I’m not sure. What are YOU in the mood for?”

OH. MY. GOD. This vicious exchange of uncertainty does not alleviate that hunger-crank, does it? At this point, I just don’t think there’s a safe choice. Some people would recommend, “buffet” or to be adventurous and explore a place that you have yet to try. I disagree. Buffet does give a lot of options – a plentiful of mediocrity which will guarantee a regrettable over-eating moment. Going someplace new, sure sounds like a promising plan. But I think it’s a disaster awaiting. You’re already irritable from being hungry, so anything can and will potentially set you off. A neighboring diner who won’t stop talking about himself, the waiter who hasn’t came by for the last couple of minutes, or that unsuspecting girl with the perfectly shiny hair, waiting to be seated.

How about going to one of your favorite spots? Sounds like it could work. But I highly discourage it, especially if the conversation premise goes like this..

“Well, I guess we can just go to Sushi Samba. Again.”
“Yeah” Siggghhhs “I guess.”

To the (occasionally) moody foodies out there, may I suggest.. A visit to your local BIERGARTEN =) Adults, (surprisingly a fair amount of) kids, pretty much everyone there just seem to be in a relatively good mood. The food, let me tell you now, will not be a sure hit. But when you’re indecisive, you don’t get a right to critique.
Plus did you know that the human body naturally will get thirsty more often than it gets hungry? Many people mistake thirst as hunger (about 8 out of 10). So give it a go, drink up your moodiness my moody foodies! Venture out to your neighboring biergarten !!

Below are a few that I visited over the summer (even when I wasn’t moody):

Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Biergarten (Jersey City, NJ)
- Great space, indoor and outdoor spaces and televisions to watch your favorite team, the menu is not great, just your good ‘ol schnitzels, burgers, giant pretzels and grilled sausages.

The Standard Hotel Biergarten (NYC)
- Pricey (not surprising, since it’s in Meatpacking district), regular bar food on the menu, but great bathroom (trust me – its interesting).

Bohemian Hall Beer Garden (Astoria)
- Pretty good menu. Try one of these three:
Bramboraky – Czech potato pancakes with sour cream and apple sauce
Palacinka – definitely a must order!!! Baked crepes with choice of chicken or vegetable (get the chicken), melted Muenster cheese, spinach and mushrooms.
Anglicka Slanina – Cold double smoked bacon and crunchy pickle. Its bacon, you can’t go wrong!
Little Kraut, Red Bank's (NJ) Organic Beer Garden
- They have an item on their menu called "Roasted Christmas Goose" !!
Happy Oktober everyone =)

SAUF AUS !!! Damitst no oane dringa kannst…