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It's all your fault

It's all your fault

Is it just me, or are menus fascinating?

I love pouring over them and getting excited about what I could choose – so much so my family are always trying to speed me up. Once in a while something on the specials board will leap out at me and I know exactly what I want without looking at the menu. If I go out for a meal with my father I know it’s best just to choose whatever he picks because he has a talent for choosing the tastiest meal on the menu and I will only end up with ‘food envy’ if I don’t follow suit! Or at the other end of the spectrum you can get someone to choose for you. In the early 90s, not long after the Berlin wall came down I went travelling round Eastern Europe. I remember entering a restaurant in Sofia to realise we didn’t have a hope of understanding the menu, nor they us. Our solution was to hand over some money and mime our request for them to bring whatever they thought we should eat. It was an experience I will never forget even though I still have no idea what some of it was!

Every day we are choosing from a menu. Sometimes we take a long time to work out what we want, sometimes we know it instinctively, sometimes we copy what other people are doing, and sometimes we simply let people choose for us.

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