It's already January 8, 2009, and I still haven't officially written down my goals for the new year. I've thought about the goals, I've scribbled a few things on scratch paper, but I haven't made anything official.
One goal is to try 52 new restaurants, diners, bakeries or coffee shops. A new place each week. I've lived in Minneapolis for almost eight years and I haven't come anywhere near close to visiting the variety of places here.
One of my closest friends is a chef. An amazing chef. He gives me a hard time when I go to restaurant chains. How many times have I heard him say, "No restaurant chains Michael!" And if he knows I've gone out to eat, he always asks where. Sometimes I blame it on friends if we go to a chain. Can I help it if I love a BBQ pork sandwich from TGIFridays?
I do see his point. I live in a great city that offers an endless supply of places to eat. I should be trying them out. I've promised Mr. Chef that I'll try a new place each week. To make sure I do, I'm making it a blog requirement. I'll track my adventures online and report what I find.
Since making this pledge to him, I'm seeing restaurants that I never noticed before. They are all over and my curiosity is peaked. I've started a list of the places I want to try. I'll have no trouble getting to 52 places in this new year. Maybe I'll even visit more. That would make Mr. Chef very happy.