Whenever I’m at a restaurant with friends, I let them decide what to order first. I never reveal what I’m going to eat until I’m about to order. I make sure I order last. They all hate me for it but I always give them the same rationale.
I let my friends order first because I want them to eat what they want to eat. Me, I’ll always find at least three or four things on the menu that I would want to eat it’s never been a problem. This way, if someone chooses my first choice, I move on to my second and third if necessary. Now, I just simply order the same thing that my friends ordered but that would be boring. The way I see it, if one is at a restaurant with friends and/or family, then choosing different menu offerings lets at least someone get a taste of what the restaurant has to offer. This way, if ever any of the people want to plan a get together at the same restaurant, they’ll have an idea of how the food was and not just what they ordered the first time.
Anyway, I was simply out having a catch up dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen in months and I went through this whole rationale with her. In my mind, I had chosen to go for a duck entrée. I had chosen the coq au vin and pasta putanesca as my second and third choice. I mean, there were only two of us so two choices would have mathematically guaranteed that I got a different meal from my friend but I chose three out of habit. She decided that she would go with the duck so then I went to my second choice. What you see below is how the chef presented said meal.
Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 at 42mm.
Shutter Speed: 1/60s.
Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4.