I’m Valerie, and I’m the woman behind Bon Vivant. Welcome to one woman’s exploration of the culinary landscape. I’m an average, everyday woman who just so happens to enjoy dining on a good meal, whether such culinary delight comes from my own kitchen, a five-star restaurant, a friend’s home or the pizza and wings joint down the street. While everyone has different tastes, and palates are extremely subjective, I don’t think it can be argued that food is a life-sustaining force. So why not enjoy it?
I certainly do.
I love everything about food. The sumptuous flavors that tickle my taste buds—from luscious to robust, piquant to briny; the comforting, rich, fresh aromas that tempt my olfactory senses; even the aesthetics of food, which lends credence to the old adage that we eat with our eyes first. You could say I have been having a lifelong, ongoing affair with food. Will I be turning my back on my not-so secret love anytime soon? Of course . . . as soon as scientists invent a pill that encompasses the requisite qualities that will satisfy my sense of taste, sight, smell, and sometimes, touch. Until that day arrives, my devotion to food will remain almost as strong as my loyalties to my husband, family and friends.
Instead of persnickety reviews, I simply describe what I experience while dining out—it’s what I refer to as my dining impressions. Good or bad, you’ll always know it is what I experienced on that particular day, in that particular space and time.
As I am fond of saying, I’m not a food critic . . . I just like to eat like one.