Is it sad that I have spent the past three
years, summers included at Boston College and in the Boston area? I feel like I have grown up in New England and that I know each street, each restaurant and each bar as if I spent my whole childhood roaming around. I noticed this the past weekend when I visited home in New York City. 59th street is where I grew up dancing and 29th and Park is where I resided my entire time before BC. This weekend I headed home for a minimal surgery and Columbus Day to catch up with friends and local family. I realized while I was home however how when trying to find local places to meet up and local eateries I only thought of Beacon Street and Newburry street and was forgetting about the iconic meatpacking district and 5th avenue. I took it upon myself however to use the world-wide- web and try not to feel like such a stranger to my hometown.
Thank heavens for Yelp and Instagram during my stay back home. Hate to admit it, but my entire stay home I used yelp to find local eateries and Instagram to search my previous found restaurants and see more personalized in depth pictures. I wondered if I actually forgot my favorite spots or if I just forced myself to as I wanted to culture myself more in Boston. I mentioned this to my father last night as he sat there smiling and saying you do know there was a time we did not have these sites with reviews and recommendations. I rolled my eyes even though I knew it was the truth. Without these reviews, in-depth essays about service at restaurants, and detailed pictures on both social forms I would not have bias opinions on where to meet friends and where to go eat. My dad informed me how he would go to the first spot on the corner and would enjoy every moment of it… is this making us miss out on potential hot-spots? Am I making the right decision by following advice of these apps? Are their opinions bias?
These applications on my iPhone definitely spark numerous questions in me. In a way I wish it was 1995 and I was just going to the local pizzeria on the corner, where I could judge the food by its actual taste. Instead I am judging it and viewing it based off of what I see prior and read prior. Oh it got 4/5 stars.. it must be good then. Oh they said they have good calamari? Gotta check it out!!
How many places really are that appetizing and how many hidden gems are we missing out on? Do social media and food mix well, and are we home-sick or really just sick of home?