Every few weeks or so I head out to dinner with a group of friends. To be honest, I don’t really care for eating out; I’m happy with a cheeseburger; although I do enjoy catching up with them. I also get a kick out of the comments they make about their meals; they speak as if they’re experts. Over the past year or so the type of restaurants we visit has changed dramatically. This time twelve months ago we would’ve opted for an authentic Italian or simple Thai establishment. For some reason we began exploring with exotic tastes like Nepalese and Slovak. This experimentation lead to some very interesting places. We dined at a gastro restaurant where the food looked nothing like it should. I had a trifle that looked exactly like a pork chop – It was really cool. We ate at a Mexican place that made you swap seats with the other patrons – I met a lovely Dutch couple. We’ve eaten entire courses in elevators, ordered from cryptic menus, and had our meals selected from online polls. Last night we went to a new place in the city. The staff discreetly observe your conversation before the start of your meal; they give you a few drinks and see how you interact with your friends. Later you are served a meal they feel suits your personality. The waiter brought Emma a chilli con carne – she can be a little fiery. Dave was served a pork chop – he does carry on a little. They dished up the big breakfast for Alana – she is clearly a morning person. I was given a glass of ice. It was very fitting actually – I can be a little cold. It was a very interesting idea, and the meals were surprisingly accurate. Everyone really enjoyed the experience, except me. I paid 73 dollars for a meal and had to stop at a burger joint on my way home.