Don't Drown Your Food
It drives me nuts when someone gets a plate of food at a restaurant and the first thing the do is douse it in salt and pepper. I'm not talking about a restaurant you go to all the time and you know the dish is going to need some salt. I mean when you go to a new restaurant or try a new dish. I am a firm believer that the chef is much better trained in the culinary arts than I am and knows better than I how to balance the flavors of the dish. I always take a bite of my food before deciding if it needs additional salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, or whatever various sauces. Even the simple French Fry I will usually try plain before starting to dip into the ketchup. I think this works really well for me and I decide that most of the time meals don't need more salt, pepper, or whatever. The chef did a really good job and me adding spices will only make it taste like salt or pepper instead of what it is actually supposed to taste like. I always thought tasting first should be common practice but it is definitely not. I see it all the time but it is especially noticeable when traveling for work and I am with someone who has never been to this town, let alone state, and the first thing the do when served their food is heap on the salt. Bleh.
I guess I took the lessons of Louis the Lifeguard more seriously than other people.
Now, I kind of hanker for a hunk of cheese.