Friday, January 22, 2010

Ben Johnson Steals My Thoughts on Tapas

Sometimes--maybe often--I see something and think, "I wish I'd thought of that," or thought to do that first, or whatever. The Alan Partridge character is always the first thing that comes to mind, and the Fail Blog is never far behind. Tonight, though, the entry in my pantheon of things I didn't do before somebody else did is simpler than those creations but brilliant nonetheless.

Ben Johnson--not the disgraced former sprinter from Canada, but a guy I met at a conference at BC this summer--summarized perfectly my thoughts about tapas for, a Web site that serves the great city of Kansas...City. (OK, that sounded kind of awkward. Too many instances of the word "city" in there somehow. KC is great, though. Go Royals!)

Anyway, there's no need for me to repeat what Ben says about tapas (you'll have to click the link), nor is there any need for me to expand on it. Ben nails it pretty completely, from the awkwardness of trying to share the tiny dishes in a group to the feeling of grumbling hunger I always have when I leave a tapas restaurant.

Compound all that with the one thing that Ben doesn't explicitly mention--the fact that people always think I'm saying "topless" place when I say "tapas" place--and you have a nice summation of my contempt for the sometimes tasty but always way-too-tiny Spanish dishes and the restaurants that serve them. Just give me a burger, thanks.

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