I went to the Saloon recently. I've walked by it a variety of times but never been. And it's one of my new favorite places.
Laura and I sat at the bar and had delicious lentil soup. As we started nibbling, the owner came out with more fried onions to put on the top. He said that made it even better. He was right.
They have all these lovely beers there, and when I arrived Laura, who had gotten there a bit before me, was snacking on pistachios and sipping a beer called Saxo Blonde. She'd been trying to choose between that one and one called Nessie, which I wound up ordering at the recommendation of the bartender. And because it's hard to resist intriguing names.
At some point the owner asked my why I'd chosen that particular beer, because it's his beer of choice.
I said we loved the name and the bartender had recommended it. And that I liked but didn't love it. And thought I might prefer Laura's. He said he'd help me choose the next one.
And so he pulled out another bottle of beer, poured a little taste in a glass so I could see if I liked it. Which I did.
It was also compellingly named - La Sirene.
Oddly enough, nothing weird happened to us the whole night, even though I was with Laura, and typically some kind of bizareness trips over us while we're out. But we just spent the evening catching up, very low key in this really warm, comfortable bar.
Eventually we decided to split a third beer. And so I was trying to decide what else I wanted to try. I asked the owner for a suggestion.
He said, "Didn't you like this one?"
"Oh, I absolutely did. I liked it a lot."
"Then why don't you just stick with it?"
This gave me pause. Why not just have another of the same? I liked it - why not stick with it?
By the same token, there are a ton of potentially delicious, intriguing, unknown options. Why not try a different one?
All I can do is smile and shrug and say, "I think I'm just like that."