Self-Reflection · Try Something New 2018

Try Something New: New Things in November

In this blog, I pledged to try one new thing each month in 2018. The new thing could be trying a new food, doing a new activity, or going someplace new. I have asked my fellow readers and my fiancé to hold me accountable. At the end of each month, I will tell you all what new thing or things I have tried. I will also discuss the barriers that caused me to not try it before.

I officially call this the “New Restaurant Month” because all new things I tried involved going to new restaurants. First off, I finally went to Hard Rock Cafe!

Barriers to going to Hard Rock Cafe: I have wanted to go there for years. Honest. I was supposed to go there for my childhood friend and her husband’s combined bachelor/bachelorette party back in 2016 (read my wedding review here). However, whomever was supposed to make the reservations failed to do it in time and we had to have the party elsewhere. Over a year later, I wanted to go there, but then went to an expensive sushi place instead.

Why I finally made it to Hard Rock Cafe: I told Franklin we had to go there since we were nearby for a bridal expo.

My thoughts on Hard Rock Cafe: Eh, probably not going to go back. I asked for no onions on my burger and I still got it. It wasn’t the waiter’s fault, honestly. I think the cook tried to sneak onions in my burger since it was underneath the cheese. Maybe next time, I’ll get the mac, chicken, and cheese. Despite the insane amount of calories in it.

I also went to a new Asian restaurant!

Barrier to going to that Asian restaurant: It didn’t exist until two years ago, but I never got the chance to go there.

Why I went to the Asian restaurant: I originally wasn’t planning on going to dinner after the exploring membership class at my UU church, but Franklin didn’t have a Skype meeting with his classmates, so we went.

My thoughts on the Asian restaurant: Best. Spicy tuna roll. Ever! I also loved the intimate atmosphere in there, despite it seeming like an open space. And even though the price of the food there is more expensive than the nearest sushi place from where I live, the price for two people wasn’t as expensive for some reason. Yeah, doesn’t make sense to me either. I’ll hopefully return there.

The third restaurant I went to is Olive Garden!

Barrier to going to Olive Garden: I got it mixed up with another Olive restaurant that I went to in years past that I didn’t like.

Why I went to Olive Garden: It was one of the restaurants with something for free for veterans and I didn’t want to go to the same places we went to last year (Sorry Friendly’s and Red Robin). Franklin’s a veteran, so date night!

My thoughts on Olive Garden: Despite it being crowded, our food came out fast! Even our waitress was surprised! Tip: Olive Garden is one of the many restaurants where you can put yourself on an online wait list and you won’t have to wait as long. You still have to wait, but if I didn’t check online, we would have been standing there for 35-40 minutes instead of 10 minutes.

I also went to a steakhouse for dessert, but to keep it brief, it was for the free veterans’ dessert (and my paid dessert). The desserts were big and we got full before we could finish. We wished to just share one dessert.

And finally, I went to an Italian restaurant that also has the name “Olive” in it!

Barrier to going to an Italian restaurant: I just don’t go to any very often.

Why I went to the “Olive” restaurant: Earlier this month, Franklin and I went to a consultation for the photography and videography service. We went out to dinner after that.

My thoughts on the “Olive” restaurant: For a restaurant that’s connected to a hotel, it wasn’t small. It wasn’t big either, but we weren’t cramped. Also, the chicken tasted so fresh! It’s too far for me to go back there unless I’m in the area, though.

Total Restaurant Visit Count: 5.

Next month’s Try Something New will be my last Try Something New post since this was for 2018 only. After next month’s post, I will be talking about why I decided to try at least one new thing each month and reflecting on what I did. I will also announce what I will be doing for 2019 since I already decided what I will be doing then.

I must also tell you that I will be spending a lot of time studying for my mid-December final exams. Just like before, this means I may not make many blog posts. If I do, they were probably pre-written in any spare time I have and are scheduled to automatically post.

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