I will begin this with the utmost basic facts about food.
Diet Coke is better than Diet Pepsi.
Truffle oil is overrated and totally overused by restaurants that want to appear expensive.
Even gross food is good when deep fried. Example? Sure...zucchini.
Digestivos really do work. Drink Lemoncello after dinner. You will be much happier.
Coffee is one of the best things ever created. Good coffee (and I mean good coffee), not only makes your morning brighter but can awaken every one of your senses.
There is a wine that compliments every type of food. You will hear quite a bit more about this.
Ranch salad dressing is not all the same. Two of the best are Firestone Grill in SLO (AKA Doghouse grill in Fresno) and Castillo's in Fresno. You're welcome.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, bought from local farmers, is one of the most refershing experiences you will ever have. Shop at local farmers markets. Support restaurants and grocery stores that buy from local farms. Support your community.
Bread and butter. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar is great, but there is nothing better than a fantastic bread and butter. And while on the topic, if you give me unsalted butter, you better give me a great salt to add to it.
Salt is not "just salt". Use good salt...it will make your food better.
There are many more facts about food I have, but I don't want to overload you with all of the awesomeness at once. It could be a little overwhelming.
Stay tuned for restaurant critiques, "best of's" and generally amazing comments from someone clearly qualified to blog about food.