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FOLLOW ME FOODIE: The best thing I ever ate…

By Mijune Pak , Follow Me Foodie – WE Vancouver
Published: May 17, 2013 10:00 AM
Updated: May 17, 2013 10:37 AM

I am constantly asked “What’s the best restaurant in Vancouver?”, “What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten?” and to be honest, I don’t know. How could I? I haven’t tried everything in the world yet. If I tried every single restaurant in Vancouver, maybe I could answer the first question, but even so it would be based on my favourite and not “the best”.

Take, for instance, pizza. People are always looking for the best place for pizza and my answer is always “depends”. Do you want Neapolitan style? New York style? Chicago style? Crispy crust? Foldable crust? There are so many variations of pizza; how can I possibly recommend one? And even if I recommended my “best” pizza place, it would be very debatable since it is all based on preference. Taste is not only highly subjective, but purely personal.

I am guilty of asking “where’s the best” questions too, particularly to things not relating to food. I always try and put it into context relative to time, place and other things I have tried, but still the question is not the ‘best’ to ask.

Whether “best of” lists are used to increase SEO or quickly get the attention of the majority, the word has little substance without context and information to back it up. The once powerful word has little meaning when it is used without passion, integrity and conviction. If you really mean it, then by all means use it — sparingly. – Read the full article

Read my full “best of” article for recommendations for unique items which have little to be compared to.

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