How Good Is Your Food Memory?

As much as I love food, I have a terrible memory for it.

I can remember great meals. In fact, when I travel, food is a huge part of it–I’d rather eat a great, memorable meal in an exotic location than do pretty much anything else. I can remember subpar meals as well.

The problem is that whenever I revisit a restaurant, I have a really hard time remembering if someone else ordered a dish I ended up liking more, or which version of two similar dishes I prefer.

This is the case even for places I’ve visited for years. Take Popeyes, for example. I know for sure that I either like their spicy chicken or their original more, but I have no idea which is the correct answer. That can be problematic, especially with spice–too little spice and a dish is bland; too much and it can be inedible.

Fortunately, some of my friends have excellent food memories. I really need to keep a running list when they’re not around, though.

What about you? Do you have this problem, or do you have a great memory of your food preferences?