Reading "Eat my Globe" left me with a very uneasy feeling (I wrote a short review in the food media section of this site). Though not in every situation where this conundrum came up, the author generally preferred to go off on his own to find great culinary finds rather than eat mediocre food in social situations.
To be fair, I know the feeling of dread when you're about to enter a restaurant where you know the meal at best will be "eh". Also, the author obviously was on a mission to "eat his globe" and it would not serve his purpose to always eat where others want to eat. However, it really left me with an uneasy feeling because to me, it sends a very bad message that giving into your desire for good food should trump almost everything else.
All of us on chowhound obviously love good food. However, my question is: at what expense when it comes to socializing? Personally, as I always can find a time at least once a week to go off on my own, I would almost always pick spending time with my friends/loved ones over a culinary adventure. (My friends are willing to try new and interesting places- but my family- it's always diners and bad italian food. And I'm ok with that because while I love good food, I do not believe that it is the bane of my existence:}.)
What is your take on this?