I'm curious as to how many of you plan your vacations around food/restaurants. The reason I ask is I see a lot of threads where NYers recommend Difara's in Midwood, Brooklyn for tourists to NYC. Being from NY and having eaten (and loved) Difara, I can easily say that if I was a first-time visitor to NY for about a week, I would not be schlepping my butt there because I feel that there are so many other things to do and a trip to Difara would just not fit in my schedule. I'd gladly go to a lesser quality (but still good) pizzaeria if it's more central or near other tourist destinations.
Many things drive me, and food is definitely one of them. One of the reasons I've held off so long visiting Costa Rica is that I've heard the food is pretty bland. However, I don't find food to be the most important component of my vacation (and life) -- probably not the most chowish statement to make. Food's up there, but I like to find a balance between food and other things. What do you guys do?