Can hype and expectations kills a dining experience or create a disapointing meal? I ask this question in the general sense and as well as specific situations and circumstances.
For myself, I've found that if I hear too much buzz or hype, my expectations rise...and I can be dissapointed from what is otherwise a fine, fine meal. Example: went to a 4-star place considered one of the best in country. It was a great food, yet I found myself underwelmed because of how friends (who had been) gushed and gushed. Even as the food was great, it took me 2 other visits to finally enjoy the full experience. The thing is, how do you ignore otherwise good friends or opinions you trust. Guess it goes to show that even if the food is great, if your head isn't there...could be a disapointment.