I read lots of fab reviews here, with details of every dish that each diner eats... is this from memory? Or do you take copious notes while eating? If the latter - does this interfere with the enjoyment of the meal, or prevent relaxed conversation?
I am about to spend Christmas in Venice (Italy) and would love to give lots of detailed feedback to fellow Chowhounds - but I am afraid I'll look a dork taking notes - and asking fellow diners 'how is it for you?' isn't really the conversation topic I had in mind.