I've always tried to keep an open mind toward food and what it's worth to me. In general, if I can afford it, why not? A burger that's fifteen, twenty bucks? Maybe it's a hella burger - I can afford to say good-bye to one of my Andrew Jackson portraits for a chance at hamburger heaven - that is from my perspective that this may be worth it. Heck, some folks in the Big Apple are willing to shell out a C-note for some special burger - its worth is from their perspective. And I really open my wallet wide when I'm traveling. In my mind, if I pass up a chance at some certain place now in some distant land, what are the odds that I'll ever get another shot to try it - from my point-of-view, this might be my only chance - high-value target. A true master of cuisine offers a meal that dreams are made of for the price of my monthly food bill? Okay, just this one time - I'll never forget this experience. I'm nuts about pastries - I know these are edible jewels that few can competently create in an artful manner - to me, priceless.
I've been a little perturbed lately by entries on some threads where posters hash out and rehash their gripes about the price versus what is offered. In some cases (in my eyes), it's apples and oranges comparisons, other times there is nothing to compare the product to, so declaring that this particular experience is not worth it has little foundation. Of course, It's a total value judgement from their own perspective as well. Personally I find that outside of bringing up prices for those interested in trying (again this relates to personal choice), dwelling on the issue of price is a bit unbecoming. If someone wants to pay fifty bucks for a carbonated soft drink flight, hey - it's their money - then it's worth fifty bucks to that person. That's a hypothetical example, but who am I to question whether it's worth someone else paying that kind of money for something? I'm stupid enough to pay fifty bucks for a bottle of old grape juice - many pay A LOT more. If I'm stupid, does that make them as sharp as a bowling ball?
This got me to thinking (I do this on occasion). How do you decide how much a food experience is really worth to you? What influences your decision?