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Everything is relative. Olive Garden can be the best you've got. Does it matter?

Midlife | Mar 12, 2012 12:20 PM

I just came across this piece on an 85 year-old woman who wrote a glowing review of the new Olive Garden that opened in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She kindof went viral and got bashed for liking it, then defended by lots of people as well.

I am very tolerant of other people's tastes. It doesn't matter to me at all unless I'm dragged into a place I really don't like or somehow made to drink a glass of wine I know I don't like. Are reviewers different? Is there some expectation that a reviewer offers opinions based on some higher level of expectation?

I really believe that all reviewers, no matter what their subject, need to be looked at relative to the reader's experience. As with wine critics, I always try to calibrate the reviewer to my own opinions before I decide whether or not to accept their reviews.

I know that my 93 year-old Aunt thinks Olive Garden is terrific too. Gotta love it!

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