I don’t remember if it was chocolate or cheese that I loved first, but it was one of the two. The second soon followed. One thing led to another, and while still quite young, I realized that I loved food. There were the cheese enchiladas and refried beans at Ramona’s Country Kitchen in a small South Texas town; the fresh salsa and warm chips at Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant in Harlingen; various sugary pieces of pan dulce from Lara’s Bakery; and chocolate…especially the chocolate in my mom’s chocolate meringue pies.
I grew up, moved away, went to college, and started exploring. I soon found that good food was not limited to South Texas kitchens. Each place I visited had something to offer, and I wanted to try it all. At some point, The List started. For years I kept The List in my head, but it grew extensively and I could no longer easily recall each item. I feared I would forget portions of The List, so I started writing it down. In modern times, The List has been converted to an iPhone note. It contains details on the best slice of pie, the most delicious cookie, each mouthwatering slice of brisket, the freshest salsa, and each bite of food I’ve had that needed to be preserved in my memory forever.
Good things should be shared. It would be selfish to savor the world’s best burger and not tell anyone. So, throughout the years, I’ve communicated my findings to friends, family members, co-workers, strangers standing in line at BBQ joints, and any other person who made eye contact with me while I was thinking about food. I’m sure not everyone enjoys my willingness to share my thoughts about food, but some people do, and now it’s not unusual for me to get a phone call from a random person who says, “Hey, Krystal, I’m traveling through ______ and I was wondering if you could tell me where I should eat.” Why, yes, I can tell you where to eat. I can also tell you what to order and then where to go for dessert.
Several people have mentioned to me that I should start a blog about The List. I’m not sure if they really think I should blog about The List, or they just tell me that so I’ll stop talking to them about food, but I decided to give it a try. So….here I go…