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Where’s the Restaurant Guy?

The Restaurant Guy shares some thoughts around changing up the blog

A number of folks have reached out asking what’s happened to “The Restaurant Guy.”   The truth is I’m still out here….and would like your indulgence to change up the reviews.  Here’s why.

My Westborough Patch blog started on June 5, 2011 with a review of the movie Bridesmaids.  Yep, when I first started, I did reviews of events, movies and restaurants.  Over the course of the 110 posts Patch kindly shared with you, my focus was voluntarily narrowed.  Movie reviews have a limited shelf life, as do events.  Yet restaurants survive, evolve and sometimes perish.  Having people stop me on the street to debate or support a review is fun, and you’ve always been good sharing suggestions for places to try.

Over the course of the 102 restaurant reviews, we’ve agreed/disagreed and always had fun.  That’s the good news.  Now to the serious stuff.

Back in November, I went to the Dr for my annual physical I go to every five years.  My Doctor has been my doctor for 30 years, she knows me well.  While I’ve always been to the large side, my Doctor would say things like:

  • 2002 - “You’re big, and your numbers are all good, so your body is used to it.  Your biggest challenge is you’re a guy.  Guys don’t live as long.”
  • 2007 – “You’re big, and your numbers are all good, and you should think about this.  Diabetes is a big issue in the US today.”
  • 2012 – ““You’re big, and your numbers are all good, and you need to change something. NOW.”

You see, over the course of the 102 restaurant reviews I’ve added about a half pound a review to my frame.  It’s my doing; nobody forced me to do this.  And still there are a bunch of guys from Goodyear chasing me as a runaway blimp.

So, I’ve made some dramatic changes in nutrition, and am going to the gym with a personal trainer.  I’m optimistic and have still have miles to go.

What to do with the restaurant blog is the question.

I’ve decided to stop producing the videos.  While a blast to make, the actual views are in the 300 range. It takes a lot of time and effort to produce, so we are going on hiatus.

I also stopped writing the blog.  And yet so many people reached out, I feel like I’m not being fair to you or myself.  And my concern is I am not convinced there are healthy restaurants, so what to do?

As I spoke to a very good friend about this, she challenged me.  She’s suggested an exploration of healthy choices when dining out.  As I was thinking on this, Regional Editor of the Patch, reached out.  Sharing my quandary, she replied, “I don't think you need to find healthy restaurants, only healthy options at the ones you visit. People, I think, would love that, myself included!”

And then my thankfully challenging friend reached out with references for healthy eating while dining out.  She couldn’t be more supportive, as is the case with my kids (with the exception of the bag of Oreos on Christmas morning!)

So, with your indulgence, let’s shift the focus a bit.  This means we’ll revisit some restaurants already reviewed, and certainly we’ll stop by new ones. 

Getting out weekly is a challenge right now for me, too, as my company has some travel needs.  While the posts won’t run weekly, hopefully you’ll enjoy them!

Your help with suggestions is always welcomed….it helps these blog posts be something we can discuss when we bump into each other around town.

What do you think?  Should we make this journey together?

The Author

Gary Kelley has lived in Westborough since 1994. His reviews are what he would tell friends, and are not an academic analysis. You can follow him @glkelley or www.garylkelley.com

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Ron Goodenow January 09, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Gary, pretty soon you will transcend your conventional role and become the 'healthy eating out guy', which would be winner. Make it part of a personal journey, sharing, as you have here, struggles with your health and nutritionists, quests for improvements for us all at local restaurants, and reviews of those beaneries in terms of how healthy they are. A rating system based on overall quality and overall healthy options. Green light for one, red for the other. I think readers would be excited by this. I thought of this at our Rotary lunch today, where it was virtually impossible to find a healthy option that one would want to eat. We need pressure from you and readers.
julie Labbe January 11, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Good for you! I, for one, will thoroughly enjoy learning what healthy options are available at the great restaurants that grace this area. I'm happy that you're taking care of yourself. As Ron Goodenow said, you can become the "healthy eating out guy" and it WOULD be a winner. It's very trendy right now to eat healthfully.
Ron Goodenow January 11, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Hi Julie, good reinforcement. Not only is it trendy to eat healthfully it is increasingly required, if we look at all kinds of life expectancy, disease, and many other factors. We MUST do it and to be successful there must be a joint effort between consumers, people like Gary willing to go out on the point, and restaurants. There are many signs this is starting to happen, though like getting rid of tobacco, stupid sugary stuff in schools, dangerous weapons, etc. it takes a lot of time and effort. The important thing here is that we all pitch in! And share our own experiences so Gary isn't alone.
Gary Kelley January 11, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Sorting through the conflicting information is a challenge. A client shared a story today of dining at "LTK" (Legal Test Kitchen) and having an 8z Tuna entree, on noodles. He asked how many calories, and was told 2800! His view is he would have left the restaurant feeling he had a healthy entree, and only when looking at facts & meal prep did he see the underlying issue.
Gary Kelley January 11, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Thanks Julie...I've never been much of a trendsetter, to be honest. Yet need this to work.... I appreciate your support....

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