Don’t get me wrong,,I love being transparent..and I think the fact that many of you know me personally..or can at least get in touch with me easily is what keeps you coming back, but honestly?..Sometimes being soooo transparent stops me from being 100% honest about how I feel..and other times, forces me not to write about certain topics altogether!!
Case in point: I’ve just come home after having had one of the worst meals since I moved to Lebanon.. and I’m just itching to divulge all of the details so that none of you ever have to experience the same.. But at the same time, I’ve found myself in a conundrum over whether this is the right thing to do for the following reasons:
1. I know the owner and see him around frequently..(even though he was very defensive when I told him how poor the quality of the meal, the cocktails, and the service were tonight..and despite the fact that I carefully chose to start my sentence with.. “I love your restaurant, I really do..and I must’ve eaten here at least 50 times before, but……)
2. This restaurant doesn’t have a website nor any social media presence to speak of, so I know that if I write something about it (whether good or bad) it will come up in the first few search results whenever people search for it..and, as a result, might negatively impact the way people view this restaurant in the future.. (As a test, I just did a Google search for the restaurant..and lo and behold a (very positive) post I wrote about them over a year ago (which I had completely forgotten about btw), is 3rd in the search results! See what I mean?)
3. At the end of the day, I am very aware of the fact that I am a foreigner in this beautiful country, and oftentimes feel that I don’t have to right to criticize a particular establishment if there is a chance I might cause that establishment any harm..don’t get me wrong.. I have questioned and analyzed (and sometimes criticized!) a lot Lebanese customs and cultural/social norms (and posted my fair share of negative reviews too!)..but I really do try my utmost best to do so objectively.. Yet, an experience like what I just had is almost impossible to describe objectively!!
Ughhh..I’m STUCK! What would you do if you were me,,taking all of the above into consideration?