Revisiting My 2011 New Year's Resolution

Vince had a very ambitious resolution for this year.


As the year comes to a close, I’m sure the one thing you have been asking yourself all year long is - Did Vince have as much success with his New Year’s resolution as I did with my  own?

If that’s not the question you’ve been pondering for months and months, then I apologize to you because it’s the one that I’ll be answering today.

What, you may be asking yourself, exactly was the New Year’s resolution?

If you can’t remember your own resolution, then I suggest that next year you make a resolution that’s a little more memorable.

As for my 2011 New Year’s resolution, I wanted to eat at every restaurant in Belmont that I didn’t dine at in 2010 when I first moved to town.

See, that’s the kind of resolution that you remember. Is it the kind of resolution a person can finish? Well, we’ll get to that soon enough.

Just like many of you, I wanted to start this year off by resolving to be a better person in 2011. Unlike many of you, I didn’t resolve to be a better spouse, a better parent, or lose weight. I didn’t have to resolve to do any of those things because I’m perfect in those areas.

If you don’t believe me, then you’ll have to take my word that “perfection” is the first word that would come to mind if you were asking my family what kind of husband, father, or physical specimen I am.  

Since I’m a perfect person and not in need of improving myself in any way, I chose to spend my year doing for others. In this case, I’m talking about spending a few dollars with local merchants.  

When I made that resolution, my goal was to become knowledgeable about the restaurants in my adopted hometown. And I did accomplish this much. While I was unable to eat at every restaurant in town, I gave it a valiant effort.

As a person who went into this year as the kind of Schmoe who favored chain restaurants, the fact that I visited 32 restaurants in town is quite an accomplishment. (And yes, I do realize this was another New Year’s resolution I did not accomplish.) Are you happy now?

While I didn’t accomplish my goal, I did get to enjoy everything from burgers, crepes, deli sandwiches, pizza, to Asian cuisine. And I have to say, I was pretty happy with my dining experience in Belmont.

If pressed (or paid handsomely), I would offer individual reviews of all the places I dined this year. Barring that, let’s just say the majority of the restaurants offer good food.

There were, however, several places I went more than once. I usually went once by myself and later with the family to spend even more money.

Here are 5 places I’m glad I visited this year.  







While this year is coming to a close, I will eventually visit (maybe get paid to write reviews) all the restaurants I failed to visit this year. Maybe this can be one of my resolutions for 2012 (along with preventing the Mayan apocalypse from happening).

A man can dream, can’t he?


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