Play With Your Food
This year, Best Of Food is more than just a great read
by Stephen Whitworth
All right, it's Best Of Food time again! It's the third year for this restaurant-focused reader poll, a spin off of our ever-popular Best Of Regina poll (which comes out in the fall). Exciting! Who's in? WOOO! Let's get started.
Wait, first up: are you 19 or older? This is important. If you're NOT, you're not legally allowed to read this introduction. You'll have to turn to another page and read something there. Sorry about that.
(We briefly pause while underage readers turn the page.)
Those of you with valid ID still with me? Great! Welcome to the official rules for the Best Of Food 2012 Drinking Game (must be 19 or older to play, all relevant rules and restrictions apply). Here's how it works: get yourself a shot glass and a full bottle of amaretto (or whatever!), spread this copy of prairie dog out in front of you and park your butt in a chair. Now start reading prairie dog's 2012 Best Of Food, pausing to drink a shot every time you spot one of the following things:
1 OUR READERS GET SOMETHING RIGHT Did the hordes of prairie dog readers who cast thousands of votes in Best Of Food get something right? Did they correctly select the restaurant, meal, person, pub or service in a category that truly is the best of its kind in Regina? That's great! High fives to everyone! Now pour a shot of amaretto. Drink it.
2 OUR READERS KINDA MISSED THE MARK Just look at all those Best Of Food winners our readers picked. There must be winners in hundreds of categories (note: there are 100 categories). They can't all be inspired picks. Nobody's perfect. Surely some of the winners chosen by prairie dog readers fall into the "okay, but…" file. In other words, they're good, but they're not the best. Do you see an example of a Best Of Food winner that you're pretty sure ended up in a better spot than it/he/she deserves? Pour another shot of amaretto. Drink it.
3 OUR READERS ARE FLAT-OUT WRONG Every single result in prairie dog's 2012 Best Of Food poll was determined by our readers. If a place or person won, that's because it got the most votes. Now I'm not going to single anyone or anything out, but it's possible, just possible, that a few of our Best Of Food winners are terrible choices. In fact, there might have been an outright calamity or two. If you spot an example of heinous democratic malpractice, pour yourself a shot of amaretto. Drink it.
4 YOU FOUND A TYPO Not a surprise. We snuck this whole section out the door without letting our poor copy editor see it. It's bound to be writhing with typos. E-mail the ones you found to firstname.lastname@example.org (write TYPO in the subject field. And, oh yeah - pour five shots of amaretto. Drink them.
So that's the prairie dog Best Of Food 2012 drinking game! We hope it adds a layer of enjoyment and unexpected fun to the already extreme pleasure you'll have reading the following section.
Prairie dog's Best Of Food 2012 drinking game is presented for entertainment purposes only. Do not actually do this. Drinking is a pleasurable, adult activity that should always be done in moderation. In fact, the staff and writers of prairie dog don't even consume alcohol. It's the Devil's drink, you know.