…s has a sexy effect. The only place in the world where you’ll see more Dropbox t-shirts than taxis. It’s a desert for those who don’t know anyone and a monsoon for the networked. A place where meritocracy has a shot vs. street smarts and monopolizing darwinism.
Thirdly, train your palate. By palate, I mean your ability to judge whether food is delicious or not. Part of this comes from having the vocabulary to describe what’s happening (so keep investing in that flavor memory bank), but another is simply training yourself to recognize when something gives you pleasure. We come equipped with 5 distinct types of taste receptors on our tongues, and keen noses that can distinguish between thousands of scent compounds. Train those suckers! Notice what the right amount of salt is. Notice when the perfect balance of sweetness, sourness, and heat is achieved. Notice when something tastes perfectly seared, but falls just short of the acridity of burnt food. Notice these things, and apply them to your own cooking.