Contrary to popular belief, the life of a food critic boils down to more than just making snide comments about dishes and restaurants. The job entails more than going to high profile restaurants to determine whether the food they serve is as good as the management wants the public to believe it to be. Food critics are people who not only judge famous cuisine; they do it for the public. They discriminate the good from the bad so the general population has a good idea of what to eat, and where to go to enjoy good food. More than that, it is also the job of a food critic to find the diamonds in the rough, and bring the unnoticed and underrated restaurants and dishes of today into full view of the people.

While every culture has differences in what is considered proper etiquette during dinner (and the definition of a “formal” dinner varies from place to place as well), most agree on one of two styles of formal dining: American and English. Both are considered by many to be respectful to the dinner host, and are designed to minimize mess and spills during and after the meal. The diner (person who dines) must become familiar with the formal dinner setting in order to avoid using utensils the wrong way.

The formal dinner table setting is iconic, with most utensils placed side by side in the order of which the food is going to be served. Directly in front of the diner is the dinner plate. A salad plate is placed on top of this, and a napkin is neatly to top it off. In the case of formal restaurants, is also accompanied by the place card. If soup is served, then the soup bowl is placed on top of the salad plate. The position of the plate is meant to serve as a center; a fixed point that under most circumstances should not move during the entire dinner, and the soup bowl and salad plate are removed as the diner moves to the following course.

To the left of the dinner plate are the forks. They are arranged from left to right in the order of which the courses are served. Therefore, the salad fork is to the far left, and the dinner fork is located closest to the dinner plate. Between these two, any number of forks except the dessert fork and cocktail fork is placed, depending on what is to be served. For example, if the waiter is serving fish, then the fish fork goes between the salad and dinner forks. All forks on this side of the plate are placed with their handles facing to the diner.

Since childhood, I’ve always been drawn towards people with personalities that aren’t too radical. I prefer people who are peaceful and want to create lasting mutual relationships. Such people just give me an energy boost even when I’m down. I’ve come to learn that there are sixteen personality categories. Each person falls into one of these categories. This led me to do some research into the personalities I’m drawn towards and found two that fit the description, infp and enfj personality types. I’ll look at these in a little more detail.

The enfj

The enfj is a fairly small group comprising about 2% of the population. Amazingly, this 2% comprises our leaders and influencers. These include teachers and politicians. What draws me towards this personality type is their willingness to help other people out. People under this category will show genuine interest and concern for others.

The enfj is an excellent communicator and is driven by principles. They won’t be afraid to communicate what they feel and think be it through emotion or by relaying facts.

Enfj relationships are grounded on the principle of making their partners happy. The enfj personality will seek out a partner with a goal of having a lasting relationship. Due to the fact that they want their partners to be happy, the enfj won’t hesitate to keep track of the relationship and get regular confirmation from their partner that everything’s ok.

This personality type tends to want to avoid conflict. They will do what it takes to avoid confrontations with their partner. One shortcoming of this trait is that partners might end up viewing the enfj as needy and overly protective of the relationship. If a relationship fails, the enfj will be filled with a sense of guilt and see themselves as the reason why the relationship hit the ground. This is even if they aren’t the cause of the ended relationship.

The infp

The infp is also a fairly small group that comprises around 4% of the population. This group comprises the artistic type that tends to see the brighter side of things even when they look grim. A particular trait that draws me towards this personality type is their sense of virtue and principle. Their actions aren’t based on the outcome but on whether the action has a sense of right in it.

This personality type is a good communicator and will usually use art as a way of expression. Interested in the world around them, they are excellent learners and will even try to learn a couple of languages to communicate more effectively.

Infp relationships are grounded on the principle of loving all but trusting a few. They tend to choose a few people whom they can get into a relationship with. If chosen as a partner, you can be assured that the infp is looking for a lasting and mutual relationship. This personality type is continuously seeking the perfect relationship and will work towards achieving this goal.

Interestingly, the infp will respect their partner’s independence while still trying to help them improve. Like the enfj, this personality type is diplomatic and avoids conflict at all cost.

About a month ago, I accompanied a friend of mine to the podiatrist. Her foot was swollen from a sprain. The pain was so severe she had to use crutches. As she was being attended to, I took time to explore the podiatrist’s office and came across some interesting charts on the walls. These were describing different foot conditions. One of these was sinus tarsi. I took time to read the chart and learned a lot about this condition. Its symptoms were similar in a way to those on my friend. Some of the things I learned about this condition include the following.

What is sinus tarsi syndrome?

Sinus tarsi is a clinical condition that affect the sinus tarsi cavity located between the ankle and heel bone. This cavity contains ligaments and joint capsule which play a role in foot stability.

What causes this condition?

There are two main causes of this condition. The most common cause is a sprained foot where the ankle rolls out. Another common cause is repetitive strain on the ligaments in the sinus tarsi caused by walking or running on a flat foot.

sprained foot

Some of the factors that contribute largely to the development of sinus tarsi include muscle weakness in the foot. Inappropriate footwear with an excessively flat foot can also contribute to this condition. Poor flexibility of the foot can affect its motion which can lead to straining of ligaments in the sinus tarsi cavity. Other contributing factors include poor training and poor foot biomechanics.

Who is at risk?

Anyone can develop this condition. However, athletes are the most vulnerable as their trades usually demand abnormal twisting of the foot.

What are the symptoms?

The common symptoms of this condition are pain and swelling around the sinus tarsi cavity. The patient may also experience tenderness in the tissue around this area. Symptoms are usually more severe in the morning and will disappear as the patient walks.

How is the condition treated?

From what I learned, most patients with this condition will heal successfully when placed under a physiotherapy program. The time it takes to completely heal largely depends on the severity of the condition and patient compliance. It can take anything between a few weeks and months.

Some of the procedures involved during the physiotherapy program include the following. First, the patient is required to rest the affected foot from any activities which cause pain. This includes walking and crutches may be required. The patient then undergoes the RICE regime which includes rest, application of ice, application of pressure through compression and, elevating the affected foot. After symptoms disappear, the patient then undergoes flexibility and strengthening program where the foot is gradually reintroduced to normal activity. Other treatment options for this condition include orthoses, appropriate footwear, painkillers for the inflammation and, exercising the foot.

Only in severe cases is surgery recommended as a treatment method. In this case, the pediatrician will make their recommendation after ensuring that all possible treatment methods have been ineffective and surgery will be the only way to correct the condition.