Tasting with your eyes

There's restaurant in San Francisco called Opaque. The servers are all blind or vision-impaired, and the food is served in pitch blackness. One woman described her recent experience eating there with a blind friend. When she couldn't identify something in her salad that was oh-so-familiar (it turned out to be a mushroom), her friend told her that all of her senses were handicapped by her sight. Even her taste.

In addition to learning how much she relied on her eyes to tell her what she was eating, the writer of the article also learned how locate things on the table and what it's like to cut and fork up food you can't see (pieces either too big or gone altogether).

Of course, reading it made me think of Girl, Stolen.

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I was going to ask you what kind of research you did for your novel, but I was able to answer my own question by looking at your tag, "blind."

I seem to be attracted to ideas that require tons of research. I keep telling myself that the next book will be light, fluffy, and contemporary...
I can't help it. Yesterday, for a single sentence, I found myself tracking down whether the state of Oregon pays for braces for foster kids (it doesn't). I told myself I could just make it up, but I couldn't!