I’m an obsessed foodie.
I think about food the minute I wake up until the minute I fall asleep.
I plan my vacation around where I should eat, judge a wedding on what they will be serving, and the Zagat is my Bible.
I judge people on what they eat. For some unknown reason, I think it’s a window into who they are as a person.
I don’t like a man who eats only steak and potatoes, screams “townie” and has a regional accent.
If he doesn’t like ethnic food, I assume he’s probably closed minded about different cultures and likes his steak well done.
He will never get a second date out of me.
I know these are just my ridiculous opinions that hold absolutely no truth, but I’m judgmental when it comes to the palette.
I think about food beyond just hunger. It has been a huge part of my life socially. I believe most of my friends come around more often because I am a good cook and I enjoy that feeling.
My personality is a bit high strung. I sincerely believe my friends ignore some of my flaws due to the fact that I make homemade pastas and can confit a whole duck. These meals are often an extension of myself. When people eat my food, I feel like they take a piece of me with them. It makes me happy that I’m nourishing them.
I once heard a quote that said “the best meal is with great company.” I believe this to be true.
Food is also important to a lot of cultures, especially immigrants. When leaving their respective countries, sometimes all they would take with them was old recipes. Many entrepreneurs from foreign countries open up restaurants serving their native foods. Our identities are often inseparable from what we eat.
You can also learn a lot about a culture from their native dishes. You can usually tell you if the country is tropical, been colonized or has been influenced by neighboring countries. For example, take a Bánh mì, also known as a Vietnamese sandwich. It has French colonialism written all over it: French bread, pate, head cheese, Asian pickles and sauces.
So all food has a history, just like the people who eat it.
Next time you go out, try something different. Go to an ethnic restaurant you have never been to before, or make something different for your friends. Learning how to cook will win you tons of friends, and eating a variety of different food will make you more open to the world.