It’s no mistake that eating is something we must all do to survive. There are also ways that one should eat to get the highest energy levels so that we can perform optimally.
There are those who eat because they have to. My sister has said that if she didn’t have to eat, she probably wouldn’t.
Then there are people, like me, that eat because they love to do it. Hellooo… I’m a girl that blogs about food, and that went to cooking school! I think it goes without saying that I really like food. Whether you’ve been to cooking school or not, there are those of us that love food and truly enjoy the experience of eating something delicious and wonderful. If you’re really bad, you’re thinking of the next good meal while currently eating one *raises hand*
I know. I need help.
If you allow yourself the opportunity to really enjoy what you’re eating and how it makes you feel, you can really experience how eating a certain thing makes you feel something. Yes, sometimes food can evoke emotions, especially if it’s something extraordinarily delicious. People that have gone out to eat with me say they love to watch me eat. In part, I think it’s because I get involved with the experience of eating what’s in front of me. I truly love what I’m eating when I’m eating it. Everyone should have this experience.
I think this is what led me to go to two of my favourite places within the span of a week. One of the two places is a place where I would go when I was jobless, and happened upon an extra $10 doing favors. It’s a small thai restaurant in my town where the food is always good (I’ve tasted everything on the lunch menu; I made it a personal mission to do so. Of course, there are those menu items to which I gravitate more often than not, but why not taste the other offerings? That’s how you find new favourites! You’re welcome).
I found myself not working on a Saturday (shocking, I know!), and decided that I wanted to go to brunch. I found a new favourite place in University City called The Farmacy a while back, and had been there a handful of times. I probably would go more often if I didn’t work most Saturdays and am at church every Sunday when they serve brunch. When I do find that I have a Saturday when I’m not working, I make my way onto the el and go.
Maybe it’s a good thing I do work on Saturdays; they’d have a lot of my money. I blame the duck-fat cooked potatoes.
I went down (my first time going without making a reservation! Yikes! It worked out, though), was seated at a table, complimented the server’s tattooed sleeve, and proceeded to look over the menu. I was feeling pancakes, and there was a delicious offering of blueberry pancakes with lemon curd, and something called crème brûlée butter. Well, I was intrigued. I ordered it straight away, along with a side of bacon and breakfast potatoes cooked in duck fat.
Shoot, if you’re gonna be greedy, go all the way!
Everything I got was darn tasty. I’m surprised I ate it all, but I did! Quick comment on the bacon, because bacon deserves its own comment: it was that thick cut bacon, and it was cooked perfectly! It was meaty, salty, and everything that bacon should be. After that, I don’t know if I want to be bothered with the thin, crispy stuff anymore.
…okay, that’s a lie. Bacon is bacon and will, therefore, be delicious no matter what form in which it comes. However, I will state that I do prefer this thicker stuff. It was very enjoyable to eat.
The pancakes were fluffy, wonderful, and full of blueberry goodness. Not only were there the blueberries on top, they were in the pancake as well. First of all, the aroma of it was enough to make me hum. You can’t see it in this picture, but there was lavender sprinkled atop. Here’s a picture where you CAN see the lavender sprinkled on top:
Yep, I had to do it to you. Trust me, it tasted as good as it looks.
On the next day off, I went to my favourite place. I started not to go because I could always use the extra $10, but I think about it constantly, and hadn’t been in a while. After taking a second to really think about this, who says no to good food? Not this gal!
I remember the many times I’ve eaten at that place alone. When I had a job and when I didn’t, when I was sad and when I was in good spirits, I always found myself coming back to this small Thai restaurant, where I’ve never eaten anything bad. This time was no different. I didn’t have much money, yet there I was to eat something good. As usual, it didn’t disappoint.
I forget what I had, but it gave that usual sense of comfort, which I find odd for me to find comfort in a cuisine that isn’t something I grew up with. Food should make more than your body feel good, and that’s what going to La Na does for me.
Really, if I’m honest, eating anything good does this to me.
I know that we should take good care of our bodies. Let’s face it, you only get one body. Allow me to propose, though, that we eat to actually enjoy what we’re eating. If you like french fries or bacon, don’t completely deny yourself! Get the best food that you can afford, and savor it. Whether you cook it yourself or go out for something, get what you feel like getting once in a while! I and some of my coworkers lovingly refer to this as “being fat”.
It’s kind of sad that most of my extra money goes into getting good food or ingredients, but it’s not at the same time since that’s what I really love.
In short, it’s okay to enjoy food.
really. it is.