Grazing our way through EatsPlace applications makes me think: What makes good eating? I used to think it was hunger. Everything tastes good when you’re hungry. I once chewed on a coffee stir stick dipped in a sugar packet like a splintery Fun Dip. It was delicious.
^^ Feeling more silly than hungry ^^
But it’s not really good eating during true hunger. It’s survival. Bones are picked cleaner when you’re not ravenous. It’s fast and furious eating (think food eating competitions). One eating strategy is to mark food as yours. My friends’ toddler takes one bite out of each slice of pizza, hoping to save them for later. But that can backfire. We shoot disapproving at his parents as we cut around his tiny teeth marks.
My other friend gorges on corn on the cob, shearing each one clean before reaching for another. When he has a sufficient pile of spent cobs stacked up, he butters the cobs and gnaws on them. He says it’s a butter delivery vehicle, and there’s always some kernel he missed.
Baba says we eat better with our eyes closed. Whenever he had time, he’d have dinner with us during a lull at the restaurant. He would sit like a food monk, eyes closed and slowly chewing. That was his break from a long, hot day in the kitchen. I eat better when chatting with friends, picking away at drooping garnishes while everyone else has moved onto dessert. Yes I am an unapologetic garnish eater.
^^ Of course no one saved any dessert for me ^^
How do you do your best eating?