A post by Pete Thibault
For my first foray into the world of blogging, I thought I’d write about what I deem to be a rather underrated factor in food enjoyment, Dinner Dynamics. Look, good food is good food no matter how you slice it, but a legendary meal requires something more. A certain special ingredient that can turn the simple act of nourishing oneself into a truly memorable experience. What is that key component I’m referring to? It’s people. Yup, I sprinkle a little cracked people into every meal. Fret not, I’m not advocating cannibalism…. though, I’ve always been told to try to keep an open mind.
When looking back on my favorite culinary experiences, I can unequivocally say that my enjoyment of each meal was heightened in some way by the people involved. Be it the people I ate with, sharing tasty morsels of their dishes and observations about the meal at hand. Or the waiter, rattling off the day’s specials with flair and panache thereby transmitting their passion and enthusiasm for the food they would serve. Even the group of tourists sitting at the table next to us, asking if they could take a picture of our plates because they had never seen such a wild dish. Each had a part to play in making the experience memorable. It’s these communal qualities of sharing a meal that I relish.
Next time you’re gathered around a table, spare a moment to register that something very special happens every time we eat. Food is an adventure, but too many seem to have forgotten that.
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