Or maybe, because I'm horrifyingly picky, I am really a food-voyeur. I love reading, seeing, watching, talking and even listening to ... about food.
The tomes describing food, food-related places and food-related people .... I love.
Obviously, I also enjoy seeing beautiful food and produce. One thing I miss from my short time in Sydney are the farmer markets and fresh grocers. The array of fruits and vegetables seduce me like nothing can. Red berries, pink peaches, yellow corn ... except blue - there is officially no blue food. There, a nugget of trivia. Live food- at my local hawker store, markets, restaurants. Or vicariously - through cookbooks, recipes in magazines etc. I'd even bought random photobooks of food.
Ahhh, where do I begin. I am very discerning in my watching material, especially since the arrival of Aedan. I have limited, very limited TV-time. As a result, I have narrowed down my choices to 2 food-shows. Top Chef and No Reservations.
No Reservations is a no-brainer for me. Travelling is something I like doing (from my couch) and pairing it with food content just draws me in hook, line and sinker. You pick up some really great nuggets of information - for example, that "bottled" water in India are sometimes "bottled" at the sink in the restaurant. LOL - I'm sure it's overgeneralised sometimes, but for someone who thrives on trivia - it's great!
Talking and Listening
Just as eating requires all five senses, you can't really discount talking about and listening as part of food appreciation. Luckily for me, my other half loves doing post-mortems with me. We can talk about food, produce and ingredients till the cows come home. Sometimes, I am also lucky enough to talk shop with a chef friend whose restaurant (Food Republique,JB) we frequent. Over steaming dishes of taste testing, we wax lyrical about certain cuts of meat or denounce certain garnishes (LOL). 'Tis fun IMHO.
I have to include this:)Tasting
Mmmm, if only we could truly treat our bodies like an amusement park instead of a temple. Would I not scarf down that bowl of pesto pasta in a heartbeat? Would I not mount butter on every dish I make? Would I not have deep-fried snacks whole day and night? Would I not stuff myself silly with 9-course meals (that's a Chinese thing for you) whenever I can?
So that's wishful thinking. What's a girl to do when size 14 is too big and clothes don't look pretty on me?
So yea, I try to spend my calories wisely. A piece of "kuih" that I don't even like? No thanks. Chocolates when I don't have a sweet tooth? That's alright, thanks again. I'll store these negative calories and spend like a drunken sailor when I go to my favourite restaurants. That keeps me happy. :D