Me this weekend: Lips trembling as I mumble (kind of stupidly), “mmmm…yummy…want more now.” Everything I ate made my mouth (and stomach) beg for another bite.
From the snack of smoked sausage eaten while watching the waves (Bee Gees singing in the background, toddler zooming a convertible on the tile floor, mom stirring a cassoulet in the kitchen as I plunge the last bit of sausage into gooping yellow mustard) to the steel cut oats with melting brown sugar cooled slightly by frozen wild blueberries all stirred together and then slugged back with strong coffee as we debated where to play an early round of golf, everything sent me into a drooling stupor.
Lurking deeper, my brain kept asking, “WHY is it so good?”
Why did the food at my parent’s Florida Coast condo make me crave more even while I was beyond stuffed?
When you’re on holiday, cooking and eating with family and friends, everything seems to wear a glowing hallow, even the most mundane food. Why? Shouldn’t it taste the same no matter where you are or who you’re with?
This week I’ll be describing the meals we had on the coast and sharing my theories about why they were so memorable. As I theorize, feel free to add your own hypotheses about why foods cooked and eaten with loved ones (especially in a fantastic setting) seem to taste better than foods eaten alone at home.
Check out the other posts in the series When Does Food Taste THE BEST?