By: Amani Diab
Being a foodie, I’ve learned that food has done a lot more than just satisfy our hunger. We are a nation that loves to eat food. We don’t eat to live, we live to eat! Some find that food brings us comfort when we really need it. I’ve always said that after a long day of work and school, there is nothing I love more than sitting down and indulging in some delicious food. Food has always had the power to make us happy. It sounds sad, but the amount of joy food brings us is euphoric. Think about when you were little and your mom surprised you by making your favorite dish. Mine has always been spaghetti and meatballs or macaroni and cheese. And yes, my love for pasta is something that will stick with me forever. Think about the moment when you go to your favorite restaurant and you’re waiting and waiting for your food to arrive, and then you see the waiter or waitress coming with your food. That always puts a smile on my face.
I’ve always found food to be educational. Do you ever wonder about the origin of the food you’re eating? That’s not really the first thought we have when were just digging into it. Food is cultural, and the food on our plate can say a lot about the history or the people and culture it originated from. A couple months ago, I realized I needed to venture out and try a new food. I’ve always wanted to try Vietnamese food. I’ve always told myself that if I’m interested in learning about a culture, the first thing I can do is eat their food. If the food is good, you’ll be back. More importantly, you’ll have taken a step closer to learning about a new culture. In my past articles I’ve written, I’ve tried Pho at Uptown Pho for the first time. I’ve been back 3 times since because the food is good. I’ve also made friends with owners. I’ve created this life-long interest in educating myself through food.
Food has always brought us together. Think of your social gatherings, whether it’s your Friday night with your friends, Sunday brunch with the family, or any holiday, there’s always food involved. We all come together and celebrate whatever we’re celebrating, and there is always food there to ring in the occasion. A few days ago, we were all celebrating Thanksgiving. We had family and friends fly in and it was our time to catch up with one another, but I think the real reason we love Thanksgiving is the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and more. Food has always created conversation and some of those great conversations bring you to the dinner table. So next time you dig into food, understand that food has the power do more than just satisfy our hunger!