I diverge from recipes to ranting. So if you’d like to hear some of my thoughts about the my restaurant confusion read on.
“It’s official” I said to my friend and to the waitress “I’m a food snob” after complaining to her about my salad. Tonight me and a friend went out to a new eatery to have dinner. I don’t eat out often because I have my reasons, but….Anyhow, the menu was your regular bar/pub menu. For starters were given stale butter popcorn with gooey sriracha sauce poured on top.(?)
I ordered red pepper soup and a mixed green salad. The soup was pretty good and then my salad came out. It was a plate of ice berg lettuce wilted, cold squishy tomatoes, loaded with shredded cheese, onion clumps, and a few carrot match stick’s. The dressing was something…not quite sure what? Then to top it off there is dance club music playing loudly, seven televisions blaring, showing blood, guts and politics. And of course a few stragglers at the bar talking loudly as if they were at a dance club.
This is my issue…Along time ago restaurants were called “restoratives”. Passers by would come in and get restored. The cook would fix meals that were healthy so that the traveler could get on nourished and full filled. Today, many restaurants haven’t a clue about the most amazing and creative healing qualities about food. They stick to the same garbage menu pulling crap out of a bag to heat up in a microwave with no sense to feed the people with something called pure love. There is one restaurant (Terra Preta) in our area that actually “gets it” and you can taste the difference.
What would I do if I had the time and money to open up a restaurant? It would be cozy, chill music, work with local farms, the menu would be extraordinary, support local original art and music, teach classes on gardening, herbal remedies and food medicine just to name a few things. People would feel nourished, relaxed and energized. That’s what food is for, pure medicine. Why do people spend thousands of dollars opening up a business to just sell and create what every one else is creating? And then in a few years close up shop because “it just didn’t bring in customers. Why? because it’s like every other place in town! bland, boring same ole same ole crappy food and in turn makes you feel crappy.
This world and our land is so full of amazing diverse foods! Why wouldn’t you take advantage of that? It’s like using 3 colors from a crayon box of 64! In my kitchen there are endless possibilities. I think fear gets in the way of what people “think” people would like to eat, so they settle. Then there are the rare restaurants and cooks that think outside the box and dive into their love given talent and creative juices… really great restaurants have that “something” that is unique, loving, and exciting. When I go out to eat I want to moan in delight, I want to feel gratitude from my head to toes! I want to taste life, fresh and full of sun energy. People today need a food revolution. It begins with educating ourselves, caring for our bodies and treating our intelligent systems with instinct and wisdom. If we want to be a healthy people, a loving people, an energized, disease free people we must begin with our own ecosystems, our own body. One day at a time they say….one day at a time.