Monday, January 19, 2009

Food for thought


Last weekend, my wife experimented with a recipe she found in a recent issue of Taste of Home. It turned out amazing! Fresh vegetables, chicken, cheese on toasted bread created a marvelous blend of taste and texture to please the palate. It looked great too. Which begs the question, does the way food is presented really make a big deal?

At Virginia Beach last week, we visited Crasby's on Atlantic Avenue for lunch. I had an amalgamation of burger and crab cake. (Far better than the tasteless steak we got the night before from a popular steakhouse.) On the side of each of our plates was a drizzle of sauce. It went with nothing we were eating, but added to the overall impression of the plate. Why?
Once we have sampled the fare, and found it acceptable, the presentation is quickly forgotten, as long as it was good. So really is it about our first impressions?

If our first impressions are so important in the foods we eat, what other areas of our lives does it make a difference?

7 comments:

Rob said...

The way a person looks makes a huge first impression. Like or not people judge based on physical apperance.

Dot-Com said...

Unfortunately the first impression does matter a great deal when it comes to food. I'm saying unfortunately, because a lot of the things used to make the food "presentable" are artificial (read "chemicals") and really shouldn't be added to food.

Ever think about why most pills are either bright white or coloured? Naturally they would be grey-ish at best, but that would not look very appealing. The same applies to lots of food - the colour in certain meat products is anything but natural. So why do we allow it? Because it's what people want. Same as adding a drizzle of sauce on the side :-)

Daniel said...

I immediately thought of the way that I judge people when I first meet them. I used to say that my first impressions of folks were nearly 100% bang on. If I thought someone was going to be a jerk, or a flake, or haughty, or whatever, then I was right. I wonder how many folks I never gave a chance to because I had already pigeon-holed them. This is something that I still struggle with today.

Brian Miller said...

Dan you raise a good question...do our first impressions keep us from experiencing something really good? The old addage, you never get a second chance to make a first impression...does it heighten our need daily to make that first impression because we never know who is watching?

Brian Miller said...

Good thoughts all. Appreciate the comments.

BluNBlond said...

Brian! you are making me hungry and that looks really good!

jake (to the) holla said...

high school will always be the time in life that I look back on as an example of how NOT to be. within those walls... I was quiet, introverted, judgemental, and very bored.. but once that bell rang, and I was with my super-group of people from every other school in the area... I was myself. i've run into SO many people lately that I went to school with then... and never gave the time of day... and now I regret not getting to know people outside my bubble within the confines of school. especially since I wasn't like that at all outside of school.... BAH! so frustrating..