The average human lifespan yields us roughly 25550 days (70 years at an average of 365 years). If we eat 3 times a day that gives us roughly 76650 meals, so my question is this why do we fall into familiar habits and eat the same things week after week?
I personally did not like chicken for a good 30 something years (I won’t give my age the power of acknowledgement, because then I would have to claim true mid-life, and I am not ready for that). Why you ask? Well if everything tastes like chicken (rabbit, alligator, mutton etc.) then it stands to reason that chicken tastes like nothing. If it tastes like nothing, why waste energy eating nothing when we could eat something? Chicken was just not something that I enjoyed.
Sure it is the wonder meat and it can be prepared many ways – in my best Bubba voice – Pineapple Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Fried Chicken, Lemon Pepper Chicken, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken Roulade…and here is where young Forrest fades to the aside. But if this is the sole option consumed how boring a meal is it? No matter how many ways you rewrap it, it is still chicken! Well Chef single handedly changed my perspective on this.
In a single meal – the Smackin’berry Fried Chicken – I was enlightened to the beauty of the treatment. Never before had I experienced multiple taste buds engaged on the same meal: sweet, spicy, salty, umami. After the application of Crunch Berries to the blank canvas of chicken and the emergence of the beautiful masterpiece, my mind and palate were illuminated.
Now, some 4 years later, we are inspired by food. We enjoy food. For us it is no longer just a utilitarian task of biting and chewing, but savoring, detecting, identifying, and deconstructing. We eat to enjoy. We eat to be inspired. We eat to learn.
So what have we learned lately? It has been quite a while since you have Bananas Foster Pancakes and Bananas Foster Waffle, and Tempura Shrimp with Spicy Mayonnaise and Wasabi Aioli. The Bananas Foster Waffle will be making its debut August 17, 2013 at our birthplace: The San Francisco Street Food Festival. I will say that the combination of Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Bananas, Meyers Rum, and Candied Walnuts atop the fluffy Waffle with a just a hint of Banana and a kiss of nutmeg is a specter that will haunt you at least as long and far as the Sweet Potato Pie Waffle with the Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce, and the Peach Cobbler Waffle with the Peach Cobbler Compote.
Life is short (now you know why we say that)…eat something memorable.