I cannot tell a lie, my blog name is not my own. It was the creative genius of my wife, Rita. My original thought was simply, The Food Experience, but she saw the potential double meaning of Experienced. In the end, that double meaning is exactly what I was looking for. The verb, meaning to go out and experience food in all its forms, places and events. And the adjective, sharing experience and knowledge.
In our house, we love food. It’s part of our daily and weekly planning. What are we going to eat? Where are we going to eat? Who are we going to share it with? What’s never in question is when. We’re pretty constant about meal time… breakfast gets delayed for some reason, but lunch is always at noon… late lunch? Dinner’s at 6:00. I’m not sure why that is. I think perhaps it’s because we’re ready for that next experience.
Let’s be clear, I’m not a chef, or more appropriately, not a trained chef. I’ve done my time in the restaurant business; bussing tables, waiting tables, catering events, managing restaurant kitchens and restaurants themselves. But, that was before launching a career in high tech. What’s been constant through that time has been my passion for experiencing food. Whether dining in a dark, private room in the loft of a Taipei restaurant with business peers, sipping sangria and eating fresh chili relleno in Guadalajara, eating steamed redfish in Hong Kong, dining on the balcony, overlooking the pacific coast at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach, smelling the air @ Pike’s Peer in Seattle or hosting a beer and pizza pairing with friends @ my Vermont home, it all comes back to the experience… the sights, the smells, the taste, the transformation, the friendship, the laughter.
So why a blog? The simple answer is to share. To share my experiences and share my experience. I’ll do that through photos of restaurant food I’ve eaten and food I’ve cooked. I’ll share events I host and events I attend. I’ll develop recipes to recreate food I’ve eaten. I’ll share the works of others, the recipes I’ve tried and liked or tried and adapted to my own preferences. As I share this, I hope you will share your experience as well. Post comments, tweet me pictures, follow on Facebook.
Life’s short, food’s good… experience it!