Food is life. Food is quite literally the cornerstone of sustaining existence for all living creatures. However, food goes beyond simply providing the nutrients we need to survive. It is also a unifying force across culture, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, and generation. It is the equal opportunity unifier we all crave.
Food’s role in my life has been nothing short of amazing. This is not to say I have always been lucky enough to dine on the finest fare available – hell, I thought potatoes came from a box until the age of 8! This being said, food serves as a sort of time machine for me. One familiar flavor and I’m Marty McFly’in back to the future…pastrami sandwiches and motzah ball soup during a New York winter, Patagonian lamb and Austral in at El Mesón de la Patagonia in Santiago, ceviche in a small shack near Sámara, Costa Rica. Food has enhanced some of the best, most fun times of my life and often provides a nostalgic kick in the taste buds with even the slightest familiar scent.
Growing up, I was an adventurous eater thanks in large part to my family. I ate my veggies, cleaned my plate, and followed in my MeeMaw’s footsteps by always saving room for dessert. My Aunt Nancy made some of my favorite meals I have ever had seem effortless; my brother was (and is still) known for whipping up feasts of magnanimous my mom taught me the importance of resourcefulness and experimentation in the kitchen. As I grew older, I did not shy away from new tastes, cooking styles, or edible experiences, and I do not intend to for the remainder of my adult life. In an effort to make sure no new tastes or variations of old favorites fall through the cracks, I want to share my palate evolution with you on this website.
Aside from the obvious benefit of eating good food, I have a few ulterior motives for pursuing and chronicling my experiences. First, I want to use this as a creative outlet to balance my otherwise very analytical life as an accountant – a career that I love and liken to the ‘meat and potatoes’ of my daily life. There’s nothing wrong with meat and potatoes, but I need a good chimichurri to mix things up. This website is my chimichurri. The other reason I am anxious to embark on this delectable journey is to gain a greater appreciation for others who are not like me. As a white male born and raised in Texas, I have not experienced diversity at the level many other people around the world have. This is an opportunity for me to step outside of my comfort zone, meet new people, try new flavors, and, most importantly, experience new cultures and bond over a shared interest – food.
There are three main sections of my website. The first section, titled Foraging, is dedicated to unique food I encounter while traveling near and far. The second, titled Bites Without Flights, will focus on recipes from around the world. Finally, the third section titled Jambalaya will house my thoughts on a variety of current topics and will, or course, tie in food.
Enjoy, and see you at The Worlds Table.