I always knew we were going on a long road trip by what appeared in our grocery cart: Lady’s Choice sandwich spread, Miracle Whip, carrots, celery, Magnolia chicken, and an extra loaf of white bread meant that my mom was going to make her famous chicken salad sandwich, easy-to-eat food that has sustained our family on many a journey.
The Chinese believe that things come in threes. A string of deaths in particular, no matter how random their causes may be, must surely be cosmically linked. Death left unchecked, much like a virus, could be spread. Fortunately, there were ways to break the cycle, to prevent death from claiming a third.
There is a prevailing mindset that states that international food is better than local food because international food is the kind you get at restaurants, while local food is the kind you cook at home. But think of it like this: what we think of as ‘restaurant food’ is the ‘home cooking’ of that country.
I was young. I wanted to save the world. I cut out beef, chicken, pork–anything that lived on land– reasoning that I would eventually stop eating seafood. I was a vegetarian for a week. I was a pescetarian for 10 years.
There is an allure to dining outdoors; the accouterments of a meal laid out underneath the trees or stars, and beside you, a book, a view, your friends, or your lover.