Food = Family
(Photo shows Crispy Duck and Chinese Jasmine Tea)
Food is one of the most satisfying, aromatic and uplifting universal languages. It comforts, delights, awakens, quenches and connects people from all walks of life in seconds. Aromas spark memories, seasonings liven taste buds and spices ignite the soul. I was honored to be invited to two dinners in which I was not a biological member but was treated with the warmth, acceptance and love given by family. In the first setting, I enjoyed traditional Chinese dishes at Double Dragon such as, drinking Jasmine tea with no sugar (this is the traditional way) and a variety of culturally unique meats and side dishes I hadn’t heard of. Each item was a new memory and around the table were laughter, old stories and nibbles as persons wholly enjoyed the delicate cuisine and each other’s company. The night ended with hugs and fond partings.
(From Left to right: Gailen, Chicken Tikka Masala, Squid & Conch in Black Bean Sauce, Seafood Tofu Soup, Butter Chicken, Pork & Eggplant, Stir-fried String Beans)
The second was a part of Foodscape, a group of millennials who dabble in the unique and distinct cuisines throughout New Providence. They visit only restaurants/eateries that depict the epitome of a country’s fare with no exceptions or shortcuts. The first stop was at the Taj Mahal Restaurant which features Indian dishes such as spicy mushrooms, butter chicken, garlic and butter naan, Saag Prawns and Chicken Tikka Masala. Throughout the evening, comedic moments, self expression and curiosities were shared as new bonds created connections. Here, I only knew my brother but by the end of the night, I had a few acquaintances and new followers!
At both events there was no awkwardness or shunning, I was completely welcomed although to most I was a stranger. We shared thoughts, ideas and stories as we chose our favorite dishes of the night. Plates were passed around, utensils clinked and forks met mouths as new tastes were born. We created memories with food as the catalyst!
I encourage you to attend those family dinners, restaurant debuts, parties , mixers and networking event as they can lead to timeless connections, good eats and changed perspectives. 😉 Bon Appetit!