comfort me with lemons......
remembering juicy lemons drenched in fairy dust sugar and running across the grass with the sprinklers on......
Does the thought make you pucker?
I remember sour, sweet, sugar granules and endless sun filled afternoons growing up in California.
It's been one year since I've been blogging Taste Memory and it's been a fantastic one at that.
In the past few months, you may have noticed I've re-directed my posts to focus primarily on my own cooking as well as 'taste memory' food thoughts.
I initially began with restaurant & other foodie type reviews and have decided to do less of that for the time being......unless I am traveling and if for some reason I have an outlandish dining experience locally that runs the gamut of a must post. For the most part, (unfortunately) - I have found dining in northeast Florida completely challenging and many times disappointing.
I have had my share of horrifying, gut wrenching (stomach doubled-over literally)food as well as scary sushi experiences that I have declined to comment upon........other cringes include lackluster food preparation, service, sanitary conditions and the overall 'experience of dining' as a foreign concept at many of these establishments.
The other has been the disappointing turn around(going out of business) and change over in ownership(effecting quality) at these restaurants.
Now please keep in mind, there are several tried and true establishments that are definitely worth writing about.....but.....long story short - the restaurant reviews will be on the sidelines for now.
To keep things tantilizing ~ I will be doing a new series INTERVIEWS WITH THE CHEF....very soon ;-)
At the end of it all; I am plain sick of lackluster food + food service around here. Enough said and don't want to rant about dinings thereafters having to seek detoxifying herbs or more to cleanse my system after the experience.....
Not to be a snob ~ yet at an early age I was raised by extreme foodies in the midst of the San Francisco bay area's food revolution.....so I naturally gauge my palate against the foundational 'palate training years' of my former haunts on the west coast.....or maybe I'm just an obnoxious food snob?
I do like In n' Out Burger!
Also to mention my latter years of dining haunts that have left me awestruck and mesmerized by talented individuals and restaurants who's dedication and passion toward food + service leave no room for funny business.....
With that said, Taste Memory the blog has evolved into my favorite theme of the connection of food and memories; touching on both past and present glimpses.
The new visuals of the fresh sliced lemons are reminiscent of my childhood during a time when I thought everything was as endless as the warmth of the sun, orangesicles, swimming in kiddie pools, sharpening wooden Popsicle sticks on the sidewalk, climbing cherry trees and anticipating freshly baked french bread delivered at my parent's San Francisco deli every morning.....except Wednesday because the bakery closed every Wednesday.
Taste Memory is about where I come from, where I am right now and where I long to go to challenge myself.....I look forward to sharing more about this in upcoming posts.
I also look forward to hearing about your food + memory stories as well ~ thanks for stopping by btw.....
Also ~ KatyK @ Raw Vegan Lifestyle tagged me (btw KatyK ~ so sorry you will be taking a break - I love your voice) about five things about me you prob didn't know abou me:
1. I love the ocean waters as I grew up sailing on days after school.....
2. English is my second language and I can barely speak Korean now....though I would love to!
3. I have this affinity for anything French and especially for the southwestern coast of France.....quite odd I know - never been + don't know why!
4. I love being around fog
5. I miss my father intensely since he passed away about 6 years ago.....but the funny thing is ~ I sense that I understand him more than I did when he was alive.
at least everyone left with a smile on their face thinking about sunshine.....
What are your taste memories?........past, present + future thoughts that linger in your heart to palate?
Monday, April 7, 2008
comfort me with lemons......