Some discussions on other threads led me to consider the interaction of smell and taste. I remembered one day a while back, I noticed my wife pausing her fork full of food below her nose, taking a sniff, and then proceeding to taste it. At first, I feared that I had served her a foul piece of foul. Then I had the "aha" moment - she's just slowing down and carefully enjoying her food. Brilliant! Why didn't I think of this sooner?
Needless to say, I now frequently make myself slow down to smell what I am about to consume. I find that the olfactory contribution to taste should not be discounted or underappreciated -- rather, encouraged. I mean, there's a reason that red wine glasses are shaped the way they are, right? Now, admittedly, I do not savor every bite of every dish. Frankly, I'm not always that patient when hungry. However, if I'm about to have a slice of pata negra that I had to neglect the cable bill to afford, I'm gonna take a nice, big whiff ("I better smell acorns!").
So, now, I ask . . . Do you take the time to savor? . . . Do you stop and smell your food?