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Saving the BEST bite of food for last ?


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Saving the BEST bite of food for last ?

silence9 | Oct 2, 2006 10:11 PM

Hi.. Whether eating at home or at restaurants, as my wife 'works' the plate of food before her, she will determine what she considers to be the 'best' bite of food on the plate and fork-scoot it to the side. It could be a perfectly glazed shrimp, the center-most bite of a BLT sandwich, or a corner of cake with the best ratio of crumb-to frosting. Viewed positively, it seems like a logical and purposeful delay of gratification, buidling up to a final moment of satisfaction. Viewed otherwise, it can also seem (to me, the reluctant and dubious onlooker) like a forfeiture of living (and eating) 'in the moment' (like some tourists who miss the immediacy and grandeur just being at a vaction site, by trying so hard to capture it forever on camera -- though, in fairness to them, they have an accurate capture of such moments, while I must make do with wistful remembrances from a faulty memory). From an observer's perspective, it almost seems like a case of enjoying the intermediate forkfulls of food marginally less, or perhaps, with undue haste, in the attempt to capture the ultimate destinate: the perfect Final Bite. To be fair, I know that my wife greatly enjoys her meals as a whole, once the obvious minefields like gristle, fat, and mushrooms (her kryptonite) are either passed along to me or banished to the far corners of the bread plate. But I can also see that from the moment the plate is served, she is sizing up and rather quickly finding and then relegating what shall become her favorite bite to the promised land on the plate, for eventual dispatch and the familiar 'sigh of the sated'... Me, I suppose that I 'work' my plate too, by way of trying to 'evenly' portion the ratio of vegetables to starch to protein; but that usually only comes into play when there is, say, less than 10% of food remaining on my plate. For the lion's share of the meal, I am an equal opportunity trencherman: if I like what's on my plate, *every bite* is my favorite bite. (The only exception for me is layer cake, the eating of which I have ritualized to an absurd extreme).... So my question is, do others routinely feel that there is indeed a 'favorite' bite on every plate at every meal? And more importantly, is the favored bite consume first and foremost, or saved to be savored last? Oh, and apologies in advance, as these type of questions that I tend to pose here can often evoke stern replies from responders who may feel that my search for understanding is somehow condescending. I really do not wish to draw conclusions that imply judgment. Just want to know how you humans operate ;-)

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