What is normal food? See my thoughts in this brief essay.
While making dinner plans with my mother-in-law this week, she requested that we go to a restaurant that serves normal food when we meet up for dinner tomorrow night.
Two days later, I’m still perplexed. What is “normal” food? Is it inexpensive food? Is it bland food? Is it non-ethnic food?
I clearly enjoy food. The tastier and more flavorful, the better. However, I don’t go overboard with food every day. Otherwise, I’d weigh 500 pounds and be living in the poor house.
On this same trip, I grabbed a burger, fries and red lemonade at BōBō’s. This popular high-end fast food joint serves burgers made from credentialed beef.
Also in Dublin, I went to Queen of Tarts for dessert and wine with my Philly friend Suzanne. We had read about the patisserie and were curious to check it out.
Both BōBō’s and Queen of Tarts were recommended eateries. They both carried price tags below 20 Euros. The food was fine at each and would be considered “normal” by most people. None of the food was memorable though.
As much as I love a bargain, I respect value even more. The meal I ate at Chapter One incorporated innovatively prepared food with impeccable service. Yes, there were some unique ingredients. And, yes, the price tag was more than 20 Euros. But the meal at Chapter One is a meal that I will remember for a really long time. It was special.
In my value system, special trumps “normal”. I look forward to many more special meals. Hopefully, the next one will be with Daryl, my partner in crime and life. Then again, almost everything is special when we do it together.
About the Author
Mindi Hirsch left corporate America to embark on a never-ending quest for the next great meal. The award-winning Food & Travel writer lives in Lisbon with her partner Daryl.
Original Publication Date: November 7, 2013