My love of food is born from my love of people. After all, food is an expression of people’s passions — of their love for the craft, their generosity, their creativity and their consciousness to pursue food that’s good for people, humane to the animals and progressive for the earth.
Whether in Boston or San Francisco, the food language is the same and taking the time to translate it reveals secrets about the city.
Boston is the city in which I lived the first 18 years of my life, to which I returned after graduating college and, most importantly, it’s where food and I fell in love. After college, as an ‘adult’ revisiting the streets of my childhood, I arrived this time with a new mission: to figure out how I would add to the world with what I’d learned so far. Thus, I needed a new way to interpret this city that I knew so well but through adolescent eyes.
That’s where food comes in. Understanding restaurant culture turned Boston into a different city for me. The innovative chefs pioneering ways to make food production better for the world; the popular restaurants that create the ‘scene;’ the passion of the staff in the restaurants who care first about their guests and second about their product. I worked in restaurants, I ate in restaurants. From there I gathered: it’s a whole world in itself. And the ability of this world to transform a city I thought I had figured out is what made me love it and unable to leave it.
And after moving to a brand new city this January, my theory holds true. The trendy bar where you discovered craft cocktails, the cozy restaurant you had your first date with you-know-who, and the bar down the street that’s allowed for many a late night re-evaluation of your life; these are the places where you form a relationship with each city. And behind these restaurants and their food and drink are people who love what they’re doing because they interact with the city’s inhabitants firsthand and provide them something they love. Food brings people together, allows you to make a city your own, tells stories, and just plain makes us happy.
San Francisco is the new city whose plates full of deep, dark secrets I have yet to discover.
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