I think that it is very important to have a very true glimpse into where our food comes from. Especially in the US, so much of our food is packaged and doesn’t resemble it’s source.
Seeing it as an animal helps you remember that it in fact, came from an animal. I think it helps promote our gratitude for the food, that a living being is contributing to our well being. Also, I think it helps in respecting to eat in small quantity and not wasting.
We had a very real experience of this in Tuscany when we visited the pig farm. Prusciutto is shaved off the leg of the pig in the butcher. You can easily recognize the body part.
When we were recently in Venice, two of our seafood meals were presented to us whole before cooking, after whole and de-boned at our table.
In Crete, we also had this experience in the fishing village of Plaka, which was nearby our hotel. Our first night, we ordered a sampling of the local seafood. When it comes out staring you in the face, you really get a connection.
Our second night, we returned to Plaka, but a different restaurant. We had the same experience of fresh catch of the day, yet with the pleasantry of them de-boning it for us and removing the head and fins. I am sort of a wimp and while I appreciate seeing it whole before and afterwards in the presentation, I don’t like the eyes looking at me while I eat.
This grouper was the BEST fish I have ever had in my life, caught that day, in that very bay.
We loved it so much we returned to the same restaurant the next night. This is a first for Gabe & I.
So, this gratitude Friday, I just wanted to express my thanks for fresh food and the appreciation of its source.
Bon weekend, everyone!
Where to find the best fish of our lives:
Ostria fish tavern
720 53 crete