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#100: To All the Foods I've Loved Before

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I was listening to Julio Iglasias and Willie Nelson sing about "all the girls they've loved before" and began thinking of the relationships (with food) I've had over the years.

There have been many one night stands -- the raw oysters in San Francisco, the poi in Honolulu, the peppermint Schnapps in Chicago and the venison in Milwaukee.

There were short but intense flings with hamburgers from Zippy and Dog 'N Suds and Rocket and pizza from the Village Inn. Brief, enjoyable times with those no longer with us.

Then there are the "Same Time Next Year" relationships such as New Year's Eve toasts.

Some friends have remained close for several decades -- Hersey Almond bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Key Lime pie, warm apple pie, Turkey on Thanksgivings and wine to impress the date of the night.

Despite the longevity or the intensity of my relationships with various food items, each remains a fond memory. I still long for some of my past, the Twinkies and Hostess Cup Cakes, the eggs Benedict, all-you-can-eat buffets and my grandmother's fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and hot biscuits.

But, alas, times change. Relationships change. I've met new friends -- fruit, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates and calories.

Despite the changing friends over the years, I hope they all realize that they are not forgotten. They made an indelible impression on me and have enriched my life and my happiness at times when I needed their comfort.
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