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Happy-Gourmand

Isn’t it funny?

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Isn’t it funny how things work out? When I was a kid I never would have guessed that I would become a Foodie. We ate simple food, I thought, and my parents told me more than once that we were not rich so I knew I was not destined for a life of caviar and champagne. We did spend a lot of time around the dining room table, so I suppose that should have been a clue but then, we spent a lot of time together as a family. I remember a family friend saying once that if you looked at the Peturson family photos, you would think all we did was give presents and hug! There certainly was much celebrating.

It’s funny too, where life takes you and how convoluted the route can be when you look back. I just got off the phone with that family friend. I had not chatted with him in a long while and yet the sound of his voice was just like one of Mom’s home-cooked meals: comforting and warm in its familiarity. I was so glad that he called, and it warmed my heart to know the connection was strengthened anew. The irony in this was not lost however it was the passing of my Dad that brought us back together. It made me sad to know that he will not share in this reunion, but then I smiled when I thought that it was he who made it happen. He would have appreciated the poetic element, I think.

In thinking about it, I realize it is the poetic nature of a meal that makes me a Foodie. I love the drama of how the different ingredients come together, and the harmony of a great meal is not just in the dishes but in even the accompaniments. The memory of a meal is based on not the food but the environment in which the food was eaten – who was there and what the ambiance was. The ultimate joy of food memories is that you can have so many of them, as meals are a part of the rhythm of life. I can wrap myself in a blanket of just-baked cookies, birthday dinners, family picnics and barbecue parties and remember the love of many friends and family.

One note of caution is worth making: do not overlook mundane everyday things. Something as inconsequential as a routine cup of coffee or an impulsive stop for a snack can turn into a memorable occasion, so be prepared to seize the moment.

I hope this week hasn’t seemed too much like rambling, as I did have a point to make. I remember a favourite film of mine as a kid, about a boy and his dog and how they discovered through their adventures that everything (and everybody) had a Point. Every meal has a Point too, and every memory – so hold them all dear to your heart.


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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."

 

E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com

 



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