5 Great Things About Being in Love With a Foodie (And 5 That Are Not So Great)
5 Great Things About Being in Love With a Foodie (And 5 That Are Not So Great) Food, glorious food! That most quotidian of luxuries. Our relationship with food is a curious one. Food is what nourishes us, heals us and sustains us. Indeed, the father of Western medicine Hippocrates himself said “Let food be thy medicine”. Yet, for many of us our dietary choices can actually do quite the opposite and make us sick or even limit our lifespan. While there’s certainly a fine line to be walked, most of us manage to maintain a diet that allows us to enjoy the foods we love (even the naughty ones) while still maintaining a generally healthy diet and lifestyle.
Many of us have a very personal relationship with food that begins in childhood. Most of us have vivid memories of helping our parents in the kitchen. Whether it was licking wooden spoons clean of cookie batter, tasting the yummy creations in progress or simply making sure that our parents had plenty to do by emptying a bag of flour all over the floor, our childhood selves found it very rewarding to “help” in the kitchen. As such, many of us grow up with an aptitude or fondness for cooking and have even probably inherited a few of our parents’ most treasured family recipes which go back generations.
But while we may grow up with an affinity for food and cooking, some of us find ourselves falling for someone who takes it to the next level. Someone for whom good food and fine are not simply a passion, but an obsession. These are people who don’t just eat, they discover, they don’t just cook, they create. They view food as both an art and a science. They make us rethink everything we thought we knew about food and take us on a journey every time they place a plate in front of us. They are like composers, creating symphonies of flavor for our delectation. But as much as we may love these people, being in a relationship with a consummate foodie can be both a blessing and a curse. Here we’ll look at some of the great and not so great aspects of being in love with a foodie…
Great: You get to be cooked for pretty much all the time
We all love to be spoiled by our significant other. Whether it’s with an unexpected gift, a bunch of flowers delivered to work or simply the prospect of a freshly drawn bath and a neck massage when you return after a long and stressful day at work. The spouses of foodies get to enjoy VIP treatment virtually every day. Gourmets genuinely love food. They love eating it, they like looking at it, they like smelling it and they like cooking it. For them, cooking for you isn’t a chore, it’s a way to show their love for you in creative and delicious ways. Most people would kill for the kind of treatment you get and every day you make an effort not to take this extraordinary person for granted.
Not so great: You always have to do the dishes
As wonderful as it is being cooked for virtually every day, one thing that leaves a sour taste in your mouth (no matter how delicious the fare) is the knowledge that you know you’ll be doing the dishes. While this is only fair and it’s something we do gladly knowing how hard our partner has worked on the culinary tour de force we have just enjoyed that balances taste and nutrition as elegantly as a gymnast balances on the high bar, let’s be honest here… Doing the dishes sucks. Plus, when your partner insists on making everything from scratch, there are so many to do that the task can feel insurmountable at times. Do they really need to use that many pans? Did they use a blowtorch on that roasting tin? When you’re scrubbing caramelized meat juices off a cooking pot or nursing your red raw hands it can be a little harder to appreciate all the wonderful concoctions your partner creates.
Great: You’re always trying new and exciting dishes
They say that variety is the price of life and that familiarity breeds contempt. Fortunately, your beloved will never let things get stale in the kitchen, and hopefully they extend that ethos to other parts of the relationship. Even the most delicious and comforting of dishes can become boring or even tedious when we over rely on them, but our partners never cease to surprise us with a cavalcade of new recipes to astonish and delight our taste buds.
Not so great: You can feel their eyes on you when you use the microwave
As wonderful as it is to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal, sometimes we just crave junk. And you know what? Every once in a while that’s okay. Even if you’re the kind of person who keeps a watchful eye on their caloric intake and carefully measures their macro-nutrients each and every day, every now and then it’s okay to indulge yourself in a takeout pizza or a microwaveable ready meal. “Cheat meals” can give your metabolism a boost and cause you to store the unexpected influx of energy as glycogen in your muscles rather than fat in your wobbly areas. But the look on your partner’s face when you do so… It’s more than just disdain. You could learn to live with disdain… They look actually physically hurt!
Great: Your dinner parties become the stuff of legend
When we’re young our idea of a good time is doing shots and dancing till we drop in a nightclub somewhere. But as we get older our tastes become more sophisticated and you get your kicks in different ways. Dinner parties are a great way to get together with friends; to chat and catch up with great food and fine wine. And your partner is always there to make sure that the food wows your guests and makes your home a place of culinary legend; a yardstick by which all other dinner parties are measured. You enjoy the legendary status bestowed upon the household buuuuut….
Not so great: You kinda wish you got to cook for people sometimes
You don’t love cooking nearly as much as your beau and you certainly couldn’t whip up imaginative culinary creations so tirelessly. Nonetheless, you know your way around the kitchen and if you’re honest with yourself it galls you slightly that they alone get to enjoy the culinary prestige of the household. Every once in a while you’d love to be able to show people that you’re no slouch in the gastronomic department either.
Great: You get to go on awesome wine tours when you’re on vacation
Vacations are a great opportunity to try new things, and for the culinarily minded, it’s an opportunity to immerse ourselves in different cultures while broadening our taste buds’ horizons. Whether you’re vacationing domestically or experiencing the exotic delights of a far flung land, your vacations offer a wonderful chance to sample different cuisines. But they also allow us to sample the delights of fine wines made from grapes grown in your chosen destinations. It’s a wonderful experience taking your partner on a tour like the Hermann Wine Trail where you and your partner can enjoy unique local wines in each other’s company while experiencing the natural beauty of the area in which it’s made.
Not so great: Their wine rituals can be embarrassing in public
If your partner is a consummate foodie, they probably also take their wine pretty seriously. While there’s nothing wrong with this, they haven’t quite wrapped their heads around the fact that there’s one way to behave while tasting on a wine tour but quite another when you’re just heading to a bar to unwind after a rough day at work. Sometimes their ostentatious sniffing, swirling and that slurping sound that’s sadly inevitable when tasting wine properly can be a trifle embarrassing when in the presence of casual wine admirers.
Great: You save a fortune on eating out
We as a nation spend way too much on eating out. For many of us, dining out at a restaurant or just a fast food joint is a treat, but there are some for whom a reliance on dining out can put a serious dent in their finances. At last count, Americans spend $3,008 a year on dining out. Needless to say, since you’re hitched to a self confessed gourmand, you don’t spend nearly as much on dining out as the average family. Unlike many you get to enjoy restaurant quality food virtually every day at a fraction of the cost. Sure, your household might spend ever so slightly more on high end ingredients but this pales in comparison to what you save in comparison to the restaurant reliant.
Not so great: Sometimes you just miss going to a restaurant
But, let’s be honest here. Despite your partner’s protests that it’s wasted money or their hurt at the assumed implication that a professional chef could do a better job than them (we’re not thinking that but that won’t stop them from assuming we are) sometimes it’s just nice to go to a restaurant. It’s nice to be treated like a VIP and enjoy a meal that’s been cooked by a stranger.
Also, you don’t have to wash the dishes… At least, if you’ve paid for your meal!