Trouble With Toast

Food fondness | May 21, 2008

As I enjoyed the company and the grub (fried oysters, grilled asparagus and corn, and blueberry pie, yum) at the Tackle Box last night, I realized how much DC has done to cultivate my love of all things culinary. Sure, I’ve always loved to eat, and I’ve been cooking at home since I was a teenager. But until I came to our nation’s capital, food was a necessity–though an enjoyable one–rather than a passion.

Here, I was faced with infinite dining possibilities, many of which presented quality and creativity beyond anything I had experienced previously. I was offered the freshest seasonal produce at area farmers’ markets, which made home cooking more exciting and varied. I was the closest I’d ever lived to New York City and other great food destinations, a geographic boon of which I should have taken greater advantage. Most importantly, though, DC introduced me to countless individuals whose love for food influenced and shaped my own.

Thanks to recommendations from other local diners, I feel like I’ve truly tasted all that DC has to give. I’ve eaten at amazing restaurants (and I have one more on my list–Komi, which I will enjoy before I leave), I’ve met some incredible chefs and restaurant owners, and I’ve really forged a bond with the city through its many delicious offerings and its welcoming and accessible culinary community.

When I move to Atlanta on Saturday, I will be sad to leave these individuals and businesses behind. However, I will bring with me everything that DC has taught me about food–that its beauty does not have to be complicated or pretentious, that it can make you laugh and cry in the same meal, that it is an important social and political issue, that it can forge lifelong friendships and intense arguments, and that, at the end of the day, it’s all about a connection between the people who create it and the people who enjoy it.

Thanks for the journey, DC–I’m a better cook, eater, and person because of it.

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4 Comments »

  1. Aw, BJ…you are really going to be missed. You were always a phenomenal person, so don’t give DC too much credit. Food has brought us together and for this I am infinitely thankful. You are a kind, compassionate, hysterical person who is never above telling stories of personal humiliation to cheer me up. I’ve have not met a soul who has nothing but fantastic things to say about you. I am so sad we only met a few short months ago, but I know we will be friends for the long haul.

    And watch out Atlanta…I will be coming to raise hell in a few months.

    Comment by Lemmonex — May 21, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  2. Have fun at Komi! I haven’t been in about a year, but the memories…ah, the memories… 🙂

    Comment by Dana — May 21, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

  3. Aw, Lem–thanks so much for the kind words! I’m so thankful that our food blogs sparked our love. 🙂 Can’t wait to get you to Atlanta for a visit–the city won’t know what hit it!

    Comment by bettyjoan — May 22, 2008 @ 10:20 am

  4. Thanks, Dana–I’ve heard great things!

    Comment by bettyjoan — May 22, 2008 @ 10:20 am


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