I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. All my coping tips are under this tag.
Today’s tip is to eat mindfully. Appreciate the texture, taste, and smell of your food.
I don’t do this too often, especially lately. I have a plainer diet, though I am slowing down how I eat and appreciating the few things I do eat.
However, I was invited to an amazing dinner by Brent Ozar in London and I went out of my way to try and appreciate the food. I’m not a foodie, but I did enjoy the time at one of Gordon Ramey’s restaurants where the chefs are trying to show off.
This was an oyster. Looks like an oyster, but it was jellied, like a gummi bear or other jell candy. Softer, and quite amazing. I don’t love oysters, but this was something special, with the jellied taste instead of a slimy one.
Roast duck was amazing. The presentation was something, as we saw the whole duck. But then this slice smelled wonderful, and it was tender and full of the duck flavor, with a blend of spices accenting things. The side was turnips, with a turnip puree as a paste. Not a fan, usually, but this was an enjoyable bite.
The fish was great. Cod, but with caviar on it, and potatoes under. The popping of the caviar, slightly salty, with a very tender, flaky fish. Amazing.
There was more, and all of it made for a wonderfully memorable evening.