Despite the fact that I am a Type 2 diabetic1, honest to goodness, and as God as my witness, there’s just no way that I can ever deny it: Adri + FOOD =
Today, October 24, is National Food Day, here in the U.S., at least. Sure, we all eat everyday, it’s the only way for us to sustain and nurture ourselves and live a longer life, however, this particular Food Day is a whole lot more than just eating food in general. National Food Day is about the celebration and the advocacy of healthy, affordable, sustainable, and delicious food. We’re talking about local, fresh, organic, and naturally-grown food that provides all the nutrients that our bodies truly need that becomes lacking from processed foods and foods that are, I don’t know how to say this, maybe… genetically engineered?
This is a rather perfect day regarding the advocacy and promotion of Proposition 37: The Requirement of Food Producers to provide labels on foods that are genetically engineered. For me, I’m somewhat partial to this proposition, after all, a YES vote would ensure us that our children and ourselves are eating the types of food that may be genetically engineered, and that whatever ingredients included in there are guaranteed safe. The labeling would help provide us the differences between what is actually “all-natural” and what isn’t. The only disadvantage of this, like all the other propositions open for voting in the upcoming elections in November, is that doing the labeling would costs these food companies, as well as local farmers, fishers, and such, money. In short, more taxes. So, we’re stuck with being undecided on how this should work. I mean it’s logical that the labeling is definitely necessary, but the cost of making this proposition to work? Something to think about…
The Bay Area (and I say this loud and proud) have been a long-time advocate of preparing dishes made by locally grown, sustainable, and all-natural food.2 I used to dine out at a lot of neighboring restaurants around workplaces when I used to work full-time years ago and always promoted that all their dishes are made from the finest, freshest, all-natural ingredients. Even here in the hometown, there are plenty of restaurants and markets that do sell and promote locally-grown fresh, all-natural food. It’s also what California Cuisine is primarily based upon, along with the fusion of cooking styles and ingredients from all around the world. I guess you could say that this is how much we love and revere food. Good food for sustainable longer, healthier lives, you know?
So today, I want to celebrate National Food Day by preparing something fresh and all-natural. Of course, parents would be hard to convince, as I know they would rather eat the usual Pinakbet and Pinapaitan-type dishes for dinner, which is something I’m not really in to. Evil Ilocana me.
Anyway, in conclusion, make sure you go to your local market to shop for these fresh ingredients or visit a restaurant where they celebrate and revere food on this wondrous day. GO FOOD!
On the sidenote...
- but still in control of my “inner sweetness,” so to speak… [↩]
- Alice Waters and Chez Panisse. Word. [↩]