A Mouthful of Fat for $40

My husband and I decided to go for a “fancy” brunch at one of the city’s finest restaurants. Led by a renowned chef, who has an environmental conscience and included locally grown foods on her menu, who could go wrong? We were inspired by the space, the decor was impeccable and the dining experience very well represented. Our bread arrived with a side of salt, served out of an oyster shell (beautiful). Our coffees arrived with a sugar bowl, where crystals were the size of quail eggs (dreamy). Then, my meal arrived. I had decided to venture for the scrambled eggs topped with a mixture of sweet onions and chanterelle mushrooms, so I was gravely saddened when at first bite, my taste buds were assaulted with a barrage of butter, which acted like a bulldozer over already flavorful foods such as eggs and chanterelle mushrooms. I played with my food, feeling extremely ungrateful that I had not enjoyed myself more. The salt and sugar crystals glittered mockingly at me at my disappointment. I asked for a side of fruit and was told politely by our server: “Sorry, we don’t serve that.” As I looked around the space at the many diners happily gulping down their ordered delights, I felt even more outcast. Being on a journey of returning to wholesome food, I suddenly felt that my motives were so far away from what the average taste bud desires: fat, sugar, and salt, and they are willing to pay for it, literally.


About danirenouf

I have been a registered dietitian since 2003, and very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in industry, clinical nutrition, public health, and private practice. Currently, I am extremely excited about pursuing entrepreneurial ventures which start with my private consulting practice and branch out into the food and culinary industry. I am busy every day developing my own food products and recipes, adapting traditional cooking techniques and incorporating new and innovative ways to prepare nutritious, delicious food. I am passionate about everything food-related, and aspire to engage others in "getting to know their food" - not all of us are cooks, or need to be, but all of us need to eat.
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3 Responses to A Mouthful of Fat for $40

  1. nele says:

    i can see a clear picture of you and your disappointment right in front of me. what a shame! well girl, i can satisfy your taste buds with tons of tropical fruits, just come on down.

    • danirenouf says:

      I am tempted! I bet the mangoes here have nothing on those of Brazil…just tried to use some for a cooking demo, and they were completely green…I guess they pick them under-ripe and ship them over, hoping they will ripen while they sit on store shelves, waiting to be purchased!

  2. Alison says:

    It’s all about eating wholistically. Organic, local, eco-friendly, ethical, and eating healthy all makes sense together, but restaurants, food companies, and people don’t always seem to care about all aspects of food.

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