Last night, I was over at a friends place and we were catching up and watching Julie & Julia (2009) the movie based on two true life stories of women who had food and cooking changed their lives. This was my second time watching the movie and so I wasn’t paying too much attention to it, but it really made me feel hungry. We went to In-N-Out Burger and I ordered my usual number 2 combo, animal style fries, no onions on either, and a root beer. After taking the first bite out of my burger that I finally felt, that I was back home in San Jose. Food connects everyone and brings them together. Just like in the movie, the taste of food just makes you feel warm and happy, and takes all your worries away. You can have a terrible day at work and things go terribly wrong, but the right food can make you feel like everything will be OK.
I don’t mean to say that I eat In-N-Out Burger exclusively in San Jose, but it just brings back certain memories that I’ve had here. My first In-N-Out experience was when my mom took me to eat one after getting a haircut one day. And last time I was home in the summer, I was able to hang out with the cast of “The Chase” by Jeffery Lo (a theatrical play written and directed by JLo). I can’t list all the other memories and feelings of nostalgia I had just sitting there eating my order.
I’ve never appreciated how much food makes me feel. I’ve been a picky eater for most of my life, recently however I’ve gotten to love all food. Home Cooking tastes so good when you haven’t had it in a while, and since I haven’t been home in over half a year it makes me happy just to taste my mom and uncle’s cooking. It makes me feel safe and warm inside.
I really want to go restaurant hopping one day and just taste new types of cuisine. Maybe I should give cooking a try.