In my younger years my parents seemed to constantly (and jokingly) ask me “Do you eat to live?” or “Do you live to eat?” Usually with a face-full of homemade pasta and Sunday sauce (If you’re Italian you KNOW your Sunday sauce/gravy when you taste/smell it- for those who have yet to experience the Sunday Sauce greatness, it’s not your local Olive Garden’s pasta sauce- trust me.), I’d always answer with the same response: I Live to EAT.
This mantra has been the driving force behind my travel and restaurant going activities. When I explore new destinations, I want to taste everything new and different, I want to experience dishes I could not get anywhere else, I want to indulge like the locals do…I want to savor everything. But the headlines in the news this past week has put my words to live by in the forefront of my mind about, not only mine, but society as a whole’s general dining habits. The one story I am referring to is the irony that unfolded at the Heart Attack Grill (as presented below by ABC World News Now)- where a man eating a 6000-calorie meal had an apparent heart attack.
PURE IRONY- right? But also what about When in Rome? (Or in this case Vegas…) When it come’s to eating habits (as well as life) we have the free will to choose what we eat, where we eat it, and when. It’s easy to visit a restaurant, such as the Heart Attack Grill or even those most expensive or high quality restaurant in town, and indulge in food varieties we probably should be staying away from otherwise, but partake in because of that “when in Rome” feeling. I’ve done it- and I’m sure a lot of other people of done it- eat for the experience. This incident of the heart attack from the Triple Bypass Burger will not kill my “eating for the experiences” when I travel, but it does add a sense of awareness to this foodie behavior.