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Monday, May 15, 2006

Does food taste better if you "smack"???

Today I was eating lunch at my desk with no human distractions: No boss around, no co-workers, no clients.  Due to my secluded environment I naturally found myself relaxed and able to fully enjoy my 12 inch Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sub.  As I focused my full attention upon the enjoyment of my lunch I began to notice that I was “smacking.”  Most of the time when we smack our food we are eating soup or something similar.  Yet I noticed a subtle smacking as I enjoyed my flavorful lunch.  It was such a positive eating experience that the question crossed my mind:  Does food taste better when we smack???

My theory is that the food does taste better when we smack.  This is because when we smack our guard is completely down.  We are in no way conscious about our surrounding environment and we have allowed our sense of taste to entirely dominate our present situation.  With our minds completely keen on our sense of taste we can fully absorb and enjoy all the wonderful taste of a particular meal.

So, the next time you want to really enjoy a meal – a Thanksgiving or Christmas feast, for example – go ahead and smack away…..Just tell everyone at the table that you are savoring the fullness of the taste sensation!


Anonymous said...

Jon, very interesting thoughts - remind me a bit of Jack Handy.
- Mindy

littlemorisot said...

Yes, very interesting thoughts, and very incisive I thought. I think I have to agree; the walls of expectations were down.
~ Lindsay

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Anonymous said...

So that means, even if you learn to chew with your mouth closed... and its more or less muscle memory. Meaning you don't have to think about it, it still takes away from the experience of food? So people with good manners and considerate of others cant know tasteful something is?
Another thing to consider, when you walk, do you have to think about walking or do you just do it? Does walking take away from smelling, touching, or seeing? Even if youre just standing and eating, are you so focused on standing that youre not getting the experience of the food?