Ask any of my friends and they will tell you the word delicious is, and always will be, my favorite word. The word conjures up decadence and pleasure. Well, it’s downright tasty. If I get the opportunity to open up my own restaurant or bar, it will be called Delicious! I inherited my love of the word from my Mom. All the things she loved in life were delicious, from a great meal, to a dip in the pool, to a big kiss on my cheek. As a restaurant consultant, I am blessed to live in a world of absolute deliciousness. At the same time, I’m cursed with never enough time to work off the demands of my delicious world on the Stairmaster.
Naturally all restaurants strive to offer delicious food. What makes something delicious is hard to define. It’s very much a personal choice. For some, delicious will be a refined composition of exquisite taste, a dish executed with laborious technique and studious care. Ultimately, a dish you would never dream of replicating at home, such as Chef Perry Hoffman’s Roasted Veal Loin with Braised Cheek, Chanterelle Mushrooms and Medjool Dates from the Michelin Star restaurant étoile at Domaine Chandon in Napa Valley. For others, delicious could be something as simple as a good burger. I love Chef Scott Howard’s Pimento Cheese Burger at Brick & Bottle in Corte Madera, CA. What makes this dish special is its use of the nostalgic southern favorite, Pimento Cheese. It makes me pine for the grandmamma I never had.
Back to the mother I did have, she was more of an entertainer than a cook. Her idea of a delicious evening was for our family to eat Chinese take out in front of the TV. When she did cook, it was a labor of love. The most delicious thing I have ever eaten, to this day, would have to be my mother’s meatloaf. Her ketchup glazed classic (retro even then) had a surprise filling of egg noodles that would absorb all the savory juices as it wascooked. It was so good. My mom’s secret ingredient for making everything delicious was grape jelly, but that’s just between us.
So go out and dive into your own exploration of delicious. We’re lucky that today’s chefs constantly strive to give us the opportunity to discover delicious foods whenever we visit their restaurants. Of course, delicious means different things to different people. I can promise you this, you will know delicious when you taste it. Dig in!