My name is Susy Bando. You can Call Me a Food Lover but please do not call me a foodie. Your definition of foodie may be different than mine but in my mind, a foodie is pretentious about their food experiences. I think of myself as a person who loves to eat, cook, find amazing eating spots, browse interesting grocery stores, watch a whole lot of food tv and drive a hundred miles out of the way to visit a farmers market. I always have food on my mind. My first thought of the day is what am I going to have for lunch, (as I don’t eat breakfast),and from there, I’m generally thinking about what I want for dinner and where I’m going to shop for it.
I like talking about food, taking food photos and planning my travels solely around eating. Up until I started Call Me A Food Lover, I’ve never been motivated to put my thoughts to words. But then I heard the 3 words that inspired me to start blogging, “The French Laundry”. As soon as I was able to secure a precious reservation to my “#1 places I wanted to eat at before I die”, I knew I had to start learning how to document my food adventures. So I did, not knowing what would become of it or if I’d even enjoy it. The results? A meal that exceeded high expectations and Call Me a Food Lover has become my on-going excuse to eat REALLY well.
Some chicken nuggets about me:
1st food memory – fresh sea urchin on a cucumber slice when I was 5 years old.
1st food tv show(s) – There were a few. My mom and I watched the Galloping Gourmet, Wok with Yan and the Urban Peasant religiously.
I learned to love food when – I became a fake vegetarian for a boy in my 20’s. Before then, I was pretty anti-“Ethnic”. I was brought up on Japanese, Chinese and small town (red sauce) Italian. When I became “vegetarian” I became exposed to the flavors of India and Thailand. Those 6 weeks changed my life forever.
Best foie gras I ever had – pan seared on a crostini with Apricot jam at Alona Berri in San Sebastian, Spain.
Favourite “salad” – Nam Kao Tod aka crispy rice salad from Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas
If I could -I’d eat potatoes every day. French fried, chips, mashed, hashbrowned. Potatoes are my kryptonite, and thus I try to stay away.
Favourite chef quote #1 – “When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about.” – Thomas Keller
Favourite chef quote #2 – “one must eat good food to know how to make good food” – Jiro Ono, Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoy!
Thanks to my friend Mary from Frame Photography for taking these photos and making me look so good!