Thursday, March 12, 2009

Day 12- $1 a day

Yesterday I had my first real cup o’ Joe in 11 days of being on this experiment. Coffee was being served at a meeting I was attending, and that coffee tasted like the private reserve of the finest nectar that the gods had set aside for a special occasion. Yesterday I also had some chocolate. My new favorite man in the whole world was passing out free samples at the farmer’s market, and that chocolate tidbit tasted like the Crown Jewel of Chocolate that Lady Godiva, Scharffen Berger, Joseph Schmidt, and Mary See’s had co-created to distribute to all nations in order to bring peace on earth. Both gave me GREAT pleasure.

“Pleasure” isn’t a word I would use to describe my $1 a day diet. The food I ingest is chosen primarily for nutritional and economic value, and not for pleasure. Contrast this with the rest of my life, in which admittedly most of the food I eat is for pleasure, rather than nutritional value. The pendulum has swung to the other side.

So I put the question out there for comment—are there any nutritious foods that you get immense pleasure from eating? And while we are at it, what are the non-nutritious foods that give you pleasure?


  1. I'm reading this at 6am. I'm pissed because I bought new premium ground coffee yesterday, but I left it in my friend's car. So I'm drinking damn black tea instead! Thanks for the perspective.

  2. There are many, many nutritious foods that I eat for pleasure. Growing up in Hawaii, and now living in the Bay, I feel like I've had access to the best fruits in the world - mangoes, passionfruit and pineapple segued to peaches, blueberries and nectarines. I've had the best. But these wonderful nutritious foods are often over priced as well. I remember the first time I spent $3 for a peach at a Farmer's Market. And I was buying this directly from the farmer?

  3. mangoes fresh off my friend andy's tree in kailua - yum! fresh and free! and must you ask about fav non-nutritious foods?

  4. I like cheese when it is all melty and gooey (i think that counts as nutritious) =O).

    A new favorite is carrot sticks. Not too many and not all the time, but when I get the hankerin' the crunchy juicy sweet goodness can't be beat!

  5. Yummmm. Those are all good ideas, but the only one I can afford is carrot sticks. I'm kind of sorry I asked, but I guess it can be just as fun talking about good food as eating it, right? Right? Nah..... I don't think so after all....