I like food , of all kinds , but there is a limit to how far I will go to indulge a craving . Yesterday , I was watching a food show about the best places for ribs and one of the restaurants they covered was Charlie Vergo’s Rendezvous in Memphis TN. After scenes showing slabs of ribs being prepared in the smoker , they interviewed some of the happy diners . One couple claimed to have driven all the way from Atlanta GA., five hours away by car. They also mentioned their in-laws who drive down from Minneapolis MN for an eating vacation in Memphis during which they have at least two meals at Vergo’s. Minneapolis to Memphis …that’s eight hundred miles one way ! Much as I love ribs , that is something I wouldn’t consider , even for a minute.
Some of us , it seems , will go to any lengths to satisfy our food cravings . I have read of one place in rural Texas that is famous for its steaks and has a runway within taxiing distance of its parking lot. Wealthy Texans can hop into their private planes and hop over for a juicy steak with the fixings before heading home again . I know they are perfectly free to do as they wish with their money but this strikes me as a criminal waste of resources. Flying 150 -200 miles for a steak strikes me as decadent .
And then there was the pregnant woman in Venice, California whose water broke . As she was on her way to hospital , she had her husband stop at Baby Blues, a famous local rib joint, to pick up a large order of ribs . I hear their ribs taste great but I think this is a bit too much.
How far would I go to satisfy a yen for a particular food ? Well, I live in suburban New Jersey and we occasionally drive into Manhattan for a communal meal with relatives at a restaurant. That’s a distance of about 30-35 miles and I don’t think we would go much further. I note that we restrict ourself to Manhattan and never venture into Brooklyn or Queens which are further away. At most , I think we would drive 50 miles and it would be for the social aspect , the company , as much as for the food.
There are some people who structure their vacations around food, much as others focus on churches or museums or historical sites. I’ve heard of one chap who’s into soups. Whenever they go on a vacation , he makes it a point to read up on places they are visiting and sample the local soups.I can understand that ; it’s quite different from visiting a place solely for the food .
When it comes to food obsession, you’d have to go far , very far, to top the case of a young woman whose entire life revolves around food . I read an article about her a year ago and I can’t remember the details but the essentials are as follows : She was born in San Francisco, acquired her taste for food there and ,upon graduation ,moved to New York City , a mecca for foodies. She eats out , on average fourteen or fifteen times a week , sometimes breakfast , sometimes lunch or dinner, sometimes all three on the same day. At the beginning of each week , she draws up a meal plan , deciding where she is going to eat out that week. The choices are made after much perusal of restaurant reviews and blogs , and discussions with other foodies. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of restaurants ,new openings , closings , food trends , and ingredients and her conversations are almost always about food.She herself maintains a blog detailing her restaurant experiences. A pretty good cook, she often tries to recreate favorite dishes at home . She was in a relationship but they broke up because of differences over food. As can be imagined , almost everything left from her $ 70,000 /yr income after paying for essentials goes for food. She’s in her early thirties now but I wonder what she will feel twenty or thirty years from now when she looks back on her life. Will she feel it was well spent ? Or will she feel that it was a waste ? I do hope it is the former and not the latter.