September 9th is National “I Love Food Day,” but shouldn’t this be every day? Well, it is for me. There’s no doubt I love food. I enjoy cooking (and eating) and learning about food history. But the real reason I love food is because it’s one of the primary ways I connect with people and places.
I’ve said it before, but I learn a lot about culture and community through food. I’m an immigrant kid who was born in the Philippines; and when I moved to the United States, I learned so much about my new environment through food. I remember our neighbors bringing us food to welcome us to the block. And we were able to share our Filipino food with others (my mom’s pancit and lumpia were big hits!), which made them want to learn more about our family and culture.
Food is our common ground, a universal experience.James Beard
How are you celebrating National I Love Food Day? Do you have a favorite dish to make? Or a favorite restaurant in your neighborhood? If you consider yourself a “foodie,” let me know why in the comments! I’m always curious to know what sparks a person’s interest in food.