When I was a little girl my mother jokingly posed the question 'Do you eat to live or live to eat?'. I had no answer in the because I had never really thought about food past my active likes and dislikes. However contrived it seems when bored I do give this some thought. Am I living to eat or eating because that is the means my body needs to get on with everything?
Being older food has more meaning, depth and politics around it. Past the much debated politics of the body - i.e. obesity, anorexia etc - there are more complex unanswered questions surrounding sustainability, the longevity of traditional practices and health (especially fascinating to me is the current conversation around GMO's). Often it seems that there is choice when in fact there is only a small myriad of a narrow selection being offered to people due to economic, political and environmental reasons.
Beyond politics and the current state of being food is about exploration of my palate. I chart growth with both my changing tastes and my willingness to do try more sophisticated re-imaginations of common fare.
Everytime I get the time and chance to have a physical catch up with a friend or two I try to dare myself to try something new. Good food fuels conversation and in my mind exploring food that isn't familiar will lead to conversation that isn't contrived.
My exploration with Mexican cuisine had never ventured further sub par tacos fuelled by Old El Paso. Tres Carnales Taqueria was the resturant selected by Gelline for a post Christmas catch up.
The food was hearty but what really captured my was the effortless manner in which the decor, music and attitude came together. Below are a few images I tried to take without being too noticeable.