I thought this was kind of an interesting question from the Daily Prompt.
Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.
Yeah, Ok, I’ll bite. But just this once, you tease.
The title of this blog goes back to a comment I made to some friends of mine one time. thanks to the wonders of technology, I have the original quote. ”It is like candy. You cannot eat all candy or you will die. You have to eat only the best candy. And even then, only a few times a year, like Easter and Halloween.”
From there, it turned in to a bit of a meme among that group of friends. ”Only play the best video games.” ”Only watch the best movies.” etc.
When I started throwing around the idea of a blog, it seemed only logical as a theme for the blog. And it’s not just a meme-turned-blog-title… it’s also something that matters to me. I believe in the concept. Oh, not literally, because sometimes you take what you have available (you don’t turn down the budlight at the party if that’s what they are offering). But the basic idea that we should focus on the best things in life, and try to consume only the best things… well, that’s a real ethos, isn’t it? Why waste your time on bad food? bad beer? bad whiskey? bad movies and bad music? Why play bad video games? Why wear bad clothes and shoes?
And bad doesn’t mean “cheap.” Bad means something different for everyone… but the central thesis is that we should enjoy our life experiences. And we should maximize that enjoyment based on the resources we have available to us. If you can’t afford steak, eat the best vegetables until you can afford steak. If you can’t afford the $300 Le Creuset dutch oven, Tramontina makes some nice stuff for much less. You don’t have to buy the $340 Rancilio Rocky grinder to make espresso… the Baratza Encore will do the job for under $130. The point is, don’t go to Walmart and pick up whatever they have on the shelf. Do your research. We live in the internet era… information is at your fingertips. Take advantage of that.
I’ll leave you with a comment made by Eric Ripert when I saw he and Anthony Bordain do a Q&A session here in Louisville. This is paraphrasing, but he said that “if you cannot afford to buy local, organic and free range chicken, just eat chicken less often. And when you do, buy the good stuff.”
I think that’s good advice, Eric.