Feeling full?? It’s okay, as long as Joey is at the table with you!! He’ll eat whatever you don’t finish along with his own meal!! I always knew he ate quickly and I knew he ate a lot – he’s 6′ 5″ (195 centimeters) if you couldn’t see him from a mile away – so obviously he needs a lot of fuel. But it never ceases to amaze how much and how quickly he eats, while still being a tennis star with the look of a modern Hercules…héhéhé.
After a semester in Beijing, he visited me in Seoul as a final hurrah in the best continent in the world…Asia!! First of all, I didn’t have to do any mental acupuncture on him considering he’s practically an Asian at this point. Secondly, my parents and family were SO impressed…even by him as a person!! (not just his appetite). He was able to eat traditional Soybean Paste Soup, Kimchi, Spicy Marinated Fish – things even I can’t bring myself to eat. I’m pretty sure he got to know Seoul through food – from restaurant to restaurant, from meal to meal. For one meal – ONE MEAL – we ate a pizza, a cheeseburger, three tacos, and two quesadillas…average.
I only take the time to write about this because food is as essential to my family as water is to fish. We don’t necessarily go swimming in it (although I doubt any of us would hesitate to go swimming in a pool of Nutella) but food certainly is the basis of much of our existence. As many of my friends know, I plan what to eat for lunch while eating breakfast, plan what to eat for dinner while eating lunch, and so on. I guess these wonderfully unobnoxious traits from my family!! I kid you not, my family has gotten into arguments over ramen, the quantity of fried chicken I consume, and even over what would go better with the kimchi, wine or beer…
But I think it’s fair to place food high up on my list of priorities. On a basic level, it’s a matter of survival. If you don’t eat, you’ll die…SURPRISE!! But one of the things I’ve learned recently, although a little late in the game, is that you have an appetite when you are healthy. The only time I have ever lost my appetite is when I’ve been sick, which is why if I didn’t appreciate food before, I appreciate all the more now. The love of food comes with health, and health is absolutely the most important thing in a person’s existence, not subjectively, but objectively – you cannot function properly in bad health – you cannot love properly, you cannot think properly, you just cannot be happy.
So it’s natural for me and my family to adore Joey because on a deeper level, he has an understanding of food and a good appetite. He’s also just a bright, positive homie with a contagious energy. I can’t wait for him to visit again, so I can spend quality time with him…eating.
Here is some of the lovely food that has moved on from this earth…into our stomachs 🙂
Check out my other post with more Korean Food Porn!!