Love Is… Bonding Over Food

My husband and I have known each other for almost eight years. And in all these years our best memories and favorite stories have been that of our food adventures. Even though we find great comfort in home-cooked meals, we love going out to eat. Mostly it’s the same kind of food, but we still like to try it everywhere possible.

In the last three years, we’ve been travelling extensively and have been shifting from one place to another. But this hasn’t changed our food habits much, because our favorites remain the same. Now stationed in our home city, thanks to the pandemic, we’re out and about eating all our loved meals.

So what did we try this weekend?

This weekend meal happened because of a midnight craving. My husband was watching random food videos (as usual) and then couldn’t help raving about his childhood Chole Bhature (Chickpeas and Fried Bread) place. Being a famous North Indian dish, Chole Bhature is available at most joints. But when you’re seeking the best flavor, you have got to trust the expert. In this case, my husband.

Chole Bhature: Look at those delicious Chutneys…

The minute he shared his experience and spoke about the delicious chutney they serve with the dish, all I could think about was food. So our midnight craving led us to decide our breakfast for the next morning.

At 10:30 am, we left our home and headed straight to the restaurant. We were the only ones there, and for a minute, I did doubt my husband’s choice. He, one the other hand, was super excited and placed our order right away. The service was quick, and our mouth-watering meal was in front of us. Now, it was not exactly the taste I was expecting or craving, but it was delicious, nonetheless.

More than the meal, I enjoyed the excitement my husband showed and how he relished every bite. He told me how he would come to this restaurant with his best friend and wait for long before their turn, as it was always full of people. As he spoke, I looked around and saw people coming in. The restaurant (even though it had low capacity due to the pandemic) was full in no time.

It’s in moments like these that you realize what a beautiful thing food is. It is a great conversation starter, a way to bond, share and experience. Our love for food brought us to this place, and I got to know something new about my husband. We made plans, spoke about things we would otherwise not have time to discuss and had a great time together.

Now, even though we took back extra calories, it was worth every bite and we had a beautiful memory to count on. So step out (safely), explore and relish or cook your favorite meals with your favorite person. After all, love is bonding over food!

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