Which is why I am ECSTATIC when I encounter good eats. My loot from Casa Carmela Kitchen:
|Pitaw, chicken inasal paté and Bacolod chorizo paté.
|Carmelinas pastilles, piayitos in mascovado and mango flavor.
The outside is not enough, though. Once the package is opened, the product itself must look good.
|The pastille is perfect with a cup of strong coffee after dinner.
|The bañadas look all cute and cuddly inside the basket.
But is yumminess subjective? What tastes good to me might not taste good to you, and who can say who's the "better" eater? I believe that there is a standard, though-- a measuring stick that everyone can relate to and understand.
Food must be comforting yet complex. It must be familiar but not necessarily obvious. It can be the traditional version or an update or reinvention. It's never really anything completely new and alien. Good food always carries with it a whiff of our childhood.
At the same time, it must challenge the palate and elevate the senses of the ones who eat it. Otherwise, it's not FUN.
Take it from Cookie Monster: Enjoy your food.
Casa Carmela Kitchen does a much better job of describing their stuff. Check out their website.