As a child, I despised food.
I was one of those finicky kids who made eating a huge ordeal. I didn’t like anything about food – the taste, how it made me feel, the process of eating. If I ever ate, it was for the sake of surviving. I have vivid memories of eating 1 string of spaghetti and pretending to be full just because I didn’t want to eat anymore.
When I entered high school, something in my brain (and stomach) flipped a switch and my passion for food and restaurants started building. I started actually enjoying food and the process of eating. My tongue began breaking down flavors and discovering how they worked together to produce a beautiful and delectable work of art.
Looking back, it’s hard to believe that I am the same person I was prior to high school. I think back to those days with confusion and anger, telling myself… how could you miss out on ~15 years of food?! Those 15 years are not lost. I am making up for them right now. Now my appetite is too big for my brain to handle and my passion for food is on overdrive.
That is why I started Resto Manifesto.
This is my way of channeling my inner foodie to the world.
- Sophia Siddiqi