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Bradley and I have long shared a passion for food. In fact it’s one of the first things we noticed and loved about each other. So it was with this passion in our hearts and a babysitter at home for the first time since Vivien was born, that we made our way into the city last night to hear Michal Pollan speak.  Before heading to the talk we decided to grab a bite at a lovely little tapas bar called Movida.

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It was just delightful to be out, together, at night again and we enjoyed some wonderful food including tinned mussels! Yes, most of us wouldn’t consider tinned seafood a delicacy, but apparently if the Spanish like something, they are inspired to pack it into a tin and save it. Sounds counter intuitive, but actually, their tinned seafood is some of the best (tinned or fresh) available and I have to say, it was a bit of a revelation – perhaps my favourite part of the meal.

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Hearing Michael Pollan speak was entertaining and such a nice refresher on his book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”. I enjoyed being reminded of some of his simple rules to help steer the modern omnivore in his or her food choices:

Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Don’t eat anything your grandmother would not recognise as food.

Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot.

and so forth… Good basic ideas. It made us feel good about the way we cook and eat. It made us look forward to having a garden again and perhaps a bit more time to cook.