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Presenting a unique experience of food in this age (with the generalization of international cuisine, and, our lowered standards and expectations) is both simple and sometimes difficult. When most people do not personally interact with whole foods, 'ingredients', and they do not cook much any more, what basis is left to appreciate fine dining?
Too Fast Food
We do not necessarily need to single out fast food purveyors as the problem. After all, the fast speeds of people's lives, and therefore the fast speeds at which they eat (so fast, indeed, that some people are losing the memory of a real 'square' meal, a 'sit down' meal, a time of ingestion, repose and proper digestion) have created the market for fast food.
Therefore, the key to a cuisine revolution — that is, an overall, society-wide transformation of expectations toward food and eating — is a revolution in how much importance people place on their physical existence.
Is Offline Odd?
To tell the truth, most of us are not living physical lives during a lot of our days. Culture and society have reached a point at which using something virtual (the Web, smartphone apps, computer software, even home appliances that can make bread, coffees and some food automatically) is normal and expected.
Under those conditions, what does one expect when dining out in a restaurant? The real food found there — which is known to have been made consciously by people specialized in foods — is almost a novelty.
We expect a reunion with wholesome eating and food, but also, we in some sense indulge in outsourcing the entire production of our food to somebody else. That always happens in society — every individual usually does not cook for oneself because it's impractical.
The opposite extreme (where hardly anybody cooks anymore) has become too prevalent. Here at Bleu Boheme, we cannot help being a part of a special moment in history for food.
At a time when new casino sites replace land-based casinos, and so many forms of entertainment have been consolidated online, eating will remain a strictly physical experience — easy to tempt, but impossible to appease with images on a screen.