Addictions and Resolutions

Hello, my name is Kristel and I am a chip addict. Truthfully, I never intend to recover from it.

 love their salty, light, crunchiness too much to ever give it up. Salt & Vinegar, BBQ, Sour Cream & Onion, Hickory Sticks, even the trendy new flavors such as Thai, Piri-Piri and General Tao that are filling the shelves… I love them all, I don’t discriminate!

However, I only sporadically buy some for the house since I can devour an entire bag of them in one sitting. I am not talking about a snack bag either but the regular sized ones from the grocery store. My addiction is so great that even though I know (and physically feel) they are not good for me, I keep going back for more until there is not a single crumb left.

Didn’t Mae West say that too much of a good thing can be wonderful? So this past holidays season, not only did I get to spend time with family and enjoy lots of yummy food, but I also binged on lots and lots of chips and it was glorious! Four or maybe five bags of chips later, vacation time is over. It is time to get back to  reality, and back to me not buying chips. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t deprive myself of them because that would be insanity; it’s simply that they are not part of my regular grocery list and they are a special treat to me once in a while.

After all the holiday treats, laughter and quarrels, it is time to make resolutions for 2011. Many of us make
them, a lot don’t and some of us keep them. I fall in every one of those categories at some point or other. Come on admit it, I’m sure you’ve thought about your own sort of food reform for 2011. I don’t usually make any food resolutions because I believe more in a balanced diet and eating everything you like in moderation (which includes the occasional bag of chips). For 2010, of my select few resolutions I had vowed to eat more vegetarian meals, to curb my meat consumption for better health and a better carbon footprint. I think I succeeded overall.

On a similar tangent, this year I want to learn more about different food properties and perspectives for healthier living. Crudessence, a restaurant based in Montreal and its surrounding areas, offers a variety of vegan and raw foodism services such as catering and an academy that features a wide selection of workshops (including a free introduction!). So after binging on chips, here comes the detox! As such, my resolution for 2011 is to participate in their 30 day detox workshop… I will let you know how that goes.

In the meantime, there are exciting things going on in Montreal this January. First, there is the 4th edition of the Happening Gourmand in Old Montreal. Great deals on Table d’hôte worth checking out but you have to reserve early if you want to eat! Second and also happening in Old Montreal, there is the Wildside Festival at the Centaur Theater. So why not make a dinner and a show date to ring-in the New Year for a second

Lastly, what are your resolutions for 2011?