Originally Posted by ardecila
Wish I had the budget to be a gourmand...
To be honest, though, the whole competition among chefs to out-decadent each other is revolting. Duck confit hash? I like duck confit but can't imagine making it even more unhealthy.
I'm not averse to eating well but this is ridiculous and Chicago in particular takes it to new heights. Even New Orleans isn't this bad.
I work at a catering company and live in a studio apartment. My budget is shit. I just happen to prefer spending more of any extra money I might have than the average person does on eating well.
I've never encountered a person who thought it was "bad" and "ridiculous" to use your sense of taste and celebrate food. If you don't want to live life to it's fullest, then that is your prerogative. But don't criticize people who do seek out life's pleasures. You might as well start waging your finger at people who spend money to hear live music or look at beautiful art.
Oh, and something else you touched on that irks me to no end and is a giant misconception is the notion that you have to spend exorbitant amounts of money to eat high quality food. That is absolutely false. Some of the best food you can find in Chicago is in random hole-in-the-wall joints. But even things like the 'appallingly offensive and over the top duck confit hash in question is only like twelve bucks. People like spending their money on different things than you. Get over it.