Rogue Pepper is a blog about food: our journey with and love letter to eating well.
As my own less than athletic body type will attest, food and I go way back, but in the last few years something about this relationship has changed. In trying to pinpoint what’s contributed to my evolving taste buds and personal philosophy on food, there are a few things that come into play. . .
- We’ve traveled more in the last 5 years than all other years before that combined.
- Our health, weight, and overall wellbeing have become a priority. Your 30’s will do that to you.
- We’re willing and excited to try new things, from a rainbow of produce to lamb tongue and bone marrow.
- Phoenix has an amazing food culture and community that we try and explore – having a killer Chef friend helps.
- We enjoy cooking, learning how to cook, and generally spending time in the kitchen.
- Hungry for Change | Food Inc. | The Omnivore’s Dilemma | Etc. Etc.
Rogue Pepper will include food reviews, what we’re making at home, and a take on what eating well means to us. We’re not experts, pretty far from it. . . just a couple who eats.
Aside from latent fat-kid tendencies, I think my love of food culture is enforced because I find it to be the intersection of my other interests.
As an amateur urbanist, I love getting out and exploring the city; determined to favor new experiences over old ones, and discovery over routine. That’s not to say that I don’t have favorites I enjoy, but I find that a lot of that is predicated on variety of menu, as well. In our travels, we have a long-standing rule to not eat at any place we could find back home, and in recent years we’ve moved away from chains and embraced localism and supporting small businesses more and more.
Additionally, food culture helps mediate my introverted side, and increases social engagement. Breaking bread is the thing we naturally do when getting together with friends or family, which is great, because it gives me something to do with my hands.
Lastly, I’ve always enjoyed being in the kitchen, getting the instant gratification when you totally pull off a dish, and the deeper gratitude of sharing a loved-one’s creations. In hindsight, I can see that some of the poor choices I’ve made with food could also be attributed to boredom from making the same limited repertoire of meals. Thankfully, the changes we’ve made to improve our food decisions in the recent page have also reinvigorated my joy of cooking. Put me in front of a fridge full of produce and protein, and prepare to be amazed, and maybe a little bit puzzled.
If I had to set a goal for Rogue Pepper, I’d hope that it at least provides a little help for our friends and acquaintances, introducing them to great options around town. I’d love it if we’re able to inspire others to improve their own tactics and what they are sharing with their families, but I’ll settle for a few folks finding a really good taco and giving me a mental high-five.