I love food but I’ve never considered myself a ‘foodie’. Sure, I love to cook, I love to dine out, I love to entertain, and I love to try and eat healthy as much as I like to indulge every now and then. Yet, I don’t consider myself a food expert nor a culinary connoisseur. Rather, I just love food! Why so? Well, I think it’s because food is central to one of the five senses – taste – and, as such, it’s both the fabric of our memories, and a catalyst for remembering them, too.For me, this is most true when it comes to a Sunday roast dinner. As many of you know, I grew up in England and every Sunday my family would gather to eat a Sunday roast together. It’s a meal that consists of a roast meat (we usually had chicken) paired with three veggies and roast potatoes, served with lashings of piping hot gravy! This was a food routine in our household that happened every Sunday come rain or shine, snow or high water (literally, even when our village flooded when I was about seven we still had our Sunday roast – I remember it clear as day!). Aside from my dear family and friends, a traditional British Sunday roast dinner is definitely one of the things I miss most since I moved to America.However, the great thing about food is you can experience it almost anywhere, anytime. The smells, the tastes and even the experience of preparing the meal from the grocery store shop to chopping the vegetables and roasting the meat – it’s all part of what makes up that ‘fabric’ of the special memories this meal holds in my heart. It wasn’t the easiest meal to make in our NYC apartment (fellow New Yorkers know what I mean when I say the kitchens are small and the ovens are often older than the occupant!) but we did try on a few occasions. However, now that we recently finished the renovations on our beach house kitchen we’re able to cook traditional Sunday roasts again in a full-size kitchen. Yay! I’m so happy we can finally cook Sunday roast dinners again because it’s a routine that I find comforting. There’s just something about it that feels like the perfect way to round out each week on a Sunday afternoon or evening.In fact, the completion of our new kitchen couldn’t have come at a better time because Captial One recently launched the Savor℠ card. This is a unique new credit card that makes it possible to earn unlimited cashback while doing what you love – gathering with family and friends and turning meals into memories. We plan to host lots of dinner parties with our friends at the beach house (and we still plan to eat out a lot in the city thanks to that small apartment kitchen, too!) so it’s great to know that with the Savor card customers can earn unlimited cash back: 3% on dining, 2% on grocery purchases, and 1% on all other purchases. Pretty neat, right? Oh, and there’s a $150 bonus after spending $500 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening and no annual fee. Score!
Do you have any food memories or routines that make you smile? I’d love to hear!
// Photography & styling by Will Taylor