By Anthony Totri ’16
Something everyone likes is food.
Though our love for food is shared, it does not necessarily mean we share the same desire to eat certain foods.
For instance, Counselor Mr. Gil Martinez has a fondness for Mexican food, but specifically New Mexican food.
“I like the New Mexican food with the red and green chiles, the flavor of the enchiladas and tacos, it has a little more tang than typical Mexican food,” Mr. Martinez said.
He said it’s the hot and spicy taste that he enjoys most, which is completely different from varsity football player Andy Hynes ’16’s love for Indian food.
“I like the spices, and [Indian food] is just different,” Hynes said.
Hynes and Mr. Martinez have favorite meals, but they also have foods they would prefer not to eat.
Mr. Martinez disapproves of German food.
“It just tastes very bland to me. I might as well be eating shredded paper,” Mr. Martinez said.
Meanwhile, Hynes isn’t too fond of sushi.
“I used to like it, but I got food poisoning one time and ever since then I’ve hated it,” he said.
One faculty member who doesn’t have a least favorite food is Mr. Chris Ramsey.
“I have literally never said that I do not like a certain food. I guess I have to try more international cuisines to get something I don’t like,” Mr. Ramsey said.
In fact, he does not really have a favorite ethnic food either.
“I eat meats usually. I like the way they season it and prepare it,” he said.
Mr. Ramsey may not have a favorite food, but he definitely has a favorite memory about eating.
“I remember Saturday mornings mom used to make pancakes, from coconut, chocolate, nut peanut butter, strawberry, all sorts of combinations. Those were awesome Saturday memories,” he said.
Similar to Mr. Ramsey, Mr. Martinez’s love for New Mexican food comes from the experiences he had with his family at a younger age.
“Around the holidays when I was growing up the family would get together, maybe 50 or 60 of us, all of our moms and aunts would be in the kitchen preparing food all day, and it would be a feast,” he said.
“It just reminds me of family and good times back in the day,” Mr. Martinez said.
A recent survey of 1,000 people conducted by the National Restaurant Association found Italian food to be the most popular of all.
“Sixty-one percent of the 1,000 people surveyed by the NRA said they eat Italian food at least once a month, and 26 percent said they eat it a few times a year,” according to Nation’s Restaurant News.
In an informal survey of 30 students and faculty regarding their favorite type of food the numbers diverted from the NRA survey.
Thirty percent said they preferred Mexican food, with Italian food and other types of food that weren’t original choices both taking 20 percent.