Pavlov’s Taste Buds

I can still taste the lobster ravioli from this little cafe in Hermosa Beach. I used to go there with a boyfriend. Saffron sauce was the secret ingredient. I used to order lobster ravioli from every restaurant who offered it after that. But, it never measured up to my test bud memory of that lobster ravioli.

The taste of the tomato basil soup and the hot and crunchy fish at Barron’s Cafe in Longview, Texas was also something so imprinted in my taste bud memory as a pure delight that I once begged my wasband to FedEx it overnight.

Isn’t that fun? To have the memory of food. Unless of course it’s 1,000 miles away and you can’t taste it again.

These days with the gluten free diet, which every wellness practioner I’ve seen in the last several years insists I go on though it makes me secretly hate them, I like Mexican food, restaurants las colinasSee, restaurants in las colinasMexican food is traditionally made with corn tortillas. This matters. Because substitutes for flower products are not traditionally delicious. Mattitos, frisco tx restaurantsserves up authentically gluten free Mexican food. In fact, all of Texas has delicious Mexican food.

One of the things I’ve decided having sampled vegan food is that substitute food is not delicious. I’ve decided that people who eat alternative diets have one very special skill set and it’s not cooking. Their special skill set is tricking their taste buds into believing that brownies made out of black beans actually taste like brownies. They do not. Nachos made with cashew cheese, does not, in fact, make for delicious nachos. Gluten free bread can’t not even be called bread with a straight face. You utter the word bread in connection with gluten free substitutes and you have automatic liar mouth (that guilty face people make when they are telling an outright lie, you know the face, you’ve seen it on your spouse and your kids.)

Food can be delicious. Food substitutes, not so much. I’m still wrapping my brain around this gluten free business. At least, I can still eat corn chips and salsa.


Tracee Sioux is a Law of Attraction Coach at  She is the author of Love Distortion: Belle, Battered Codependent and Other Love Stories. Contact her at

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