吃为肚不为目

吃为肚不为目 from Lao Tze. Eat for the stomach not for the eyes.
If eating for the eyes then there is no limit and it leads to all sorts of abuses.
Of course we all enjoy a good meal that touches all our senses. The display, smells, taste, texture. In addition, I am particularly sensitive to this indescribable attribute of “life” wherein some foods tend to give you this feeling of wellbeing where others do not.
The saying is to caution against a habit of seeking for a best version of a dish. I know some people who cannot be happy with a meal unless it’s the best. Such a torture to have an unhappy experience at each meal. History contains some emperors who were known for their excesses in food and drink. The infamous one of the last emperor of a dynasty who eventually asked for steamed baby because he had tasted everything else and this was one thing he never had yet. You can imagine that, being emperor, there was sure to be someone around him who will oblige.
Note: eye or sight in this and some other cases simply means the mind. Eating for the minds sake refers to a compulsive behavior rather than to an ability to enjoy all the attributes of something one is eating. So, go ahead and enjoy your food.

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