We should eat more like the South Americans do.
I am just smitten with Anthropologie’s Sissinghurst Castle dinnerware collection. The collection is inspired by the “sites and sounds” of Buenos Aries (but named after a castle in England? Say what?), and honestly makes me want to hop on a plane and see for myself.
I’ve never been to Argentina before, but I have been to Brazil. One major difference in South American culture is there focus on celebrating meals. Meals, especially dinners, are a really big deal. You eat for hours (and drink for hours, too) and everyone wants you to share, taste, enjoy and appreciate all that you have in front of you. There is no rush. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy. And eat.
The tables were never set as elaborately as this in Brazil (from what I saw the focus is on the food and the people sitting around the table), but it’s easy to imagine a beautiful dinner party inspired by this photo (I can even imagine mixing in a Sissinghurst Castle plate or two). Whether in South America or just outside on a beautiful day in Northern Virginia, it works. The message is the same. No rush. Just sit back, relax and enjoy. And eat.