|How could I NOT enjoy this?|
What do you know? Most mindful eating experts talk about die augen essen mit, although they might not use those words. A good exercise is to prepare meals so that they are aesthetically pleasing on a nice plate, instead of standing at the fridge eating whatever it is right out of the jar. Doing so nourishes us visually and physically - our brains get stimulated and satisfied more than one way.
A friend just sent me a flowering jasmine tea. Another friend had given me a glass mug designed specifically for enjoying such a tea. Having that tea reminded me of good ol' German Nat and her die augen essen mit. Before my first sip of tea I watched this tight little owl pellet slowly unfurl into an enormous flower. Then I watched its essence infiltrate the hot water as it "steeped". Many minutes later it was actually cool enough to safely take a sip. If only more of our food was like that - designed to be appreciated visually and enjoyed slowly.
Coffee shops have it right - that little heart or leaf they draw in the foam of my mocha enhances my experience (and makes me feel like that was 4 bucks well-spent). This perhaps may be going too far though:
this cafe will put your face on a latte...