DEC
2005
02

Chocolate for the Christmas

Richart Chocolate for Christmas!   Manolo Adores!

Manolo says, speaking of the food, the gourmandise and the refined tastes, here is the truly opulent gift for the holidays: the collection of the fine chocolates from the French chocolatier, Michel Richart, the scion of the famous Richart family of the chocolatiers.

The True History of Chocolate
The True History of Chocolate

Or, if your taste for the chocolate it runs towards the literary and historical, perhaps you could present your loved one who loves the chocolate with this engaging book about the history of the chocolate.

What Do Women REALLY Want? Chocolate!  by Donna Barstow
What Do Women REALLY Want? Chocolate!

Or perhaps if you believe the person who is to receive the gift likes to laugh while enjoying the fine chocolates, then you must, must give them this book of the very funny cartoons from the Manolo’s internet friend, the Donna Barstow. It made the Manolo laugh, repeatedly.

Fashion and Food

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend the Kit she has the few thoughts on the intersection between the fashion and the food.

When I read the Manolo’s post, I started thinking about the connections between food and fashion. True, there are foodies who pay next to no attention to their appearances, and there are certainly many fashionistas who shun the food (the evils of the fashion industry that spawn those attitudes belong to another post entirely.) But really, the intersection between those who love food and those who love fashion is large, and understandably so.

Indeed, this it is exactly correct as the intersection slightly to the north of the Manolo’s belt, where the food and the fashion they meet, it is larger than it needs to be, and understandably so.

Ha! The Manolo he jokes!

Here is more from the Kit.

Appreciating both fashion and food is, at its core, about responding to the sensory qualities of a basic human need. About elevating those needs, taking them beyond the minimum requirements for survival.

This it is partly correct, but it does not go far enough.

The Manolo would say that the commonality it is that the humans we are designed to seek pleasure in our senses. And beautiful clothes and good food give us pleasure in dramatic and obvious ways.

When we are the children, we delighted in the unrefined pleasures. So that if given the opportunity we would gobble the sweetest and stickiest sort of the candy until we vomit, as the Teeny Manolo did on more than one of the occasions.

But, as we grow older we are taught to moderate our desires, to control them, and if we are lucky, we begin to refine these desires so that we can appreciate the more sophisticated, adult pleasures.

We can even, if we become refined enough, find less obviously direct pleasure in the food and the fashion, including the peculiar meta-pleasures of connoisseurship: the oh-so satisfying pleasures one takes in knowing how to take pleasure in certain things. (Although, here one must be careful not to end up like the annoying oenophiles who weild their snooty connoisseurship like the policemen’s truncheons.)

The Manolo he would say that the pleasures we seek in beautiful clothes and good food are not just the direct pleasures of consumption, but are also the intellectual and psychic and social pleasure that come with knowing what is good and what is not. And so it is natural that one who has refined the tastes and senses in one field should seek to do so in the other.