Lately, the popular condiment, tomato ketchup has been placed in the limelight for the wrong reasons. Or perhaps, I should state, if it were left to some chefs in certain food establishments, the burgundy/red condiment would be banned or not served in their restaurants because it compromises the flavor of their dish. In fact, some restaurants have actively taken or removed our dear ketchup from the condiment list. Say what?

Frankly, I think this is plain nonsense. These chefs should execute the job of cooking. Yes, it’s a free world and every restaurant is entitled to operate their businesses under their unique rules they see fit. However, how about the customers’ rights? Aren’t we the ones who keep the establishments opened? Customers come first and should have the option of having ketchup available if needed. Guys, this is huge!

Come on, the heat must be getting to these chefs’ brains. How about concentrating on the turning out succulent and mouthwatering meals? Maybe, if some of them did, maybe ketchup wouldn’t be needed to enhance the flavors. I believe that as long as diners are settling his/her tab, he/she should have the liberty and be given the option to add a popular condiment as ketchup to the meal. What next? Pretty soon, we’ll be told to  slice and chew our foods a particular way. Or maybe, we won’t have the option of receiving our salad dressing on the side. Oh, I do believe a few restaurants have taken away that option already. What the world is coming to? It’s our hard-earned ‘dough’ being spent.

Once in a while, I love hot and crispy fries. And when I do indulge in this guilty pleasure, I have to do so with a few packets of ketchup. I just couldn’t imagine my fries without this very vital condiment. To me and millions, ketchup enhances the taste of fries. I love the ritual of breaking each packet and placing it on a plate or container provided and dip my way in the sweet and tangy goodness. Now, that action certainly puts a smile on my face.

For heaven’s sake I just couldn’t see myself eating a hot dog without the addition of tomato ketchup. A little relish and perhaps a smear of mustard are also great accompaniments with my ketchup. It just wouldn’t be a hot dog without ketchup.

And, at home when I perform my culinary skills in my kitchen, I love to have on hand a bottle of Heinz or any other brand. You see,  sometimes depending on the type of dish, I like to add or incorporate a squeeze or two of this popular condiment. I’m I a bad cook? Don’t judge me until you have tried my finished dishes. It’s all about balance; and sometimes, a little ketchup does it for me.

Dining should be a fun experience. I don’t wish to be told how, when and what to consume when I go out to dine. Operators and chefs who are crying foul on ketchup should stick to the business of turning out amazing dishes. Stop meddling with the ketchup!

Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.


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