I've been thinking about this for a month. After searching, I wasn't able to find anything like this in the archives, so if it HAS been asked before, forgive me! Anyone had a meal that was so good it changed the way they thought about food? Back in 1979 (when dinosaurs ruled the earth) a date took me to an extremely upscale japanese restaraunt in Portland Oregon-wish I could think of the name but all i remember is that it WASN'T a benihanas. What I do recall, and with great love, were the vegetables laced with an arabesque of panko, and the glorious sashimi. No big deal, right? But a first for me. I never, never imagined that food could taste that good and just be.....food. My date looked on in horror at the sashimi; irregardless of which i polished the sapsucker off by myself. It was so incredible and delicate and delicious I had to pretend to go to the bathroom because I was tearing up. This one meal completely changed the way I cooked. It was my first encounter with the concept of respect for ingredients.