The Associated Press published a fascinating story about a Lakewood soldier, a dedicated foodist, stationed in Afghanistan.
From the article: "U.S. Army Sgt. Abel Aceituno, 42, relies on the memories of food he has eaten, and the dream of opening a restaurant in the future. It’s his way of burrowing into private yearnings when comforts and safety are scarce.
For Aceituno, eating is more than refueling. The soldier, who serves with the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, talks about food as both fun and sacred. Taste buds quiver."
When the soldier returns home to Lakewood, he hopes to open a restaurant. What struck me about the story is the description of the food he loves to eat and make. And his culinary background has wide range - from learning to brew Turkish coffee while living in Turkey and learning to make shepherd's pie from an Irish woman who took him to visit and eat in Northern Ireland. And he cooked in the kitchens of North Beach, the area in San Francisco known for its Italian eateries.
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If he returns home here to open a restaurant, I want to be among the first to dine there.
Read the full story here.