ryan and i approach our dinner plates very differently.
ryan tastes each portion of a meal to determine which he likes best.
then methodically eats each component separately and entirely.
starting with whichever part is least preferred,
and finishing with the dish which is most enjoyable.
(this is usually the protein portion.)

i, on the other hand, simply love mixing flavors & textures.
i like to have a little taste of everything on my fork.
and i take the time to purposefully combine my food using proportions
which allow me to finish all food groups at the same time.
in what is a final perfect bite.

(to illustrate: our sunday dinner plates from yesterday.)

ryans method used to drive me a little bit nuts.
i felt he was missing out.
{couldn't he see the value of the perfect combination?}
but he could not be swayed.
and now i find his habit kind of adorable.
and i watch carefully to see what he is most savoring,
and what he rids his plate of first.
it's a subtle way of discovering his preferences.
and sometimes he surprises me and saves a pasta, or (rarely) a vegetable for last.
and then i feel very happy.