I asked my husband tonight if, after he dies, there is anything he will regret not eating. Yea, we do have these kinds of conversations. He couldn't think of anything he would regret not eating. Me either. We've had a pretty good food life.
I was thinking about how when you die, your spirit leaves your body, and your body gets buried in the ground. So you don't get to eat anymore, right? I bet that people who have died really miss food. I imagine spirits standing over people in the restaurant "spirit drooling" over their food. It must be torture! But then again, maybe without a stomach, nose, and taste buds, they don't have the desire to eat. But sometimes I wonder if I will hover around thinking, "If only I could have eaten one more piece of cheesecake!"
I have to say that I'm going to miss the food in China when I finally leave. I won't have regrets about not eating things, I will just miss the things I love. If you want good street food, come to China! The other day I was walking home and feeling a little peckish so stopped and bought 2 steamed meat buns. I paid all of 15 cents for them! I had been trying to decide between that and a roasted sweet potato or some roasted chestnuts. See, I'm drooling already, and I'm still alive.
There is one thing I have said to my kids over the years. I usually say it at dinner time. Whenever we have something particularly delicious I say, "We eat like kings." Honestly, sometimes we eat things that are so good, that I can't imagine a king having anything better tasting. Nope, I won't have any food regrets when I die. My waistline can vouch for that.