I was just reading through my current issue of Bon Appétit (June 2012) and Anthony Bourdain had written an article remembering his father. Two quotes stood out to me as something we should all remember:
“He taught me early that the value of a dish is the pleasure it brings you; where you are sitting when you eat it ― and who you are eating it with ― are what really matter.”
“To experience joy, my father taught me, one has to leave oneself open to it.”
I truly feel that good food can be great when you consider all other factors, including: atmosphere, your mood, the setting, who are you eating it with, etc...... It is all about the whole experience and "the pleasure it brings YOU" that really matters.
Cheers to that!