it's the finest of the flavors

August 12, 2005
Quote of the Moment
And suddenly I had a vanilla epiphany. The rice, a truly bland food, forced the vanilla to take center stage. But vanilla is essentially a supporting actor. It is a sociable flavor, at its best when bringing out the best in other distinct ingredients, softening their acidity, drawing out their intensity, helping them to cohere.'s Amanda Fortini on How vanilla became shorthand for bland. It's always been my favorite, and I appreciate its willingness to get along with other fact, sometimes I use chocolate vs. vanilla as a metaphor for things that will try to dominate and grab the spotlight vs. things that are happy to fit in.