When Less is More

A cup of mixed fruits from a farmers' market: €1.50


A serving of fruit macedonia (fresh fruit salad) from 
a restaurant rated 4 stars by TripAdvisor: € 5

I had both in Verona, Italy on a trip there this summer.

I enjoyed the cup of mixed fruits from the farmers' market more than the fruit macedonia from the restaurant. Why? Because I love tropical fruits. It has watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi, pineapple, and banana. Moreover, the macedonia is too sour. It has orange wedges, cantaloupe, apple, pineapple, and a scoop of lemon gelato. The fruits served, in addition, are themselves sour. Maybe they were not yet that ripe. With that combination of fruits, a lemon gelato would make it even sourer. And considering that ice cream is cold, eating it with a sour fruit salad is torture to the teeth.

So there, I feasted on the fruit mix from the farmers' market with pure delight. I ate the fruit macedonia with remorse.


Same thing in life. We may have a lot, but if we don’t have exactly what we want; we will never be satisfied. It doesn’t matter how cheap or small. If that’s what makes you happy, it will give you a feeling of contentment. You may have a hundred bottles of perfume in your closet, but if you don’t have your favorite scent, you will never be as pleased. Having many doesn’t equate to being complete. Being expensive doesn’t mean being able to fulfill your needs.

And sometimes an ordinary food stall can win over a 4-star restaurant.


  1. Beautiful pictures it looks delicious.
    Indeed it is not always necessary to lavish and luxurious to eat.
    Something small can be oh so delicious.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Greetings from the Netherlands.

  2. Gracias por tu visita y tus palabras.
    Un beso y buen fin de semana

  3. Life is too short to eat food that you do not like, so long as you eat nutritiously! Right?

    Re your comment on Ocala: No, no, no! You throw the peanut shells on the floor. That's the point and that's the fun! :-) Hope you're having a good weekend!

    1. Cool and fun! :) Thank you, Lowell!

  4. Another fabulous analogy. I like the way you think ... and share those thoughts! :)

  5. This is so true! To this day I have had many perfumes that I like, but I never did break down and buy that one bottle of Shalimar which is the most exquisite fragrance!!! Which is my most favorite fragrance! Oh, dear me! Maybe I shall just go out an buy it! Thank you for following my blog, dear.
    Teresa in California

  6. I like fruits, my favorite the pear.
    Have a good Sunday!

  7. Smiling at the thought of cantaloupe and watermelon being considered tropical. Around here it's just plain old normal summer garden foods that are easy to grow. That is if you have the room for them :o)

    1. I'd love to have watermelons in our garden. Thank you so much!

  8. I like out outlook on life - as a sideline isn't it annoying when you expect to eat lovely fruit and it just isn't. Dearer definitely isn't always better!!!

    Many thanks for visiting my blog and your comment - I really appreciate it :))

  9. Its great the way you think..people need to hear these sort of posts. Your right dearer isnt always better!

  10. Lo importante es estar contento con lo que uno tiene y disfrutar de los momentos. Como tú comiendo esa deliciosa macedonia de frutas, aunque estuviera un poco amarga por el helado de limón.
    Me gusta tu blog así que me quedo para siempre.
    Un beso