Eat to the beat? Or is music actually ruining our meals?

Earlier this year, Post food critic Tom Sietsema invited me to dinner at Daikaya, a chic Japanese eat spot across the street from the Verizon Center. There, I learned that crab croquettes go down better while listening to “More Than One Way to Love a Woman” by the funk group Raydio — and I wrote about it for The Washington Post Magazine.

Jonathan Hirsch investigates that idea in an article for Munchies called “Music Is Ruining Your Meal.” He speaks with a researcher who studies the ways in which sound affects how we perceive texture and flavor while highlighting a U.K. chef who has “created a dish that includes an audio supplement designed to enhance certain flavor components of the meal.”

So is music ruining our meals? It depends on what you’re listening to. Give this Raydio tune a listen over lunch and see what happens.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about summer songs, festival fatigue, metal drumming and D.C. rap star Shy Glizzy.
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