Hmm, maybe the 'foods can't' touch' thing is relate to SP? I've never had qualms about food touching on my plate, I can't really imagine having a plate or a meal where your food doesn't touch each other. Especially on a regular basis.
I take it you guys don't do a lot of carry-out or lunch plates? Or eat big meals in one sitting? Because then the food definitely touches! Cafeteria food especially.
In fact, it kinda oozes into each other.
I'm just imagining foods with gravy and sauces. And my Western meals generally include a bunch of food being putting on one plate with everything pushed up on one another or else being downright messy, like mousaka and lasagna.
Wait scratch that, I just realized I generally have a really unhealthy diet consisting of eating out and inhaling my food.
I am peckish at buffets though. I get a little bit of everything for a taste I want so my plate looks very dainty compared to how I used to eat with food heaped upon food. Of course, I get at least 3 or 4 small plates.
And I always go for the most expensive, unusual food and hold off on fillers like bread, salad, and soup -- unless they meet my two requisites.
That's not so much a quirk as it is being efficient.
I'm not a gold digger. I'm just hungry.