It’s The End of Food As We Know It

What happened to normal foods? There are food flavored chips (classic NY Reuben Lays anyone?), cookies flavored like other delectable sweets (blueberry pie Oreos), burgers with buns made of ramen noodles! There are sushi burritos, rainbow bagels, birthday cake croissants, Doritos taco shells, food has gotten out of hand… Or into the hands of some mad scientist. Creativity in cuisine is at an all time high and New York City is the epicenter of these strange concoctions.

Our society is currently consumed by technology and desperate for instant gratification. Social media has made everything into a show. So it’s not entirely strange that restaurants and food distributors are creating all these new flavors and mixes. It’s constant competition. 

Companies like Oreo and Chips Ahoy are specifically known for vanilla creme filling and plenty of chocolate chips. However, amidst the emergence of cupcake and donut popularity, new cookie companies,and just a lot more options, they’ve resorted to gimmicks. Yesterday, while shopping at my local supermarket, I was shocked by how many different flavors of cookies there were! Peanut butter, blueberry pie, mint, birthday cake, red velvet, s’mores, chocolate filled cupcake, fruity crisp, and the list goes on.

In America, obesity is always a topic of discussion. The U.S cracks the top ten list of countries with highest obesity. The U.S also has high rates of heart disease and diabetes. Gluten- free products are increasingly popular and so is a vegan lifestyle. Yet and still more and more unhealthy options arise. Temptation is at its best when dining out. 

But what is a hungry girl to do? There are soooo many options in food these days. So many tantalizing brand new crossover dishes. My suggestion is when you buy those chocolate chip Oreos, is that you share with a friend. After all, sharing is caring and food makes us happy! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹

P.S. The featured image is the “Mac & Cheese Burger” from the Ainsworth Midtown.

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ME Time πŸ’πŸ½

Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a funk; disappointed by my current lack of employment and lack of boyfriend (lol), I haven’t been the happiest. Although temporary and not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, I was … Sad. These feelings have given me an urgent need to explore, meet new people, get out of NYC. But alas, the unemployment holds be back from traveling. But to satisfy this need, I decided I just need to be alone. 

So yesterday, I ventured to Union Square, a place I’ve been like a million times. Although it wasn’t a new environment, it made me feel calm and whole again. I window shopped at stores, spoke to strangers, and most importantly: tried new food!

I went to Uma Temakeria. It’s a sushi restaurant, set up like Chipotle. The sushi are served burrito style or on a cone called “Temaki”. I chose Temaki. Customers choose their own fillings from a list of provided foods, like Chipotle. I got salmon, cucumbers, carrots, tempura crunch and avocado lime sauce in my sushi cone. It was delicious!! Not filling due to its small size, but delicious all the same. I topped it off with a “Blue Hawaiian” smoothie from Edible Atrangements.

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It was a great outing and something I suggest to the masses. It’s great to go out on your own and just enjoy the little things. Sometimes when you’re feeling down, you just need a break from the norm. Treat yourself- take yourself out to dinner, buy yourself those expensive shoes. And always, always indulge in a delicious meal!