As anyone who has ever grabbed my love handles can tell you, I love to eat. However, I don’t love to cook. There was a time in my life 10 years ago, when I was in a relationship, and he and I did cook for each other. I could make a few things – omelettes, broiled fish, stir fry, meat loaf, broiled 1/2-chicken; that’s about it.
But more recently, I am just:
A) So super busy that I often don’t get home until late at night, and
B) I just don’t enjoy it. It’s the last thing I feel like doing after a long, busy day.
So, besides making myself granola in the mornings, I would just eat out a lot. I’m also a thoroughly routine-oriented person, and if I like something, I will just eat it over and over again until I can’t stand it anymore and need to switch to something else. Case in point: Chipotle. Giant, Hagrid-sized burritos made with simple ingredients – vegetarian-fed meat raised in a sustainable way, and organic veggies. I heart Chipotle chicken burritos so much and would one every day around 5:00 p.m.
Then, there’s also Starbucks, which gives me a totes emotional boner. I swear, I probably react to The Bux the way most kids feel when they see Disneyland. And it’s been a challenge finding coffee up to par in Israel, as evidenced by this column I wrote on the subject. Finally, there’s Billy’s Bakery – opened by a defector from the NYC’s legendary Magnolia Bakery, the cupcakes and cake slices there are just WORTH THE THOUSANDS OF CALORIES THEY PROBABLY CONTAIN.
So, I knew I wanted to have as much Chipotle, Starbucks and Billy’s as I possibly could while I was in New York. And I did hit all three. But as Murphy’s Law would have it, sometimes when I was hungry and needed a bite on-the-go NOW, I couldn’t find a Chipotle (even though they’re on like every corner of Manhattan).
So, here, since you didn’t asked for it, is the tally of how much of my fave foods I had while in NYC last week:
Starbucks – 6
Chipotle – 1
(which really should have been three, but I couldn’t get to one in time; must feed the beast, you know. Both those times I settled for local NY pizza…b/c you know, Israeli pizza is just fake.)
Billy’s – 2
(one trip was two slices of cake – boxed for home – and one cupcake to eat on the way; 2nd trip was merely two slices boxed for home – P.S. is it just me, or does junk food always tastes better when consumed home alone in secret?)
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