Feeding oneself is a topic that often stirs anxiety among college students. For many, it is a question of what they will eat. However, for most it is a question of with whom. Logistically speaking, we college students tend to eat 3-4 meals a day and taking into account varying schedules and the limited Rolodex of potential dining companions a first-semester freshman can have, chances are every now and then you’re going to be eating some of your meals alone.
What do Dwight Schrute from NBC’s The Office and I have in common? Apart from the fact that both have Cornell mugs sitting on our desks, we share an odd obsession for beets. Perhaps it’s because I have almost an unlimited supply of them under my bed (for safe keeping, of course), but for whatever reason I’ve found myself eating them almost every single day.
It is a central irony in high-end restaurants that those who prepare the food often never taste the fruits of their labor. With the exception of those involved in conceptualizing and creating the menu, the majority of the work force, consisting mainly those of Latin American, West African or Southeast Asian extraction, rarely have the means to dine at the restaurants in which they devote their lives.