Lentils and Greens, Dressed in the Office
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TheWimpyVegetarian May 29, 2013
I love this! It comes close to what I had for dinner last night except I added some pickled carrots and a little Serrano. It was so simple and so good. The great thing about this series is ideas also for a dinner on the go, which I have a lot of these days :-)
How very sad (and somewhat surprising) that the FOOD52 crowd eats its workday in-office lunches while looking at screens. One would think that, of all the people in NYC eating-in for lunch, you all would actually be enjoying your meal. Have you considered coordinating your lunch time with your colleagues so that you might sit around a table together, with all electronic devices turned off, and honor one another -- and the abundance before you -- with true respect and enjoyment? Of course, if one cannot coordinate to eat with others, one can always eat mindfully on one's own . . . . ;o)
Marian B. May 28, 2013
Having previously worked in a cubicle (where I often ate lunch out of a tupperware container while listening to a conference call), eating my lunch at an open table while talking to my coworkers is an experience that I enjoy. Often, we'll prepare a salad together made from produce bought at the greenmarket, and it's one of the most enjoyable parts of my day. We may not always have time to abandon our computers at mealtime, but we do our best to enjoy our food within the constraints of a busy schedule -- and with this column, we want to encourage others to do the same.
Hmmm. If you cannot "abandon" your computers at mealtime, your employer is violating the employment laws. Or someone is not managing your time effectively. Or both. ;o)
Kenzi W. May 28, 2013
Of course we can abandon them! If we work through a lunch, it's because we love what we do. That's why we're here.
Companies well advised by counsel and HR experts typically require/train their staff to log off during lunch, in light of regulatory fines and statutory damages relating to break-time work. (And they also train their staff not to write on the internet about how they work through lunch.) As much as I adore what I do, and look forward to my "work" every day, I can't imagine loving it so much that I would deprive myself of being fully present at any meal. I find this especially difficult to comprehend in the context of a food-writing business. ;o)
lisaripley August 14, 2013
Truth. If you make the choice to work through lunch, it's true foodie love.
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