Let Them Eat Arugula
Monday, January 18, 2010
Okay so I used to be really good about keeping up with my email and actually responding to friends who sent me messages and then suddenly it all went to hell and I never answer anyone anymore and things get buried for months and months and no one knows if I’m dead or alive. Unless they’re reading this blog. And even then sometimes it’s hard to tell.
So I got a message a few weeks ago that I just finally managed to look at from a friend who sent a link to a food blog where someone did a “hunger challenge” and the hunger challenge — set up by the United Way of King County (Seattle, Washington) — was $7 a day.
Holy cow. That’s more than twice as much as I spend when I’m not even trying to save money! My challenge with $7 would be able to figure out what the heck to spend it on.
But I read the post anyway and it it had some interesting points but the whole blog actually feels almost like a parody to me. Maybe I just don’t read enough food blogs, but all I can think of this very funny parody of Martha Stewart that I saw a few years ago called, “Is Martha Stewart Living?” One of the “articles” was about how to make your own water. “It’s a simple recipe, really. Two molecules of hydrogen and one of oxygen…”
So that’s what I thought of as I read this one.
I think it was the hibiscus tea that pushed me over the edge.
And I have to say that I agree with the commenter who said it seemed like the blogger kind of missed the spirit of the challenge.
On the other hand, I think it’s good for people who don’t think much about how much food costs to think about how much food costs, even if the limit they’re working under doesn’t seem much like a limit to me.
And while I was looking at all the UWKC links, I came across this article about someone who has worked on food issues for many years, and includes some interesting points about foodies, the local food movement, and food insecurity. And just so we all know the world is still spinning on its axis, he offers the requisite slam of Whole Foods.