10 Food-Related Sandy Revelations


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Any disaster of Sandy’s proportions elicits the usual thoughts about how fragile life is and how much we all must look out for each other. We leave such observations to those more philosophical than ourselves. Here’s what we’ve learned from the hurricane in life’s great Barclay’s Center of food and drink.

Prop it open!

10. If the heat doesn’t work and it’s 45 degrees in your apartment, don’t worry that the refrigerator doesn’t work – simply leave the door open.

9. Eating grits every morning for breakfast is not a bad thing.

8. A Mexican bar without frozen margaritas is an even better Mexican bar.

7. If you can’t see your food while eating it, the food doesn’t taste any worse.

6. Sometimes scrounging for a meal in a half-empty cupboard is every bit as good as trips to the butcher, baker, and farmers’ market to painstakingly assemble a meal.

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Drink that puppy now!

5. In spite of #10, some things like milk go bad really fast.

4. Nothing is more comforting in the cold and dark than a bottle of red wine.

3. Further to #4: That small collection of expensive bottles you’ve been saving for a special occasion, like a wedding or a promotion: This hurricane turns out to be that special occasion.

2. You can’t grind coffee beans with a hammer and a rolling pin. Next time a storm approaches, compromise your principles and grab a bag of ground coffee – even Starbucks will do.

1. Whatever meal you manage to acquire, what your grandmother said is right: Chew your food slowly, and you’ll enjoy it much more.

It doesn’t work!