Take Back Lunch and “Dig Inn”

Lunchtime has become a forgotten time.  Not too long ago it was the best part of the day.  Heck, I even used it as an answer for my Tournament of Roses Parade Court interview.  If I really wanted the position, I should have used some answer like “my peer counseling class”.  But, I guess I didn’t think that through and honestly, the best part of my days were lunch because I could hang out with my friends. Needless to say they did not ask me back.

All through elementary school, junior high, and high school were had at least 30 mandatory minutes where we were supposed to eat, catch, up and play without the stress of homework or studies.  Often times people (cough cough this teacher’s pet.  That’s right, I admit it) would use the break to cram for a test or finish up homework, but most of the time, it was a welcome escape from the stress of school.

Through experience, I’ve realized the lunch hour has disappeared from the workforce. People no longer socialize but rather grab takeout or a quick salad and hustle back up to their desks where they stare at computer screens.  Sure, I’ve been guilty of this, especially during March Madness when I felt overwhelmed by reporting and clients demanding this and that.

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What I came to realize is that I was actually less productive because I had skipped out on time away from the computer screen, skipped out on much needed social interaction, and skipped out on the ability to breath and take a break.  We can’t always be moving like the energizer bunny (although I try really hard to).  I also end up wondering what I ate for lunch since sitting in front of my computer distracts me from the food itself.

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So in a moment of spontaneity I left the confines of the office and ventured into the humid air of New York. Even if I didn’t get the chance to sit down and eat outside, a brisk walk would do the body and mind good and I was on a hunt for some quality chow.

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Enter Dig Inn, a higher end healthy salad bar that reminded me of something I would find in Santa Monica, California.

~ Their Mission ~

We believe everyone deserves to eat well, even on a budget. So we’re democratizing the farm-to-table movement by offering ridiculously good food at a reasonable price.

That means sourcing local, seasonal ingredients – not just because they are ‘local’ – but because fresh, healthy ingredients taste best. That means you’ll find grills, flames, and all the other good stuff people use to cook real food behind our counters. If there’s a steak on your salad, we’re grilling it ourselves, on the spot.

We’re here to change the way people eat, and things are off to a great start.

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 “Apple Green” – Apple, cucumber, spinach, kale, romaine, parsley

Here we are with a lovely green beverage.  Honestly I was a little taken aback at the price, but then put it in perspective as this is NYC.  Also, with that much produce, $8.50 made more sense.

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I guess you could say it’s a fresh take on the Subway station.  As you enter the store, you are presented with a large blackboard menu listing the day’s options.  Since it is a hotspot during the workweek, I suggest selecting your meal quickly.  Maybe bring a friend and as they stand in line, you can survey your options.

IMG_4945_FotorI ended up selecting a salmon salad over spinach, kale + apple salad, and smashed sweet potatoes.  All for about $7.35, leaving me full, focused, and ready for the rest of the day.

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 The only downside to venturing into the streets of New York is that I’m usually on my own.  It’s tough to gather up my coworkers when all of our schedules differ.  But for now, I’ll balance our cafeteria lunches with my quick jaunts outside the confines of work to stretch my legs and expand my horizon in the big city.

Dig Inn
Locations ~ Food ~ Juice 

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12 thoughts on “Take Back Lunch and “Dig Inn”

  1. I LOOOOOVVVVEE places like this! In fact I hope to someday set up my own business with a similar idea…..but slightly different. This is wonderful, and yes, SO important, and makes you more productive too. As an elite runner, lunch, well, eating regularly is very important and I make sure I am fueling my body with enough energy, but I see many others skipping meals, which makes me sad. Great share, I wish I could try Dig Inn!

    • You totally read my mind! I would love to open a shop like this!! I enjoy eating whole foods and items that I can understand the ingredient list 🙂

  2. Haha I’m still cracking up, picturing you saying lunch in that interview 😉 I would have picked you for that court for honesty alone! I never really thought about the lack of lunch break these days, but you;re right. We don’t really take them anymore, and that’s a problem. I have to eat lunch with the boys, which is fun, but I definitely look forward to their naps soon after so I can recharge a bit for the rest of the day, too.That’s essentially my lunch break haha. Awesome reminder here, hun, and great find! I wish they had a place like this near me!

    • Oh if you’ve followed my posts, you would know it’s certainly something I would say 😉 I certainly wish I could have some nap time scheduled into my lunch. I bet that quiet time is lovely!

  3. Yum that looks delicious. You’re so right about lunch dwindling from the work force. I run home at lunch to let the dog out which is very anti-social but the nice thing is I actually eat delicious lunches because I can cook at home.

    • It really is sad to think about. What’s worse is that on the very day this posted, I was sitting at my desk all day long. That’s quite nice that you can jet home for a break.

  4. That is totally my kind of lunch place, it looks awesome!! I rarely eat lunch when I’m not in my office working (totally sad I know!) I miss the days when I was in college and going out to lunch was a normal thing we did everyday!

  5. You’re spot on with your thoughts on taking back lunch and I find myself with a disappearing lunch time as well! Half the time on my laptop and don’t really sit down with others to enjoy a good meal. I love that you took the time to explore a new restaurant and would kill to have a make-your-plate place like that with fresh and healthy ingredients! Jealous!

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