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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
I 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.
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.