I work in the vibrant and eclectic neighborhood of Washington Heights. Step outside the office on any given day and you’re immediately confronted with the sounds of Latin music wafting out of open shop doors, as people stop in the street to great each other in Spanish and then order a lime flavored shaved ice from the brightly painted raspados cart. Dominican culture is predominant here, reflected in the delicious ethnic dishes at places like El Presidente, a Dominican restaurant favored by my office.
As much as I enjoy a good lunch out every now and again, I generally see those sights and sounds as I make my way a few blocks up Broadway to the nearest supermarket. I’m fortunate to have a full hour lunch break – and to be in an office culture where that full hour is taken! – so in order to maximize frugality, I go shopping for lunch staples roughly once every other week.
The groceries live in a drawer in my office:
Since we have a mini fridge for the office, I don’t usually store many perishables at work aside from the occasional tub of hummus, so this assortment (rolled oats, applesauce, bananas, bread, peanut butter, tuna, goldfish) is pretty standard. Having a designated food drawer makes assembling lunch extra easy for a non-morning person like myself.
I also now have this nifty new receptacle in which to bring homemade salad, instead of getting Jou Jou’s, the delicious but not cheap salad bar down the street. I was inspired by the reusable salad bowls that DC chain Sweetgreen sells in their store, and got permission to order these for our entire department over the summer.
I’m a big fan of the mini container for your dressing and the compartments for all of your toppings. You can even see an indentation on the top where a fork nestles in place. I’ve only used my bowl once so far, but I’m excited to come up with some yummy salad concoctions. On lazy days, back to the food drawer I can go!