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Cure 2: Summer food

Posted on 15 November 2016

What goes hand in hand with drinking? No, not mistakes. I’m talking about food. What’s more consoling than a great meal that takes you back to simpler times? As the temperature continues to cool outside, many people begin to settle, redshirting their favorite summer meals until next season.

You know the drill; you get in from work, exhausted and starving. You do a quick look through all your baron cabinets, finding nothing but pasta and SpongeBob shaped Kraft macaroni and cheese, which may or may not be yours (everyone knows the shapes taste better). You pull open the fridge handle only to see leftover Chinese food you came back with late night last Friday. You have officially run through all the options in your head, and are left with the dreaded decision. “Should I order from Seamless for the ninth consecutive weekday, or just say screw it and make some pasta?” This is a sentiment that the majority of people unfortunately have to deal with on a daily basis.

As convenient as seamless is, it can be a slippery slope, both health wise and financially. Instead of ordering in, or settling for pasta, why not prepare yourself a quick and easy summer meal? A summer meal that will make you feel like you’re still on the beach for that Kan Jam tournament last July, instead of being curled up in a blanket watching a GIF of Ned Stark say “winter is coming” on repeat.

Ditch the blanket, sea’s the day, pop on your Fair Harbor Nomadic Hoodie, and fire up the grill. Studies have been conducted, showing that grilling can be extremely therapeutic. Grilling your own dinner allows you to have direct control of what you’re putting in to your body. Veggies and chicken, fish, hot dogs and hamburgers, a nice filet mignon, the possibilities are endless when it comes to grilling. You don’t have to wait on someone to deliver you your food, or explain to your roommates why you’re eating macaroni and cheese that’s shaped like characters from a children’s television show.

If you don’t own a grill, or simply don’t find cooking enjoyable whatsoever, there is an immensity of summery food options that can allow you to temporarily travel out of “the dog days of fall/winter” back in to happier times. There are hundreds of places that serve summer food year round. For some affordable good old-fashioned comfort food try the Breakroom in Chinatown. Or if you’re suffering from an extra severe case of the summer sadies, head out to Coney Island and swing by the original Nathan’s Famous hot dogs which is open 365 days a year. What is possibly more summer than eating a hotdog in the same location as the great champion, Joey Chestnut? Consuming summer food in the winter is a foolproof way of lifting your spirits, briefly pretending your nose looks like Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer due to a sunburn, and not frostbite.

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