I think I'm a little behind on picking this one up, but my ire was triggered yesterday and it got me thinking. The place I'm working now recently moved offices to 20th and 6th ave. I was really excited about moving back to this 'hood for several reasons, all of them having to do with food. First the Union Square Farmers Market. Second, Rainbow Falafel. Third The City Bakery . Since I've been on 'the diet,' Rainbow Falafel has been a no-go. The farmers market is a thrice weekly stop. And besides the delicious tempting baked goods at City Bakery, I remembered that they had a really nice cold food/salad bar at lunch. I specifically remembered that they had a delicious baked tofu with tahini sauce, and I also remembered that it was kind of expensive, so you had to choose with care.
I went a week or so ago for lunch. I didn't feel like I got a lot of food, but right as I was closing up the box, I saw one of my favorite things: watermelon salad with mint and feta. I had to get a few (2) slices of melon with a little bit of cheese. I waltzed up to the counter, put it on the scale. "That will be $18.56 please." I'm sure I made a funny and surprised face. $18.56, for food I served myself in a box? Really? I paid and left. I was a little hurt and angry. I felt like I'd been ripped off. My food didn't taste quite as good as it should have. I blamed myself - I'd taken too much food. But I decided not to go back for awhile.
But yesterday, I broke down.