Monday, September 4

really (un) cool foods

so, during my miserable walk around the upper east side while ernesto was 'hanging out' in the city, i was making my way to katagiri, and saw this beacon of light:



so, i went in, wondering what it was all about. well... it's basically a small food store.. with all of their own packaged foods. They say everything is organic. it seems like a strange concept...



they have already cooked the food for you... separately and packaged into small quantities, and then it up to you to combine them in ways to make a full dish. They have recipes or, of course you can just pick and choose whatever you want. well... sounds like a neat idea and once i figured out what was going on, (and one of the workers was cooking up something at their demo kitchen and smelled so good!)... i was suckered in...

since it was cold outside, i decided on a beef stew (their recipe).

the idea of not cooking a beef stew seemed great to me... and i was interested to see how bad or good it was.

by the time i got home, i was starving to death and quickly 'whipped up' my beef stew... as i was mixing it all up, i was wondering how seasoned it all was. so, i looked at the 'nutritional facts' on the back and was super surprised at how much sodium there was in all the little packages!! I somehow assumed that the packaged would just have the veg or meat or whatever and no other seasonings... well, i was really wrong...




finally, after 10 minutes of hard stirring, i got to sit down and eat my labored-over dinner... first impression: the potatoes are kind of crunchy...

second impression: SALTY!!

conclusion: interesting concept... i'm curious to see how well it does. but for me personally, (although it does seem 'cool' and somewhat 'space-age-y) it sucked! The food tasted good, but way too salty, and the amount of plastic garbage this meal created is embarassing.

2 comments:

blaksquirrel said...

nice pics, but man what a weird idea i think. seems like it would have to be too processed, and your salty comment kind of backs that up.

was it busy?

yuko said...

no, it wasn't busy, but it was a super rainy evening... not many people on the streets... i don't think it is doing well, but who knows. they said they are opening another one on the UWS.