As I started to write this I realised that I don't know if the food pyramid is still the same as it was when I was at school. Back then you were meant to eat lots of fruit, vegetables, and grains, some meat and cheese, and only a little of the sweet stuff. Is that still how it goes? Or has it adjusted for trendiness, and shoved carbs and grains up to the pointy little top? Has bacon moved*? And in which direction?
Overall, the food pyramid doesn't really matter all that much to me because I'm quite comfortable with the way I eat. It seems it matters to Grand Central Market though...
I would say that Grand Central Market is one of the best secret spots in NYC, except it's pretty far from a secret. It's still amazing, though – a long corridor off to the side of the main concourse, filled to the brim with fresh fruit and vegetables and meat and fish and bread.
When I lived closer to Grand Central, I used to shop there regularly, especially for bread and cheese. Now that I'm uptown**, I don't so much. A visit there the other day reminded me of how much I love it, though.
It's inspirational, walking past rows and rows of gorgeous food, and being able to quickly see what looks good and what you can combine to create something delicious. It feels simple, and right, and even a little romantic – as if you could sweep up a baguette and some cheese and an armful of flowers and then ride home with them in the basket on the front of your bike. Technically, I suppose this is actually something you could do quite easily, if you're the sort of foolish brave person who would happily ride their bike in Midtown.
I'm not, but thankfully, that doesn't weaken my love of Grand Central Market at all. After all, it's still full of food, ripe for the eating.
*A pertinent question if ever there were one.
**And in a neighbourhood that's hardly lacking for fantastic food markets.