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Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen

by jacques (Priest)
on Mar 21, 2006 at 18:07 UTC ( #538243=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen

Klingon Gagh
[bar] 28/6%
Chicken wings
[bar] 43/9%
Dim sum
[bar] 55/12%
Lasagna
[bar] 50/11%
Ben & Jerry's ice cream
[bar] 56/12%
Fried banana chips
[bar] 14/3%
Sushi rolls
[bar] 77/17%
Energy bars
[bar] 14/3%
The spoils from our biggest competitor
[bar] 22/5%
Kitchen? We don't have a kitchen!
[bar] 56/12%
Tofu burgers
[bar] 20/4%
Shrimp cocktails
[bar] 18/4%
Jello
[bar] 12/3%
465 total votes
Comment on Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by wfsp (Abbot) on Mar 21, 2006 at 18:15 UTC
    Pork pies.
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by holli (Monsignor) on Mar 21, 2006 at 18:19 UTC
    Currywurst. *sigh*, they always forget the obvious ;)


    holli, /regexed monk/

      mmmmmmmmmm Curry...

      Anything [Vindaloo|Madras] would suit me fine also.



      Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
        I like Dahnia, or a really nice one I do with coconut milk and fish sauce in it.

        Some Dhal for company, paratha, rice.

      Now I have to have Indian for dinner, I don't know whether to say "Damn!" or "Thanks!"
      What about
      split 'banana'; alarm 3, chili; chop beef; dump-$lings; kill 'road'; link sausage; log cheese; no eyeballs; $hand = pack icecream;
      ?

      -QM
      --
      Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of

      Right, but only imported ones from Berlin, North-Germany or West-Germany!

      The currywurst here in the southwest is bad or not existing!

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by jZed (Prior) on Mar 21, 2006 at 18:20 UTC
    Anything that stays warm when emailed. Telecommuting makes the kitchen rather far away.
      You don't email food! You send an email to the robot, and it comes and brings you food of your choosing!

      What kind of a geek are you, anyway! ;-)

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by duff (Vicar) on Mar 21, 2006 at 18:36 UTC

    As long as I have an endless supply of Dr Pepper or tea, I can deal with whatever food there happens to be.

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by trammell (Priest) on Mar 21, 2006 at 18:42 UTC
    Sweet, sweet crack.
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by Albannach (Prior) on Mar 21, 2006 at 18:51 UTC
    What kind of free? There's "free as in speech", and "free as in beer", and there is "free as in you were quick enough that you co-worker didn't notice you were eating the yoghurt he was saving in the fridge".

    --
    I'd like to be able to assign to an luser

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by samizdat (Vicar) on Mar 21, 2006 at 19:03 UTC
    The spoils from our biggest competitor bar 1/10%

             aka "incentive".

    Don Wilde
    "There's more than one level to any answer."
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by marto (Chancellor) on Mar 21, 2006 at 20:00 UTC
      UF ref, storyline begins here

      --
      In Bob We Trust, All Others Bring Data.

        Thanks belg4mit, I bookmarked that comic, I will be sure to start working my way through the archives :)
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by zentara (Archbishop) on Mar 21, 2006 at 20:04 UTC
    <seriously>

    One thing that I have taken to lately, and is a good snack food for hard driving coding sessions is applesauce and chocolate soy protein powder. It stores very well, is cheap, low fat, high protein, vege-compatible, and tasty.

    </seriously> :-)


    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh

      Err "chocolate soy protein powder" thats one good word followed by three that should never be uttered with the first ;) Saying chocolate in front of those three resembles that time your mother set you up with a friends daughter saying she has a "nice personality." We could just call that powder the "nice personality" mix ;)

      BTW you sound like a lousy hacker, I mean you are worried about fat, protien and veges? Are you some sort of new wave health consious hacker? ;) /me keeps a roll of hostes donuts and a couple of bottles of pepsi and doctor pepper. You know its a bad day when your desk has two bottles of cola, two empty donut wrappers and a half drunk cup of hot coco ;)


      ___________
      Eric Hodges
        Eh..... it comes in vanilla too :-)

        Are you some sort of new wave health consious hacker?

        No, I'm one of the people who don't make much money and don't have health insurance.... so I can't afford to get diabetes or a heart problem, which sadly many from the "desk-set" are heading into.


        I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh

        The combination of all four words together does seem rather bad. However, the words "chocolate" and "powder" are okay together. Check out these example sentences that use them together:

        • My mom serves chocolate-chip brownies with powdered sugar on top.
        • To make a good chocolate ice cream, blend together 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of cocoa powder, and 3/4 cup of sugar in a blender until aerated, then freeze in an ice-cream freezer.

        See? Those words go fine together, if you do it right. HTH.HAND.

        Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure the word "soy" is the main problem in the previous combination. The word "soy" should generally occur in the context of stir-fry or wok cooking and is usually followed by the word "sauce", although this may be omitted if it is implied by context. It should not occur in combination with the word "burger" or the phrase "La Choy".


        Sanity? Oh, yeah, I've got all kinds of sanity. In fact, I've developed whole new kinds of sanity. Why, I've got so much sanity it's driving me crazy.

      This comment (and the responses to it) reminded me of a passage in one of my favorite books, The Phoenix Guards, by Steven Brust:

      "The days became weeks, as they will when allowed to heap themselves upon one another unattended, and these weeks likewise turned themselves into months of seventeen days with no regard to the hours and minutes they used up in doing so."

      I discovered that months also, when heaping unattended, turn themselves into years with little or no regard to the days and weeks they use up in doing so. I used to drink two Mountain Dews each morning and thought nothing of devouring half a box of Little Debbie snack cakes (especially those Nutty Bars or Swiss Cake Rolls). But as I age I'm finding that some of my poor health choices are starting to catch up with me.

      It is hard to believe, but we will not be young forever, even if the definition of 'young' keeps moving. Thanks for the snack tip ... I assume you mix the applesauce and powder? I'll check into it.


      No good deed goes unpunished. -- (attributed to) Oscar Wilde
        Yeah, the junk food catches up with you eventually, about the mid-50's with me. Judging by how many hospital bills are caused by it, it is about as bad as smoking cigarettes. With Health Care costs becoming the number 1 factor in having employees, it would seem that companies would be screening people according to their dietary habits.

        I mix it like you say. Somtimes I dilute it with water, so its like a thick slurry and drink it like a shake.

        Since you are in the market for ideas, another neat one I discovered, is to mix coffee and those "meals in a can" they market to dieters and elderly people. It makes a high protein( a tasty) cafe-au-lait sort of drink. Actually I came upon the soy powder and applesauce as a way of getting the "canned meals" protein a bit cheaper. Most of those canned meals are soy-protein-isolate, vitamins, and some flavor. The soy-protein-isolate can be bought in quantity very cheap on the net.


        I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by gloryhack (Deacon) on Mar 21, 2006 at 20:40 UTC
    Bring on the wings! Proteins and fats yield brain food without the energy slump that follows a meal heavy in simple carbs.

    Tofu burgers? Gack! Soybeans (the phytoestrogens within them) are what fatten up beef cattle for slaughter so they can then go on to become meat with too much estrogen in it.

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by ChuckularOne (Parson) on Mar 21, 2006 at 20:58 UTC
    I picked Sushi, but then I thought about it... If it's cookis, you don't have to worry about how long it has been sitting out, Sushi however .o0(Hmm, is this fresh? It sure looks like the stuff they put out on Friday morning.)
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by snyder (Initiate) on Mar 21, 2006 at 21:54 UTC
    anyone who would trust raw fish (sushi) in the company kitchen is a true gambler. Energy bar is the only safe choice on the menu.
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by McDarren (Abbot) on Mar 22, 2006 at 00:03 UTC
      Concur, but how could vegemite not be on the list? the single most important part of the day :-)
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by DrWhy (Chaplain) on Mar 22, 2006 at 01:03 UTC
    Microwave popcorn!

    --DrWhy

    "If God had meant for us to think for ourselves he would have given us brains. Oh, wait..."

      Nah, we have popcorn carts around the building with free "make it yourself in the rotating popper" stuff; flat blows the microwave stuff away.
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by spiritway (Vicar) on Mar 22, 2006 at 02:37 UTC

    Mountain Dew and Twinkies. Because breakfast is your most important meal.

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by Popcorn Dave (Abbot) on Mar 22, 2006 at 05:38 UTC
    No kitchen where I work, but if there was it would have to be Jello. There's always room for Jello...

    Useless trivia: In the 2004 Las Vegas phone book there are approximately 28 pages of ads for massage, but almost 200 for lawyers.
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by theroninwins (Friar) on Mar 22, 2006 at 10:54 UTC
    Well to be honest I would like to have Lasagna and Ice cream. What good company doesn't serve desert ?!? It would be like writing a main function without the rest... :-)
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Mar 22, 2006 at 13:10 UTC
    I'd like coffee. The coal tar that they give us right now is good for weather-proofing the soles of my Cole-Haans, but that's about all you can say.

    Seriously, I work with some cheap sons of guns, and a lot of us buy our own coffee to bring in rather than use the free stuff. If they gave this to the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, you'd have a frothing pack of journalists denouncing it as a human rights violation.

    --
    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by swampyankee (Parson) on Mar 22, 2006 at 16:47 UTC

    Anything but lasagna; my experience is that the lasagna, and pasta with tomato-based sauces from take out places (with a few exceptions, which are located in NYC and New Haven) aren't worth the calories.

    And where are the curry goat, sega wat, and $potatoes{brown}?

    emc

    " The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents."
    —Nathaniel S. Borenstein
      Any specific New Haven suggestions? I work in East Haven, and if our Thursday lunch is Italian it's pretty hit or miss. If only Mamouns would get their shit together and do lunch for us, or Ivy Noodle... mmm, makdoo sammiches and curry tofu noodle...

      obey the law
        The only Italian place I know that does delivery is Abate's, which isn't bad, but if you're willing to have someone drive the few miles a lot more choices open up. Avellino's and Quattro's both do a particularly good and resonably-priced lunch.

        In East Haven, most of the pizza places deliver, and most produce decent pasta dishes (I've had pasta dishes from Tolli's, Roma's, and dePalma's). From New Haven, Est Est Est delivers, but probably won't deliver to East Haven for an order of much less than $100. If you've got somebody willing to drive for a few minutes, try Romeo & Cesare's on Orange St in New Haven. I don't think any of the restaurants (Geppi's, Amalfi Grill, Avellino's, Tre Scalini, etc) are open for lunch. Too bad; they're all worth a visit.

        For non-Italian? In East Haven? Surely you jest! In New Haven, there's Bentara, Caffe Adulis, Union League, Ibiza, Roomba, Zinc, Central Steak House, Carmen Anthony's (which probably does decent pasta dishes). Branford has some good spots, too.

        emc

        " The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents."
        —Nathaniel S. Borenstein
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by SamCG (Hermit) on Mar 22, 2006 at 18:38 UTC
    The company kitchen where I used to work had cups of Haagen Dazs ice cream, frozen juice bars, and fresh fruit. And they used to put out croissants and bagels in the mornings, and catered lunch daily. Sushi once every two weeks. And of course, free soft drinks/bottled water.

    Where I work now I have cereal, crackers, fruit, yogurt, and oatmeal. But there's still the free drinks.
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by sweetblood (Parson) on Mar 22, 2006 at 18:38 UTC

    More tasty soylent green please!

    Sweetblood

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by DrHyde (Prior) on Mar 23, 2006 at 11:14 UTC
    What I'd *really* like to see is a decent kitchen so I can cook nice stuff for lunch.
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by jhourcle (Prior) on Mar 23, 2006 at 18:22 UTC

    The person who posted this question has experienced a company kitchen that gets cleaned regularly -- I'm not that lucky. I wouldn't touch any free food that was placed in the kitchen on our floor of the building.

    Occassionally, people bring in cookies / candy / donuts / etc, but those don't get contaminated by placing them in the kitchen.

    The kitchen is the place that you go to play 'guess that smell' ... last summer, a few of us took it upon ourselves to try to clean out the fridge and disinfect everything. We found multiple items more than 5 years past their 'use by' date. (mostly assorted condiments, a can of slim fast (1999) and various green things that looked to have once been restaurant leftovers.)

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Mar 24, 2006 at 12:34 UTC

    1. Smoked Brisket
    2. Pulled pork BBQ
    3. BBQ Spare Ribs
    Notice a pattern here? But if you're going to do that you need to add some
    1. Cajun Cole Slaw
    2. German Potato Salad
    3. Corn Salad
    4. Baked Beans
    5. Lots of beer

      There's a place south of Waco, Texas a little off of the Interstate path that has some of the best of all that you mentioned. Town is called Lockhart (don't remember the spelling) and it was an afternoon's discovery with my not yet wife when we were both serving (time) our country at Ft. Hood. As long as the 'company' isn't obsessed by OD green, I'd love to see any of this...

      --hsm

      "Never try to teach a pig to sing...it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."
            There's a place south of Waco, Texas a little off of the Interstate path

        It has always been my experience that some of the best places to eat regardless of the style of food have been places like you just described.

        Durning my tenure as a member of Uncle Sam's Canoe Club (AKA US Navy) this theme played itself out repeatedly as I visited places far and near.

        When I was on "boot liberty" just before I graduated boot camp I remember one of my fondest of these. I had broken my foot during boot camp and was on crutches. (Long story) I hobbled out to the front gate on my crutches and a taxi cab driver hops out of his cab and opens a door for me so I can get in.

        I have always known since I was old enough to know such things that if you want to find good places to eat the list of people to ask is headed up by taxi cab drivers, policemen and truck drivers.

        Having a craving for Chinese food for some reason I asked the cabbie where there was a decent place to get Chinese. He takes me to Libertyville, IL and points to a place that only had about 10 feet of frontage to the sidewalk. No, I'm not exagerating.

        I suppressed my initial reaction and pressed on and found the place run by a husband and wife with their offspring working as bus "boys" and wait staff.

        They saw me hobbling in and I was treated like I was royalty. The put me in a nice comfortable table, brought me a pillow to prop my leg up on (I suspect came from their apartment which was upstairs from restraunt.

        Just as an aside, once you got in the door the place opened up into a much larger room than the frontage would lead you to think of the size of the place. <,/p>

        When I was asked what I wanted I told them that I didn't want "tourist Chinese", I wanted "The Real Deal Chinese®" like they'd serve themselves and relatives.

        To this day I have no idea what half that stuff was but it was without a doubt the best Chinese meal I have had before or since. To top it off I had two of their younger kids (I know some folks wouldn't care for this, but it felt like "home" to me) as company at the table. Turns out it was the only way "momma" could get them to settle down and eat their meal!

        So, as a result, when my daughter got to do some travelling with her college debate team (Prague one year!) she took my advise and avoided the places that obviously catered to tourists and went off the beaten path and now has wonderful tales of her own to tell from her travels.


        Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
        Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Mar 24, 2006 at 12:36 UTC
    Jack Daniels. It's not just for breakfast anymore.

    Then again, I cain't wait to gets me some butter brickle! (American football fans might fidn this funny, others can pass.)

    --
    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by weierophinney (Pilgrim) on Mar 24, 2006 at 17:43 UTC
    I live in VT -- so Ben and Jerry's, of course! On the other hand, though, I telecommute from home (to a job distributed globally), so there's no company kitchen available for free food... I keep pestering them to deliver, but I've yet to see anything arrive... Chalk up on 'con' to telecommuting.
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by petemar1 (Pilgrim) on Mar 24, 2006 at 20:34 UTC
    I'm surprised that "Sushi rolls" was the top choice in the poll results.
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by simon.proctor (Vicar) on Mar 26, 2006 at 16:34 UTC
    No kitchen, free or otherwise, where I work. We have food outlets where subcontracted disaffected people serve undersized, over priced portions of lukewarm food that has more fat than flavour.

    No subsidies either! So in many cases its cheaper to go to the local deli than stay on the company premises!

    So my choice of free food would be something that they couldn't mess up :). Given the choice I'd want bottled water. Perfect for that dry, air conditioned environment I work in.
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Mar 28, 2006 at 13:26 UTC
    Bring me the head of fettuccine alfredo garcia!

    </ISIHAC>

    --
    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by SirBones (Friar) on Mar 30, 2006 at 02:18 UTC

    Perl'd Onions.

    "This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: Fearless and inventive." --J.T. Hutt
Re: Free food I want to see in my company's kitchen
by zshzn (Hermit) on Mar 30, 2006 at 21:33 UTC
    Considering the lofty choices, would I be too dull to suggest rice?

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