Monday, August 04, 2008

Follow up post to "Providence, RI is partly responsible for the food problem in World"

EDIT: The previous post was also discussed here.
I got several responses to my previous post regarding my experiences at Providence, RI. Thank you all for that. My friend Sumit wanted me to mention him specifically as he was responsible for part of the eventful trip I had in Providence. First of all I was so excited to meet him that I forgot my suitcase at Boston airport and then he took the keys of my rental car :).

Several people responded my food observation in Providence. I mentioned that restaurants in Providence serve monstrous proportions of food. Many people had views mentioning that restaurants should serve that much food, and people should be able to bring leftovers home. First of all, I would like to mention it that although I wrote what I observed, almost everybody in my group observed the monstrous proportions of food.

I have visited nearly fifty or more cities in US and if I note only a specific city for its food quantity, then there is something to note. Regarding leftovers, its a good idea to take the leftovers and eat it later. However, if restaurants regularly serve us more food than we can eat it at one sitting then there is something wrong. Plus restaurants charge us more money for that. Leftovers is a once in a while thing. It is like if you want to go to buy grocery, the merchant makes you buy extra grocery than you need.

Leftovers are not always a good idea. For tourists its not convenient to take leftover back to their hotel and eat it next time. Somebody in the comment suggested to get a hotel that has all the possible amenities. No Thanks. I don't want to spend extra fifty bucks to get all the amenities so that I can warm up the overpriced food next time.

Leftovers are not a sustainable solution either. First of all, extra food is cooked, packed in styrofoam box, stored in refrigerator, reheated mostly in styrofoam boxes, or thrown in trash more often than not. Wastage at several steps.

One of the respondents suggested that he wants to have a full satisfactory meal when he is in a restaurants. If you have a little more appetite, then you can order several dishes along with main course. It doesn't mean that restaurants should serve food which has twice more than recommended daily nutritional requirements for a common person to each customer.

In a world, where food prices have gone over the top, several places have had riots due to food price increase and food unavailability, supporting a culture of food wastage is a sign of ignorance and arrogance in my view.



  1. I don't want to take food away from a restaurant. What is it, a take-away?

    I want a nice serving of good food, quality above everything else. That doesn't mean I'll go for the other extreme: you get a waft of nice smelling air as a 'course' of the meal.

    A decent meal, well-balanced,, is all it takes. I don't want to lug around town carrying my left-over meal. Eat it later? Why would I want to do that? Why don't they give me a whole bunch of boxes to last me the entire week? Why not make that part of the experience: "Eat at Aunt Marie's. Eat one meal with us, eat six at home."

    Do not want.

  2. I enjoyed your last two blog posts, and it's definitely food for thought (no pun intended).

    I don't really like large portions either...often, we split an entree or just get a few appetizers. I agree that restaurants should serve smaller portions (in fact, more upscale restaurants usually do have smaller portions--but you pay more for them!).

    However, I must disagree with the assertion that large portions are to blame for the global food crisis. The main thing causing the food crisis is unnecessary government intervention, in the form of subsidies for farmers to grow crops that are not in high demand, or subsidies for farmers to switch from some crops to growing corn for ethanol. The push for growing corn for ethanol is probably one of the biggest reasons for the rise in food prices and shortages in other foods. So not only is ethanol a huge waste (it takes the same amount of--fossil--fuel to cultivate and process it as it creates in output of usable fuel), but it hurts the food market as well.

    Hope you're doing fine out there! Students are starting to come back here.

  3. Thanks DJ for your comment. Yeah, huge portions of food are turn off. I one ate at BOND 45 at NY Times Square. The food portion at first appeared very little. But it was very satisfying and filling.

    Anyway, the food habits at one town may not be responsible for food problems in the world, but collectively wastage of food is a big issue. In US about 100 billion pounds of food is wasted every year, and everybody is responsible for a small part...