Two east coast food stories caught my eye and the juxtaposition of them is downright comical. The two stories seem to encapsulate the tensions of trying to live the healthy life in this modern age.
First the good news: New York City will be issuing new permits for mobile fruit and vegetable stands – 1,000 of them in fact. This is the Big Apple's latest attempt to combat obesity and bring fresh produce to low income neighborhoods where fruit and veggies are scarce. There are currently about 4,000 permits for produce stands in wealthy Manhattan, so the neighborhoods like the South Bronx and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn will have access to these "green" carts too.
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On the flip side comes a new tactic to get baseball fans into the stadium to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates play. Following a trend found in other stadiums, PNC Park, Pittsburgh's baseball stadium, will be offering an All-You-Can-Eat seating section during specific games for the 2008 season. For $35, you can watch the game and without ever leaving your seat eat all you want of the following concessions: hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, salads, popcorn, peanuts, ice cream and soda. Where are the Cracker Jacks from the lyrics of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." It seems to me the only real physical activity a person can get while watching a game is climbing the stairs after buying concessions.
Which trend sounds more appealing to you? Me, I am for mobile veggie carts.