sushi, Lucky Orange, Hayden Gascoigne

In food (and tech) we trust

As a developer, I’m used to working long hours on tedious projects. Through my vast experience ranging from college to today, I’ve discovered some of the best foods that make up a Geek diet.

Now, you have to realize a few things first:

  • Lucky Orange is situated in the ideal location. A gas station is just a quick 40 yards away, and a major grocery store chain stands just across the parking lot. Needless to say, we go to this store at least once a day.
  • We have a small team, which translates into plenty of opportunities for us to go out to eat together. Or just make fun of each other’s meal choice. Or order in Jimmy John’s.
  • If you can’t enjoy a good sushi break after a long morning of debugging (or rather, procrastinating a morning of debugging), can you really call yourself a developer? I don’t think so.

So, in honor of the new year, here are my top 10 foods I recommend for anyone in the tech industry, especially for my fellow developers, to keep us productive happy:

No. 1: SUSHI
If you don’t like sushi, we just can’t be friends. Sorry. Okay; so we can be friends, but we can’t really be seen in public together. I’m sure you’ll understand.

No. 2: Buffalo-flavored chicken sandwiches with chipotle mayo and a side of kettle chips
This sandwich is my go-to lunch preference. My coworker and I are on a first-name basis with the ladies who work at the deli counter, which doesn’t seem so weird considering we get ½ pound of fresh deli meat nearly every day.

No. 3: Kansas City-style barbecue (preferably from Joe’s Kansas City)
I may be in a food coma for the rest of the afternoon, but it’s not like I was going to be productive after 1:00 anyway. Pass the burnt-end Z-Man with a side of fries!

No. 4: SUSHI
Mmmm…I would like the three-roll lunch special with the Spider, Dino, and Spicy Salmon rolls, please. Oh, and hold the crab rangoon unless it’s suddenly okay that I take a siesta in the conference room for a few hours.

No. 5: A good hamburger
The office celebrated my birthday in December with a fantastic trip to my favorite sport bar. Guess what I ordered? Hint: It rhymes with shamburger.

No. 6: Jimmy John’s sandwich with extra mayo
We’re definitely Jimmy John’s fans in this office, though Mr. Goodcents is starting to gain in popularity. #PassTheMayo #ItsAllAboutThatBread

No. 7: Pepperoni pizza (or cheese pizza with a side of pepperoni)
I just like pepperoni, okay? And carbs. I also love carbs.  And cheese. I also really love cheese.

No. 8: Chicken wings (especially when promoted as unlimited)
Mondays mean the start to the work week…and unlimited chicken wings at the local market grill. Grab your coworkers and get a mix of different sauces. If we can share an office space, we can share chicken wings.

No. 9: Greek gyros
Here’s the thing – gyros are great. Pitas are great. Greek dolmades? I’m not a fan.

No. 10: Gas station pizza
One of the perks of working really close to a gas station is gas station pizza. It’s the same pizza served at the grocery store, but it just tastes better at the gas station. Why? We have no clue.

BONUS: SUSHI
Look, I’m not saying you should get sushi. There are some (okay, really just one) on the team who would rather a grilled cheese sandwich over sushi. I’m not here to judge. I’m just saying sushi should be considered a love language. Is that too much to ask for?

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