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.

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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