Appearance vs. Reality

A recent trend I have noticed in the past few months on the internet is comparing the fast food we see in advertisements, to that which we actually receive at the restaurants.  The first thing I found surprising about this trend is that it took this many years for it start.  The internet has been around long enough that this …

Purely a Social Construct?

I won’t lie, I forgot to submit a post by midnight last night, but after class today, I was glad that I had forgotten, because now I have the opportunity to write about a discussion we had in class while it’s still fresh in my mind.  As we waded through Anne Allison’s articles concerning obento boxes and the duty of …

Earning Trust

Trust is something that is not given, but must earned.  This is a popular opinion regarding the formation of trust in relationships, and actually plays an important role in what we have been studying, as trust effects the food people choose to order.  People are more likely to buy the food from the farmer or store that they feel they …

The Scarecrow

Several nights ago while I was studying in my room, I recalled a particular ad that I had seen only several months ago.  This memory was sparked by the discuss we had in class that day regarding the reality of factory farming, and how it affects us.  This was Chipotle’s “The Scarecrow” advertisement.  At first glance this is a very …

Counting Calories

Over the past five or so years I began to notice an interesting trend in fast food restaurants.  As I would join the queue to order a quick and easy, yet often unfulfilling meal, my attention would find its way to this interesting chart on the wall near the queue.  This chart is the nutrition facts chart that can be …

The Commons Effect

Our Beloved Vail Commons is a source great conflict in my life.  I walk down the stairs, swipe my card, and find myself surrounded by a plethora of tempting options.  Do I want a pizza…..the lo mein…..maybe the avocado lime chicken……actually……I think I’ll just have one of each.  This was the typical debate I would have with myself every time …