Guest Post by Aly Walansky
I’ve reached THAT age.
You know, it’s the age when your Facebook newsfeed is littered no longer with body shot photos (the good old days!) but babies and engagement rings. As you reach (and, fine!) surpass 30 as a single person, it seems harder and harder to not feel like you are in the remedial education program of life development. And if the INDIGNITY of going to wedding after wedding without so much as a date isn’t traumatic enough, then you arrive home and are ready to order takeout (comfort) food – and YOU CANT REACH THE ORDER DELIVERY MINIMUM BECAUSE YOU ARE ALONE.
Wait…what?! Traditionally, even in times of complete solitude-related despair, we could at least count on FOOD. Sure, this actuality may have brought me out of bikini into burka-like-body-armor but at least it kept me warm and satisfied at night.
(Not that anyone else was)
But I digress. It’s a pain we all experience. We want to order lunch from our favorite sushi spot, but the order minimum is $10 or $15 or $20 – our lunch special? $7. Had we a date, we’d be golden. But because we’re alone, we’re hungry. And sad. And did we mention alone?
Some foods lend themselves well to ordering double and saving for later. Others require some research (and creativity). And so, for my (local) brethren, I’ve created a short list of some of my favorite lonely-hearts-friendly delivery minimums. PS: Don’t forget if you go pick up your Seamless order than having it delivered, you make this problem go away altogether! But we all know some nights call for sweat pants, pillows, and a bottle of whine. (Or, wine.)
‘Snice: The $10 minimum is just about perfect for this vegetarian café full of fresh, savory (yet soul-comforting options) – Their quinoa salad feels like an indulgence if you are having a rough day, and if it’s REALLY rough? Rock that vegan brownie. Easy to order for one – and you won’t feel like you are overspending or being wasteful to make it happen!
Chick P: Hello, obsession. I order from here a few times a week – their falafel trio platter, at $11, is perfect for the single orderer – and with its large portion of falafel balls – all three falafel flavors, hummus, Israeli salad, olives and pickles with signature sauces – you’ll have a delicious meal that stays fresh for days. You may not be able to find a man that commits, but this dish does.
Aji Fusion Sushi: Sushi is often the HARDEST for delivery if you are alone – especially if you have a small appetite. Many of our favorite places have a wallet-friendly lunch special that you will need to order at least 2 servings to reach a delivery minimum often double. I’m so glad this place moved into the hood! Their minimum is a way more palatable at $10 – and with fun spins on traditional rolls, like pepper tuna mango maki rolls for $6 – you’ll have fun making it happen.
Aly Walansky is a popular New York City based lifestyles and travel journalist who seeks no greater mission than the perfect spicy tuna roll. Her writing can be seen in dozens of online magazines and print publications. Visit her blog atwww.alittlealytude.com and follow her on twitter at@AlyWalansky.