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Let me start this off by explaining that I’m not really a healthy eater. This is not a post about healthy food. Honestly, I don’t know what half of the vegetables in my local grocery store are. In fact, it’s likely that  the only vegetables I’m aware of are the ones that you can order on your typical pizza.  What I’m trying to say is that there will be no vegetables on this list of foods that will change the way you eat, but it’s an ode to specialty foods that make life just a wee bit better.

If you’re lucky enough to have a farmer’s market in the city you’re living in, I strongly suggest that you check it out.

1. Fresh bread

Fresh Baked Bread

Sometimes we forget that the bagged, sliced bread from the grocery store was actually, at some point, warm and fresh. Or that a bag of bread that says “fresh” on it doesn’t actually mean that the bread is fresh. (It probably just hasn’t expired yet.) Now when I say fresh bread, I mean fresh-out-of-the-oven bread. Like, bread that was baked just a few hours ago. You’ll know the difference. Fresh bread is crispy on the outside and pillowy on the inside, and it just loves you like bagged bread never will. And remember, we accept the love we think we deserve. And you deserve fresh bread love, my friend.

2. Great coffee.

Coffee Cappucinos

Just a friendly reminder that the brown water you get at the campus cafe is not real coffee. I realize that you have probably tricked yourself into thinking that it is real coffee for the sake your own sanity, but it’s not. Coffee actually has a lot of subtle flavor notes to it, and the taste differs by region, roasting time, and a variety of other factors. Take the time to find a great bag of coffee. Invest in a coffee grinder for a fresher brew every morning. Buy a coffee tumbler that doesn’t leak.


And on that note…

3. Beer

Beer Glasses

For the umpteenth time, beer does not all taste the same! Seriously. Coors is not as good as it gets. Do your research. Buy brands that you’ve never heard of before. Go local. Notice the differences between bitter, sweet, light, dark, mild, and hoppy beer. There is beer that actually tastes good and is not meant for chugging. Beer can also be paired with various different foods based on its flavor profile – it’s like wine pairing but, you know, for people who don’t like wine.

4. Pudding

Chocolate Pudding Chocolate Mousse

I’m not kidding in the slightest. Pudding is surprisingly versatile. Is it dessert? Is it a snack? Do you put it into a pie shell? Do you eat it plain? NOBODY WILL EVER KNOW.

What’s your favorite food?

Featured image courtesy of SMcGarnigle via Flickr (CC-BY-2.0). Other photos via Thinkstock.