At Alert Level 3, takeaways are top priority

drawing of empty queue for the Holy Grail and big queu for MacDonald's

What do we want at Alert Level 3? Takeaways!

Let’s not feel guilty if at Alert Level 3, takeaways are our top priority. I’m itching for the divine baking of Tomboy cafe in Mt Victoria. I don’t call this an addiction because it’s six weeks since I indulged. For now, I’m savouring the prospect, spinning out the joy of anticipation for a few more days.

For others, it’s the fast food chains they crave.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, whether we’re talking gourmet fare or mass-produced burgers. People who cook their own meals day after day, week after week, appreciate any meal cooked by somebody else: this is not new. But the sense of deprivation is extreme at this stressful time.

The Holy Grail might be on offer, but no takers would be lining up for an empty goblet. Fill it with fizzy drink and it might be popular, though.

I wonder what food you are missing most in lockdown? And I wonder why it’s that particular item of food, and not another?

18 thoughts on “At Alert Level 3, takeaways are top priority

  1. Well said, as always, Rachel. Thank you.
    The more I venture forth through this strange almost fairy tale (nursery rhyme?) present world of March-April-heading-into-May that I’m in right now, the more I realise how similar I am to others, and yet, how different. I crave nothing. I have no favourite cafe. I’ve always been a slow at processing. One morning soon when my body and brain realises that this is all for real, I will wake up and think, ‘Goodness I’d kill for a burger (a flat white, a hot chocolate, a milk shake, an apricot & chicken & brie panini …) But so far, nah. Still enjoying my homemade toasted cheese sammie lunches (even more appetising because I don’t always have to make them myself.)

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      What a felicitous state to be in! Long may it last.

  2. Sadje says:

    Over here we can order home delivery from a lot of places, so not being deprived of any favorites.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That’s lucky. The big change for us this week is that fast-food outlets can now deliver. Some classier joints have been delivering at Level 4, but our choices grow daily ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Sadje says:

        Thatโ€™s great. Enjoy food freedom

  3. We are fortunate that our supermarket has full shelves, except for toilet paper. I’m hungry for chicken. I won’t buy it right now because there are no specials, and I plan to wait until the price goes down. I am so blessed that this is myself only complaint, because there are many others who are having a very difficult time.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Yes, perspective is everything. But toilet paper has really run out? So weird.

      1. Thankfully, we had enough toilet paper to last a while. If one place doesn’t have it, another does. There is still a shortage. Stores limit the number of packages a person can buy.

  4. Well said ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. cedar51 says:

    I did have cravings…but as Kay has commented…none them seem terribly important now, since I’ve had to create what I want to eat or extract from a packet anything that has come into my house over the last month or so.

    And that chocolate brownie that comes from Rampant Cafe has been replaced with the knowledge that I could bake it if I had all the ingredients – where in fact, I made a couple of other cakes including recently a banana cake here at home.

    I will return to Rampant when they reopen to have inhouse service … not because I need it but because they are a family owned local business and need my support…

    I’ve been musing on this – a lot in the last few days. And have kind of realised it not an actual product but rather I “crave” more than anything is being able to have “freedom of choice” …. it’s not that I don’t appreciate my two sources, it just I would rather choose the brand, the size, the type “myself”

    Everyone to their own ideals, we are all in fact individuals on that matter of ….

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That’s a wise conclusion. And it applies to me too.

      1. cedar51 says:

        On my helpers “top up list” was flour…I said it doesn’t matter which size. I’ve got 5 KILO bag! I’m going to decant it down into small parts, put some in freezer/fridge. I’d like to put all into freezer but there is so much juggling going here lately, I know it won’t all fit in there! Now I don’t have to worry that “something is running out…”

  6. Dan Antion says:

    The things I miss aren’t so much the things, it’s the people. I miss going to the local bar/pub for a beer while I wait for some takeout. I can still get the takeout and I have beer at home, but there’s no bartender to talk with, no customer to my left that I haven’t met. It’s really the social interaction that I miss – and I’m an introvert!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Yeah, I recognize myself in everything you say. And I feel so mad at the thought that people could be being mean to “my” supermarket checkout people too.

  7. Kally says:

    I miss having my meals outside and not washing dishes! Lol.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I miss meeting my friends for lunch, no matter the place. I am talking with them but it is not the same. I have even thought about doing Zoom and eating lunch, but it still wouldn’t be the same.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Even strangers in a cafe bring a sense of community.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Absolutely. No comparison with a no-contact delivery person.

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