A Love Letter to My Açai Bowl

A Love Letter to My Açai Bowl

I love you.


To my açai bowl,

Thank you for being you. Every time I think of you, I feel an overwhelming sense of happiness. I know that when I finally get you, all the worries that I feel magically melt away.

You can come in such a beautiful variety with the choice of so many toppings. Strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, kiwi, Nutella, peanut butter... the options are never-ending.

I dream of you often, thinking about how you never disappoint me. Every time we're together, I know that my day is going to be that much better.

If I ever feel that sense of being "hangry" my first thought is you and how I know that you'll make that go away.

Thank you for always being there for me. Friends may come and go, but you, my açai bowl, you are forever. I'll never forget all the things you do for me on an almost daily basis.

Thank you to all the places that allow me and my love to be reunited: Baya Bar, Playa Bowls, Fruita Bowls, I am forever grateful for you.

My açai bowl, no matter where I go, I will always be thinking about you.

I love you.

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The Unspoken Dangers of 'Mukbang' Culture

Ever wondered why you can't stop clicking on these addictive, self-made eating shows?


Unless you've been living under a rock for the past five years, you've probably heard of the internet trend commonly referred to as a mukbang, or "eating show." These self-produced video clips typically involve one hungry individual, their filming device, and an obscene amount of delicious foods.

Though these broadcasts originated all the way from South Korea (hence the foreign vocabulary), the growing popularity of eating videos has taken the internet by storm. Nowadays as you scroll through YouTube, you'll find an outrageous amount of uploads with titles like "10,000 CALORIE PASTA MUKBANG," "EATING EVERYTHING ON THE MCDONALD'S MENU," or "THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE."

Popular 'mukbangers' such as Peggie Neo, Megan McCullom, and Steven Sushi have made a sizable profit off of their viral eating shows, some collecting tens of thousands of dollars in revenue.

So, what's the big deal you say? You order a large quantity of food, indulge in said food, film yourself completing this menial task, and upload to the internet for money and fame. On the outside, this may seem like a luxurious lifestyle, but behind the camera lens sits an individual battling their own demons and influencing the world of social media to partake in their harmful behaviors.

Mukbanger Livia Adams ("Alwayshungry" on YouTube) has opened up about her unhealthy relationship with food in the past, praising herself for fasting several hours in order to justify her over-indulgence on camera.

Similarly, internet sensation Trisha Paytas claims to diet and starve herself for weeks just to be able to satisfy her subscribers with epic mukbangs, which are essentially binges.

In all actuality, these social media celebrities are negatively impacting (and possibly triggering) vulnerable viewers.

Many fans only see the highlight reel of YouTubers shoveling bowls of cereal or boxes of doughnuts into their mouths, yet remain completely unaware of what truly goes on behind-the-scenes. Messages saying:

"I'm on a diet... watching this is giving me some sort of satisfaction, like as tho I ate, you know?"
"I watch these videos because I know I physically can't afford to eat like this because I gain weight too easily."
"When having an eating disorder, watching Trisha's mukbangs is sorta comforting in a way omg"

flood the comments sections of Paytas' videos. Quite obviously, fans young and old are heavily influenced by this content and continue to support these creators to fulfill a self-destructive need.

Additionally, famous mukbang accounts never seem to include the painful after-effects of their ginormous feasts in videos. Fitness model Stephanie Buttermore flaunts her slim physique just days after consuming over 10,000 calories for a challenge, giving the impression that her previous overindulgence had no repercussions on her health whatsoever. Because Buttermore is a trained, athletic young woman, she was able to quickly bounce back after a series of workouts and low-calorie meals.

On the contrary, if a sedentary woman of about the same age were to attempt this challenge, she would most likely feel sluggish, irritable, bloated, stomach discomfort, and even vomitous post challenge. Eating regularly like this could lead to bigger issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, because topics like these aren't glamorous and attractive to subscribers, mukbangers often edit them out.

Now don't get me wrong. Though not everyone who uploads a mukbang to the internet has an eating disorder or an evil agenda, they have to realize the kind of audience they're appealing to. This generation is more susceptible than ever to emulate the actions and words of their favorite celebrities. Young boys and girls look up to successful adults, and influencers should be remembered for the change they inspired, not the disease they encouraged.

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Cotton Candy And Fruit Is The New Hybrid You Have To Try

Certainly It's a yes from me.


Its that time of the year again and I couldn't be more excited.

Yes, I am talking about the time of the year when Cotton Candy Grapes make their ways to shelves across the US. I know you're probably wondering "Did she really just say cotton candy grapes?" I did, and they are indeed everything I am hyping them up to be!

After nearly 12 years of development, Fruit Geneticist David Cain developed this new hybrid fruit by the use of hand pollination crossed with millions of varying types of grapes. Creating something that tastes just like a cotton candy would but, with a slight hint of vanilla! Don't be fooled. They look like your average juicy green grapes. But, their immaculate sweet taste differentiates them from their tangy and tart counterpart.

Now here I stand, staring at the doors of my local Publix, just seconds from walking inside and purchasing the sweet treat when the produce clerk suddenly crushes all hopes and dreams I may have. Our conversation went a little like this:

"Oh my gosh, Hi! How are you, it's weird, I heard the cotton candy grapes were in but I'm not seeing them."

-"Oh yeah, you're probably like the fifth person to ask about them. Unfortunately, they won't come in until the end of the month.. maybe early April.

EARLY APRIL, I... I... I just don't understand.

- Yeah, last year we got them fairly late and they left soon after.. so I guess they're taking their time this year around.

But, you know what you should try... Sugar Kiss Cantaloupe .. It'll rock your world!

Have a nice day sir.

Here I sit .. hurt, confused and fairly belittled. All I wanted was a sweet delectable treat but what I received was a ton of disappointment. Maybe your luck is better than mines and if so... Head on down to your local Trader Joes, Publix or Costco's and try the cotton candy grapes for yourselves. Maybe their just as great as I describe them to be or a huge letdown. Either way, they are definitely worth the try!

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