Lunchtime poll – international soul
March 4th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
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Contrary to what most people may think, life as a food editor in the Time Warner Center isn't all tweezer-peeled Ruby Roman grapes and Cherubim heart carpaccio lunches at Per Se or even sustainolocaganic kale 'n quinoa salads from the Whole Foods in the basement.

Nope - we haul our cookies up to the 10th floor "Park Cafe" employee cafeteria and stand in line for salads, sandwiches and the "action" station with the likes of Eatocracy's Senior Junk Food Correspondent Ali Velshi (when he's in town) and "In the Arena" host Eliot Spitzer (who we're pretty sure actually lives under one of the steam tables because he is ALWAYS there - not that we're, um, obsessed or anything...).

It's never gonna knock your socks off, but it's fresh-ish, not aggressively unhealthy, and the view of Central Park is all seasonally verdant and whatnot. We rarely ever eat IN the cafeteria, mind you - rather we Gollum our little salad bar clamshells back to our desks and fork it into our face holes as swiftly as possible so we can get back to writing about, you know, food. (Yes, we simultaneously embrace and bemoan the irony.)

One thing on which we never skimp, though - taking time to see what's on offer at the International Station. We've mentioned this before - the wonkily adorable theme days including "Home," "Chez Chez L'Ami Louis, Paris," "Joliet, IL," "Roscoe's Chicken 'N' Waffles" and most recent and perhaps most befuddling of all, yesterday's "Deep In My Soul."


"Who is the 'My'?" we asked ourselves. Are they tapping into a universal "My"? Is it Ted Turner, himself as "My"? (Though there's a distinct lack of bison) Anderson Cooper? The great and powerful Oz?

The owner of said soul has a penchant for black bean slathered plantains, rice, grilled steak, mixed green salad, macaroni salad, rice pudding, and fried chicken. All signs point to Cuban, but, like, why didn't they just SAY that? It's not like there's an embargo on the food or the word.

The point of the natter here - it got us thinking about what it would actually taste like deep within our souls. For me, I'd go a tad funky and whiffing of brimstone - like Rogue Creamery's Smokey Blue Cheese or possibly just a bitter, bloody mess - a boudin noir chased with a cup of chicory coffee.

Et vous?

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  1. childlike empress

    like tears and vodka.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:43 am |
  2. MIss theatre

    warm with a spicy tingle turning to a soft, sweet and tangy moving to a firm and puzzling earthy, herby complex and finishing with a bitter smoothed by a subtle sweet. if anyone can identify the four food i just described, i will be very impressed!

    March 7, 2011 at 2:07 am |
  3. sus

    what the heck is that on the rice? pretty disgusting looking picture for a food article/

    March 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Kira

    like an avocado.

    March 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  5. Maty

    My soul tastes like one of those dirty Japanese curries, American Spirit yellow cigarettes, Miller High Life and Halls cough drops.

    March 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  6. Pixburgh Pixie

    A really big sack of ramobutans, a glass of malbec, mac'n'cheese, and some really amazing catfish. All in all, class and trash all rolled into one!

    March 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  7. Jim

    I am a reasonably intelligent person and I have not idea what the first two paragraphs of this article are trying to say. Is this some kind of alien language?

    March 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Farhibide

      I'm with you on that. If a stranger walked up to me and pretty much spoke the article to me word-for-word, without any kind of introduction or hint of topic like it's presented here, I would think he/she was either an Aspie or a food snob. It's one thing to have a deep understanding and appreciation for your craft, it's quite another to be so wrapped up in it that no one else knows WTF you're talking about.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  8. homophonephobia

    Pretty sure my sole tastes a bit fishy.

    March 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  9. lizzie bluebird

    sweet and creamy like black forest cake, dark like cappucchino, spicy like wasabi and tender like rare barely seared steak

    March 6, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  10. 9463chick

    Creamy, like a perfectly ripe camembert

    March 6, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  11. Shoooo

    I just farted. It smells bad. Oh wait I did more than fart. P** : )

    March 6, 2011 at 2:13 am |
    • Maty

      Ah, the smelt it/dealt it conundrum. Classic.

      March 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  12. Popeye

    All I can say is if you think you eatocracy writers of gastronomy know food; judging lately by your mundane and noobiotic articles, such as this one, you know very little about real flavors and real food. In as much as one reads the advice columns to see what poor and improper advice is give, perhaps that is the same draw to this place as well..

    the snobrabbery of your dull palettes bring me shivers sometimes and this one of them.

    March 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • ZRS

      I honestly have no idea what you are saying here. Perhaps you didn't understand because you don't actually speak English yourself? I'm just going by your prose thicket right there. Might want to trim it back a bit because it's strangling whatever it is you're trying to say. I think you're trying to be impressive, but you're just weedy.

      I understood the article just fine. Even thought it was funny.

      March 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  13. jefffbo

    The taste in my soul is hot cajun boiled crawfish and a few Buds......

    March 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • northern guest

      That reminds me of Deanies in New Orleans – hot spiced boiled crawfish, with a side of boiled new potatoes in the skins. Yum!

      March 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  14. slupdawg

    I don't know what my soul tastes like, but that meal above looks like turds on rice.

    March 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • northern guest

      Exactly! Whatever it is, I bet it will look just the same coming out as it did going in. Gross.

      March 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  15. lance corporal

    a dance of many flavors that are at once satisfying and exciting

    March 5, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  16. Tessiemc

    I don't believe in a "soul".

    March 5, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • lance corporal

      so your tasteless??

      March 5, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • northern guest

      Why do non believers insist on talking about God all the time?

      March 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • Sinister Sister

      Check your SHOES lately! Troll.

      March 7, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  17. soulneedssalt

    my soul loses it's flavor a little every time I read anything posted from CNN.

    March 5, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  18. Amayda

    creamy and wholesome

    March 5, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  19. joy

    cotton candy

    March 5, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  20. James76er

    Yeah, I second that. I re-posted that link on my FB. Great site.

    March 5, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  21. Shmeaty soul

    Read before replying to the question of this article... I think many people will find it tastes worse than you though. BTW JerseyGrrrlChef I saw your posts on that site - awesome info, thanks!

    March 5, 2011 at 12:10 am |
    • Shmeaty soul

      Worse than you thought*

      March 5, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • northern guest

      For me its more like yummy, comforting home made mac n' cheese, and a nice caesar salad. Hold the shmeat. But I've been to the site, and it's an eye opener, that's for sure.

      March 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  22. memphisqueen

    My soul tastes of reeses peanut butter cups and coca cola. And my soul, well, its in heaven with those items!!

    March 4, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  23. BIll

    Excess!!!...Delicious 50 year old Lambic Excess!

    March 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  24. Koko

    Cotton candy and flowers

    March 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  25. Radagast

    Fire and Ice, baby. Fire and Ice.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  26. bwright

    Bitter-sweet chocolate with a side of booze.

    March 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  27. Fiona

    My soul: fugu.

    March 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  28. brhau

    Braised tendon with a side of heart attack.

    March 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  29. mamablueyz

    My soul I believe would be Spicy Hot, with Very Sweet undertones, a bit of caffeine with the finish of a REALLY Great Pinot Noir.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Wisey

      I love that!

      March 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  30. Babsmack, evil twin from mirror universe

    Who pooped in the rice?

    March 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Fiona

      Oh my ears and whiskers..that's exactly what it looks like! I don't feel well.

      March 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • northern guest

      Yes, my thoughts exactly. Eeewww, it would have to be some kind of delicious to get past that first impression.

      March 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  31. AleeD

    Sweet & squishy. Love me some "plantanos"!

    March 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  32. The Witty One

    In the words of Anthony Bourdain....It tastes like shame. Delicious Delicious shame.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • northern guest

      Shame = BBQ. Hot, greasy, messy BBQ.

      March 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  33. Evil Grin

    The taste in my soul is a dark, swirling chocolate, bitter, with pockets of spice and patches of sweet appearing in turns. Ultimately, though, it ends up a strange not-flavor, and leaves you feeling decidedly inferior.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  34. JerseyGrrrlChef


    March 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  35. Sean

    Funky hot grits!

    March 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  36. Tazer@Kat


    I like this poll. :)

    March 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
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