Playing with food
Growing up as a young boy was living in an unending adventure and fun—trekking with my dad and an uncle; weekends at the seaside house of a grandaunt; barbecue dinners during school break, and more—except at the dinner table.
My aunt, Tita Blitte, insisted we learn the proper way of using utensils and the polite way of chewing food: Mouth closed as we ground our food with our molars, and no chewing sounds if possible.
“Don’t play with your food” was the refrain at the dinner table, so much so it became an earworm or a brainworm that I had to erase with real music. And that ended when I reached 13 because by then I was properly schooled in civil eating manners, although I could eat like a pig when I was in the company of people who thought etiquette was a dirty word.
Today, however, people can play with their food with no sticklers of good manners looking over their shoulders and screaming reminders to be polite. There are many game apps that include food in daily challenges.
Some game apps have advocacies such as teaching children nutrition and food values. Perfect Picnic is one game that illustrates as it entertains. The game teaches food safety skills by tasking players to create the safest picnic operation in the park.
Smash Your Food is a fun game in which you smash food (yeah, the proper way of playing with your food). The millennial twist is that players see the food’s actual salt, oil and sugar content.
Other game apps are out there for the sole enjoyment of defying authority, that is, don’t play with your food, in a safe and acceptable way.
Top Burger Chef: Cooking Story allows the player to rule in a burger restaurant empire. Hungry customers line up to order one of your treats: sky-high burger and fries, steak burger, sodas and desserts!
Recipe Search is perfect for people who enjoy cooking. Yes, we’re in the Online Age, so people all over the world can share their ideas too.
If you like speed but not the sweat, then Bistro Cook cooking app is for you. The game will test your speed in cooking dishes. Simple enough. Kid stuff. But hey, in this world we lose out many times and so why play a game in which you end up at the bottom of the pecking order?
As with all products, check out the “label,” the contents for accuracy and safety, and evaluate user comments before downloading the game. Maybe next week I will share with you some recipes found in other game apps.