Play­ing with food

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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.

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