Lunch is the perfect opportunity to get out and walk around New York City with my coworkers—even if we just pick up food within a 3 block radius to bring back to our desks so we can continue finding random stuff on the Internet working. So every day, I’ll be sharing what I had for lunch along with links to my daily lunch break distractions.

The Lunch:

Whole wheat rotini with meatballs
Whole wheat rotini with meatballs

The Links:

The Working Class Foodies Cookbook

The 22 Best Cookbooks of 2013 (via Greatist)
With so many food blogs and online recipe databases, the value of a really good cookbook can sometimes get overlooked. Greatist has rounded up the year’s best titles for every kind of home chef. (PS – Picture Cook is on this list!)

GMO Food: How European Trade May  Help America Eat Healthier (via Fooducate)
Unlike America, European countries have rejected genetically modified foods and even look down on us for allowing a large amount of GMO into our food system. Could Europe’s hesitation to import ‘sub-par’ American foods spur our country to change its ways? Let’s hope so.


WTF Food: Cucamelons (via Bite Size Wellness)
Despite having the appearance of a miniature watermelon, this Central American fruit actually tastes like a cross between a cucumber and a lime. Learn more about it over at BSW!

Schrute Farms Inspired Roasted Beet and Citrus Salad (via Veggie Girl)
I fell off “The Office” bandwagon shortly after Steve Carell’s departure robbed the show of its beloved Michael Scott, but as I understand it, Dunder Mifflin is closing its doors on the series finale tonight. Veggie Girl created this delicious and healthy salad in honor of Dwight’s infamous beet farm.


5 Simple Ways to Trick Yourself into Not Feeling Pain (via Cracked)
A while back, we wrote that one of the benefits of coffee was that its caffeine blocked a chemical that activates pain receptors. Here are four other simple non-drug ways to rewire your brain and body when it comes to pain.