Walking in the growing and surprisingly affluent and energetic city of White Plains, New York I was impressed with America's incredible surfeit of both things -- a world of cell-phoned kids and ostentatiously driven adults -- and foods. Some of the foods, the variety and super-sized portions may explain the growing stature of my people -- in a negative sense. That "large coke" I ordered somewhere wasn't the large coke of my youth. It was a small, paper barrel with a good part of a gallong of the soda pop.
On the other hand was this great Japanese fruit and vegetable market in White Plains near Mamaroneck Avenue that had a magnificent salad bar with fruits, salads and entrees by the pound, Asian and Latino foods and dark chocolate bars not to be missed -- dark chocolate, reduced sugar bars of great taste (yes, I was weak and had one) and flowers outside to brighten the bleak, urban feel of the urban Northeast.
The concept of a garden of life -- of nutrients, whole foods and organic foods has not been ignored in this community where affluence is the order of the day.