“Food? What kind of challenge is that? Food isn’t a challenge; it’s a basic necessity of life itself. What next? An oxygen challenge?”
Pretty freaky how I can read your minds, eh? But yeah, I get it. Food is everywhere and most of us Cycle365-ers are lucky enough to be able to eat it at least a couple times every day. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for millions of people throughout the world. This, however, is not the place to get up on the soapbox about world hunger. All I want to do with this challenge is celebrate food and, in the process, maybe remind us all not to take it for granted.
I know I’ve bragged about this before but, just to refresh your memories, I’m kind of a genius when it comes to food knowledge. I’m also a celebrity chef with a food blog that has many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many fans. It boggles the mind when I think about how every one of those “many’s” has an equivalent number of dedicated readers. I think the inter-web has a term for people like me who have upwards of 8-10 hits on any given post. It means I’ve gone viral — like a virus.
So it shouldn’t surprise anybody that I’ve chosen FOOD to be the topic for this month’s challenge.
My first thought for the challenge was to divide it into three separate ten-day challenges. I wisely scrapped that idea, though, and opened things up to accommodate everyone’s individual opportunities. That’s the kind of inclusive thinking that makes me the PEOPLE’S Challenge Czar.
Here are the three ideas I had for the 10-day challenges. As I said, the good news is that you can post them ANY time during the month.
- Take a picture of a food source before it actually becomes food. Like a herd of pigs. Or a grove of peaches. Or a crop of turnips. Or a patch of wild blueberries. Or a nest of ostrich eggs.
- Take a picture of a local restaurant. Extra credit goes to pictures of menus posted out front. I am truly interested in what people in your part of the world like to eat. If there isn’t a menu posted outside the door, you get extra-extra credit for going inside, asking for a menu, and taking a picture of it. Extra-extra-extra credit can be earned by posting a review of your restaurant experience.
- Have a picnic while on a bike ride and take a picture. You don’t have to be cooking hotdogs on the public grill or anything. (But I admit it would be cool to see you cooking something at the park.) Your picnic picture can be as simple as eating a tangerine at a picnic table.
More good news. All that stuff above is optional. You can do any one of them or none of them. You can post anything you want that is related to food. Grocery stores, recipes, food pareidolias in clouds, personal stories related to food . . . whatever you want. And none of your reports will be graded by me or any other fake teacher. All I ask is that you please try to include your bicycle whenever possible. Thank you.
P.S. I thank you all for your participation in last month’s challenge, and I’m proud to say that everybody graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors — except me.