Devna Shukla is a Production Assistant for CNN's AC360°
Okay, I admit it. I'm not a so-called "foodie." I often have to Google terms such as "eau de vie" and "varak" while watching cooking shows. I'd rather have French fries over foie gras and a bowl of cereal over ceviche.
Moving from Los Angeles to New York last year, I thought I might have a shot at becoming a real foodie. With some of the best restaurants in the world easily accessible, I was excited to explore the culinary and culture world that is New York dining.
Sadly, my quest took a sharp detour. After having lunch at one of the most esteemed restaurants in New York, I found myself extremely sick and plagued by stomach issues. Through all the missed eating opportunities and doctors visits, I’ve found a newfound appreciation for an American classic: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
I've found that I’m not alone in my appreciation and borderline obsession with peanut butter and jelly. Two other AC360 colleagues and I are now in a PB&J Club, secretly supporting each other and our love for this sandwich.
PB&J embodies what I love about food. Two people can have an appreciation for the same item - like a sandwich - yet have their own unique spins to it. Do you put peanut butter on both slices of bread? Only on one side? Do you cut the crust off or like your bread toasted? The variations of this classic are endless.
Thanks to New York, I’ve taken my peanut butter and jelly to a new level. I’ve experimented with different jams (fresh raspberry is delicious!) and have tried a variety of delicious, fresh, locally produced peanut butters (including almond!)
Maybe I'll never be a true food connoisseur, [Editor's note: we'd argue that she clearly is one already -- at least in our book] and maybe I'll eventually grow out of my peanut butter and jelly phase. In the meantime, I look forward to pushing the boundaries of one of the most classic sandwiches of all time - and my next PB&J.