Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.
Spring! Finally! Farmers markets are in full effect, boasting gorgeous and colorful fruits and vegetables straight from the ground, the trees, the bushes.
So this seems like a good time to take stock of all the awesome things you can now get straight from a machine. Asia and Europe have been way ahead of the United States in terms of vending machine cuisine, but now we’re starting to catch up. Happily, a lot of this food is, if not exactly fresh from the soil, at least frequently refreshed inside the vending machine case.
Which following foods are available from vending machines in the U.S.?
2. Salad: YES
Farmer's Fridge (@FarmersFridge) currently has three locations in Chicago; more are supposedly on the way. “Don’t think of Farmer’s Fridge as a vending machine,” says Farmer’s Fridge website. “It’s a veggie machine.”
For the purposes of this quiz, it’s a vending machine and it’s made from Chicago-area reclaimed wood. Among the options: Detox Salad (kale, quinoa, sprouts, fennel, pineapple, blueberries, white beans and cider vinegar–lemon dressing); Greek yogurts and berries; and even salmon salad. Everything is packaged in recyclable plastic jars, and all ingredients are organic when possible, plus, all food is replaced every day.
3. Pizza: NO
Unfortunately, the machines seem never to have arrived. If they have, they’re operating in secrecy.
4. Champagne: NO (trick question)
5. Cupcakes: YES
If you’re looking for a cupcake ATM in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta or Beverly Hills, you’ll find one there as well.
6. Pie: YES
8. Custom Blended Ice Cream: YES
MooBella's ice cream is made in the machine they say, so that it’s fresher tasting and has less ice crystals than most ice creams, especially ones coming out of a kiosk.
9. Burritos: YES
The five flavors include Chorizo; Bacon; Roasted Potato, Egg & Cheese; Shredded Beef & Cheese; and Chicken, Rice and Beans. You can also get sides of guacamole and sour cream, and, most thoughtfully of all, mini bottles of Tabasco.
10. French Fries: NO (as of right now)
How many did you get right? Share your score in the comments below.
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