Saturday, October 18, 2014

Where Twitter Beats Google

Google is known for its spectacular cafeterias.

Bon Appetit has even written the cafeterias up:
Imagine if your office pantry had a professional-grade espresso maker and a popcorn popper instead of a perpetually broken vending machine. Or if the company cafeteria served beer-braised short ribs and roast black rock cod with heirloom-tomato relish instead of soggy turkey sandwiches.

As if Google perks like nap pods and on-site masseuses didn’t already stoke your envy, the tech giant has reinvented workday dining. Its offices in Mountain View, California, and Manhattan have more than 35 canteens offering fresh, delicious meals and hundreds of pantry-like “micro-kitchens” stocked with snacks and beverages (including Kind granola bars and Stumptown coffee). And it’s all free.

Unlimited breakfast, lunch, dinner (for staffers burning the midnight oil), and snacks sounds like a recipe for the corporate version of the freshman 15. But it’s not.

Though the cafeterias feature their share of decadent offerings (like crispy pork carnitas and butterscotch-pecan-cookie pie), they’re also strategically designed to “make it really easy for people to make healthy choices,” says Scott Giambastiani, Google’s head chef..

Every dish in the cafeterias is identified with a color-coded label that indicates the food’s healthful-ness. Taking cues from a traffic light, “green” options such as minimally processed fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can be eaten in large quantities; “yellow” foods like lean proteins should be eaten in moderation; and “red” foods– heavily processed or high in fat or sugar–should be eaten sparingly....

Technically Google’s cafeterias also qualify as all-you-can-eat buffets, and as anyone who’s ever grabbed six slices of bacon knows, it can be nearly impossible to gauge how much you’re really eating. To address this, Google installed kitchen scales within the New York cafeterias so employees can keep track of what they’re piling on..

BUT I hear Google doesn't come close to offering the feast that is available at the Twitter cafeteria in downtown San Francisco.

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