In praise of street food!

Accounting is going to have a chuckle (if Microsoft accountants ever chuckle, that is) when going through my expense report this week. First of all, it’s mostly cash (we normally use a corporate credit card for business travel) and secondly, most of the meals are titled ‘street food’.

Street food rocks.

It’s the stuff that you buy from street vendors in New York City. There is a huge variety, and I make a point to try something new each time I visit. As a result, I wind up ‘eating my way’ across Manhattan. This trip was no exception.

Gyros stands provided most of the manna from heaven for me this trip. Not the gyros themselves, but the ‘carb friendly’ alternative that served the meats and vegetables atop a bed of seasoned rice (memo to vendors: rice has carbs). However, in a word: Yumm.

Mister Softee played a big part as well (I posted about this in in my “NYC Trip” post) and good old Starbucks made sure I kept my circadians all fouled up with too many night walks around the city.

My diet? Noted, but not forgotten this trip. I still snacked during the day, keeping my metabolism high. Memo to self: do the diet and workout posts I’ve been meaning to write for the past few months.

There must be a hot dog stand somewhere on campus. Perhaps I should just follow my nose.

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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