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Friday, August 29, 2014

Blogger Eats Only Food That's Also an Emoji For Some Reason

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM

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Dietary stunts are popular among bloggers, broadly speaking, because they lead to pageviews and book deals. Julie Powell's struggles cooking through Mastering the Art of French Cooking lead to Julie & Julia. Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon's decision to only eat foods that came within 100 miles of their home in Vancouver, B.C. led to The 100 Mile Diet.

Now we have reached the trend's nadir. A writer at The Atlantic decided to spend a week only eating foods that appear as emojis for no particular reason.

The premise, as introduced in the first few grafs, doesn't do much to explain why this would be a worthwhile endeavor (besides, of course, that it would be something to write about):
As these foods continue to wait for emoji immortalization, I wondered why so many of my everyday foods lack a presence in computer text. Including the chili pepper, there are 59 food-themed emoji. What are they? How can they be assembled into recipes? And most importantly, could someone live on emoji alone?
She managed, for a week, though it was not without hardship — there are no emoji sandwiches or tacos. The major takeaway of the stunt? That eating only the foods represented in a Japanese character set means that you eat a lot more Japanese food. Also, a diet based on a set of tiny computer pictographs used mostly in text messages and Instagram captions is not an adequate one:
So is the emoji diet a contender in the weight-loss market? Not likely, given its emphasis on white rice, alcohol, and indulging in a dessert (or three) each day. I did, however, enjoy exploring new foods and restaurants as I undertook my phone-food mission. I won’t be limiting myself to emoji again, but I will be eagerly watching to see which foods are added in future releases.
Truly, an important investigation.

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Anna Roth

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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