In The Field : Jared Mahone : Sept 25 ’13

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September 25, 2013

I’ve said it a ton, but I love diner culture in NJ! Check out this BOOK of a menu.inthefield925 Now this is some reading material with substance. I could literally order Filet Mignon, a Cuban, and a short stack of pancakes with a side of Eggplant Parmigiana. For now, I’m going to stick with the veggie omelet. With so many diners, touring in this part of the country has allowed me to stay pretty healthy. Relatively fresh vegetables, fruit and salads that are served to me by the most charmingly harsh folks in the country. I have a special place in my heart for you East Coasters. Not one phony bone in your bodies. I’m not getting fit out here on the road because I’m pretty sure every muscle I have has gone into atrophy from sitting in my car, but at least I don’t hate myself from filling up on fast food garbage. In fact, I feel pretty good. I’m actually losing weight if you can believe it. Taking my shirt off in the giant hotel bathroom mirrors before a shower isn’t the depressing event it once was. But it’s not a matter of vanity. I feel good from the inside and I see it taking effect on the outside.

You might say, why is a guy with no taste buds journaling about food? My affinity toward diner culture comes strictly from a fascination with American history and social traditions. Something about being in a diner makes me feel like I’m attached to something with substance. There’s a purity there on which I can’t place a finger. But I can feel it when I pass the glass display counters filled with home made pies, sit at the Formica countertops next to the old man who just ordered “the usual”, and when I look up at the motherly, middle-aged woman with her hair in a tattered bun after she asks, “What’ll ya have, hun?”

Whether it’s people, food, or the place these things all collide, substance is the most important. Interacting with people who are real in a place that’s not a corporate conglomerate chain filled with policies, procedures and the same exact menu across the country. . .that’s my kind of place.Jared Mahone

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