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Food Review: Your World Bowls in the café @ Cornell Tech

Updated 36 weeks ago David Stone
My "Your World Bowl" in the café at Cornell Tech. Pick between rice and salad bases.
My "Your World Bowl" in the café at Cornell Tech. Pick between rice and salad bases.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily
Since Christopher Lewis took command of the café in the Bloomberg Building on Cornell Tech's campus, focus evolved from getting the house in order to coming up with exciting new ways to feed students, faculty, Roosevelt Islanders and other visitors. Your World Bowls are the latest, and I made a quick trip down to try one.

Your World Bowls will introduce fresh ideas weekly. Lewis and his team are thinking healthfully delicious in keeping with the dynamics of Cornell Tech's forward looking campus.

The bowls, served in sturdy recyclable containers, are large. My wife would see two meals in the one I had, and she'd divide them up to take to work. And the price is right. At $9.00, Your World Bowls are a bargain, and I'm crossing my fingers that they keep it that way.

Prepared to carry safely, they work as take home or back to the office meals or as sit down pleasures in the light-filled dining area. While the weather's still good, you can also eat outdoors on the sunny terrace.

The bowls, which The Daily plans to feature on Mondays, can be either salad or rice based, your choice, and there's a long list of toppings from which to chose. You can even add a small soup for just two bucks.

My bowl had a little of everything complimenting two portions of rice, brown and white, topped with thick-sliced chicken for whole protein... and flavor. 

Zucchini mixed happily with carrots, and mushrooms added a rich base. The chef preparing my everything-on-the-menu bowl snuck in a surprise, tasty sweet pineapple chunks. He poured some teriyaki sauce on, but not too much. When you have great tasting ingredients, you need just enough sauce to identify it, not drown it -- and your taste buds, as so many lesser preparers do.

It was the ideally colorful, nutritious, filling kind of thing I like for lunch, a meal I'm inclined to skip, although I never do. A bit of a workaholic, I hate taking breaks, and when I do, a wonderfully simple meal like this is just what I need to make me slow down and not resent the interruption.

The keys to a great combination, of course, are freshness and variety. The variety is obvious, from chicken to rice with a variety of veggies in-between and even a surprising accent of fruit.

And the flavor-fullness of the ingredients told me everything I needed to know about freshness. Fresh veggies taste, well, fresh, crisp and clean, as these did.

The café will offer a new Your World Bowl, every week, and I recommend you try one. The team's commitment to fresh, healthful and delicious works.

Watch for the latest here every Monday morning.  

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