During Cheap Eats Week, bold Eater editors, Vox Media staffers, and readers are attempting to make it through the whole week on $10 a day (before tax/tip). There is a complex set of rules (street fruit! the bar snack loophole!) but the gist of it is: spend no more than $10 for restaurant and prepared meals for an entire day. All non-nutritional liquids (e.g., coffee, alcohol) are exempt. Eater editors have been summarizing their meals here, while readers and co-workers have been adding their intel to the forums and social media. Here's some highlights from the #thecontest hashtag.
A post-workout snack has me going sweet & salty. A shirasu onigiri (anchovy rice ball) w/a side of oshinko (Japanese pickles). I wanted the bright plum-colored pickles, made w/purple shiso leaves, but those were .50 while the plain green ones were .35. I'm being extra stingy w/my budget since I'm not sure about dinner yet. Since drinks don't count, I went for this White Cream Soda, yogurt flavor. I'm a sucker for non-Western flavored junk food. I also rarely drink sugary sodas, so the fat 10-year-old in me loved this. My Japanese snack break cost a total of 1.84, leaving me with 5.66 for tonight. Ideally, I'd like to eat something leafy and/or green, but I'm also a realist. #Eater #thecontest