Reduce Your Carbon Footprint In A Fast Food Joint?

During “Yoga In Central Park”, we were all given a little cardboard handbag that held a delicious chocolate treat inside. Wow, this is pretty tasty. Where’s it from?  Low-Carbon cuisine that loves life and the planet? What’s this all about? I must investigate.

Otarian is a fast food joint that serves up Vegetarian cuisine in an environment that promotes a low carbon footprint. Are you kidding me? I’m not. This all white spot has a mod feel to it. You are immediately greeted by a smile behind the counter and insights into the menu. You will need it because even I found the menu extremely confusing.

The menu categories are like stories. It would be so much easier to just post – salads, wraps, soups, combos, desserts. But I’m determined to support so I decide on a spinach paneer wrap and an iced tea. Within minutes I’m handed my tray and empty cup to help myself to the drink fountain to the side. Plastic cups? I thought this was environmentally friendly? Turns out the cups are made out of corn and are biodegradable. The sandwich container is 100% compostable. Impressive.

My spinach wrap is very much like Sag Paneer which is a classic Indian dish containing spinach, cheese (a cross between tofu & feta) mixed with exotic spices. The wrap itself was a little dry but overall, not bad.

I applaud the staff in the midtown location. They were lovely. Extremely knowledgeable about the menu and generous in offering recommendations. I even got a Carbon Karma card that will allow me to accumulate points for future deals.

I think the concept is fantastic. They use ingredients that are local and sustainable…never air freighted. I especially love that their packaging is compostable and bio-degradable. I just think the menu categories need to be simplified. Remember the phrase KISS – keep it simple stupid.

Cheapeats isn’t about fast food but I thought this was special enough to share with our fans. If you have to eat on the run, why not go to one that serves up a healthy alternative. I wish good luck and good karma to Otarian. Namaste.

Happiness, $25 and under.

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About The Author

A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”


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