Saturday, February 27, 2010

Everything you need to know about me you can learn from my bowl of cereal...

Well, maybe not everything, but definitely more than you might think.

A friend recently asked what my comfort food is. I replied without hesitation- cereal with milk.

As a six-year-old waiting to take my first bite until the milk under my Froot Loops turned pink until now, cereal has been my morning (and often evening) meal of choice. The labels on the cardboard boxes have changed, but the satisfaction I get from crunchy spoonfuls floating in ice cold milk remains. Comfort, sincere contentment, even warm fuzzies from a plain ol' bowl of cereal? I know what you're thinking (non-existent yet judgemental reader): cereal, every morning, for 20 plus years. This poor girl has settled into a sad mealtime rut.

It's so much more.

Yes, it started with your sugary standards: Froot Loops, Lucky Charms, Rice Crispies. But, over the years my tastes evolved. In high school, Special K, Honey Bunches of Oats and Frosted Mini-Wheats served as my gateway to healthier choices. By college, I lost my ultra-sweet tooth to Kashi's fiber-filled options : Heart to Heart, Go Lean, a dabble in Go Lean Crunch. It wasn't long before this plethora of options lead to my current cereal eating strategy- mixing. It's a habit that's made quite a few roommates uncomfortable- blending two, even three different cereals to achieve the ultimate taste and texture. For example, mini wheats with something flaky or granola with simple toasted oats.

Despite clear favorites in the cereal aisle, I rarely buy the same box twice. And even my milk choices have been revised. Two percent to skim and a few bottles of vanilla soy for good measure. This (finally) brings me to my original message. My mixed, ever-changing bowl of cereal reflects an integral part of who I am. I appreciate comfort and stability. Yet, I'm eager to try new things that shake up my perspective. I'm a fan of simple and reliable but novelty keeps me engaged. I'm a girl who knows what she likes, but I also like putting these notions to the test.

It's this curiosity that motivated me to publish a blog. "Orange to Apple" isn't about cereal, or oranges or apples (although I'll likely write a post or two or twenty about them). It's a blog about me, my likes and dislikes and my experiences as a Florida transplant living in crazy New York City. It's an outlet for my curiosity, and hopefully a source for a handful of readers to quench theirs.


  1. Yay!! So glad you started this! I've already bookmarked you on my blog so I can read it regularly. Glad you're back to writing! =)

  2. Did you not eat Cocoa Puffs or Krispies as a kid? Thats just plain weird...haha, i love your writing Nana!