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Kenzie, seven years old, New York City

Updated: Mar 2



What is your favorite food?

Kenzie, a seven-year-old girl in Harlem, loves steak. “I like how my dad cooks steak because he knows how I like it: juicy and medium rare.”


Kenzie’s family takes Uber or a taxi to steakhouses. Kenzie prefers at-home dining, saying, “I can relax; you don’t have to be so fancy. I can sit and talk to family.”


Kenzie eats lunch at her school on the Upper East Side. Her favorite item is pigs in a blanket, served with pancakes, waffles, bacon, and sausage on “breakfast for lunch” days.


Kenzie knows people prepare food differently depending what country they live in, but isn’t sure where hers comes from. “My dad doesn’t tell me if it’s from Chinese or Thai or Mexico.”


Kenzie says, “I’m not really a big fan of broccoli,” then mentions a song about chopping broccoli and a brown sauce she’s had on broccoli.


She declares: “Without the song or the sauce, I would not eat broccoli.”


Kenzie’s parents don’t want her to eat ice cream. “My mom sometimes, not always, puts whipped cream in my mouth,” Kenzie says. “My parents let me have cupcakes at a birthday party, but at home, probably not.”


Insights from the Urban Playground


Children who can whiz off to dinner in a rideshare or a cab are lucky; what a thrill to order a ride to the nearest steakhouse. In a city, children can also order food to their front door.


But this convenience comes at a cost. Home food delivery can keep city kids from exploring the world outside their homes. People pay to have other people make their lives easier: bringing them their dinners, driving them to their favorite restaurants, and even grocery shopping for them if they want to cook at home.


Questions


1. What is your favorite thing to eat?

2. Is there anything you don't like to eat?

3. Are you allergic to any foods?

4. Is there anything you're afraid to eat or just don't want to try?

5. What's your favorite color of food?

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