You’ve probably been in situations where you’re waiting for someone at a restaurant. After sipping a water for 30 plus minutes, you finally get the waiter or waitresses attention and order some food while you wait. After lightly picking at your meal for a bit, you realize that some of it can be used as building block food. To start, you start stacking the food into tiny piles before they all eventually topple over. Not very original, but who cares. Increasingly frustrated at your late friend (did they decide not to come or something?), you start to think of other foods that you can stack.
You’re staring at the little bowl of marshmallows that you were given along with your hot chocolate and you can’t help thinking that they are the perfect building block food. You start to look around to make sure no one is watching, then you stop after about 2 seconds. Why should you care what anyone else thinks? Taking a few marshmallows out of the bowl, you eat one and begin stacking the others. As you expected, you were only able to stack two before the small and delicious tower fell down. You decide to cheat a little and begin pressing them together. Hopefully now you can stack a lot more.
Not all nuts can be used as building block food. Walnuts still in their shells, for example, are spherical, so there’s no way to stack them. However, if you take the walnuts, or any other kind of nut, out of their shell, you’ll be able to stack them almost effortlessly. Break open the nuts you want to use and eat the ones that broke apart when you opened the outside. As for the others, begin stacking them in a tower. You can also make a walnut fort if you have enough. Just make a square outline on the table and start stacking!
Not wanting to order a full meal before your friend arrives, you decide to get a plate of toast. Quite unexpectedly, there are at least seven pieces of toast on the plate. You’re not really a fan of toast, so you only eat two pieces with some butter spread unevenly over the top. You stare at your plate, thinking about nothing in particular, when you realize that toast is a sort of building block food. As you would with a pack of playing cards, you stack two pieces up against each other and slowly start to add more and more slices until you finally have a massive creation before you.
Bored with staring out the window looking for your friend’s car to arrive in the parking lot, you start looking at the other customers to see what they’re up to. One couple a few tables down just ordered a plate of onion rings. You haven’t had onion rings in so long, so you call over the waiter and ask for your own plate. It’s brought out pretty quickly and you start to eat a few. While working you way through the rings, you start to play with the food. Setting one flat on the plate, you place a vertical one in the middle of it, and continue stacking the building block food.
You’re craving something a little unhealthy at the moment. That’s actually the main reason why you wanted to come to this restaurant with your friend. You heard they have incredible brownies. Ordering a plate, you start eating, but quickly realize that they’re too sweet, even for you. It’s not a problem, though, since you’ll just ask for a box to put them in when you leave. To pass the time, you start placing them on top of each other, making a tall tower of chocolaty goodness. A building block food such as this helps you pass the time until your friend decides to show up.
This is the most common building block food, and it even comes stacked when you order it. While stacking your food wasn’t the reason you ordered the pancakes, it’s definitely a bonus. You eat some of the pancakes, but leave a good portion so you’re not full when your friend arrives. As you think about how pancakes are natural building blocks, you wonder how you can change it up to make stacking pancakes unique. Soon, you come up with an idea, and proceed to cut up your leftover pancakes and stack those pieces instead.
Starting the day by having breakfast with a friend is a great idea…if only your friend would show up. You even went to the trouble of ordering some sausage links and hash-browns. After ten minutes, that food sitting on the table in front of you starts to look really tasty, so you dig in. You finish off the hash-browns in less than a minute and then turn your attention to the sausages. Stopping suddenly, you feel bad that you’re going to eat all the food before your friend gets a chance to try any, so you put down the fork and, instead, start using them as a building block food.
Pieces of lettuce
It’s the middle of the day, and you’re on your lunch break. Since you’re currently on a diet, you decide to get something healthy, like a salad. When you have finished putting the ranch dressing on, you start eating. However, with all salads, only the top has any dressing and toppings. The bottom is always just plain lettuce that you have to force yourself to eat. You could just move the remaining lettuce around a bit for fun. Maybe stack each piece on top of the other. While not a traditional building block food, or one that anyone would usually think of, it is still a viable food to stack.
Fries! Of course they’re a great building block food! You even get a huge amount of them wherever you go, so you can experiment with lots of different types of stacks. There’s the famous haystack, although that’s just what a pile of regular fries looks like. There’s also the Lincoln log style, where you stack fries in a cross-like pattern to make walls. Of course, it’ll be a house without a roof, but you can always place your napkin on top of your pile. The waitress will probably think that you’re done with you food if you do that, though, so maybe that’s not the best idea.
The usual companion to french fries, chicken tenders can also be used as a building block food. One of the downsides is that you only get, like, three or four tenders, so you’ll have to make do with what you have. The most you can do with three chicken tenders is make a tepee, but everyone does that. Instead, you can break you chicken in half so that you’ll have six smaller pieces. Now we’re talking! So, what can you do with six halves of chicken tender? Not much actually besides making two smaller tepees. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted. Time to forget your friend and head home.
Have you ever tried to stack your food before? What was the craziest thing you ever stacked? Let us know in the comments below!
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