Sunday, October 12, 2008
Two Things Challenge: East / West
This week's 2 Things Challenge was East / West. Honestly? Some weeks, I don't know what the hell I'm thinking when I come up with a challenge. I thought this one would be a no-brainer for me. I thought wrong. Of course, the most obvious thing would be to take a picture of the Capitol on the east end of the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial on the west end, but I've done that already. Then I thought about doing a picture of Indian food versus California cuisine, but I didn't eat out this week or do a lot of cooking so that was out. I finally settled on grocery stores.
If you live in the D.C. area, you're familiar with Giant Food. While it isn't a national chain, it is a very big regional supermarket with stores in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Delaware. The company was founded in 1936 by N.M. Cohen and Samuel Lehrman. Hence, East. In 1998, the company was purchased by Netherlands-based Ahold. I have a personal affection for Giant. When I was in student, I worked as a cashier for the company. Basically, it paid for college, and I'm grateful.
Another big grocery chain in the area is Safeway. Unlike Giant Food, Safeway is a national chain. The company is headquartered in Pleasanton, California. Hence, West.
Just for fun, I went into Giant and took a couple of pictures of products that represent eastern cuisine--Asia and the Middle East, for example, and western cuisine--North American and European. This was my favorite picture featuring Near East rice dishes next to Rice-a-Roni, "The San Francisco Treat!"
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 10/08