Thursday, November 14, 2013

News Quiz: On the Plight of Nannies Who Don't Know Their Couscous

Posted By on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:16 AM

Care to take our current-affairs comprehension quiz? First, read this item from The New York Times:

Stephanie Johnson, 46, who lives in TriBeCa and runs a cosmetics-case and travel-accessories line, wanted her daughter to adopt a more refined and global palate, whether it’s a gluten-free kale salad or falafel made from organic chickpeas.

As working parents, she and her husband, Dan Yashiv, 42, a music producer, do not have time to prepare such fare. And their nanny, from Wisconsin, does not always know the difference between quinoa and couscous.

So they called marc&mark, a new nanny-consulting service, to teach their daughter’s nanny a thing or two. “We want to give Erela the advantage of having a palate diversified enough to enjoy all of the delicious food from around the world,” Ms. Johnson said. ...

In today’s foodie culture, in which some fifth graders would rather feast on hand-delivered lunches of locally procured salmon over turkey on rye, the company is playing to moneyed, obsessive parents striving to tutor their children’s palate much the way they would their math skills. ...

The service, which costs $2,500, begins with a consultation, during which parents describe their child’s eating habits and areas for improvement. ...

Below, the quiz:

1) This article pinpoints a problem of grave public concern, namely:
a) the lack of adequate quinoa instruction in Wisconsin.
b) the effect of bacon deprivation on already unstable Manhattanites.
c) you really need your chickpeas to be organic before you grease-bomb them into falafel.
d) why the wrong people always seem to end up with $2,500.

2) Which detail produced a noticeable raising of blood pressure, heart rate and irritation?
a) "As working parents..."
b) "...some fifth graders would rather feast on hand-delivered lunches of locally procured salmon over turkey on rye..."
c) "...a new nanny-consulting service..."
d) Hello? It takes $2,500 to figure out how to make a kale salad without gluten?

3) These people should be:
a) flogged with razor-leaf cilantro steeped in a nettle reduction.
b) strapped into a chair like Alex in A Clockwork Orange and force-fed McRibs.
c) sentenced to hard time with Guy Fieri.
d) about average in TriBeCa.

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