When the subject of gaming food comes up, I am decidedly simple. I don’t like to eat food at all while gaming; I want beverages, and more than one.
I’m not a fan of eating while gaming in general, as I’m quite particular about keeping controllers clean. I will even go so far as to wipe the controller down with an alcohol pad before a gaming session, just to make sure it’s not hiding any sticky griminess. If I, for some reason, do find myself with food while trying to game, it’s often a piece of sliced fruit and a convenient fork so I don’t have to use my fingers.
But honestly, there is always time to put the game aside and eat, so this isn’t really an issue.
What I do have to have while gaming are at least two beverages in front of me: a tall glass of unsweetened iced tea, and a cup of hot tea. Sometimes I will even add in yet another beverage, but that’s a rarity. Sometimes it will be a glass of ice water, sometimes a Squirt soda (if my stomach doesn’t feel well for some reason), or any number of other beverages.
I drink a lot of iced tea (about a pitcher a day) each day. I love it. My iced tea of choice is the Lipton cold brew iced tea. One giant tea bag (not the awful multiplayer gaming kind…no thank you), a pitcher, and I’m good to go. It’s refreshing, low calorie, and quick to make.
My hot tea however is a little on the fancy side.
Probably the fanciest thing I do is occasionally order tea from a lovely place in Paris called Mariage Freres. I discovered it on a trip to Paris back in 2001. I had been at a cafe, and when I ordered an Earl Grey they brought me this lovely little muslin sack with loose tea in it, and on the tag it said Mariage Freres. I sought out the company, and ever since then, I’ve been an ardent admirer. I’ve never tried a tea from them I didn’t like, but my favorites often have rose petals somewhere in the mix. Their black tea with rose (which, incidentally, I’m drinking right now) is a favorite, as is their Sahara green tea (green tea with mint and rose petals). I could name off so many others, but these two along with their Earl Grey Imperial comprise my most frequented teas. I no longer buy them in the little muslin sacks (I gave that up long ago), but rather as loose tea in bulk quantities and use my own tea sacks. It’s more cost effective.
Other than iced and hot tea, I rarely find myself consuming anything while gaming. I think, for me, this is a good thing. It’s nice to get up and move around at intervals, especially if I am playing a long game that has required a lot of attention. And while I am up, I can easily grab a quick snack.
What do you consume while gaming? Lots of beverages? Snacks? Both? What kinds? Do you have strange food and gaming rituals? I’d love to hear about it.