The coronavirus outbreak is a challenging time for all of us. There’s a lot of uncertainty, anxiety, fear in the air. Moreover, going into (self)quarantine can have many complex issues and complications that go beyond food and supply. But as it’s been stressed by many – let’s make the most of this situation. The world is moving at a rapid speed, and this is a warning to slow down. Social distancing has proven to reduce the spread of the virus, but it’s also easy to start spinning out when you’re cooped up. So what can foodies like us do to stay sane while keeping ourselves and others safe during the virus outbreak? We’ve come up with 10 ideas on how to best spend time indoors during the pandemic.
It’s no secret that coronavirus pandemic jolts global markets and consumption habits, leaving many businesses grappling with how to manage the mounting health crisis and the associated disruptions to day-to-day business, supply chains, and consumer sentiment. Although this is also a time to re-think the role consumerism plays in our daily lives, it’s also important to be empathetic and practice solidarity:
- Save the restaurant community! Local restaurants are pushed to bankruptcy the fastest among all industries. But all of us can help! If you have the means, we encourage you to grab a takeout coffee, order-in from your favourite food spot or get a gift card for that special someone of yours. Local restaurants that offer takeaways and home deliveries are listed on our app. By doing this, you’ll be ensuring that these businesses can continue operating on a sustainable level during this pandemic. In times like these, we all need to pitch in to make it to the other side.
- Also, don’t forget about some of those who are being affected by this crisis already, and will continue to be affected in the coming weeks. Therefore, we invite you to support your local food bank by donating any amount you can afford to give.
- Last but not least, any help counts, so don’t forget to simply share these options with others and encourage people to think about those in need too. We share the latest updates of all the ways you can help local food and beverage businesses on our Instagram account – Snappmeal.
2. Indulge in some seriously-delicious foodie shows!
Although the list of binge-worthy films and TV shows on Netflix keeps on growing, we gravitate towards – you guessed it – anything related to food! Either you want to become an expert in national cuisines, learn tips and tricks from geniuses that we know as exceptional cooks, or simply enjoy the craft of cooking, baking, and making – we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the best food and cooking shows on Netflix:
The title explains itself! This is for all taco lovers out there! Replace Taco Tuesday with #TacoChronicleTuesday and explore the rich history of this Mexican God Creation!
Meet the culinary stars around the world that are redefining the gourmet scene in this Emmy-nominated tv show!
It’s time to learn about the hidden gems! This show embarks on the global cultural journey of street food and the stories of people behind it.
Are you ready for some spicy competition? Ready for some out-of-this-world goodness created by out-of-this-world food masters? This is the show for you!
Tired of watching experts doing their expert things? How about a show featuring home bakers that’s honest, messy, and … competitive? That’s Nailed It for you!
Follow the chef and food writer Samin Nosrat in this gorgeous, flavourful, and scenic travel documentary.
Looking for some bang-up, captivating, and scandalous documentary? Try Sour Grapes! This is a story about excess, deception, wine-fraud, and a con man who cheated investors out of millions.
2-season series of the power of food and the way it connects people. Series takes place in a small diner in Tokyo that opens only during the nighttime.
An emotional, heartfelt, and devastating story of a once-acclaimed chef Adam Jones (played by Bradley Cooper) making a comeback!
3. Join a dinner party… virtually!
As many events are now taking a virtual form, dinner parties are not left behind! The founder of Matchstick Factory, Sophie Williams, has just announced a weekly cook along, dinner party sessions. The featuring meals will be chosen every Tuesday, the recipe shared on Wednesday, and then the event itself will take place the following Thursday. Prepare your long-forgotten, less-than-politely-neglected kitchen utensils and join the party! For more information, follow Sophie on Instagram – http://bit.ly/dinner-party-online.
4. Spoil yourself to a good foodie journey a.k.a podcasts & YouTube series!
Our own foodies go on adventures around Helsinki to taste and discover global cuisines served not a plane away, but the farthest might be a bus ride away! Enjoy!
A coffee pro, Chris Baca, shares his journey on discovering his passion for coffee, specifically specialty coffee. Prepare a steaming cup of that magic, cuddle up on your sofa, and take notes – who knows, maybe your inner coffee-enthusiast will reveal itself!
We all know it, we’ve all been there – the “how-to-eat-this-meal-enigma”. Ease in that chair of yours and prepare yourself for an enjoyable, at times mundane, but nevertheless educational 5-minute series – because there’s definitely a dish you’ve been eating wrong!
If this is not the true voice of all chefs, then we don’t know what is. Tune in to this humorous, honest “chef-chat” about the restaurant industry!
As they describe themselves, guests on this podcast are “people we admire from the food world – cooks, waiters, makers, writers, drinkers, thinkers”. They eat some food, drink some wine, and reveal their stories!
This show is “stirred” by Edd Kimber, the winner of the first-ever Great British Bake Off. Get ready for some funny “nerd conversations about food”!
5. Learn a foodie craft you’ve always wanted to learn!
This might be just the time to finally learn that skill you’ve always wanted to master. Luckily for us, many online course providers have updated their online measures and now offer special deals for everyone who wants to acquire a new set of knacks and know-hows:
This is a rather technical, nevertheless enjoyable course for those who’ve dreamt of understanding how molecules influence flavor, the role of heat, and “spherification” – the culinary technique pioneered by Ferran Adrià.
Learn about some of the leading ethical theories, as well as the central empirical issues related to food production, distribution and consumption.
Here’s a bit more practical class you can master in your own kitchen by the one and only – Gordon Ramsay!
Found yourself stuck in the middle of a recipe? We’ve all been there! From basics to more advanced techniques, BBC answers all your how’s.
What about learning to bake a cake you’ve been window-shopping each time you’ve passed by that bakery around the corner? Make it your time to shine and bake it yourself!
6. Pick-up a foodie book you’ve been meaning to read for ages!
While staying at home opens all sorts of possibilities, it’s also important to invest in off-screen time. It’s so easy to get caught up in social media, gobbling up every single coronavirus update possible. But there are better, and less anxiety-provoking, ways to cope. One of such – reading! Here are some book picks, specifically for foodies:
- Double Cup Love by Eddie Huang
- My Life in France by Julia Child
- In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
- Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
- The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
Tip: In case you’re suffering from FOMO (like most of us) try installing a website blocker that will temporarily force you off social media.
7. Master or at least try a new recipe!
As a true foodie, we know you love to eat out. But eating-in can be as satisfactory if only one knows how to cook. Fortuitously, now there’s time and where there’s a will, there’s a way. Here are some blogs and video blogs that can help you out or perhaps inspire you to come up with your own dish:
- Food Recipes for Hangover Cure
- Plant-based Food Recipes
- One-pot Meals
- Gordon Ramsay’s Scrambled Eggs
- “My Dear Kitchen In Helsinki’ Recipes
- Nourishing Food Recipes on Vanelja Blog
- “Hungry in Helsinki” Recipes
- 5-minute Dinner Chili
Tip: Or if you’re not feeling so adventurous – find out what can be served for dinner tonight from the ingredients occupying your fridge’s shelves: https://myfridgefood.com/
8. Exercise like a real foodie!
While finding the motivation for working out at home might be a task on its own, it’s important to remember that physical fitness plays a vital part in mental health and can work wonders especially during turbulent times like these. Whatever’s your cup of tea, we’re sure you’ll find just the right exercise for you. Our favorites include:
Tip: In case you already have your own exercise routine and are not looking for a new one, here’s something we’re sure you haven’t yet tried (exercise for the mind) – “Doodling for Foodies”.
9. Look after your mental wellbeing!
Physical exercise plays a part in feeling good, yes, but there are more components to this recipe. Emotional wellbeing more often than not is neglected, causing unnecessary stress and anxiety in our daily lives, let alone now. Devote time to reflect on your well-being. For that, great sources are apps like:
Tip: In case you want to talk to someone, check out Talkspace – a place where you can find online therapy and other mental health resources.
10. Take time to reflect on your life, priorities, and people around you!
Reflect on your values, your various roles in life, next steps, your relationships – with your loved ones, with yourself. And, most importantly, remember that it’s okay to not be okay, to feel scared, anxious or feel panic – even if you aren’t scared, it’s okay for others to feel that way. Let’s be compassionate and enhance positivity rather than hatred and negativity. Check-in with people around you – how are they, what are they feeling, how can you help them? In fact, to make it more engaging, our team has created cute, food-related (obviously!) check-in e-cards that you can send to your friends and family. Just a nice reminder that you’re here for them! And why not share these good practices with others? Just add hashtag #viralkindness, so we can all be inspired!