‘Sad Desk Lunch’ Reminds Us Why We Still Order Food To-Go

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Yes, Monday’s come and gone but tomorrow you’ll be back. Back in your poorly-lit cubicle, eating your leftover “pasta” from a crack-stained piece of Tupperware and trying to remember if that’s the way Alfredo is supposed to taste. But that’s only if you don’t read this article and turn your entire life around right this second. Hurry, there’s no time to waste.

The following photos were compiled by the Sad Desk Lunch tumblr blog, supposedly to remind 9-to-5ers everywhere that almost everyone else is just as miserable as they are. Behold. Bask in your shared culinary blues. Vow never to disrespect your mouth, your office fridge or your stomach so terribly ever again.


“Yogurt: the official food of women across New York City”



“Jesus effing christ, what is this? (I mean, it’s turkey bacon, ginger beer and a Jolly Rancher, obvi) but…”



“It’s five o’clock somewhere, right?”



“Half-eaten fish / Three days old / Sat all morning / In a fridge with mold / Brussel sprouts taste / like oily mush / At least this couch / Is kinda plush”



“A light desk lunch.”



“Any wholesome element of my roasted butternut squash soup was nuked to death in the microwave.”



“Unmicrowaved burrito.”



“My co-worker calls it Paleo. We call it sad in a bag.”



“‘Should be listed on the menu as A Lot of Top Ramen Noodles and Neon Orange Broth for $6.50 instead of Beef Ramen Soup.’

Mmmm.. nothing says love like a 300% markup.”



“Things that look depressing: blatant leftovers; cuttlefish pasta in plastic container that when microwaved will certainly give you cancer.”



“No spoons at the office? Improvise.”





So tomorrow when all your coworkers are complaining about how they’re having the mac and plastic cheese again, will you be there to listen? No, you’ll be down the street, noshing on some good, warm Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos, because somehow spending your precious paycheck is much less depressing than leftovers.

H/T Thought Catalog + PicThx Sad Desk Lunch

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

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