The Man Isle: Guys Being Gross

The Man Isle (not aisle) at the Westside Market in Chelsea

Yesterday, while waiting in the checkout line at the Westside Market in Chelsea, I finally got to see the “Man Isle,” a section of the supermarket devoted to entirely to men. The Man Isle is there to help dudes who want to make a quick exit.

Man Isle Food

The Man Isle is stocked with the most nutritionally devoid, gross processed food that only a knucklehead would eat. There are sugary cereals (Cap’n Crunch, Frosted Flakes), Doritos, ramen noodles, beef jerky, Milky Ways, Snickers, protein bars, Chips Ahoy, Muscle Milk, Red Bull, Gatorade, beer (20 kinds), coffee, spaghetti sauce, hot dog buns, and condiments such as hot sauce, BBQ sauce, mustard, ketchup, and pickles. The non-food items include razors, shaving cream, deodorant, dandruff  shampoo, body wash, and condoms.

Surely, this cannot be what men really want. In disbelief, I called Ian Joskowitz, Westside Market’s CEO. I asked, “Were the foods chosen for the Man Isle based on research or is this a joke?” Ian replied, “It’s not exactly a joke, but it is tongue in cheek. It’s what a guy might buy in a hurry before a party, but no one could subsist on that food.”

Phew! Faith in men restored. And it did take my attention off the checkout line. Westside market is one of my favorite NYC stores. For close-up photos of the food, see Check Out The Grocery Store Section Devoted Entirely To Men from the Business Insider.

You thoughts: Do real men eat healthy food?

9 thoughts on “The Man Isle: Guys Being Gross

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  4. “Do real men eat healthy food?”. Of course!

    But our attitude to food can sometimes be a bit confusing to women. As an example, it has been at least 5 years since I’ve cooked a meal. I have this saying “if it takes more than 180 seconds, it ain’t gonna happen [excluding microwave time]”. I have never had a conversation with a man about how I should “cook meals”. Yes, there are men who love to cook, and good on them, but for some reason women seem to be drawn to the kitchen to cook in a way that men aren’t.

    • Humm… I have male friends who are great cooks. IMHO, knowing how prepare great tasting, nutritious food is one of the keys to lasting weight loss. Cooking lessons might be fun. “1,000,001 ways to cook vegetables and whole grains.” Useful.

      Thanks for reading and responding. Love your blog list!

    • Or the beer… Every protein bars isn’t good, but guys are too dumb and invincible to understand, right? Stereotyping sucks. Thanks for reading.

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