I bristle when I hear the term “thinking out of the box.” It’s a business term that may have meant something to someone at some point, but today, it’s simply another play for your staff meeting lingo bingo card.
At the same time, I do think that unconventional thinking is a contributing factor to success in the workplace. I just happen to think that the innovation and inspiration your boss is looking for can appear where you least expect it, often from something totally unrelated to your daily job. Need an example? Well, how about a burger? A vegan burger from the Sweet Art Bakery to be exact.
You see, there are veggie burgers all over St. Louis that are trapped “in the box,” often because they are attempting to be a replacement for what most think a burger should be. The Sweet Burger at Sweet Art twists this by being everything a burger should be, without being a hamburger. The burger parts are all there; a sturdy and toasted whole wheat bun, mixed greens, sliced tomato and a spicy vegan house spread that is reminiscent of remoulade. It isn’t until you get to the patty that you see what Sweet Art has done, taking a base of textured vegetable protein and building upon it with an array of vegetables, onion and carrots being the most easily identifiable. Then there are nuts and lentils which provide a great sense of chew. Finally, there is an intoxicating mix of spice to the patty; originating from the flavors of north and east Africa. It is a most heady combination.
The Sweet Burger is hearty, filling and a challenge to fit into your mouth - hallmarks of all great burgers. Chances are within a bite or two, at the point where most veggie burgers tend to fail, you’ll have forgotten that you are eating a veggie burger. Will it be inspiration and a change of perspective that you can carry through your work day? I hope so. But if it’s not, it’s still one of the best burgers in St. Louis.
SweetArt, 2203 S. 39th Street, 314.771.4278, sweetartstl.com