This is a transcript of the Food with Benefits episode — Food & Racism originally published April 12th, 2021. Listen to Food with Benefits here.

Well hey there everyone! Welcome to Food with Benefits. I’m your host Austin and today we’ll be having a little chat, about food and racism. Specifically, we’ll be discussing racism through multiple viewpoints. From racism in the food service industry, to the America’s love of Mexican food conflicting with its attitudes towards South American immigrants, and the “white savior” complex in fine dining.

There’s no doubt in saying that racism is complex, or I guess…


This is a transcript of the Food with Benefits episode — The Rise of Excess — Post-WWII America originally published February 28th, 2021. Listen to Food with Benefits here.

Well hi there! My name is Austin and welcome to Food with Benefits! If this is your first time here, welcome to the show! To get you caught up, Food with Benefits is an exploration of our relationship with food and how it shapes us as people. Of course, any sort of relationship has history, and that history can shape and mold our viewpoints in a way that kinda reverberates through…


Not all those who wander are lost

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I do a lot of things. Right now, I work in Real Estate (and love it) as my 9–5, then I work part-time at a cafe, about 3 to 5 days a week. On my rare day off or during breaks I’ll write articles, design mockups of apps and websites to build a portfolio, develop websites as a side hustle, and do my part in amateur astronomy when I have time at night. I absolutely love doing all of these things, and couldn’t imagine not doing them.

How can you find happiness in your work when you can’t commit to…


The future is now old man

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Millennials, you’re time is up. You’re old now, you’ve been in the workforce for at least 5 years at this point. Old news. Your managers know how to work with your desire to work remotely, your job-hopping, your constant need for validation from supervisors.

But what about Gen Z? Millennials may be killing Applebee’s and Chili’s, but Gen Z is going straight for the jugular and killing malls, football, and cold hard cash. Sksksksk-ing over their charred remains. Marketers don’t know how to attract Gen Z clients. Businesses can’t adapt to align with Gen Z’s beliefs and desires.

How do…


A self-discovery of the Pink Ceiling

Working in Real Estate has its perks. You get to meet a lot of people from different walks of life with unique perspectives. You get to see gorgeous oceanfront bungalows and fantasize about secret trysts with your pool boy while your husband is in Prague on a work trip — until the prospect says they’ve finished seeing the house and are ready to go see that overpriced cookie-cutter house in the ‘burbs.

I don’t have to tell you that real estate is competitive. It’s a commission-only based income with hundreds, or thousands, of agents in a small area fighting for…


There’s a lot that all of us have to handle in our day-to-day lives. As we become more and more technologically connected with friends (and strangers), work hours are getting longer, and work availability is becoming 24/7. We’re having to always be “on”.

Living with high-functioning depression makes always being “on” an absolute nightmare for me. I work in a very heavy client-facing field (well actually, two fields), one that requires open availability, and constantly solving problems that pop up within the company to ensure compliance with the overseeing organization. …

Austin Thompson

A man of many hats. Technology, Design, Food. Host of Food With Benefits podcast. Follow me on Instagram @AustinEatsATL

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