Beat It, Black & White, Jam... no one knew food like Michael Jackson. It's something Weird Al Yankovic would endlessly parody but never truly understand. Think back to Jackson's 1982 hit, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin':
"You're A Vegetable, You're A Vegetable
Still They Hate You, You're A Vegetable
You're Just A Buffet, You're A Vegetable
They Eat Off Of You, You're A Vegetable"
Jackson, a vegetarian who was always on tour early in his career knew better than anyone how hotel and casino restaurant buffets could be a rip-off if you filled up on salads and sides and it was the first of many causes he spoke out against. So skip the salad bar at those midtown delis this afternoon and eat something that would truly honor his memory.
If you're downtown head to Sarabeth's in Chelsea Market to celebrate Jam, by spreading their signature preserves on a fresh baked selection of biscuits and scones and never forget how he spread himself thin for fans the world over. In midtown, go to Zaro's Bread Basket in Grand Central Terminal for a black and white cookie or if you're uptown, visit Tom's Restaurant on the corner of 112th and Broadway - made famous by black and white cookie lover Jerry Seinfeld - for their black and white milkshakes and "remember the times" he tried to "heal the world" of its "racial intolerance."