Shadowrun - The Titans of Old
Food and Drink
In a very real way, food created the Sixth World as it is now. The Shiawase Decision that eventually led to corporate extraterritoriality was brought about by company security being hurt in food riots while defending company property.
Gross amounts of pollution combined with climate change and geopolitical upheaval means food production is an extremely different industry than it was at the turn of the century. The majority of foodstuffs use soy, krill, insect or fungus bases and then just add flavouring on top. While your diet will usually determined by the lifestyle you lead, the common 90-hour a week wage slave will live off this stuff from birth until death. Usually either zap-cooked in their car or delivered by drone operated food trucks right to their desk.
“Real” foods still exist, but production scarcity and inflation means generally only the rich subsist entirely on them. Gone are the titanic cattle ranches and diary farms of the past, though tightly regulated corporate holdouts still exist. To give context, a soyburger or waffle might cost anywhere from one to three nuyen. A single potato will cost five. A peach or apricot will cost upwards of twenty and something like a pineapple or half decent steak will cost around fifty. When your average worker earns four nuyen a hour, they’re not going to risk breaking the bank to smell real bread.
While less radically altered, what you drink is still something to be kept tabs on. Many areas in the Sixth World have issue with reliable and clean drinking water. Every city will have treatment facilities straining under the demand and they’ll often break down as a result. Many people opt to live off of bottled water in these areas, but that’s just another financial drain scratching away at your meager earnings.
Like food, most alchohols use substances like soy as their base instead. While homebrews and microbreweries still valiantly trundle along, you’ll never see one in a store. They’ll all have strictly locked down deals with local drinking establishments due to extremely oppressive copyright law from the megacorps.
Establishments still existing for eating out, if you want to indulge. Hastily erected street stalls selling fungal noodles in broth merrily (and illegally) exist on the same streets as fast food soyburger joints and a few miles (and wealth gaps) over you’ll still find the top end, all natural steakhouses and sushi parlours.
Examples of typical places to eat out based on an individuals lifestyle:
Street: The bins behind a Stuffer Shack. Smilin’ Jack shared some of his roast Devil Rat with you.
Squatter: Granny Mo’s soybun cart. The Rose Nomad travelling pub.
Low: McHughs, Taco Temple, SoyHut
Middle: TDIF (Thank Drek It’s Friday), O’Connelly’s “Irish” Pub, Gregor’s Indo-Germanic Steakhouse
High: else<hung3r>, Sable’s Bistro, The Gilded S.I.N.
Luxury: You’re not invited, chummer.