Photos and Words by Sarah Nelson
Sometimes, I find myself conflicted when deciding which dining hall to eat in. I wonder which dining hall has my favorite options, or if I should even use a meal swipe on that day’s selections. My decisions have recently gotten much easier with the BU Food App. Designed for the indecisive, famished beast inside all of us, BU Food has features to help with all of the decisions and occasional guilt that come with all-you-can-eat dining halls.
To start things off with its simplest feature, BU Food comes with an easy-to-use-display and gives users each dining hall’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus one week at a time. Users start by choosing the dining hall, the day of the week, and finally the meal they are interested in viewing. The app then breaks each of the selections into the various stations offered, such as Homezone, Brickoven, Soup, Grill, and Mongolian, among others depending on the dining hall. There are occasional disagreements between the app and what you find in the dining hall, but this has yet to majorly affect my dining experience.
When students are craving a home-style grilled cheese, they can use the search feature to find when and where their favorites are being served next. The app is also designed to help those of us who are more indecisive when choosing a meal with the ability to rate each menu option for that meal. So when deciding between the Rotisserie Chicken and the Eggplant Parmesan, head to the food app and see which option your classmates preferred.
Perhaps the favorite and most innovative feature about the Food App is called “My Tummy”. Each dish listing gives information about calorie count and saturated fat. The “My Tummy” feature allows users to choose an activity level between “sedentary” and “active”, while taking into account age and gender, so the app sets an average calorie intake for each day. When users scroll through the meal options, they also have the option of adding that meal to “My Tummy,” which acts as a calorie counter so students can track the food they’re eating.
In the stressed, hungry world of the college student, the BU Food app has come to rescue all of us from choosing the wrong dining all, missing our favorite meals, and overeating. They say there’s an app for everything; this is clearly no exception.
The BU Food App is available for free download from the iTunes App Store, and an Android version is coming out soon.