Whether you live in the dorms or were lucky enough to grab an off-campus apartment, finding food that’s tasty, healthy and, most importantly, cheap, is always the greatest struggle of the average college student. If you’re a fan of a healthy lifestyle, farmers markets are the right place for you to buy some groceries. Luckily, you can find one every Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm in front of the GSU. Recently, I had the chance to chat with some of the vendors to learn more about their products and their experience on campus.
The dynamic duo - Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette - gave TasteBUds a peek into their two restaurants Toro and Little Donkey:
A peek into Toro:
TasteBUds: What about Spanish cuisine inspired you both to create the concept of Toro? Was it a specific ingredient, dish, Spanish chef, etc.? Jamie: Spanish food is all about ingredients, energy and passion. KO was influenced by cooking and traveling in Spain, and I fell in love with the style of eating.
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.
It's one in the morning, you’re still studying, you haven’t eaten anything since dinner, and to make matters worse, everything is closed. Yet, these are the times when you thank yourself for going to school in a city: a city of convenience stores that stay open later than you stay awake. So, after a quick fist pump of victory, you head outside; on the way to the nearest convenience store.
Now I don’t want to say I’m a snack snob, because, a Diet Coke and a pack of Twizzlers can honestly get me through anything; however, some snacks just taste so much better than others. Thus, I have compiled a list of 5 convenience store snacks that won’t leave you with that regret of wasted calories upon finally waking up from your late night struggles.
I must admit, that when I journeyed to StuVi 2 to check out the Sargent Choice Test Kitchen, I was a bit nervous. My fears were mostly caused by the fact that I hadn’t cooked in the two months since I arrived at Boston University--my biggest culinary achievement being a lopsided peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In other words, I was a tad rusty in the kitchen. Yet when I stepped into the apartment of Karen Jacobs, the driving force behind the Test Kitchen and a professor of Occupational Therapy at Sargent College, I immediately felt at ease. Jacobs offered everyone present the chance to make a cup of tea – I chose a cinnamon apple flavor and happily sipped it for the rest of the evening – and greeted her guests with a pleasant blend of friendliness and enthusiasm.
While the food in our university dining halls is far from horrific, I think most of us can admit that there are some days when the options for dinner seem infuriatingly familiar – a fact that was all too apparent on last Thursday, October 11, when the masses lined up in Warren Towers Dining Hall to try the unique dishes provided for this semester’s Visiting Chef Series.
There is a bit of a problem with Late Night at Marciano Commons, and that problem is, it's not open nearly late enough to be truly considered "late night." What's open for those in South, or Bay State Road, or the people living near Central who aren't close to a real late night pick-me-up? Keep your eyes open for the orange flash, the tangerine-jumpsuited fellow whizzing down the streets at night during the obscenely wee hours.