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Appetizing April: A DDS Food Face-Off, Round 3 (The Elite ‘Ate’)

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This week definitely saw a weaker voter turnout despite some tight races between. I am going to attribute it to the stomach bug and fever going around, but is everyone too sickly to even contemplate food?! Ah well, the battle must continue. Now comes the time to pick the final four and see which food is the most popular at each dining hall. Collis: Stir-fry (55%) > Mozz sticks (45%) Smoothies (57%) > Pasta (43%) It is hard for me to let mozz sticks and pasta leave the competition, and I don’t seem to be alone, according to the close races. While I personally am just too impatient to wait in line for smoothies and stir-fry, I guess there is a reason the line is always so long. Stir-fry and smoothies also seem like warmer weather options, so perhaps many of us are yearning for the spring – this 70 degrees to snow in 48 hours fluctuation needs to stop. FoCo: Chocolate chip cookies (86%) > Pizza (14%) General Tso’s Chicken (52%) > Pierogies (48%) Anything that goes up against chocolate chip cookies never seems to even stand a chance. Will General Tso’s chicken be the first worthy competitor? The dessert section seems to be preferred at FoCo,… Read more »

Appetizing April: A DDS Food Face-Off, Round 2

Appetizing April 2

Since over 400 of you voted in the polls last week, it seems like food really is a priority for many of us. Some have noted that I didn’t seed the entries, and that was intentional — I wanted to use the polls to answer some of my personal research questions about what is the top choice between relatively similar types of offerings. Also, I didn’t include Novack (or the East Wheelock Snack Bar for that matter) because they don’t offer nearly as many freshly made options as the other dining locations do. Collis: Mozzarella sticks (52% of the votes) barely beat out chicken tenders (48%) to move on to the next round. This one was of particular interest me since I can never seem to choose between the two at Late Night Collis. Luckily, it’s generally pretty easy to get both and avoid the decision-making! Mozzarella sticks will be competing against stir-fry (64%), which beat sushi (36%) by a wide margin. I have been on a fresh sushi kick lately (partly because I don’t want to wait in the long pasta or stir-fry lines) so I would have chosen differently. But, the people have spoken! So begins the next Collis… Read more »

Appetizing April: A DDS Food Face-Off, Round 1

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Feeling a withdrawal from brackets as March Madness draws to a close? Get ready for one that will keep you busy through April, focusing on something we all care about: food. It’s your chance to weigh in and vote for your favorite DDS foods in the four regionals: Collis, FoCo, KAF and the Hop. Vote in the following polls to determine which foods will advance to round two! Some foods, like Collis soup, have a lot of varieties or customization options, so interpret the entry as your favorite variation.

The Bracket

Round 1

Collis:

Mozz. sticks vs. Chicken tenders

Fresh sushi vs. Stir-fry

Pasta vs. Soup

Smoothies vs. Baked goods

FoCo:

Chocolate chip cookies vs. French fries

Pizza vs. Paninis

Chicken nuggets vs. General Tso’s chicken

Pierogies vs. Baked sweet potato

KAF:
Brie & apple sandwich vs. Artichoke tapenade

Cinnamon puff vs. Cupcakes

Scones vs. Muffins

Caesar salad vs. Kale slaw

The Hop:
Hulk vs. Chicken tender queso

Mac & cheese vs. Meatball sub

Burrito vs. Burger special

Breakfast sandwich vs. Hash browns

Staying Positive: Seven Thrifty Dining Solutions to Your DBA Crisis

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If you’re anything like me, you seldom reach the end of the term with a positive DBA balance. It could be because you eat a hearty breakfast every day… Or simply because DDS food is absurdly overpriced. Regardless of the reason, a lot of people seem to be running on fumes by the term’s end. Here are some ways to make the most of those precious remaining dining dollars:

1. Get caffeinated for free at One Wheelock

One Wheelock has a smooth, indie soundtrack and the cozy atmosphere of a trendy coffee shop — for no cost! If you find yourself regularly shelling out DBA on KAF coffee, tea and hot chocolate, making the switch to One Wheelock could be a real game-changer. And if it’s Monday, you can stay there until Microbrews starts and get free beer! Can’t buy that with DBA.

2. BYOM – Bring Your Own Mug

If you’re desperate for locally-sourced gourmet KAF coffee, bring a reusable cup with you to get 25 percent off any brewed coffee or tea. This should knock the price down to a cool five or six bucks.

3. Develop a sudden interest in clubs with catered events

Remember all those organizations… Read more »

Top Eight Online Services/Apps This Campus Needs

Ever go to KAF during a non-rush hour to find a line stretching all the way into Baker lobby? Wish there were an app for that? Here’s a list of the top eight online services or apps that would make campus life so much less stressful. Computer science majors, I’m looking at you. 1. Pong lines by frat. The app should also list the number of people in each frat by class year, and note whether or not there is a dance party. This way, you can locate your ideal scene at any given moment. 2. Number of seats in the library, by popular study area. Ever wander around for 20 minutes looking for the ideal study spot? This app would list the number of open seats in Periodicals, First Floor Berry and other popular study areas. Less time looking for a spot = more time to procrastinate on BuzzFeed, cough, study. 3. Amount of ice/mud/other treacherous conditions on the Green. The app would issue an advisory warning if wiping out were even a remote possibility. It’s much better to walk for five extra minutes than to fall on your face in front of everyone. 4. “Who is my dean?” A… Read more »

A Guide to Ordering at the Hop

The Hop’s grill line is always the longest when you’re the hungriest, but it’s clearly your best option at the “Courtyard Café,” so you know you’ll end up waiting. As you do, you’ll have plenty of time to wallow in your order indecision. It isn’t obvious what most of the menu items actually are, and it doesn’t help that you keep hearing everyone in front of you order mysterious items named after Marvel characters and singers. But don’t worry – I’m here to help you decode the secret Hop options so you can up your order-customization game. Life with DDS can get dull, but the Hop offers many options to mix it up. Let’s start with one of my personal favorites, the “Hulk,” which is a classic post-workout (or in my case, post-dance rehearsal) choice that at least appears to be healthy. At its most basic level, it’s a wheat wrap filled with egg whites and cheese. I normally choose to add tomato, spinach or both in an attempt to add some veggies to my diet. To sound like a pro, ask for a “Red Hulk” if you want tomato, a “Green Hulk” for spinach and “Incredible (or Red and… Read more »