Eating like a "foodie" at one of Yale's dining halls

<p>My son constantly complains about the food at Swarthmore College, so I found this article amusing and interesting..since I am somewhat of a foodie myself. :)</p>

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<p>That's a great article. What an inventive guy. I loved the comment at the end about his girlfriend becoming a vegetarian LOL!</p>

<p>The condiment bar at Yale is clearly better than I remember from my college days!</p>


<p>I remember many kids getting creative in the dining hall, especially when it came to creating their own salad dressings or making imitation stir fries out of salad bar veggies by microwaving them with soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and spices. I usually didn't go much farther than toast with cottage cheese and jam, but that was mainly because I liked most of the food.</p>

<p>I also read an article in NYT about Alice Waters' daughter being at Yale (she's graduated since, I think) and she's opened a dining hall with organic-only food. This is Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame. Wow, would I love to eat there, or what?</p>

<p>Achet: What are you up to and where have you been? Gosh, here's a ghost from the past! Actually, I'm not here at this site very much anymore. I come and go, mostly am gone.But I posted a bit last Friday I think, so just checked back today and here you are.How is you son doing? Are you still working in your field? In NYC?Any new trips lately? Always did enjoy your posts and then you were gone forever. Guess your son is thinking about grad school? What is he doing with his summers now? Guess he has been abroad ? Just wondering. Catching up, you know.Take care.</p>

<p>Yes, concerning your thread my sons hate the food in their cafeterias. I think that must be the prime reason kids go into apartments.</p>

<p>One of the things I like about my son's dorm at MIT is that there <em>ISN'T</em> a dining hall. (I think only 4 of the dorms there have dining halls at all.) There are kitchens on each floor and they're forced to learn to cook. And he has. (Mom's Greatest Hits cookbook didn't hurt.) I've seen recent photos of some of the meals they've cooked: these are not your "mac and cheese"/"frozen pizza" meals but the Real Thing, in a variety of cuisines. Learning how to take care of your food needs once you're out of college is a good skill, whether you do it in an apartment or a dorm kitchen or creatively with dining hall food. Yay for independence!</p>

I also read an article in NYT about Alice Waters' daughter being at Yale (she's graduated since, I think) and she's opened a dining hall with organic-only food. This is Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame. Wow, would I love to eat there, or what?


<p>All Yale dining halls now serve organic food, as part of the Yale Sustainable Food Project (which was indeed spurred by Alice Waters). Having eaten there at Parents' Weekend, and from all my D's reports, I can tell you that it is indeed delicious! You can read more about it here: <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Ah Achet, check your own threads.</p>

<p>mootmom, I didn't end up applying to MIT because I'm too ridiculously well-rounded (and it broke my heart, because I really did love the place), but that was one of the many things I liked about it.</p>

<p>I've posted about this elsewhere, but I actually dread the required meal plan in college. I already do most of my own (vegan) cooking, and I'm not too excited at the thought of giving that up. Cooking for myself has turned me into such a food snob. (Oh, the dressing's premade? Don't be ridiculous, give me the balsamic vinegar... wait, these have been frozen? And is this supposed to represent chana masala?) :eek:</p>

<p>ah BHG, another ghost from the past. Son doesn't know what he wants, he is thinking of grad school, thanks for asking. Hope your daughter and her kid are fine. Hope your son is doing well in Engineering ...</p>

<p>I remember Mootmom talking about the cook book too. Very cool. I admire kids who do this..</p>

<p>And well, the thought of Yale being all-organic would make me go there as a student! :)</p>

<p>ps. - If I could get in, that is! :)</p>

<p>Achet: Was your son happy with his education where he is? I guess so or he wouldn't still be there! Son is in IT now. He had to take a computer engineering course he didn't like and that was it. Is happier in IT room for more interesting electives like Japanese which he likes. I was disappointed he left engineering so fast. He had the ability. Youngest is in Biology . He's working with a prof. and getting paid but I don't know how he will have the time for it once tennis starts. I think they start practicing next week. The most important thing is to maintain the good grade to keep the scholarship, above tennis or working with profs for pay.</p>

<p>I'll pass on my kids' comments. The guy in the article was a classmate/friend/rival of my daughter, who first described him to me some years ago: "There's a type of boy who's really smart, and really good looking, and really knows it. That's him."</p>

<p>Anyway, re the article she said: "When I saw him he was really loving Yale, and I'm not surprised he's doing well there. But I never pegged him for a cafeteria cuisine kind of guy. Not ever."</p>

<p>And my son: "He told me that one of his goals for this year was to get a letter to the editor published in the New York Times. I think this article is cooler."</p>

<p>Thank God I commute. I don't like to eat. If I had a meal plan I'd be wasting lots of money that I could be spending better elsewhere.</p>

<p>I can go 18+ hours without food and not even get lightheaded. An orange and a few handfuls of cereal straight from the box are enough to hold me over for a whole day or so.</p>