ALICE WRITES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA:
In August I started my first year at the University of Virginia and I have been reflecting on all of the eats of the past weeks. College has been amazing so far and the food has been especially a high point. At UVA, first years get unlimited access to the three dining halls along with many restaurants on grounds to eat at.
|A Banh Mi Sandwich
I most often eat at the O’Hill dining hall, only a three minute walk from my dorm, and love staying there to study and chat with friends. For breakfast I usually get eggs, sausage, some form of potatoes, and a pastry, pancakes, or french toast. For lunch and dinner, I pick out my meal based on whichever station looks the best or has the shortest line. There is pizza, burgers and fries, the salad bar, sandwiches, and two to three different rotating meals. Additionally, there is a dessert bar that has cookies and sweets at all times of day as well as a self-serve soft serve station. I am still practicing up on my ice cream skills, thus my ice cream still looks a little funny when I get it.
|The main area of the dining hall with all the different stations.
Breakfast at O’Hill
Dinners and Lunches at O’Hill
|I study while I eat.
|From the vegan station.
|National Guacamole Day.
|Yogurt station with fruit and granola.
In addition to the dining halls, my friends and I go out to eat on The Corner almost every weekend. Our favorite restaurants have been Asado’s, Mellow Mushroom, and Got Dumplings. We also go to a smoothie shop, called Juice Laundry, that is inside of the gym.
Every year each first year residence hall is invited to a fancy dinner in the dome of the Rotunda. Ours was spectacular- strawberry feta spinach salad, rolls, pasta, couscous, flank steak, green beans, and a fruit crisp dessert.
Dome Dinner Photos
|The Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Designed by Thomas Jefferson.
|At dinner: wine glasses with sweet iced tea or water.
Questionable Food Experiences
Although the food has been great at UVA, there have been a few dinners that were a bit weird. Most notable were the tofu pasta and the bean sauce on pasta.
|The outdoor dining and study area.