Tired of RPCC and Appel? I was too. My 14-meals/ week plan was WAY too much and although Cornell’s dining is one of the best in the country, sometimes you need a little more variety. Here’s a few ways to spice your dining experience a little bit and impress your friends on your Top Chef skills.
1. ROOT BEER FLOAT
Scoop a single scoop of ice cream into one of those blue-ish cups and fill with root beer from the soda machine. Yes.
2. YOGURT / ICE CREAM BAR
In case you’re more of a texture person, like me, yogurt is kind of boring and gross. Take a bowl of yogurt to the fruit bar and the cereal bar and add lots of goodies like blueberries, strawberries, granola, Rice Krispies cereal, etc. Whatever your heart desires. It’s also a good alternative for soft-serve ice cream when the crushed m&ms just aren’t doing it for you.
3. NEVER BUY CONDIMENTS AGAIN
Last year, my townhouse was so food-adventurous! We had a pancakes dinner once and crepes another time. Whenever we wanted to bake or cook, we would hold Operation RPCC, where we steal ingredients from the dining hall. I take my tupperware and just scoop bowls and bowls of caramel, sprinkles, fruit, etc. I know you’re not supposeddd to do it, but as long as you’re sneaky about it…
4. ICE CREAM SANDWICH
I used to work at Coldstone so I am a PRO at these. Two cookies. One scoop of ice cream. and jealous dinner-friends.
5. PITA PIZZA
Pita from the bread section + Spinach, mushrooms, cheese, etc. from the salad bar + 1 minute in the toaster oven / microwave = perfect.
6. ASIAN-STYLED NOODLES
This one is a little harder. Take some plain spaghetti or if the dining hall has plain pho / rice noodles, take some of those. In a smaller bowl, combine some peanut butter, soy sauce, and a little Siracha and mix. You may want to heat it up in the microwave to make it a little thinner. Pour this over your noodles and mix to combine. If the salad bar has some crunch veg (snow peas, carrots, edamame, etc.), throw that in there too! Yum!
7. HOT CARAMEL MOCHA
I got this idea from Brandon cos he always mixes a 50:50 ratio of hot chocolate and coffee whenever he’s tired and at Appel. That could taste a little weird, since the hot chocolate is super watery and powdery and not really what I think of when I think of hot chocolate. Instead, take a mug and pour some caramel and chocolate sauce. Then pour in the coffee and stir. Top with whipped cream (Found in the waffle bar) and make it pretty with a caramel and chocolate drizzle. You’re basically at Starbucks.