Ha ha ha! I’m funny right?
So one of my friends gave me an amazing idea on what to talk about in these blogs! Instead of telling you all of the things that you should do when you come to Western, I should show you some of the amazing things before you get here! It’s impossible to do everything on my list of five things you should do when you visit Western (in some of my older blogs) if you’re only here for a day or so.
So today, I’m going to talk about my favorite thing ever . . . FOOD!
I love food, and let me assure you, the food at Western is AMAZING! The food at Western is so good that as a 4th year student who doesn’t live on campus or have a meal plan anymore, I put money on my account to go into the dining halls on campus and stuff my face.
As students at Western who stay on campus we get 4 meal plan options.
01.) 10 Meal Plan (you have access to the dining hall/late-night carry out 10 times a week)
02.) 15 Meal Plan (you have access to the dining hall/late-night carry out 15 times a week)
03.) 20 Meal Plan (you have access to the dining hall/late-night carry out 20 times a week)
04.) Gold Meal Plan (you have unlimited access into the dining hall a week)
My personal favorite was the Gold Plan . . . just throwing that out there.
At Western we currently have 5 fully functioning dining halls, and one hall that is strictly for carry out meals. All of the dining halls have specially menus as well as a rotating menu. For example . . .
- In Valley One, the specialty menu is the sub shop. So Valley One will ALWAYS have subs available, but they also have the menu that changes everyday.
- Valley Two has stir-fry.
- The Hoekje/Bigelow dining hall has the “American Grill” so they always have hamburgers, fries, and hot dogs.
- The Burnham dining hall is “Extreme Greens” which is delicious! You can get these freshly tossed or chopped salads with up to 5 toppings in them. They also have the best ice cream machine on campus. Trust me, I’ve tried them all.
- Bistro 3, my favorite dining hall on campus, is based around healthy and ethnic foods, so they always have foods from different countries being served. Also, the pizza is in this dining hall is the best in Kalamazoo! Okay, maybe second best, but I go to Bistro 3 just for the pizza some days. Unless I want a deep dish pizza, Bistro 3 is the spot.
Now, I know some students have heard the story that after a while dining hall food gets old, and it doesn’t help that all movies with a college student have the character talk about “Moms cooking.”
I won’t lie, sometimes you do feel like that, but with all of the options on campus it doesn’t happen as often as you think. Honestly, every time that I go into the dining hall I eat fries with nacho cheese on them. I ate cheesy fries for two and a half years straight and did not get tired of it before I left for my Disney College Internship.
Student’s get creative with how they eat food. We make stuff up, and that’s how the food stays interesting. For example . . . (this is the part where I was going to post a picture but I must have deleted it) My friends and I like to make ice cream waffles with toppings. So we have a mini waffle machine that makes 4 waffles, so you make the mini waffles and you put soft serve ice cream and whatever toppings you like. Personally, I love to put banana slices and caramel syrup on my ice cream waffles. It tastes amazing!
Luckily, and I don’t know too much about it, Western is in the process of building a new dining facility that will be two stories! I’ve seen the layout for it and it’s going to be super cool. It will have a wing station, sushi station, pasta, pizza, and salad stations! So maybe sometime in the near future, one of you future Student Ambassadors can blog and tell me all about it.
So, as a recap.
I personally believe that Bistro 3 is the bomb,
Food doesn’t get boring (even if you’re eating cheesy fries for the majority of your college career),
The Gold Meal Plan keeps you full (and kind of cool),
and Extreme Greens in the Burnham dining hall is most likely where I’ll be having lunch tomorrow afternoon.
One of my friends and I in Bistro 3!
If you have questions or a topic you want me to discuss let me know! Send me a message!