Hey, hi, hello friends! Welcome back to my blog! This week we’re diving into one of my favorite topics- food! I know when
I was doing my college search I was concerned about what I would be eating every day, so I thought I would share what I eat here as an Amherst student. Amherst has only one campus dining hall, Valentine Dining Hall. Val, as we call it, is truly the heart of campus! Most students elect to be on the meal plan, which includes unlimited swipes at Val. Usually Val will offer a main entree and sides that are on a 4-5 week rotating schedule, so you won’t see the same meal for about a month. There’s also always a pasta bar, pizza bar, salad bar, panini presses, and my personal favorite, the cereal bar! Even if you don’t enjoy the main meal at Val there is always something that you can find to eat!
We also have a few daytime cafes that live in Frost Library and the Science Center. Those cafes are not apart of the meal plan, but they serve breakfast and lunch options- along with coffee, tea, and pastries. There’s also a night cafe in our Keefe Campus Center called Schwemm’s. Schwemm’s usually serves pub-type food like chicken tenders, fried mac and cheese bites, french fries, etc- all of the comfort foods necessary after a late study session with friends.
From these dining options, I’m going to rank my top 5 favorite on-campus Amherst foods and snacks.
5.Grilled Cheese Day
A definite student favorite, grilled cheese day is arguably one of the best Val meals. Usually a lunch meal served on a weekday, it is always a bright spot in my week to have grilled cheese. This meal is served with tomato soup, and especially in the fall and winter it makes for the perfect meal!
4.Science Center Bagel Sandwiches
The cafe in the Science Center serves fantastic bagel sandwiches of all kinds! My favorite is the spinach, egg, and cheese with guacamole on an everything bagel. This sandwich is the perfect midweek pick me up after a morning class in the Science Center!
3.Mac n Cheese Bites from Schwemm’s
Schwemm’s night cafe serves many favorites among students- and the mac n cheese bites are amazing. My first year one of my senior friends introduced me to the beauty of these mac n cheese bites, and its been one of my favorites ever since.
2.Milkshakes from Schwemm’s
Another Amherst student favorite, the Schwemm’s milkshakes are the perfect late night snack with friends. They have chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla that all hit the spot after a long day of work.
1.The Cereal Bar
Definitely the best part about Val- the cereal bar. One counter in Val is just a row of cereal dispensers with everybody’s usual sugary cereal picks. It’s super common for students to eat cereal after dinners for dessert. The cereal is my go-to pick for a snack or dessert after dinner, and it’s fun mixing the different kinds, using it as a topping for ice cream, or mixing some Rice Chex with peanut butter to make some trail mix.
There are plenty of great snack and food options here on campus- both in the dining hall and in our cafes!
Thanks for tuning in and reading this week- as always, feel free to email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org ! Enjoy the rest of your week!
July 29th, 2021