Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Seven Wonders of Food

By Ashley Jones-Quiadoo (Hyattsville, MD)

As a lover of food, I’ll eat just about anything—burgers, spaghetti, pizza, tacos, steak… I'm sure you get where I am going with this.

The food experience here at SJP has been amazing! I’ve tried things I’ve never imagined tasting. I’ve literally eaten just about everything under the sun.

Let’s begin with the café: If you’re looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy eating style, tust me, you would want to stay far away from ginger sauteed fish to coconut cake, it’s unbelievable! A buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner you would think that we would be modest, but no. Everyone packed their plates several times a day—with bacon, crispy french fries, grilled/marinated chicken, and salad (to feel less guilty about all the food we ate)—even if they weren’t hungry!

The take-out was even better. From grape leafs—a sour wrap with rice stuffed inside—to ddukbokki—a Korean dish—the diversity doesn’t just lie within the students of SJP, but in the food, too. Today, I tried Indian food. When I walked into the room, I smelled the aroma of what I thought was curry chicken. Immediately, I thought we were going to indulge in a great carribean feast. However, it turned out to be chicken masala, and I wasn’t disappointed. The masala was delicious with white rice and warm naan.

Not only is SJP opening me up to new experiences and people of different ethnicites and backgrounds, but it’s expanding my taste buds as well.

Thank goodness we walk fifteen times a day! I think we can all feel less guilty about the food we have consumed over the past week.

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