Earlier this year, I interviewed some students on their tastes in cafeteria food, mainly regarding the stranger things offered. Some things were scary and a lot said similar things.

Question

What is the “spookiest” food that you have seen in the cafeteria so far?

Lily Williams: "Ooh! Those donut burger things!"

Jarek Shernit: "I think that the broccoli alfredo pizza was the weirdest thing."

Alec Zedar: "Honestly, even though I am eating it right now, humus is probably really weird for me. Just because of its texture and all that. It’s that or like the weird salads."

Question

What is a food item you Smashed?

Carly Federico: "The Bah Mi – It’s that Vietnamese pork sandwich thing. I ate it twice in one sitting the last time they had it."

Alec: "I don’t really like Bologna, but the Cleveland Fried Bologna sandwich, or whatever it’s called. I really liked that."

Lily: "Ooh! Ooh! The fried risotto balls! Oh my God I love those things! I haven’t seen them since like fall semester Freshman year, but I had like ten of them. I love those things!"

Question

What is a food item that you Passed?

Carly: "Ha-ha. This one time, I had – tried this garlic bread thingy that was sitting beside the pasta station. It tasted like… like… like gorgonzola cheese. Ha-ha. Like a really strong blue cheese kinda. Yeah."

Jarek: "The Brussel sprouts were dried out and tasted like nasty cardboard."

Lily: "Oh my God! The Brussel sprouts they had one day were just disgusting – and their cuscus. I hate the cuscus."

Question

What is an item you have not tried yet but want to?

Alec: "The donut burgers. I’ve thought about it, but they don’t seem like they would be good for you."

Karoline Conway: "Oreo Peanut Butter. Oreo Peanut Butter. Its peanut butter made with Oreos crumbled up and broken up inside it. I wanted to try it but I wasn’t in the mood for peanut butter, so..."

Lilly: "I have a really odd fascination with those donut burgers, but also, I really don’t want to try them. Also, I haven’t tried the omelets yet."

Did you Know?

However, what isn’t spooky is the reason behind AVI’s unique food selections – nutriSOURCE – “Live healthy, eat healthy, be healthy”, as stated by their website, is a “multi-faceted approach to wellness”. AVI tries to create healthy food items that also introduce diners to new experiences. For example, the Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread, one of the different selections from the “Kickin’ it Up” Dining Promotion meal menu only has 6 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein. By comparison, a standard store-bought Jiffy cornbread mix cornbread piece has less than 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein. Likewise, AVI’s Coffee BBQ Beef has 400 grams of sodium and 60 grams of protein while myrecipes.com has the same item but with 414 grams of sodium and 24.9 grams of protein. The food may be strange but at least its doing good!

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