Disclaimer: So it's been a few weeks since I've had this food, but I can do my best to serve you, the public.
So on November 14th, the dining hall decided to have another "Taste of Home" lunch, a la the Carolina's meal the week before. This was a Midwest themed meal and included deliciousness such as Chili with Spaghetti, Dinosaur Ribs, Cucumber and Onion Salad, Mustard-y Relish, and Sugar Cream Pie. Those names may not be accurate...
The Chili with Spaghetti, while that title probably isn't what the dining hall decided to call it, probably more accurate. It was basically chili on top of spaghetti, and it really wasn't that bad. I would probably say that it was the best, heartiest of the options. If you get to have it sometime, I wouldn't say that you leap at the chance, but don't completely discount it.
The Dinosaur Ribs were ribs that were basically about a foot long and had practically no meat on it. That was a no. Just BAD.
The Cucumber and Onion salad was good, although that might just be because I've been kind of craving cucumber salad for some odd reason. The chunks of onion were a bit big, but I think chopped finer, it could have been quite tasty.
The Mustard-y Relish isn't memorable, and tasted completely of vinegar and mustard, and not in a good way. It wasn't as bad as the Dinosaur Ribs, but it wasn't good.
For desert, I got a slice of Sugar Cream pie. I had heard about it before, but never had it. I don't know what it's supposed to look/taste like, but I sure hope not like this. It looked like something that should not be discussed in a public arena such as this, and tasted like sweet cream kind of... my roommate said that it tasted like condensed milk in a pie crust. I can't confirm this, but I can't totally see where she's coming from, except this might have had more sugar. I don't know, but it just looked so unappetizing, that I couldn't bare to take more than 2 bites.
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This past Wednesday was New England themed. It was the worst of all the "Taste of Home" lunches. They had fried cod, New England clam chowder, Boston baked beans, tonch fritters, broccoli (which is apparently from New England), and whoopie pies.
The fried cod tasted frozen and wasn't crispy. I think it had to be cooked at a higher temperature for me not to notice its previous frozen state.
The New England clam chowder was just not memorable in general. It had little flavor to no flavor and the food in the soup couldn't hold its own. It was just really depressing.
The Boston baked beans were too sweet for me. They were very maple-y, through and through. I don't really like for my beans to be that sweet, but that might be a personal preference issue. It was also a bit disturbing, because I didn't realize that the chowder was soup when I first got it, so it was on the same plate as the beans, so the soup and the sweet bean sauce was running all together. It was just not a happy time.
The tonch fritters looked deceptively like hush puppies, but on the inside there was some kind of mild seafood, maybe artificial crab meat. It wasn't really bad, but it really wasn't something that I was in the mood for that day. Maybe with crispier outside or a less chewy inside it could have been better, but that wasn't the case.
In the end I had to just throw all of it out, except for the decent broccoli, and get a burger in the end.
To finish it all off, I got a whoopie, but which I had never had. I hope this isn't what they're like when they're good. There were two chocolate cake-y cookies, which would have been mediocre by themselves. In the middle of the two was a really thick, chewy cream. It was reminiscent of a giant Oreo cookie with really, really thick filling. Maybe that's what a Quadruple Stuffed Oreo would taste like. I picked at it for a while, and then ditched it for ice cream.