Tuesday, October 20, 2009

UCLA Dining Hall Creation #1

So I've spent a decent amount of time the past few days reading food blogs and I've come to one conclusion--there's an INSANE amount of food blogs out there. The ever growing list of "blogs I read" on the side bar of my blog is testament to that.

A lot of the blogs made me drool and want to head over to a certain restaurant right then and there. A lot of them made me jealous of their gorgeous pictures. A lot of them made me want to just jump in a kitchen and start cooking or baking. All in all, they inspired and reinforced the foodie in me. However, even through the myriad of food photos, recipes and restaurant reviews, I realized there was one thing that I could offer that not many other food bloggers can--an insight into the culinary world of UCLA dining services.

University dining halls are often known to have disgusting if not inedible food. I'm not going to lie. UCLA has GOOD food. For someone like me, with such a sometimes-inconvenient discerning taste when it comes to food, it's quite a statement to say I enjoy the food in our dining halls.

Our dining hall offers an incredibly fresh salad bar. There are no soggy pieces of wilted lettuce, only crisp dry (sometimes even organic) mounds of green goodness. There are toppings galore to allow for thousands of different salad combinations. In addition, the dining hall offers grilled chicken breast that are usually juicy and flavorful. Even "high-end" restaurants can sometimes be guilty of topping salads with dry boring chicken breast. Below is a picture of a salad that I created for lunch from the dining hall salad bar and grill. I have yet to sneak a camera into the dining hall and this picture was taken on my iPhone.

Balsamic Chicken Salad

chicken salad

Grilled Chicken Breast, Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers, Grilled Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, and Cucumbers over a bed of Romaine Lettuce and a Balsamic Vinaigrette

It looks delicious for an iPhone picture of college dining hall food, doesn't it?


  1. haha. i swear dorm food must be getting better and better.. i just saw that they have pho at UCSD??? craziness

  2. yup i've had the pho at ucsd...it was served in a styrofoam bowl that would be nice on a cold rainy day but otherwise unspectacular