Category Archives: Food

Guest Post: Against Oat Milk

A real shirt from Urban Outfitters

The following is a guest post from a member of the Wesleyan student body: 

Oat milk is substance derived from oats blended in water, then strained. Its main advantage over cow’s milk is that it is vegan, nondairy, and more environmentally sustainable. Its main disadvantage is that it is less nutritious, overpriced, and gastronomically thin. The main source of pleasure from consuming oat milk is not the oat milk itself but the ethical pleasures with which it is associated.

Procrastination Destination: Get Baked (Goods)

It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting colder, the days are getting (painfully) shorter, and we’re all drowning in finals. That means it’s time for Procrastination Destination! Keep checking in all during reading period and finals for fun Wesleying articles to help you do anything but your work. If you can’t get enough of our current offerings, feel free to check out past Procrastination Destination posts here.

The first way you can procrastinate is by coming to the Wesleying fundraising bakesale! Wesleying is entirely student run and receives no funding from the university, meaning we are a truly independent publication (not beholden to you, Mikey Roth). We pay a monthly fee to keep this blog up and running, and we need your help to keep doing that! So come by the Exley Lobby between 8pm and 11pm on Sunday, December 12 to get some cheap, tasty baked goods made just for you by your very own Wesleying writers and editors. We hope to see you there!

Ranking Wes Kombucha Options: an Odyssey of Fermented Exploration

Hello my friends! And welcome to the ultimate Wesleyan kombucha guidebook. Maybe you’re a complete kombucha newbie and you just need some, shall we say, guidance on how to navigate the minefield that is kombucha (it can be very intimidating, I understand). Or maybe you’re a long-time kombucha drinker, and you just want to make sure your favorites are properly recognized (which, if you believe they were not, I extend absolutely no apologies—you need to re-evaluate your taste buds, love). Either way, you’ve come to the right place. I tried every last kombucha option Wesleyan has to offer, and have curated a ranking meticulously based on very strict criteria: looks, taste, and what I call the Kombucha Komponent (like component but with a K—get it?) 

Unofficial Orientation 2021: Middletown Eating

This is an updated repost of michelle’s repost of sophie’s repost of maya‘s repost. Please note: this is by no means an exhaustive list of eating options in Middletown, as this perfunctory Yelp search will show you. Feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments! 

This is part of our 2021 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Middletown has so many fantastic dining options that at first you might feel like this turtle: faced with an almost insurmountable mountain of deliciousness. Much like the above turtle, though, you’ve got to start somewhere. We’re here to give you a head start.

From coffee-shop casual to awkward-family-dinner upscale, there’s food in Middletown for every occasion. This is our guide to some of the best places to eat in town.  Prices are on a $ to $$$ scale. Also worth noting is that a lot of Middletown restaurants accept Middletown Cash, so save up some of that laundry money for your dining excursions. Wesleyan also provides a nifty guide to restaurants in and around Middletown, if you need more guidance (though theirs doesn’t come with student feedback and that special Wesleying flair)! Read all of our food list after the jump!

Unofficial Orientation 2021: Eating and Drinking Things at Wes

This post is an updated version of Sam’s update which was an updated version of wilk’s Eating and Drinking orientation article.

This is part of our 2021 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Eating and drinking is a necessity for all living beings, even during your hazy college days. While we all have to adjust our food standards from delicious home-cooked meals to university food, trust me, it could be worse. This year Wesleyan is ranked #15(we were demoted from #7, sad) in college food on Niche out of all the colleges in the U.S. so you know it’s going to be good. Wes has many options for dining that you can enjoy regardless of your dietary orientation. We’re even ranked #2 by One Green Planet for Most Vegan-Friendly Colleges. There’s a plethora of awesome vegan food and our friends at the Mongolian Grill are always willing to cook up a chicken tortilla topped with cheese if it’s protein that you want.

This is the part of the orientation series where we remind you to eat your veggies.

Summies Noodle Bowl: Mixed Opinions

Description:

According to Menu: vegan broth with dried shiitake mushroom, ginger, soy, and kombu with baby bok choy, steamed egg, chilis, scallions, nori, and rice noodles served with your choice of pork belly or tofu

In Reality: half-decent broth with some mushrooms, scallions, bok choy, and a hard-boiled egg served with mostly cooked noodles

Review:

The first time I tried the noodle bowl, I was quite disappointed. It was pretty much ramen with a couple of toppings.  The best part was the sweet potatoes fries that came with the meal swipe (well, it was an additional 1.5 points, but they are worth it). The broth is salty, which for me is a plus but for others is a turnoff.  I liked the bok choy, mushrooms, and the eggs; they were a nice addition to the basic ramen.  However, overall, I was not too happy with the results and as a college student with limited meal swipes, thought that it was a waste of a swipe. Afterall, I could make ramen in my dorm for fifty cents and the only con would be the lack of mediocre veggies and soggy protein (both the egg and the tofu).

A week later, I went to Summies and was obviously not getting the noodle bowl, but my friend did. I got the vegan burger (which is an entire separate review in it of itself), and surprisingly, I was envious of my friend with the noodle bowl.  On the one hand, my meal was right on the cusp of edible, so that helped put the noodle bowl in good light.  But I gave it more thought, and upon reflection (as my rage and disappointment wore off and were no longer factors of bias), the noodle bowl wasn’t actually that bad. I mean, there is a reason why everyone loves ramen, and Summies just provided ramen with some extra amenities.

In conclusion, the noodle bowl is worth trying, but don’t expect too much from it. And get a good side so you have something to look forward to/distract you from the fact that you just used a limited meal swipe.

 

 

Clearly my friends enjoyed it…

 

 

The Ultimate Mac and Cheese Cup Review

The Contenders

College is the time in your life for shit food. You’re in a place where you can’t really cook for yourself, but you also don’t have anyone there to cook for you anymore. But just because you have to eat shit food doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the best shit food. And that, dear reader, is where I come in. For your sake, I have taken on the burden of trying all of Weshop’s microwavable mac and cheese cups to definitively determine which one is the best. I chose this specific combination of salt and carbs because it’s one of my favorite shit food options, and what is a more quintessential college food that microwave mac and cheese? (Yes, I know, RAMEN, but if I tried every ramen option at Weshop I would have a heart attack and die from all the sodium so I’m not doing that. Yet.) Each mac will cooked and tasted, then rated via the following criteria:

Ease of Preparation: How many steps are involved in cooking it, and how difficult is it? Could you make it while inebriated? 

Mouthfeel: How is the pasta texture? Does the sauce have a good consistency?

Cheesiness: This one doesn’t need much explanation

Bang for yer Buck: Does it feel like you’re getting a full meal out of this cup? Is the Weshop price reasonable for what you get? 

General Vibes: Just the feeling I’m getting from it, y’know?

In the end, only one will reign supreme. But who will it be? The answer lies under the cut. 

A WesWarm WesWelcome with WesBrunch

Drop/Add is upon us, and we at Wesleying are stressed. But there’s one thing that will alleviate that tension in our shoulders, and that’s YOU.

Yes, YOU can write for Wesleying, but more importantly, YOU can enjoy a delicious meal where you can meet us and learn about the site. We’ll be tabling at the Student Groups Fair this Friday, and also hosting a brunch shindig on Sunday, where we’ll be enjoying delicious Brunch Foods (see stock photo above). So stop by, and we look forward to meeting you!

Student Groups Fair
Date: Friday, September 6
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Place: Outside of Usdan

Wesleying Brunch Funtimes
Date: Sunday, September 8
Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Place: 21 Vine Street