Eating In

30Sep06

Today I discovered that dinners ‘in hall’ at Trinity are actually less expensive than preparing one’s own food. One also gets the added benefit of a social atmosphere and saves the prep/clean-up time associated with cooking at home. Tonight’s meal (which included fish and chips, vegetables, and ice cream) cost only £3.50. The caveat is that one has very limited selection (basically carnivore or herbivore), though I’ve been very pleased with my two experiences thus far.

When one is feeling fancy, one can purchase a ticket for formal hall dinners which begin later in the evening and are waiter-serviced three-course meals with wine and juices. Formal hall is at a slightly higher price, £5.75 (still much cheaper than even the most frugal outside dinners). Friday formal halls are known as ‘BA dinners’ and are only open to graduate students. Here’s the menu for next Friday’s meal:

Sherry, Hazy View Cinault Pinotage, PortMenu

Traditional Smoked Salmon
V Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

Roast Sirloin of Beef marinated in Marjoram & Olive Oil
V Asparagus, Mushroom & Cream Cheese Roulade
Balsamic Sauce, Fried Polenta, Tomato & Shallot Salad

Plum Halves in a Brandy Syrup
Oat Biscuit

Coffee

Yum! Later on this month we’re having a matriculation dinner which is fully subsidized and pulls out all the stops for posh eating.

Anyway, as much as I enjoyed learning how to prepare healthy and frugal meals at Berkeley, it looks like my culinary development will have to go on hiatus.



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