Dining Center Hacks

by Yvanna Cajina, Class of 2022

Hello! As a first-year, living away from home for the first time can be difficult, especially when it means leaving behind your favorites dishes and home-cooked meals. But, if you get creative, the Dining Center, also known as the DC, offers a wide variety of options that will satisfy any palate! If you have food intolerances or allergies, don’t worry, the DC has a many delicious options available for you.

Breakfast

Egg and Bagel Breakfast Sandwich: Some of the best things about breakfast at Haverford are the omelette bar and the assortment of bagels. Although both are good seperate, when combined, you have a great way to start your day! First, make eggs as you like them at the omelette bar and don’t be afraid to get creative! Once you’re done making eggs, head over to the bagels and pick your favorite; if you are indecisive, an everything bagel is always a solid choice. Toast the bagel until warm. The only step left is to assemble the sandwich!

Lunch

Root beer floats: If you’re in need of a midday pick me up, a DC root beer float is a great way to boost your mood! In two simple steps you will have a great drink to pair with your favorite DC lunch. First, fill up a glass with root beer from one of the soda fountain. Then, head over to the ice cream bar and add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream to the root beer.

Sandwiches: Although often overlooked, the sandwich station at the DC allows for flexibility and creativity in your everyday lunch. With many bread options on the bread shelf and consistent deli items available all week-round, you can never go wrong with a midday sandwich!

Dinner

Quesadilla: When craving something different for dinner, the panini presses available to us all day offer the convenience of being able to make quesadillas with ease. First, grab a tortilla (or two!) from the bread shelf and pick out your favorite cheese from the sandwich station. For variety, consider adding some veggies from the DC.

Dessert

Chocolate Cake à la mode: Dessert on Monday nights is extra special at the DC because of the vegan chocolate cake. Although delicious on its own, when warmed and paired with vanilla ice-cream, you have an indulgent way to end your day! In order to create your own, you must first grab a slice of vegan chocolate cake, don’t forget to put it in a bowl or things will get messy when you add the ice cream. Then, heat it up in the microwave for 15 seconds. After, grab a scoop of vanilla ice cream from the ice cream bar and place it on top of the warmed cake.

Milkshakes: While chocolate cake is not available all week, a milkshake can be made any day. To make this sweet treat, grab a glass and scoop in several scoops of your favorite ice cream flavor. Then, head to the assortments of toppings available at the ice cream bar and scoop in your favorite (I recommend adding a few scoops of oreo crumbles). When you’re done, add a small amount of milk into the glass and mix with a spoon. Now you’re ready to enjoy!