Getting Crafty at Dana and the Pub | St. Lawrence University

Getting Crafty at Dana and the Pub

Eleanor Napoli
2020

Tips on How to Get Crafty with Food on Campus

When it comes to being at a university where most of the students eat and live on campus for all four years, there’s no denying that certain meals can start to feel monotonous after some time. However, there are theme dinners at Dana (our primary campus dining hall), such as the Adirondack-themed dinner and Canadian Thanksgiving that are always a hit amongst the student body because they happen once a year. By having these occasions, campus members look forward to these seasonal dinners each year! The Pub, on the other hand, doubles as snack city as well as a place where you can also have a meal.  While there are staple options here, sometimes it can leave people feeling limited by choosing a bunch of snacks instead of a meal. Here are a few tricks and ways to get crafty to spice up your SLU dining experience!

  1. DIY Root Beer Float – If you’re craving a fun drink that brings you back to your childhood, you might want to give this one a go. This concoction is as easy as you make ‘em. First, you head over to the soft serve ice cream machine. Then, you fill the cup halfway with ice cream and then fill up the rest of the glass with root beer. On a Sunday, however (because naturally it’s Sunday-Sundae), you can always count on whipped cream being there. So, fill the cup with ½ ice cream, add a dollop of whipped cream, add root beer and then top again with whipped cream.
  2. Chicken Parm (when it’s not Chicken Parm day) – For those who live for chicken parm, there’s nothing more disappointing when you want it and it’s not being made that day. But, don’t get discouraged! There is a way that you can make it on your own. Ask for grilled chicken, top with marinara sauce, drizzle some pesto over it, add cheese on top and put it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds or until the cheese is melted.
  3. Pizza bagel – This is similar to the chicken parm idea plus or minus a few things. It’s as easy as grabbing a bagel, toasting it, topping the bagel with some marinara sauce, sprinkling cheese on top and microwaving it until the cheese melts as well.
  4. Avocado Toast – At the Pub, contrary to popular belief, with a little creativity it can be limitless. To make this option, all you need is toast, egg, avocado, salt and pepper, and lime.  Order toast with a side of fried egg, mash up avocado and put this on the toast first, add the egg, top with salt and pepper and add a little lime on top--you’re good to go!
  5. Granola Apple Pie – Whether you’re looking for a way to jump start your day with this energizing meal or you just want a little taste of pie, you might want to give this one a try. In a small bowl, add in sliced apples or bananas, cinnamon, brown sugar and honey. After that, microwave the mixture for about 20 seconds just to warm the honey. Pour this over a bowl of granola and yoghurt and enjoy!

While these are just a few suggestions that could enhance your dining experience at SLU, they’re not limited for the dining hall--you can try some of them at home as well. Don't forget the other places to eat on campus that students typically don’t take advantage of as much as they should. For example, the Spartacus Café has really yummy soup and paninis if you’re in the mood for comfort food on a rainy day. There’s also word on the street that the Time Out Café in our Newell Field House has the best pitas on the block. So, go out into the world (or, in this case, explore our dining facilities) and don’t be afraid to try something new and seek out options outside your comfort zone!