AND THE BLOG IS BAAAACK! It’s been a while hasn’t it? I haven’t posted anything on you eatin’ nice for 2 weeks, but wow, it sure feels longer than that. It’s weird, but I’ve actually missed spending hours laboring over my computer editing photos and trying to decide on the right words to write. It might take a while for me to get into the routine of blogging again, but at least I can say that my blog is officially up and running once more :D.
So for everyone who hasn’t read my previous posts, why the 2 week hiatus? I’ll give you a hint, it’s a 2 syllable answer.
Yeah, that’s right: COL-LEGE.
Well, Florida mission trip too. But mostly college. For something that’s supposed to be the best part of your life, the past couple of weeks has sure been chaotic. It’s been crazy, packing up, moving in, and getting myself all oriented at Hamilton. But now that I’ve finally settled down and gotten Photoshop onto my computer, I’m ready to take up blogging again. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in time for this, even with the crazy amount of work I will doubtlessly get from those ruthless college professors.
I’ll just start by saying that Hamilton College is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I know everyone says that about all the colleges, but no lie, this place is so pretty. It’s in central New York (read: farmland and cows as far as the eye can see) and right near the Adirondacks, so there are green mountains and fields everywhere.
The campus here is no joke either – for a school with a student population of a little less than 2000, this place is pretty big. That’s actually because Hamilton is technically made up of 2 separate campuses, Kirkland (which used to be an all-female school) and Hamilton (a men’s school). Some time in the distant past, the 2 colleges joined together to form Hamilton College. Now one half of the campus is called the “Dark Side,” and the other half is known as the “Light Side” and as you can probably guess, the architecture between the two is really different.
I’m actually planning on taking pictures of the school to show you guys, but I didn’t want to be seen as a touristy, uppity freshman, so I’ve been holding back on that. But yeah, I’ll get to it. For now, you guys are going to have to be satisfied with pictures of my dorm. Which happens to be a double on the Dark Side. (For the sake of my roommate’s privacy, I only took pictures of my stuff but hopefully you guys can imagine this as a double).
No picture of the closets, but they’re huge walk-ins that also serve as a changing area.
But now, let’s get on to the main part of the post: What have I been eating in college?
Well, you hear all those horror stories about terrible college cafeteria food, but I gotta say the stuff they serve here is pretty nice. The company that provides the food here is all about being fresh, sustainable, local, organic, etc. and everyday they have an extensive menu of food they give to the students. And that menu varies depending on whether you’re eating on the Light Side or the Dark Side. Don’t worry, I’ll take pictures of the cafeterias too.
I usually go crazy at the salad bar because there are so many options to choose from, and end up with little to no room for other stuff on my plate. But I always take fruit. I was a little disappointed to see that most of the bananas, apples, pears and oranges here have little stickers that say “Chile” on them or look unnaturally glossy and waxy, but for the past few days they’ve had these AMAZING local NY apples.
I sneak them into my bag and hoard them in my room.
I gave some to my mom and dad when they came, and they loved these too. When you bite into the red apples, they go CRUNCH. But when you bite into the other one, it kinda sounds like SHMROOSH. Blegh. I like my apples crispy.
I take them by the basketful.
I loaded up on them this morning because they’ve been out for 3 days already; when fruits are in the cafeteria that long, it usually means they’re gonna get replaced soon. And I was right, because THERE WERE NO MORE OF THESE AT DINNER TODAY. :(
When I’m not stuffing myself with fruit (I also have plums and nectarines that my mom brought me) or eating in the cafeterias, I usually nom on this:
SO GOOD. Perfect amount of sweetness, and made with brown rice crisps, rolled oats, pecans, almonds, ground espresso to name a few of the ingredients. Too bad I only have 2 left. I’m trying to save them by keeping them in the back of the fridge.
And with the stuff that my parents brought over yesterday, I can now make MISOOTGAROO.
For those of you who don’t know what Misootgarooh is, it’s a drink made from steaming and roasting various grains and legumes, then grinding them into a fine powder that is then mixed with milk or water. With the health craze that’s been going on lately, most Misootgarooh powders have upwards of 10 different kinds of grains mixed together, including barley, buckewheat, black and regular sesame, beans, oats, brown rice.
I actually have 2 different kinds: the one shown above, and this one.
This Zip-Loc one technically isn’t misootgarooh. While it does have all the ground-up grains, and beans and such, this one includes different nuts and dried vegetables like carrot, lettuce, cabbage, even dashi (seaweed). Don’t worry, the other ingredients are hardly detectable when you drink the misootgaroo – they just up the nutrition factors. I think this particular blend has around 30 ingredients – my mom got it for me at a store where you can actually personalize your misootgaroo by picking and choosing what ingredients you want in it.
So first, I added a heaping spoonful of both powders into my handy-dandy misootgaroo bottle.
Then I added a little bit of some local honey I picked up in Clinton.
I actually tried to take a picture where I was spooning the honey into the bottle, but that requires a one-hand shutter job, and I’m not nearly coordinated enough to pull of such a feat.
Hey, it’s hard to see perspective when you’re peering with one eye through an itty-bitty hole in your camera.
ANYWAYS, I next added some water, and then some milk.
So then this is where my misootgaroo bottle becomes handy-dandy.
Add the declumpifier, screw on the top (make sure it’s firmly closed) and SHAKE VIGOROUSLY.
You’ll end up with something like this:
Consume, and enjoy! Really, you can change it up however you want. If you like yours thicker, add more powder. Sweeter, more honey. Richer, more milk. So on and so forth.
You can probably tell from the ingredients, but misootgaroos are packed with protein and whole-grain carbohydrates (and in this case, vegetables) so I usually drink them as a pre- or post-workout snack. I’ve been enjoying these since I was a kid (misootgaroo used to be a staple in most Korean households) and it’s heart-warming to be able to enjoy a little bit of home in my college dorm.
Which brings me to the end of this post. I know, there wasn’t a lot about college itself, but I’m planning on uploading those little by little so I don’t look like too much of a creeper roaming around campus taking random pictures.
There’s still a lot of adjusting to do, and I miss my family A LOT but hey, I can say that I’m a college student now :D