By Erica Lee
The school’s new cafeteria food is quite the buzz on campus. The change from last year’s mostly greasy selection of foods, which typically included pizzas, fries, sandwiches, and so forth, have had mixed receptions by students. The new entrées offer students a healthier but more expensive range of dishes, such as packages of cold pasta.
Junior Kimya Hormozi, who regularly eats the cafeteria food, thought that the new food was worth the extra fifty cents. On the other hand, Harrison Min commented that “the school foods did improve, but if I could choose between home-packed food and the new cafeteria food, I would still definitely pick home-packed.”
At the very least, the cafeteria seems to be offering a healthier choice of diet. Packages of vegetables, such as tomatoes and celery sticks, are available options, and yogurt, which is slightly healthier than its frozen counterpart, is served in the snack bar. New pasta salads are colder alternatives to lasagna - whether or not the pasta salad is the healthier option is debatable. Pasta salad typically has more calories than an equivalent portion of lasagna; however, it is sold in a smaller portion in the cafeteria, making it difficult for one to determine which has less calories.
The cafeteria also bewildered students by offering breakfast foods for lunch and snacks, such as waffles and cereal. “I don’t see how waffles and buffalo wings go together, but the new food is pretty alright,” stated junior Cattleya Wu.
Students also complained about the occasional disparities between the amount of food served and its price.
“The package of cold pasta is so small - and it’s still $3.50!” lamented Hormozi.
Other students’ thoughts on the taste and quality of the foods varied from “great” to “horrible.”
In any case, the change seems to be a relatively new topic of both curiosity and skepticism for students, regardless of whether they eat the school lunches or not.
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