At first, I thought the Campus Memes were stealing my thunder. Now, I find them quite inspiring. If the newspaper thinks we can live under the same roof, I am all for it. So, for this post (and this post only), it will be my pleasure to complain about Blanchard in the language of memes. Here goes… Blanchard Pizza Station, Y U no keep making personal pizzas past 9:45 when the sign says you...
Cereal Hoarders Anonymous
Snacking on a few dry cheerios is fine. I prefer regular to Honey Nut, but who really cares. Finding the last bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch calls for celebration. But getting 10 boxes of Trix in one Blanchard purchase is a little much. In fact, it’s excessive. I watched this whole scene play out last night, while I was eating real, hot food at approximately 10pm. I mean this girl not only...
Celebrity Sightings at the Grill
I want to be friends with the girls who write weird, funny, and at times even inappropriate names on their grill slips just to keep the chefs (and the hover-ers) guessing. You all are so cool. Special thanks to The Doctor, Voldemort, and Princess for all gracing us with your presence last night at dinner. And ordering Mary Lyons. Who have you seen at the Grill that’s worth noting? Wonder...
People must be drinking that Gold Peak iced tea like it’s their job, because Blanchard has started carrying the green tea flavor, as well as the diet sweet tea. It’s a great day to be alive. xoxo, The Blanchaholic
A multitude of high fives go to Morgan Rosenberg ‘15, who basically gave me some free publicity this week in the Mount Holyoke News. Now, I’m famous! Glad that the $7.25 tip was appreciated and hopefully this article will encourage more students to have input on this blog. I love reporting, but what’s more: I love you all for reading. So if there is anything you want to...
Are any of you guys, excuse me, intelligent women, on Twitter? Do you tweet? Do you follow anyone remotely fascinating? Apparently the tie for the most followers is currently between Lady Gaga and Ashton Kutcher, which makes me really judge humanity. I’ll cut to the chase. I think we need to start tweeting about Blanchard. Who’s in? We can hashtag all of our #BlanchardProblems....
So I just (by just, I mean last night) had a rather intense face-off with the dudes at the Deli. They won. Basically, what it comes down to is that fact that I was wrong and they were right. There is no way to order a quesadilla on a flatbread. I begged and pleaded and was totally shut down. Good lord. See, I embarrass myself so you don’t have to! xoxo, The Blanchaholic
Flatbreads = Flat Tummies
As a certain Blanchard chef reminded me the other day at the Deli, Spring Break is coming up. And the dude speaks the truth: we are now less than a month away. What a better time to start getting your basic sandwich on a flatbread instead of a bagel! Side Note: Bagels are the equivalent of eating five slices of bread, and therefore can be evil. A more enlightening post on that to come. I have...
booksandbabies asked: Is there any way to get shredded cheese if you order a baked potato?? Thanks!
The Picky Eater's Club
Oh, okay, I didn’t know it was okay to ask for a fried egg sandwich made “without any oil.” Huh? How do you get the egg to unstick from the grill? What are the logistics behind this? Girl, take one for the team and just deal with a few calories How about a girl who writes a novel all over her grill order slip. Do you think the chefs can even read your handwriting? Why do you...
I want to learn how to crack an egg with one hand!– Overheard at the Grill Station. Cooking classes anyone? You could one-up Julia Child.
Vending Machine Woes
Some revelations for your Sunday morning: Blanchard doesn’t have Gatorade. You can only get a legit sport drink (vitamin water does not count because it has virtually the same amount of sugar as soda) in the vending machine at the first floor entrance, which would be Powerade. This said machine is also the ONLY machine on campus that carries Diet Sprite, if that’s your thing. Where...
Tears of Joy
CUCUMBERS ARE BACK! I don’t eat them, so I was not aware of this truly tragic problem sweeping the campus until a friendly reader enlightened me. Well, crisis averted, folks. The Deli Station is fully stocked. xoxo, The Blanchaholic
devotion asked: For the record, Chef Jeff did not invent the Chef Jeff cookie. It was an old bakery recipe that he simply attached his name to. My source? Friend's parents who have worked in dining services for over 30 years.
Favorite Specials to Stalk
There are specials that crop up from time to time and oh my gosh, do I savor them. Here are a few memorable options; pray for their return. 1. The best Blanchard picks for y’all with hankering for down-home Southern eats, I advise you to head on over to the Barbeque special at the Grill Station. Usually shows up about once a month, and boy is it worth it. For y’all who don’t hail from these...
The Guilt-Free Baconator
Many of you are looking to eat at Blanchard and struggling because everything is so dang bad for you. The staff agree. Example: Today I was advised not to order Chicken Fingers regularly. Even though I do. I was recently enlightened about a way to make the Hardee’s delicacy you are craving into a lower calorie option. No, it probably won’t look like this: But, YES, you will be...
New Deli Combos to Try Like Whoa
Brought to you by inside sources: 1. The Natural with gaucamole. 2. A BLT on rye - which is actually .50 cheaper than the basic sandwich. 3. Roast beef, jack cheese, and sprouts. 4. Toasted bagel with peanut butter. 5. AKA THE KICKER: Anything on the limited time only Flatout Flatbreads! Too small for a quesadilla, but perfect for a turkey, cheese, and sprouts? And only 130 calories. What...
I am usually the one to blow through my dining dollars in 2 weeks, so for money-saving tips, I have gone to friends. Here are a few ways to get the most for your money in Blanchard. 1. The best value at Uncommon Grounds is the vegan chocolate cake. It is only $1 and is clearly gourmet and, frankly, outstanding. The ganache is thick and smooth. The cake is moist, despite being vegan. And all of...
Courtney's Hangover Cure-All
If this is how you woke up this morning, you probably are craving something greasy, borderline disgusting, and generally bad for you right now. McDonald’s is too far, so how about Blanchard? Here I have for you a great recovery morning menu recommendation. This comes from Courtney, a friend who has been so inclined to use this cure quite often. And has since perfected the best way to...
thesundwindles asked: I've noticed that Blanchard (or any of the other dining halls for that matter) hasn't had cucumbers recently. One of the Blanchard cooks told me that the school will no longer be buying them because they are too expensive. Is this just a rumor or is it true?
There's Eggnog Chilling and Other Stories
Today has been one for the books. For starters, why is there eggnog on ice at the drink station? Can I drink it even though it’s not Christmas? Can I mix it with something else? Are they doing this to compensate for how heinous the coffee tastes? Or perhaps to even out the drink selection since nearly all of the bottled drinks have high amounts of caffeine (I’m looking at you, Full...
thescarlettibis asked: Part III: I would be curious what he is up to. Perhaps the Blanchard Diaries should do some investigative journalism work and see what has come of his cookie dough venture? Either way, the cookies are amazing. Super intense, but amazing.
thescarlettibis asked: Part II: He was so delighted to have an off campus visitor, that he sent us up to uncommon grounds and instructed the gal behind the counter to give us two Chef Jeff cookies for free. He was just a super nice cook who ran the cafe and had an amazing cookie recipe. It must have been 2007 that he left, to pursue his cookie dough. I guess it is egg-less raw cookie dough, that he sells through his...
thescarlettibis asked: Chef Jeff is an institution! You MUST know about him! I believe he was the head Blanchard Chef (I have no idea who took his place). He was SUPER friendly, and he invented those cookies. I once had a friend from off campus visiting, and he swoops in, chatting her up about her day, and if you didn't know who he was, you would probably be super freaked out (why is this goofy looking 40 year...
Chef Jeff Cookies: Friend or Foe?
Whoever Chef Jeff is, he deserves an award, prize, or at the very least, a hug. My addiction to Chef Jeff cookies is growing immensely every day. I thought I would be able to suppress it (as I have gone to school her for, er, a while), but they are always just so satisfying. I don’t even want a calorie count. I would probably faint if I knew. The triple chocolate is probably...