Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.
For my last hotel breakfast buffet in Thailand, I had an omelet with green onions and a piece of bread with strawberry jam. The bread was so good—dense, chewy and sweet. I think it was made of grains, nuts and dried fruits, but I couldn't tell for sure. I wish I had the recipe. The jam was also really good; it actually tasted like fresh strawberries, unlike some jams that have more of a jelly consistency and artificial flavor. I ended up getting a second piece of bread and topped that one with passion fruit jam, which was equally as good.
Since we spent the last day relaxing in the sun instead of touring, we were at the hotel for lunch, too. I had watermelon gazpacho as an appetizer, which was light and refreshing, followed by grilled snapper with Thai chili sauce as my main dish. The fish didn't have much flavor on its own, but the sauce was very spicy, so that kicked it up.
We spent the last night at a nearby night market, which featured hundreds of vendors selling food, clothes, jewelry, souvenirs and infinite “tchotchkes” (my mom’s preferred way of saying “random crap”). Instead of having a sit-down meal at a restaurant, we decided to embrace the scene and get street food. We found a vendor selling shrimp pad Thai that smelled amazing, so for our last hurrah we got that. It was really good; definitely better than a few of the pad Thais we had gotten in restaurants throughout the trip. I totally get the food truck craze; there is something about good street food that is extra satisfying.
Well, it’s been a great trip, full of many eats and even more Buddhas. Now it’s time to make the 20+ hour trip back to America, and then it’s right back to Ann Arbor and reality. How is winter break already over?!