Friday, February 26, 2016

SPGI 2015 - The Cafeteria

St. Louis Trip, Day 2 - Day 7
As I noted in my post about our dorm, our $300 (per person) for the week covered room *and* board: 3 meals a day at the Webster University cafeteria. I do not generally eat three full meals every day. I eat breakfast and lunch (dinner), and then have a light snack for supper, and I snack any time throughout the day when I may be hungry.
So, eating three meals a day (since they were already paid for!) was a challenge.  The first couple days I did it, but by the end of the week, I really had to lighten up on how much I ate every meal!  We became convinced that were it not for all the walking a person has to do on campus, students who eat regularly at a cafeteria would be quite overweight.  

The food was good at Webster University, though they didn't have as much variety every meal as we experienced in 2010 when we went to the SPGI at Texas Tech.  At Texas Tech, you could choose from numerous dishes every meal.  I think this may have been because there were more people eating at the cafeteria.  At the Webster cafeteria it was mostly just the chess players and their families, with a few campus workers.
There was pizza every meal, a burger option, and a third choice which varied every day.  There was also a dessert bar, salad bar, and at least once there was soup.  So, no complaining!
I went for pizza the first couple days, while Papa tried out their burgers.  In the morning there was a limited variety of breakfast foods.  Above, I have biscuits and gravy, eggs, and fruit.  
We enjoyed a St. Louis special, fried ravioli.  Other meals, we ate mashed potatoes and gravy, delicious cheesy potato soup, and rice and fish.

Everyone who worked at the cafeteria seemed friendly, and we enjoyed chatting with fellow participants while we ate.  There were definitely no starving chess players there!  Campus dining was a very convenient (and filling) experience.

22 comments:

  1. Bethany food looks so delicious. But the burge is really hUGE,,

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    1. Indeed! It was a buffet, so you could create your own burgers with as many hamburger patties, cheese slices, and condiments as you liked.

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  2. The food looks great, but we Americans do eat more than we should, generally. Glad you had a fun trip.
    Have a great weekend!

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  3. That is a lot of food! At least you get your money's worth. As long as there is pizza, I'd be alright :) And fruit. I love fruit. I'd also enjoy soup, salad and fish. Or anything that is not too heavy; light meals are always my preference. I'm not a big meat eater, so that would be wasted on me.

    Glad you enjoyed and had a good time on your trip!

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    1. I'm with you on not eating much meat. While I'm definitely not a vegetarian, I only eat meat when it looks/sounds particularly appealing.

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  4. looks neat, the last cafeteria I ever ate at was at Mary Black hospital during my mom's hysterectomy. The food was decent.

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    1. I don't know if I've ever eaten at a hospital cafeteria. Last time a family member was in the hospital for a while we stopped at McDonald's for burgers to eat in the waiting room.

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  5. The pictures are really good and the cafeteria seems to be a pleasant place. There are a variety of food choices for every taste. I hope that you enjoyed your time there.

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    1. Yes, we really enjoyed our trip to St. Louis!

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  6. Oh, all this yummy food sounds scrumptious! Even though I had a huge lunch all those pictures made my stomach grumble! Hope you've been blessed, Bethany...it's been a little while since I stopped by but it was such a joy to see that you're doing well! May the Lord be with you!

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    1. It has been a while since I've been to your blog as well! Thank you for stopping by! Blessings!

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  7. I think eating in a cafeteria for all your meals would certainly lead to gaining weight! Glad you had fun!

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    1. Heh! It's a good thing we didn't stay in St. Louis for longer than a week!

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  8. I'm not big on these kinds of foods so I'd be SOL. But even still, I love seeing pictures of food, any food.

    Happy Sunday.

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    1. Ha! You too! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. I'm all caught up on your blog. Was fun seeing what you were up to. Here's wishing you a yummy weekend, ahead.

      Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    3. Thanks! It was a great weekend! :) Take care!

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  9. Looks like you definitely ate well during your time there Bethany! :) I didn't eat at my college cafeteria much because I went to a local university and lived at home. Maybe it was a good thing, or I might have gained more weight in college. Lol!
    Blessings. xoxo

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    1. Ah! I am sure home-cooking is much healthier! Glad you got to enjoy it while in college. Take care!

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  10. Eat it right, the best meal is always, vegetarians, say no more.

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