Blog Column: 

Welcome to the second half of the semester, or as we should call it, the best time of year to have an unlimited meal plan. Halloween may be over, but it was just the kickoff to the holiday eating season.

 

My weekend started Friday, when my roommates and I opened up our Halloween pinata filled with Reese’s, M&M's, and Milky Ways.

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We didn’t have it in us to hit him with the bat, but we had no problem eating all the candy inside. 

Saturday morning, my aunt and uncle drove out here to see me, all the way from Cape Cod! We walked around campus, wandered into the Emily Dickinson Homestead, and best of all, tried out The Black Sheep Deli on Main Street in Amherst.

 

We fell in love with its lively atmosphere, funny chalkboard menus, and incredible dessert displays. I ordered the florentine breakfast sandwich, served on ciabatta bread with fresh spinach and pesto. I also tried the Dean's Beans coffee, which I've been dramatically telling my friends was The Best. Coffee. Ever. The portions were huge, so we were all too full for dessert, but I've promised myself I'll go back soon for the chocolate croissant.

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A pastrami sandwich, and my florentine breakfast sandwich

Finally, I finished up the weekend at Hampshire Dining Commons, for the annual Halloween dinner. The place was absolutely full, so finding a table and getting food was pretty difficult. There were also no tools or special utensils, which meant cracking open the lobster with your hands! But I can't really complain too much about a lobster, steak and mac 'n cheese dinner. It was awesome.

 

No recipe this week; I think I'm still too full to think about cooking just yet. In any case, there's so many great, fall foods out right now. My advice: keep your eyes peeled in the dining halls for pumpkin pie, apple crisp and cranberry walnut pancakes.

 

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