Humor by Sara Roberts '18
Every NCS girl with A lunch knows the feeling of arriving at the cafeteria after sitting through four classes on a completely empty stomach, only to find an all-too-familiar meal waiting for them: chicken and rice. Though many of us eat it begrudgingly, eating the chicken and rice isn’t as terrible as we all make it to be! Here are some tips on how to make the most of the lunch that so many of us dread:
1) Plan A: Add spice to your chicken and rice!
One reason that many people have for disliking chicken and rice is that it’s too bland. How can you fix this, might you ask? Hot sauce! If you are someone that likes to spice things up, the wide assortment of hot sauces available in the cafeteria go perfectly with the chicken, creating a meal that anyone can enjoy. I know opting for Open City is always an option for chicken-and-rice days, but as our credit card balances fall, we recognize that overpriced grilled cheeses aren't always an option. So, if you’re tired of the same-old, same-old, try adding some spice, and you will realize that chicken and rice isn’t half bad.
2) Plan B: Hit up the NCS bookstore!
AKA the best way of skipping chicken-and-rice days and spending your parents’ money instead of your own. At the bookstore, they not only have a wide array of snacks that are both filling and easy to take with you anywhere, but they also have great substitutes for meals. For example, the bookstore has Annie’s Mac and Cheese cups, and some even enjoy the vegetable-soup cups (if you’re desperate). I, personally, enjoy opting for the mac and cheese, because it’s easy to make and tastes great.
3) Plan C: Use what you have: make a grilled cheese, or get to the bagels before they run out!
Are you really a true NCS student if you haven’t made a grilled cheese in the most classy way: by using the microwave? This was really the only thing I ate as a freshman, to be honest. Some like to make their grilled cheeses with more than one of the types of cheeses they provide, and I think this is a great idea. Additionally, as many of us know, NCS has upgraded their bagels and they are a huge hit. Make sure to get to them before anyone else so you can enjoy a nice bagel and cream cheese as your lunch.
4) Plan D: Open City
Open City may be the best option, even though overpriced paninis aren’t always the move. It’s always good to treat yourself every once in a while, and Open City has much to offer, so go for it. They have a great selection of sandwiches that are nice and filling, and of course there’s always the waffles as another option. We’re so lucky to have this cafe in the middle of the Close, so take advantage of it! After all, it’s there for a reason.