Benjamin Velani / Sun Staff Writer

Understanding Ithaca’s Thai Scene: Taste of Thai vs. Thai Basil

Ask anyone for a recommendation on where to eat good Thai food in Ithaca and you will most likely get one of two answers: Taste of Thai or Thai Basil. Both restaurants are down in the Commons and very popular, but which one has better food? I went down to find out.

Bakery items at Libe Cafe on February 7th, 2019. (Boris Tsang / Sun Photography Editor)

Dining Department’s Food Hacks for Finals Season

As finals season looms ever closer and students turn to caffeine and (questionably healthy) snacks to keep them fueled on their midday-turned-midnight study grinds, The Sun’s dining department writers have compiled some of their favorite snacks and hacks to help you stay alert and still somewhat healthy through whatever final may come your way. Good luck Cornellians!

Friendsgiving 2019 (Murali Saravanan / Sun Staff Writer)

How to Throw a Dinner Party: A Guide for the College Student

A few days ago, Pallavi Kenkare ’20 wrote an opinion piece in The Sun about dinner parties, which can be summarized easily with just one of its sentences: “Between the ages of 18 and 22, do not invite anyone over to dinner.” To be completely honest with you, reading Pallavi’s claim that this was the only message to be taken away from her failed attempt made me incredibly sad. Some of my fondest memories here at Cornell are dinner parties that my friends or I have thrown.

Rae Specht / Sun Staff Writer

Friday Night Macro Dinners: Everyone Is Family

Nestled amongst the maple trees off of Coddington Road, Priscilla Timberlake’s and Lewis Freedman’s cozy country house radiated warm light out into the chilly November night. For over twenty years, every Friday at 6:45pm about fifty people, an eclectic mix of friends, neighbors, colleagues, students and a handful of curious strangers, come together to share a home cooked, plant-based meal around candle-lit dinner tables. It’s best described as a giant, vegan, gluten-free family dinner, where the word “family” is employed loosely; in Priscilla and Lewis’s home, anyone and everyone is treated and fed like family.

Ben Parker / Sun Assistant Photography Editor

Unlimited Meal Plan, Unlimited Fury

What happened to my fevered West Campus dining hall hopping days where I milked all the money Cornell was forcing us to pay when all we really wanted was to live in a convenient place close to campus? Well, I quickly learned as my weeks grew busier that the West Campus dining hall system is 100% not worth the money, and no amount of meal swipes can make it be so. So what’s specifically wrong with the West Campus meal plan? The dining halls are actually more inconvenient than convenient, the food is repetitive and definitely not worth the money and the system makes you feel guilty for eating anywhere else.

Ruth Park / Sun Contributor

Chai’d and True: Best Places to Get Chai on Campus

My obsession with chai began a few years ago as I began searching for more palatable alternatives to coffee, which I still struggle to enjoy without the aid of unhealthy amounts of sugar and half-and-half. A few weeks ago, just as I ran out of chai mix a friend brought from home, I lamented to another friend about Manndibles’ decision to switch its chai halfway through the semester. Naturally, and given the fact that she is an editor at The Sun, she suggested I test out all of the other options on and around campus. So here I am, with a list! Readily prepared chai in the U.S. consists of variations on the following combination: black tea, sugar, milk and warming spices.

Benjamin Velani / Sun Staff Writer

How Do Cornellians Drink? Fishbowls and Changing Bar Culture

From Marg Mondays to Fishbowls on Wednesdays, there seems to be a drink for every night of the week. That being said, bar culture has transformed into blackout culture among Cornellians, with pregaming becoming more and more popular while the idea of meeting up for a beer or two being considered taboo or just plain boring.

Jordan Roth / Sun Contributor

Cooking in the Dorm: A Vegan’s Experience

One of the biggest concerns any vegan has when going to college is finding a healthy, tasty variety of vegan food available to them at mealtimes. In the Cornell dining halls, there are many vegan options that switch out every day, but sometimes I still find myself missing the high-quality vegan food I would make at home.

Sarah Austin / Sun Contributor

Clocktower Pumpkin: More Than a Prank

Now, 22 years later, as an homage to this piece of Cornell lore, the Cornell Dairy Bar has brought back their seasonal fall flavor: Clocktower Pumpkin; a pumpkin-based ice cream with cinnamon and nutmeg seasoning. It’s like pumpkin pie without the crust. Available at the Dairy Bar, it’s the bright orange flavor; you can’t miss it.

Benjamin Velani / Sun Staff Writer

From Plant to Pickle: A Pet Project for Any Person

Have you have wondered where your food comes from, or how it got on your plate? Have you ever been upset upon hearing how much water was used to process those veggies or that steak? Have you ever thought, “Hey, I could do a better job than that?” Well, this is your call to action.