Tidbits

Rachel Song

Last 2 days holy shit!

(woke up too late for breakfast)

Lunch:

  • tofu stir fry
  • noodles
  • vegetable spring rolls
  • roasted beets

I guess Asian imitation food can be vegan??

Dinner:

  • Thai lettuce wrap
  • breaded tofu cutlet
  • moar potatoes
  • moar potatoes in form of curly fries
  • vegan caramel vanilla cupcake

Tofu cutlet suspiciously tastes like chicken…

Breakfast:

  • vegan strawberry banana smoothie
  • tofu scramble ugh
  • potatoes in form of tater tots
  • grapes
  • pineapple

No more potatoes pleaasseee

Lunch:

  • spinach salad
  • guac on guac on more guac
  • sauteed rainbow chard!
  • tacos w/ rice

Guacamole saves the day~ No more of that extra dollar shit from Chipotle, I get unlimited guac here.

Dinner:

  • mixed rice… omg the grains were so long
  • tostada
  • moar spinach…
  • vegan apple pie!

AND I’M DONEEEEE!! So in conclusion… this was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Veganism certainly doesn’t equate with a healthier diet because I definitely ate a lot more starchy foods and the vegan desserts were usually caked with cinnamon. I felt hungrier throughout the day from the lack of protein and tended to eat larger portions. BUT I can definitely see why vegans choose their lifestyle because of ethical reasons rather than health reasons. So glad I’m done… I will be bingeing on yogurt and nonvegan dessert tomorrow :)

Day 4

Brunch:

  • getting real tired of this tofu shit
  • oddly shaped triangular potato thing
  • cinnamon raisin bread
  • pineapples
  • strawberries
  • oatmeal w/ granola, banana chips and blueberries

Ooookay I’m getting tired of the same breakfast foods day after day. It’s funny that Pomona thinks they can reinvent their meals by changing the shape of their potatoes… cubed potatoes to triangular potatoes to hash browns to wedges… yeah they’re still potatoes guys. And wow I had oatmeal by choice for the first time today!

Dinner:

  • burrito w/ lettuce, onion, black beans, corn, and guacamole
  • vegan coconut vanilla cupcake
  • smuggled pita bread for the hummus I bought from the farmer’s market

The burrito was pretty good. :] They were serving hot fudge brownies today… god I was so tempted to cave.

Day 3

Brunch:

  • hash browns
  • moar tofu scramble
  • sauteed greens and mushrooms
  • pineapple
  • grapefruit
  • vegan chocolate pudding

I realized I was getting desperate when I reached for the pudding… I HATE pudding. And after a couple bites I remembered why.

Dinner:

  • penne w/ marinara
  • steamed cauliflower and broccoli
  • rye toast w/ peanut butter
  • spinach salad

There was cheese ravioli today and I couldn’t eat it… enough said.

Okay okay I have to confess that I CAVED today and ate a caramel apple at the LA County Fair because I had never eaten one before and my friends convinced me too. So as punishment I’m going to extend my veganism by an extra day!

Day 2!

Breakfast:

  • banahnah
  • dried apricots

The dining hall near my dorm is closed on Friday for some stupid reason so I always end up eating the fruit that I’ve scavenged during the week… waking up earlier to walk to the other dining hall is clearly not an option.

Lunch:

  • tortilla chips w/ guacamole and salsa
  • roasted rosemary potatoes
  • steamed broccoli
  • mashed sweet potatoes
  • spinach salad w/ mushrooms and tofu
  • horchata!!!

We went to Scripps for lunch today and it was pretty easy to find vegan options there. Mashed sweet potatoes are oh so good. And the horchata too mmmmm.

Dinner:

  • pizza w/ spinach, mushrooms, and pineapple
  • spinach salad w/ cucumbers, corn, and tofu

Dinner at Mudd for pizza night! I had to opt out of cheese but it was still really good without it. Spinach salad as per usual… I’m basically consuming the same vegetables every meal.

Day 1: Dinner
On my plate:
samosas
Vietnamese spring rolls
Free dinner provided by the Asian American Resource Center! I was surprised that they actually had vegan options so props to them. Samosas are soooo good I don’t know why I don’t eat these more often. There was also spam musubi that looked very tempting but I resisted. AAANNNDD the In N Out food truck came today but alas, I just had to start my vegan diet today…
Day 1 complete! (I’ll probably compile all my meals into one post for each day starting tomorrow.)
Omfg I just realized I’m going to the LA County Fair on Saturday and chances are I wont be finding any deep fried vegan shit for dinner.
Day 1: Lunch
On my plate:
honey dijon garden burger
onion rings
spinach salad with tabbouleh
vegan raspberry turnover
Pretty manageable. The vegan burger was surprisingly good (I guess honey dijon doesn’t actually contain any real honey…) and I was so glad there was a vegan dessert option. I guess icing doesn’t contain any real butter or eggs either! I usually get a bowl of spinach salad on a regular basis anyway but I didn’t add my usual hard boiled egg and feta cheese. Traded out ranch dressing for balsamic vinaigrette too.
Day 1: Breakfast
Woohoo how exciting, I’m feeling pretty pumped going into this. On my plate:
cubed potatoes
tofu scramble
cinnamon raisin bread w/ vegan cream cheese
fruit fruit FRUIITTTT (watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew, blueberries, grapes, mandarin orange slices)
Not too bad for the first meal - everything was pretty tasty. Being vegan definitely lessens the time I spend wondering about what to eat lol. Although I did spend copious amounts of time looking through all the nutrition facts for the breads… surprisingly cinnamon raisin had no traces of animal products.
Right off the bat I know that breakfast is going to be the hardest meal. I usually get a breakfast smoothie that is made with milk, and strawberry yogurt… also made with milk… and some combination of eggs and pancakes/waffles/french toast. QQ And looking at the dessert counter is always the worst because everything looks so good sigh. 

I’m going vegan!

(For a week.)

After eating a slice of carrot cake today and realizing that it was 100% vegan, me and my friend were thinking… Maybe we could actually survive being vegan for a week at Pomona. The dining halls here do a really good job of accommodating different diets from vegan, to vegetarian, to gluten-free. So just as a fun challenge, I’m going to go vegan for a total of five days (Thursday to Monday) and will be documenting every meal that I eat.

Thrift stores babe. Scored this maroon skirt last weekend for $10. Which in retrospect isn’t THAT cheap but still cheaper than anything I’d find in a store that’s not F21. Yeah it’s still skirt weather here guys… and likely will be for at least another month.

On a side note I’m loving the Claremont Village because there’s so many thrift stores and craft stores and antique stores :D I’m going to have to spend a good amount of time wandering around there someday.

First Week

Whew I can’t believe it’s only been a week since school has started. (Two weeks since I left home.) Umm course registration was kind of hellish because it was like a mad rush for classes. We got a kinda crappy sign up time but I still got the classes I wanted - just not the exact professors. Sooo I’m currently enrolled in:

  • BIO 40 (Intro to Genetics)
  • CHEM 51 (General Chemistry Accelerated)
  • SOC 51 (Intro to Sociology)
  • ID 01 Tripping the Light Fantastic (required freshmen writing seminar, mine is about the history of social dance)
  • PE 22A (Yoga! namaste guise)

It’s not the most interesting schedule but it’s mainly because of the pre-med route and required ID course and PE credit. My afternoons are pretty free but I have to get up hellsa early… yoga is at 8:10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and chem starts at 9am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Sciences are so intense here because they almost always meet three times a week, and have an afternoon lab once a week that can last anywhere from two to four hours.

But all in all, I’m quite liking my classes. Yoga has been really refreshing and lets me take my mind off things. Chem is super intense, our professor knows whats up holy crap these formula derivations doe. Bio is kinda boring… lectures are a bore but these problem sets are insane. Soc is going to be pretty interesting and I’m liking the small classroom environment. And I’m super excited about my ID course because learning about the political, economic, social, and cultural significance of dance is pretty amazing. Quote from one of our books… (about house dance) “the combination of ‘hard’ dancing, sonic energy, and the repetitive, incantatory-like song lyrics of house dance, may induce a transformative spirit of communitas or grace.” Club dancing = graceful? Yes, tell me more please.

And on a side note. Food is soooo good. My professors are bomb - first name basis holla. I still haven’t quite clicked with people in my hall, and especialllyyy my roommate sigh. It’s kind of frustrating but she is by far one of the most introverted, anti-social people I have ever met. I try to make small talk with her and she just kind of shuts it down. I don’t know how to get her out of her shell. On the bright side, I’m super tight with the girl from my OA group and she’s really been my support (both emotionally and academically) these past few days. :) Jess you da bomb.