The Ultimate Dining Hall Hack: A Review of Mange App

by Richa Chaturvedi ’18

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At long last, Mange App is a dining hall hack that everyone on campus will enjoy.  Currently beta testing in Cabot, this app allows for HUDS grill orders to go paperless.  The app displays the daily menu, takes grill orders from anywhere on campus, and texts students when their orders are ready.  Finally, no more of that awkward circling around the grill during the chaos that is lunch hour!

Mange App currently lives exclusively online – the iPhone and Android app should be rolling out in the next month – and, while there are some areas for improvement, it definitely has this starving student’s stamp of approval.  The first time I used Mange App I was a bit annoyed.  I was running to office hours, wanted something from the grill, and had to register as a user and figure out a new interface just to get a piece of chicken.  I soon realized that my aversion to adapt to something new got in the way of me understanding the coolness of the entire set-up.  Now, if I need something quickly, I can order from my room and get a text telling me to go pick my food up.  I’ll probably start getting more texts from Mange App than I will from my roommates, to be honest.

Like I mentioned, no rollout is without its drawbacks.  Currently, lunch time on the app is set to begin at noon.  That means for you early lunchers that you literally cannot order food until 12:00, even if lunch technically begins at 11:30.  This, and other small issues, are already being worked on and will be resolved before the school-wide release of the app.  HUDS has even been kind enough to set up an iPad on the counter so that students without smart phones can use the service.

I am sure that the school-wide release of Mange App will turn out to be successful.  Already, Cabot grill (which is definitely the best) is more efficient, while using less paper.  Mange App is the ultimate dining hall hack: it increases productivity without sacrificing taste.  You may ask yourself, now what?  I have my grilled chicken in no time and now have no idea what to do with it.  For some great ideas on how to spruce up your dining hall meals, check out more Crimson Crave dining hall hacks!

 

 

 

Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese

By Dana Ferrante ’17

Unknown to most students, Friday and Sunday are arguably the best days to get food in the Science Center Plaza. Absurdity? Not in the slightest. Go to Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese food truck and you’ll find out why. 

Featured on Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race a few years back, this food truck brings originality and herbs to some classic greasy food staples. Even better, it’s not nearly as overpriced as many food trucks seem to be nowadays, making it a great option for your stomach and wallet.  

Source: http://www.roxysgrilledcheese.com/menu/

The basic menu includes, of course, an assortment of grilled cheese varieties. You can start off basic with the classic grilled cheese with 5 different types of cheese to pick from (fontina, cheddar, muenster, swiss and pimento), or go wild with the Green Muenster ( muenster cheese, guacamole, and bacon) or the Allston (goat cheese, fig jam, caramelized onions, and arugula ). To make things even more indulgent, you can add bacon to any sandwich for just a dollar. Unlike the typical half-butter, half-bread ratio of most grilled cheese sandwiches, Roxy’s instead puts mayonnaise on the bread to get a crispy, grilled texture. 

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Source: http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-grilled-cheese-in-the-us/3 Photo by Zac Wolf

But Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese is much, much more than grilled cheese. It’s four types of decked-out burgers grilled to order, three different types of dipping sauce, and best of all, truffle fries. I repeat: truffle fries.

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I apologize for this really poor picture of the fries (not that any picture could ever fully capture their flavor).

In line for the world’s most addicting food, these fries are consistently crispy, perfectly seasoned with rosemary and salt, and bathed in the distinct (some even say pungent) flavor of truffle oil. Truffles, a type of mushroom, are a very expensive staple ingredient of haute cuisine, and are typically found on menus with the words “quail” and “foie gras”. Essentially, Roxy’s truffle fries are pretty much the fanciest greasy food you will ever hold in your hand. And forget about ketchup, there’s enough flavor to get you through a week’s worth of dining hall food.

Thanks to DAPA, the Roxy’s food truck was parked outside of Pforzheimer and Currier House this past Saturday from 10pm-2am, serving up fries, shandy, and all sorts of melted-cheese dreams. I guess the Quad isn’t that bad after all. 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.roxysgrilledcheese.com/menu/

http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-grilled-cheese-in-the-us/3