Is Bon Appetit catching on to the latest in food trends? Or maybe they’re just catering to the refined tastes possessed by so many Wes students. Either way, Usdan Cafe has gained some pretty enticing options this year, and we’re obviously going to tell you about all of them.
  • Prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomato, lettuce, and tapenade served on a sundried tomato wrap or focaccia bread What is this? Dean and Deluca? Parma ham, fresh Italian cheese, and pureed olive spread… at Usdan!? We couldn’t be more impressed. Has anyone tasted this gourmet-looking sandwich?
  • Fresh mozzarella salad with fat-free tomato dressing Looks like Bon Appetit is on some kind of fresh mozzarella kick (not that we have a problem with that). With just one bite you can tell it’s really fresh and that there is a good cheese-to-salad ratio. And don’t skimp on the refreshing and somewhat spicy dressing! It complements the mozzarella really well. Compared to the whimpy greens they served last year, we’d say this is a HUGE step up!
  • Falafel wrap Calling all veggies: No longer do you have to resort to peanut butter and jelly when you’re grabbing a quick bite at Usdan cafe. The falafel wrap provides a satisfying, protein-filled vegetarian alternative, so check it out!
  • Bulgogi Burrito- Bulgogi is a Korean dish, typically comprised of barbecued marinated beef. Who says you can’t get real ethnic food on campus? Alright, so it’s served on a roll. Ever heard of Asian fusion? We can’t wait to check this out!
  • Cupcakes! You heard us correctly. In a plastic (but at this rate probably soon to be replaced with Italian blown glass) display case, you can find a variety of pastries, including croissants, bagels, muffins, oversized chocolate chip cookies, as well as vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet cupcakes topped with swirls of frosting. These fairly large cupcakes are also covered in sprinkles, oreos, m&m’s, and beautiful decorative flowers. The friendly ladies who work the cashier informed me that the baker just started making them on September 11th, and they’ve been flying off the shelves, with students purchasing them as early as 9:00 AM.
  • And the beverages…As you (should) know, Bon Appetit has recently stocked up on a variety of Ronnybrook dairy products. One of the places you can purchase the milk and yogurt (both drinkable and spoon-able) is the Usdan Cafe. Additionally, we’ve noticed some pretty fancy looking teas in the refrigerator. One even has a bunch of Asian letters on it, so if you’re into experiencing ethnic cuisine, grab the bulgogi sandwich and one of these babies and you’re good to go. There are also a couple of flavors of “alo”, an aloe vera drink that is apparently chock full of healthy ingredietnts. Oh and they also now serve sencha shots! These are a type of Japanese beverage in which loose leaf tea leaves are specially brewed to yield a higher number of antioxidants as well as a heavier green tea taste.

There’s no doubt that food is taking on a greater role in American culture and society, and it’s clear that Bon Appetit is right on board. We can’t wait to try out the new selections at the Usdan Cafe. Let’s just cross our fingers that these are permanent changes and not just temporary attempts to impress the freshies while they’re still so young and impressionable.

P.S. Love ya frosh.

Have you tried any of the new options at Usdan Cafe? What do you think? Stop being shy and let us know.

-Ari Rudess ’15