5 SBU Food Hacks For The Student Running Out of Dining Dollars

5 SBU Food Hacks For The Student Running Out of Dining Dollars

Wolfie Wallet can't save you now.

Even though we're just five weeks into the semester, y'all are already running out of dining dollars. But it may not be because you're eating too much. To survive in this cruel world, you have to dine smarter at Stony Brook University. Follow these hacks and you may find yourself with extra dining dollars by the end of the semester.

1. SAC sides

Head over to the Southern BBQ station in the SAC food court and you can order just a side! From mac and cheese to mashed potatoes to baked beans, you can get a small plate for about $2. It may not be a meal, but it's a steal.

Total price: ~$2.50

2. Rice or noodle bowl for the soul

You know that Jasmine in the Wang Center burns a hole in your pocket every time you buy two sushi platters and an acai lemonade bubble tea. So next time, you can order a small bowl of rice or noodles from the Chinese food place. And maybe pair it with some kimchi or avocado slices.

Total price: ~$2.50–$6.00

3. Happy-tizers

If you're not too hungry, Jasmine also has really good appetizers like tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) or croquettes (potato-filled goodness).

Total price: ~$3.50

4. Swipe in and don't look back

Swiping into West Side or East Side Dining may seem ridiculous for people with dining dollars, but hear me out. You can eat all the food you want and do work in the dining hall ALL DAY. Unlimited meals for the day for one price. Oh, yes.

Total price: $6.75–$9.95

5. Pay less, eat more

Swiping in after 9 p.m. at dine-in saves you a couple bucks. And if you swipe during breakfast hours, you can get in for just $6.75!

Total price: $6.75–$7.95

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And warm up your Northeastern belly!

Ramen is considered one of the most popular college eats, but many people don't know about how versatile you can make it. There are a variety of flavors and so many possibilities when it comes to these wavy noodles. My mom and brother have inspired me to get more creative with my beloved Ramen, and I want to share the love and inspire all of you with five delicious and unusual add ins for some brothy goodness.

1. Ditch the Water

Instead of boiling the noodles in water and using the sodium packed flavor packet, use the broth that best correlates with the flavor of Ramen you chose. So if you have Chicken Ramen then put in chicken broth, and so on and so forth.

2. Veggie it Up

I know not everybody is a veggie lover, but I can guarantee this will give more flavor to your Ramen. Some great add ins are celery, carrots, peas, and broccoli. Try to add them toward the end if you pre-cook them so they don't get too mushy or soggy. If they aren't cooked put them in the water with the noodles when you start so they can soften up. This also helps to make it more filling and fibrous.

3. Adding Meat or Fish

Adding in meat or fish adds more texture and flavor to Ramen. It also helps to add protein and Vitamin B which will fill you up and give you the energy to finish that term paper. Some ideas are to add duck to Oriental Flavor Ramen and chicken to chicken flavor.

4. Yolk it Up

I know this one sounds really weird but trust me it is delicious! Just crack one egg straight into the Ramen once it's almost done cooking. Make sure it's fully cooked to avoid salmonella and stir it around to break it up. All that's left to do is pour and eat!

5. Sriracha!

If you love a kick in your food like I do, sriracha is the perfect way to finish off your Ramen! Spicy and tangy goes great with savory and rich! It's also become somewhat of an obsession in the past couple of years that has a huge following.

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The Ultimate 10 Brunch Spots In Charleston, SC

My favorite places to enjoy brunch in Charleston!

Going to brunch is one of my favorite things to do in Charleston. Who doesn’t love grabbing brunch and catching up with friends? Charleston is full of delicious restaurants, but here’s list of all my favorites for brunch!

1. Black Magic Café

This is my favorite café in Charleston! The food is incredible and their coffee is fresh and delicious. They also have yummy mimosas served in mason jars. The “Mornin’ Sunshine” is my favorite, so I always end up ordering it, but everything on the menu sounds amazing! They have tons of breakfast and lunch options. The original location is on Folly Beach and it’s a funky, beach house style café a couple blocks from the beach. There’s also a new location that opened up on James Island. Both locations have great outdoor seating where you can enjoy your brunch! And, pups are welcome!

2. Lost Dog Café

This is such a great café to go get brunch with friends at Folly Beach. It has amazing food and there are pictures of dogs all over the café. It’s the cutest! There’s also a nice porch and patio area where, of course, dogs are welcome. This is a dog lovers dream café! There are lots of delicious breakfast and lunch items and the coffee is amazing! Be sure to get there early on the weekend if you don’t want to wait; this is a popular spot!

3. Huriyali

This café is acai bowl heaven! They have several delicious variations of acai bowls, along with other breakfast and lunch options, smoothies, fresh juices, coffee, tea, wine, and beer. This café has a little something for everyone! This is a great place to grab a healthy brunch. There is also a beautiful garden area to enjoy your acai bowls!

4. Gnome Café

This is a delicious vegetarian and vegan-friendly café to grab a healthy brunch! They have lots of breakfast and lunch options and delicious coffee. The taco salad is insane! There is also a beautiful outdoor patio area surrounded by greenery to enjoy your brunch!

5. The Harbinger

This café is a little out of the way but so worth it! It’s all the way up King Street but you don’t want to miss it! It’s a beautiful café to grab a delicious vegetarian and vegan-friendly brunch. It also has a great outdoor patio area to enjoy your brunch!

6. The Park Café

This is a local favorite for a reason! It is absolutely delicious. You can expect fried eggs, avocado, and grapefruit on the menu. This brunch spot has lots of breakfast and lunch options to meet your cravings! There is also a great outdoor patio.

7. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

The is the ultimate place to get delicious biscuits! Until you’ve been here, you have no idea how many different ways you can enjoy a biscuit. Everything is absolutely delicious. Be sure to get there early though! It gets packed quick and it’s a tiny café

8. Caviar and Bananas

This is a café/market with so many delicious breakfast and lunch options! But on the weekends, they always have a special brunch menu. This menu changes weekly, but you can expect it to be nothing short of amazing! There’s also a nice outdoor seating area to enjoy your brunch.

9. Queen Street Grocery

This little café is so underrated. It is absolutely delicious in such a beautiful part of Charleston. It’s hidden over on Queen Street. This is a café, but also a mini market. The are several breakfast and lunch options to enjoy. There's little outdoor patio area to enjoy your brunch as well!

10. gogogreens

This is a delicious health-food café on Sullivan’s Island. This café is another piece of acai bowl heaven. Everything is delicious but the Cocoa beach bowl is absolutely amazing! It’s an acai bowl with an espresso shot mixed in… What more could you want?! There are several healthy breakfast and lunch options along with vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. This café also has a nice porch area to enjoy your acai bowl on a sunny day or you can take it to-go and enjoy it on the beach!

I hope this list gave you some ideas for the next time you go to brunch in Charleston! Keep brunching and treat yo'self.

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