Letter from the Editor: Meals

Pricey reader,

I’m penning this letter from Stanford’s examine overseas program in Florence, which is to say: for the previous a number of weeks, I’ve had gelato almost on daily basis. Meals, I suppose, has been high of thoughts for causes past the theme of this journal.

In any case, meals are sacred in Italy. You gained’t discover open laptops on the dinner desk, or hear “Let’s seize lunch quickly!” tossed round as an empty send-off. I’ve but to see an Italian consuming on public transport; the one who concurrently walks and gnaws away at a panino, I’ve realized, might be a vacationer. Right here, mealtime just isn’t an event suited to multitasking — it’s one thing to be cherished and skilled in its personal proper.

However maybe I’m romanticizing, exaggerating these cultural variations a bit. For there is a tradition of gratitude and appreciation at Stanford vis-à-vis meals, as evidenced by the tales on this problem. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, as Serena Lee ’25 experiences, you’ll be able to go to the vigorous farmers’ market at White Plaza. On Saturday mornings, you’ll be able to comply with within the footsteps of Ananya Navale ’25 and work within the Lane B neighborhood backyard with Conrad Schmidt, Stanford’s resident “plant connoisseur.” On weekdays, you’ll be able to cease by Olives and hopefully, like Aditeya Shukla ’23, make lifelong reminiscences over sandwiches brimming with fillings. And everytime you’re feeling as much as cook dinner in your dorm’s kitchenette, you’ll be able to check out some tried-and-true recipes courtesy of our very personal Day by day staffers.

When you’re searching for one thing to observe: Amelia Butala ’24 gives her film suggestions “for the jaded eater,” Lauren Koong ’26 tells us a couple of widespread new student-run meals vlog and D’Andre Jorge ’24 and Natalie Shtangrud ’26, of The Day by day’s Video workforce, ask Stanford undergrads about their favourite on-campus eating choices.

I’d say, too, that you would resolve Lana Tleimat ’23’s crossword over breakfast, however that wouldn’t be very Italian of me.

Thanks for studying and buon appetito,

Jared Klegar ’24