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 practically each day. Meals, I suppose, has been prime of thoughts for causes past the theme of this journal.

In spite of everything, meals are sacred in Italy. You received’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 that concurrently walks and gnaws away at a panino, I’ve realized, might be a vacationer. Right here, mealtime shouldn’t be 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 concern. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, as Serena Lee ’25 experiences, you may go to the full of life farmers’ market at White Plaza. On Saturday mornings, you may 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 may 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 prepare dinner in your dorm’s kitchenette, you may take a look at out some tried-and-true recipes courtesy of our very personal Each day staffers.

For those who’re searching for one thing to look at: Amelia Butala ’24 provides her film suggestions “for the jaded eater,” Lauren Koong ’26 tells us a few widespread new student-run meals vlog and D’Andre Jorge ’24 and Natalie Shtangrud ’26, of The Each day’s Video staff, ask Stanford undergrads about their favourite on-campus eating choices.

I’d say, too, that you may remedy 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