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Things I ate/drank in college that I will never eat again

So going off of the one hit wonders thread..Wandering Lady gave me an idea. I was thinking about fuzzy navels and wine coolers...Zima...ugh...and those were all college drinks...along with Harry Buffalo. But it also got me thinking about the food. I have said many times that I will NEVER eat Ramen noodles again. I also have no lust in my heart for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese made with water and margarine as we could not afford milk.

What, from your college days, will you never eat/drink again????

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  1. hmm, i hate to say it, but i will always have a place in my heart for the lowest of the lowbrau foods. but my metabolism sadly no longer supports the warm cheesecake sundaes i used to consume once a week. when i visit my alma mater, i still go to food court for the spicy fries and benihaha-style stirfries just for old time's sake. =)

    1. Pretty much any kind of fast food and chain pizza. Regarding the drinking: Southern Comfort, Brass Monkeys (made by combining Miller High Life and Sunny D), and any kind of Rum, especially Parrot Bay or Malibu.

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      1. re: gmk1322

        Southern Comfort.

        I can barely read or type the words, without a little bit of reflux in the back of my throat.

        Had WAY too many out-of-stomach experiences with SC in my university days!

        1. re: purple goddess

          In a related and super disgusting way, I can no longer eat pastrami because of a SC drinking binge. I won't go into details. When I think about it, the only hard alcohols that don't induce nausea and I can still drink are vodka and scotch.

          1. re: gmk1322

            Southern Comfort, (shudder), sloe gin (that stuff will leave a stain coming back up), any drink mixed in a large trash can with fruit and whatever liquor the party guests bring and mix in, Zima with jolly ranchers dropped in, Boone's Farm "wine" and the little box of Jiffy blueberry muffins slathered in about a stick of margarine for the morning after.

            1. re: Firegoat

              "any drink mixed in a large trash can with fruit and whatever liquor the party guests bring and mix in"

              You're not by any chance from rural Michigan, are you? I thought my husband and his buddies were pulling my leg when they told me about this one...

              1. re: Cowprintrabbit

                lol no, that would be an old Kansas State University party drink. Preferably served at a winter party with snow outside so that you have lovely technicolor yawns decorating the front yard afterwards.

                We also had a "moose-themed" party one time. No idea why, but picture of Moose were hung around the house, and we created a drink called Moose-snot ..... I know it contained Midori Melon Liquor and orange juice, not sure what else.....
                Add Midori melon liquor to something I haven't had since college as well.

                1. re: Firegoat

                  Firegoat: not to take this OT, but when were you at KSU? I was 83- 89 or so off and on.

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      hey those porches on the old Tatarrax apartment building (one block South of campus near 16th) were MADE for trashcan punch. (among other things) not College Courts right on Anderson, I lived there too, there we had the back steps to 'shotgun' beer cans. there I liked to cook with a lot (a LOT) of fish sauce as my kitchen was right on a shortcut a lot of the frat and sorority members used to get to those houses. oh the comments I'd hear.

                      1. re: hill food

                        I think I may have gone to a party or two. The last trash can punch party we hosted was right after a big snow storm. We had a lot of "Technicolor yawns" all over the lawn and off the back porch the next morning. I was there from 86-90.

                2. re: Cowprintrabbit

                  i recall that trash can punch in florida and d.c.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    I guess I led a sheltered life!

                    Firegoat, theirs was usually served in the snow, too; around a tire bonfire in the woods.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      hartwick college (upstate NY) at pretty much any frat party

                    2. re: Cowprintrabbit

                      At UCLA in the early 70's, that drink was called Strip-and-Go-Naked. It was too heinous to consume in quantity-- one or two sips was all I could manage, thankfully!

                      1. re: Cowprintrabbit

                        trash can punch is popular at all college campuses in the US.

                        it's fruit, fruit juice, various liquor, and usually various liqueurs (like sour apple pucker) in a trash can

                        1. re: Cowprintrabbit

                          UMaine here! We called them 'Purple Jesus', too. The combo of Treasure Island Rum (or Poland Spring Gin- the pride of Lewiston) and Zarex and fruit cocktail liberated from the cafe...
                          It's amazing I lived through it....

                          1. re: mollydingle

                            To wash down Pat's Pizza?
                            Maine hockey now has a 9 game unbeaten streak!
                            Go Black Bears!

                        2. re: Firegoat

                          THAT is Harry Buffalo!!!!! Looks like we all had our versions. Ours included grain alcohol and koolaid.

                          1. re: rHairing

                            We called it Purple Jesus juice. Prolly cause you prayed to the porcelain god the next morning

                            1. re: starlady

                              It was called Wapatooey (not sure of the proper spelling) where I went to college in MN. Uff da!

                              1. re: seahag

                                That's what we called it, too - coming from buffalo, NY....

                              2. re: starlady

                                Known as Purple Jesus to me to, in PA. Might have been grape juice based. You might find it amusing to learn that my father, a pharmacist, used to tell me about concocting "bath tub gin" in the bath tub of his fraternity house out the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in the 30's. He and his frat buddies also thought it very amusing to light each othere's farts & claimed they could tell what someone had eaten by the color of the flame. Makes Ramen Noodles look pretty tame.

                            2. re: Firegoat

                              ugh soco and lime...i can get sick right now thinking about it..also those HUGE jugs of wine...i thought i was so "classy" drinking wine...also the last night pizza and buffalo wings and the unlimited fries from the mess hall..i thought it was the best thing ever..no wonder I gained the freshman fifteen

                              1. re: Firegoat

                                yeahhhh jungle juice! two trashcans..... lots of red koolaid, grain alcohol, and lots of fruit tossed in (to be eaten at your own peril!) That was college in rural (lexington) va for me.

                                1. re: kubasd

                                  haha, yes! jungle juice, philly tradition - mix together whatever juices and leftover alcohol you have, add kool aid packets and grain alchol (everclear)....cut up a bunch of fruit to throw in and as it sits the fruit gets more and more potent to be eating.....loooooove!

                                  1. re: pie22

                                    We did the same thing at Tulane and called it jungle juice! Also, we mixed jello w/everclear and made jello shots. Sometimes, the high school students would stop by one of the many local bars and do their homework and have a jello shot. It's a wonder we ever graduated!

                                2. re: Firegoat

                                  Oh yes, the dreaded trash-can punch made from hawaiian punch and everclear. *shudder*. Here isnTexas you'll find it at every campus bash. Right next to the keg.

                                  1. re: aggiecat

                                    and hopefully the twain ne'er meet in tummies. but when they do, stay very, very far away!

                                    1. re: aggiecat

                                      In Montana, we'd soak fruit in everclear overnight, and then make the punch.
                                      A sip of punch with a few grapes and apple slices were all that was required to have a tremendous hangover.

                                      A few years ago we went to a friend's 30th birthday party, and the host (who was in his 40's) served everclear margarita's and really cheap wine. We were all so horrified that we made exuses to leave early. There was no way we were drinking anything that was offered. We went to a local wine bar and had a much better time!

                                      1. re: FoodChic

                                        Forgot about Everclear and champagne, that was quite the hangover.

                                        1. re: roro1831

                                          "Beer and liquor, never sicker!"

                                          In Maryland, we bought cases of this grossly cheap beer called Weidermans. When the beach patrol trucks came down the beach, we would throw the case over the fence and then spend the rest of the night trying to retrieve it! Oh yes, Weidermans and Thunderbird "wine".

                                          1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                            Oh yes, I remember drinking Weidermans at George Washington (not to mention the trash can punch made from grain alcohol and bug juice). Weidermans was a step up from Iron City Beer, which was tasted like the waste water of steel mills.

                                            1. re: tunghoy

                                              To each his own...but I can't agree with you about Iron City... during my college years (some 39 years ago) it was considered by most to be a much better beer than, say, Budweiser and other 'big brands'. We would actually seek it out!
                                              While I was more partial to darker, fuller bodied beers, I would never turn down an "Arn" if one was handed to me back then. Haven't had it lately, and it has probably changed over the years, but back then it was certainly well made and of better quality than a most other beers of its type.

                                            2. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                              Man, hadn't heard the name Weiderman's in years. That was our "post-buzz" beer. We'd have a case of something decent (in those days Hiene or Lowenbrau or Michelob would suffice) and after 2 or 3 bottles of those, you went to the Weidemans for the balance of the night because it just didn't matter anymore.

                                          2. re: FoodChic

                                            In Gainesville, we called it Hunch Punch! Kool Aid, Diesel and fruit cocktail in a cooler! then we'd munch on the fruit when the punch ran out. It totally grosses me out now thinking about it!

                                            1. re: jessicam29

                                              i'd suspect that canned fruit cocktail looks the same "before and after" -- before it goes down the gullet, then goes back the same way. this characteristic of fruit cocktail is perhaps unique in the world of food.

                                        2. re: Firegoat

                                          I was trying to think of the name of the liquor -- Everclear! Now I'm sorry I've remembered.

                                          The "mixer" for the trash can punch rotated depending on what generic, sugar-laden fruit punch-ish drink was on sale at the Food Lion. As if it ever tasted like anything but a mouthful of fire. And as if I cared at the time.

                                          It's a wonder I or anyone else got through college with an intact digestive tract. Ugh....

                                          1. re: merrymc

                                            There was also a brand called Diesel

                                          2. re: Firegoat

                                            "PGA Punch." (Pure Grain Alcohol, sold as such.) Hosts provide the case of fiths of PGA. Guests bring the mixers: any kind of fruit juice, mixers, soda pop, you name it. Dump all the mixers in a semi-clean trash can and start pouring in fifths of PGA. See how long it takes the drunken fools to dare each other into adding the whole case of PGA to the punch, and what truly idiotic fools will still drink it.

                                            1. re: Firegoat

                                              I remember Boone's. Good lord. And Rolling Rock. I used to drink a lot of Rolling Rock.

                                              That and Duncan Heinz golden vanilla cake with chocolate icing and a glass of Mountain Dew for breakfast on more than one occasion. It's amazing my teeth didn't rot out of my head in college...

                                          3. re: purple goddess

                                            The thought of Southern Comfort is disgusting. I also can't drink tequila, even in margarita form. Same for Zima and wine coolers (though that was more HS drinking).

                                            Food -- Tuna helper -- that's about it. I ate relatively well compared to most college kids.

                                            1. re: Miss Needle

                                              I used to make Tuna Helper too! My mom would send me care packages with all kinds of pre-packaged stuff (even though she's a great cook). It wasn't too long afterwards that I figured out how to cook real food!

                                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                                i ate pretty well too compared to most except for the occasional easy mac and ramen, and i second the fuzzy navels, and "whatever beer was around"

                                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                                  miss n, for years, i couldn't drink tequila in any form without gagging. one of the initiation rites for a group i was in was the "stoic shot": you had to drink a shot of tequila as slowly as you could. awful. really awful.

                                                  about a year or two ago, though, i happened upon an aged, smoky tequila at a bar specializing in the stuff. it was so lovely -- truly a sipping liquor -- that it somehow wiped the slate clean for tequila more generally. i'm still not a fan of the shizzy bottom, bottom shelf plastic bottle varieties, but there is *some* stuff worth drinking!

                                                  1. re: cimui

                                                    Oh, I just stumbled on this post about a year later. DH does tell me that the good stuff (we have a bottle at home) is nothing like the Cuervo crap college students usually drink. I guess I should get in touch with the inner Chowhound and try tequila again (like I did with uni). But I have a feeling I'm going to have to be stupid drunk to do so! My feelings of nausea associated with tequila don't have to do with taste but with getting disgustingly sick from downing about 7 shots in 45 minutes.

                                                    1. re: Miss Needle

                                                      I can still remember one episode in college where I actually hallucinated after drinking way too much tequila one night. The details are getting fuzzy on me now but it happened. I can still drink it - but only the good stuff.

                                                      1. re: flourgirl

                                                        Hmmmm... maybe if you are able to drink it now, I should give it a go one day. But I have to admit that even the smell freaks me out.

                                                        1. re: flourgirl

                                                          Ah yes, the tequila delusions. I had those once, many years ago, after doing waaaaaay too many shooters. I thought I was having a royally good time, and went to give a big butt-bounce on the bed in the room i was in, missed the bed completely and busted the hell outta my tailbone. Off to the ER to learn that virtually nothing could be done, and no, I wasn't getting any painkillers either since I was completely likkered up.

                                                          1. re: flourgirl

                                                            @flourgirl, are you sure you didn't drink the worm?

                                                          2. re: Miss Needle

                                                            Holy Jose Cuervo!!! I'm reluctantly impressed: 7 shots in 45 minutes!?! No wonder you don't like tequila!

                                                            I can't remember the name of the anejo I had at Gabriela's that made me start liking tequila, again, but we have one at home right now from the 1800 Tequila label -- the Anejo Reserva Antigua -- that's really pleasant to sip (if you're into strong liquors). It doesn't have that raw, rough kick that younger tequilas have. That rawness is the taste that triggers the gag reflex in me, I think.

                                                            1. re: cimui

                                                              Yup, not one of my proudest moments -- happened about half my life ago. Hopefully I learned a little something since then.

                                                              I actually used to love the taste of tequila -- even the Jose Cuervo, which back in those days I considered to be the "gold" standard!. Guess I wasn't such a discriminating drinker back then. But my experience kind of scarred me. DH has the Chinaco Anejo at home, which I think is supposed to be pretty good. But I still haven't gotten the muster up the courage to give it a whirl.

                                                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                Wow! I salute you guys. 3 shots is about as much as I could handle and the after-effects are STILL lingering today! :o) There was also this awful concoction called Tequila Rose - like a creamy tequila drink...when I was in college, my friends downed that stuff thinking, "Nah - it's not as hardcore as straight tequila..." Famous last words!!

                                                                1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                  That Tequila Rose stuff is some of the nastiest crap I have ever tasted (note that I did not say consumed, because I couldn't make myself swallow it!) In my memory, the taste was an odd combination of awful tequila, Pepto, and fake strawberry flavor. It was just foul beyond words.

                                                                2. re: Miss Needle

                                                                  Oh yeah, that *is* the good stuff. Want me to try it for you? ;)

                                                          3. re: Miss Needle

                                                            We had a shooter set called either the three amigos, three wisement, or three muskateers, three stoogies, depending on which one you were on:
                                                            Jack Daniels, Johnny walker, and Jose Cuervo.


                                                            1. re: jchamberlain

                                                              um, i got the three amigos.... but wisemen or muskateers?

                                                              1. re: jchamberlain

                                                                This is what a Three Wise Men really is. Jack, Johnny, and Jim.


                                                                1. re: MWinston

                                                                  who comes up with these things? LOL! <D'OH, *college students!!>

                                                                  here's the "four horsemen of the apocalypse", with variations!


                                                                  it uses the 4 "j"s.....

                                                                  then there are such variations as:
                                                                  Four Horsemen and Hell Follows - Adds one part of Everclear
                                                                  Four Horsemen Go Hunting - Adds one part of Wild Turkey
                                                                  Four Men in a Boat - Adds one part of Grand Marnier

                                                                  1. re: MWinston

                                                                    When I was in grad school, there was this annual 5k race (organized by people in my program) that ended at a pool party. The race leader carried the keg tap, and the back of the pack was given some sort of punishment alcohol. The year I did it, it was the run from the Three Wise Men. We finished the airplane bottles at the end of the course - much to the surprise of non-affiliated runners, who just thought we were doing shots at 9am on a Saturday...

                                                              2. re: purple goddess

                                                                A couple years ago we went to see my son's band play at The Chance in Poughkeepsie and my daughter got me something called a SoCo and lime in a shot glass. It was vile. However it reminded me of the kamikaze shots we used to do - will never do them again either.

                                                                Other things are Mad Dog 40/40, and bad whisky. When i went away to college my older brother gave me one piece of advice - never drink anything with a number (Three Feathers, Four Roses, etc.) Can't remember if i heeded his advice, though.

                                                                1. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                  lol, soco is just short for southern comfort. Better drunk straight up, in a shot glass, no lime.
                                                                  I remember drinking other peoples drinks that were left around the party or bar. We wouldn't do that today for sure.

                                                                  1. re: momof3

                                                                    I had a friend who tended bar, and sometimes when people didn't have enough cash for another drink, he'd give them what we called a "barmat beverage," which is exactly what it sounds like; the drippings from the barmat poured into a highball glass over ice, and served up for free if you could handle it.

                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                      I always thought that was an urban (bourbon?) myth. yeesh, even I never stooped that low.

                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                        Wow. I can't even imagine the barmat beverage!

                                                                    2. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                      Southern comfort and lime juice shots are called snakebites if I'm correct in my thinking. You could buy a snakebite kit in the liquor stores

                                                                      1. re: jacquelyncoffey

                                                                        I thought a Snakebite was cider nad beer mixed...? At least they are here (Van, BC)

                                                                        1. re: starlady

                                                                          I think the name applies to both. I've drank both snakebites, and also heard the guiness and cider mix called something else.

                                                                        2. re: jacquelyncoffey

                                                                          The Snakebite Kits we used to buy had Yukon Jack and lime juice. Actually, there are 10 "Snakebite" and 7 "Snake Bite" recipes on drinksmixer.com.

                                                                          BTW - Mad Dog was 20/20.

                                                                          1. re: al b. darned

                                                                            a snakebite in most areas is yukon jack and rose's lime. in the mid atlantic, for some reason, it's cider and guinness.

                                                                        3. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                          I'm all to familiar with The Chance - I went to Marist!

                                                                          1. re: Pita_Turner

                                                                            LOL, I may've served you quarter beers up the road at the Hyde Park Inn.

                                                                          2. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                            what great advice!
                                                                            made me recall Walker Percy's essay on bourbon in Signposts in a Strange Land, and his run-in with Two Natural. of course, he was no connoisseur................. he makes that clear!

                                                                          3. re: purple goddess

                                                                            I had just one hideous out-of-stomach experience with SC in my freshman year, and that was enough! Got so sick I had to go to the student medical center. The exact same thing happened to my dad when he was in the army, only he couldn't tell them what was wrong-- I forget what the official (mis)diagnosis was! SC-- NEVER AGAIN!

                                                                            1. re: purple goddess

                                                                              HA HA - did the same thing. The 1st & only drunk after my freshman year was a pint of SC, chased with a little of my friends vodka. We wobbled arm in arm back to the dorms, passed out & had to live through the next day.

                                                                              Dying would have been more merciful.

                                                                              1. re: gmk1322

                                                                                Oh yeah, Parrot Bay or Malibu. Just that sunblock-smell makes me nauseous.

                                                                                1. re: ajs228

                                                                                  I can still appreciate a Malibu baybreeze under the right circumstances.

                                                                                2. re: gmk1322

                                                                                  is that what a brass monkey was? i cannot drink rum either, and i'll NEVER eat cincinnati chili again.

                                                                                3. On reflection, I am amazed and repulsed that I and many classmates got an Ivy League degree while consuming pancakes, fried chicken, and beer, pretty much around the clock. I think Bobby and Louis at Koch's (extraordinary) take- out deli at 43rd and Locust in Philly may have saved my life...

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                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                    Koch's Deli.....what great memories. A hoagie from them had enough meat to sustain you for a week.

                                                                                    1. re: sbp

                                                                                      Koch's is stillllll awesome. Hot Pastrami with a side of banter with the worker!

                                                                                  2. Any purple punch; unspecified-meat meatballs; white gooey dips w/unnamed lumps or clots.

                                                                                    1. Some of the things I will never try again: Jagermeister; Soy Sauce shots (yes, just regular soy sauce, and don't ask); Natural Light Ice, Mickey's Ice, Olde English, and Smirnoff Ice. Just a starter list, and I think I may have actually consumed all of those various things in one night.

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                                                                                      1. re: jadea3

                                                                                        I can't help but ask... Why, why, why soy sauce shots? That's only slightly less odd than snorting Splenda. THAT'S a real puzzlement. My worst moment was drinking the leftover thermos of Kahlua and coffee I found under the bed and then going to class in a fog. Why did I think that was a good idea for breakfast?

                                                                                        1. re: Glencora

                                                                                          OK, I have a confession. There was a time in my life (actually long before college; I was probably about thirteen or so) when I craved soy sauce. And probably was addicted to it. I used to go into the pantry when no one was looking and drink it straight from the bottle. I wonder if my mother noticed that it tended to disappear quickly....probably not, because she rarely if ever used it...it was just one of those things that was in the pantry.

                                                                                          My only explanation is that I was craving salt. (My mother was notorious for not using salt in her cooking; I have a friend who swears he can remember eating at my house and asking for the salt shaker only to be told there wasn't one.) At the time I went through this soy sauce binging I was swimming a lot and more athletic than I have been before or since, so maybe I really did need that salt....

                                                                                          1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                            I did the same thing when I was 16 -17 yrs old. I was in a small boarding school and used to swipe bottles of soy sauce from the kitchen. I kept them in my room and took swigs as needed. It was an intense craving back then, and I had forgotten all about it.

                                                                                            What I'll never eat again - as a result of being in that school: egg salad and bologna sandwiches, Jack Daniels & Tang. Or any bourbon.

                                                                                        2. re: jadea3

                                                                                          Jager was the first thing I thought of when I saw this thread. The very last time I ever drank it, I decided it would be a good Idea to jump off the roof of my garage. Well, first I thought it would be a good idea to get up on the roof of my garage (WTF?) THEN I thought it would also be a good idea to jump off. Sprained my ankle *badly* and broke several toes. No insurance so I just had to ride it out. At least it didn't hurt until the next day :)

                                                                                          1. re: jadea3

                                                                                            We used to drink these horrible blue drinks called fishbowls, because that's what they were served in...they kind of glowed, which is freaky....I also drank so much mountain dew before a final once that my heart started to race. Haven't touched the stuff since.

                                                                                            1. re: jenniegirl

                                                                                              jenniegirl - were those fishbowls by any chance at LuLu's Bait Shack in Atlanta?

                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                There was a bar called the "Fishbowl" back when I was at kansas State. They used the big fishbowl glasses as well. I believe that is where I learned to tie a marachino cherry stem into a knot with my tongue.... but that's another story.

                                                                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                  Knotting the cherry stem...a trick that never fails to impress the guys! In college I was quite proud that I could still do it at the end of a 2 for 1 happy hour...OK, I will probably never drink 6 whiskey sours in an evening again!

                                                                                          2. I used to eat, yes, "eat" instant coffee for a quick caffeine fix for those all-nighters.

                                                                                            Mac 'N Cheese with cut-up hot dogs mixed with cream cheese

                                                                                            Canned Stag Chili topped with crumbled instant ramen

                                                                                            Chocolate milk and vodka

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                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                              Okay I'm in....even if I never went to college.
                                                                                              Tommy's Chili Burger
                                                                                              Frito Boats, (bag of fritos splooshed with chili, onion and cheese)
                                                                                              Fried Potato Slices dipped in yellow mustard
                                                                                              Hot Dogs in the Microwave with American Cheese Singles
                                                                                              Corn Dogs
                                                                                              Tacos with ground beef and seasoning pack
                                                                                              Fried Egg Sandwiches...(I would eat these but choose not to) Wonder Bread, Lots of mayo and Mustard, American Cheese Slices and 2 Fried eggs..yolky.

                                                                                                1. re: Sean

                                                                                                  Aftershock. Cinnamon liquor with so much sugar in it, once the bottle was empty you were supposed to break it open and eat the crystals that had formed like rock candy.
                                                                                                  And then throw it all up.

                                                                                                  1. re: ajs228

                                                                                                    "And then throw it all up."
                                                                                                    LMAO! my computer screen just received a tea spray when i read that line :)

                                                                                                    SoCo, Jager, Goldschlager, Rumpleminze, rum, tequila, grain alcohol punch [actually, any trash-can punch], Mad Dog, Boone's, wine coolers, Sambuca, Sutter Home White Zinfandel, Schnapps, Zima, keg beer, PBR, ice beer, and pretty much any mixed drink that contains fruit juice - including screwdrivers. the only exception might be a mimosa, but even those can make me gag. at this point the only liquor i can stomach is wine, port, champagne, a really dirty martini, or a vodka & soda.

                                                                                                    vending-machine bags of Gardetto's snack mix [for freshman year late-night cram sessions, washed down with multiple cans of diet coke & No-Doz pills].
                                                                                                    Kraft M&C
                                                                                                    packaged Healthy Choice deli-sliced turkey
                                                                                                    microwave french bread pizza
                                                                                                    Eggo waffles
                                                                                                    Tang [we used to eat it dry, straight from the can]
                                                                                                    squirt cheese
                                                                                                    FF cream cheese
                                                                                                    Tuna Helper
                                                                                                    instant mashed potatoes [still use potato flakes as a GF breading, but never again to make mashed potatoes].
                                                                                                    packaged fat-free cheese singles
                                                                                                    toaster pizza rolls
                                                                                                    frozen, packaged bagels [e.g. Lender's]
                                                                                                    Cool Ranch Doritos
                                                                                                    Chewy Spree candy
                                                                                                    Ben & Jerry's cookie dough ice cream

                                                                                                    i'm sure there's more, but typing all of this is seriously making me want to hurl already.

                                                                                                    oh, and i will never set foot in a Denny's or IHOP again.

                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                      ghg, to read your list and contemplate your transformation to a "good health gourmet" is quite phenomenal! ;-D

                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                        you don't know the half of it ;) years later, after i moved to LA, i was out with friends for dinner & ran into someone i hadn't seen since college. the first thing she said when she saw me was, "Wait, where's the cigarette? and you're not drinking? what happened to you?!"

                                                                                                        i now look back in sheer amazement at all the toxic crap i put into my body when i was younger. the funny thing is, none of it appeals to me anymore. seriously - processed cheese singles? soggy microwave pizza? ick.

                                                                                                        and the alcohol - forget it. i used to be able to drink guys twice my size under the table. now i have one glass of wine & i'm looped. no joke.

                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                          Oh dang, I'm LOLing at alkapal's post, but mostly because GHG and I must have been separated at birth. But I never did have any cool ranch doritos or chewy sprees, but then we had Lucky Wishbone's steak fingers. Add peanut butter Cap'n Crunch for those stoner nights and there you have my late teens/early 20s.

                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                            i don't know what a Lucky Wishbone's steak finger is (i'm guessing it's like a chicken finger, but made with steak...?), but if PB Cap'n was gluten-free i seriously might run out & buy a box just for nostalgia's sake. man, i used to love that stuff!

                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet


                                                                                                              Sorry GHG somehow I don't think it's GF given it contains Oat flour.

                                                                                                              1. re: maplesugar

                                                                                                                oh, i know it's not - that's why i said i'd buy some if it *was*...but i appreciate that you went to the trouble to check for me :)

                                                                                                                1. re: maplesugar

                                                                                                                  i remember many nights drinking coffee, studying, and working my way through a box of the Cap'n., then waking up the next day with a completely shredded mouth and chapped lips.

                                                                                                              2. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                Lucky Wishbone! I never went there, I'm a Tucson Native, but I head it's fantastic for anything fried.

                                                                                                                I'd STILL want to go there.....except I'm a veggie.

                                                                                                        2. re: Sean

                                                                                                          A male friend of mine calls GS "the great equalizer". I can't count the number of women who have found him good looking after he's bought them several shots of the stuff.

                                                                                                      2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                        chocolate milk and vodka made me think of a little old lady i used to drive to church. her favorite after service snack was chocolate ice cream and gin (i made a point of driving her to church, and let others take her home)

                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                          >>I used to eat, yes, "eat" instant coffee for a quick caffeine fix for those all-nighters.

                                                                                                          oh no, you did not!!

                                                                                                          (uh, i sorta wish i'd had that bright idea. why didn't i think of that? ;)

                                                                                                          1. re: cimui

                                                                                                            It's not something that I'll cop to willingly.

                                                                                                            Sort of like being a "closet instant coffee eater" ... y'know? LOL.

                                                                                                            But it got me through advanced organic chemistry.

                                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                              ah the dreaded orgo. it has pushed people to far greater sins and embarrassments than eating instant coffee.

                                                                                                              and anyway, i bet that general foods international instant stuff would actually taste pretty good. ;)

                                                                                                              1. re: cimui

                                                                                                                It was actually Nestle, and it came direct from S. America (courtesty of my aunt).

                                                                                                          2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                            "I used to eat, yes, "eat" instant coffee for a quick caffeine fix for those all-nighters."
                                                                                                            Ok I will admit it, I'm a little jealous I didn't think of this one, I just made myself a cup of coffee or I used pixie sticks. They also came in handy for when you had to get drunk AND have a sugar high, honestly what were we thinking?

                                                                                                            My list also includes Southern Comfort, I am beginning to wonder if they even sell any to people over the age of 22.
                                                                                                            Harry Buffalo
                                                                                                            Mad Dog
                                                                                                            Long Island Iced Teas
                                                                                                            Penny beer night and nickel pitcher night where we were lucky to be served Natural Light.

                                                                                                            I think I must have blocked out all of my bad food memories from college because I really don't remember eating. I know it took me a long time to eat mac & cheese again because I ate it so much. The only thing I would never eat again is Limelight Chicken from the cafeteria. I don't know what it was supposed to taste like, but it was an overcooked chicken breast that was dayglo orange and had an odd chemical aftertaste. Just thinking about it makes me shudder.

                                                                                                            ETA: I almost forgot La Bamba's, they advertised burritos as big as your head, that really only sounds like a good idea when your drunk and the bars have closed.

                                                                                                            1. re: lizzy

                                                                                                              Okay, this is the second time I've seen someone cop to Harry Buffalo. I've never heard of it. Could someone please enlighten me.

                                                                                                              As for my sins:

                                                                                                              Tartar sauce and cheese sandwiches
                                                                                                              Dewars and Diet Coke (I still catch heat for this from people who knew me then)
                                                                                                              Cottage cheese with salsa (I get ill just looking at that ugly mess now)
                                                                                                              Grateful Deads (shudder)

                                                                                                              I never boarded the SoCo train, but my husband did... with Mountain Dew. Vom.

                                                                                                              1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                Harry Buffalo is kind of like a Long Island Iced Tea, but made in much larger quantities. In a large garbage can you mix at least one bottle of each: high proof rum, gin, whiskey, vodka and tequila...add enough fruit punch to color and cut up lots of fruit to macerate then add ice. We always had a harry buff party every homecoming.

                                                                                                                  1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                    If you trickle a bit of Chambord into a Long Island Iced Tea, the purple color kind of makes a tie dye pattern through the drink.

                                                                                                                    They. Are. Deadly.

                                                                                                              2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                I used to make a paste of instant coffee, sugar and a little milk. It was vile, but kept me up. (I actually started this trick in high school)

                                                                                                                Other things I won't eat anymore include popcorn sprayed with Pam and then tossed with cheese from the green can, popcorn sprayed with Pam and tossed with hot chocolate mix, popcorn sprayed with...you get the point.

                                                                                                              3. DP dough's- a calzone only delivery service that catered to the 3 am crowd. you cold get any disgusting combination of ingredients you wanted. i don't remember a particular combo i favored, only how gross it was (which didn't stop me from eating it first two years of college.)
                                                                                                                Grilled cheese with tomato and bacon
                                                                                                                Yes, those terrible "stir fries". They were supposed to be a healthy alternative b/c you chose what you want including the "sauce." They were so sweet and oily and of course undercooked b/c everyone is waiting for your order to finish! I cannot even make an american-style stir fry for myself now.
                                                                                                                Spicy fries
                                                                                                                Sweet Thai food, there were a million bad Thai restos in my college town, in fact the restos in general heavily skewed towards Asian. And this is 10 years ago, upstate NY.
                                                                                                                Sun-dried tomato bagels or any type of cheese-flavored or otherwise "flavored" bagel or bread. (i'm not talking about coated bagels like poppy or onion).Lived on bad bagels of various types as it was a treat to walk down/up to college town bagels!
                                                                                                                Pudgie's pizza- pizza softer than your baby's a**, and that was their trademark!
                                                                                                                so, many, many things that I can't even remember them. We were supposed to have the best dining halls in the country but I went off meal plan after the first year.

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                                                                                                                1. re: fara

                                                                                                                  I practically lived on DP Dough my senior year. I lived in a house with 8 guys and the delivery guys used to literally pass each other comming and going from our front door. The best (worst?) was when they started delivering breakfast calzones.

                                                                                                                  After graduating I actually tried Hot Truck once when I was sober. That is not a mistake I will ever make again. Not a shock that the storefront they tried opening in Boston failed pretty quickly.

                                                                                                                2. Ramen Noodles
                                                                                                                  Kraft Mac n Cheese
                                                                                                                  Keystone Beer
                                                                                                                  Strohs Beer
                                                                                                                  Dominos Pizza
                                                                                                                  Pizza Hut
                                                                                                                  Oscar Mayer Bologna or Hot Dogs

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                                                                                                                  1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                                    oh, forgot one,

                                                                                                                    liquid valium - shot glass 1/2 Bacardi 151 & 1/2 Everclear

                                                                                                                    1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                                      Oh God! That burns my eyes just reading it.
                                                                                                                      We had one called the Buffalo Sweat. Take the rag off the bar and squeeze it into a glass, with a few drops of Tabasco. Not for the faint of heart, or clear of head.

                                                                                                                      1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                                        Oh God yes. I tried one of those in my college days (it did in fact go by the same nickname.) I don't think I've ever tried anything else that made me feel the alcohol smash into my bloodstream like a Mack truck the way that shot did. I feel woozy just thinking of it!

                                                                                                                        1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                                          Maybe if I were a condemned man before a firing squad.

                                                                                                                        2. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                                          I'm in college, and a lot of this stuff is "guilty pleasure" stuff that I try occasionally but can't stomach more than a few times a year. Hot dogs, McDonald's...yeah, pretty pukey.

                                                                                                                          However, Keystone is one of the things I'll be thankful never to drink again. I love a good beer, and the beers in the Berkshires are often truly amazing. However, I sometimes (guiltily) drink Keystone during the Beirut (beer pong to you non-New Englanders) competitions I keep getting myself sucked into. It tastes like watered-down water. The best thing about it is that it reminds me that I have Magic Hat and Berkshire Brewing Company beers at home in the fridge!

                                                                                                                        3. Olde English
                                                                                                                          Ramen noodles
                                                                                                                          Mexican bean casserole (canned refried beans, hot dogs and cream cheese)
                                                                                                                          Mayonnaise sandwiches
                                                                                                                          Sour cream sandwiches
                                                                                                                          Onion sandwiches
                                                                                                                          Prego gazpacho
                                                                                                                          Orange chicken
                                                                                                                          1 gallon of milk
                                                                                                                          1.5 lbs. of post-lunch, price-reduced Chinese buffet takeaway
                                                                                                                          Dorm cafeteria breakfast
                                                                                                                          Pad thai made from a box
                                                                                                                          Georgi vodka
                                                                                                                          750mL of anything that costs less than $7

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                                                                                                                          1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                            Oh I remember Olde English 800 Malt Liquor! That was a favorite of my friends and mine in college. The reason we loved it ties into the last item on you list; we could get a 32oz (~1 Liter) bottle for $1.10 (plus deposit). And we considered those 32oz bottles a warmup for the rest of the evening. (I am hanging my head in shame now.)

                                                                                                                            1. re: kmcarr

                                                                                                                              You've never lived until you've drank a 64. 64oz of malt liquor in one bottle. This was a very short lived but for about 6 months malt liquor companies were going for the whole bigger is better thing and felt that 40's were too small.

                                                                                                                              1. re: KTinNYC

                                                                                                                                Oh that's right those Olde English bottles were 40oz, not 32. Once, just once, I drank two 40oz bottles in one day. I don't know if I'd call that living, but I did survive thankfully.

                                                                                                                                1. re: KTinNYC

                                                                                                                                  If you can get to the bottom of a 64 without the end getting really warm, you got skills, or need help, probably both.

                                                                                                                              2. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                well not so bad as all of that, but Porky's pizza, College Ave Burritos, and Bancheros happy hour 50 cent well drinks, sometimes we'd even eat.
                                                                                                                                I forgot the homemade stuff,
                                                                                                                                mayonnasie and potato chip sandwiches on fresh Wonder bread, and bbq potato chip dill pickle sandwiches- no bread no mayo.

                                                                                                                                Mickey's (skunk beer) wide mouth - p.u.
                                                                                                                                Ameretto and club soda - ick.

                                                                                                                                1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                                                  peanut butter, grape jelly and cheeto's sandwiches on white bread -- pringles can be substituted for the cheetos. The cheetos must be the crunchy shriveled up looking ones, not the fluffy ones.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                    that reminds me of sandwiches i used to make for myself at grandma's house when i was a really young kid. she had all this junk food on hand that my health nut mom would never buy -- like wonder bread and cheeze-its (and ramen noodles and jiffy peanut butter... and brachs candy -- all those great varieties they used to sell in bins).

                                                                                                                                    my favorite treat when i went to visit her was the illicit cheeze-it sandwich: a layer of cheeze-its between two slices of white bread. sometimes i used peanut butter or mayonnaise to hold the cheeze-its in place but such ad-ins were more an adhesive agent than a flavoring agent.

                                                                                                                              3. OK jfood sees the bet and calls:

                                                                                                                                - peppermint schnaps shooters
                                                                                                                                - rusty nails
                                                                                                                                - southern comfort
                                                                                                                                - electrocuted hot dogs (hot dogs cooked by placing the ends on electric stubs and plugging in)
                                                                                                                                - frozen perch cooked in a pan with american cheese melted on top (jfood roommate cooked that night)
                                                                                                                                - ground beef sauteed and then a jar of Ragu dumped in
                                                                                                                                - up until a few years ago, Breyers ice cream, but 25 years away erased those memories
                                                                                                                                - the non-NJ sloppy joe (the meat in the cafeteria was already several days old when they served it

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                                                                                                                                1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                  You just reminded me of my first college drinking experience. Somehow a group of us managed to get our hands on a bottle of peppermint schnapps, but were all too young and stupid to know what to do with it. So we started randomly mixing it with whatever was in the mini fridge. Let me tell you, peppermint and fruit punch kool-aid is not a good combo.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: mpjmph

                                                                                                                                    Almost as good as a high school friend who mixed Creme de Menthe and some no-name beer. He called it the Green Monster - and not just because of what it did to him.

                                                                                                                                2. The 2 things I could never have again since college would be: Frozen Mudslides and Cool Ranch Doritos....OMG...just the thought gives me a tummy ache.

                                                                                                                                  1. A can of green sardines = 24 hours worth of food poisoning
                                                                                                                                    Stewed prunes and raisin bran...yes, food at West Chester State (College at that time) was THAT bad.

                                                                                                                                    1. 7-11 Burittos
                                                                                                                                      Riunite Lambrusco
                                                                                                                                      Icehouse Beer
                                                                                                                                      Natural Light
                                                                                                                                      Milwaukee's Best
                                                                                                                                      Peach Schnapps
                                                                                                                                      Ramen Noodles

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                                                                        Riunite on ice....That's nice.......I still like Icehouse for cheap beer!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: jodymaryk

                                                                                                                                          OMG! We thought we were so sophisticated when we went to a "wine tasting party" and the best thing there was Lambrusco. At least it was a step up from Boones Farm and Annie Green Springs. That was one bad wine hangover.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                            for me it was mateus rose. we all thought it was sophisticated and although we all hated it, we got it down so the bottle could hold drippy candles. i'll have a chilled lambrusco on a warm evening, but i cannot bear gin, especially tanqueray. not the smell of it, not the green glass bottle with the red sealing wax. not even with tonic.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                              Oh yeah, Riunite was the "Step up" from Annie Green Springs and Boone's Farm!!

                                                                                                                                              Good times...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                  Which big hair - 60's big hair, or 80's big hair?


                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                                    '80s big hair.

                                                                                                                                                    though i do enjoy dancing to the B-52s.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                      I'm showing my age again - I actually remember both, LOL!

                                                                                                                                        2. Ice beer (Icehouse, Natural Ice etc)
                                                                                                                                          Tequila shots
                                                                                                                                          Cherry coke
                                                                                                                                          Boxed Mac and cheese made with water
                                                                                                                                          Frosted Mini-wheats
                                                                                                                                          Easy cheese
                                                                                                                                          Domino's Pizza
                                                                                                                                          Tuna salad loaded with mayo
                                                                                                                                          Snotty box (cheese fries) from Carl's food truck - don't even ask how they were ordered if you wanted ketchup

                                                                                                                                          1. a favorite dorm food was stove top stuffing( just add water!) urg never again has that touched my lips.
                                                                                                                                            Delivery options seemed perfectly designed for those with severe munchies. There was a place that delivered hot giant cookies in a pizza box along with milk and/or pints of ben and jerry's. Unbelievably delicious and essential to my gaining that freshman 15. Those "special" brownies.
                                                                                                                                            On the beverages... top of the list is grain alcohol punch with the "marinated" fruit served of course in a giant garbage can and ladeled into those ubiquitous red cups.
                                                                                                                                            I could go on, but I'm already severly nauseas remembering.

                                                                                                                                            1. When I moved off campus my senior year, I decided I wanted to "cook" for myself. I now avoid all my "specialities":

                                                                                                                                              Nachos. I would take chips, hand grate (cheap) cheese and bake. I thought I was being SO gourmet when I added pan fried onions and peppers. They were basically a vehicle for sour cream.

                                                                                                                                              Frozen Pizza. I would add my own toppings to a plain cheese pizza and thought I was creating a decadent meal.

                                                                                                                                              Boxed Mac and cheese with added Velveeta

                                                                                                                                              Boxed cake mixes which I would add MnMs to for that special touch

                                                                                                                                              Outside of food, I no long will drink:
                                                                                                                                              Sloe Gin Fizz
                                                                                                                                              White Russian
                                                                                                                                              White Zinfindel from a box (or in a bottle, for that matter)
                                                                                                                                              Ok, ANY cheap wine from a box or jug
                                                                                                                                              Natural Lite Beer
                                                                                                                                              Shots of anything that includes jello

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                                with you on the sloe gin... also Harvey Wallbangers don't remember what went into these...

                                                                                                                                              2. For the most part, I ate well in college. Although in the poorer moments, I ate so much pasta e fagioli it took me years to get over it. One thing I will never eat again is Food Not Bombs' magically lacking in salt overcooked vegetable stews. Oh, and Carlo Rossi's jug wines. Paesano, indeed.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: tmso

                                                                                                                                                  Hear hear on the Carlo Rossi. I can't even look at an empty bottle without a shudder.

                                                                                                                                                  My roommate's older sister visited once and left us with two unopened cans of Slim Fast (chocolate flavor). We felt the shakes et al. were somewhat lacking and ended up consuming the tins in the form of Slim Fast peanut butter balls (rolled in green colored cake sugar for fanciness' sake--where the green sugar came from I'll never know). We could never get visitors to try them but they weren't so bad.

                                                                                                                                                  Also free three-day old salt bagels the local shop gave away after 10pm. The salt bagels, naturally, were the ones that kept the best and I ate a lot of the things.

                                                                                                                                                  I had some of those Food Not Bombs mystery stews..

                                                                                                                                                2. There is a place called... Buck Fitty's. Comprised of two shacks pressed together. Everyone resists that name, but eventually resigns to both name and disgusting white rolls with iceberg lettuce and tasteless, unripe tomatoes (even though So. Cal. is produce central). I still resist rolls to this day.

                                                                                                                                                  Refrigerator sandwiches and Starbucks. Swedish Fish. Diddy Reese cookies and hot dogs. Cheap sushi, sour anything as a mixer, campus rice bowls with the sickly sweet orange sauce over everything putatively Asian, and eggs made from powder. I'm glad I always refused cheap alcohol... I've seen its effects.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Purple Jesus! (AKA grain alcohol punch).
                                                                                                                                                    Oregon Farms carrot cake
                                                                                                                                                    Stouffer's french bread pizzas

                                                                                                                                                    I would say ramen noodles and boxed mac & cheese, except that my kids love them both so I'll be eating them for a long time to come.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Lemon Gin straight...uuuggg, even the thought still gives me chills. I can still remember the smell and it turns my stomach.

                                                                                                                                                      My roomates and I used to eat something called Banak(sp?)..it was flour mixed with water and a little sugar than baked. We would eat this brick for a couple of days when we were broke!

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: burlgurl

                                                                                                                                                        Bannock. It was a staple in the diets of nearly all of North America's first peoples, said to originate in Scotland. There are about a thousand different versions.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Carling Black Label - never ever again.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Orangina (sp)? After asking the sort of cute but odd clerk in the dorm snack shop whether it was any good and being told it was trendy, sort of vaguely OK but not worth the price, I figured it wouldn't kill me so what the hell. Yuck. Said to be "European" in style, it was just bland to the point of pointlessness, basically. Do they still even bother making the stuff? (Along with Tab, Fresca, etc. and a whole lot of other silly beverages that were pretty awful the first time around themselves?)

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MikeG

                                                                                                                                                            oh yeah, orangina. total marketing wonder, but cruddy product. (i thought it was RIP, but apparently not. go figure! this article has an interesting bit about the product, and its origin in *algeria* wow! then it came to us via our culinary leaders, the french!) http://www.beverage-digest.com/editor...

                                                                                                                                                            it tasted like oj watered down with carbonated water, put in a *pear" shape bottle (of all things! maybe it was more of a teardrop shape, which would be appropriate to indicate one's natural response to drinking it when one expected something good.


                                                                                                                                                            tab was revived, and it was the grandaddy of all diet colas, was it not? it has many fans, along with the grapefruity fresca, which is also still on the shelves (with fruity variations, also). http://www.fresca.com/flash_content/i...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                I love Fresca, and it's like living in a Woody Allen death joke.

                                                                                                                                                                Orangina's ok, but I'm sort of pissed that Limonata is hard to find.

                                                                                                                                                                but then I water down any juice with club soda.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                  Limonata? Did the makers of Orangina make a lemon version or are you referring to the San Pelligrino Limonata? (just curious, since I can get SP Limonata at our local grocery store)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: maplesugar

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm fairly sure what I'm thinking of is by the same folks as Orangina.

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm sure the SP kind is good too, but like alkapal, I'm just getting turned off by sweet things these days.

                                                                                                                                                                    I spent about half an hour at lunch today wandering the McPherson Square area in DC today looking for Fresca. nothing.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                  i think fresca was the original diet drink in the citrus range, like tab was for colas. 70's all the way. sometimes i want that acidic bite of fresca, the "burn" goin' down the gullet. ;-D

                                                                                                                                                                  and i'm watering down oj these days, too. not so sweet. more hydration -- same calories.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                    We too water down oj both for flavoe (he,he) and to save money w/ kids that will polish off a pitcher in a sitting.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                      1. i love fresca.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. my pediatrician when i was growing up was anti sugary drinks and had my mom water down our juice, as well. i actually oftentimes like it better that way to this day.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cimui

                                                                                                                                                                        I water down all juice my preschooler gets. And when I say water down, I mean about 1.5 ounces of any 8 oz. cup is juice. The pediatricians anymore are all big on giving your child less than 4 - 6 oz. of juice a day because of the weight issues many children have today. I have to say, heavily watered down white grape juice isn't bad, especially when consumed while it is very cold on a hot summer day.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                    a/c to coca-cola, "TaB was aimed at women -- particularly those who wished “to keep tab on their calories.” "http://www.coca-colaconversations.com...

                                                                                                                                                                    tab turned 45 this year, born in '63.

                                                                                                                                                                    fresca: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fresca

                                                                                                                                                                    (gosh, chowhound has turned me into the food & beverage trivia queen!)

                                                                                                                                                                3. Fortunately, I ate well in college. My first wife and I cooked, ate out a bit in Fresno's good ethnic restaurants, and ate at my folks place quite often. We also had pretty good wines at the start of the wine age in California. Also, fortunately, we didn't have to put up with sloe gin, Boones Farm, Southern Comfort or the like. We were anti-frat and didn't do keggers. All that aside, I would happily eat most of what most of you are listing.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                    People that are/were not in frats are also able to purchase kegs.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. I can't stop laughing as I read down the list. Some of the items are bringing back memories of even more things that would now make me ill. One is the Peach Schnapps (or any flavor for that matter), WAY too much pizza at 2AM and more...thank goodness I started cooking as of Sopmore year....

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Food:
                                                                                                                                                                      Squirt can cheese on Ritz crackers
                                                                                                                                                                      Dried beef sticks
                                                                                                                                                                      Fake frikadellers: little meatballs in a sauce of half ketchup, half applesauce
                                                                                                                                                                      Tuna noodle casserole with crushed potato chips on top

                                                                                                                                                                      Blue Nun
                                                                                                                                                                      Cold Duck
                                                                                                                                                                      Sangria made with Gallo Hearty Burgundy

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: WendyBinCT

                                                                                                                                                                        Mateus! be still my heart. do they still make that?

                                                                                                                                                                        Alex tamales. OMG

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                          Mateus is the largest wine producer in Portugal, I think.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: WendyBinCT

                                                                                                                                                                          I am half Danish....As GOD as my witness I have never heard of fake frikadellers...shudder.....

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: WendyBinCT

                                                                                                                                                                            cold duck!! i completely forgot about that, i used to drink it the classy way...right from the bottle

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Already mentioned:

                                                                                                                                                                            Hairy Buffalo - check
                                                                                                                                                                            Any kind of cheap beer, but most especially Miller Lite and Iron City - check


                                                                                                                                                                            Canned ham

                                                                                                                                                                            I also didn't eat pizza for about 2 years after I graduated since pizza and cheap beer were the standard fare at restaurants we could afford. Fortunately I got over the pizza thing eventually, but cheap beer? Never again.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. I still eat Ramen as a quick snack, and Kraft mac & cheese feels like comfort food once or twice a year. The first thing that pops to mind for college food I'll never touch again is that Kraft EZ-mac. Just add water and nuke. I could barely stand it then--not now.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jme90

                                                                                                                                                                                  Great one. Green beer is a staple at the bars for St. Patty's Day in Ann Arbor.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sugar

                                                                                                                                                                                    As it was at Iowa State. It was so disgusting - I don't think they ever figured out how to get the food coloring in the keg without letting out half the carbonation. The only thing worse than green beer was flat green beer. Reminds me of the progression of beer at parties - start out with a keg of the good stuff aka Michelob then move down the food chain to a couple of kegs of Bud then it was Picketts all the way. Back in the late 70's I think you could get a keg of Picketts (then brewed in Dubuque IA) for $19.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Ramen
                                                                                                                                                                                  Smoked oysters in cans (thought they were very chic)
                                                                                                                                                                                  Dominos pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                  Tequila (due to an incident involving driving down the wrong side of a divided highway - lucky to be alive - how stupid we were)
                                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Nun or another wine in a black rough-surfaced bottle (can't think of the name right now - maybe Black Tower - must have mentally blocked it out)
                                                                                                                                                                                  Still can't do nachos either.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I am sure there are more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Mothership

                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow. I forgot about Black Tower. Thanks for the trip back in time! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Steamed cabbage and carrots, plain, washed down with Riunite (white something-or-other) or jugs of "Rhine wine"

                                                                                                                                                                                    Boiled beef hearts--shortly before I swore off red meat forever

                                                                                                                                                                                    Abandoned dorm pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                    Wine coolers (yecch!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kinnexa

                                                                                                                                                                                      That reminds me, I also used to get cold, deep-fried chicken gizzards when I needed cheap protein on campus to get me thru the day.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kinnexa

                                                                                                                                                                                        OMG, winecoolers : ( The very first ones came out around 1982? They were "California Coolers" and we thought them the last word in 'cool'. God they were nasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: weewah

                                                                                                                                                                                          While I was preparing Thanksgiving Dinner I was thinking about my late mother (I used to help her some, but she did most of the dinner by herself) and she loved wine coolers, often using the awful jugs of wine from Safeway and 7-Up. I only had good wine, but did waste some of it to make wine coolers in my Mom's memory. They actually weren't that bad - probably because of the good wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Harvey Wallbangers. I'll say no more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lil magill

                                                                                                                                                                                            tequila sunrise. whoever *sees* a sunrise with those? yikes, talk about THE worst kind of hangover!!! that drink will age you 5 years overnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tango. I recall two varieties: Tequila Sunrisa and Screwdriver. Premixed well tequila or vodka with an orange liquid that tasted like Tang. It was at every Friday night mixer.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. This is brilliant! Glad to see I'm not the only one who couldn't afford real food much of the time...

                                                                                                                                                                                          I will never, ever eat the following again:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hamburger or Tuna Helper
                                                                                                                                                                                          Eggo Waffles
                                                                                                                                                                                          Pizza Pops
                                                                                                                                                                                          Pop Tarts
                                                                                                                                                                                          Kraft Mac and Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                          canned ham

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to say that I didn't eat well because I was able to afford it. I didn't have much money, just like many college kids. They way I was eating (mainly whole unprocessed foods), it was cheaper than eating hamburger helper, eggo waffles, pop tarts, etc. I would make a lot of pasta puttanescas, turkey sausage and peppers, buy stuff on sale, eat a lot of lentils and rice, etc. When mozzarella cheese and ricotta were on sale, you'd be surprised how cheap you can make a veggie lasagne. I made all of my pasta sauces from scratch. I'd make homemade burritos when things were on sale and put them in the freezer for quick, easy meals. However, I wasn't able to buy organic meat or produce at that stage of my life. I'd say my food bills were a lot lower than most people eating processed meals. And it was certainly cheaper than eating out, even if you were eating out pizza, Mc Donalds, Taco Bell, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                            With this type of grocery shopping and cooking I did, I had enough money for my pints of Ben and Jerrys, booze and cigarettes -- you know, the important stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                              Now this is a woman who had the same values as I did! I always figured that junk food in college was for people with rich parents. Between drinks, paying for coffee when out of the house, and occasional fares to get across the water to SF, you got to cook your own food. Every burrito costs you two bottles of wine, dude!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Tequila(that's actually something I haven't touched since high school)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Jungle Juice - Kool Aid, Everclear, Hypnotic, and Vodka

                                                                                                                                                                                            Endless buckets of stale cold popcorn at the $2 theater. Free refills = 5 students, one large bucket, and a refill run every 6 minutes or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                            An at least thrice weekly breakfast was a chocolate cream cheese muffin and grande white chocolate mocha from Strabucks. On the other days is was cream filled long johns from the donut bank and a chocolate milk. Nothing like consuming all your calories for the day at 7am. Too expensive, unhealthy, and sweet. Never again.

                                                                                                                                                                                            A couple things I've not yet completely moved on from are Diet Coke and Parrot Bay(friends used to tease my drink proportions were off and said I had parrot bay with a splash of Diet Coke for color). I also have to cop to the occasional midnight Taco Bell run which began freshamn year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ArikaDawn

                                                                                                                                                                                              God, Parrot Bay/Malibu and Diet Coke is sooooooo sugary!

                                                                                                                                                                                              Running for the "Border" still happens every now and again after a particularly rambunctious evening...

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                                                                                                Sugary AND Aspartamey and oh so shameful. In high school I could basically handle any alcohol, but I've completely lost my taste for anything but wine and the occasional vodka/vodka based cocktail( I attribute this to too much too soon). I don't know why this coconutty concoction is still tolerable to me when nothing else is, but it always brings back great memories so the shame is worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. hmmmm no one's mentioned Taylor Tawny Port....

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChefJune

                                                                                                                                                                                                Mike's Subs, Utica Club beer (Schenectady, NY)

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChefJune

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harvey Wallbangers
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tequila Sunrises (now you all know how old I am!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anything mixed in large quantities in a garbage-bag-lined wastebasket at a frat party
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roy Rogers Double R Bar Burger with Horsey Sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Entenmann's chocolate covered donuts

                                                                                                                                                                                                  There were a few lean weeks at the end of every semester when the money ran out and as hungry dorm rats my roommate and I would scavenge loose change and eat from the vending machines. I seldom buy anything from a junk food machine anymore, but I think of my lean times whenever I see one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Cheflambo

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wait, your frat actually lined the garbage cans before making the "punch" in them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Southern Comfort I have to agree with, a couple of bad experiences and now I can't smell it without wanting to get sick.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Busch Beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheap draft beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    And there was a drink, it was marketed as a wine cooler but much more potent, called Cisco. Came in a few flavors and we played quarters with it on a few occasions. I don't even think they make it anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    As far as food goes, it's not that I wouldn't eat the things I ate in college, I just can't eat them anymore, messes with my stomach too much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roro1831

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh yes ... I was the "sweetheart" of ATO and they considered themselves VERY civilized. (snort) This was just a few years before "Animal House" made outrageous behavior "acceptable".

                                                                                                                                                                                                      And speaking of Everclear ... I almost forgot about "cherry bombs". A large jar of maraschino cherries was drained (syrup set aside) then marinated in straight Everclear for, well, as long as you were willing to wait. They were served as a appetiser. Adding the red syrup was optional, but definitely added a certain "color" later while you prayed to the porcelain gods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cheflambo

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, apparently the folks at my university took the whole Everclear fruit thing to a higher level. Instead of just doing it with the cherries, there were parties where the hosts would cut up large quantities of fruit like watermelon, honeydew, cherries, grapes - anything that would soak in alcohol really well, basically - three days ahead of time, throw it in huge tubs or garbage cans with large quantities of Everclear, keep it chilled and just let it absorb as much of this 190-proof alcohol as possible. Freshmen and sophs would arrive at these parties and not understand why people were going crazy over the fruit, then try some and collapse a short while later. Trust me, that fruit could erase your mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trust me, that fruit could erase your mind.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          that reminds me...Mind Erasers! equal parts vodka, kahlua, and tonic or soda water, sucked through a straw as quickly as possible. nasty, nasty stuff...but got you blitzed pretty fast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: roro1831

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gosh....Cisco! Gack!!! Talk about a blast from the past....I drank way too many a bottle of Cisco in my teens.....not sure if they still make it but I kknow for a fact there is no way I could drink that now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bubbles4me

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cisco is alive and well and living in my local " beer and smoke " shop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I've got to say, all of you who have sworn off tequila, you're missing out. Now that I'm not doing shots of bottom-shelf rotgut I actually enjoy tequila. A really nice glass of agave nectar can be just as complex as a great scotch or gin. Maybe give it another try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ajs228

                                                                                                                                                                                                      ajs228 -- I love and still enjoy tequila too, but for anyone who ever drank too much of anything and then barfed it up, there is usually no going back.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cheflambo

                                                                                                                                                                                                        My first experience with tequila was in college, taking shots in the back seat of a car going back to the theater to work on a set crew. I thought it was pretty good stuff . . . until I had to walk up an ungodly amount of stairs to get into the theater! By the time I got in the door I was so wasted! The crew head took one look at me and put me in his office to lay on the couch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Southern comfort during a drinking game. Ran out of that so why not some rum? To this day I can't smell or drink either of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        And Jungle juice! We were in a dry county so we had to go to Coffee City (real name) to get our booze. We'd all bring whatever we had, go out to the woods of East Texas and mix the booze up with some koolaid. GACK! Waking up in the middle of the woods is not a fun thing to do, but I survived. Amazing, huh?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        As far as food, Mac & Cheese made in my coffee pot (perculator), and as a treat sometimes mixed with a cut up hot dog smuggled from the cafeteria. Egads, how could I have eaten that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can relate. Eastern KS, many (uncaught) infractions. several things off the list ever since. I try to explain why it's a wonder I'm alive at all today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          but nobody really gets it - I have no shame, but even I am embarrassed by some of it. fortunately no one was harmed by me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ajs228

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I never tasted tequila till I was over 30 years old - I figured why drink something that people seem to have to choke down? Now I drink it almost exclusively. I am so glad I didn't screw this pleasure up for myself when I was younger!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 'Free' happy hour buffets with really lousy cheap food - I cringe whenever someone invites me to happy hour and tells me how good the 'free buffet' is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. fast food
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coors Light, Killian's red, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            chocolate cream cheese and crackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coors Light, Killian's red, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            jarred spaghetti sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                            blueberry bagels
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coors Light, Killian's red, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Mike's Hard Lemonade

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plate of french fries as a "meal"

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pizza Hut all you can eat lunch buffet

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. natural lite and keystone light during my underage drinking days at the frat parties and amaretto sours after as a sophisticated 21 year old at the local bars. for food, mcdonalds had 29 cent hamburger mondays and 39 cent cheeseburger wednesdays. my roommates and i would buy 20 at a time and stock our fridge with them. whenever i needed to grab something to eat on the way to class or work, i'd pop a couple in the microwave and go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: trishyb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ohhhh natty light. ok, i lied earlier. that is ONE thing i drank in college that i would never, ever, ever, ever drink now. (at least not unless i were quadruple dared.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Ah...college memories *misty eyes* ;o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Red Kool-Aid rum bunch served out of a plastic trash can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jell-O shots in every color & flavor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  shots of the following:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goldschlager (loved those nifty gold flakes in it!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Super cheap Genny Light Beer (brewed from the waters of the Genesee...tasted more like the Erie Canal - yuck!!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sub-par pizza dipped in blue cheese dressing (we had to - it was that bad!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheeseburger pie made with Bisquick (an off-campus specialty of mine!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  spicy fries cut into width-wise circles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Captain Morgan & Coke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nick Tahous' Garbage Plates (a Rochester specialty -our campus did a miniscule version of 'em!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sloe Gin Fizzes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sra, I actually have a case-and-a-half of Cream Ale sitting here, just waiting to tailgate the upcoming Bills at Cardinals game. I was thinking of doing my own Garbage Plates that day, but I'm leaning toward cochinita pibil now. Gotta bring a little Arizona flavor to the NY crowd, and vice versa :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ajs228

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good call with the pibil! You can do the Garbage Plate in the late fall when the crowd will appreciate the extra calories -- insulation for the winter!! :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh Captain Morgan, he taught me to hold my liquor. Sort of. For me it was Captain and Diet... the aspartame really brings out the spicyness :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I ate a lot of store brand mac and cheese, often leaving the last serving out over night then nuking it in the morning. Something about the dried out and reheated texture was so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And Pokey Stix! Anyone who was fortunate enough to have a Gumby's pizza near their college knows how wonderful they are at 2am... I have to admit that I still order them a few times each year during basketball season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our dining hall had the "best" desserts, including a wonderful but deadly chocolate chip cookie bar topped with a layer of peanut butter then chocolate syrup. Sometimes they would make rice crispy treats but with stale fruit loops - sounds gross, but oh so good. Plus they had a self-serve, hard scoop ice cream bar stocked with 8 different Breyer's flavors at any one time. If only I could still eat desserts like that every day...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mpjmph

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Seems like I just read somewhere that mixing your liquor with a diet drink will deliver the alcohol to the appropriate places about 10-12ish minutes faster than with a regular drink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          uh, yeah, iirc, that works with diet sprite! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mpjmph

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG...I forgot about the Canadian Club and Diet Dr. Pepper...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The worst night of my life: Poker with MadDog 20/20 and Swisher Sweet cigars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (nobody told me you were not supposed to inhale...hey, I went to a liberal school, I thought I was supposed to keep it in as long as possible.) (I also suspect that the guys thought it was funny to let the girls learn about cigars the hard way)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lime jello made with Everclear.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lipton Instant Rice

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sebetti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Natural Ice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Winner's Cup vodka
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          White Russians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Taco bell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sebetti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh. My. God. MadDog 20/20. The worst night of my life also involved that crap only I was drinking Bacardi Limon and chasing it with MadDog 20/20, not realizing that I was chasing booze with booze.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Natty Ice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any beer from a keg, upside down.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Adios MoFo's (I try not to eat/drink things that are a color that do not occur naturally in nature)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Peppermint Schapps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Totino's Pizza Rolls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nation's Chili Cheese Fries at 2:30 in the morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fosie's (roommate) Famous Tacos -- brown ground meat, season with cajun seasoning, add sour cream and pace spicy salsa, cook until most of the juices are absorbed. Serve with shredded iceberg lettuce and Kraft 2% cheddar cheese in crispy taco shells.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Although I'm not a huge fan anymore, I will always have a special place in my heart for Pasta Pomodoro. I was lucky enough to have a friend who worked for them and I would drive directly there from Davis, park myself at the bar and do everyone's roll ups and the manager would pay me in food. Kept me fed and scurvy free through my last two years of college.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: adrienne156

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A west coast bartender at the bar i work at in nyc introduced the AMF to our regulars...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              things have never been the same since...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: conngirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ok, gotta ask now. What's in an AMF?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ajs228

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What isn't in a AMF is more like it, lol.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vodka, gin, light rum, blue curacao, sweet and sour mix, 7-up, and a maraschino cherry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, and conngirl, I am so sorry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: adrienne156

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I met a buddy's new 25-year-old girlfriend the other night and she was drinking AMFs. I immediately thought of this thread. When I asked her what was in it, she described it as "a Long Island, but with blue stuff instead of Coke."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ajs228

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds like a Blue MoFo instead of an AMF. Could just be how we make it at our bar though. Every bar makes every drink differently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Zima (with skittles in it, no less)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A certain crudely named shot composed of bailey's, amaretto and a pile of whipped cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cheap tequila
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kraft Mac n Cheese made for the microwave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Prego spaghetti sauce from Costco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frozen bean burritos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Totino's party pizzas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Velveeta pasta..ugh..stick to your ribs YUCK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Southern Comfort is out, kamikazes are out, and any 'light' beer is out. What was I thinking drinking that sh*t?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ambrosia is still a favorite eat though whenever I can get it. Love the coconut too : ).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bacardi & Coke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Flaming Shots (Southern Comfort)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Boone's Farm Wild Mountain Grape, Strawberry Hill, Apple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TJ Swan Easy Days and Mellow Nights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tequila Sunrise (pitcher night)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I didn't eat ramen in college, so I sort of like it now, but doctored.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. gosh...I remember days when I wouldn't see any money for another week and collecting any change I could find so I could walk 2 miles to the store to buy a bagel for 50 cents and mix ketchup and water to make a 'soup'..I cringe how I know take a corporate charge account for granted for 4 star restaurants!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Chartreuse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I only had it the once, although I only vaguely recollect it. I can't believe people actually consume the stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hsk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Green Chartreuse is 140 proof. You can chill it and still light it. I drank it warm in a snifter, and it really lights you up! as for the days 'when i wouldn't see any money for another week' you should visit a campus these days and compare. kids are the most affluent that they've ever been. i don't think they'd understand, but i had a habit of fainting after exams because i took off work to study, therefore did not eat. i worked in restaurants. then finally once i landed so badly i had plastic surgery on my face. that nearly stopped that habit!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 2 words: Buffet Sushi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The two most memorable episodes were when I got a piece of frozen salmon on rice and another time a piece of hamachi that was dark brown and when I bit into it there was a line of grizzle in the middle that almost made me gag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Fun responses here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I got most of the bad drinking out of the way in high school, but cheap vodka was a college staple that I won't touch anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pop Tarts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Louisiana Crunch Cake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dorm food, particularly the institutional turkey dinners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Almost any food served on a tray

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Kagey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Louisiana Crunch Cake! Wicked tasty and a favorite dessert of mine as a teen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sparkina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              entenmann's still makes louisiana crunch cake, no? i loved it, too -- but these days i'll bet it tastes very artificial-slicky-aftertaste-y like all those kind of products (compared with those items back in the day).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              here's a home-made one: http://debbiesmochame.blogspot.com/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. put me on the Southern Comfort wagon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the worm in the bottle of mescal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            also, Ritz crackers slathered with the almond-covered balls of port-wine cheddar that we thought were the height of sophistication

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 7 & 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tequila shots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Purple Jesus at the beach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sloe Gin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However, I remember that the orange juice we set out on the outside window sill in winter tasted SOOOOOO good the morning after.....at least....for a while.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Perdue chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gallo Hearty Burgundy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Navarro jug wine in raffia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brown rice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Low rise health food loaves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pizza kits in a box
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Margarine with a squeeze pod for coloring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Constant comment tea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wonder bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spaghetti sauce from packaged powder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rye and Coke

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Chili cheese curly fries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In n Out Animal Style Fries (ok, who am I kidding, I still totally eat these)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anything from the Chili's menu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frozen potstickers from Costco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cinnamon sugar covered giant 'pretzels' dipped in cream cheese or caramel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jack in the Box tacos, milkshakes...actually, just Jack in the Box
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cheap, open-til-4-am Mexican food (Benito's!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alcohol-spiked smoothies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hard alcohol in a plastic bottle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Natty Ice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jungle Juice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. A typical college meal:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Appetizer: Armour potted meat amuse, served in the can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Main dish: Totino's party pizza, supreme style
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Main dish #2: Totino's party pizza, mexican style
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dessert: melted and refrozen plastic tub ice cream which no one ever threw out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paired with only the finest of boxed wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As to never eating any of this stuff again, I can make no promises.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LabRat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My first batch of limoncello was made with everclear - and it wasn't bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It wasn't the taste, it was the quantity consumed at a party in college. The next few days weren't pretty and I really didn't feel good for several weeks after that. 20 years later and I still have an aversion to the taste of alcohol. Beer and wine are fine (he said with a rhyme), but I still fear Everclear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LabRat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm with you, LabRat. The band of that name is to be loved. The alcohol Everclear is to be feared and avoided at all costs. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I never went to college, but had my share of nasty stuff:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Black Velvet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Southern Comfort (gag thinking about it)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Night train
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Keystone Light

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7-11 Frozen Burrito
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carmello candy bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kraft Mac & Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mini Frozen Pizza

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jcattles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wait a minute, what's wrong with the Caramello? Those are delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ajs228

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Let's just say they're not the best thing to eat with cotton mouth. lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jcattles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, no, you'd never get them down. You're lucky to have survived.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Ahhh memories! I went to college in the '70's Here is it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kraft mac 'n cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cup a soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tequila (with the worm)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rum and coke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rolling rock beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ramen noodles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pop tarts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            subs with hot peppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            canned ravoli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Boone's Farm wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Spinada, worse than Boone's Farm and Annie Green Springs. An instant hang over if ever there was one. If you've never heard of it, you probably were born after 1971.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm just glad to see someone else remembers Annie Green Springs (peach was my favorite OMG) Now I get sugar shock just thinking about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Banquet Chicken Pot Pies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot Pockets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pop Tarts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Subway Meatball or Tuna subs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Those Lipton Soup Packets with Saltines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Entemenn's deserts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Those Hostess Fruit Pies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Other Hostess products (king dons etc)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ice Berg Lettuce salads (unless Olive Garden)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                slice of toast with Prego spaghetti sauce and american cheese on top

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Chicken pot pies too. I cashed in my cafeteria meal card and ate a lot of 10 for a dollar chicken pot pies so I could take glider lessons. Almaden Mountain Burgundy, Gallo Hearty Burgundy (Did it really win a blind taste test in the 70's?), Mateus and Wilkes Barre's Gibbon's Ale ($1.99 for a case of 16 oz returnables!) No regrets on the drinks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I look fondly back at my cooege food experience. Four of us who were tired of the dorm/frat scene rented an old Pennsylvania farm house. Were though of ourselves ans young guitar playing Hemmingways. Were hunted and fished excessively. Our freezer was filled w/ pheasant, duck and goose and we had a huge 50 gallon fish tank that would keep trout alive for a couple of days so we could make truite bleau to impress our girl friends. We utilized the Allentown Farmers Market and had a great German butcher too.I remember feeling sooo cool strolling into class in my canvass hunting jacket, just back from the hunt. We even planted a huge ring of sun flower seed in the middle of a hillside corn field that grew up into a huge yellow peace sign in the middle of the green corn field. In the winter we would back 4 YWs into a n empty potato barn for quick starting. After finals we had a keg for 3 days on the front porch and one huge drug and booze filled party with a live band. It was a wonder that we were never busted! Played hockey & lacrosse, was a member of the art musem and a hawk sanctuary. Idyllic; then I got drafted......
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last year we had 4 kids in college (and 1 out) and we giggle that we still buy Almaden Mountain Burgundy (An aside; Maine is a French province near Burgundy). Our kids come home and complain that we drink cheap wine!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does anyone remember Almaden Grenache Rose? We LOVED this stuff and bought big jugs of it for our bread/cheese/presliced pepperoni picnics. It also went well with cold pizza for breakfast.......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cheflambo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ah yes. Grenache. For people who thought they were too sophisticated for white zin. Never mind that it was served in a box. Definitely on my list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The beer in the white can with "BEER" in pale blue letters on the side....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cowprintrabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OMG!!! Beer brand beer!!! My roommates would drink this. Never again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Am I the only person who quite likes a Southern Comfort with ice on a cold winter's night? And sloe gin is yummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyway, for me it's tuna pasta bake, lentil bake and any other kind of "bake" using leftover vegetables, which my college canteen specialised in. Also Bulgarian/Romanian wine, and Baileys (not together). Wine was a lot more expensive in those days!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sloe Gin was indeed yummy. Too yummy. Too too yummy. I have never been able to face it again. I used to drink it mixed with Sprite in college.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          what was I thinking?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't like SoCo at all (reminds me of trashy people for some reason). I totally agree with the Bailey's, though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. - Dinty Moore Beef Stew - the chunks of fat in a fresh opened can are just nauseating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Chef Boyardee anything - used to eat it right out of the can unheated, because no one did dishes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Progresso New England Clam Chowder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Minute Rice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Stove Top Stuffing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Lender's Frozen Bagels

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Milwaukee's Best - Six pack was maybe $2.85 at the time?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Keystone - Maybe $3.50 a six.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Black Label - About the same.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Golden Anniversary Beer. It came in a gold can and was supposedly an "award winning" beer. Unsurprisingly, it tasted just like any other swill that could be bought for under four bucks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Blatz - $1.85 a six, if it was possible? Tried it once, never again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Colt 45 Tall Boys. Drank an entire six pack by myself when I was 18 and got so sick I have no memory of throwing it all back up, which based on evidence, I did a lot of.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wontonton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Golden Anniversary... now THERES a reference. That would be on my list too along with Meister Brau, Genessee Light and a number of others... Maybe thats why Im a micro geek now... Oh and that one night freshman year when I did endless shots of gin while eating dry stale frosted flakes put me off to gin for 20 years...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Insidious Rex

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's been almost 30 years for me, and I still can't drink gin. I don't remember ever getting sick on it, but we just drank SOOOOO much of it - and it was cheap gin to boot - Old Mr. Boston - mixed with either 7-Up or worse yet Mt. Dew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  old mr. boston gin and mountain dew!?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  goodness alive, i know why you can't drink gin! but... i'll still post this advertising idyll http://www.americanartarchives.com/do... to take you down memory lane, so you may contemplate the "17 rare flavors gathered from the ends of the earth."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Old" anything is generally a bad idea in the spirits world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL alkapal! I think the "ends of the earth" are where I will go to keep from drinking gin now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: wontonton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HAHAHAHAHA! I was waiting to see if anyone would bring up Milwalkee's Best (or Beast, as we term it!) That stuff is one of those "Man, I'm low on cash, just get me whatever's cheapest" kind of beers. However, the hysterical part for me is that my dad still drinks it, whether out of some bizarre fondness or inveterate cheapness, I've never figured out which.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For some unknown reason in college, my 3 roommates and myself threw a "moose lodge" party at our off campus house. We had some moosehead beer, moosesnot punch (midori melon liquer, orange juice and I forget what else) and all other things moosie, including moose pictures on the walls and a moose documentary on the tv. I remember several of my friends bring old milwaulkee's, 24 cans.... but they had diligently covered each can in paper to read, "Old Moosewalkie" so they'd stay in theme.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, yes, The Beast! That was what we drank in my college house. 10 cases of the bottles equaled one new case, so we always had a wall o' bottles going. Also, Mad Dog 20/20 in any flavor, especially blue hawaiian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I could cook so i never ate anything to horrible, but I did eat a lot of Mac n' Cheese. But I would kill, especially now, for a Luis' Sub or wings from the Ale House in Troy, NY. Man I loved those subs, and those wings. Delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also my friends would give me $ and I'd make them a big fancy meal. They really enjoyed it, and it kept me in food. I basically charged for the cost of the food. But the leftovers kept me going!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cosmogrrl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        smart move, I did the same to bribe the G-D house cleaned and pony up the food cost myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. this thread is hilarious...! I think I might sick by the end o this note.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -MD 50/50 (Shudder)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Malibu rum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Midori liquor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Sex on the Beach/Redheaded Sluts/Purple Nipples, any sort of drink like that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Peach Schnapps. I used to save up the juice cartons in our fridge, that maybe had a 1/2 cup or so left of juice, then fill up half of it of peach schnapps, fridge, then carry the carton around at the party/street/stoop and drink it from the carton. The final straw with peach schnapps was when I mixed it with ginger ale post sushi feast. Awful, awful, awful.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Steel Reserve 40s (40 hands! Rather, I think any 40s should be on this list)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -seasoned salt from CVS (the smell of it just reminds me of putting it on every bland thing I made freshman year of college)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -instant mashed potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -mac and cheese from a box/velveeta and the like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -ellio's pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -large amounts of cesar dressing (i had a roommate senior year who was on the atkin's diet, when the rest of us were all vegetarian or vegan. she would make large amounts of chicken breasts then slather them with caesar salad dressing and eat them like that. I think it's more so the smell of the cesar salad dressing more so than the actual taste)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -most White Castle products- burgers, chicken rings...though I'll have their fries or onion rings once in a while.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -white bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -imitation cheese slices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Jello in any form any flavor- jello shots, jello in a dish...yack
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Fat sandwiches...though I haven't had one in a while...I just don't think I could handle that amount of fried food sandwiched in a bun....not so yuck inducing as some of these foods, but nonetheless something I really shouldn't eat again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Went to Temple University a few years ago and jeez if I wasn't doing a copious amount of drugs/drinking I was eating SO many packets of chicken ramen with that shitty jar of kimchi that you can buy at the "regular" grocery store. I missed my mom's kimchi so much that I actually bought that crap and I would literally dump most of the kimchi and it's juice into the ramen with an egg.....so gross. However I'd definitely do the same thing now with homemade kimchi and a good ol' packet of shin ramen. (:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also ate nutella out of the jar with a spoon, I lived on that stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can't really remember what I was drinking at the time but I'm sure it was pretty horrible stuff or just yuenglings (good standby).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I remember in the school cafeteria they used to do a late night snack thing from like 10-12 (?) and my friends and I would make waffles (yep students could make their own waffles with those flippy waffle irons in the cafeteria), top them with huge scoops of ice cream, and that crappy apple pie filling on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I gained my freshman 15 super fast that year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another random thing I remember eating in philly was some vegan cheesesteak? I wonder if that place is still around, god was it tasty. I also fondly remember going to that pretzel factory near south street super late at night and buying a ton of pretzels with my then boyfriend for absolutely nothing. They tasted so good fresh with tons of yellow mustard

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bitsubeats

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bits, your Nutella snack reminded me of a college roomate who I saw eating Duncan Heinz chocolate cake frosting out of the tub for dinner three nights in a row. We made fun of him then, but looking back now, he may just have been too broke to afford anything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ajs228

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          not really related to this thread, but i left a carton of shin ramen cups under my bed during winter break and when I came back in January my dorm room had a rat infestation ):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          omg so gross

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For some reason Nutella doesn't taste as good on a spoon as it does spread on warm toast. Then again it doesn't taste as good as it did when I was younger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: bitsubeats

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I still do that with my Nutella many years later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bitsubeats

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The "homemade" waffle bar with fruit pie fillings and/or ice cream is a trend best left in the college past for me as well...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Vodka and Kool-Aid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bartles and James Wine Coolers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            White Zinfandel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bacardi Breezers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Nachoes" made by cutting up chicken fingers over totilla chips, covering with cheese and nuking in the dorm microwave

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Oh the memories. I went to college in the late 80's.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              QUAD night-4 shots in 1 drink-Sloe Gin Fizzes and Amaretto Sours!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BRAINSTOMPER pitchers...Tasted like Kool-aid. Messed one up badly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tequilia shots. I will drink Margaritas though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cheap Beer (no wonder I never liked beer until I tasted the good stuff)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone remember pasta meals. Came in a glass jar? My roommate and I treked a mile to the local grocery store and stocked up to eat them from our hotpot. ACCK!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Of course the Kraft "dinner"-we added tuna and thought we were gourmet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From the dining hall: Escallopped Chicken. Double EEEWW!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I lived on Bagels with peanut butter and cream cheese. I guess I still eat that now but not in combination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Back then, the only fast food place was Wendy's uptown and Burger King. I still stay away from both places.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: chocchipcookie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I lived in a dorm and took all my meals in the dining hall -- white tablecloths, waitress service, Swiss-Italian chef. The food was excellent! and I enjoyed it 100 per cent. The only thing I'll never have again is the pizza we would order in on rare occasions. The tomato sauce was tart and so delicious. Now all you can get is pizza with sweet sauce. This was in the early 60's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I still love ....... Stove Top Stuffing (yum)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                American cheese (on hamburgers only ... conditioned by McDonald's i suppose but i can't eat McDonalds anymore).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sunny Delight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gino's Pizza Rolls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Taco Seasoning packet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If i see that stupid talking glove (hamburger helper) i think i might step on it...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and some others i forgot i ate but now hate...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steak - Ums (disgusting)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cheez Wiz and crackers (this is still in my colon)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Those kraft cheese and crackers packets that used to get packed in school lunches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                those bean burritos in the frozen section of the supermarket you would microwave

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Hot Chocolate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, I forgot about Hamburger Helper "Lasagna" flavor. With catchup and parmesan cheese from the green can on top. Add that to my list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I keep seeing references to "hamburger helper". What is it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MMRuth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm shocked. Do people actually eat that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I keep a box we brought with us from the US to shock and disgust dinner guests. Evidently it's a foreign concept for most of the world. It was a lifesaver in college and when I could barely stand and cook post spine surgery but now - no thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: MMRuth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Er, I must confess that the captain of the Canadian Olympic Women's Hockey team (2006) did a commercial for Hamburger Helper after they won the gold medal in Turin. It was shameful. She was feeding it to her kids and endorsing it as a healthy dinner. What people will do for money/sponsorship is amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I want to say I'll never eat ramen noodles...but I probably will. They're actually good on salads. But let's see....tequila, not going to happen!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I was so broke once in 1970, just a can of beets in the cupboard, I organized a commando style commando raid on the local trout hatchery. Black clothes, watch cap, blackened faces, strike at midnight! There was a $100 per fish fine if caught. Got away clean. Musta learned something nin Nam. Best damn fish I ever et.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i still do that haha. i sometimes add italian dressing....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i also eat baked beans from the can ... when i'm especially lazy....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. jager bombs....i can't even smell redbull, it makes me so sick. UGH. it is actually a really funny story about how i overdid it on the two and missed the biggest game of the football season- woops!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          also, jungle juice (red alcoholic punch), citron, limon, and vodka in any form. also, the taste of rum doesn't really sit well without something mixed in.....warm rum out of a flask during a formal comes to mind!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          grilled cheese made with our very own grilled cheese maker. we thought this was a healthy alternative to pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          also, we have a place called r-u-hungry which has 'fat' sandwiches- the specialty is the fat b*tch, which includes chix fingers, cheese steak meat, meatballs, french fries, mozz sticks and i think red sauce, cheese and mayo on a roll. it was amazing. my roommate used to eat a whole one and 2 HUGE slices of pizza in one sitting..and she is super skinny.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i love college =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Velveeta cheese and Ripple...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Went to college 80-84, had a roommate who ate Velveeta by the brick. Grossed me out so much I never ate it again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My personal demon is the tuna melt. Thank goodness they seem to have disappeared (or maybe I just don't go to the places that serve them anymore).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. SWJim:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "liquid valium - shot glass 1/2 Bacardi 151 & 1/2 Everclear"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                whoa - hardcore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I mis-read that and thought the V was an ingredient...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                had an IV of valium for my wisdom teeth extraction. fortunately I have alibis and my whereabouts can be accounted for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh, forgot one, a shot of bourbon after a split of cheap brut. human atomizer. really quite tidy in retrospect. but that's a never again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I ate quite a bit of cold mac-n-cheese for breakfast in college. Now I'm gluten-free vegan so I wouldn't eat cold mac and cheese for breakfast but I might eat cold gluten-free pasta with hummus for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Back in my Boston college daze, I regularly haunted a joint called Buzzy's Roast Beef, a lean-to hut that was literally buttressed up against the back of a correctional facility. Rumor had it that the inmates were doing the cooking, but I digress. One freezing winter night, at around 2 am or so, my roommate and I walked down Charles Street, bought some cheesesteak subs, large spud fries, gargantuan sodas, huddled ourselves on the steps of the nearby red line stop, and gorged ourselves. That was the beginning of a dietary tailspin that led to daily, and sometimes twice-daily trips to Buzzy's, my pallette having become sophisticated enough to take on the triple burgers and onion rings as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'd be lying if I said I've sworn off of greasy kids' stuff since then, but my system will only allow me to ingest so much of it before I need an ambulance and an antacid tablet the size of a frisbee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To the OP, I'd advise trying some real ramen, not the cup stuff, before writing that off your list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Polecat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you haven't been back to Boston in a while, you may be interested to know that Buzzy's was bulldozed some years back, and the prison has since been converted into an upscale hotel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: wontonton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had heard about Buzzy's, yeah. But I have to wonder: now, with with the prison gone, who's running that hotel...?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Polecat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ah, Buzzies, off Storrow drive. Any hour of the day, roast beef sandwich with a tangy sauce, wrapped in foil. And extraordinary potato knishes. It was the cheapest food-fix in Beantown, and quite tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed, agreed and agreed. I hearken back to the days when they had all their menu items taped to the walls, with helpful cartoons (such as a bball player hitting a triple, to advertise the "triple" burger) added for good measure. Shortly after I returned to NYC, they started to expand, with - lord, help us - indoor seating. Yikes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. I forgot to add, a sandwich of one thin slice of bologna (the kind with the red string around it) with French's yellow mustard, on white bread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The only way I made it palatable was by putting potato chips on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I too am in the chicken pot pie group, Swanson's to be specific. Never again! I also seem to recall (vaguely) a drink called a Bocci Ball, with Amaretto and pineapple juice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Drink: Tequila... one tequila two tequila three tequila FLOOR. Too many bad experiences to be able to drink it again no matter how trendy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            plus, our version of grain alcohol and koolaid - Purple Jesus (name derived from the colour on the lawn/carpet etc after ingesting too much of said booze and the sounds emitted by the person expelling the excess alcohol) consisted of Grape Koolaid and Alcool. Almost always served up in frosh mugs that held nearly a litre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Food: survived a semester or two on pasta (whatever was on sale) and hunt's tomato sauce. Can't bring myself to eat plain ol' hunts anymore. *blech*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            plus, Poutine and pizza - there was a place that'd deliver a lunch plate size poutine and pita pizza for $5... I don't ever want to know what the total calories were in that meal *shudder* These days I know better...mostly ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds like you went to Bishop's? In Lennoxville, PQ....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Guilty, Political Studies '95 ;) Sounds like you went to BU too - or know alumni :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. cheap tequila...still quiver like a chihuahua thinking about it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yeah everytime I smell limes I gag a little

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Sloe gin. I don't even know what it is except that your puke is bright red.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. - Boone's Fuzzy navel and strawberry hill. I drank it on the roof in overalls, natch. It's a miracle that I never rolled off.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Oatmeal with avocado, tomatoes and cheddar (don't ask)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Corn on the cob with margarine. Makes for a very sunny vomit, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. This'll date me...Boone's Farm Apple Wine ($1 buck a bottle!).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never to be consumed again:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Keystone Light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Captain Morgan + Grenadine (first drink a few good swigs of the Captain, then top up the bottle with Granadine - take liberal swigs for the rest of the night... who needs a glass?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Boone's Strawberry Fields
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -something called The Shark (involved Evercleer and Blue Curacao)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -The Stack (mashed potatoes topped with 2 burger patties, 2 slices of American cheese, a fried egg, and drowned in gravy)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Taco Bell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ... them were the days... and 40 lbs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: caliking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's some nasty stuff. Hard to top Red Mountain Vin Rose straight from the gallon jug. Kids are supposed to like Cambells tomato soup. At about age 11 I discovered I hated it and craved shrimp cocktail or anything with mushrooms. Another "kid" food I disliked was "Franco-American Spaghetti." I had to load it up with Garlic and Oregano to make it tolerable. I can't take "regular" yellow mustard...love a good Dijon,but nothing vinagarey...but that's another thing I turned off to when about 12-13.. About then I'd learned to cook a bit,I could bake bread from scratch,make a good spaghetti sauce and assorted other favorites like Toll House cookies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In my college years...I recall a phase of variations on Stroganoff. Learning the secrets of a good Enchilada and discovering 100 or so kinds of "Pasta Sauce" that did NOT involve a basic red Marinara.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ramen? Now I use less water, drop in a couple of eggs, some frozen shrimp and peas or spinach,garlic,slice up a couple of mushrooms....it makes a nice soup ready in just a few minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I remember a rather dreadful liqueur ..Sloe Gin that was big back in the day. The girls liked it because it's sweet. I can not do SWEET booze. Straight whiskey,brandy,gin...fine.....no cocktails no "wine coolers" or such, no ice or water. Some years ago I had the pleasure of tasting a 1948 Chateau Haut Brion. Since then I can't bear a low grade wine at all...would rather drink Mississippi River water (tastes like catfish mixed with sheetmetal).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coors "beer" what do they really make that stuff from and why do they call it beer?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yep. It does. The worst was Boones Farm Strawberry Hill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. I didn't realize the Southern Comfort thing was so universal. If I ever sniff a bottle I will puke

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Cheap packaged ramen, cheap whiskey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Thre was a cheaper than cheap wine called Bali High (sp?). My friend and I would buy a bottle and polished it off on Friday nights before going (to try) to meet girls. We also would each buy a pint of ice cream and finish it off in front of the TV.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ajs42548

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hmmm...would Bali High be a "fortified" wine...i.e., alcohol added to grape juice or kool-aid? Sounds like Thunderbird (light, not white) and Night Train (dark, not red)...perhaps the most "famous" of the fortified varietals, the 8-ball of wines if you will.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My gosh...fortified wines have a wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderb...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think that Bali High was very much like Thunderbird. I was in college and that was many years ago so I really wouldn't know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bali High was a slightly fruity Thunderbird.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That reminds me of Bora Bora which began as a plastic trash can to which was added a gallon or two of cheap Vin rose, a fifth of Everclear, a few gallons of Hawaiian punch and a dozen or so sliced oranges,bananas and whatever other fruit. the improved version had a half gallon of grapefruit juice which cut the awful sick-sweet effect. with the Grapefruit juice in it I could get drunk before getting sick....which made for a better party experiance and less morning after cleanup. NEVER tell a teenager about Bora Bora. For some reason, no matter how awful you describe it they think it's Totally An Excellent Idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rerem

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In my uni days here in Australia we used to have a variation of this called the "Blue Lunas Bagoona" (as in the Blue Lagoon cocktail.. I think...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was a rubbish bin lined with a heavy duty bin liner, with blue curacao, pineapple juice, orange juice, vodka, Malibu, coconut milk and Sprite. Sprinkled liberally with cans of Golden Circle Fruit Salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think I need to go have a lie down now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ajs42548

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually it's Bali Hai and I hate to say this however I am looking at a bottle of it right now....that was purchased by my parents when I was in college probably in 1980 or 81...we live in my parents' house now and they never got rid of the bottle....it's unopened though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Ack, i remember my dorm days when I missed most meals in the cafeteria (due to a busy and conflicting schedule). I shared a tiny mini-fridge (with an even tinier freezer that didn't work) & microwave and thus most of my food was limited to goods that could be stored without refrigeration. A typical meal would be cereal. Another common meal was canned ready-to-eat soup with a pop-top opening mechanism. I'd bring the can, a plastic spoon, and a disposable microwaveable paper cup with me for the day and microwave the soup wherever I could (usually department lounges). In dire straits, I would consume the soup cold, straight out of the can. My sodium consumption was astronomical.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A 'good' meal was a can of green beans dumped into a microwaveable paper cup, plus sometimes a slice or two of cheap lunchmeat, a sprinkle of garlic salt (if i was being fancy)...microwaved and eaten while walking to class/meetings. Sometimes, I'd have triscuits or other crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Once, I had a craving for something sweet and had mini-marshmallows and nutella on had but no good carbs to put them on. I put them on tortilla chipa, nuked the whole mess, and had 's'more nachos.' Sometimes, I'd have cravings for something salty, and would lick chicken-flavored bouillion cubes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As for caffeine-habits, coffee wasn't a good option for keeping steadily caffeinated throughout the day (would taste nasty when it was 12 hrs old). Instead, I bought lo-carb Monster or sugar-free Red Bull by the case, would empty a can into a nalgene bottle, and sip it throughout the day. I did that daily for one particularly harsh semester.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    post-undergrad, I spent some glorious foodie time in Philly working (and eating!). TIme + money + availability of cheap good ethnic food, fine dining at times, and Reading Terminal Market = amazing. I would even make my own greek yogurt & paneer cheese from raw milk from the Amish dairy stand in Reading Terminal Market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Since then, I have regressed into horrible eating habits due to returning to school and moving to the Midwest (no time + no money + no availability of much that's good). Cereal is now a part of my everyday meal options. Sigh. I just hope that I don't fall into even worse eating habits. I know someone whose diet during his third year of medical school (spent eternally in the hospital) consisted solely of graham crackers / saltines & small cans of juice/soda pop that can be found in hospital floor 'pantries.'

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: caffeination

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      caffeination: "I know someone whose diet during his third year of medical school (spent eternally in the hospital) consisted solely of graham crackers / saltines & small cans of juice/soda pop that can be found in hospital floor 'pantries.'"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      now i know why doctors don't offer much good nutritional advice! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and, other than the voluminous drinking stories here, your "Sometimes, I'd have cravings for something salty, and would lick chicken-flavored bouillion cubes" is *really* hard-core!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      better luck in your nutritional options these days. better foods going in your body, better ideas coming out of your brain! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and *do* keep an eye on that sodium/blood pressure. <nanny speech over>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A funny thing..now I cook at a college dining hall. This is aimed at dorm students and is an All You want plan. We have a first rate Taqueria,a pizzaria,a nice salad bar-fresher than most restaurants,a Vegan station, a sandwich make-your-own with a Panini grill and exceptional roast beef. A "Grill" which is your basic burger-fries-chicken patty but also does grilled salmon and "gardenburgers". Then we have 2 entree stations. Those can be roast beef or pork, BBQ Ribs, rotissere chicken, Thai soup, various chinese stir fry, enchilladas.pastas, charbroiled skirt steak, Pastas,manicotti, tortellini of various types,Sushi....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When I was in college the cafeteria did canned geen beans, stew, grilled cheese. This place does better food than a lot of the "good" restaurants I'd worked in. This place buys fresh Cilantro by the CASE. Most restaurants I'd worked for didn't get Red Bells, Potobello Mushrooms,Poblano Chilies in large volume. none had 6 cases of Cantalope in the walk in in DECEMBER.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's sad really. Living on Frijoles and Spaghetti with Margerine, peanut butter + saltines..is how college students developed charachter. Now they get Kung Pao Chicken,some cheese tortellini in a nice Chipotle garlic cream sauce and finish with a fresh Carrott cake and a cup of fresh ground Guatamalan coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We got ripped on generic beer and toxic Vin Rose...these kids drink Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Full Sail Amber, Red Tail Ale. I recall Fisher beer being 99 cents a sixpack.....barely worth that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We did have better smoke-REAL Panama Red.......weed today is sedating..strong but without that OMG factor. A few tokes and a Hostess Cupcake was a gourmet treat,and about 6 of them was even better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not advocating. Unless you know the Vice President as a friend of the family..you can't find the real Panama Red. You can't get Kona Gold. Weed has become more potent but less interesting. It's a pity.....There's such a wonderful selection of deluxe Ice creams now. Panama Red and a pint of Ben & Jerry.....now that ought to be a mix everyone experiances once.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Funny....after all the years my pot "habit" went from mild to near zero and I'm addicted to dark roast Sumatra coffee,brewed strong and done with a big spoon of brown sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I get my coffee or I kill something. Untill I've had about a pint of that sweet caffeine...human life is cheap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rerem

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I remember my first college meal at BGSU in 1989. I was horrified. The gravy was bright yellow. I also remernber looking up at the ceiling. It was one thing to see those toothpicks that people had blown through their straws stuck up in the ceiling...But how the hell did they get that whipped cream topping up there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Totino's is a decent crust +sauce, you add a good amount of real mozzarella and a few fresh sliced mushrooms and its a quick - cheap munch....and I've been a pizza cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      back east,the cheap white castle burger was a poor boy's road food. out west-the Burger King double Cheeseburger...Pickle only with Onion....no mustard-catsup goo.. thats pretty solid. I'll do 3 of those double cheeseburgers -no fries no sodapop no mustard -catsup....straight cow with onion and a bit of dill pickle and a pepper packet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not a grain fed Angus Fillet Mignon but a cheap charge of American cheeseburger power on those days when you're all over town doing errands,shopping and such and you don't need sashimi.and want to eat as you drive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm blessed in that whatever I eat I can't gain weight and seem to not gain cholesterol.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheesecake? Cheeseburgers? Beer? Pizza? No fear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Thanks for mentioning me! 200+ replies later, I have to chime in. I mentioned Mountain Dew, wine coolers and Twinkies in the one hit wonders thread. I have to add packaged ramen noodles, Domino's pizza (based on a combination of taste, overexposure and politics). There was one thing the dorm cafeteria served nicknamed "heart attack in a bowl" that I just loved -- it contained chocolate pudding, Cool Whip and cookie crumbs among other things. I'm sure there are other things I haven't even thought about since college, I just don't remember.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Thanks to the original poster! I haven't chuckled so much in a while!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a few...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kraft Mac 'n Cheese made in a popcorn popper, with lots of curry powder mixed in..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vodka and Hawaiian punch--we had already gone through every other mixer on the premises and Hawaiian punch was the only thing left in the vending machine. Boy did I pay for that one! But it took 24 hours. Yeesh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brownies baked with, well, you know...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Fried cheese" which was our name for scrambled eggs mixed with about a pound of cheddar cheese which resulted in a sort of separated curdy mess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheese from a spray nozzle. Or should I say "cheese food."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Miller beer. Lukewarm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tequila Sunrises.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mateus rose "wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          All the cafeteria food at my college. Mystery meat was abundant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. This is great. UC Davis in late 70's-early 80's. Much of the year I ate little as I was collegiate wrestler, but Lucky Lager beer, rice cakes, hamburger helper, ramen. We lived in a "upscale" aparftment complex and each Sunday morning they had a donut thing in the "club house." One of my roommates was in charge and be brought home the leftovers, sometimes several dozen. We put them in the freezer and ate them frozen all week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Rene Erm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              can't beat a frozen glazed donut, or a frozen sara lee cinnamon bun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I standard saying among my roommates in college.... "little chocolate donuts.... not just for breakfast anymore"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fried bologna sandwiches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Totino pizzas, ugh..heart burn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Busch's Beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Malibu and milk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And this one goes out to adrienne156:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mad dog 20/20 with a Jack Daniels chaser. What the?????? I will never forget the pain of that night. Scarred me for life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    peppermint schnapps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    snow shoes (the aforementioned peppermint schnapps and blackberry brandy) names shoes because you had to drink them in pairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    twin chili dogs from 7-11 at 4:30 in the morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alabama knockouts (everyones favorite, southern comfort and sloe gin)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    utica club on tap from nickle beer night

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: imhungryletseat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I thought I was a super gourmet cook when I made Pasta Roni - but added broccoli and maybe even chicken to it. That was REALLY cooking. I dunno if I can ever buy Pasta Roni ever again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      99 cent frozen pizzas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tuna Helper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We used to buy a million McDonalds hamburgers on the 29cent night. Hangovers were corrected with egg mcmuffins and visits to the nasty chinese buffet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I used to drink peppermint schnapps, Southern Comfort and goldschlager straight from the bottle. Yuck! Cant do it anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As for other college favorites, I still love Top Ramen and I wish I still lived near all the amazing taquerias that I constantly frequented in college.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Regarding your love for Top Ramen. I have to admit that I love it too. Couldn't give that one up. There was a thread on "doctoring Ramen soup" on one of the boards and it was pretty amazing. Got some great ideas from it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL!!! I feel your pain. I literally cannot swallow bacardi limon even if I try. Goes right back into the glass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Ramen Noodles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chicken Roll sandwich meat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Any kind of alcohol "shot"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jungle Juice - a.k.a. Purple Jesus Juice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. we used to drink the nasty cheap stuff - zima, miller high life, boones farm, st. ides - my god i can't believe i drank a 40 of that once hanging out with the basketball team. and my ghetto roommate janine from oakland used to mix us pink lemondade snapple and gin. once i mixed rum and orange soda - awful. we drank k&j brandy shots with coke chasers, we called them e-40's after the rapper. and schlitz ice, i can't believe no one has mentioned this yet. or maybe i was the only one stupid enough to drink a super high alcohol malt beverage. we once bought 12-packs of this for $2.99 and at the end of the night we were all wearing the boxes on our heads. we called them our beer helmets. that morning i discovered fruit loops with beer instead of milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  one night i was bingeing on woo-woos (cranberry juice, vodka, and peach schnapps) and when we ran out decided to do shots of jack. i got destroyed and was kicked out of my student office assistant job by my boss when she found me puking in the bathroom at 10 am after i tried to eat an apple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the food on campus was pretty bad, i mostly ate veggie sandwiches and salad bar. we used to eat laods of tostitos and tostito salsa - blech. i actually lost weight instead of gaining the freshman 15 because i refused to eat the nasty pizza, the greasy breakfasts, and "the grill" chili fries and cheeseburgers. at the end of the year i had to feed all my guy friends because their meal cards had run out. i was pretty popular. especially because my mom used to send me all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies premeasured in bags, and all i had to get was the eggs. i baked them in the upperclassmen's dorm kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  after 2 years i moved off campus and actually did a lot of cooking for myself. i lived with four guys and the stuff they ate - a different story. i can't eat canned chili anymore because they would mix up a couple cans of hormel with a chopped onion, jalapenos, and loads of sriracha. one night i ate some that had been marinating in the fridge for a couple days, and the next day i had to call in sick to work because of what they called "fire ass."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  one thing i do miss is the late night north beach pizza delivery. there is no place in southen california that even comes close to north beach gooey cheesy goodness delivered piping hot to your drunk ass at 2am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. The Safeway near school (affectionately titled "ghetto Safeway") used run a special on Banquet frozen dinners: 10 for $10. I'd look for the meals that weighed the most, trying to strech my dollar for the most possible food, and then eat them two at a time because they were still so small.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Food: MICROWAVE POPCORN- blech! Whenever anyone pops it at work, I am taken back to a period of time when I woul eat micro popcorn for all meals...Retch!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Drink: Midori Sours- required aformentioned popcorn to soak up the bile/stomach acid these drinks would create. They were violent green, going down and coming back up(um, too much info???). Never again!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I still like microwave popcorn, but that might be because we didn't have microwaves when I went to college (Class of '77). I can barely restrain myself when I smell it coming down the hall at work - want to hunt down whoever has it and find some reason to sit and have a gab :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As for drinks:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Southern Comfort is at the very top of my "never drink again" list, although I ran into a great BBQ sauce recipe in Bon Appetit back in the late 80's that uses SoCo and peach preserves. My neighbor gave me the Bon Appetit and I took it home to my father's house one weekend and suggested an experiment. He, too, hated SoCo so I guess the overindulgence thing is pretty old. Anyhow, we decided that I'd go ahead and make the baby back ribs with that BBQ sauce and if it was really ghastly I'd go out and get something from a local restaurant. To our amazement, and the absolute wonder of many friends subsequently, it's absolutely fantastic. My father would take the recipe with him on Mainland trips and make the ribs and sauce for friends he was staying with on his trips. Some of them still call or email me for the recipe since they've lost it. I still can't stand to drink or smell the stuff, though. A bottle in the liquor cupboard lasts forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bourbon - a bottle of that also lasts forever. A friend from Japan and a friend here both love their bourbon so I keep a bottle on hand, but don't touch the stuff myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Boone's Farm - a high school overindulgence but why did we ever drink that stuff????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I still like Goldschlager in moderate doses, and in a few bars if you order Green Chartreuse they'll comp you the rest of the bar tab :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any fortified wine or malt beer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any cheap beer or wine (like that awful Carlo Rossi in a jug)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Re: White Russians - a friend and I were out for sunset drinks at the top of a ritzy hotel in Osaka before going out for his birthday dinner, drinking and dancing afterward. We ordered white Russians, the bartender didn't know how to make them so I went over to give him instructions. He put full shots of everything in our glasses and charged us for single shots. We thought we'd hit the mother lode so drank far too many. Fortunately we had dinner reservations at a place that was hard to get into and was owned by friends so felt like we had to go eat. That probably saved us. Our friends saw us come in, promptly brought coffee and a few things to absorb some of the alcohol, and we were soon feeling good enough to order dinner and wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The food in my college cafeteria was atrocious but I was friends with few of the guys who worked the kitchen and they had keys, so we'd go in at night and take over the grill to cook for ourselves and friends. Since we only stole electricity we didn't see it as all that bad, especially not if stoned on good local weed, but would most likely get arrested and/or thrown out today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sometimes at the end of the month my housemates and I would be so broke that the fridge only had a jug of water, some jelly, and a stick of butter in it, the cupboard PB and ramen, and the freezer white bread. I'd call my mom to invite her over for dinner, she'd ask what she could bring, and I'd tell her "dinner." She'd take my father to the store, they'd stock up on beer and wine for us, and she'd make a couple of lasagnas (one for us to freeze), garlic bread, green salad and a dessert. Moms are so great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I still like canned chili on Kraft mac and cheese when I'm feeling lousy. My mother never made it (heaven forfend) and I didn't discover the combo until I was in my early 30's, but somehow it works once a year or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Real ramen can't be beat if you've got a cold.