White Dog Cafe has three locations, and one of them is really close to me, but I’ve never gone before because it’s quite expensive. My friends and I call it a place for Mainline Moms (rich white housewives). But to celebrate finishing all three parts of our first project for our design class, Louise, Stephanie, and I wanted to treat ourselves! (and subsequently spent a total of $100 omg never again) (it was good while it lasted)
I got a double cheddar burger with grilled red onions, tomatoes, smoked bacon mayo, and truffle parmesan fries; Louise got pan seared Icelandic cod with littleneck clams, mussels, Spanish chorizo, charred fennel, fingerling potatoes, and saffron broth; Steph got blackened catfish with grilled tasso ham, roasted sweet corn ragout, and truffle-dill buttermilk. We also all shared a side of truffle parmesan fries. And despite already feeling stuffed, we topped the evening off with a chocolate haze dessert, which consisted of chocolate hazelnut mousse cake, espresso creme brulee, and buttermilk ice cream.
We were too busy with the food so I forgot to take photos of the interior, but it’s dog-themed, which was cute, but maybe also a little creepy because there were fake dog heads on the walls (like how people hang deer heads on walls). The exterior of White Dog Cafe is also quite beautiful. I think White Dog Cafe would be a good place for brunch, but we came for dinner because our class ends at 7:30PM.
After dinner, I had an hour to kill before the train, so Louise and Steph hung out with me until 10:30PM despite it being a weeknight. I’m really thankful for these two!
I was nervous about taking my first class at UPenn because 1) new campus, and 2) the vibe at a big university like UPenn is so different from the vibe in the Tri-Co (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore). But I think some of my classmates were going through the same thing; the class I’m taking is an intro design class, so there are lots of underclassmen, particularly first-years, who for them, UPenn is also a new campus.
I thought I would feel weird as a senior in a class full of first-years, but actually, I think I felt right in place. Technically, it’s my first year at UPenn too, so you could say that I’m a UPenn first-year. And also, the thing about first-years is that they’re open and eager to meet new people, because, well, everything is new for them! I felt very welcome.
Louise and Steph were the first two people I talked to from class. We’re always in the Mac lab together, in class and out of class. I slept over at Steph’s the night before our project was due because it was too late to catch the train back. The three of us had a few food parties to motivate ourselves through late nights in lab, and a fancy dinner at a fancy cafe to celebrate completing our projects. I think there’ll be much more of this to come throughout the rest of the semester! (Or at least three more fancy dinners because we have three more projects.)
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