Sunday, November 29, 2015

School Food - Restaurants

Besides food trucks, there's also regular restaurants you can go to.
I would recommend going to these places after school or at least unless you have multiple frees in a row since they are farther than the food trucks.

There is subways, chinese food, pizza, and dunkin donuts.

Near the 4 train subway station, there is subways, chinese food, and pizza !
These are places I usually go after club when I'm too hungry to wait the 2 hour travel time to get some dinner. It's also good to know about these places when you're at school waiting for regents, events like parent teacher conference/college night/etc, and half days!
You can also order chinese food and pizza to the school because the delivery guys know how to get to BxSci ! I have never done it, but I see it all the time. You might have to order a bit early though, so you can get your food in time!

At the Mosholu  train stop (one stop past the Bedford Prk stop on the 4 train), there is Dunkin donuts!

This is legit where I go for coffee and ice cream haa. If you come to school early, you can totally stop by to get some coffee and make it back to school in time. It's about the same walking time/distance to school as it is from Bedford Prk.
If you walk a bit past Dunkin Donuts though, there are actual shops and a Burger King (?? i think - haven't been around since freshman year LOL). It's fun to explore around and see what you're into.

For all these places, I would definitely suggest finding a friend or upperclassman who's willing to go with you because these places shoe which students are in the know and which aren't. It's also definitely helpful if you ever feel the need to get away from school a bit (because you probably will at some point).

School Lunch - Food Trucks

Here's that promised school lunch critique I said I was going to write since day one.

School lunch is the same as every other school. It's the same stuff you get at middle school. cry.

However, Bronx Science luckily has an open campus, so you can go outside and roam around or whatever (as long as you can make it back in time for your next period class).

With this in place, there is a network of food trucks to go to when you don't want reheated leftover "hamburgers" from last week's lunch. To me, there's about four options: Ned's, Michelle's, Jay's, and Tony's. (the trucks go by the names of the owners)

Ned's is my favorite.
It's this green truck closer to the back of the school, near the handball courts. It's a bit far to walk to, but you can trust the food there. The service is friendly and nice! Ned is so chill and doesn't mind some conversation! His helpers are very cool too. There's $1.25 bottled soda LOL. (instead of $2-2.50).
Pro: Friendly and quick service
Con:  Long line. You have to fight for your food! Loudest voice wins (or you just wait until they maybe notice you...)

Jay's has the best breakfast food.
You don't have time make yourself pancakes before school? Don't worry because Jay's has real pancakes to serve! I'm actually amazed how big and toasty their muffins are and the breakfast platters are the best! I think Jay's has real food, but I only go when I'm feeling a "breakfast for lunch" kind of mood. My friend apparently created the diabetes pancake there, where for $7-8 you can get like 7 different types of candy in your pancakes LOL.
Pro: It's the closest truck near the school. It's right out front the entrance.
Con: $$$ it's probably the most expensive out of all the trucks

Tony's halal
I don't eat from here often because it's the farthest from the school. You have to leave pretty early in the lunch period to go and come back. If I ever do get food, I either have a friend get it for me or I go after school. Halal tastes pretty standard, and it feels like real food. Tony isn't the only one who works the food truck. It's pretty much a duo-team, but I don't know them very well. However, they're both super friendlyy and really flamboyant, so I love them!
Pro: Free soda every Wednesdays and Fridays :) [i think this is still a thing? - i don't keep updated tbhh]
Con: you're always going to spend about $5 because there isn't much variety in food choices.

I mention her last because I really don't like her service ;A;. The food is like regular truck food, basically the same as Ned's. However, she is super rude! Michelle is pretty much always angry and grumpy, and she acts like serving you is not worth her time and the hardest thing ever. It's like she didn't know what owning a food truck at a high school meant serving students....
Con: she's ruuuude and i'm pretty sure she has a truck that doesn't meet health requirements

Ice cream truckkks comeeee during the warm season. It's amazing. LOL.

No Regrets

I know I haven't blogged very much on here as I planned to. To be honest, this is about the seventh time I've tried coming up with something to write over the past year or so. It's not that it's hard to write about Bronx Science. It's hard to come up with where to start.

As an incoming freshman, I was super excited about starting out high school that I got distracted from anything else but studying and making new friends. I'm not exactly sure where my sophomore year went. And junior year flew by so quickly.

A large part of being in Bronx Science is trying to manage time between school work, social life, and your hobbies. You get the advantage of being told from the start that these four years of high school is building a profile of who you are to colleges. Of course, you start to freak out and try to do everything. At least, that's what happened for me. I took every AP I possibly could, and even dropped lunch so I could. Somehow, I ended up being vice president of two clubs where I have to somehow manage and entertain 50 people each Wednesday and Thursday. Any free time I have after school would be either for meeting up with my Intel mentor or hanging out with friends. Then at the end of the day, I come home to make food for my three younger siblings, do homework, and pass out. Not always in that order.

I look over to my sister who is in a non-specialized, regular high school just 30 minutes away from our house. She has first period free and wakes up at 8 AM. I come home to see her finish her homework in no time at all, and spends the rest of her evening playing video games and taking naps. Everything about her feels so chill. She didn't even know what an AP class was... It sometimes makes me wonder, why didn't I take this route? I wouldn't have to wake up at 5:30 AM, just to barely get ready in time to make the 6:12 AM bus, so I can get to school super darn early at 7:30 AM (or else take the 6:30 bus and be late to school by 10 minutes...stupid MTA !!). I wouldn't be drowning in homework and I could have more time to focus on hobbies too (like video game and napping haha). My grades wouldn't be drowning either.. lol.

When I take a step back to breathe, I don't regret a single thing.

Not to bash on my sister (i adore her... sometimes), there's a big difference in stories we can share during those family trips to relatives you don't really know. As a senior now (still feeling like a freshy tbh lol), it felt like these years have passed by SO quickly, but I've also done so much. I'm surrounded with people who care about the future and teachers who prepare me for it.

If you come to Bronx Science, you will be told about two things:
It's hell and home.