crackberry wrote:So what's the consensus on food? When I was a UG, Cardinal dollars weren't accepted everywhere - in fact they were barely accepted anywhere, so they were hardly a viable option. Now, it seems, they are accepted everywhere. I think my plan is to buy groceries (and definitely not at the overpriced Munger market) for breakfasts and dinners and to get Cardinal dollars to spend on lunches/snacks. Does that sound reasonable? If so, what's a decent amount of Cardinal dollars to budget per quarter?
FYI for those not familiar - there are two Safeways close by, plus a Whole Foods in downtown Palo Alto, as well as a newly-opened Trader Joe's right across El Camino from campus. That said, grocery runs without a car could be difficult as none of the stores are remotely within walking distance of SLS.
i must say, i have no idea what cardinal dollars are! i just use credit when i eat out on campus (usually at tressider, sometimes at cafe russo now).
as far as groceries go, i don't have a car but about half or more of the students do. i honestly just ask around every couple of weeks and ride along with someone to the store. i do have my own refrigerator, though, so that helps in being able to stock up! in the meantime, munger market supplies fruits, veggies, milk, and any little things i might run out of between trips. also, there is the tressider express market (about a 5 minute walk) that has more regular foods and not the whole foods-type snacks.
the new trader joe's in town and country is awesome! i don't have a bike either (working on it haha) but i imagine if you had one of those baskets you could get a good amount of stuff in one trip there.