Macalester has a tradition of volunteering on Valentine's Day, hence the name Voluntine's Day. This year, a group of us consisting of half Bonners and half non-Bonners went to Second Harvest Heartland, a local food bank, to help package foods into smaller packages for households. An employee gave us an overview of the organization's mission and the hunger that plagues 600,000 people each meal in the Midwest. Our job was to pack 1.5lb bags of cornflakes from a large 500lb bag that came from the manufacturer. Hairnets and aprons went on, and we worked for about 2.5 hours. Afterwards, we got back together to see the results of our work, by dividing the total pounds of food we packed. It was estimated that each person packed enough food to feed ~70 people.
Authentic Chinese food is already difficult to find if you're not in San Francisco or NYC, so it became my mission to find a place that serves dim sum in the Twin Cities. However, I failed yet again. The restaurant that Jennifer and I visited on Sunday in Saint Paul stopped serving dim sum and only had basic dim sum dishes listed on a menu :(
But! No worries because Jennifer promised me that we will try a dim sum place that I found in Chicago's Chinatown (more on that later). Crossing my fingers!!!
Anyway, going back to the conversation with Jennifer, I will be visiting Chicago (and Jennifer's hometown, Waukegan) for Spring Break in three weeks. I'm super excited that I'll get to see a bunch of museums, be ridiculously tourist-y, and eat authentic Honduran food cooked by Jennifer's parents!
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