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The Gavel's Guide to Surviving Passover at Boston College

Passover, like many non-Christian holidays at Boston College, can be hard to endure. Not only are you away from family, friends, and community, but you also face the dreaded task of trying to keep as kosher as possible. As my diet consists of bagels, bread, and more bagels, I found the task rather daunting. However, here are my best tips for surviving, and maybe even enjoying these eight days. 

 

Matzoh Availability 

Although you could never catch me eating matzoh (unless covered by homemade brown butter toffee and dark chocolate) it is available in the dining halls. Grab an avocado, eggs, and sriracha for faux avocado toast, spread specialty chive or smoked salmon cream cheese from the Rat, or smother it in hummus. It is not hard to recreate your favorite Matzoh creations from home in the dining halls. 

 

Grandma’s Matzoh Ball Soup?

I was surprised to see some Passover-themed dining hall menu items. From mediocre matzoh ball soup to undercooked latkes, you can find variations of Jewish food one time during each of the eight days in each dining hall. However, if you are strictly observing kosher Passover rules, beware. You may want to stick to meals you can make in your own kitchen. 

 

The Most Important (and Most Difficult) Meal of the Day

Like many BC students, I enjoy my daily bagel for breakfast from the Rat. During Passover, with the new availability of cartons of raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, grab some fruit and add it to a yogurt bowl (without granola). If you like cottage cheese or hard-boiled eggs, you can find those in the fridge sections amongst other fruit cups. 

 

When in Doubt: Salad

BC is not without an abundance of salad options. From the Lower to Mac, you can doctor up a salad to fit your preferences. However, you have to be careful. Tofu, corn, chickpeas, and beans are sneaky items that aren’t kosher for Passover. Grab a sweet potato, chicken, and veggies, and add them to your salad for some extra oomph. 

 

Bowls, Bowls, and more Bowls

Embrace the bowl! Eagles Nest has a wide variety of toppings (including the kosher for Passover grain- quinoa!) that are guaranteed to fill you up. They just introduced brussel sprouts and beets to the extensive selection of vegetables. You can also travel down to Lower and craft your own “salad” with quinoa, veggies, shrimp, chicken, or eggs. 

 

Coffee???

Yes, even though coffee is made of a bean, it is thankfully kosher for Passover. If you favor decaf, however, opt for tea. Decaffeinated beans usually use ethyl acetate, which is derived from chametz. If you are an avid oat milk enthusiast, you will have to embrace a new milk alternative. Opt for almond milk or test your lactose intolerance. 

 

Honorable Mention: Tatte

It is impossible to call yourself a BC student without having visited Tatte, the coffee shop known for its beautiful pastries, delicious coffees before studying for midterms,  and the perfect brunch spot during Parents Weekend. What many don’t know, however, is that Tatte is Hebrew for grandmother, a way for the founder of Tatte to reminisce on her grandmother’s farmers market stand. Throughout the year, you can enjoy shakshuka, Jerusalem-style bagels, and other treats. During Passover, indulge in chocolate-covered matzah, coconut macaroons, and other flourless desserts that welcome the Passover spirit. Enjoy!

 

Remember to Eat! 

In all seriousness, Passover can be really difficult to observe while being stuck on a meal plan. It may seem difficult, or even impossible, to maintain energy and stay healthy by eating fruit and sweet potatoes. Grab some nuts to keep with you, purchase a Greek yogurt from the Chocolate Bar, and embrace the chicken and two sides (without rice). Chag Sameach!

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