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To-go meals at Dillin pose obsolete


Students receive emails every month about the most recent changes to Dillin Hall.

Surveys are also sent out by Sodexo asking students’ opinions and feedback.

Though they are listening to what we want, our needs have not been met and yet, a to-go system is nowhere to be seen.

There are many days that I will have to be studying 24/7 and would wish that I could just quickly get something to eat to bring back to my dorm room.

To do this without the cooperation of the Dillin staff, involves either smuggling a sandwich covered by napkins out the front door or casually carrying plates of food out the back. This seems quite extreme.

Not only is there not an option for students that are too pressed for time, but there is no way to get food to people who are unable to make it to Dillin.

Sure, they have an option to get to-go food if you are sick, but I don’t think anyone really knows how to use that in the first place.

In order to get these boxes you have to call the Dillin office and tell them that you are sick.

You then need to get a friend to bring your ID card to a manager and then they will get you some food.

Also there are people who can’t physically get there.

With spring sports starting up, there are a lot more injuries occurring and that means more people who won’t be able to get to Dillin Hall.

For people who have something broken or suffering too much pain to get out of bed, there is no way to get them food.

From a personal experience, a staff member was asked last week if food could be brought to a friend that couldn’t make it to Dillin due to injury.

But then they explained, “That if they were here yesterday, then they could come here today.”

Believe it or not people’s conditions can change in less than 24 hours.

When people are unable to get food, there aren’t any conventional ways to do the balancing trick of carrying large bowls and plastic cups without anyone noticing.

Sure, they are already technically paid for because every student on the meal plan pays for two of every piece of silverware and dishes, instead that money should be used to invest in to-go boxes.

First, people wouldn’t be stealing school property and then we could use this money to benefit everyone.

The to-go situation needs to be fixed.

We spend so much money on each meal that we should be able to actually eat every meal.

Stephanie Hofmann / Sports editor

Stephanie Hofmann can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

Alf’s does not monkey around with burgers

Something about a restaurant with a monkey as the face of the restaurant just didn’t sit well with me. But it sure did catch my attention. I had heard about Alf’s for quite some time, but was hesitant on going there because I knew I’d have a problem with the confined monkey being what lured customers in.

But the monkey and the owner of Alf’s, Terrie Rickerd, have some history. The monkey named Elvis is 14 years old and has been a part of the owner’s family since the beginning.

With that being said, try to take in the restaurant at best, without the predetermination of Elvis’s living situation.

The service was a bit slow when it came to taking orders.

I noticed that a few customers were waiting for quite some time before anyone acknowledged them or took their orders.

The employees working the cash register and up front had attitudes as if they were encaged all day alongside Elvis. Contrary to that, the food was served pretty quickly.

“I ordered a Swiss mushroom burger, a chocolate malt shake and fries, it was incredible. I would definitely go back because it was so good,” freshman Natalia Wan said. “I like the fact that it’s right around the corner from school so it’s not too far of a trek if you’re hungry for some comfort food.”

There is seating right against Elvis’s glass sanctum, which seemed to be the most popular for obvious reasons.

Every time a child, and even a few adults, walked into the restaurant their attention went straight to the sanctum where Elvis played.

One little girl in particular, had probably been anticipating her visit to Alf’s, because as soon as she came through the doors she ran straight to the cage and eagerly watched Elvis’ every move until her mother called to her to come eat her food.

She quickly asked her mother, “Where does Alf (referring to Elvis) go at night?” A question that I’m sure many customers have wondered.

Elvis has a family, and though his captivity during the day is hard to take in, let’s all hope he is happiest at home.

Despite the unenthused and slightly unfriendly employees that took customers’ orders, the food was great and tasted the way any retro burger joint should taste.

Alf’s Ice Cream & Burgers is located off of Highway 99, at 1250 SW Baker St McMinnville, OR 97128. 

Special Lovincey

Columnist Special Lovincey can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Community Plate serves coffee, smiles

The coffee is strong, the food is fresh and local and the atmosphere is hip.

Breakfast, lunch or weekend brunch, Community Plate is never a bad option.

The vibe of the restaurant lies in the name, a true community atmosphere.

At Community Plate, orders are taken at the counter and utensils and water are located on the far back wall of the restaurant.

The seating ranges from large, communal wood tables to bar-style seats near the window at the front, looking onto Third Street.

The spacing allows for big groups to dine together or for individual customers to share a communal table and bond over hot coffee and great food.

The staff is very outgoing and friendly and though they don’t personally serve and wait customers, they do go out of their way to make all who walk into the restaurant feel welcomed.

The restaurant has an evident Pacific Northwest feel, from the people to the all-around wood décor, to the coffee.

The daily scramble seems to be a customer favorite for breakfast or brunch, but for lunch, satisfaction guaranteed comes from ordering one of their soups or hot sandwiches.

Community Plate supports local growers, farmers and artisans.

The restaurant also offers milk substitutes such as hemp or hazelnut milks, as well as caters to omnivores and vegetarians, both unique and admirable in my eye.

When it comes to breakfast or lunch, Community Plate does justice to both and is inviting and welcoming to all.

Community plate also does catering. For more information about catering email the restaurant at catering@communityplate.com.

The restaurant’s hours of operations are from 7:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information about Community plate and their food menu, visit their website at community plate.com or on Facebook page.

Or call 503-687-1902. or email scott@communityplate.com.

Special Lovincey / Columnist

Special Lovincey can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Pura Vida serves delicious Latin food

Pura Vida brings a new way of dining to McMinnville. The restaurant serves Latin American style food that leaves customers in complete satisfaction and the urge to become a regular.

The Tacos del Dia, were specially made vegan with a range of vegetables from radishes to mushrooms, carrots and avocados served with a side of black beans.

The Platano Madura, fried plantains, was the perfect add to the meal, providing a warm, lightly fried, sweet and overall outstanding flavor combination.

As customers enjoy delicious Costa Rican food, with art on display and for sale can also be appreciated. One of the most fascinating aspects of the restaurant is that all the art for sale is either work done by Carmen Borrasé, a co-owner of the restaurant, or direct purchases by Borrasé from artists of Costa Rica.

Within the late lunch, early dinner hour, the restaurant was fairly dead but that allowed interpersonal communication with the friendly, intriguing server and other staff members of the restaurant.

The Pura Vida staff all seemingly showed love and gratitude for their job, making the environment sentimental even from an outside perspective.

“I’m able to practice my Spanish while making jokes with the cooks,” said Fern Unfolding, a Linfield alumna and a recent employee of the restaurant. “I’m so glad I found it, because I love it.”

The generosity of the servers cannot be undermined.

Every staff member working showed attentiveness in personal dietary restrictions, whether it is veganism or gluten-intolerance, they want to work together to make sure each customer’s needs are met.

Unfolding showed innovation when speaking with the co-owner Ricardo Antunez, on how to establish an eye-catching way for consumers with dietary restrictions to choose confidently from their menu.

More people need to discover the restaurant because it’s not exclusively about the food, but also the passion and purpose that have been recognized by the employees and owners of Pura Vida.


Special Lovincey / Columnist

Special Lovincey can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

La Rumbla brings exquisite flavor to food

Special Lovincey / Columnist

Special Lovincey can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.