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Tortes and Torts: Takeout with Sarah McFadyen

Robynne Thompson (1L)

New year, same ol’ me. I’ve never been great at making (or sticking to) resolutions but this year I’m going to try to eat out a little less. In that spirit, this month is all about takeout. It doesn’t count as going out to eat if you bring your food home, right? Right. Plus, we’re all busy people, and takeout is sometimes a must when you just don’t have the time or energy to cook.

 Speaking of busy people, this month I had the pleasure of interviewing the new Executive Coordinator of SLS, Sarah McFadyen. Sarah started her SLS career last year as a 1L and worked under the Civil and Family Project during the summer. For Sarah, being involved in SLS is a reminder of why she (and so many of us) came to law school: to help people. It might be cheesy, but as I’ve said before, I love cheese! And Sarah brings up a great point, it’s important to remember why we’re all here. We all have different reasons and different goals but staying connected to those ideas can help get you through the busy and stressful times (like 1L midterms).

 When it comes to managing a busy schedule, organization is Sarah’s key: “I’ve found that there’s a lot of pressure as law students to go above and beyond in terms of academics, extracurriculars, and social life. All of these things, SLS included, keep us extremely busy. So I always keep my planner and my calendar up-to-date, otherwise I would certainly be missing meetings and deadlines. This also helps me plan out my weeks: when I know I have a paper due and two court appearances in one week, it helps me get things done ahead of time so I’m not pulling an all-nighter the weekend before.”

 Sarah also recognizes the importance of mental health, “while we are all really busy as law students, it is so important to set aside time for yourself each day to relax and do something that makes you happy, whether that’s going for a walk or reading your favourite book … and if anyone is ever struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out.“ One of my favourite things? Cleary, it’s food. I mean, I write articles about food in this paper every month (and I’m still trying to figure out how I can incorporate it into my future legal career. Ideas appreciated.).

 When it comes to staying fed on busy days, Sarah relies on meal-prepping and packing lots of snacks. As far as take-out favourites go, Sarah says “I always look for a place that serves some sort of comfort food, which is cosy, warm and high-carb for me. I also look for places that have good coffee to keep me going.”  High-carb and coffee? I think Sarah and I just became best friends. For Sarah, Remedy on 109th is a favourite. Good coffee, good chai, and tasty food.

 With Sarah’s food-inspiration, I decided to create a smorgasbord of takeout comfort foods to taste-test a few places around campus (read: I ate an ungodly amount of takeout because it’s delicious). I do the hard work so you don’t have to. Beginning at Remedy, I grabbed two samosas ($4) and the coconut curry with rice ($14.95). Next, a kimichi hotdog ($8.40) from It’Dog (I know this is a lot for a hot dog…but it’s more than just a hotdog). Finishing it all up with an order of vegetarian spring rolls ($8.95) and grilled chicken salad rolls ($12.65) from Phobulous. The restaurants are all within about 30m of each other on 109 Street – for easy smorgasbord-ing.

 Take-out in tow, I headed home to eat said food while watching RuPaul’s Drag Race in my Hufflepuff pajamas because self care. For me, the spring rolls were the star. I may go so far as to say they were the Sasha Velour of the smorgasbord (#TeamSasha). Super crispy, they’re packed full of carrot, noodles, taro root, and tofu. But let’s be real, all the dishes were pretty tasty and will definitely pick up your spirits during busy days.

 Even though takeout is a delicious option for staying fed during busy days/weeks/months, it’s not always feasible. Paying restaurant and take-out food prices isn’t always an affordable luxury. As students, the reality is that money can be tight. Though there are resources to help us plan financially (see UAlberta Financial Support) sometimes you need to stretch your funds a little further than they’ll go. If you find yourself in this pickle, you can request a food hamper through the Campus Food Bank (located on the first floor of SUB). We should all be staying hungry for justice, not for food. And, if you have a little left over in your budget at the end of the month, consider donating some non-perishables, toiletries, or cash to help out the campus community. You can find out more at