Hot Spots to Cool Off: Mr. Yogato

If you can’t already tell by this steamy morning, it’s going to be HOT today. (The Weather Channel is predicting 98.) So, today 4E is inaugurating a new series for the summer: everyday forecast to be 95 and above and we show you a great spot to cool off.

This is going to be the first day over 95 of the summer, so we figured we’d showcase our favorite fro-yo place outside of Georgetown (and it even rivals our local establishments.) And with what we though would be the best place to cool off on this steamiest of Washington days.

Mr. Yogato isn’t so much a fro-yo shop as it is an entertainment experience. You walk in, look at the giant white board on the wall, try your hand at the trivia of the day, the challenge of the day and the voice of the day to see if you can get any discounts. When 4E checked it out, you could order like Butters from South Park, answer a wordplay trivia question or pick 6 countries with a “P” in them what didn’t start with “P” — and for some reason neither Cape Verde nor Sao Tome and Principe counted.

Even though their criteria for what is and isn’t a country needs to be revised significantly, after your trivia or funny voice, you get your hand at four different flavors available each day (though they’ve concocted 25, including pink guava and pear cinnamon) served with your choice of 40 toppings. Regardless of the infinite choices available to you, the fro-yo is excellent — the perfect mixture of tangy, sweet and creamy. After the lengthy ordering process, hang around and play Tetris while watching other customers undergo the torturous process of thinking of 6 countries with a “P” in them that aren’t Sao Tome and Principe or Cape Verde.

Despite the fact that 4E was jipped out of a 5 percent discount, this is the ideal place to avoid the sweat and cool off. Yogato is cool (fro-yo), out of the sun (it’s below street level), fun (we could have ordered our fro-yo like Butters from South Park) and has a hip clientele (it’s on 17th Street!)

Mr. Yogato
1515 17th St. NW
Washington, DC
Accessible via GUTS, Metrobus G2 (the closest bus stop to Yogato from Georgetown), Metro Red Line or Capital Bikeshare (our favorite)

Photo credit: Michelle Cassidy/The Hoya

Casual Thursday: Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

Today is my second favorite holiday of the year, and it’s also Thursday. You know what that means? A very special Flag Day edition of Casual Thursday!

I know what you’re thinking – Flag Day is super lame. Wrong! Flag Day is like a mini 4th of July—fewer fireworks, less day drinking, but just as much excitement about the American flag. But just because we didn’t get off work today doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with drink that has some unnatural blue food coloring.

This patriotic margarita from Coastal Living has all the requisite colors for a Flag Day party.

It also features Hypnotiq, which according to Wikipedia, was created by a college dropout living with his parents on Long Island after he saw a bright blue perfume at Bloomingdale’s and wanted to create a liqueur of the same hue. If you’ve never had it before, it tastes like the color blue.

Ingredients:
Frozen strawberries
Dark Rum
Coconut Milk
Pineapple Juice
Lime Juice
Ice
Hypnotiq

 

 

1. Puree thawed frozen strawberries.

2. Blend 2 tablespoons each of the strawberry puree, dark rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and ½ cup crushed ice in a blender until smooth.

3. Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons Hypnotiq into a glass, and top with 2 to 4 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture.

And what better way to relax, celebrate Flag Day and be a little nostalgic than to watch some classic Nickelodeon: Salute Your Shorts. Camp Anawanna always welcomes you. You can find episodes from the first season on iTunes and Amazon.

Stay casual, Hoyas.

Photos: costalliving.com, ioffer.com

Casual Thursday: The Hot Winds are Rising

If you’re a huge Game of Thrones fan, you’ve probably spent the last few days since Sunday’s season finale mumbling about dragons and Whitewalkers and how stupid of a name Joffrey is. Anybody? Is that just me? If you’re not a huge Game of Thrones fan, you probably think I’m insane.

But regardless, the season is over. Lucky for us, we’re at the start of summer instead of the Long Winter. Temperatures are climbing and air conditioning is expensive, so why not sit down with a cold drink while you consider who really deserves the Iron Throne?

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Casual Thursday: The Buddy System

So it’s Thursday, the unofficial beginning of the weekend, a time to relax and celebrate surviving another week. Thirsty Thursday is a mainstay during the school year, but most jobs won’t guarantee you every Friday off (I’m looking at you, MSB). And it’s probably best to not end your first week or two of work with a bad hangover – desks are harder to nap under than you think.

But we’re here for you no matter what you choose to do with your Thursday night. This is the first edition of Casual Thursday, where we welcome any and all definitions of casual. Every week, we’ll offer up a delicious drink recipe as well as something more subdued.

Feel free to make a drinking game of the latter with the former.

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