Hump Day Chomp: Local 16

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Hump Day Chomp is a new weekly posting that intends, perhaps unsuccessfully, to make your Hump day a bit less humpy. We’ve found restaurants that are (mostly) cheap, rarely visited by our Georgetown amigos and, above all, pretty freaking good to get you through the week. 

To get you over this week’s hump, 4E is giving you some weekend plans worthy of day-dreaming about in Lau: A trip to our latest cheap restaurant pick, Local 16.

Although Local 16 describes itself on its website as serving, “the seasonal best from local growers with emphasis on organic meats and sustainable agriculture,” being the savvy, stressed-out Hoyas we are, we know the real reason to go there is the $23 Bottomless Brunch.

Dark and full of velvet, Local 16 appears to be a classic restaurant and bar upon entry, but if you go upstairs, you’ll find an open rooftop deck with lots of sunshine, foliage and a great view of D.C. — the perfect ambiance for an easy, breezy brunch.

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Bottomless Brunch ends after two hours at the table, so we recommend that you know your order before you get there -—you have more important things to do, such as consuming as many Bellini’s/Mimosas/Bloody Marys* as you can get your hands on.

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Note: Plan to spend at least five minutes of your precious aggressive drinking time freaking out over the fact that the mimosas are served in giant Mason Jars.

Local 16 offers all your brunch staples, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.  I myself am a classic eggs, bacon and rye toast girl, but I was seriously tempted by the cheeseburger with home fries and the breakfast and chorizo pizza (featuring a fried egg in the middle).  If you’re already full from your mimosas, they also have granola and yogurt or an awesome grilled vegetable sandwich.

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So as you sit in your sad cube in Lau, miserably contemplating the large collection of dried gum under that little shelf, take a minute to get together some friends for a reservation at Local 16. After all, there’s no better Hump Day motivation than the wise words of Blair Waldorf: “Have a little faith, and if that doesn’t work, have a lot of mimosas.”

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Local 16
1602 U Street NW (To get to U Street, take the Metro to the U Street-Cardozo Station on the Green Line. Or Uber.)
(202) 265-2828

Brunch:
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

* For underage Hoyas, Local 16’s Bottomless Brunch offers juice, iced tea, or coffee instead.

Gifs: huffingtonpost.com, youcankissmysass.com; Photo: localsixteen.com

DC Ranked Third for Best Dessert Food Trucks

DC3rdfoodtruckFor those Hoyas lucky enough to be in DC this summer, it’s time for you to get out and get some dessert on the street. There’s a whole world of of dessert trucks out there selling everything from sweet waffles to gourmet ice cream. Travelers using the dating site, MissTravel.com, were polled on which cities had the most delicious dessert trucks in the US. I don’t know why users of a dating site were polled as opposed to literally any other better, more qualified group, but we’ll take it.

It doesn’t surprise me that users of a dating site love this dessert truck.

Not surprisingly, ice cream beat out all other desserts for participants’ favorite. Granted, I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable going up to a truck self-titled “Street Cream” without seeing the entire process by which the ice cream is made, but I’m sure it’s delicious. I’ll definitely trust the ratings given from a cut-rate dating site.

“That Cheesecake Truck” is one of DC’s most popular trucks. They offer an individual cheesecake for $4 a pop, so be sure to follow their Twitter to find out where they’ll be in the DC area so you can check them out! In the meantime, I’ll be watching Food Network and salivating.

Photos: foodtruckfiesta.com, supremecart.org

That’s So Ramen

I don’t have any food in my dorm. As a result, I’m forced to go to Leo’s or the Leavey Center to get Grab N Go if I want something quick to eat. My schedule sometimes doesn’t give me enough time to make the trip there. Most people would consider my situation hopeless — but that’s because they don’t know that I have stacks on stacks of instant ramen. It’s terrible for your health and if it’s all you eat, you can get sick of it quickly. Besides that, I love ramen because of its versatility and convenience. Here are some ways to prepare it that you may not have known:

Pour the boiling water in the bag

This is probably the most low-rent (and convenient!) way to eat instant ramen. Open up the bag at the top, and pour all the soup base, vegetables, and whatever else you want into the bag. Then pour boiling water into the bag, holding the bag upright so no water spills out. Hold the bag by the top for a few minutes. Open up, and enjoy right out of the bag!

Raw Ramen

Just open up the bag, pour the soup base in the bag, throw out the vegetables, and crush the brick of noodles (all in the bag). After you break the noodles up into bite-sized pieces, shake up the bag to spread the soup base. Just eat right out of the bag!

Cheese on Ramen

This is a little ambitious for many people. I’m not a fan of it, but I know many that are. After you prepare the ramen the normal way, put one or two slices of any type of cheese on it and watch it melt. Sounds good in theory, but something about it just doesn’t work for me. Maybe it will for you!

Egg on Ramen

This is much more conventional. Just crack an egg into the pot or bowl right after you pour the boiling water and eat it when it solidifies.

Rice with Soup

After you finish eating the ramen, you can put the leftover soup to good use! Put rice into the leftover soup and enjoy!

Ramen on Ramen

Okay, now it’s getting a little contrived, but this is a real recipe! There are different brands of instant ramen and each has its own distinct taste. I personally like mixing the classic Shin Ramen and the thicker udon-type Neoguri ramen

Photo: https://leeschmidt.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/ramen/