The GU Farmer’s Market Rocks

fairview-farmers-market-tomato-strawberryWhat says “happy hump day” like an hour spent wandering through Red Square blowing all your money? I give you: The GU Farmer’s Market. Here’s a rundown of what’s there, what’s good and what you should totally get.

District Donuts
This is a new addition to the market. The DD tent offers 4-6 flavors each week; the donuts will cost you $3 for 1 or $5 for 2 (yes, the deal did motivate me to go ahead and buy 2). The milk chocolate was fantastic and the “brown butter” is sent straight from heaven.

Chicken and Rice
There is a tent usually to the right of the large colorful caravan that offers paella. This little tent has the best chicken and rice in D.C. at $8 for a pretty good portion. Definitely drown your chicken in the three sauces they have on the side (orange is the best). They also offer empanada-like pastries for $3-5 each; the spinach and feta swirl is amazing.

Crepes
This crepe place rocks. They have a ton of interesting options like Greek chicken and Nutella with banana. My favorite is the “Gorgonzola and Pear” crepe: pear, dates, dried cranberries, pears, spinach and gorgonzola.

Scones
The awesome little white tent near District Donuts has great empanadas and amazing scones. The best scone is dark chocolate and oreo; other options include wild berry, chocolate coffee bean and orange. All the empanadas are also great.

Indian Food
This is a new addition this year! They have this cool thing called “Kati Roll” that’s shaped like a burrito but way cooler. You can choose chicken or vegetables, three different types of bread and a couple of different sauces. I had one with chicken on naan bread and it was life changing. If you’re looking to skip bread, you can get the chicken and toppings served over rice instead.

“Wanna taste my sausage?”
The huge tent lined up alongside Copley offers a number of variations of handmade sausages. They’ve got bratwurst, spicy sausage, smoked sausage, sausages on buns, sausages with peppers, basically any sausage you could ever hope or dream for. They also have a little sample station set up, so you can taste all of the day’s options before choosing your favorite. They have killer lemonade. Like, it must have cocaine or something in it because that stuff is addicting and delicious. Try the mint limeade.

Farm Stand
Since this is a Farmer’s Market, I guess it makes sense that it offers fresh produce. They have really great peaches (yellow or white flesh, to suit your fancy). They also have apples and some other stuff, too.

Bread
The cutest bread tent on earth is tucked away into the corner near the doors of ICC. They have regular bread, biscuits, rolls and dessert bread. My favorite: pumpkin bread.

Waffles
Forget Belgium – Georgetown’s Farmer’s Market has the best waffle in the world. I had a sample last week and cried so much I fainted.

Dumplings
You can get dumplings at the Farmer’s Market. Basically it’s like Mai Tai came to Georgetown, but better.

Wood-fired Pizza
These personal pies look awesome.

Paella
The huge colorful cart has a bunch of different options for paella. Though I haven’t tried it, the line is always long so it must be good.

In short, the Farmer’s Market rocks. Save all your money, fast for three days and come check out all the awesome this Wednesday.

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Friday Fixat10ns: The Best of Leo’s

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Lately, our dear dining hall Leo’s has been playing some seriously sporadic tunes. From Ciara to Motown to ladies of the ’80s, the dining hall’s Pandora station has confused many hungry Georgetown students. Here at 4E, we have taken it upon ourselves to survey the earth and determine the top 10 songs that you Leo’s munchers love. Bear with us – we know this list is all over the place and back again.

1, 2 Step – Ciara A classic from the preteen years. Many students have been seen doing their own 1,2 step on the wok, home and burrito station lines.

The Way I Are – Timbaland I have deemed this the best song to walk in to. Walk into Leo’s like: What up? Where’s the guac? Or is that just me?

Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake Life would be incomplete without this song. However, is Leo’s really bringing sexy back? I mean, I know that those new options are hot, but really?

Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond Throwback to those eighth grade dances where everyone only knew half the words. Sweet Leo’s … so good, so good?

We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus Of course one of the biggest songs of last year would be making an appearance at Leo’s. We can’t stop … waiting in the pasta line? We won’t stop … complaining about the missing forks?

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga The queen of pop and the king of food … the perfect combination? Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah, want Chicken Finger Thursday.

Bye Bye Bye – ‘N Sync This ain’t no lie. What would Leo’s be without the classic boy band song? When this song comes on, I just wanna shriek like a fan girl. Come on, it is ‘N Sync. Who doesn’t love boys singing pointless songs while doing synchronized dance steps? SWOON.

Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners Once again, a classic. Many Georgetown students have been seen singing “come on, Leo’s” to the tune of this song. If only Leo’s could hear us!

Stronger – Kanye West Leo’s goes hardcore? Leo’s may not play Kanye’s other songs but at least we get this gem. (Side note: I can and have rapped this entire song. You’re welcome.)

Body Language – Jesse McCartney I may feel uncomfortable when this song comes on, but for some reason I can’t stop myself from moving along with it. Thank you, Leo’s, for getting it suck in my head.

How do you Leo’s? See you on the dance floor. Uh, I mean the panini line.

Let’s Go Round Two: 4E’s Guide to Winter Brunching

Brunch it upThere are very few people in the world who can turn down a good waffle or a delicious sandwich. But what if you could have them both at the same time? This, my friends, is the beauty of brunch. Brunch is one of my all time favorite meals because brunch food is the best food. Nay, brunch is more than that: It is a lifestyle.

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The best part about winter brunching is getting to sit inside and warm up. And drink hot coffee. Man, I love me some coffee.

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Despite its fun facade, brunching can be tricky at times. Here are some tips on how to prepare:

1. Make sure to check out our tips for champagne brunching (The tips are pretty much applicable here, minus the alcohol, of course). The most important of these tips is to make reservations. Brunch places always get crowded and are often occupied by big groups. Be smart and call ahead.

2. Figure out how you are going to get there. Are you walking or riding? Uber or taxi? (In some cases cab rides can get super expensive.)

3. Dress to impress, but don’t dress to freeze. Yes, your sundress may be cute, but it does not make any sense when it is 25 degrees and snowing outside.

4. Go hungry. This may seem obvious, but sometimes people do not take advantage of the greatness of brunch. It will be better if you are hungry.

5. Try not to go with a huge group. While it can be fun, the bill often is unthinkably large and difficult to divide up. The smaller the group, the less stress. Brunch should not be a stressful activity.

Now the question is, where should you go?

In Georgetown:

Tombs (1226 36th St. NW) A classic and a favorite. Tombs’ location is ideal for the lazy college student but is up to par with many places in downtown D.C. Its fireplace makes for a warm atmosphere and its coffee cake is the best. (Entrees usually around $11.00)

Farmers Fishers Bakers (3000 K St. NW) For those brunchers who want to have a fancier meal, Farmers Fishers Bakers offers amazing food at a set price. Its location on the Georgetown waterfront near the ice skating rink makes for the perfect winter afternoon. Because nothing says cute and wintry like brunch and ice skating. (Set price of $29.99)

Outside the bubble:

Founding Farmers (1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) Located in Foggy Bottom, this is a favorite for many Georgetown students (especially me!). All of the food is natural and delicious. (Entrees $9-$12)

Montmarte (327 7th St. SE) Located right near the Flea Market at Eastern Market, this brunch favorite offers both food and the possibility of shopping! Talk about the perfect Sunday. Word to the wise: the mussels are divine! (Entrees $11-$14) 

Once you get to your location, here are some tips to make the most of your winter brunch:

1. Don’t just commit to one meal. The best part of brunch is the mix of breakfast and lunch! Find someone who will split eggs and a chicken sandwich with you. That is love.

2. Take cute pictures. Most of us do not have the luxury of going brunching every single weekend. So make sure to document it and relive it at a later date. Instagram away. #brunchingwiththehomies

3. All you can eat. I repeat: All you can eat. Brunch is two meals. Breakfast. And. Lunch. Do not treat it like your afternoon snack. This is the time to chow down, and no one will judge you.

The time has come: Gather your friends, sit back and enjoy some yummy food amidst this disgusting weather.

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Pre-Thanksgiving Snacks: Food to Get You Stuffed Before the Holiday

Thanksgiving MealOnly a few days remain til we can all either go home or escape the (beloved yet sleep deprived) Hilltop. A time to finally relax, sleep and get happy. For many, this break will include a delicious Thanksgiving meal. However, 4E firmly believes that the tastes of warm pumpkin pie, crispy turkey and fresh cranberry sauce should not be limited to one day of the year. So, for those of you who wish to start your Thanksgiving meal a little earlier, here are our suggestions on where and how to find Thanksgiving-esque food before you leave for break (and maybe even after!):

5fa97eac1. Leo’s Though this requires the most creative thinking at times, it also gives you a reason to use some of those meal swipes! Leo’s has a variety of turkey dishes, ranging from BBQ turkey sandwiches to simple turkey burgers. If you really want to create an authentic meal, grab a plate, remove the turkey from a sandwich, get some green beans, add on some mashed potatoes and finally include some dried cranberries from the waffle station (if available). Voila! You are now having Thanksgiving at Leo’s – dreams really do come true.

2. DC Wisey’s Chantilly Panini For seven dollars, you too can enjoy this smoked turkey and brie cheese croissant panini with a light cranberry mayo sauce. Yum!

3. Einstein Bros. Cranberry Turkey Panini In addition to a variety of new cinnamon creations, Einstein’s has also begun serving a turkey sandwich of its own. Starting off with ciabatta bread (which is always an amazing beginning to anything), this sandwich consists of turkey, cranberry sauce, spinach, bacon and your choice of swiss or mozzarella cheese. Also, if you want to “Thanksgiving-ify” your morning bagel, try out their cranberry bagel!

4. Saxbys’ Pumpkin Drinks Both the pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin pie chai have become personal favorites this fall. Plus, these warm drinks can help ease the much colder walk to classes, while still reminding you that home – and of course Thanksgiving – are fast approaching.

5. Jetties’ Nobadeer Sandwich and Orange Street Salad Similar to the Chantilly Panini, the Nobadeer includes roasted turkey, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise, but also adds stuffing to the mix – all on sourdough bread. If salads are your liking, try the orange street salad, which consists of roasted turkey and butternut squash on top of mixed greens with apples, dried cranberries and sesame seeds, finished off with a ginger vinaigrette.

Enjoy these turkey- and cranberry-filled meals Hoyas, and get yourselves ready for the main Thanksgiving meal to come in just a few days!

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Surviving the 2am Hunger Struggle

Surviving the Late Night CravingsThat time of “day” has finally come: 2am. You’re tired, over-stimulated and probably dehydrated. There is literally only one thing on your mind: food. For those of us still mourning the death of Tuscany’s (R.I.P.) or looking to save (read as: redistribute) a few precious dollars, here are a few home remedies to cure the 2am itch.

‘Early’ breakfast One thing everyone should have in their fridge at all times is eggs. They’re versatile, easy and delicious. Take a bowl and crack one or two in there, scramble ’em up, and then put them in the microwave. Yes, you can make eggs in the microwave. After about a minute, sprinkle some cheese on top and put it back in for another 30 seconds or so to melt it down and finish cooking the egg. Eat with salsa.

SpongeBob Mac ‘N’ Cheese You know what I’m talking about. It’s like Spongebob, Patrick and Squidward are literally partying in my mouth. Obviously that’s not true because Squidward doesn’t party, but you get the idea. This may seem like the easiest choice on the list but don’t be fooled. Please, please, please pour the water in BEFORE putting Spongebob and friends in the microwave. For everyone’s sake. Unless you secretly want to see this in person.

Tortellini Belly-button shaped pasta. Perfect for belly dancers after work or you when you are contemplating what life would be like as a belly dancer. Water to pot, pasta to water. You can use the waiting time to compare belly buttons. Maybe practice storing quarters in there so one day you can beat this guy. But tone it down a touch when it’s time to eat.

Leftover Thai Food I’ve never had anything better than re-re-heated chicken pad thai. Yes, this is a multi-step process that requires a little forethought and the most complex creation on this list. But trust me, it’s worth it. Start by ordering chicken pad thai or an equally delicious Thai dish. Eat half. If you are super hungry, you may want to order two dishes and keep one for later. Put in microwave and heat. If you’re creative, pull out some Skippy and make it a peanut based dish. Scratch that. Always make it a peanut based dish.

The Desperado Finally, a unique dish I coined at an incredibly low point in my 2am culinary career. Necessary ingredients? Peanut Butter, Nutella, banana. Mush. Enjoy. It’s the kind of thing you won’t brag about to your friends. Maybe you’re too embarrassed to tell them at all. But you will be nothing but smiles the entire time. Just like this kid. Don’t even try to deny it.

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Go Loco for Local: A Guide to the GU Farmers’ Market

When people think of Wednesdays, they usually think “hump day” or new episodes of their favorite show (Modern Family Wednesdays?) Personally, I think about fresh fruit, Indian food and “people watching” (read as: stalking). One of the best parts about Georgetown in the fall is the weekly farmers market. However, there are some Hoyas that don’t venture to this amazing institution. Maybe they’re scared or maybe they’re just hiding in their Lau 4 cubicles – been there, done that. Do not worry, it is okay, you have time to change your ways! For those willing to give it a try here are my tips to make the most of your farmers market experience:

Perfect Produce The GU Farmers Market offers a bunch of options when it comes to buying produce, but Ashton Farms is my favorite option. They accept credit cards, which is always a plus since no one ever has cash, and they also have a wide variety of fresh West Virginia grown fruits. The workers are also some of the nicest people I have met, be sure to befriend them and get the inside scoop on which apples are the best! Haven’t gotten your paycheck yet? Spent all your money on coffee and bagels? No worries, they offer free samples outside of their stand!

Lunch-tastic The market offers food that is not Leo’s, so take advantage of it! It might be a little pricey (depending on what you get) but trust me it is worth it. One of my favorite lunch places is Indigo Indian. Last year I waited in 40 degree weather for one of their famous indirolls! They make fresh Indian food that is easy to eat on the go or in class! However, make sure you get there at a time when everyone is not trying to get lunch … unless you like lines and waiting, because who am I to stop you.

Bring the money Many of the popular stations do accept major credit cards, but some don’t! Don’t waste your trip just because you aren’t prepared. Also, if you have cash with you it will prevent you from buying everything in sight. Your wallet and future purchases will thank you.

Grab and Go A large majority of the goods at the farmers market are not usable right away, therefore sometimes you need to think ahead. Plan out those weekend dinners and snacks before you go, you will thank me later when you are enjoying your pastries and perfectly ripened fruit.

Fun in the Healy Sun There is a reason why the farmers market takes place during the best times of the year: spring and fall! Instead of running inside with your goodies post-shopping spree, hang out on the lawn. Enjoy the sunshine and do some people watching (this is one of the best places for it). All Georgetown students deserve a break every once and awhile, enjoy it!

I’ll see you at the market, I’ll be the one with the bags on bags on bags. I’m usually pretty strong-willed, but farmers markets are my weakness.

The Georgetown University Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday from 12-5pm on Copley Lawn (you can’t miss it!)

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DCTC: Capitol Hill

DCTC Capitol HillWelcome back to the Hilltop, Hoyas! (Is it too late to say that now that it’s fall? Sorry, I’m not sorry.) We 4E-ers know that you have missed the D.C. Travel Companion more than an oreo Wisey’s cookie after a full day of classes. For those of you who are new to Georgetown or to 4E (which is a travesty), DCTC helps Georgetown students navigate and investigate DC affordably. Today we will be exploring Capitol Hill and all it has to offer (other than the Government, of course)!

Getting to the Metro:

The easiest way to get to Capitol Hill is to take the Metro from Rosslyn. If it isn’t Sunday, you can take the GUTS bus directly to the station (it’s free). If you are not on campus, or if it is Sunday, you can take the Circulator Bus to Rosslyn. The bus stops at 33rd and M Street and costs one dollar with exact change (or you can use a SmarTrip card). Another great option, if it is a nice day, is to walk across the Key Bridge to Rosslyn. It’s about a 20 minute walk from the front gates – fresh air, anyone?

Once at the Rosslyn Metro station

Cost $3.00 with a paper fare card and $2.00 with a SmarTrip card. Make sure to check the times and beware of rush hour traffic/ prices.

Route 1 To get to Capitol Hill take the Blue line towards Largo Town Center and get off at the Capitol South stop (estimated travel time is 18 minutes).

Route 2 You can also take the Orange line from Rosslyn to get to Capitol Hill. Make sure to take the train that is heading towards New Carrollton and, once again, get off at the Capitol South stop (estimated travel time is 16 minutes).

Now that you are at Capitol South, it is time to explore! Here are some of the sites that we love and you will too:

We, the Pizza – 305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE – Other than having an awesome name, this place also has some of the best pizza in the area. Be sure to try one of its homemade sodas and enjoy your food at its upstairs seating area! It is open Monday — Saturday, 11 a.m. — 11 p.m. but readers beware: they’re closed on Sundays.

Good Stuff Eatery – 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE – If you aren’t in the mood for pizza, how about a burger? This is the original location and it is located right next to We, the Pizza. Be sure to try the Black & White Milkshake – it is delicious!

Eastern Market – 225 7th Street SE – Eastern Market is one of the most popular flea markets in D.C. It is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This market has tons of stores and kiosks with various goods, and it is also surrounded by restaurants that serve fantastic brunches (Monmartre at 327 7th Street SE is a personal favorite). Make sure to either get to the area early or make reservations, because the restaurants can get quite busy when the weather is nice!

Library of Congress – 101 Independence Ave. SE – Sometimes Lau just doesn’t cut it, and we here at 4E understand that. The Library of Congress is a great option for an alternative study location! Library cards are free, but you need to register in person at the Reader Registration Station (Room LM 140 in the Madison Building). When you are there, the staff will verify your information, take your ID photo, ask you for a signature and then you will be ready to go. You can also preregister online (you still have to verify your information in person).

Enjoy Capitol Hill, Hoyas, and make sure to do some people watching!