You’re on Spring Break: Now What?

Spring BreakWell, we’re about two days into spring break, and if you’re most people, you’re already sitting at home, bored to death, refreshing Facebook and hoping you can vicariously live through your friends’ adventures. Sure, there are tons of things you should be doing: starting that paper that’s due shortly after break ends, getting a jump on work you’ll have to suffer through after break or reconnecting with old friends who are also on break (which is unlikely: Who else has spring break this early?). But will you do any of that? No. Instead, you’ll be reading 4E and taking our advice on how to best spend this glorious week off.

Sleep This is truly all that break was meant for. Go to bed with no alarms set, and sleep to your heart’s content. Wake up feeling rejuvenated and free of guilt, because you have no real obligations over break.

Reunite with your pets I’m not embarrassed to admit how excited I was to see my two cats upon returning home. While spending time with your friends and family is certainly important, spending time with your pets is vital.

Watch TV on an actual TV It’s such a change of atmosphere to get home and realize that my parents just leave the TV on for most of the day. It actually puts me much more on top of the news in general. More importantly, I get to watch Food Network liberally. There’s nothing quite like spending hours watching Guy Fieri gorge himself on food or Ina Garten work her magic.

Utilize your vast pantry You’re not gonna be able to sit around watching Food Network all day without eating something. There’s a finite number of days until we inevitably have to trek back to Georgetown and readjust to sad, disappointing Leo’s life. Make the most of what you can eat until that time comes.

T-minus six days until everyone is back on campus. Make the most of your vacation time until then!

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What If Ina Garten Worked at Leo’s?

Leo's ContessaEveryone knows that the brightest star of culinary television is THE Ina Garten, star of Barefoot Contessa. We’ve all had those days when we turn on the Food Network and suddenly 12 hours later realize that we’ve watched an entire season of Barefoot Contessa. I don’t really know what it is about this culinary goddess, but there’s nothing I enjoy more than plopping down on the couch and watching Ina work her magic. Still, I’ve been thinking of something even better. What if Ina took some time off from filming Barefoot Contessa and decided to spend a little time at the fine dining establishment O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront, known to some as Leo’s. Here’s what would happen:

1. Denim all day, every day

Any true fan of Ina Garten knows that she loves to rock the denim shirt on her shows. If Ina came to work at Leo’s, she’d for sure replace those plain uniforms with the ultra chic denim shirts that we’ve grown to love.

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2. Salt and pepper EVERYWHERE

Ina always says that the secret to good cooking is perfectly seasoned food. She has been known to generously apply this concept when it comes to salt and pepper. If she were to work at Leo’s, never again would we have to scour the Leo’s floor for the always-coveted salt and pepper shakers. Ina would have our backs.

3. Leo’s would be fresh to death

Probably the greatest thing about Ina Garten is when she talks about the freshness of the ingredients she uses on her show. Ina’s attention to her ingredients has caused widespread popularity of the phrases “good olive oil” and “fresh, garden thyme.” If Ina cooked at Leo’s, the line would be out the door for one of her meals. Would anyone like a freshly grilled salmon that had just been fished out of the Potomac with Ina’s bare hands? I would! (Actually, I’ll pass on any Potomac fish for now.)

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4. Jeffery!

On the list of my top 5 favorite people of all time, Ina Garten would be up there, but her husband Jeffery wouldn’t be far behind. Jeffery brings absolute comic charm to Barefoot Contessa. He knows absolutely nothing about cooking, but every now and then Ina let’s him chop some basil or mix a drink. If Ina came to Leo’s, I hope she’d bring Jeffery along. Plus, Jeffery always does the dishes and I’d rather have Jeffery around than the scarily large rotating contraption that currently takes our dirty plates to the depths of the dining hall.

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5. Leo’s lunch with a side of hugs

It is a well known fact that Ina Garten is the most huggable and loved of the Food Network royalty. The best thing about having Ina at Leo’s would be the wonderful joy she’d bring to all of our lives through her undeniably tender embrace.

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Dive In to Tune Inn

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Tune Inn
As Georgetown students, it’s not highly uncommon to dine next to senators and congressmen. If you want to go to restaurant with a high chance of a political leader sighting, we tune in to Tune Inn, a restaurant 3 blocks from the Capitol. Featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Dine-Ins and Dives”, Tune Inn boasts itself to be a 100% genuine dive.

Started in 1947 by Joe Nardelli, Tune Inn has been described by regulars as “the quintessential Capitol Hill establishment”. Managed by Nardelli’s granddaughter Lisa and head chef Michael Tate, the restaurant continues cooking up dishes that keep customers coming back.

Open Monday – Friday from 8am – 2am and Saturday – Sunday from 8am – 3:30am, you can meet all types of people at the Inn. Customers range from firemen to off-duty cops, from senators to locals, and ultimately, anyone who just wants to have a good time with good food. So if you’re looking for some cheap eats and a real diner-bar experience, head down to the Capitol and sample these amazing dishes:

Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, breaded and deep fried (served with marinara)

Tune Inn Fries A large helping of battered fries covered in cheddar cheese, sautéed onions and crumbled bacon (served with salsa ranch dressing)

Tune Inn Nachos Piled with pulled barbecue pork, sautéed onions, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and side of salsa

Tony’s Beer Battered Burger Burger is grilled, beer battered, dropped in the deep fryer and topped with cheese

Joe’s West Virginia Freshly cooked roast beef piled high, American cheese and signature sauce, grilled on rye

Tune Inn Burger Hamburger topped with signature sauce, American cheese and onion straws

Check out Tune Inn’s complete menu here.

 

Easy Nachos
For your own quick go-to diner staple at home, try these easy-to-make nachos. They’re great for Friday movie night get-togethers!

Heat the oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Meanwhile, shred 1 pound of sharp cheddar cheese. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread about half of a 14-ounce bag of tortilla chips on the baking sheet in an even layer. Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over the chips. Repeat with remaining chips and cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with your choice of toppings. Serve immediately.