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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Put Down Your Phone to Save Lives

tap projectMIT professor, psychologist and author Sherry Turkle once wrote, “Always on/always-on-you communications devices are seductive for many reasons, among them, they give you the sense that one can do more, be in more places and control more aspects of life.” She’s right: Such devices are ubiquitous and useful. Today, cell phones seem to be more an extension of the hand than a separate technology tool.

And that’s partially why UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) is asking you to put your cell phone down. Cell phones are clearly important, but they aren’t as important as clean water — something 768 million people worldwide cannot access.

That’s where UNICEF’s Tap Project comes in.

The UNICEF Tap Project is based on a simple challenge: Give up some of your phone time to give others access to clean water. According to the Project’s website, “For every minute you don’t touch your phone, our sponsor can provide one day of clean water to a child in need.”

All you need to do is visit uniceftapproject.org on your mobile device. Set down your cell phone on a flat surface and don’t touch it. The website will begin the clock after a few seconds, and the timer will end when your phone is moved again. Remember, with this initiative, every second counts!

The UNICEF Tap Project is a win-win, Hoyas. Not only can you provide clean drinking water to those who need it, but you can also spend some precious time away from your phone. Perhaps you could head over to The Hoya for all the latest headlines or even pay a visit to the UNICEF Tap Project website for more details about the efforts. Either way, put those phones down and go!

Also, I’m already at five minutes. Get on my level.

Photo: greentravels.blogspot.com

Staffer of the Week: Sheena Karkal

Once a week, The Hoya recognizes a staffer that has done a particularly awesome job — now you can get to know about them, too. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we’ll be posting quick interviews with each Staffer of the Week. This week’s title went to someone who “guided” things along “B”-eautifully: Sheena Karkal!

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Name Sheena Karkal
School College
Year 2015
Major Biology of Global Health, Government
Hometown Orlando, Florida
Positions on the Hoya Guide editor

Why did you earn staffer of the week?
I earned staffer of the week for my work on the Guide and the Game Issue in the B-section on Friday. Ian “Autumn Goose” Tice (senior layout editor) and I got to create a novel layout and design for the Guide cover to go along with the feature on Hurricane Sandy. The second half of the B-section, the Game Issue, was a collection of fun challenges and quizzes. It was something we had never done before, so it was fun to be able to experiment freely.

What’s your favorite part about working for The Hoya?
The comfort in knowing I’m not alone in my weirdness. Also, the sweatshirts. If we can continue to make a new version each semester, I can practically have one for every day of the week!

What is your favorite Halloween movie and why?
Hocus Pocus, because it’s so delightfully terrible (and ridiculously 90’s).

If you had to make a playlist of only three songs, what are they and why?
It would really have to depend on my mood, but I do like playlists with some contrast. So I picked three which each match a different vibe from some of my favorite artists:
Fat-Bottomed Girls by Queen
These Streets by Bastille
Separator by Radiohead

How do you feel about midterms right now?
A little overwhelmed since they’re never-ending. But I’m coping pretty well.

Congratulations, Sheena and keep up the good work!