Best Bets: Let’s Dance!

The weekend’s coming up, and you know what that means? No, not studying for more midterms, but a break from the ones you just completed. Take a couple of study breaks for your own health and for the sake of having fun. Even on a hectic weekend, I try to keep myself occupied with activities other than draining my life away in an isolated room stuck in the books not knowing whether it is day or night. Here are some suggestions for an enjoyable and eventful weekend:

Friday: Guess what’s coming to Georgetown? As part of its breakfast tour, the Nutella truck is arriving! And who doesn’t enjoy the goodness of a wholesome unique spread of hazelnut and cocoa on practically anything? It is kosher, gluten-free, and AMAZING! The truck will be here this Friday, October 19 from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the front gates. Did I forget to mention that it’s in the morning? But hey, free Nutella!

Saturday: Since I’m still a kid and so are you, why not take a stroll down memory lane and attend the Virginia’s premier amusement park formerly known as “King’s Dominion”. Make your way to Red Square and purchase tickets for only $15! This includes entrance and the two hour transportation to and from Georgetown. Buses will leave Georgetown at 5 p.m. There will be plenty of thrill rides and live entertainment. Zombies and other twistedness that will make sure to haunt your minds forever!

Sunday: On this day, the typical student does homework or last minute studying. Yes, I am talking to all you procrastinators! So if you decide not to leave your dorm, I suggest that you take at least 2-3 long study breaks. This does not mean you have permission to go on your Netflix account or look through random people’s photos on facebook. Get some fresh air and go for a walk along the Potomac or Roosevelt Island. And if you really can’t get out of your room, dance! Blast a favorite song and get yourself moving. Trust me, no one will know! Plus, it’s fun, too.

Common Room Cooking: Tomato and Mozzarella

So you think you want to be a chef? Miss the feel of a home cooked meal? Maybe you just want to pull out your iPhone and show off your latest creation. Coming to college, I knew that I would be missing one thing dearly, my mother, and let’s face it, her cooking. Leo’s isn’t exactly a replacement. So what is one to do? Lets get to it: cooking in the common room!

Now if you’re feeling particularly lazy, there’s always a great microwave option. You can make everything from oatmeal to mac and cheese in there and never have to bat an eyelash.

Personally, I love to go to the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and stock up on some great bread and tomatoes. Make a trip to Vittles, Safeway or Whole foods (wonderland that it is) to pick up some mozzarella cheese, arugula, and balsamic vinegar. With just a few simple ingredients, you could be making yourself the most beautiful sandwiches with little to no effort. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and mozzarella cheese while its hot, and the mozzarella will melt right in.

While you’re at the grocery store pick up some pasta; arguably the easiest food to cook in the world. With the same ingredients as above, you could have a delicious dinner. Just don’t forget the wine (assuming you’re over 21).

There you have it, you’re on your way to becoming the next top chef. Hey, I even heard that someone managed to make sushi in the common room. That could be you! Take your stomach into your own hands, okay, that sounds a little iffy, maybe don’t do that. Oh, what’s that noise off in the next room? The mystery, the drama….Well, it’s not you’re stomach grumbling after a nice common-room cooked meal!

PS Maybe add a Nutella creation for dessert? DO IT.

Photo: Anna Goldberg/The Hoya

Life, Love and the Pursuit of Nutella

Oh, Nutella. Sweet, sweet, wonderful, delicious Nutella. We at The Fourth Edition love you, and you never cease to amaze us. You and your chocolatey-hazelnut goodness always find a way to blow our minds, clench our hearts, and send our taste buds to infinity and beyond.

Nutella, since you’ll be making an appearance in D.C. soon, (more to come next week…) we’ve decided to make a list — nay, an ode — to all the creative, mouth-watering ways you can enter our lives so that our readers can celebrate your greatness:

Toasted Banana Nutella Sandwiches Bananas, Nutella, Toast: try it for breakfast. Try it for lunch. Try it forever. No matter what, it’ll supply a day’s worth of potassium and a year’s worth of love.

Nutella S’mores A new twist on an old favorite. Just replace chocolate with Nutella. Your taste buds will thank us later.

Nutella Ravioli Yes. This is real life, and it was even featured on the Food Network. This takes some preparation and effort, but believe us, it’s worth it. Welcome to the big leagues.

Pretzels and Nutella The classic. The one and only. Get a bag of sourdoughs and go to town. Also works with fruits, spoons, cereals, and fingers.

Nutella Shots We just died and went to heaven. So will you. We know how addicting Nutella can be though so stay responsible with these alcoholic beverages. Or not.

Warmed Nutella on Ice Cream Pop that jar in the microwave and drizzle it, pour it, or just dump it all over your dessert. If you hear a Hallelujah Chorus, you’re doing it right. I personally recommend Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream.

Nutella French Toast Plop some Nutella into your French Toast batter. It’s breakfast to the second power.

The Nutella Latté Warm up some Nutella and drizzle it into your Cup O’Joe to immediately turn it into a Cup O’Joy. Want to kick it into overdrive? Add some chocolate syrup and whipped cream. This drink will lead you to Jesus.

Nutella-Iced Cupcakes Pretty self-explanatory. Swap out icing for Nutella and you’ll be happier than this girl when she found out she was going to Disney World.

With something as delicious and nutritious (ha!) as Nutella, the possibilities are endless. Check out this page for some more wonderful and out-of-the-box Nutella recipes. Until next time, keep calm, bookmark this post, and delve into the magical world of our favorite chocolate-hazlenut spread.

Photo Credit: Siouxsie Law