M Street Says Goodbye to Froyo (Again)

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Today 4E discovered the greatest tragedy on M Street since the closure of RhinoSweetgreen has stopped serving frozen yogurt. This feels like a personal attack, as Sweetgreen was founded by three Georgetown graduates.

When the local Pinkberry closed its doors last spring, packs of basic white girls flocked to the corner of M and Bank to get their fix of this “healthy” ice cream alternative. However, now Sweetgreen has decided to cease production of their only dessert option, sticking to the standards: salad, grain bowls, soups and beverages.

After spending $11 on a salad with lite dressing and saying no to bread, a small cup of froyo was the perfect indulgence. What’s the point of salad if not to justify dessert?

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Although frozen yogurt does have fewer calories than ice cream, walking a few extra blocks to T Sweets or Ben and Jerry’s will help even out your consumption. (Okay, it probably won’t, but you can convince yourself otherwise.)

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Thankfully Pinkberry has reopened, but without Sweetgreen froyo, nothing is the same.

Good luck finding alternative summer snacks, and RIP to the Sweetgreen froyo business.

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Goodbye Pinkberry

Bye Pinkberry

Bad news, froyo lovers – just in time for the imminent return of Hoyas back from winter break, our local Pinkberry at 3288 M St. has filed for bankruptcy and is now closed.

We here at 4E recognize what a significant bummer this is for many of you. Pinkberry was a place for first dates, friend dates and “Wow, I could really use some frozen yogurt” me-time.

Well, don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways you can get some delicious treats in the Georgetown area. Bring a friend and go for some brunch, winter-style. Take that crush of yours to Leo’s and spice it up with Nutella waffles soundtracked by “Rack City” or Jackson 5, depending on the day. And instead of making the trek to Pinkberry (which, let’s face it, is not very practical in the wintertime anyway), stay in the comforts of your own room and eat all the Ben & Jerry’s you have.

And to Pinkberry: rest easy, old friend – Sweetgreen frozen yogurt just isn’t the same.

Thanks to Georgetown Metropolitan for the info.

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The 4E Guide to Picnicking

picnicwithclassWell, it’s that time of year again. Zyrtec commercials are back on the air, winter coats are going on sale and chilling inside is suddenly not socially acceptable because you could be “lawn-ing.” You now face a new dilemma: How do you experience your two favorite activities, eating and enjoying the weather, at the same time? Fortunately, this very problem was solved just two-ish centuries ago with the invention of the picnic. So for your last golden days at Georgetown this year, before the wacky summer of love you’ve got planned, grab some friends, head to the lawn and use our tips to have a ballin’ picnic!

Nail the tunes
Maybe you love the sound of birds chirping or other natural noises. Maybe you hate it. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to put together a killer playlist that includes both the “commercial with hair flowing in the wind” feeling and the “me and my friends are just chillin’ on the stoop” vibe. You don’t really know how the afternoon will go, and you want to be prepared for any setting. We recommend one of our 4E summer playlists.

Plan your outfit
Clothing choices for picnicking are difficult and require a bit of forethought. Something pastel says “I’m preppy, happy and enjoying my youth” from the front but “I was too shortsighted to consider grass stains” from the back. Anything too dark may save you from green-butt syndrome (which is real) but will make you seem too serious for the occasion. Also remember that the outdoors comes with nature. Watch out for creepy crawlers and the occasional wind gust.

Bring good eats
This should be an obvious tip for picnicking anyway, but I figured it was necessary to emphasize. Whether it’s a sweet treat from Pinkberry or Ben & Jerry’s, something you picked up from Sweetgreen or a homemade feast that you prepared, food is a necessity for picnics. Just be sure to bring utensils and definitely don’t forget to clean up after yourself.

Bring a football, volleyball or Frisbee
If you are anything like me, you haven’t sat cross-legged on the ground for more than a few minutes since sitting around the magic rug in third grade. Pro tip: If prolonged sitting isn’t your thing, bring something that gets you up and moving. An impromptu Frisbee toss among friends is a perfect picnicking activity — you can enjoy the weather while getting an excuse to skip Yates!

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So those are a couple of tips for the perfect spring picnic. This weekend is supposed to be killer in terms of the weather, so be sure to get some Vitamin D with your friends! Happy picnicking, Hoyas!

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Surviving Midterms

Midterms. One word that hardly anyone ever wants to hear. It’s hard to believe that we’ve already made it halfway through the semester. Now that the excitement of Homecoming is over and the adjusting weeks have passed, it’s time to get back into the swing of, well, academic things.

But before we all start to panic with one glance at our jammed-packed calendars, let’s try to de-stress and prepare for the upcoming weeks. Here are some simple tips to help you stay on top of your game and to avoid over-stressing:

1. Relax. Yes, I know. Easier said than done. But think about it…will one test truly define your life? Though all the hours at Lau and the good amount of Flex Dollars spent at Midnight Mug will help your cause, sometimes its good to just sit back and take a deep breathe.

2. Take breaks. It’s impossible to study for too long. Go for a run to the monuments, watch that episode of Modern Family that you missed, eat dinner at Leo’s with some friends — anything that can get your mind off your work for at least a half hour. Sometimes taking the time to not study is just as important.

3. Make plans. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the midterm craziness but think about it. Midnight Madness is coming up, Parent’s Weekend, basketball season (!!) By taking the time to think about all the good, exciting things to come, the motivation to focus and get through the week will be even greater.

4. Keep working on your fitness. Exercise can be very beneficial, especially during midterms. By running on the treadmill, sweating it out in a spin class, or even just taking a brisk walk down M Street, you will feel more energized and ready to do your work.

5. Stay organized. Create a schedule for yourself so that you don’t fall behind and/or freak out! Keep that planner up to date and decide what days/times are best to complete your work. By budgeting your time effectively, you will be able to better monitor your stress.

6. Naps on Naps on Naps. A 20 minute nap is actually the best thing you can do for your body. If you find yourself being pushed into that all nighter, set your alarm and take a quick power nap. It will re-energize you and also keep you from pulling your hair out at 4 am. Be careful, though. Any more time than 20 minutes is not good and can actually make you even more exhausted.

7. Reward yourself. You’ve made it! Treat yourself generously after midterms are finally over. I’m going to suggest taking the walk to M for some Pinkberry. You deserve it.

Happy studying, Hoyas! Remember…we will all survive.