REVIEW: Hilltoss’ vs. South Block’s Avocado Toast

Finally, we’re back on (or new to) the Hilltop! So, of course, trying The Corp’s new avocado toast was a top priority for 4E. How will it compare to South Block’s infamous avocado toast? Here are some quick facts:

Price:

The Hilltoss: $6.25 ($4.75 for plain avocado toast; +$1.50 for goat cheese!)
South Block: $5.50

Though I ended up paying more at Hilltoss, I ended up getting more product and additional goat cheese!! If I hadn’t gotten the cheese (which you should), Hilltoss would be the way to go for cheaper toast.

Aesthetics:

We all know how important pictures are because the gram is important. So here are some photos for you to take a look  yourself and decide which takes the trophy!

The Hilltoss:

South Block:

Availability:

Finally. The Hilltoss is open. Beyond the glass doors was my avocado toast.

The Hilltoss: Unfortunately, the avocado toast is only available for breakfast (8:30AM – 12PM). But it’s a far shorter walk than South Block.

South Block: 0.7mi/14min walk from front gates (Google Maps).
Avocado toast  is available during all store hours:
-Weekdays: 8am-7pm
-Saturday: 9am-5pm
-Sunday: 10am-5pm

Taste:

The Hilltoss: Sadly, when I went to taste, the toaster wasn’t working- BUT JOKES ON THEM because I like my bread soft and ~emotional~. The goat cheese was definitely a good addition. But the salt added on the avocado/seasoning was just a little too much with the saltiness already present from the cheese. But that may also be because I have the sensitive palate of a grandma. All in all, 9/10.

South Block: It didn’t meet the expectations I had for South Block. The avocado tasted kind of..eggy? There was way too much salt. Way more than Hilltoss’ avocado toast. Nothing special about it at all. Stick to acai bowls, South Block. All in all, 5/10.

Final Decision:

DRUM ROLL PLEASE…..

The Hilltoss!!

There you have it. Not too shabby, Corp. Not too shabby.

Stay tuned for more foodie reviews from 4E!!

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, tumblr.com

Super Bowl Commercials: The Great, The Eh, And The What?

Super Bowl ReviewAfter last year’s morbid sentimental advertisements (remember Nationwide and the dead little boy?), most football fans were hoping for a light-hearted Super Bowl Sunday. Luckily, this year, advertisers chose not to go in such a dark direction, and instead used humor during TV’s biggest night of the year.

Some commercials were flawless.

dancing beyonce halftime show super bowl 2016Well, almost.

Others were less than thrilling.

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Oh yea, Eli, I’m sure that’s not gonna cause any tension in the fam. Nope. Not a bit.

Are you ready?

yes okay cam newton nodding you got it

Let’s go.

The Great

  1. T-Mobile “Drop the Balls”

    “Uh uh, Verizon got it wrong. Yes, not me!” Way to poke fun at how blunderful you are at your job, Steve Harvey. I chuckled; I chuckled quite a bit.
  2. Honda “A New Truck to Love”

    In a year in which we’ve already lost too many rock n’ roll greats, hearing a group of herded sheep sing “Somebody to Love” warmed my heart. The employment of the ‘Toy Story Effect’ (what are ______ doing when we’re not watching) was especially effective, even if the talking dog was overkill at the end.
  3. Avocados from Mexico “#AvosInSpace”

    The best commercials, in my opinion, make you think while you’re laughing. Showcasing jorts, a Cube of Rubik, and the emoji alphabet, #AvosInSpace really got me thinking about how insane it is that we communicate so much via snarky smiley faces. It’s silly, but actually a bit impressive. Cue the “oohs” and “ahhs” from our alien future.
  4. Heinz “Weiner Stampede”

    Heinz had me from the first weenie dog running. The floppy ears. The baby ketchup packet. Harry Nillson crooning in the background. Can you just imagine how much fun this commercial was to shoot?

The Eh

  1. Doritos “Doritos Dogs”

    I consistently have high hopes for Doritos Super Bowl Commercials. The murderous dog who bribed his owner with a bag of Doritos in 2012 killed me. This commercial had all the right ingredients (cute dogs, relatable grocery store environment, bemused cashier) but was just not executed correctly.
  2. Toyota Prius “The Longest Chase”

    I don’t take pride in knocking a Prius down. However, this commercial was just far too long. I got up, refilled my plate with buffalo chicken dip, sat back down, and it was still going. Too much Prius, not enough Marky Mark.
  3. Mountain Dew Kickstart “Puppymonkeybaby”

    Was this not the creepiest critter you’ve ever seen? Nothing about this ad made me want to drink that Mountain Dew. And the three men gyrating their hips at the end? What?

The Questionable

  1. NFL “Super Bowl Babies”

    At first watch, this commercial was hilarious. On second thought, it’s a bunch of eight year olds singing about how their parents did it after a football game. That’s a little much for me.
  2. Xifaxin “IBSD”

    The anthropomorphized intestine running happily around the stadium weirded me out. He was almost kinda cute, but I just don’t want to think of my intestines that way, amiright?
  3. Doritos “Ultrasound”

    The disheveled, dirty soon-to-be-father was a far cry from the polished pops of last year’s Super Bowl, but a considerably funnier dad as well. But where the Doritos “Dogs” commercial didn’t go far enough, I think this one pushed the envelope just a little bit too far. That poor mother.

Off Campus Study Spotlight: Tryst

Do you have 6,000 pages of Plato’s Republic to finish by Friday? Are you sick of having people on Lau 3 glare at you when you rustle a page too loudly? Do you like animal crackers and lattes?

If any of these things apply to you, you’re probably looking for an off-campus study spot. LOOK NO FURTHER: Tryst is a café in Adams Morgan with a great bar area, comfortable couches, delicious and moderately priced food and drinks, and tons of young twenty-somethings wearing circle scarves with their noses buried in the newest Junot Diaz novel. It’s a great place to get some work done in a non-stressful environment.

I’m going to start off with the downsides of Tryst so that we can end this post on a high note (I’m all about the happy endings….okay, that didn’t come out right…but you get the point). Tryst is located in Adams Morgan which means it’s kind of a trek to get over there.

If the weather permits, it’s only a little over a half hour walk which is easy and nice if you have a friend or last week’s Guide Grooves playlist to accompany you. It’s approximately a $10 cab ride one way from the front gates, which is also not too bad if you have a friend or two to split the fare with. The café website has a whole section that explains the various methods of public transportation you can use to guide your trip!

The other downside, ironically, is Tryst’s popularity. When I walked into Tryst, I struggled to find an open seat and so I plopped myself down at the only empty stool at the bar. Those are, however, my only stipulations about going to Tryst every single day to study.

I personally cannot study without some sort of background noise going on to keep myself sane. Tryst supplies plenty of that along with some light background music to set the hipster-mood. I treated myself to a latte (which comes with animal crackers) and a super delicious Santa Cruz Bagel – your choice of bagel, topped with cream cheese, chopped basil, chives, scallion, thyme, rosemary and mint, served open face and drizzled with olive oil and fresh black pepper.

The girl next to me had a Belgian waffle that looked fluffy as fluffy can get and the man to my right ordered Hot Bacon Dip (which comes with potato chips) and also looked delicious. Next time I go, I will make sure to forego the morning Leo’s run and just stock up on the large selection of delicious treats at Tryst while I finish my weekly Spanish paper.

Let’s also talk about how this place is called “Tryst” and how that just sounds awesome in itself. It’s a great word. I’m going to use it more. Even in situations where it doesn’t apply at all. Maybe even as an adjective (i.e. That Nutella sandwich was so tryst, I can’t even handle it.)

All in all, I give Tryst a big thumbs up! Be sure to check it out when you get the time…and call me so that I can come with you…

Photo: trystdc.com

“Far Away” Hits Close to Home

Before I begin urging you to go see the Department of Performing Art’s production of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, I must first beg of you not to read a synopsis, plot summary, or any sort or review about the show prior to seeing it. Do not ask for a preface from a friend who has seen it, and do not try to figure out anything about this show beyond the show dates and times (which I provide for you here, so don’t you dare go and open another tab). I, instead, ask you to go into the show completely blind and then stay for the post-show discussion and participate. There are no wrong answers, and it’s eye-opening.

Now that my little disclaimer is out of the way… I went into ‘Far Away’ knowing close to nothing about the production, except that it is 50 minutes long, and that it is put on by the three-person cast of Alexandra Waldon, Addision Williams, and Olivia Duff. So, as far as an audience member goes, I was a blank slate. This turned out to work to my advantage: I watched the ambiguous plot unfurl before my eyes as I gathered clues from the intimate and genuine conversations between these three characters.

You will find yourself intrigued, confused, entertained, and even deeply troubled as the story progresses and this is what I personally think made it so delightfully thought provoking. It will most certainly be a topic of discussion among you and the people you saw it with.

And here is the part where I, again, urge you to stick around the extra 20 minutes after the show for the post show-discussion. Instead of debating your take on the show with your friends who are equally as baffled as you (because you’re all going to be like this), wouldn’t you rather discuss your ideas and thoughts with the show’s director, Jason Loewith, and the three fabulous cast members?

Some of you may be upset by the lack of plot description in this ‘review’ so here you go: a screaming owl, hats, a shed, crocodiles and some more hats. And now the show times! (Note: After seeing today’s show, I volunteered to take part in it next Wednesday! So maybe I’ll even see you there)

WHEN
Thursday-Saturday, October 11-13 at 8PM
Sunday, October 14th at 2PM
Wednesday-Saturday, October 17-20 at 8PM

WHERE
Davis Performing Arts Center, Devine Studio

PRICE
Friday/Saturday Evening: $10 student/$15 faculty, staff, alumni, senior/$18 general admission
All other performances: $8 student/$12 faculty, staff, alumni, senior/$15 general admission

Photo: performingarts.georgetown.edu

The Humane Side of Comedy

Sometimes, life gets so weird all we can do is laugh along with it.

“Sleepwalk With Me” is a 90-minute film co-directed by Mike Birbiglia (COL ’00) and Seth Barrish that tells Birbiglia’s unique coming-of-age story as a 20-something getting his feet wet in the waters of adult life. The film was first released Jan. 23, 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival and hit major theaters August 24.

Matt Pandamiglio (Birbiglia) future-narrates a tale of how a rare sleep disorder leads to the end of a relationship and the beginning of a comic career. Pandamiglio has been dating his girlfriend Abby (Lauren Ambrose) for eight years. His sister, Janet (Cristin Milioti) has just gotten engaged, and her marriage places pressure on Matt to “zig or zag” as his father puts it. While the stress of finding fame as a comedian and pleasing Abby’s own marital aspirations increase, Matt finds himself having more and more sleep episodes in which he physically acts out his dreams. As his relationship and sleeping habits deteriorate, the only thing Matt can do is take his stories on the road where the win over larger and larger audiences.

Normally, I’m not a fan of self-deprecating humor found through future narration, but somehow “Sleepwalk With Me” comes across as intimate enough to be comfortable. Birbiglia’s humor can only be described as that kind of awkward funny that initially made me a little nervous during the film. It’s witty, but I couldn’t quite shake the fact that it could just as easily be me hallucinating a jackal in my bedroom or staying in a dead-end relationship for the simple fact of wanting to please the other person.

However, as the movie progressed I felt more at ease: Nowhere does Birbiglia pass judgment on anyone in the story aside from himself. By objectively depicting the facts, he makes a statement about how life can be a funny thing in which it takes a rare sleep disorder to diagnose a troubled relationship and find a career. The movie suggests that even though this situation is less than ideal, it’s okay to laugh. In addition to an honest story line, Birbiglia peppers his narration with some truly hilarious gems like, “I know…I’m in the future also,” as well as some witty dialogue between seemingly exaggerated characters.

Plot and screenplay aside, I loved the sneaky cameo appearance of producer Ira Glass (regularly producer of WBEZ Chicago’s “This American Life,” where Birbiglia’s story aired two years ago). Wyatt Cenec (“The Daily Show”) and John Lutz (“30 Rock”) also popped up in minor cast positions. These little surprises put a smile on my face even in moments intended to be serious.

While at Georgetown, Birbiglia was known as a funny guy: He won the “Funniest Person on Campus” contest and performed regularly with Georgetown Players Improv Troupe. It’s no wonder that his first movie combined a mix of awkward, easy-going humor and sincere coming-of-age tale to produce an enjoyable quirky and thought-provoking product.

Photo: IFC Films