Chick-fil-A Truck Delayed

Last month, we started salivating in anticipation of a Chick-fil-A food truck hitting the streets of D.C. This week, we heard that we’ll have to wait a bit longer for that famous chicken sandwich.

The truck, which was supposed to hit the streets on Monday, will likely not satiate chicken desires in the District for another two weeks, reports NBC4. And there’s more bad news for Chick-fil-A fans — the truck won’t be serving some of Chick-fil-A’s signature treats, including waffle fries, sweet tea and lemonade.

Also, in our last post expressing our initial excitement for the Chick-fil-A food truck, many of you voiced concerns over the company’s political. For those of you that feel strongly about Chick-Fil-A’s political stance, don’t visit the food truck. We found a couple of local restaurants that food bloggers around the city seem to think serve a great fried chicken — Georgia Brown’s Restaurant (950 15th St. NW), Henry’s Soul Cafe (1704 U St. NW) or, for a more upscale scene, Central Michel Richard (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) — are universally highly acclaimed. Other D.C. blogs saw similar concerns, so we decided we’d follow suit in showing y’all a hilarious (albeit slightly inappropriate) music video DCist found about the Chick-fil-A/LGBT rights issue.

A Look Into Hillary’s BlackBerry

Hey girl…Ever wondered what our Madam Secretary of State has been texting? The latest meme to pop up on everyone’s Facebook newsfeeds and Tumblr dashboards features the one and only Hillary Clinton.

The original photo by Diana Walker for Time magazine was for the cover story “Hillary and the Rise of Smart Power” back in November of last year. The photo was taken aboard a C-17 flight in Malta as Hillary took one last peek at her Blackberry before taking off for Tripoli.

Texts from Hillary, founded by Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith about a month ago, has made its way about the web. In fact, it has even come up on Hillary’s staff’s radar. And what does our beloved Hillary think about the site? Well, Hillz loved it.

She loved it so much that she sent in her own meme and made a personal appearance to meet with the co-founders. Word on the street is she’s embracing this new “inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food” look and has definitely taken a different approach to technology since her 2008 bid for president. Does this mean she’s back–harder, better, faster, stronger? Will we be seeing “Hillary for President” signs again in 2016? Hopefully!

One more word on these memes. I’m curious as to what she thought of Bill being in contact with Mon again. On another note, I’m having trouble choosing between her text to John Boehner or her response to Condoleeza Rice as my favorite one. Which one is yours?

#BringTheFlattopToTheHilltop

While you wait impatiently for Nerlens Noel to announce where he’ll head this fall, we’ve prepared a little way to #BringTheFlattopToTheHilltop… through FaceinHole. See what you would look like with Nerlens’ signature haircut, and hope that he chooses Georgetown over Kentucky or Syracuse.

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A New Look for the National Mall

The National Mall is a huge expanse of green lawn in the middle of our bustling city, a monument to America’s greatest leaders and history and one of the world’s most heavily photographed spots. But large parts of the Mall have been neglected and are falling into disrepair.

These parts of the Mall include Constitution Gardens neat the Lincoln Memorial, the grounds surrounding the Washington Monument, and Union Square in front of the Capitol, and they’re about to receive a major facelift.

The nonprofit Trust for the National Mall unveiled the finalists in a design competition for  the neglected areas of the Mall on Monday. Concepts include a large outdoor amphitheater around the Washington Monument and a series of floating walkways and a floating restaurant on a pond in Constitution Gardens.

The Trust for the National Mall aims to raise $350 million to restore the Mall, including the full renovation of one of the neglected sites by 2016, according to The Washington Post. In recent years, individuals like Jon Stewart and Laura Bush have led significant campaigns to donate funds to the Trust.

All of the final design concepts will be on display for the public at the Smithsonian Castle and the American Museum of Natural History until Sunday. If the trek down to the Mall is too much for you in this season of midterms and tourists, you can always look at The Washington Post’s gallery

Photo: washingtonpost.com

7 Questions with Capitol Hill Style

The internet is full of fashion blogs – from daily outfit posts to brand marketing to couture appreciation – but amid the bevy of style-based blogs, Capitol Hill Style stands out. The blog’s author, Belle (she keeps her real identity a secret), offers style and beauty tips tailored to the D.C. working woman’s needs. She posts daily, with regular features like Splurge vs. Save, Two Ways , and the 10th Commandment, with covetable items at different price points (don’t worry, Belle looks out for the unpaid interns among her readers).
We got a chance to ask Belle some questions about her inspiration, her own style and what to do when you’re just starting out.

When did you start blogging, and what inspired Capitol Hill Style?
I started blogging in 2008 during the August recess.  I was inspired to start the blog after seeing how the summer interns on the Hill dressed for work.  Half of them were dressed for the club, and the other half looked like they were wearing clothes stolen from Mommy’s closet.  At the time, there were no professional style blogs geared toward women under age 40, and I thought it was about time Capitol Hill had a resource for young women who want to dress appropriately but be stylish as well.

 

How would you describe your style?
Sophisticated and feminine, I like a good mix of pretty and sleek.  I prefer dresses and skirts to pants.  I also like to wear feminine fabrics like silk and chiffon with ladylike accents. I try to keep up with current trends, but when I’m unsure, I stick with the classics.

 

D.C. style gets a pretty bad rap – where do you think this comes from? Is it legitimate?
D.C. style has changed a lot in the past few years. When I moved to the District in 2005, women still wore white sneakers with suits and nude hose.  Almost no one wore dresses to work, it was all pants.  And women seemed content to downplay their femininity rather than embrace it.  So in the past, the criticisms were certainly valid.

Now, I see more women who recognize that you can be a professional who is taken seriously without having to dress in shapeless, masculine attire and bad shoes.  What’s the point of having a successful, well-paying job if you have to wear clogs and tapered trousers? Ick.

 

Do you have a D.C. fashion role model?
Former Congresswoman Jane Harman was probably as close as I came to having a real fashion role model in D.C.  She had the most amazing wardrobe and the attitude to match.  No one else could have pulled off a chartreuse silk pleated skirt on the floor of the House. She made me realize that it’s not just about the clothes, it’s about how you carry yourself.

Boxes Beware – Jack Junior is Coming

Bringing you a little puppy news to kick off your Easter break – we have new video of Jack Junior! It looks like boxes will find a formidable opponent in J.J., who’s going to town on a shoe in the latest video. And for good measure, a few of his littermates make cameos as well.

Stuff Georgetown Kids Like: Acronyms

If you want to fit in at Georgetown, you have to speak the language. And no, I’m not talking about Arabic or Spanish or Chinese — I’m talking about acronyms. So much more than collections of letters, they’re more like a way of life.

I’m talking more than the standard OMG, LOL here. From schools to clubs to buildings, our campus is full of acronyms. Some of them are fairly straightforward, like NSO, VCE and GUSA. While the B in MSB can stand for either “Business” or “Bros,” either way it wouldn’t be too hard for an outsider to figure out what you were talking about. ICC is another one of these. Although, since it’s the Bunn Intercultural Center, shouldn’t we refer to this building the BIC? A question for the ages.

But then we have a crop of more confusing acronyms. GUASFCU? The pronunciations of our dear credit union’s acronym vary. Some give it a hard C, while others say it with a Ch sound. And some people say the GUA- then resort to mumbling incoherent syllables. And since when does GUGS rhyme with jugs? There’s some linguistic trickery going on there.

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Sunday Night Wrapup: Winners All Around

This weekend was filled with many victorious individuals. Triumphs ranged from basketball games to lucky lottery tickets. 4E has the details on these events for you:

  • It’s been an eventful weekend in New Orleans for men’s basketball fans. The NCAA tournament comes to and end tomorrow night when Kansas will take on Kentucky in the final. Saturday’s Final Four games were close and exciting up until the final buzzer. Kentucky managed to edge out Big East team Louisville with a score of 69-61, and Ohio State kept the game uncomfortably close up until the end, but ended up losing to Kansas 64-62. While we all wish Georgetown could be playing tomorrow night, tomorrow’s final matchup is sure to be entertaining.
  • There was a world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot this past week, and three winning tickets were sold! A lucky customer bought a ticket Friday evening from a 7-Eleven store located in Baltimore that turned out to be one of those three tickets. He with two other winners will split this enormous sum of money. The Baltimore store will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, and is now thought by many to be a lucky store.  Fortunately, for all you Hoyas, Baltimore is close, so make the trip and buy some lottery tickets.
  • The beloved Georgetown psychology professor, Steven Sabat, was awarded and recognized at the 6th Annual Georgetown College Honors this past Friday evening. Each year, current students nominate professors that they feel are influential, memorable, and among the best at Georgetown. This year Professor Sabat received the most votes, so was surrounded by faculty and students at this reception where he spoke briefly of his positive experience at Georgetown.
  • Better find a friend with an HBO subscription – the much-hyped second season of Game of Thrones premieres tonight at 9 p.m. Who cares about homework? Winter (and war) is coming in Westeros tonight.
Photo: abcnews.com

Alpacas March in Protest

Looks like this is a big news day for adorable fuzzy things (no complaints here!) – earlier today two alpacas led a group of protestors marching on the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to DCist, about 150 people joined in the demonstration, calling for the removal of EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. The owner of the alpacas, Susan Morris, is a former deputy director of the EPA’s civil rights office and one of the organizers of the protest. She and others claim that the agency treats whisteblowers unfairly.

Though we haven’t heard from Occupy as much lately, this rally served as the kickoff for the National Occupation of Washington, a renewed efforts to bring separate branches together and direct their efforts at the federal government.

The alpacas though, were the stars of the show. The D.C. Department of Transportation and DCist’s Benjamin Freed  fielded a lot of Twitter response, some of our favorites are featured after the jump.

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Best Bets: A Wiz and A Boss

It’s the last weekend before many of us leave campus for Easter break so Best Bets is here to make sure that you find something exciting to do with yourself  before heading home.

Friday:
Go to the Spring Concert with Wiz Khalifa featuring DJ Earworm tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. You don’t even have to leave campus – just walk right over to McDonough Gym. If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, there will be approximately 300 tickets available at the door ($25 for GU Students with a GoCard, $40 for Non-Students without GoCard). Even if you are one of the many who only know the lyrics to his well-known song, “Black and Yellow,” it is sure to be an awesome time.

Saturday:
If you are planning on seeing the beautiful Cherry Blossoms this weekend, make sure to check out the Blossom Kite Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kite enthusiasts compete to win awards in a variety of categories, and top prizes include the Theme Award, People’s Choice, Family Trophy and Highest Overall Score. The event takes places on the grounds of the Washington Monument so the most convenient Metro stations would be the Smithsonian or the Federal Triangle. If the weather’s nice, try Capital Bikeshare.

Sunday:
This Sunday Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be playing at the Verizon Center, one more stop on the band’s spring U.S. tour to promote the their new album, “Wrecking Ball,” which was released on March 6. The concert starts at 7:30pm, and, although tickets are officially sold out, check out sites like StubHub, TicketLiquidator and Craigslist. They might be pricey, but you do what you have to when the Boss is in town.

Photo: aquariumdrunkard.com

Fun fact about the photo featured here: it’s from when Springsteen played Gaston Hall back in March of 1974 – you can check out a recording here.