Health Code Violations Georgetown Students Have Ignored

We’ve heard the rumors. We’ve seen the health code signs. But for all our favorite Georgetown restaurants, students are very much willing to forgive and forget their health code violations. To commemorate our most notorious health code offenders, 4E has rounded up all our favorite food establishments and their health code violations! We also realistically understand you’ll read this article and then go grab a bite to eat. See you there!

1. Dean and DeLuca, 2017

Not the first time its been closed for rodent infestation. But then again who in Georgetown can escape the rodent infestation?

http://wjla.com/news/local/dc-dept-of-health-closes-dean-deluca-in-georgetown-due-to-reported-rodent-infestation

2. Sweetgreen, 2013

Closed for “six critical violations of food code regulations, including an inaccessible hand-washing sink, a broken refrigerator, fruit flies and an expired business license.” Rough.

http://www.thehoya.com/sweetgreen-reopens-after-food-code-violations/

3. Mai Thai, 2017

Closed for apparent “drainage issues in the kitchen during maintenance work,” and mold in the ice machines. But real question how does their food come so fast???

https://www.washingtonian.com/2017/02/10/mai-thai-in-georgetown-closed-by-the-dc-health-department/

4. Whole Foods, 2017

Closed for violating “the District of Columbia food code regulations, which presents an imminent health hazard to the public.” But the only real hazard to our health is Whole Foods prices.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Glover-Park-Whole-Foods-Closed-for-Food-Code-Violations-413385753.html

5. Booeymongers, 2013

Closed for unclean food preparation, “mold on the ice machine and employees failing to use gloves during food preparation.” But let’s be honest: Most of us come for something that doesn’t need preparation and comes straight from a tap.

http://www.thehoya.com/after-2013-violations-local-eateries-adjust/

6. Wingos, 2012

Closed for violation of “improper holding temperatures, lack of proper date labels and improper food separation.” I mean, most of us eat Wingo’s at improper temperatures, with unknown dates, and no separation…it’s called the next morning.

http://www.thehoya.com/after-2013-violations-local-eateries-adjust/

7. Johnny Rockets, 2007

According to a health department report, health inspectors discovered “evidence of recent rodent activity,” including “gnawed hamburger buns.” The report said that improper disposal of trash and food debris had caused the rat infestation. The department closed the restaurant…” Maybe just get a milkshake?

http://www.thehoya.com/doh-shuts-down-johnny-rockets-for-health-violations/

8. Chipotle

I think we all ignored the Chipotle E. coli outbreak and we lined up for our burrito bowls the day they reopened. Just saying.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/11/02/chipotle-closes-43-restaurants-following-e-coli-outbreak/?utm_term=.ca6e3b1a7c89

9. Epicurean, 2009

Who knew our favorite late night eater was up to so much? I guess we were all a little too “busy” *cough* to notice. Here are Epi’s violations:

  • Food was not properly “segregated, separated, [or] protected.” At the sushi station, eggs were stored in a way where they might contaminate other foods.
  • The restaurant was cited for unclean and unsanitized food contact surfaces.
  • The restaurant’s food marking and disposal methods were cited.
  • Food and non-critical surfaces were not properly maintained. The restaurant was cited for improper “dishware washing sanitation, and frequency methods,” which includes silverware. The final rinse temperature of the dishwasher was not hot enough.
  • Hot and cold foods were stored at improper temperatures.
  • There was no consumer food advisory for raw or under-cooked food displayed at the sushi bar or on menus

https://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/03/15/epicurean-leos-tombs-and-bangkok-were-high-risk-violators-of-d-c-health-code-in-2009/

10. Leos, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012

Are we even surprised?

http://www.thehoya.com/doh-hits-leos-with-seven-violations/

https://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/09/13/leos-health-inspection-reports-six-violations-third-level-risk-category/

Don’t worry we love you guys anyways!

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125 Substitutes for Season Tickets

New year, new team? Maybe not, but we can only hope for the best when it comes to our men’s basketball team. The team has had a long road. From winning to NCAA championship in 1984 to not even making the tournament in recent years (yet still beating ‘Cuse #score), it’s safe to say that it’s been quite a ride.

Through all these ups and downs, the student section has always had a decent, if not excellent, turnout compared to other schools. Although we showed signs of life in a few games, the loss to ProvidenceVanillaNoFunSetonHallDePaulNeedISayMore crushed many fans’ confidence in the team. Let’s just say that there are definitely a lot of students who are, ah, dissatisfied with the performance this year.

Now, I love basketball as much as the next guy. I genuinely enjoy going to the Verizon Center for games, even if the team loses. However, it’s no secret that many students are reconsidering buying season tickets next year. It’s depressing, but what can you do? $125 is a lot to spend on game tickets when you don’t even enjoy going.

Saving money, something which I always applaud, for other activities is important. Fortunately for you, I collaborated with Senior Blog Editor Ally Puccio to create some creative uses for this newfound cash. Here are just a few different ways to spend $125 next year (if you’ve given up on our team).

    1. 40 PBRs at Rocket Bar, located just across the street from the Verizon Center.
    2. 35 Uncle Sams from MUG, located in the ICC. Best Corp coffee shop, best drink.
    3. Depending on your liquor store of choice (RIP Dixie), $125 can buy you anywhere from seven to 11 handles of Burnett’s. See previous posts for guidance in that area. Or don’t, and just buy the wrong flavors. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
    4. Around 12 Sweetgreen salads.
    5. Probably around eight to 10 meals at Chipotle.
    6. Seven or so meals at Mai Thai. Personally, I’m a fan of Panang Curry, which is almost the same price.
    7. 35 loads of laundry. God knows we all need extra money there since prices continue to rise.
    8. Around 10 cases of Natty Lite. NOW we’re talking.
    9. An aquarium’s worth of goldfish.
    10. Brunch! You don’t have to spend all $125 on one meal, but it’s certainly an option if you like to ~treat yourself.~ Try Mr. Smith’s for a good time, or Boqueria if you want higher quality food.
    11. A fake ID…?
    12. Put it toward spring break.
    13. Or, you could just go home for a weekend with that money.
    14. 12 Long Island iced teas at Piano (assuming you can get in these days).
    15. If you can’t get in, use the money to bribe the bouncer!
    16. Or you could bribe your accounting teacher. Accounting is really, really hard (or so they say).
    17. 25 Captain Morgan drinks on a Friday night at Tombs (I know this because I work there).
    18. 40 bourbon drinks on a Monday night at Tombs.
    19. 12 pitchers of beer at Booey’s.
    20. 12 orders of mozzarella sticks, delivered by Tapingo from Wingos. Definitely recommend.
    21. Probably a dozen shot glasses. Boost that collection.
    22. 3 Swell water bottles (just in case you lose one).
    23. 20 orders of chicken fingers from Quick Pita. Oh wait…
    24. $125 is about two years worth of Spotify Premium.
    25. If you still have a flip phone, you could buy an iPod.
    26. On that note, it’s probably around 125 songs on iTunes.
    27. All those fundraisers at Chi Di cost either $5 or $10, so you get drink specials anywhere from 12 to 25 nights at Chi Di.
    28. The cover charge at Decades is something like $10, so you can go for 12 nights.
    29. Go to a strip club!
    30. Dinner at 1789. Just once though. Not including tip.
    31. Tickets to see The Chainsmokers!
    32. Buy “Closer” 125 times on iTunes.
    33. A new TV.
    34. A lot of condoms (unless you support H*yas for Choice #free)
    35.  Gamble! Lose that $125 in a new way!
    36. Several loaves of plain white bread.
    37. Semester passes at Yates. Get fit!
    38. A table on Lau 2 during finals. Finding one is similar to The Hunger Games.
    39. Pay for a friend’s or your own parking ticket.
    40. It might even cover half a used textbook!
    41. Mold remover.
    42. Mouse traps (now we’re just listing the essentials for Georgetown housing).
    43. Blood samples.
    44. Drugs.
    45. Bleach (to drink while watching the game).
    46. 75 percent of a GoPro.
    47. This Antique Victorian Fainting Couch on Craiglist.
    48. Probably a cat.
    49. Give it to a homeless person and make someone’s day.
    50. Cash out the $125 in singles and just throw your money in the air.
    51. Disco ball.
    52. Donate it to cancer research.
    53. Find a GoFundMe page and help someone rebuild their house after a fire.
    54. One month of yoga at CorePower.
    55. 125 vanilla cones at McDonalds.
    56. Get a new funky haircut. Then get another one. And another one.
    57. Get a Yeezy T-shirt.
    58. One LeBron sneaker. But not both. Just one.
    59. Teeth whitening strips, plus a new toothbrush, toothpaste and veneers.
    60. Five bikini waxes at Polished on Wisconsin.
    61. One Amazon Tap.
    62. 25 jars of Nutella.
    63. Five wine and painting Groupons at Uncork’d Art in Adams Morgan.
    64. You can buy Instagram followers if you’re that desperate.
    65. Two N*Sync bobblehead sets on eBay.
    66. One ticket to a Broadway show.
    67. Go on a date to Outback Steakhouse and get two Bloomin’ Onions.
    68. Four Soul Cycle classes (yikes).
    69. Probably could score some recreationally legal-in-the-District-of-Columbia drugs.
    70. Did you know people are giving away hot tubs for free on Craigslist?
    71. Are there any fortune tellers in Georgetown?
    72. Oh, you could probably get a small tattoo!
    73. Or a piercing! Get wild. College, baby.
    74. Pay your bills on time this month.
    75. Buy a friend a gift!
    76. Have a field day at Trader Joe’s.
    77. Invest in Baked & Wired.
    78. Treat yourself to a Georgetown Cupcake 35 days in a row.
    79. Jump in the Potomac just for fun, and then pay your ambulance bill afterwards!
    80. Get a massage. We need to treat outrselves here. Way too stressed out.
    81. Pay a private investigator to follow around that one sketchy friend we all have for an hour.
    82. Get a tent, and then pitch it on Healy Lawn.
    83. 31 months of The New York Times at the student subscription price.
    84. Invest in cloning research to replicate Jack the Bulldog.
    85. Bribe a member of the Jack Crew into letting you in the exclusive circle.
    86. Crock Pots are pretty cool. I bet they don’t cost $125.
    87. I don’t want you to buy Crocs with your newfound $125, but who am I to judge?
    88. If you leave Friday, you can pay for half of a one-way ticket to Vancouver.
    89. Four ice-skating lessons at The National Gallery of Art.
    90. How much do you think those Big Bus Tours of D.C. are?
    91. I’d like to play some competitive bingo somewhere.
    92. You can buy 10 packages of 12 wine tastings each at Great Barrell Oaks in Virginia.
    93. Doesn’t a wig party sound really fun? You could buy six wigs on Amazon.
    94. I’d really like to learn how to salsa dance. Wouldn’t you, Charlie?
    95. Forget salsa dancing, take hip-hop lessons. Or breakdancing lessons.
    96. Pub crawl through the District.
    97. Escape The Room.
    98. 25 of the 99 Days at Tombs.
    99. A classy party accessory. Shot roulette wheel, beer pong table, etc.
    100.    Probably 100 Wisey’s cookies
    101.   Buy a nice keg! Or, be cheap and buy two low-quality kegs!
    102.    Maybe even TWO açai bowls at Hilltoss. They’re expensive.
    103.    Have an arch nemesis? Hire a hitman. Boom.
    104.    On that note, maybe you could also hire a bodyguard for a day?
    105.    A ukulele.
    106.    Upgrade to Tinder PLUS.
    107.    A used surfboard.
    108.    Two years of Amazon Prime Student.
    109.    Rush a fraternity/sorority and pay your dues.
    110.   An Amazon Kindle.
    111.   Become a sugar daddy/mommy for a day.
    112.   Firewood.
    113.   A silverware set.
    114.   40 gallons of milk.
    115.   Skis or a snowboard.
    116.   Six Uber rides to Union Station.
    117.   A copy of the Declaration of Independence.
    118.   A dope Halloween costume.
    119.   Posters for your room.
    120.    Go skydiving.
    121.   A date with someone in 4E (jk, we’re priceless).
    122.    Just donate the money to us, we’ll take it!
    123.    Six trips to Pinstripes.
    124.    Season tickets for WOMEN’S Basketball #feminism.
    125.     Literally anything else.

The point is, friends, you can do so much with $125 that you shouldn’t feel obligated to attend basketball games that make you feel depressed. We’ll see how things look next year but in the meantime, Hoya Saxa! And, more importantly, #BEATNOVA(?)!

Photos/gifs: giphy.com, gettyimages.com

OMG: Tomorrow is National Guacamole Day

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Attention: Guac lovers of the world

Tomorrow is the day. It’s like Christmas, Rosh Hashanah and my birthday all rolled into one. Yep, you guessed it, it is National Guacamole Day (NGD, for those in the know)!

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As this is a national holiday, you are basically mandated by the U.S. Constitution to eat GUAC. Come on people, it is your god given right as an American citizen!

If you are left wondering how to best celebrate this holiday, do not fret. 4E has got you covered.

Here is how I, the queen of guac, mandate you should spend NGD:

1.Visit your favorite guac serving restaurant. Whether that be El Centro (try their Guacamole Festival menu!) or Chipotle, as long as you have some guac in your life your day will be instantly better.

2.Do not mention paying more for guac. While you should never do this, on this holy day you should especially not mention the extra $2.05 that transforms your regular Chipotle burrito bowl to a heavenly experience.

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Leo knows the guac costs extra

 

3.Wear all of your guac-pparel. Because, obviously you have this. I will personally be sporting my “I heart Guac” t-shirt. Get ready to be jealous. I am ready for my close up.

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4.Post on social media about your BFF (guac). Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like an Instagram of you and your BFF guac doing a variety of fun activities. TBT that time you guys went kayaking on the Potomac! SOOOO CUTE.

5.Be creative and make your own guac! PSA: If you do this please contact me personally and let me know. I would be more than happy to be your tester. I know a thing or two about guac.

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6.Attend the “Make your own Guac” class at Leo’s! Tomorrow. O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront. Lower Level. 5 p.m. Be there, or be a NARP.

Guac today, Guac tomorrow, Guac forever.

Photos/Gifs: lovelace-media.imgix.net/; imgur.com; http://nachosny.com/; bravotv.com; http://www.organicauthority.com

The GRAMMYs!

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This past weekend restaurants all over the District were awarded RAMMY Awards for their excellence in keeping the D.C. population full and happy. While 4E loves our food from all over the 8 wards, the food of Georgetown will always hold an important place in our hearts. So instead, 4E is creating our own RAMMYs for the one and only Hilltop.

It is the GRAMMYs (Georgetown RAMMYs)!

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*No relation to music, unless we are discussing songs about food*

Here are the winners:

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year

RAMMY WINNER: Bar Pilar
GRAMMY WINNER: Midnight Mug (and the tables adjacent)

Upscale Casual Brunch:

RAMMY WINNER: Le Diplomate
GRAMMY WINNER: Farmers Fishers Bakers

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Favorite Fast Bites:

RAMMY WINNER: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza – Friendship Heights
GRAMMY WINNER: Eat & Joy

Cocktail/Beer Program of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: Bourbon Steak
GRAMMY WINNER: Tombs

Wine Program of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: Iron Gate
GRAMMY WINNER: Tie between Safeway (Franzia 4 life) + Wisey’s

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Employee of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: Evan Labb – Evening Star Cafe
GRAMMY WINNER: Omelet Lady – Leo’s

Manager of the Year

RAMMY WINNER: Joseph Cerione – Blue Duck Tavern
GRAMMY WINNER: Frankie – Einstein’s in Leavy

Pastry Chef of the Year

RAMMY WINNER: Agnes Chin – The Grill Room, Capella Hotel
GRAMMY WINNER: The Hipsters – Baked and Wired

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Rising Culinary Star of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: George Pagonis – Kapnos DC
GRAMMY WINNER: Me and my housemates #domestic

Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year

RAMMY WINNER: DGS Delicatessen
GRAMMY WINNER: Good Stuff Eatery

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Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
GRAMMY WINNER: Chipotle

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
GRAMMY WINNER: Who ever makes the best jungle juice

Let the nomz be with you.

Photos/Gifs: tumblr.com; theodysseyonline.com; giphy.com; thrillist.com

CHIPOTLE ON WHEELS

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How many times have you been sitting in your dorm room – wrapped up in blankets and avoiding your responsibilities – and thought to yourself, “Wow! I could really go for a Chipotle burrito right now.”

You immediately come up with 400 reasons not to go to Chipotle: it’s 0.56 miles away, it’s either too hot or cold, there’s a 10% chance of rain, you just put on your ugliest sweatpants…

Okay. We get it. But now, 4E is coming to the rescue with some AMAZING news: you can now order Chipotle directly to your dorm using the Postmates app!

While this news has been known to the lucky few for the last months (including one of our own bloggers; see below), we thought we’d go public with this tremendous information.

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So now you can have Chipotle anywhere with just a few clicks! Goodbye money, hello burritos.

Photos/Gifs: secretmenu.com, mtv.com

FREE CHIPOTLE!

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Yes, it is as simple as that.

As guacamole is the main food group of 4E, Chipotle is the Holy Grail. It is the one word, other than Beyoncé, that makes us go weak at the knees.

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Since Chipotle is an amazing company, they are giving away burritos, tacos and bowls for free.

This was basically my reaction:

c7ac9717d6cff22d9ba6733b167f312dOne tiny catch that I probably should mention: you have to order something with “Sofritas”.

Confused? Sofritas is a type of organic tofu that Chipotle has mixed with their amazing seasonings: chipotle chilis and roasted poblano peppers, to name a few.

Basically, Chipotle really wants this to be a thing. So much so that if you buy something with sofritas on Monday, Jan. 26 (tomorrow), they will give you a free entree to use between Jan. 27 and Feb. 28.

As a meat lover, I personally think that the temporary veganness is totally worth it. Honestly, who doesn’t love free Chipotle?

So spice up your life. Take the Sofritas challenge and become my hero.

Thanks City Pages for indulging our love of Chipotle and free things.

Photos: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c7/ac/97/c7ac9717d6cff22d9ba6733b167f312d.jpg; https://media.giphy.com/media/ALLFr8pUn3E3e/giphy.gif; http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/assets/images/menu/menu_burrito.png

ShopHouse Bounceback: Buy a Burrito, Get a Free Bowl

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We here at 4E have observed over the years that Georgetown students — us included — love Chipotle. And why shouldn’t they? It just makes sense that college kids’ would be obsessed with a place that sells relatively cheap, incredibly filling, delicious food.

Similarly, Chipotle’s sister, ShopHouse, serves up food inspired by Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, and has been offering promotion after promotion the past couple of months.

And now there’s a new one: Every Saturday in November — starting today — if you bring in a receipt from Chipotle (for a bowl, burrito, taco or salad) to any ShopHouse location from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., you will get a free ShopHouse bowl. That’s right. In exchange for going to Chipotle — something that is a part of many people’s weekly routines — you can get FREE FOOD!

Of course, as we’ve told you before, you can make your own bowl at ShopHouse (and with a Chipotle receipt, it’ll be free!). Or you can try one of the four new “House Favorites”, which are premade combinations designed to tantalize the taste buds. So grab your Chipotle receipt from Wednesday (we know you have them) and head on over to your local ShopHouse (2805 M Street NW) to get your free bowl.

Photo: siliconbeachclearly.com

4E’s Georgetown Classes Wish List

Class Wishlist

In honor of pre-registration opening up this week, here are a few classes that would be awesome to add to the Hilltop. Take note, John Q. Pierce!

Sociology: The Development of and Societal Influence of the Basic Betch 

Description: Have you ever wondered about the development of this basic species? This course will teach you all you need to know about their pseudo-fascinating lifestyle and increasing influence on society. The course will include a mandatory field trip to Starbucks, the Ugg boot challenge (in which students will be given a pair of said shoes to wear for a week straight) and a final project on the art of dressing for Coachella.

Recommended course materials: Seasons one through five of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “1989” by Taylor Swift, a one-month membership to Soul Cycle and white wine (because after this class, you’ll probably need it)

History: The Historical Outlook of Game of Thrones

Description: Are you an avid Game of Thrones enthusiast or, if you’re not, have you always wondered what all the hype is about? Through this course, you will not only have seen every episode of this fantastic series, but you will also learn the historical background of each kingdom. There will be no more confusion about the origin of the White Walker or the background of the Targaryens and their long rule of the seven kingdoms. By the end of this course, you will know the creed of the Night’s Watch by heart and every lineage of each family. Lastly, this course will teach you how actual historical events are integrated into the plotline of this world.

Recommended course materials: HBO subscription, sweats and snacks

Government: Inside the Mind of Frank Underwood

Description: Frank Underwood is one badass that no one wants to mess with. How is he so successful, classy and relentless all at the same time? This course will explore the motives and mind behind this political social climber. By the end of this course, you will be able to manipulate anyone into giving you what you want and screw over close people in your life without mercy. At the end of this course, there will be a mandatory field trip to Freddy’s BBQ joint.

Recommended course materials: a stone-cold fox of a spouse and a lack of morals

Chemistry: Mixology 101: The Art of the Cocktail

Description: Are you a senior freaking out about finding a higher paying job, but you realized you picked a major that provides no future career? Then this is a course for you. This course will teach you all the skill sets for becoming the best bartender — I mean, mixologist–out there. You will know how to make any and every drink known to man. Seniors only.

Recommended course materials: none, because let’s face it, you should probably start saving your money now

Marketing: How Chipotle Became So Popular: An Overview of a Successful Business Model

Description: Haven’t you ever wished that you could have been the genius to think of Chipotle? It’s fast, it’s amazing, it’s always filling and it’s really one of the very few satisfying meals one can get for under $10 in D.C. For all you entrepreneurs out there trying to come up with the next best thing, this is the course for you. This course will include several trips to Chipotle (all expenses paid) and an end-of-the-course phone interview with the chain’s founder himself, Steve Ells. You’ll learn everything to know about creating a financially sound business venture.

Recommended course materials: an empty stomach, burrito cravings and toilet paper — lots of toilet paper

 

Gifs: Tumblr; Photo: csmonitor.com

Cheap Halloween Eats at Chipotle and Saxbys

Halloween Cheap Eats

Did you know that Halloween’s tomorrow? That’s right, T-1 day until one of the greatest days of the year, and restaurants everywhere are upping their promotion game.

First up is Chipotle, a little-known Mexican restaurant that’s looking to expand beyond its current M Street location — oh, who am I kidding? Beloved by hungry college kids everywhere, Chipotle is bringing back Boorito, a special promotion that gets you a THREE-DOLLAR BURRITO if you come in with a costume on Halloween from 5 p.m. to close (10 p.m.). That’s right. A glorious Chipotle burrito for $3. Let that sink in, much like your teeth will sink into a delicious burrito if you wear a costume and walk into your neighborhood Chipotle. Of course, if burritos aren’t your thing, you can get a burrito bowl (my personal favorite), an order of tacos or a salad for the same low price of $3. As if this wasn’t amazing enough, proceeds from Boorito up to $1 million will go to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which aims to create a “more sustainable and healthful food supply.” What’s not to love?

Social media sidenote: Chipotle is also offering a costume contest for its customers, so if you tweet or Instagram a photo of yourself at a Chipotle (in costume) with the hashtag #ChipotleBooritoContest, you could win up to $2,500 for the most creative costume, best group costume or scariest costume.

Another local chain offering deliciousness on Halloween is Saxbys. If you pop into Saxbys on Halloween from noon to 7 p.m., you get a free small pumpkin spice latte (#PSL). You don’t even have to wear a costume — although it’s encouraged.

So if you feel like getting some yummy coffee or a filling burrito (nothing says carbo-loading like a warm tortilla, am I right?), head over to Saxbys and Chipotle tomorrow and get your almost-free Halloween treats!

Photos: urbancdn.com 

Free Food Alert: Head to ShopHouse on Wednesday

ShopHouse Free Bowl

There is almost nothing that brings more joy to a college student than the word “free.” It’s the free things in life that make us smile and jump up and down in our pajamas in the living room (or is that just me?).

So what, you might ask, is the only thing that makes me happier than something free? The answer to that is easy: Food. Free food, the two critical “F”s, are two of the most joy inducing, make-my-day words I could hear. Did you notice what happened when you read “free food”? Your mouth curled into a smile, your vision got blurry, you lost focus on anything school-related and all that was ever bad or stressful melted away. Let me repeat myself: FREE FOOD.

We at 4E have featured the magic that is ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen before. For the whole month of October the ShopHouse at 2805 M St. NW is offering free drinks to all Georgetown students, and this Wednesday (10/8), ShopHouse is having another killer free bowl day from 4 to 9 p.m. for anyone with a GOCard. I know you don’t need any more convincing to go. You’ve already added it to your calendar, started a dashboard countdown and made plans to go with friends. So what am I here for? Well, to help you channel all that excited energy into some productivity, I will help you pick an order. Let’s review how the ShopHouse menu works, shall we?

Pick a base: Rice, noodles or salad. Obviously this is not only a difficult choice but perhaps the most crucial decision you will make. Rice says, “I’m sophisticated, mature and enjoying a culturally ambiguous meal.” Noodles say, “Let’s just have some fun!” Salad pretty much speaks for itself. No matter what you choose, we respect you for making it to ShopHouse and indulging in free food. Go with your heart.

Pick a protein: Chicken, steak, pork and chicken meatballs or tofu. Just my two cents: Do not deviate from your norm here. There is never a right time to experiment with new meats.

Pick a veggie: Now this is the place for experimentation and adventure. We are looking at kale, corn, squash or green beans. Not only do they have completely different colors and flavors, they have different spice levels (can you handle the heat of the green bean?) and different personalities. Which do you pick? Whatever the moment selects for you.

Pick a sauce: Tamarind vinaigrette, green curry or red curry. Read the fine print so you know what you are getting yourself into.

Top off your bowl with garnishes and toppings. Remember to enjoy it primarily because it’s good food. But you should also enjoy it a little more because it’s free. Feel free (pun!) to go all out and have no fear. This is the time to let your hair down and enjoy the pleasure of a free ShopHouse meal.

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