The Real Tombs Trivia

Ahh, senior year is finally here! While for many this involves dreaded words like “employment” and “graduation,” there is a very easy way to forget all of this: The Tombs. From the great deals on draft, to its charming atmosphere, there’s no question why The Tombs is one of Georgetown students’ favorite places to share stories pitchers.

However, only the the most successful of seniors really knows ~everything~ there is to know about this restaurant. Do you have what it takes to be crowned a trivia master? Check out 4E’s latest quiz to determine whether you’ve forgotten everything from your late nights at our favorite spot, or you’ve got a memory strong enough to power you through one last year of cramming for your last history requirement you somehow pushed off until senior year:

Photos: facebook.com, tumblr.com

 

 

Cocktail Countdown

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SPRING BREAK COUNTDOWN: 4 days!

This seems like forever. You have midterms, papers, presentations and exams. Work sucks. I know. To help you get through this last week, we at 4E have made a calendar of drinks for you to enjoy. Cheers!

Mojito. Get excited for your poolside getaway with white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint.

Whiskey Ginger. Irish whiskey, ginger ale and a lime wedge.

Dirty Girl Scout. #tbt to your days as a brownie. Mix Kahlua, Bailey’s, vodka and “white crème de menthe”.

Old Fashioned. Throw it back with bourbon, bitters, sugar cube, cherry and an orange slice.

30 Rack of Natty. You tried to lose 30 pounds before spring break, and you failed. Console yourself by finishing a dirty thirty all on your own.

Manhattan. Excited for your weekend trip to the big city and the Big East Tournament? Prepare yourself with whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters.

Gin and Tonic. Gin, tonic, lime. Added bonus: tonic water has ~zero~ calories.

Shirley Temple. A sip of your favorite childhood drink with a shot of cherry vodka is the perfect way to forget about the crushing weight of adult responsibilities that you’re constantly trying to avoid.

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Stay thirsty, Hoyas!

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Casual Thursday: 007

Vesper Martini

 

Its name is Thursday, Casual Thursday. With Skyfall now playing in theaters, we at the Hoya couldn’t help but give a little shout out to the sexiest, British-Secret-Service-Agent known to the fictional world. James Bond has made the Vesper a symbol of luxury, power, and sex. So who wouldn’t want to order a “vodka martini. Shaken. Not stirred.”?  The answer… no one. Everyone secretly wants to be that chiseled god…who “mixes business with girls and thrills.”

A little history behind the Vesper: the original recipe calls for three measures of Gordon’s Dry Gin, one measure of good Vodka (not Burnett’s), a half a measure of Lillet (an expensive French appertif wine with hints of herb and lemon), and a large lemon peel for garnish. The Bond Girl is then supposed to shake these ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain, serve it, and proceed to the bedroom.

The point is a Vesper is not necessarily available to most Hoyas…a good martini can be pretty pricey. Our staple drinks seem to be Natty Light or flavored Burnett’s and some sort of fizzy chaser. So what to do? You want a casual Thursday, but you want your drink of choice on the caliber of 007’s.

Try these recipes!

The Hoya Vesper

>Three measures of dry gin

>One and a half measures of Lemon Burnett’s

>One lemon peel (if you are feeling extra fancy)

Measure into your make-shift-red-solo-cup-cocktail-shaker. Gently shake (you do not want to melt the ice or break your priceless shaker). Strain and pour into your finest red solo cup. Serve with a dash of lemon juice for a little extra pizazz.

007 Punch (for a gathering)

>Two 2-liter servings of dry gin

>One bottle of Lemon Burnett’s

>One 2-liter bottle of Minute Maid Lemonade

Mixes easy. Just add people. Be sure to blast Adele’s Skyfall

Photo cred: http://hellotailor.tumblr.com/post/34359769446/shaken-not-stirred-the-perfect-james-bond-martini

Casual Thursdays: Tequila and Tailgate

The boas have been undusted. The drinks have been bought. The boys have been trained. The girls have been waxed. That time of year has come around once again: Homecoming Weekend 2012.

In honor of what will be a rowdy celebration this year, I’d like to suggest that you all pour out those Keystone lights (or better yet give them to me) and make your way to the nearest liquor store to brew a BEAR DOZER. (Yes, this cocktail will both sedate the real animal and help us massacre the team from the school I have particular contempt towards). The concoction will also be a nice precursor to the Halloween holiday. While you’re watching the game, I also recommend cozying up next to a delicious chicken-tequila tailgate sandwich (I can attest to its greatness).

Bear Dozer

  • 1/3 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
  • 1/3 oz Jose Cuervo Especial gold tequila
  • 1/3 oz cherry whiskey

Mix all ingredients in a shot glass, consume.

If you’re not in the mood for whiskey-tequila shots, Guy Fieri’s Chicken-Tequila Tailgate Sandwich is the perfect alternative, plus you still get all the fun of tequila! It’s a little complex to put together, but stick with me here, because it’s absolutely delicious. Bonus: this recipe makes sandwiches for you and three friends (or you and another really hungry friend).

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup julienned red onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned roasted red bell pepper
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for topping
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 1 1/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1/4 cup diced Roma tomatoes, for topping
  • 4 sourdough rolls, warmed

Directions

Layer two 15-inch sheets of heavy-duty foil and fold them together around the edges to create one sheet. Repeat to make a second double-layered sheet of foil. Bend the edges of one of the sheets up 2 inches and crimp the corners so it can hold liquid.

In order, layer these ingredients on the bent sheet of foil: olive oil, onion, jalapeno, bell pepper, chicken, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, the garlic, cilantro, cheeses, lime juice and tequila. Place the second double-layered foil sheet on top of the ingredients and fold the top and bottom sheets together on all sides. Make sure the package is not leaking, then refrigerate until ready to cook.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F or a grill to medium and place the foil packet in the oven or on the grill. Cook 10 minutes; flip and cook 10 more minutes. Slice the bag open and top with the tomatoes, cilantro and parmesan cheese. Serve on the warmed rolls.

Now get ready to welcome home some alumni and stay casual, Hoyas.

Casual Thursday: Touchdown

Welcome back to the Hilltop, Hoyas! Now that you’ve all (hopefully) settled into classes and adjusted from summer mode, Casual Thursdays are back to give you just what you need to kick off your weekend the right way. Fall is in the air and with its arrival comes lots to be excited about. Football season is in full swing, Homecoming weekend is quickly approaching, and D.C.’s summer humidity has all but disappeared.

As the sweaters and jeans begin to make a slow and steady comeback from the depths of your closets, you may be thinking about switching up the usual summer cocktail for a slightly more seasonal option. Luckily, there are lots of great fall drinks out there, but I’ve decided to go a little sporty this week with some fun football drinks to get us all in the crisp autumn spirit…after all, who says football is just for Sundays?

“The Touchdown”

Everyone likes an Arnold Palmer, right? This refreshing drink incorporates ice tea and lemonade in order to give you just the right amount of sweetness…with a little bourbon thrown into the mix.

  • 4 oz bourbon
  • 8 oz lemonade
  • 8 oz iced tea (unsweetened)

1. Combine bourbon with iced tea in a mixing glass filled with ice.

2. Strain equal parts into two glasses filled with ice.

3. Top with lemonade.

*makes two 12 ounce servings

“The Eagle”

As a Philly girl at heart, the Philadelphia Eagles will always be my go to team, but if you have other favorites there are lots of special drinks out there for you to check out. Still, I’m going with this one. A bit more on the classy side, “The Eagle” incorporates crème de violette and an egg white (a Philly tradition, of course) to give your drink a sophisticated yet delicious flare.

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz creme de violette
  • 1 oz lemon
  •  1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg white

1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

2. Shake well.

3. Strain into a glass.

If you’d prefer to watch some football rather than mix drinks, you might have to wait until the games on Sunday or when our very own Hoyas venture up to Princeton to take on the Tigers. In the meantime though, why not pop in a classic football movie like Invincible? Yes, I know it’s about the Eagles, but you also get to see Mark Wahlberg running around in a sweaty football uniform. (Or, since the NFL is using replacement referees, check out The Replacements). Not too shabby for a Thursday night.

Until next time… stay causal, Hoyas.

Photos: therewillbebourbon.net, Walt Disney Studios

D.C. Fashion’s Night Out

It’s no secret that Georgetown is full of stylish people (preppy and hip alike), so we’re expecting tomorrow’s Fashion’s Night Out to be an exciting event.

Hosted by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, FNO is heralded as an opportunity to “celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, boost the industry’s economy, and put the fun back in shopping.”  This will be the third year that D.C. has hosted this event, in which stores  and restaurants around Georgetown will have special deals, lots of goodies and, most importantly, free food.

Some of the featured events include personal stylists at Anthropologie, free mini-facials at Blue Mercury, and a braiding bar at Madewell. Restaurants like Clyde’s, the Daily Grill, Bangkok Joe’s and more have specialty cocktails and deals on food for the night. Many of the participating locations will be serving refreshments while you shop – because shopping is always better when you’re tipsy. You can check out a full schedule and details over at DC PR Girl.

Want to learn more about FNO? Check them out here. Happy shopping!

 

Casual Thursday: I Am Batman

Tonight’s a special night that we’ve been waiting all summer for—the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. So, in honor of everyone’s favorite caped crusader, today’s Casual Thursday is going to get a little batty.

The internet is full of batman-themed cocktails. Unfortunately, most of them are on a Bruce Wayne level of fanciness, and require ingredients like Crème de Violette (although those recipes are paired with a few college staples, Andre and Burnett’s, in their tutorials). If you’re feeling up the challenge, go ahead and attempt those drinks, and let us know how it goes! But we have something a little easier (but just as delicious) in mind.

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Casual Thursday: Gotta Get Down on Pie Day

The battle of pie versus cake is long and storied, dating back to ancient times. You’ve probably heard Marie Antoinette’s response to her starving peasants, “Let them eat cake!” But you probably haven’t heard Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s exasperated declaration “Is everybody crazy? Pie is clearly the better choice!”

Personally, I’m inclined to agree with good old King Tut. I’ve been championing the pie cause my whole life, and avoiding cake wherever I can (excluding Carvel ice cream cakes). The world is finally coming around to my point of view, and pies are slowly making their way to the top of the trendy desserts hierarchy. D.C. has some great pie shops, including Dangerously Delicious Pies and Georgetown’s very own Pie Sisters, but that’s not what I’m here to talk to you about today. I’m here to talk to you about a cocktail that includes all that’s good in the world, and it’s called ‘Liquid Pie.’

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Casual Thursday: Vegas Baby

It’s hot out. I know that, you know that, the entire East coast knows that. It can be hard to keep casual when you’re worried about sweating through your shirt, pants, and potentially your shoes, but it is possible.

What’s better on a hot day than a freezing cold popsicle? Answer: nothing. And when you amp it up and stick some booze in that popsicle life gets even better.

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