Capriotti’s Is Opening in DC

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You heard right, the famous sub shop Capriotti’s is opening their third D.C.-area location tomorrow, Dec. 15. Please, try to control your excitement and hunger!

Where in D.C.? The one and only M Street, of course! The store is located at 3347 M Street NW in Georgetown, making it an easy commute for hungry Georgetown students.

Do you not know what Capriotti’s is? This amazing restaurant is an award-winning sandwich shop that makes delicious sandwiches from fresh ingredients daily.

It was named by USA Today as one of the “10 Great Places for a Surprising Sandwich”, and the company truly embodies that statement. Their sandwich “The Bobbie,” named the “best sandwich” by the Washington Post, is made with freshly roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce and a pinch of mayo.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, they just did. In honor of their grand Georgetown opening, Capriotti’s is giving FREE “Bobbie” subs to the first 100 people in line tomorrow. I repeat, FREE AMAZING SANDWICHES.

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How can you get one? Just make sure you start lining up at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Capriotti’s and you will receive a free “Bobbie.”

May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Such Taco, Many Health, Much Tasty

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The 4E is an inclusive blog. We accept people from all types of food-eating groups: vegans, vegetarian, paleo, chocolate-only … as long as you love to eat, we are the blog for you.

Personally, there is nothing that I love more than a good taco. Seriously, I had tacos twice this week and I was in Israel. It is an addiction that I am not trying to stop.

So if you love food and tacos, you are going to die of pure excitement in about 5 seconds.

Ever heard of Chaia? If you haven’t, you will soon. Chaia is a veggie taco company that has often frequented D.C. farmer’s markets (we all know the 4E loves farmer’s markets).

Now, they are opening a real life store in the one and only foodie capital of the world, Georgetown.

Yes, that is right. At 3207 Grace St. NW this June, Georgetown students will have direct access to these genius tacos. That is a 15-minute walk from the front gates. So basically, tacos are going to happen between your weekday classes. Taco Tuesdays anyone?

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I actually can’t stop looking at this.

Their current plan is to serve lunch Tuesday through Friday, brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and even dinner Tuesday through Sunday. That is a lot of tacos!

But actually, how amazing does that brunch sound? Eggs, tacos, friends, Georgetown, 4E… can life get any better at the Hilltop?! (Hint: no, it cannot.)

Of course, prep with some Georgetown Winter Brunching. Training is key for an event as big as this.

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Thanks Washington City Paper for this rad article that brought this wonderful news to our attention and for soothing our taco hunger.

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Photo: http://www.chaiadc.com/our-tacos/, businessweek.com

ShopHouse Bounceback: Buy a Burrito, Get a Free Bowl

ShopHouse Free Bowl

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.

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Nutella Madness Returns to DC

Nutella Truck

Well, here’s the news all you Nutella lovers have been waiting for. Starting June 14, the Nutella truck has been making its sequel debut, straight from God’s heart into your arms and bellies. You might have been caught off guard by the word “sequel.” Could this magical event have possibly occurred before without your knowledge?

Never fear, because last time around, the 4E had you covered with the full scoop! This time around is the same, except even better because Nutella is celebrating its 50th anniversary! So get your dancing shoes on, warm your stomachs up and enjoy the birthday of your best friend ever.

This weekend, the truck is going to be at the Freedom Plaza (1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) for something called the Safeway BBQ battle. We’re not exactly sure what this is, but it sounds amazing. The truck will be around from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., so make sure to stop by and pick up your free samples with bread and waffles. I’m just going to give you, the reader, a few seconds to take that in. Free samples of Nutella are available this Saturday and Sunday! According to the weather forecast, the weekend won’t even be as painfully hot and gross as these past few days have been. You’re basically obligated to stop by the truck!

Follow the comings and goings of the Nutella truck, and the Nutella corporation in general, at http://nutellausa.tumblr.com/. And spread the word — everyone should get a taste of freedom (that is, a taste of Nutella at Freedom Plaza).

Special thanks to DC Dining Guide for the heads-up.

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Going Out to Dinner: The Leo’s Option

swankgraphicYes, you read the title correctly. As a place Hoyas love to hate and hate to love, Leo’s rarely makes your list of the top 10 places to eat in Georgetown. Nonetheless, we here at 4E are still determined to maintain our hope in Leo’s. Leo’s has just unveiled a new option for diners in which Leo’s employees will wait on your table and bring you a three course meal. While this sounds lovely for those of us looking for any chance to avoid walking (everyone), it’s probably not a practical option for every visit to O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront. So we’ve devised a way to create a lavish meal yourself. Not only do we believe a good meal is possible at Leo’s, but we’d venture to say a good swanky three-course meal is possible. After all, most students are on some sort of meal plan, so why spend more money on food when it is already available?

whenever_my_school_has_free_food-353521. Starting off with a throwback recipe, we propose preparing some cheesy garlic bread. After all, what fine dining experience is complete without the right bread option? From either the wok or pasta station upstairs, ask for a spoonful or two of garlic. Then, head to the bread station, typically located right next to the soup station, and grab some of your favorite bread. Spread some butter onto your bread, and then spread on the bits of garlic. Later, add on one or two pieces of your favorite cheese. Finally, head over to the panini press and toast the bread for 1-2 minutes, until the cheese melts. Be sure to toast the bread with the butter sides facing inward for a softer, tastier center.

2. Next, we move on to the salad course. Here, the dish really depends on each individual Hoya’s preferences. Are you a lettuce or a spinach fan? Croutons or no croutons? And don’t get me started on the dressing possibilities. To help ease the stress of so many options, here is one simple salad creation. Fill up a bowl with lettuce, sliced celery from the new hummus/veggie station, red peppers, onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. Add in some Italian dressing, mix it up and voilà!

3. Now, for the main course. While not the fanciest of meal choices, a chicken quesadilla still remains one of my personal favorite dishes. In addition, Leo’s usually has most of the necessary ingredients. Grab a tortilla from the sandwich bread rack and put in some chopped up pieces of chicken, red or green peppers, black beans from the salad bar, corn, onions and, if you can convince a Leo’s employee to give you some, a little bit of chopped up bacon. Remember, good things come to those that are nice to Leo’s employees — or at least those who pick up their omelets. Fold the tortilla over (make sure you haven’t over-filled your quesadilla or else everything will fall out before you get a chance to enjoy it), pop the quesadilla in the panini press and there you go! If you want, add in some guacamole, salsa and/or sour cream from the burrito bowl station.

4. Finally, we reach dessert. Leo’s has stepped up its game in this area, so once again the options are numerous. The choice for today’s meal includes a frozen yogurt creation. Fill up your bowl with your yogurt flavor of choice, and then go to the cereal station and add in some cereal for a little extra crunch. Also, if the fruit options are looking good, add some in as well. A great combination option is vanilla frozen yogurt with Cheerios, bananas and a little honey.

And there you have it! A somewhat more sophisticated Leo’s dining experience.

P.S. If you also want to add a new drink to your meal, try combining a bit of ginger ale, cranberry juice and orange juice together.

Bon appetit, Hoyas!

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Move Over, Valentine’s Day: Here’s Your New Favorite February Holiday

NutellaIt’s Feb. 5 – you know what that means! No, we’re not talking about Chris Parnell’s birthday or the release of Charlie Chaplin’s first “talkie.” We talkin’ World Nutella Day.

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For the uninitiated, “New-tella” (NEVER “Nut-ella”) is a delicious spread made with hazelnuts and cocoa. That’s right — a whole day devoted to that creamy-chocolatey goodness. But what’s an official holiday without some history?

For Nutella’s creation, we can thank the good people at the Ferrero company, also famous for those addictive Ferrero Rocher chocolates and … Tic Tacs. In the 1940s during World War II, cocoa rationing forced Pietro Ferrero to use hazelnuts instead of cocoa in his products. According to the official Nutella USA website, Nutella was originally called “pasta gianduja” and was sold in little loaves. But once it became apparent that Nutella was popular for more than sandwiches, Ferrero started selling the goodness as a more spreadable product in a jar: “supercrema gianduja.” The name Nutella came about in 1964, and the rest is history.

So how should you celebrate World Nutella Day? The only logical answer is to consume Nutella as much as possible. If you do this already, then carry on with your normal activities. Understandably, not everyone is accustomed to the old “spoon-and-jar.” Well, you’re in luck! Here at 4E we have already documented our love for Nutella. Check out the link for some quick and easy recipes. For maximum nutty appreciation, these treats are best eaten while curled up on your bed and watching Netflix. Just remember to take a break at some point — don’t be this guy. Happy Nutella-ing, Hoyas!

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Let’s Go Round Two: 4E’s Guide to Winter Brunching

Brunch it upThere are very few people in the world who can turn down a good waffle or a delicious sandwich. But what if you could have them both at the same time? This, my friends, is the beauty of brunch. Brunch is one of my all time favorite meals because brunch food is the best food. Nay, brunch is more than that: It is a lifestyle.

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The best part about winter brunching is getting to sit inside and warm up. And drink hot coffee. Man, I love me some coffee.

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Despite its fun facade, brunching can be tricky at times. Here are some tips on how to prepare:

1. Make sure to check out our tips for champagne brunching (The tips are pretty much applicable here, minus the alcohol, of course). The most important of these tips is to make reservations. Brunch places always get crowded and are often occupied by big groups. Be smart and call ahead.

2. Figure out how you are going to get there. Are you walking or riding? Uber or taxi? (In some cases cab rides can get super expensive.)

3. Dress to impress, but don’t dress to freeze. Yes, your sundress may be cute, but it does not make any sense when it is 25 degrees and snowing outside.

4. Go hungry. This may seem obvious, but sometimes people do not take advantage of the greatness of brunch. It will be better if you are hungry.

5. Try not to go with a huge group. While it can be fun, the bill often is unthinkably large and difficult to divide up. The smaller the group, the less stress. Brunch should not be a stressful activity.

Now the question is, where should you go?

In Georgetown:

Tombs (1226 36th St. NW) A classic and a favorite. Tombs’ location is ideal for the lazy college student but is up to par with many places in downtown D.C. Its fireplace makes for a warm atmosphere and its coffee cake is the best. (Entrees usually around $11.00)

Farmers Fishers Bakers (3000 K St. NW) For those brunchers who want to have a fancier meal, Farmers Fishers Bakers offers amazing food at a set price. Its location on the Georgetown waterfront near the ice skating rink makes for the perfect winter afternoon. Because nothing says cute and wintry like brunch and ice skating. (Set price of $29.99)

Outside the bubble:

Founding Farmers (1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) Located in Foggy Bottom, this is a favorite for many Georgetown students (especially me!). All of the food is natural and delicious. (Entrees $9-$12)

Montmarte (327 7th St. SE) Located right near the Flea Market at Eastern Market, this brunch favorite offers both food and the possibility of shopping! Talk about the perfect Sunday. Word to the wise: the mussels are divine! (Entrees $11-$14) 

Once you get to your location, here are some tips to make the most of your winter brunch:

1. Don’t just commit to one meal. The best part of brunch is the mix of breakfast and lunch! Find someone who will split eggs and a chicken sandwich with you. That is love.

2. Take cute pictures. Most of us do not have the luxury of going brunching every single weekend. So make sure to document it and relive it at a later date. Instagram away. #brunchingwiththehomies

3. All you can eat. I repeat: All you can eat. Brunch is two meals. Breakfast. And. Lunch. Do not treat it like your afternoon snack. This is the time to chow down, and no one will judge you.

The time has come: Gather your friends, sit back and enjoy some yummy food amidst this disgusting weather.

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Pre-Thanksgiving Snacks: Food to Get You Stuffed Before the Holiday

Thanksgiving MealOnly a few days remain til we can all either go home or escape the (beloved yet sleep deprived) Hilltop. A time to finally relax, sleep and get happy. For many, this break will include a delicious Thanksgiving meal. However, 4E firmly believes that the tastes of warm pumpkin pie, crispy turkey and fresh cranberry sauce should not be limited to one day of the year. So, for those of you who wish to start your Thanksgiving meal a little earlier, here are our suggestions on where and how to find Thanksgiving-esque food before you leave for break (and maybe even after!):

5fa97eac1. Leo’s Though this requires the most creative thinking at times, it also gives you a reason to use some of those meal swipes! Leo’s has a variety of turkey dishes, ranging from BBQ turkey sandwiches to simple turkey burgers. If you really want to create an authentic meal, grab a plate, remove the turkey from a sandwich, get some green beans, add on some mashed potatoes and finally include some dried cranberries from the waffle station (if available). Voila! You are now having Thanksgiving at Leo’s – dreams really do come true.

2. DC Wisey’s Chantilly Panini For seven dollars, you too can enjoy this smoked turkey and brie cheese croissant panini with a light cranberry mayo sauce. Yum!

3. Einstein Bros. Cranberry Turkey Panini In addition to a variety of new cinnamon creations, Einstein’s has also begun serving a turkey sandwich of its own. Starting off with ciabatta bread (which is always an amazing beginning to anything), this sandwich consists of turkey, cranberry sauce, spinach, bacon and your choice of swiss or mozzarella cheese. Also, if you want to “Thanksgiving-ify” your morning bagel, try out their cranberry bagel!

4. Saxbys’ Pumpkin Drinks Both the pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin pie chai have become personal favorites this fall. Plus, these warm drinks can help ease the much colder walk to classes, while still reminding you that home – and of course Thanksgiving – are fast approaching.

5. Jetties’ Nobadeer Sandwich and Orange Street Salad Similar to the Chantilly Panini, the Nobadeer includes roasted turkey, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise, but also adds stuffing to the mix – all on sourdough bread. If salads are your liking, try the orange street salad, which consists of roasted turkey and butternut squash on top of mixed greens with apples, dried cranberries and sesame seeds, finished off with a ginger vinaigrette.

Enjoy these turkey- and cranberry-filled meals Hoyas, and get yourselves ready for the main Thanksgiving meal to come in just a few days!

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GrubHub Goodness: Hoyas Ranked As Healthy and Polite

Georgetown GrubHubLike any great talent or skill one can acquiesce, ordering food from your bedroom as you watch Netflix in your pajamas takes a very distinct set of skills. And guess what, Hoyas? We have them. Or at least GrubHub thinks we do.

According to GrubHub’s Top of the Class: College Foodie Facts, Georgetown ranks #1 in Healthy GrubHub choices. Based on the survey’s methodology, GU came out on top in terms of calorie conscious orders (in other words, we’ve been eating a lot of healthy Wisey’s sandwiches, folks). Other “Healthiest” contenders included Monmouth University, Yale University, Columbia College-Chicago and Roosevelt University.

On a seemingly opposite note, we also tend to have quite a sweet tooth … or maybe it’s just a D.C. thing. American University and Georgetown University went 1-2 for ordering the most desserts.

But that’s not all: according to the GrubHub rankings, Hoyas are also some of the service’s most polite orderers. After the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University, Georgetown ranked 3rd in saying “please” and “thank you” during order deliveries (must be those Jesuit values!)

In other news, Syracuse came in first for having the lowest average costs … in other words, they’re kind of cheap.

To see the full list of GrubHub’s Top of the Class listings, which included their Earliest Risers, Most Caffeinated schools and more, click here. And in the meantime, keep those GrubHub orders coming, Hoyas. After all, we’re getting quite good at it.

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4Eats: Seafood in the City

4eats surfs up chow downSome people say I’m shellfish. Some call me crabby. Some even look at my tall, lanky frame and yell, “hey, look at the jumbo shrimp!” But, whatever the haters say, nobody can deny that I love seafood.

However, ever since I had that quick exchange with Death after I had an anaphylactic allergic reaction from eating 20 or so shrimp (I know what you’re thinking, and yes: It was worth it), I’ve had to stay away from the good stuff. So, instead of eating it myself, I humbly wish to pass on my passion to you, hungry reader.

Whether it’s a fancy tuna steak served over greens or a sloppy lobster roll, seafood makes for a great meal. Seafood dishes also sell for a range of prices (including affordable prices!) which means they could be your dream lunch or dinner regardless of the occasion. Many places within walking distance of the front gates will kill your craving! Here are three of my favorite picks and an easy do-it-yourself recipe:

Luke’s Lobster

Just minutes away from campus, Luke’s Lobster definitely has some of the best seafood around. Their fish is imported directly from Maine and the restaurant is wildly popular in New York City, so you know it’s the real deal. Also, everything on their menu is priced at or below $20.

Everything on this menu is fantastic! The lobster, crab and shrimp rolls are beautiful. Served Maine-style, the fish is “served chilled atop a buttered and toasted New England-style, spill-top bun with a swipe of mayo, a sprinkle of lemon butter and a dash of our secret spices.” Doesn’t that just make your mouth water?

To top it all off, Luke’s Lobster also hosts Student Days every Tuesday where students get a 10% discount all day long! In addition, if you can’t manage the short walk off-campus, Luke’s Lobster also sets up a stand at the farmer’s market every Wednesday. Why aren’t you eating there already? GO!

 

Tacklebox

Located on M Street, this restaurant is always filled with people. The food at Tacklebox is cheap, fast and quite good! Their Make-It-A-Meal combo costs $12 to $15, and the portions are sizable. They have every type of seafood you’d ever care to eat, from classics like oysters, clams and tuna to new things like squid or catfish!

For our 21+ readers, Tacklebox is also famous among upperclassmen for their variety of drink specials and margarita pitchers. Check out their menu for more information!

 

Hot N Juicy Crawfish

This restaurant is the furthest from Georgetown, but it’s definitely the most fun! Hot N Juicy Crawfish is known for two things: the best crawfish and the messiest meal in D.C. This place is different from the rest because you’ll have to eat with your hands and wear a bib and you’ll just love it!

Your seafood will vary based on seasoning and spice level – both of which you get to choose – and is served to you in bags. The only thing that doesn’t change is how juicy and flavorful each crawfish is! Watch out for rogue juicy squirts though, your bib can only handle so much.

 

In-Home Seafood Recipe:

To get this recipe, I went straight to my mother (fun fact: she is also allergic to shellfish and shares in my pain). She says the best way to make a filling, tasty dish using seafood is to make a shrimp dish! Her personal recommendations are to spend your dough on good shrimp (from any number of seafood markets in D.C.) and then buy any and all other ingredients cheap (aka, Leo’s or Safeway). Here is her recipe for her favorite, Spicy Garlic Shrimp!

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp, 12 (Jumbo sized is best, peeled, deveined, with tails intact)
  • Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic, 2 cloves (crushed with the side of a knife)
  • Red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon (which they incidentally have near the pizza at Leo’s … just an observation)
  • Steak seasoning, 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice, 2 teaspoons
  • Zest of lemon, 1 teaspoon (Hint: this is made from lemon peel, so buy a lemon for the juice and grate the peel!)
  • Fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon (chopped)

Directions:

Total time to cook should be 4 minutes.

  1. Heat a large skillet or pan over medium high heat
  2. Add olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and shrimp to pan
  3. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Cook shrimp 3 minutes or until just pink (don’t over cook!)
  5. Toss with lemon zest, juice and chopped parsley
  6. Remove shrimp to a serving platter, leaving the garlic cloves in the pan.

This dish is best served hot, so let it cool, but don’t wait too long! Also, throw in some lemon wedges (read: do not squeeze them, just put them into the dish) to add some extra flavor. Enjoy!