5 Reasons Georgetown Students Are Frank Underwood

Frank Underwood 1It’s been two weeks since the second season premiere of “House of Cards” and Hoyas all around campus are finally starting to leave their dorm rooms (read: dark caves) and rejoin society. Since the premiere, it’s been hard to walk around campus without hearing, “Ugh, you’re only on episode 4? I skipped class and now I’m on episode 10.” While conversations of binge-watching and plot twists have filled Leo’s and Lau, there has been one topic that hasn’t been given much attention. After watching Season 2, it has become clear to me that Georgetown students are really Frank Underwood. Here’s how I can tell:

1. You and many of your friends have worked on Capitol Hill. From serving your local Congressman to interning for one of D.C.’s many NGOs, you know the Hill like the back of your hand. If it weren’t for the work you do, would the government be able to function? I don’t think so.

2. You do what it takes to get the job done. For Frank Underwood, that means doing a few questionable acts (cue horrible flashbacks to Season 2, Episode 1), but for you it means watching the sunrise in Regents after you just finished studying for one of your many midterms.

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3. The D.C. food scene is a subject that you know WAY too well. A huge part of Season 2 focuses on the number one love in Frank’s life: power Freddy’s. There’s nothing Frank Underwood likes more than having lunch at his favorite underground rib joint. And there’s nothing you like more than finding the new cool place for brunch or that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that no one else knows about.

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4. You know how to get to the top of your on-campus commitments. It’s well known that Georgetown students are quite involved and pride themselves on their extracurriculars. Whether on a club sports team or in one of Georgetown’s many student activities, you do what you can to ensure future leadership positions. Just as Frank Underwood is gunning to become the president, you’re working hard to add that coveted leadership position to your resume.

5. Throughout the first two seasons, Frank Underwood often refers to Dupont when talking about where characters live or where he goes to get a drink. That’s basically Georgetown, am I right? Plus, you get your haircut in Dupont or you head there on the weekends to live it up with the yo-pros (‘young professionals’ for the abbreviationally challenged). You might have even run into Frank Underwood and not even known it!

Let’s just call it like it is: You are Frank Underwood. From your stunning work ethic to your knowledge of all things D.C., you may as well be on “House of Cards.” And if you can’t be on the show, you might as well just binge watch it like the rest of us. Seriously, if you haven’t started yet, get on it.

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The Good Stuff Debacle: How Good is Good Stuff?

How Good Is Goodstuff

I must confess a few biases before I begin because I take food very seriously and feel that food-related issues are typically very polarizing.

First, I am not only a hamburger fanatic, but am also a huge fan of Top Chef. In addition, one of my personal favorite contestants is Spike, who, for those that don’t know, is the head chef/owner of Good Stuff Eatery.

Secondly, Leo’s and I just celebrated our month-a-versary. I actually found a fork. I got some chocolate milk. It was cute.

Therefore, Good Stuff already seemed like a great place to try.

So, how good is Good Stuff? Let’s look at it from a scale starting at the only Ruby Tuesday burger I’ve ever eaten that was not only burnt, but was also undercooked. In reality, I feel like I might be ignoring the culinary skill behind it. And lets end the scale at the classic Shake Shack burger, which is three steps down from heaven (behind only bacon and Nutella).

Quick facts about Good Stuff for those (like myself) who have only heard “Oh my God, you need to go there!” :

  • The closest location is on 3291 M St NW, but multiple locations can be found through out the DC area. So, if you ever want to explore a new location and break the bubble, why not use this as an excuse?
  • GoodStuff mainly sell burgers (including turkey and veggie options), fries, milkshakes and salads.
  • Each burger is priced at around $7, a little more for certain specialty ones.

For my first meal, I ordered the Farmhouse Cheeseburger, Handcut Fries, and the Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake (total around $16). All the burgers come with lettuce, pickles, onions, tomatoes (though you can ask for any/all to be removed) and the “Good Stuff sauce.” Try as I might, I unfortunately could not find out what exactly this “Good Stuff sauce” contains, but the search will continue. My culinary senses tell me it’s a bit like French dressing.

I would love to finally put my years of Food Network addiction to the test, and rant about how Good Stuff is not, in fact, good. However, it’s just not possible.

In fact, the only bad thing that happened was that they wrote my name as “Franceesca”, but I just take that as another reason to go back so they can try to get it right.

The burger tasted delicious – the type of delicious that makes you sit back in your chair and forget all the worries of the day. In fact, it measured close to, if not equal, to a Shake Shack burger. So, if you have not had one, (either Shake Shack or Good Stuff) I recommend taking the GUTS Bus to Dupont Circle (you may even find something else to do while you’re there) or the ten-minute walk down to M street.

The fries were cooked perfectly to achieve that nice crispy crunch, with a warm soft center. A quick suggestion, I highly recommend dipping your french fries into your milkshake. Say what you want, but not until after you try it. Salty and sweet never tasted so good … especially because the milkshake tasted exactly like a toasted marshmallow!

While I was warned by the name, I remained nonetheless surprised. Honestly, I discovered that I simply am not a fan of toasted marshmallow flavor. But, the quality of the milkshake definitely got me excited to try some of their other flavors. Maybe Red Velvet?  Or Salty Caramel kiss? I’m not too sure on what a Vietnamese Coffee Milkshake is? Is it just coffee flavor? Is this imported coffee?  Is Georgetown not the place to make a politically incorrect joke about a milkshake? I apologize for all of the rhetorical questions, I’m just riled up. (Editor’s note: Incidentally, the Vietnamese Coffee Milkshake is the only one I’ve tried. It’s coffee and condensed milk! It’s super delicious).

Aside from classic hamburgers, Good Stuff also sells specialty burgers, which, in addition to being wittily named, all sound amazing! Putting political preferences aside, just imagine ordering a Prez Obama Burger: bacon, onion marmalade, Roquefort cheese and horseradish mayo sauce … Yum! If you still have your doubts, check out the website, which has pictures of almost every burger. But don’t look at them in class, you might start drooling on your CPS notes.

Simply, a trip to Good Stuff offers you good food, a nice place to sit on the upper floor of the restaurant, an excuse to go into town and the possibility of seeing Spike and taking a selfie with him (and maybe finally hitting that personal goal with Facebook mupload/Instagram likes).

So how good is Good Stuff? Well, it definitely “spiked” up my week! (See what I did there?)

Cabaret Preview

Georgetown CabaretWant to see some of Georgetown’s finest show off their musical talents? You’ll be able to see all of your favorite singers belting their hearts out at Georgetown Cabaret this Thursday night at 7pm. The venue, Fur Night Club, is located at 33 Patterson Street NE. There will be free buses, supplied by The Corp, leaving from the McDonough gym parking lot at 6pm and 6:45pm. If you miss the buses, it’s best to take the GUTS bus from campus to Dupont and then to take the red line to the NoMa-Gallaudet station. Tickets, which are $15, can be bought online, at Vital Vittles, at the door, or from any of the Cabaret members.

Want a special preview performance before the show on Thursday? Go to Tombs tonight at 10:30pm where you can see a selection of Thursday’s set! You must be 21 or older to attend Tombs night.

Photo: Georgetown Cabaret Facebook

Big Miss Steak

UM WHAT

A steakhouse is a pretty easy concept to grasp, right? Well, that’s what I thought until I read about a new steakhouse opening up in DuPont called STK that is, wait for it … a “female-oriented steakhouse”.

I have so many questions and concerns:

1. It’s a restaurant, not a public bathroom or a french noun. Since when were steakhouses specified by gender?

2. This commercial It just baffles me and makes me just the slightest bit uncomfortable. As a woman (at least, that’s what my birth certificate says … ), I would say that this doesn’t make me want to go to this restaurant for fear of being challenged to an arm wrestling match when I’m just trying to have a nice meal.

3. Jonathan Segal In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Jonathan Segal, the CEO of the One Group (who owns the restaurant), says that the idea “was to create a steakhouse for women” and “if you cater to a female market, men will follow happily and empty their wallets into your tills.”

So … your “female-oriented” steakhouse is really just a ploy to get more men in there? I would say that if that’s your end goal, it successfully classifies it as “male-oriented”. But maybe that’s just me.

4. “Research”  In the same Wall Street Journal interview, they state “Via his team’s research, Mr. Segal discovered that women liked steakhouses.” Uh, did this really take a research team to discover? Who doesn’t like steakhouses? I’m just perplexed by all of this, hence the aggressive use of italics to make my point and express my incredulity.

5. Why is this weather so absurd? I’m sorry, that’s not about this ridiculous steakhouse, but it’s still something that baffles me. Freezing rain cancels classes, then people are wearing shorts and now we live in a wind-tunnel and are expecting snow this weekend. Someone fix this so I can know what to actually wear outside. Thanks.

 

There is nothing I love more than a good cut of rib-eye served medium rare with fresh horseradish (dang, now I’m hungry), but I don’t think I could ever muster up the ability to set foot in STK. What about you, my 4E readers, could you?

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Living the Long Weekend, Columbus Style

Ah, Columbus Day weekend. Trees are changing colors, pumpkins are ripening on the vine, and allergies are hitting hard. If you aren’t one of the thousands of people going home in the coming days, take a second to enjoy the DC autumn in the name of Christopher Columbus. Here are a few ways to celebrate your favorite Cuba-discoverer and set your weekend sailing into the new world:

Explore the city. Nothing says Columbus Day like setting off in search of new neighborhood, a new favorite restaurant, or even a new favorite spot on campus. It doesn’t matter if your exploration is a flop—Columbus didn’t find India, but things worked out in the end. The point is to get up, get out there, and take advantage of everything Washington has to offer. Like Columbus, you might just hit the jackpot. Some suggestions: Try Bar Dupont’s James Bond Anniversary Party on Friday or the Columbia Heights Day Festival on Saturday.

Let out your inner Spaniard. Do some tequila shots, or stop by Ezme, a tapas bar in Dupont. Visit the DC Fine Art Photography Fair at the former Spanish Ambassador’s residence this Sunday. Listen to the new single by Enrique Iglesias and let yourself get a little crazy. Party this weekend up like Isabella and Ferdinand when they learned their boy Christopher just got them a brand new backyard across the Atlantic…

…Or take some time to simply relax. Discovering the new world and torturing a bunch of Indians was no easy feat, and neither are midterms, papers, internships, and extra-curriculars. Walk along the Potomac, de-stress, cozy up in your favorite slippers, and have some pumpkin beer. Take a leisurely walk down Pennsylvania Avenue this weekend and have a Taste of DC, filled with restaurant specials, food trucks, and local tastings.

Regardless of what you choose this weekend, take a moment and be like our buddy Christopher Columbus. Seize the day, and do things your way. You never know what you’ll find. (It might even be Cuba.)

The New World Awaits, Hoyas…

Photo Credit: http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/3412735/Thats+adorable/

Hot Spots to Cool Off: Mr. Yogato

If you can’t already tell by this steamy morning, it’s going to be HOT today. (The Weather Channel is predicting 98.) So, today 4E is inaugurating a new series for the summer: everyday forecast to be 95 and above and we show you a great spot to cool off.

This is going to be the first day over 95 of the summer, so we figured we’d showcase our favorite fro-yo place outside of Georgetown (and it even rivals our local establishments.) And with what we though would be the best place to cool off on this steamiest of Washington days.

Mr. Yogato isn’t so much a fro-yo shop as it is an entertainment experience. You walk in, look at the giant white board on the wall, try your hand at the trivia of the day, the challenge of the day and the voice of the day to see if you can get any discounts. When 4E checked it out, you could order like Butters from South Park, answer a wordplay trivia question or pick 6 countries with a “P” in them what didn’t start with “P” — and for some reason neither Cape Verde nor Sao Tome and Principe counted.

Even though their criteria for what is and isn’t a country needs to be revised significantly, after your trivia or funny voice, you get your hand at four different flavors available each day (though they’ve concocted 25, including pink guava and pear cinnamon) served with your choice of 40 toppings. Regardless of the infinite choices available to you, the fro-yo is excellent — the perfect mixture of tangy, sweet and creamy. After the lengthy ordering process, hang around and play Tetris while watching other customers undergo the torturous process of thinking of 6 countries with a “P” in them that aren’t Sao Tome and Principe or Cape Verde.

Despite the fact that 4E was jipped out of a 5 percent discount, this is the ideal place to avoid the sweat and cool off. Yogato is cool (fro-yo), out of the sun (it’s below street level), fun (we could have ordered our fro-yo like Butters from South Park) and has a hip clientele (it’s on 17th Street!)

Mr. Yogato
1515 17th St. NW
Washington, DC
Accessible via GUTS, Metrobus G2 (the closest bus stop to Yogato from Georgetown), Metro Red Line or Capital Bikeshare (our favorite)

Photo credit: Michelle Cassidy/The Hoya

10 Things to Do Other Than Vote in the GUSA Election

I know, I know. All the GUSA people will hate me for this. For every word I write, there is an angry SFS student or government major wagging their finger at me and muttering about civic responsibility and how ‘a vote is your voice’….etc., etc.,.

BUT (and this is a big but) part of journalism (err…blogging) is giving voice to the voiceless. And if you could’t tell, there’s an underrepresented majority that have been silently enduring the GUSA campaign shouts.

All the hullaballoo this year has been off-putting. Straw polls? Vice Presidential candidate debates? Really? Why can’t all that time and organization be used for something….that, um, actually helps the campus?

A good friend of mine even told me today that a person campaigning in Red Square forced a flier into their pocket, after they had refused to take one. Uncalled for if you ask me.

So, I’m abstaining from the vote this year on the moral grounds that I think there are more important things students should be doing besides running campaigns that are, in my opinion, really just ego and resume padding.

Here are 10 things you can do today and tomorrow (in lieu) of voting that will actually benefit the universe. And a bonus? They’re good to do even if you DO want to vote in the GUSA election.

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D.C. Ramblings: Dupont Circle

Whether you’re looking for a new favorite restaurant, a good laugh or a different crowd than what you’ll find in Georgetown’s bars, the Dupont Circle area is a breath of fresh air. Literally. I hate to admit, but Dupont Circle is one of the areas of the city I know the least about. I’ve always viewed it as a stepping-stone to other parts of the city, especially since the GUTS bus conveniently drops off right by the metro. I also used to think that besides restaurants, there really wasn’t much to do there. However, if you’re looking for some lively nightlife, Dupont actually may be one of your best bets in the city, and it’s only a twenty-minute walk (crazy right?).

I have to give a shout out to my editor for this little dive bar, but Café Japone located on P St. before the circle, is one of the most fun Karaoke spots I’ve ever been too. It has an extensive song selection; I leafed through the book for about an hour while the place was packed with people from all walks of life having a good time, and didn’t even make it a quarter of the way through the book. The best part is, the sake bombs were incredibly cheap. The first time I went it was around fifteen dollars for three Sapporo’s and a decanter of warm sake. Three of us were able to squeeze out about ten drinks. This place is great for groups, and if you start the night out here, you’re close to a lot of other great bars, even Adams Morgan if you so felt compelled.

The next stop, past the circle and down Connecticut Ave, The Big Hunt (near N St.), is one of the cooler bars in the city, especially if you would classify yourself as edgy, hip, modern or you wear non-prescription thick-rimmed glasses and think pocket squares should have never gone out of style. This “hipster bar” (I use the term lovingly, I love pocket squares) has four floors chock full of eclectic memorabilia, a great deck for outdoor drinking in the warmer months and boasts itself to be one of the oldest “beer” bars in D.C. Suit vests also seem to be very effective here.

Farther down Connecticut Avenue is one of my favorite places in the city, D.C. Improv. I like this place so much that I’ve mentioned it twice on 4E (once before in a Best Bets post). The first time I went here I saw Flip Orley hypnotize a guy on stage who became so enthralled with the hair of the woman sitting next to him, that he asked her if he could “pet” her. Not to mention that smiling and laughing make you live longer, so at the least, check this place out for your health. It’s a great first date option, guys, and you don’t even have to be funny to get her to laugh.

Two words: Shake Shack. This new sensation is gradually working its way up to D.C. superstardom, soon to be as highly sought after as mumbo sauce (some people also call it mambo sauce – there’s even a go-go band that shares the name) and Jumbo Slice. Last time I checked, Five Guys doesn’t have milkshakes, and Good Stuff Eatery is all the way out in Capitol Hill (until it opens up in Georgetown) so check out this burger joint.

I haven’t even covered half of the great places you can go in Dupont Circle, but these are a start. Go check it out for yourself if you haven’t already.

Photo: http://douglasdevelopment.com/projects/shake-shack

Get Your Book Fix

by Beth Garbitelli

Photo: Flickr user JSDesign

Rest in peace Barnes and Noble, dear old book megastore of M Street, a ‘goddamn piazza’ where books were sold wholesale, like cans of olive oil at a price club.  (thank you infinitely relevant scriptwriting of Nora Ephron).

Now that the staple alternative to the campus bookstore’s meager stacks has bit the bullet, here are a few other stores around the District worth checking out that have more character than the go-to chains.

 

Bridge Street Books (2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW) 

If you keep hoofing on M Street, you’ll reach this gem. Bridge Street is two stories full of great classic works and smart non-fiction. Some professors at Georgetown request that you get certain books here over the campus store since it’s independent. One caveat is lack of space. There aren’t any chairs or tables that you can work or read at. The store’s proximity is its biggest draw.

Kramerbooks (1517 Connecticut Avenue NW )

Kramerbooks is hands down my favorite bookstore in the District.  The book selection features rows upon rows of quality literature from the last two centuries. They also have a decent offering of non-fiction, some essays and poetry. Added bonus of Kramerbooks is the attached cafe where they serve up delicious main plates and some truly special desserts. Try the peach cobbler.

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Best Bets: Improv and Indie

by Kyle Short

FRIDAY

DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave NW, near DuPont Circle) is hosting Bert Kreisher, who has been featured on Comedy Central’s Last Comic Standing 2 and has his own show on the Travel Channel called Bert the Conqueror. If that doesn’t impress you, Kreisher has admitted that the movie Van Wilder is loosely based on his college career at Florida Sate. Rolling Stone, in an article entitled The Undergraduate, named him the top partier at the University, which was ranked the number one party school in the nation in 1997. He’s performing both Friday and Saturday Nights.

SATURDAY

If stand up comedy isn’t your speed, go check out the Classixx’s at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St NW), accessible off the yellow line.  This L.A. based indie band has a cool edgy sound and I’ve never had a bad night on U Street, so it should be a good time and give you a break from Georgetown. It’s a really cool spot, but don’t let the long, ominous stairs fool you, it’s quite spacious with a great dance floor, and is a great opportunity to mingle with other D.C. students. I wouldn’t be surprised if you rubbed shoulders with students from American, GW, or even Howard. It’s 18 and up, with a $10 cover at the door.

SUNDAY

Even if you don’t like football, don’t know the difference between a tight end and a quarterback or don’t care about fully grown men hashing it out on a field of battle, you should still watch the Super Bowl (this is America after all).  For upperclassmen who are 21+ I would suggest Rhino, which is a New England bar (that’s you Patriots fans) or the 51st State, which last time I checked was a New York bar (Giants). For those of you who aren’t 21, I’d suggest cozying up to some of your upperclassmen friends for a super bowl party, or seeing if your floor is having a party in the common room. Either way, football is the word of the day.