Common Room Cooking: Tomato and Mozzarella

So you think you want to be a chef? Miss the feel of a home cooked meal? Maybe you just want to pull out your iPhone and show off your latest creation. Coming to college, I knew that I would be missing one thing dearly, my mother, and let’s face it, her cooking. Leo’s isn’t exactly a replacement. So what is one to do? Lets get to it: cooking in the common room!

Now if you’re feeling particularly lazy, there’s always a great microwave option. You can make everything from oatmeal to mac and cheese in there and never have to bat an eyelash.

Personally, I love to go to the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and stock up on some great bread and tomatoes. Make a trip to Vittles, Safeway or Whole foods (wonderland that it is) to pick up some mozzarella cheese, arugula, and balsamic vinegar. With just a few simple ingredients, you could be making yourself the most beautiful sandwiches with little to no effort. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and mozzarella cheese while its hot, and the mozzarella will melt right in.

While you’re at the grocery store pick up some pasta; arguably the easiest food to cook in the world. With the same ingredients as above, you could have a delicious dinner. Just don’t forget the wine (assuming you’re over 21).

There you have it, you’re on your way to becoming the next top chef. Hey, I even heard that someone managed to make sushi in the common room. That could be you! Take your stomach into your own hands, okay, that sounds a little iffy, maybe don’t do that. Oh, what’s that noise off in the next room? The mystery, the drama….Well, it’s not you’re stomach grumbling after a nice common-room cooked meal!

PS Maybe add a Nutella creation for dessert? DO IT.

Photo: Anna Goldberg/The Hoya

Life, Love and the Pursuit of Nutella

Oh, Nutella. Sweet, sweet, wonderful, delicious Nutella. We at The Fourth Edition love you, and you never cease to amaze us. You and your chocolatey-hazelnut goodness always find a way to blow our minds, clench our hearts, and send our taste buds to infinity and beyond.

Nutella, since you’ll be making an appearance in D.C. soon, (more to come next week…) we’ve decided to make a list — nay, an ode — to all the creative, mouth-watering ways you can enter our lives so that our readers can celebrate your greatness:

Toasted Banana Nutella Sandwiches Bananas, Nutella, Toast: try it for breakfast. Try it for lunch. Try it forever. No matter what, it’ll supply a day’s worth of potassium and a year’s worth of love.

Nutella S’mores A new twist on an old favorite. Just replace chocolate with Nutella. Your taste buds will thank us later.

Nutella Ravioli Yes. This is real life, and it was even featured on the Food Network. This takes some preparation and effort, but believe us, it’s worth it. Welcome to the big leagues.

Pretzels and Nutella The classic. The one and only. Get a bag of sourdoughs and go to town. Also works with fruits, spoons, cereals, and fingers.

Nutella Shots We just died and went to heaven. So will you. We know how addicting Nutella can be though so stay responsible with these alcoholic beverages. Or not.

Warmed Nutella on Ice Cream Pop that jar in the microwave and drizzle it, pour it, or just dump it all over your dessert. If you hear a Hallelujah Chorus, you’re doing it right. I personally recommend Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream.

Nutella French Toast Plop some Nutella into your French Toast batter. It’s breakfast to the second power.

The Nutella Latté Warm up some Nutella and drizzle it into your Cup O’Joe to immediately turn it into a Cup O’Joy. Want to kick it into overdrive? Add some chocolate syrup and whipped cream. This drink will lead you to Jesus.

Nutella-Iced Cupcakes Pretty self-explanatory. Swap out icing for Nutella and you’ll be happier than this girl when she found out she was going to Disney World.

With something as delicious and nutritious (ha!) as Nutella, the possibilities are endless. Check out this page for some more wonderful and out-of-the-box Nutella recipes. Until next time, keep calm, bookmark this post, and delve into the magical world of our favorite chocolate-hazlenut spread.

Photo Credit: Siouxsie Law

College Students Love D.C.

D.C. is quite clearly an awesome place to be. And now, the media is taking notice. This month, D.C. was chosen the third best city in America. In September Forbes released a list of the most hipster neighborhoods in the country, placing the H Street corridor at 6th. Now, our very own D.C. is the best college city in the country, according to The Huffington Post and The Princeton Review.

As Georgetown students, we have front row seats to the best college city experience in the country. It’s not that hard to see — from a professional standpoint, we have access to the most infamous network of interns anywhere, with government offices, lobbying firms, contractors and banks constantly looking for some impressionable, free college labor.

More importantly, though, D.C. is an incredibly fun city for us college kids. There are tons of bars. Tons of restaurants. Food trucks. Free concerts. Free museums. Easy public transportation. And in Georgetown in particular, we have quality fun institutions within blocks of campus (Tombs, Booey’s, Rhino, Thirsty Thursday at Thirds). Plus, Georgetown is far enough removed from the city to maintain its collegiate feel (despite the complaints of our neighbors). What more could you want from a college town?

Really not much. When most people think of college towns, they’re probably thinking of places like Ann Arbor, Mich. (10th on the list); Boulder, Colo.; State College, Pa.; or Columbus, Ohio. But here at Georgetown, we are witnesses to the same collegiate amenities as those college towns — with the added bonus of living in one of the most exciting cities in the country. Basically, boredom in D.C. is no excuse for a college student.

Other cities and universities ranking highly on the list include New Orleans with Tulane University, Boston with Boston University and New York with NYU, Columbia and Barnard. Our other D.C. brethren at The George Washington University and American came in 3rd and 8th, respectively.

I am Leo’s (And So Can You!)

Greetings, faithful 4E readers. Well, it’s your favorite thing to talk about besides who was outside with the fuzz last night at Rhino (drama!) or what basketball player sits behind you in Ecology and the Environment: ding ding, Leo’s. I won’t bore you — we’ve all read about it. At the end of the day, we have one place to eat — we aren’t Yale. Also, they’re not building a dining hall any time soon, since the landscaping on the side of Regents is still in the works (but if you can hang tight for two years, they say there will be salad in the New South Student Center).

Below, some ideas to get the wheels turning for an improved Leo’s — the smell though, nothing can be done about that.

1. Black Bean Wrap. Simple. Hit the Taco station — salsa, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, onions and meat if you’re willing to take that plunge, head to either Salad Station and find the black beans. Assemble into wrap of your choice, put it on the panini press and wait for the magic to unfold. Literally, unfold. It’s a wrap. Get it?

2. Buffalo Chicken Pizza. But only if it’s the freakin’ weekend baby. Make-your-own-pizza station for the win. Hot sauce and grilled chicken from the diner, red onions and feta cheese from the salad bar, maybe some other vegetables (if your diet has recently favored Tuscany pizza or Chicken Madness over anything that resembles a vegetable). Bam, you have a meal that’s better than the meatloaf muffins with mashed potato frosting they tried to serve last year during backwards day. Click the underlined words — its a cat picture.

3. Southwest Salad. Credit on this one goes to Fiona Sweeney (NHS, ’15), Manhasset native, dear friend and loyal Fourth Edition reader — not to mention Leo’s lover. Take the fixings from the Taco Station and put it over some mixed greenz, and if its Thursday, throw in some chicken fingers. Take either ranch dressing (or ranch dressing + hot sauce, Hoya Salad anyone?) and there you go — creative salad that sounds a lot like the black bean wrap actually, but minus the wrap.

4. Peanut Butter and Banana on the grill, yo. Bread, peanut butter (crunchy), sliced bananarama, maybe some honey if you’re into that. The key? Panini press – maybe after a nice clean though, and you have yourself a sandwich that (1) was Elvis’ favorite (bam, you learned something) and (2) is delicious.

5. Bacon, Egg & Cheese. Again, courtesy of Fiona. Hey, the girl knows Leo’s. Get a fried egg from the dinner, put it on a bagel or between two pieces of toast (or maybe French toast if it’s the weekend…just a thought, can’t vouch for it but it just came to me), lay on a piece of cheddar cheese, and some bacon or some sausage. As my dad always says, if you like three different foods, why not eat them together?

6. Go somewhere else. If you’re not picking up what I’m putting down, you know where Hoya Court is and you can always put a call into good old Wisemeeler’s.

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.

Feeding Yourself Without Leo’s (It’s Possible!)

Last year I supported Leo’s. Everyone complained about the quality of food, the lack of options, and the long lines for meals that were never really worth it. But I always came to its defense because I truly liked the food that was offered and I never left hungry.

But since the start of this school year, my friends and I have gone on a Leo’s boycott (except for Chicken Finger Thursdays because, really, who can pass those up?). And with the recent report of Leo’s numerous health code violations, students are starting to demand change. While we wait for Leo’s to get it’s act together, here are some other ways to feed yourself without leaving campus:

Epicurean – This restaurant is by far my favorite spot on campus. Although it may be a bit of a trek for those who live over in Southwest Quad or Village A, the wide array of choices – a daily buffet, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, and wraps – makes Epicurean well worth the walk. I personally recommend the quesadilla and The Baja, a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado and melted pepper jack cheese.

Wisemiller’s – Wisey’s takes the cake for the most convenient off campus food option. Located directly across from Walsh, one needs to walk only steps off campus to grab a great, quick and easy sandwich. If you’re having trouble deciding what to order, go with the Chicken Madness – you will not be disappointed.

Einstein Brothers Bagels – The opening of an Einstein Bagels on the third floor of Regents has been a great addition to the gorgeous new building. Unfortunately, the ‘store’ is simply a cart, but, each time that I have gone to pick up some breakfast, there has always been a good selection of fresh bagels. Even more exciting is the recent announcement of the expansion of the Einstein’s in Car Barn later this year.

The Corp – I feel as if I have lived off of food from the Corp this entire year. Between sushi, Booey’s sandwiches and even the falafels, I seem to never run out of options. Vital Vittles in Leavey usually offers the most choices of all of the Corp storefronts so make sure to head over there if you are struggling to find some diversity. Thank you, Corp, for feeding me for the past few weeks – I don’t know what I would do without you.

Hopefully, the situation at Leo’s improves, but, until then, we’ll all just have to get a little creative. Maybe you’ll even try out those cooking skills that you never knew you had!

Living Without Wingo’s (for now)

It was brought to our attention earlier today that Wingo’s is currently closed, and won’t open again until August 20th. Where else are we supposed to get sauce that promises to be hot on the way in and the way out?

But just because Wingo’s is on summer vacation doesn’t mean you have to go without buffalo wings. We’ve put together some places to fill the chicken wing-shaped hole in your life while we all await the return of our beloved wing shop.

J Bell’s Wing House
Founded by Julius Bell, a Buffalo native, J Bell’s Wing House has been around D.C. for more than 20 years. They serve up traditional southern food and buffalo wings with sauces like Honey BBQ and Mumbo. Their house specialty, 24 Karat sauce, is a sweet and sour spicy barbecue sauce—try it mixed with the hot sauce and enjoy. J Bell’s is carry out only, so if you’re planning on heading here call ahead so that your wings are ready when you get there.
715 Euclid Street NW (between Georgia Ave and 9th Street)

ChurchKey
This Logan Circle bar won in DC Beer’s hunt for the best buffalo wings in the District, so I think it’s safe to say that they’re pretty good. They described it as a wing that “even the most snotty foodie might appreciate,“ with a sauce made simply of butter and Frank’s Red Hot sauce. ChurchKey also has an absurd variety of good beers with 50 different beers on tap and more than 500 different labels.
1337 14th Street NW

Old Glory
Home to the most authentic barbecue in Georgetown, Old Glory’s wings are marinated in amber ale, slow smoked, grilled, and served with a side of cilantro ranch. There’s a good amount of meat on them, and you can choose from a variety of sauces from different parts of the country. Or not choose, because all six are already on the table.
3139 M Street NW

The Big Hunt
If you want to eat wings and you want to eat a lot of them, check out The Big Hunt in Dupont Circle. An order of buffalo wings weighs in at over a pound, so you can share with a friend or three. They’re not too spicy and go well with a cheap beer (PBR, anyone?). Bonus: Tuesdays from 7-11 The Big Hunt has 15 cent wing night which is almost as great as half price Wingo’s on Wednesdays.
1345 Connecticut Ave NW

The Tombs
An old standby that can’t be beat in terms of location. While Tombs doesn’t have as many sauces as Wingo’s and is a bit more expensive, if you want good wings without traveling too far this is the place for you. They serve solid, traditional buffalo wings with bleu cheese dressing on the side—goes great with Tuesday night trivia!
1226 36th Street NW

Hooters
But actually, go for the wings.
825 7th Street NW

Photo: Flickr user dovetaildw

Hot Spots to Cool Off: Captain Cookie and the Milkman

What better way to deal with the 95-degree heat today than to head down to the food trucks and grab some local ice cream and fresh cookies?

Captain Cookie and the Milkman is one of the best food trucks these bloggers have ever come in contact with. On any given day, you can walk up, have your choice of six or seven different ice cream flavors or six or seven different kinds of cookies. The flavors rotate on a daily basis, but no matter what day it is, you’re bound to find a flavor you love.

And here’s the best thing about Captain Cookie: Not only is the ice cream local, creamy, cold and AMAZING; its also cheap. A bowl of ice cream is only $1.50, a far cry from the prices at fro-yo and ice cream shops around the city.

The cookies (freshly baked each day) are only $1.25 each; and though a hot, gooey cookie may not be what the body calls for on a steamy D.C. lunch-hour, ice cream sandwiched by those scrumptious delectables is exactly what you need. Have your choice of any flavor of ice cream with any cookie (we sampled peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream) and enjoy it quickly before it melts! You’ll want every last drop of melted ice cream and every last crumb of your cookie.

To find out where Captain Cookie is every day, be sure to follow their Twitter handle, @captaincookiedc. If you’re not near Captain Cookie today, be sure to check out our other Hot Spots.

More Cupcakes for Georgetown

I know what you are thinking right now. How in the world could Georgetown, a neighborhood that is more saturated in cupcakes than any other place in the world, possibly support MORE cupcakes?

Sprinkles has your answer. Install a 24/7 “cupcake ATM” so anyone can satiate their sweet tooth at any time, night or day. It sounds like futuristic ploy to make us fat. But it’s not. It’s just a way to satiate your late night sweet tooth. Coming this August, Sprinkles will have a full-service, 24/7 cupcake ATM in front of its store at 3015 M Street.

Georgetown won’t house the first cupcake ATM in the world, though. That honor belongs to Sprinkles’ Beverly Hills ATM, which opened this past March.  Nor are we the only additional ATM. Sprinkles is installing others in New York, Chicago and Houston.

According to The Washington Post, the cupcake machine costs roughly $100,000 dollars, but that’s because of the fancy robotic arm, video camera, touchscreen and pastel-colored decorations. Besides, even though the Beverly Hills machine just opened up four months ago, it sells 1,000 cupcakes a day, meaning the machine has just about paid for itself already. Besides the robotic arm, touchscreen and video camera, the ATM is linked to a cupcake vault, which can hold up to 600 cupcakes at a time and is restocked several times a day so cupcakes can stay fresh.

ATM cupcakes will cost $4, instead of the typical $3.50, which Sprinkles says is a packaging surcharge. (Also, wouldn’t you be willing to pay a little extra to order from a robotic arm at 3 a.m.?)

So, could cupcakes become the new drunk food on Saturday nights, replacing the likes of Tuscany and Quick Pita? Or could the ATM become as much of an annoyance as the never ending line along 33rd Street in front of Georgetown Cupcake? I guess we’ll find out in August.

Photo credit: Oh Joy

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.