8 Steps to Aggressively Embrace the Fall Season

8 Steps to Fall

As we find ourselves in the midst of fall, it’s extremely hard to contain the excitement. Show everyone you love the fall season by following these 8 easy steps! Because 4E freaking loves the fall.

1. Gather leaves

No one will believe you love fall unless you show them! Grab some leaves from the ground, shove them in your backpack, and sprinkle them around your classrooms and residential halls to spread the fall love.

2. Chug a pumpkin spice latte and carry another around everywhere

Fall is never complete without letting everyone know you are obsessed with a mediocre drink! Also, take a pro tip from us: spill a little of your pumpkin spice latte on your shirt so people will ask about it! When they do, just remember to flash a big smile and say “Haha! Oh, it must be my pumpkin spice latte! It’s gotta be fall, AM I RIGHT?!” They’ll love it!

3. Clutter your every source of social media with pumpkin patch pictures

tumblr_inline_ne6rx2hAi11qzj4kc Instagram? Facebook? A text to your grandma? All of the above! And don’t forget to print a ton and hand them out to your friends so they know you LOVE pumpkins.

4. Bombard your refrigerator with apple cider

You’re not super into fall season if you don’t drink at least 30 gallons of apple cider! I always drink mine in a pumpkin-inspired “I LOVE FALL” mug! It always pulls everything together.

5. Bundle up!

If it’s not a Snuggie, make sure to wear a scarf, sweater, and brown boots EVERY DAY! Even if you get tired of it, make sure to stick to these items until the end of fall!

6. Pick a ton of apples and tell everyone about the experience

 All your buddies should know that you are jazzed about apple picking –  it’s all part of the seasonal festivities!

7. Call it ~autumn~

 Autumn sounds super fancy, so people will definitely be able to tell you appreciate it. You can be just like this girl, who doesn’t care that a leaf has fallen on her face!

8. Sit in a pile of leaves for a couple of hours 

 In my experience, people have approached me with some concerns as to how long I’ve admired the leaves. Don’t worry about these people – they probably prefer summer, or something crazy like that!

The fall season is only a limited amount of time, so aggressively enjoy it while you can!

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The Official 2015 GU Pumpkin Spice Guide


Pumpkin Spice EverythingAutumn is officially upon us, and we all know what that means: Leaves are falling, Halloween is approaching and, most importantly, ravenous people want their pumpkins… and they want them now.

October is a pumpkin spice world, and we are all just living in it.

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Here at 4E, we get it. Biddies, we understand your need for all things pumpkin, and we’re here to help. That’s why we used all of our journalistic/investigatory skills to put together this map for you. It contains all of the pumpkin food and beverage locations on (and near) Georgetown’s campus, so you can get your pumpkin fix wherever you are, whenever you need it. You’re welcome PSL fiends, you’re welcome:
Georgetown Pumpkn Spice Map

But we wouldn’t leave you hanging with just this random map! Here’s a guide to all the locations indicated above, complete with their pumpkin-flavored menu items and prices.

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1. SAXBYS – This is for the pumpkin spice connoisseur in your friend group.  SAXBYS offers pumpkin spice chai (Medium $4.45), pumpkin spice smoothies (Medium $4.50) and pumpkin spice lattes (Medium $4.44), all made in-house with their natural pumpkin spice mix. That’s right: No sugary syrups here. Just the real deal. 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 4/5 pumpkins.

hero-pumpkin-152. Einstein Bros Bagels – It doesn’t take an actual Einstein to know that these folks have their pumpkin game on fleek. Fresh-baked pumpkin bagels with pumpkin schmear, pumpkin-spiced lattes and pumpkin muffins, all for a simple meal swipe that you weren’t going to use anyway! The best bang for your pumpkin-craving buck! 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 4/5 pumpkins.

3. Wisey’s – At the time of this writing, there were no pumpkin spice items at Wisey’s. However, I was assured by an employee that pumpkins would soon be coming. I don’t really know what to say to that. Go eat a Hot Chick while watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and call it a day. 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 1/5 pumpkins.

4. The Tombs – Pumpkin cheesecake. $8. It’s really good. That’s all I have to say about that. 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 2.5/5 pumpkins.

5. Corp Coffee Locations (Midnight MUG, MUG, UG) – I’m pretty sure Gandhi once said, “If you want a good PSL, sometimes you need to think creatively.” That’s what you need to do at these Corp coffee spots. The pumpkin is there, but it isn’t blatantly advertised as such. Our suggestion: Order a 2% medium latte with flavor shots of pumpkin spice and vanilla ($4.20). 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 3/5 pumpkins.

6. Bulldog Tavern – Attention all you boozy 21+ SWUGs: The Tavern is ready for you. As part of their Seasonal Fall Cocktails list, they’ve prepared a delicious pumpkin spice martini ($8.99) that will make even the most basic of pumpkin addicts squeal in delight. Made with spiced pumpkin vodka and topped with whipped cream, nutmeg and cinnamon, this creation is ready to get you drunk on autumn – and just flat out drunk in general. 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 3/5 pumpkins.

7. Leo’s – Even O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront is hopping on the pumpkin spice train. Try their pumpkin spice loaf to make the most out of those meal swipes! 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 2/5 pumpkins.

IMG_09518. Vital Vittles – If you are looking for your pumpkin candy fix, look no further than Aisle 3A at Vittles, where you can find the Capital Candy Jar’s Pumpkin Pretzel Rods ($3.84) and Pumpkin Candy Coated Oreos ($3.29). They’re even covered in little leaf sprinkles! So. Adorable. *SWOON* 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 3/5 pumpkins.

FullSizeRender9. Cosi – Look, everyone. Cosi knows that you’re a hipster and you like ~trying new foods~ and experimenting with flavors. That’s why they didn’t just settle for serving PSLs to the masses (which they do sell, $3.99 for a Medium). Instead, Cosi dreamed bigger and decided to make your pumpkin spice even spicier. How spicy, you ask? Chipotle Pumpkin Soup spicy. It’s like bagged butternut squash soup gone rogue. $4.59 for a Medium bowl. Try it if you’re feeling zesty. 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 4/5 pumpkins.

10: Epi – Epi totally pulled a Wisey’s and told me they had “no pumpkin items stocked yet.” However, I was assured that pumpkins would make an appearance – maybe in the form of pie? – in the coming weeks. Again, I’m not sure what to do with this information. Stay tuned. Get a quesadilla in the meantime. 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 1/5 pumpkins.

11. Starbucks – Starbucks, you just get it. You understand the inner basic-ness of your customer base. You understand the only things frothier than your PSLs are the foaming mouths of your thirsty Georgetown customers. That’s why you have everything for the pumpkin-craving consumer: Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos (Grande – $4.15), Pumpkin Spice Espresso Drinks (Grande – $4.15), Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Cookies, Pumpkin Loaf and Pumpkin Scones (All $2.45). You even have VIA Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte 4-Packs, for those of us who want to take pumpkin home for later ($6.95). So, thanks, Starbucks. Keep doing pumpkins and keep doing you. 4E Pumpkin Spice Rating: 5/5 pumpkins.

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Great. Glad we’re all on the same pumpkin page now. Go get some PSLs and stay basic, Hoyas.

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Introducing Starbuck’s New Tiramisu Lattee

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For all the Starbucks lovers out there, I have good news! There is a new signature latte joining the fold, the Tiramisu latte!

Why go out and buy overly priced deserts at a restaurant when you can consume them in liquid form at Starbucks?

On a healthier note, Starbucks is bringing in a coconut milk option by popular demand. Allergic to dairy and soy? Never fear coconut is here.

Although I applaud these new changes, I can’t help wondering, why stop there? So many delicious desserts are just waiting to be turned into lattes. Here are just a few suggestions for you, Starbucks.

1. Carrot Cake Latte. I mean, it’s essentially the same as the PSL but with carrot, am I right? I think this orange, foamy drink would be especially delicious.

2. Key Lime Pie Latte. St. Patty’s day is right around the corner, what could be more festive?

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A latte Shrek would approve of

3. Glazed Donut Latte. Buy this and an actual donut, dip and enjoy.

4. Chocolate Gelato Latte. Just got back from Study Abroad or just really like chocolate? Starbucks, if you could melt some gelato and pour in milk that would be a latte right?

5. Thin Mint Latte. This is needed because it’s more socially acceptable than walking around and shoving an entire box of Girl Scout cookies in my mouth.

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So there you have it, a plethora of new latte ideas courtesy of the 4E. Although I doubt you’ll be seeing any of these flavors in a Starbucks near you, it’s probably better not to add to the already extensive list of dessert lattes.

We’ve already got the caramel brulee, caramel flan, cinnamon dolce, pumpkin spice, chestnut praline, Christmas cookie, eggnog, gingerbread, toffee nut and the new tiramisu latte*. So go forth and latte.

*Consuming more than 4,000 calories per day in liquid latte form is probably bad for you. Please drink responsibly.

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