The 10 Reasons Why Everyone Must Attend Kickback

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Those of you who were around last fall should remember that The Corp started an awesome music and art festival, combining Georgetown-based acts and professional headliners. I wasn’t there personally, but I heard it was awesome.

Well, The Corp is bring back this event again THIS SATURDAY Sept. 12. From 12 p.m. until the last act blows you away, all Hoyas can enjoy some awesome music, some insanly creative art and a bunch of fun activities. This year, The Corp has partnered with a few other Georgetown groups to make this event more collaborative and more intrinsic to the Georgetown experience.

After meeting with the people in charge of this awesome event, 4E has determined the top 10 reasons why this is the can’t miss event of the semester:

1. The Food. The Corp has not spared any expenses when it comes to the most important thing in all our lives, food. they are going to have a ton of local food trucks and eateries there to fill your mid-Kickback hunger. It is rumored that among these trucks will be Rito Loco, Swizzlr and Captain Cookie.

giphy2. Zipcar Membership. As part of this year’s Kickback, The Corp is working with Zipcar to provide discounted Zipcar memberships for those Hoyas who attend the festival and feel the need for a membership. But, in reality, who doesn’t need a car? Hello… trips to Costco?!

3. Flash Tats & Water Balloons. To make this event even more exciting, WGTB Georgetown radio will be providing both flash tattoos. I repeat: FLASH TATS. The Corp is providing water balloons, so basically anything could happen. Also, there will be water guns, hola hoops and other random things all provided by Zipcar. I have no idea what we are going to do with all this, but I do know that it will be fantastic.

4. Down Dog Yoga. At around noonish, Down Dog Yoga will be providing a free class on the lawn for anyone in attendance. Who wouldn’t want to start their day with some meditation and tree pose?!

5. Instagram Opportunities. The backdrop of Copley makes the perfect frame for your #nofilter Instagram. If that wasn’t enough, The Hoya (hay) is having some of our professional photographers take photos of people on the front lawn. And everyone knows that professional photos > iPhone photos.

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6. Bringing Tie-Dye Back. Along with the flash tats, WGTB Georgetown radio is also hosting a tie-dye booth at the event! Ugh, how retro and awesome is that?!

7. Sunbathing. What better way to bask and enjoy Copley lawn than accompanied by music?

8. Artsy Art. Georgetown students are super talented. Why not see your friends’ art displayed across the lawn? You can tell them how great they are or maybe even discover your new favorite artist. So many possibilities.

9. The Music (duh). What other chance do you have to watch and jam out to student and professional performances? The answer: you don’t. This is your only chance.

10. FOMO. All your friends are going, so why wouldn’t you? You don’t wanna be that one person who missed out on Kickback, as if!

Kickback tickets are on sale now here and are only $10. 4E can’t wait to see you there.

Photos/Gifs: The Corp; giphy.com; 

Introducing GTFO: Georgetown, Together Fleeing Off-Campus

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Hey Hoyas, and welcome to 4E’s new series: the oh-so-cleverly named
“GTFO: Georgetown, Together Fleeing Off-campus” (profound apologies).

Our first edition is all about places to go and do what we Georgetown students do best: study! Midterm season is upon us like a thick and suffocating blanket, and I am going a little bit stir-crazy staying on campus and working.

The Gymboree-esque seating in the Heal Fam Stu Cen is less quirky and more irritating. The artificial lighting in ICC classrooms is becoming restrictive and headache inducing. The Lau cubicles are starting to cause cabin fever and serial-killer tendencies a la Jack Torrance in The Shining.

This might be a personal problem.

Luckily, these problems can easily be solved by the many student-friendly study spaces throughout DC. The first edition of GTFO will focus on cafes and coffee shops, because the only activities Georgetown students hold nearer to our hearts than studying are eating and consuming unhealthy amounts of caffeine. (For a fall finals version, check out these studying hotspots.)

Here's a handy map of your new favorite study spots!
Here’s a handy map of your new favorite study spots!

If you wanna be the coolest kid in the district, here’s where you should hang:

1. Caffé Aficionado (A): 1919 N Lynn Street, Arlington, VA

What is it: Caffe Aficionado is located right over the Key Bridge in Rosslyn. There’s not a ton of seating, but they do have free Wifi.

Why you should go: Caffé Aficionado has the best lattes ever. Sipping on a honey-cinnamon latte with a foam-art bear will make your IR readings a little less painful.

How to get there: On weekdays, take the GUTS bus to Rosslyn. Otherwise, the Dupont Circle-Rosslyn circulator bus costs $1 and leaves from 35th and M St. The fifteen minute walk is cool too, especially if you like scenic views of the Potomac and the Washington Monument.

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DC’s (well, Arlington’s) cutest latte

2. Blind Dog Cafe (B): 944 Florida Ave, Washington, DC

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What is it: Blind Dog Cafe is located a little bit off of U St, and serves breakfast sandwiches, regular sandwiches, salads and lots of fancy coffee drinks and juices. They have free Wifi and couch seating.

Why you should go: I had one of the top three best chocolate chip cookies of my life. If you go, please bring one back for me. The people watching there is also a fantastic way to procrastinate. Protip: Do not try to be cool by putting almond milk in your iced Americano. It’s disgusting.

How to get there: Take the G2 bus from the front gates to 7th and P St, and then walk 5 blocks. You can also take the D6 bus to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro, and then take the green or yellow line to the U St. stop.

*cookie monster voice* COOOOOOOOOKIES
*cookie monster voice* COOOOOOOOOKIES

3. Slipstream (C): 1333 14th St NW, Washington, DC

l-5 What is it: Slipstream is a restaurant/coffee shop in the Logan Circle neighborhood. It’s definitely expensive, but there’s lots of seating and table service. There’s also like 10 different kinds of coffee with carefully explained flavor profiles. So if you’re a coffee snob or if you like making fun of coffee snobs this is the place for you. There’s no Wifi during brunch on weekends, but during the week, it’s a great place to sit and enjoy coffee that has been “de-pulped and tossed with champage yeast before being fermented for eight hours.” Yum!

Why you should go: If you’re like me and have some kind of primal need for pretentious and instragrammable foods like avocado toast and something called “French-toast casserole,” then Slipstream is your place.

How to get there: Take the G2 bus from the front gates to the corner of 14th and P St.

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<3 Pretentious Foods<3

4. Soho Tea & Coffee (D): 2150 P St NW, Washington, DC

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 10.00.21 PMWhat is it: Located in Dupont Circle, Soho is much closer to home. There’s a ton of seating, free Wifi and a full menu. It’s a lot less crowded, less expensive and less hipster than most other DC coffee shops.

Why you should go: Soho is much more laid back and down-to-earth than the other options on this list. It’s ten minutes away from Georgetown, and is open until 11pm on weeknights. If you prefer comfort food to coffee that requires ten different flavor adjectives, go to Soho.

How to get there: GUTS bus, D6 bus, or G2 bus.

So much seating and productivity
So much seating and productivity

5. Whole Foods (E): 1440 P St NW, Washington, DC

Your glorious view from your study perch
Your glorious view from your study perch

What is it: Whole Foods is actually a fantastic place to study. There’s free Wifi and counter seating. Also, “food” is literally in the name of the place. There’s nothing better than looking down at a sea of colorful, fresh produce while you are struggling through a philosophy paper. Study breaks come in the form of staring longingly at $8 buckets of strawberries and organic, vegan, gluten free cookies.

Why you should go: On weekends, the Logan Circle Whole Foods gives out free guacamole samples all afternoon. I’m pretty sure I had a religious experience watching the guacamole lady work her magic. Warning: Studying at Whole Foods may induce exclusively guacamole-centered daydreams for several days.

How to get there: The Logan Circle Whole Foods is a few blocks from Slipstream, so you can take the G2 bus. There are also Whole Foods on Wisconsin and near GW, but guacamole has not been confirmed at those locations.

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#praise

Studying for midterms and writing papers doesn’t always have to be a completely horrible experience. Getting off of campus is a great way to clear your head, and studying at spots other than Lau 1, Lau 2, Lau 3, Lau 4 and Lau 5 gives you the opportunity to explore new neighborhoods and find new favorite places (Saturday night Lau sessions, however, are highly recommended and sure to be entertaining).

Also, if you find any other awesome places to study, #hmu or I might go all Jack Nicholson on you. So Hoyas, grab your laptop, books and appetite, leave your disdain for public transportation at home and GTFO.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, mapfling.com, Yelp.com (users: Kay H., Rebecca Dickerson, Brandon M., Nikila D., Orlando N., Deane M., A.R. P.), sohoteaandcoffee.com, blinddogcafe.com, dc.urbanturf.com, http://living-in-washingtondc.com/

Girl Scout Cookies: Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Midterms are upon us. 4E knows that, believe us. There is so much stress and emotions surrounding this time period, most people crack under the pressure. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. Nothing says “who cares about that grade?” like delicious food.

A few weeks ago Jimmy Fallon and Ben & Jerry’s brought us “The Tonight Dough”, AKA a revolutionary type of ice cream that basically makes you wanna cry.

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Now, things are getting even better in the ice cream world. It is like the heavens have answered our prayers.

We all love Girl Scout cookies with a burning passion. Well, the Girl Scouts are expanding their market and they are now selling Thin Mint ice cream sandwiches!

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WHAT? HOW? WHEN? These were all the questions racing through my mind when I found out.

According to the Consumerist, a 6-pack of these amazing treats costs $3.50 at Shop-Rite or Target.

How cheap! How affordable! How broke I am going to be!

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So, somebody please go out to the nearest Target/Shop-Rite and report back to me on how #amazing and life changing these are. Hopefully they make other flavors soon!

Say hello to the future of snacking!

Photos/Gifs: http://hellogiggles.com/girl-scout-cookie-ice-cream; http://consumerist.com/2015/02/25/new-products-girl-scout-cookie-ice-cream-bars-taco-bell-sauce-packet-chips/; tumblr.com; coetail.com

Hump Day Chomp: Cava Mezze

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Are you looking for a trendy reasonably priced restaurant that gets you out of the Georgetown bubble? Are you a tapas enthusiast? Do you have an appreciation for the finer things?

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If you answered yes to all of these, then I have the perfect place for you. Located along 8th St. in Capitol Hill, just a few doors down from the beloved Ted’s Bulletin, Cava Mezze is the new place to be. Serving tapas sized portions of fresh and authentic Greek food, Cava Mezze gives you a high end dining experience without having to break the bank. The portions are enough to share between two or three friends, which is perfect if you’re looking to try several things off the menu.

When I decided to make the easy journey to Capitol Hill with two other friends, we decided to order 6 dishes, which was more than enough. Our favorite dishes were the lamb meatballs, the cauliflower baked in Greek yogurt and truffled parsley crumbs and the mini gyros pita. Cava Mezze incorporates locally grown produce and simple flavors into their well presented dishes that leave one feeling satisfied and healthy.

This restaurant has received numerous outstanding reviews and is now one of my favorite restaurants in DC. Unfortunately, many people are catching on to this restaurant’s amazing food, so a reservation is highly recommended.

Enjoy the eats!

Photo/Gif: wp.com

Hump Day Chomp: Restaurant Week

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By now, you all have probably heard the hype about Restaurant Week, and 75% probably heard it from me.

For those who are not in the know about the #foodgame here in D.C., I’ll pause here for a hot sec to let you catch up.

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SO, to celebrate this joyous event, my sister, my best friend and myself headed out to one of D.C.’s premier restaurants: Lincoln. Because everyone knows that restaurant week is going up on a Tuesday.

I was expecting an amazing meal, but I was not expecting to have my mind blown by culinary mastery. Yes, Lincoln is that good.

The decor in the restaurant was jaw dropping. In the room we were seated in the ceiling was filled with mason jars and there was a huge pink light wall with words from one of Abraham Lincoln’s speeches.

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Even our booth was fabulous, it was beyond comfortable and all the drinks were served out of mason jars. It was the perfect mix of #basic and #classy.

The food was an experience onto itself. Since it was restaurant week, we got a 4 course meal for $35.00 (plus tip). To help you understand why this meal was so good, I’m going to take you on a quick tour of my flawless meal:

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Appetizers: I had the Sweet Potato Soup, which literally melt in my mouth. My sister got the Tater Tots, which were filled with goat cheese so they could not be bad even if they tried.

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Salad: I opted for the Roasted Cauliflower because I had realized my love of cauliflower while abroad in Turkey. This dish did not disappoint, and it was not around for long (note: because I ate it all super fast).

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Main: If you know me, you will know that there is nothing I adore more than risotto. To be honest, it was the reason I chose this restaurant in the first place. OMG it was so good, I struggled to finish it because it was so rich.

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Dessert: As dessert is always the best part of the meal, the three of us shared the three options. I personally loved the Apple & Pear Crisp, but the Fudge Cake was also amazing as well.

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My final verdict: Lincoln is an extraordinary restaurant. It is the perfect like chill first date location. I would for sure go back, any takers?

Even if you do not go with me, you should make the short trip over there anyway. Or, better yet, go experience restaurant week at any participating restaurant around D.C.. I swear, you will not regret it.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, Courtney Klein