Winter Survival Guide

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If you somehow didn’t notice the white stuff that have been falling from the sky recently or the freezing cold temperatures, let this article assure you it is in fact winter at Georgetown.

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So before you start filling out your transfer application to Berkley or University of Miami here are some tips to help you survive the cold.

1. Before going outside, dress in every single item of clothing in your closet. You may at first feel stupid, but you will be warm.

2. Cold toilet seat? No problem, just sacrifice a few socks to create this masterpiece.

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3. Invest in a sleeping bag suit. It may seem like an impulsive buy, but also quite possibly the warmest thing you will ever own.

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4. Trick yourself into thinking that you are in a tropical location instead of this polar vortex by decorating your room with things that remind you of summer.

5. Avoid ice at all costs. It may seem like a good idea at the time to try and slide across the ice like a cool kid, but you will most likely end up falling.

If you even find yourself feeling down about the weather here in DC, just remember that there are places that have it much, much worse.

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No one wants to live in that.

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Hump Day Chomp: Pho DC

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If you’re one of the lucky few that are planning a Valentine’s Day Date, look no further than Pho DC in Chinatown.

We stumbled upon this Vietnamese gem last weekend while looking for Rita’s Italian Ice (which, by the way, is CLOSED for the winter – what the what?!?).

After having our ice dreams dashed, we walked up the block looking for something to eat/somewhere to cry when my date stopped short and asked if I had ever had Pho – which is pronounced “f-uh,” not “faux.”

I hadn’t, so we climbed the four steps up to the well-lit and sophisticated restaurant and the rest is history.

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I ordered Spicy Satay Pho Tai, which is basically a lot of broth mixed with chili paste, thinly sliced beef, cooked onions and thin rice noodles. You get to use chopsticks to scoop the noodles and stuff into this awesome mini-ladle. It was tough, but it got easier as the night progressed. My date had Spicy Pho Shrimp, which actually had a good amount of shrimp. The only annoying thing was that the tails had not yet been removed. Both dishes came with little bowls of basil, bean sprouts and lime that could be added to the soup.

The real winners were the sauces: one spicy orange sauce that tasted like sriracha on steroids, and one sweet brown sauce that was like a thicker, sweeter soy sauce. These were magical when added (in small dollops) to the spoonfuls of noodles.

We also tried Vietnamese Coffee, which is really rich coffee that has condensed milk at the bottom. You can stir the milk until the coffee reaches its optimum level of sweetness and pour it over ice if you wish (we wished, and it was delicious).

This place had it all – great music, wonderful food, fun atmosphere. It was also really easy to get to – just a couple of blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop. Pho DC is pho-sho one of the best places you can have Valentine’s Day dinner (or anti-Valentine’s day dinner) this weekend!

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Holiday Spirit in Dahlgren Quad

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With the Pumpkin Spice Latte being gradually replaced by the Peppermint Mocha as the drink of choice for all basic Georgetown students, one can tell the holidays are slowly taking over campus.

The advent of the holiday season means a lot will be happening at Georgetown in the coming weeks. There will be the RHO rush of care packages, the themed happy hours, as well as the many wonderfully planned activities sponsored by various Georgetown administrative offices and student groups!

One of 4E’s favorite festivities is happening this Friday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in Dahlgren Quad: the Lighting of the Georgetown University Christmas Tree!

The Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts, the Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society, and the Office of the President invite all members of the Georgetown community to convene this Friday night for some good times and holiday cheer.

Here is a breakdown of what you can expect on this jolly night:

1. The actual lighting of the tree. Dahlgren Quad is the most picturesque spot on campus in the winter and the only thing to make it better is a ginormous, glowing tree right in the middle of it.

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Gorgeous, isn’t it?

2. Hot cocoa and snacks. Georgetown doesn’t skimp when it comes to holiday cheer. There will be snacks and hot cocoa served to all of the people waiting outside throughout the event’s activities. Life doesn’t get more delicious than hot cocoa.

3. Mask and Bauble’s performance of “A Christmas Carol.” Come and see the incredibly talented dramatic society put on this Christmas classic. I’m sure it will live up to the fond memories of your awkward 8th grade self hopelessly stumbling through Tiny Tim lines in English class. Or was that just me?

4. Holiday music. Various Georgetown musical groups will be showcasing their talents through classic holiday hits. You can bet the 4E bloggers will be performing our group interpretive dance to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

5. Temperate DC winter weather. Although weather.com says it will be a nice cool 45 degrees this Friday night, based on recent trends, that could easily change to 75 degrees. Nothing screams “holiday” like a 0% chance of snow and the ability to rock a t-shirt to the event.

So get ready for tons of Georgetown themed holiday cheer!

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Hump Day Chomp: Toki Underground

humpdaychompHopefully the first of many, Hump Day Chomp is a new weekly posting that intends, perhaps unsuccessfully, to make your Hump day a bit less humpy. We’ve found restaurants that are (mostly) cheap, rarely visited by our Georgetown amigos and, above all, pretty freaking good to get you through the week. So without further ado, I would like to presenteth our first Hump Day Chomp, Toki Underground.

Toki Underground is a small, cozy restaurant located at 1234 H St. NE, nuzzled between another Asian restaurant and one of those dark bars with scary tattooed bartenders. As you go up the narrow stairs, you can hear 90s music playing and Toki’s red lighting infiltrate the walkway. For a split second, I wondered if I was being taken into some sort of Red Light District, praying that I wouldn’t get deported if I somehow got caught. Thankfully, my friend and I were greeted by a smiling hostess.

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Toki does not have any tables — only limited bar seating. The dangling lamps and awesome wall art make you feel as though you are in a hip, hole-in-the-wall in central Kyoto. All germaphobes can rejoice because there is an open kitchen to the left, in case you are worried about the noodle-making process. The waiter behind the bar also happens to be the bartender, which is cool but might lead to poor choices considering you have class on Thursday.

Their menu is pretty short and their specialty is Taiwanese ramen, but they also have different types of dumplings. We ordered the pork dumplings to share and I had the vegetarian ramen that had roasted root vegetables soup, tofu, daikon and shitake mushrooms. My friend had the Toki Classic, with pulled pork and pickled ginger. I immediately regretted my decision.

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Ramen bowls cost $11 or $12, and they are HUGE. You will feel fuller than Chris Christie after an all-you-can-eat buffet at Friday’s, so believe me when I say it’s worth it. They also offer an assortment of Japanese beers and sakes that the waiter/bartender will gladly pair with whatever you decide to order.

All in all, Toki Underground was fan-freaking-tastic. Although you might have to wait a while for the limited bar seating, H Street is a good place to explore while you kill time. They also offer take-out, so give ‘em a call if you’re in a hurry. Once we sat down, however, the food came very quickly. Get out of the Gtown Bubble and have some fun. Remember, winter is coming.

Toki Underground
1234 H St NE
(202) 388-3086
Nearest metro stop: Union Station on the red line. You might want to share an Uber once you get there, as H St. is more than a mile from the stop.

Friday Fixat10ns: D.C.’s Weather Bender

The weather these past few weeks has been ridiculous. Cold, warm, snow, ice and back to warm again … that stupid groundhog from Pennsylvania (not even gonna take a crack at how to spell his name) had no idea what he was doing this year. The only good to come from this crazy weather has been the one day of classes off and the joy of seeing snowmen spring to life all over campus – albeit only to be melted a few days later. Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, because come the start of next week, it’ll be back to coats, boots and scarves.

As we enter the final week of February, here’s some music you can jam out to while staying inside, because you can be certain it’s the only place that has any semblance of climate control.

1. I Hate Everything About You – Three Days Grace While the recent change of weather is much appreciated, it’s not going to last. The cold weather’s insistence on remaining in D.C. is really starting to get to me.

2. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard Who knows, maybe this is what’ll be coming next.

3. Hot N’ Cold – Katy Perry The sudden changes in weather are just too much for me. My closet is a mess.

4. Snow (Hey Oh) – Red Hot Chili Peppers While we all enjoyed the relatively significant amount of snow we got, let’s hope that was the end of it and that we’re slowly transitioning to spring.

5. Skyfall – Adele The perfect way to describe how the clouds have been treating us these past few weeks.

6. Lights and Thunder – Krewella Thankfully, the recent bout of rain that just swept through D.C. didn’t include this, but there are no promises for the near future.

7. Ass Back Home – Gym Class Heroes Only two more weeks until you get to return home to (hopefully) the weather you love!

8. Paradise – Tiësto Give it a little more time, and soon we’ll be in that perfect high 60’s/low 70’s range that’s impossible not to love.

9. Sleep All Day – Jason Mraz I mean, it’s the only viable option right now, isn’t it?

10. Sunshine – David Guetta It’s coming. Just be patient.

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5 Olympic Sport Spirit Animals

Olympic Spirit AnimalsAs the Olympics wrap up this weekend, it’s time to reflect upon the past few weeks. We’ve watched Olympians ski, jump, race and skate around, representing their countries in the most competitive sports contest in the world. During the Winter Games in Sochi, I’ve learned a lot of things — things about beautiful Olympians and new sporting events — but what I’ve really learned in that each Olympic sport actually has a special spirit animal. Cute animals plus winter sports … what more could a person want? Without further ado, here are the top five spirit animals of the Sochi Olympics.

1. Figure Skaters They’re beautiful, graceful and wonderful, but let’s be honest, those skater girls can be nasty (cough, cough, Tonya Harding), just like our friend the swan.

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2. Downhill Skiers Going at speed of up to 80-90 miles per hour, it’s clear that these speed demons are cheetahs at heart.

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3. Curlers We’re not really sure what their sport is and they don’t go very fast, but having long arms like this sloth would sure help.

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4. Snowboarders The tricks they do are awesome, and it’s almost like they’re flying through the air, just like this nifty little flying squirrel.

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5. Lugers Let’s be honest, they basically stole this sport from penguins, except penguins do it all without any equipment.

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There you have it: this year’s Winter Olympics summed up in pictures of cute animals. So embrace your spirit animals and you’ll be basically halfway to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, Hoyas!

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Eye Candy Alert: The Hottest Olympians In Sochi

sochi hottiezEverybody knows why Sochi has been having unexpectedly high temperatures these past few days: The Olympians there are just too hot! It’s an understatement to say that the athletes competing in the Sochi Winter Games are the epitome of fit and beautiful. For those that really just watch the Olympics to admire muscles, six packs or just pure beauty, here’s a guide to help you be on the lookout for the most enjoyable sights you’ll see during this year’s Winter Games…

1. Bode Miller

Miller is a skier from the U.S. who has already garnered 5 career Winter Olympic medals!

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2. Tina Weirather

All the way from Liechtenstein comes another alpine ski racer who made her debut in the World Cup when she was just 16.

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3. David Backes

Backes is a U.S. Olympic hockey player and captain of the St. Louis Blues!

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4. Jamie Anderson

Hailing from Lake Tahoe, Anderson is an Olympic snowboarder who won gold in the inaugural Women’s Slopestyle event in Sochi.

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5. Bene Mayr

Germany is represented by this sexy freestyle skier. Just look at all all that freestyle swag!

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6. Tina Maze

A World Cup alpine skier from Slovenia, she’s the current Super-G world champion and is also an Olympic champion in downhill.

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7. Jonathan Toews 

This Canadian Olympic competitor’s one hot hockey player, but he knows how to cool things down on the ice.

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8. Sara Hurtado 

De España, Hurtado is an ice dancer. Her Spanish look is sure to spice things up.

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9. Shani Davis 

Another athlete from the U.S., Davis is a speed skater. Just look at that smile!

Shani Davis of the U.S. waves at the stands after the 1500m mens division A event at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Heerenveen

10. Theresa Johaug 

Last but not least, this blonde beauty is a cross-country skier from Norway.

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Well, Hoyas, I don’t know about you, but after looking at these Olympians I have to go to Yates to feel a little better about myself! See you on the treadmills!

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HoyaWinter OlympicSaxa: The Olympics, Georgetown-Flavored

Georgetown OlympicsOslo, Lake Placid, Nagano, Vancouver. Are these future celebrity children names? Close, but no. These are really the past sites of the Winter Olympics. You heard right, THE OLYMPICS!

This year, the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia, and will surely bring some inspiring moments. But as you watch the events over the next two weeks of international “harmony,” stop and think: What if the Winter Olympics happened right here in Georgetown? Forget “snowboarding” and “figure skating.” Open your mind to a few of the events from the Georgetown (aka the better) version of the Olympics:

1. Write a full paper at the tables of Lau 2 Points awarded based on speed and lack of plagiarism. Periodically, to distract the competitors, someone will walk by and ask if they can “watch my stuff for a minute.”

Preach, K-Stew.

2. Climbing the stairs to Yates “Athletics!” Seriously, just getting to the front door of Yates Fieldhouse could pose a formidable challenge to even the fittest Hoya. A million bonus points for actually getting inside and using the machines. Who am I kidding — the real Olympians would be like:

3. Avoiding the onslaught of tour groups Duck, cover, squirm and wriggle your way through the masses of Blue and Gray madness. Bonus points if you convince a prospective student to come here while awkwardly avoiding the onslaught.

4. Navigating campus with unexpected obstacles The competitor is given two minutes to get from St. Mary’s to a lecture hall in Healy. The natural route is through Red Square and past Copley, but that’s blocked off. Time to go around the ICC. But wait: Where did all these people come from? And why are they spreading across all the walkways by Regents? This event is probably most similar to an actual Winter Olympics event. Think slalom skiing, but with people. Also, without skis.

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For insight into actual events of the Sochi Olympics you should look out for, check out this article from Paranoia. Until then, the next time you finish your homework on time or trudge up the New South hill, pat yourself on the back. You might not be an Olympian, but you’re a Hoya, and you’re already a winner in our book.

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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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How It Feels to Start Classes Again

First Day of SchoolBy now most, if not all, of you are done with the Christmas cookies and never-ending family time. The holidays were fun, but now it’s back to the Hilltop we love and the schoolwork we hate. It goes a little like this:

You get back to Georgetown, so excited to see your friends…

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… even though it’s been only 3 weeks. (But it seems like a lifetime and a half.)

Everything is fab, until you realize you actually have to take classes.

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Finally, you find “the one” and you feel like a million bucks (or like a 4.0 GPA).

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But Wednesday morning is not too friendly.

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And there is always that one person who is way too excited.

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Your teachers actually expect you to learn.

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But your mind is blank. Or possibly still frozen from the cold.

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The bookstore is a total mess.

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And then you see someone in the library already. GOOD. FOR. YOU.

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You realize that Leo’s is once again your main food option and all happiness disappears.

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But being back with Jack the Bulldog makes everything much better.

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And despite the teachers, classes and long lines at the RHO, at least you are back on the Hilltop. Now you will have about a week or so until you are actually allowed to be stressed again. So enjoy the time off, Hoyas … we are all going to need it!

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