4Eats: The Art of Ramen

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Cheap, unhealthy, and easy to make.  It’s every college student’s guilty late-night pleasure. When we’re sick of Leo’s, too broke to order take-out, or too lazy to cook, we can always depend on this little guy. What is this goodness I am referring to? I’m surprised you even asked. Ok, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and suppose you’re eating legit food, now that you’re on summer vacation. But, really, how could you forget about your best friend, the one that’s always there for you, Ramen.

While most of us are guilty of slurping these pre-cooked noodles of yumminess, we haven’t really given it the respect it deserves. We may resort to it to satisfy our ravenous cravings but, in Japan, ramen is an art. There are ramen masters who have perfected the cooking of these wheat noodles in distinct flavorings of deliciously seasoned broth. But fear not! We don’t need to travel to Japan to taste good ramen. DC has seen its fair share of ramen shops that you should try!

Daikaya
705 Sixth St. NW in Penn Quarter
What you’ll find here 4 types of Sapporo-style ramen: miso, shio (salt), shoyu (soy), vegan
Fun fact Chefs were trained intensively under a ramen master from Sapporo.

TAAN Noodles
1817 Columbia Road NW in Adams Morgan
What you’ll find here 3 types of ramen: pork-based, duck-based, vegetarian; kushiyaki; onigiri; and various small plates
Fun fact Toppings include pork belly, duck confit, and chicken confit.

Sakuramen
2441 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan
What you’ll find here
Gojiramen – Traditional shoyu ramen with chashu, menma, scallions, nori, and sprouts
Sakuramen – Signature Vegetarian Ramen! Kombu broth with menma, corn, green onion, mushrooms, nori, and drizzled with a homemade fragrant oil
DC Miso – A tribute to Washington DC and our veteran friends with chashu, menma, green onion, cheese, naruto, and nori, and more
Fun fact Offers ramen flavors from around the world.

Toki Underground
1234 H Street, NE (above The Pug)
What you’ll find here Ramen: Toki Classic, Taipei Curry Chicken, Vegetarian, Red Miso, Kimchi; Dumplings & sides
Fun fact Inspired by a Hakata-style shop in Taipei. Add-ons include pulled pork, pork cheek, and “Toki Endorphin Sauce”.

So here you have it. A brief intro to the true beauty of ramen. We hope we’ve convinced you to go out to these ramen shops and taste what ramen can be. It is something more than the result of a college student’s tight budget and imagination. It’s actually an art in itself.

4Eats: Dish with Dad

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With a sunny forecast and temperatures in the 80s, this Father’s Day is already a treat for Dad. If you’re in the DC area, what better way is there to spend the gorgeous summer weather than brunch at Dino Restaurant before a afternoon visit to the National Zoo in Cleveland Park? Known for its creative menu and a great wine selection, this neighborhood favorite offers an ideal atmosphere for bonding between Dad and you.

Dino makes Father’s Day extra special by bringing him their Italian Steakhouse specials. The succulent cuts of meats and complementing sides come from local farms to ensure seasonal and local produce. Father’s Day Brunch, which is served from 11am to 3pm, include:

  • San Benedetto – Prosciutto eggs benedict on grilled ciabatta, $14
  • Nutella Stuffed French Toast, $12
  • House Corned Roseda Farms Brisket Hash & Eggs, $14
  • Center Cut Sirloin & Eggs, $16
  • Pork & Eggs, $12
  • Crabcakes with rosemary butter & bacon, $18
  • Softshell crab with creamy slaw, $14

The specials are offered only from Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16 so book your reservation today!

But if you want to spend time with Dad at home, why not surprise him with a homemade breakfast? Try this easy-to-make recipe for huevos rancheros (fried eggs with peppers and tomatoes).

Ingredients:

  • Oil, 45 ml
  • Garlic, 1 clove chopped
  • Red pepper, 1 deseeded and chopped
  • Onion, 1 finely chopped
  • Eggs, 4
  • Chili pepper, 2 deseeded and finely chopped
  • Tomato, 400 g canned
  • Marjoram, leaves to garnish
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and gently cook onions until soft but not brown.
  2. Add garlic and chili peppers, cook for 2 minutes then add the chopped bell peppers.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes then add the tomatoes, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Fry eggs in a non-stick frying pan and serve on top of the pepper and tomato mixture. Garnish with marjoram leaves.

Have a Happy Hoya Father’s Day!

What A Dad Wants

GIFT IDEAS

Don’t be that child and give the boring old Father’s Day tie. Here are some awesome Father’s Day gifts at wallet-can-handle-this prices that’ll make your dad proud and give him more reasons to believe that having you was not just another headache and a dent in the bank account.

For the D.I.Y Dad
The Container Store’s Ultimate Hammer Tool – The go- to all-in-one gear
$15.99

Lowes’ Kobalt 28-Piece Home Tool Set – Also handy for those odd jobs!
$19.98

Home Depot’s Dremel 200 Series 2 Speed Rotary Tool – Great for dads who love fixing up the little jobs around the house!
$39.97

For the Iron Chef Dad
Gourmondo’s Bacon Balsamic Dressing – Who doesn’t love adding more pig to their salads?
$6.99

William Sonoma’s Ultimate Grilling Rub Collection – It’s summertime. Time for more BBQ!
$27.95

Harry and David’s BBQ Steak Sauce Gift Set – Who doesn’t love some BBQ sauce and booze?
$29.95

For the Sporty Dad
MLB Gear at Modell’s – Let Dad show his spirit for his fav team.
Prices vary.

NIKE One RXN Golf Balls – Go golfing with Dad this weekend.
$29.99

NIKE+ SPORTBAND – Easy-to-use device with personalized features
$59.00

For the Dapper Dad
The Body Shop’s Activist Bath & Shower Gel – Leave your dad feeling refreshed after a long day at work.
$7.00

Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream – Give your dad an easy-to-use cream for smooth-shaven skin
$9.00 – 19.00 (size varies)

Polo Ralph Lauren Classic-Fit Mesh Polo – Let Dad feel fit and fresh in this classic polo.
$49.99

For the Workaholic/ Techie Dad
Delfonics Stationary Wood Ball Pens – Simple yet stylish. Dad will definitely be using them to show off at work.
$10.00

Shaper Image’s Motorized Tie Rack – So here’s something for dad to store all those ties you gave me for past 18-20 years. It looks cool in his closet too!
$49.99

Personalized Leather iPad Case – Give Dad a gift with a personalized touch to remind him of you when he works long hours
$79.99

There are a ton more gift ideas out there, but we hope these will help you make Dad proud!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

4Eats: A Simple Roman Fare

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Some of us are using our summer vacations to travel the world, the rest of us are sitting around wishing we were too. Well, the next time you want a taste of Rome, head over to A.M. Shoppe with a group of friends and order a platter of sandwiches and some plates of antipasti for a simple Italian-inspired meal. After walking through the streets of the culturally diverse Adams Morgan neighborhood, A.M. Shoppe is truly the perfect place to settle for an afternoon bite to eat.

A.M. Shoppe

For those lucky ones who are above 21, Justin Abad, co-owner of A.M. Shoppe, has created an atmosphere ideal for quality wine-tasting. With a selection of about 70 labels, Abad wants his patrons to sample only the finest wines and for his staff to know the taste of each and every one. Each bottle is only $10-$20, making it a great deal for quality wine seekers.

But do not fret under-21ers! Wanting to share his love of all things Rome, Abad offers a selection of cheeses and cured meats, either filled in sandwiches or assembled in an artisanal platter. A.M. Shoppe offers a variety of cheese, sandwich, and meat & cheese platters for parties of 8-15 or 16-24 people. These platters are great for catering a simple, but fancy afternoon picnic.

Another option is to order their sandwiches individually. Priced at about $8.50 each, these artisanal sandwiches include delicious cured meats and quality cheeses. Here is a sample of their award-winning sandwiches:

Admorghese Finocchino Mortadella,Prosciutto, Cotto, Provolone, Spicy Pickled Vegetables and Olive Oil

Tipperary Prosciutto di Parma, Cashel Irish Blue Cheese and Fig Paste

A.M. Cubano Pork Confit, Cuban Mustard, Prosciutto Cotto, Comte and Pickles, Grilled on the Press

For your own simple Roman fare, try making this Prosciutto Sandwich at home:

Ingredients

  • 1 6-inch piece baguette, halved horizontally
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Thinly sliced Prosciutto de Parma
  • Cured olives, for serving

Drizzle olive oil over cut sides of the baguette.

Place a few slices prosciutto on cut side of one-half of baguette; cover with the remaining half to make a sandwich.

Serve with cured olives.

Let’s Scream For Ice Cream!

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Memorial Day Weekend unofficially starts summer and what says summer more than ICE CREAM? This week at 4Eats, we’ll keep you cool with a list of deliciously refreshing ice cream shops as we face our first heat wave of 2013.

Thomas Sweets
Located just a short walk from campus on P Street, Thomas Sweet is the go-to ice cream shop for those who want to sample a variety of yummy treats in one setting. They pride themselves on using the freshest and finest ingredients to create the indulgent products they offer. You can choose from their classic ice creams and cakes, guilt-free fro-yo, decadent chocolates & fudge, or their signature Thomas Sweet original, the Blend-In.

A sample of their flavors include the traditional ones like vanilla, chocolate, Oreos and cream and mint chip. They also have some modern flavors! Here are the highlights:

  • Nutella
  • Tiramisu
  • French Kiss (dark chocolate raspberry mousse with bittersweet chocolate chips)
  • Eastern Chai
  • Coffee Amaretto

But it doesn’t stop there. You can’t forget the endless flavors and toppings! Thomas Sweets boasts a selection of chocolate chunks, rainbow and chocolate sprinkles, Reese’s peanut butter cups, Reese’s Pieces, Oreo cookies, Kit-Kat, Nutter Butter cookies, York Peppermint Patties, Mounds, brownies, milk chocolate M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, Heath Bar Crunch, Malt Balls, and more!

Dolcezza
For a more cultured palette, try Dolcezza’s Italian gelato. Gelato has half the fat and calories of ice cream, has a denser and smoother texture, and served at a warmer temperature. What makes Dolcezza unique is its promise to use only the finest available ingredients provided by local farmers.

Experience a different flavor everyday every year. Indulge in strawberries in the Spring, peaches in the Summer, quince in the Fall and sicilian blood orange in the Winter.

Serendipity 3
Finally, there’s always an excuse to eat ice cream as a meal by itself altogether. If you haven’t been there already for someone’s birthday, visit Serendipity 3 on M St. Although it’s a bit pricey, you won’t be disappointed by its decadent offerings. Try their famous frozen hot chocolate and finish it off with a variety of rich toppings. Or indulge in one of 12 milk shakes and floats, including Oreo Express.

And don’t forget their “Drug Store” sundaes.

The Classic One topping included, Additional Toppings $1Hot Fudge, Caramel, White Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter, Butterscotch, Strawberry, Pineapple, Chocolate, Marshmallow, Maple Walnut, Covered Espresso Beans, Raspberry

The Red Velvet Chocolate Ice Cream, Scrumptious Red Velvet Cake, Hot Fudge, Whipped Cream & Rainbow Sprinkles

Black ‘N White Sundae Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream, Marshmallow Cream, White Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Fudge, Whipped Cream & Tuxedo Strawberry

Check out their menu for more!

Rainbow Surprise Recipe
If you’re feeling lazy and wanna stay in the comfort of your room, at least make your chilly dessert fun to eat. With a few simple ingredients, you can create boring ice cream sandwiches into rainbow surprises.

What you need:

  • a box of ice cream sandwiches
  • wax paper, sprinkles
  • a glass dish
  • a cookie sheet

1. Line cookie sheet with wax paper.
2. Pour sprinkles into dish.
3. Unwrap ice cream sandwiches.
4. Press each side into the sprinkles.
5. Lay sandwiches on cookie sheet.
6. Place ice cream sandwiches into the freezer.
7. Set until ready to serve.

Recipe found here.

Dive In to Tune Inn

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Tune Inn
As Georgetown students, it’s not highly uncommon to dine next to senators and congressmen. If you want to go to restaurant with a high chance of a political leader sighting, we tune in to Tune Inn, a restaurant 3 blocks from the Capitol. Featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Dine-Ins and Dives”, Tune Inn boasts itself to be a 100% genuine dive.

Started in 1947 by Joe Nardelli, Tune Inn has been described by regulars as “the quintessential Capitol Hill establishment”. Managed by Nardelli’s granddaughter Lisa and head chef Michael Tate, the restaurant continues cooking up dishes that keep customers coming back.

Open Monday – Friday from 8am – 2am and Saturday – Sunday from 8am – 3:30am, you can meet all types of people at the Inn. Customers range from firemen to off-duty cops, from senators to locals, and ultimately, anyone who just wants to have a good time with good food. So if you’re looking for some cheap eats and a real diner-bar experience, head down to the Capitol and sample these amazing dishes:

Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, breaded and deep fried (served with marinara)

Tune Inn Fries A large helping of battered fries covered in cheddar cheese, sautéed onions and crumbled bacon (served with salsa ranch dressing)

Tune Inn Nachos Piled with pulled barbecue pork, sautéed onions, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and side of salsa

Tony’s Beer Battered Burger Burger is grilled, beer battered, dropped in the deep fryer and topped with cheese

Joe’s West Virginia Freshly cooked roast beef piled high, American cheese and signature sauce, grilled on rye

Tune Inn Burger Hamburger topped with signature sauce, American cheese and onion straws

Check out Tune Inn’s complete menu here.

 

Easy Nachos
For your own quick go-to diner staple at home, try these easy-to-make nachos. They’re great for Friday movie night get-togethers!

Heat the oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Meanwhile, shred 1 pound of sharp cheddar cheese. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread about half of a 14-ounce bag of tortilla chips on the baking sheet in an even layer. Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over the chips. Repeat with remaining chips and cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with your choice of toppings. Serve immediately.

4Eats: Surf’s Up and Chow Down

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So, your post-school year plans have left you here in Washington for the summer. Maybe you’re here for a (hopefully paid) internship, a job at the RHO or summer classes at Georgetown.

Regardless, you’ll be here for three stress-free, relaxing and blissful months. You can finally go see a concert at Verizon Center without worrying about that calculus exam tomorrow, visit all the monuments at the Mall or spend the day at Six Flags America. All this going out means you’ll be eating out, and as a result, you’re probably happy that you won’t have to see the inside of Leo’s for a while.

Despite your love-hate relationship with O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront, you’ll soon realize that strolling over to Leo’s for some edible sustenance makes your wallet a lot heavier and a lot happier than eating out on the town. After a week of delicious culinary creations at some of the District’s finest restaurants, followed by several days of frozen meals and ramen, you’ll soon face a wallet reminding you to spend your last dollars wisely before the next paycheck (not to mention, you’ll probably have a stomach begging for real food instead of freeze dried noodles). That’s where we come in. Here at 4Eats, we’ll bring you out of your meal-deprived misery and offer some D.C. eatery ideas and recipes where you can get a real bang for your buck:

Surfside

With temperatures rising, what could cool you off more than a refreshing lunch at Surfside? Only a 20 minute walk up Wisconsin Avenue, Surfside offers a beach-inspired menu, making it a great place for a relaxed, summer hangout. Customers are transported to the oceanside as they dine on an open rooftop deck with a beach mural backdrop. Surfside’s menu includes a variety of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, salads and rice bowls, all with a tropical twist. Their salsas, moles, curries and guacamole add bold flavors to their dishes, leaving you wanting more. The best part? The portions are HUGE and nothing is more than $15.

Some mouth-watering entrees include:

Tahiti (taco)
Seared rare ahi tuna on flour tortillas with wasabi cream, sweet soy glaze and lime sesame salad

Harbour Island (taco)
Seasoned braised pork on corn tortillas with tomatillo sauce, cucumber radish slaw and queso fresco

Tobago (quesadilla)
Braised pork, grilled pineapple & jalapeno salsa, cilantro and jack and cheddar cheese

St. Bart’s (burrito)
Warm flour tortilla with blackened fish, romaine lettuce, fresh jalapeno, pico de gallo, avocado and fresh squeezed lime.

Nantucket (salad)
Surfside greens with grilled salmon, grilled corn, zucchini, goat cheese and cherry tomato with a tomato basil vinaigrette.

And if you’re feeling creative, Surfside allows you to make your own taco, quesadilla, burrito or salad with any of the ingredients they have. Explore Surfside’s complete menu for all their delicious and cheap dishes!

In Home Fish Taco Recipe

But here at 4Eats, we don’t endorse simply eating out every day. Summer at Georgetown means experimenting in the kitchen, especially if housing assigned you a Village B or townhouse on Prospect. Here’s a cheap and easy-to-follow recipe for fish tacos, a perfect home-cooked dinner to whisk you away to a surfside vacation:

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless and skinless tilapia fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces, rinsed and patted dry
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh salsa
  • 12 corn or flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
  • Optional garnishes: cheese, cilantro, lime, avocado

Directions

1. Heat broiler, with rack in highest position. Place fish on rimmed baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil & season with salt and pepper. Broil until fish is lightly browned on top, 5-10 minutes, until flesh is opaque throughout.
2. Meanwhile in a small bowl, mix sour cream with 2 tablespoons fresh salsa.
3. Divide fish evenly among tortillas and top with shredded cabbage, sour cream and fresh salsa.

View the complete recipe here.

Surf’s up (and dinner’s served), Hoyas.