Fall Bucket List

4E's Fall bucket listExcluding the mysterious week of ninety-degree weather we recently experienced, the fall has officially arrived at the Hilltop. From the changing leaves to the swarms of Barbour jackets and Hunter boots, all the signs of a new season have shown themselves. But fall means something a little different for everyone, right? Perhaps your favorite holiday is fast approaching or maybe it means you can finally order that pumpkin spice latte from Saxbys? Either way, we all have our lists of things to do in this leafy wonderland.

Here at 4E, we would like to offer out some of our own fall bucket list contributions. Regardless of what your real class syllabus says, these are the assignments are things you actually need to get done:

1. Pumpkins and Apples These are easily fall’s go-to flavors, and while one could argue they can never get old, a new recipe needs to appear. We’ve seen the hot drinks, warm pastries and delightful-smelling candles but what else can be created? This fall, try to challenge yourself to think of a new combination. In the end, this bucket list check off could be big. Who knows, maybe this could be your legacy at Georgetown or just something else to do instead of homework. Either way it’s a win-win situation.

2. Leo’s S’mores Basically, I’m looking for some student chefs this fall, can’t you tell? But, I really believe that making s’mores at Leo’s is possible. We all see the new desserts as soon as we walk into the culinary beacon that is O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront. Accomplishing this task could be as simple as combining graham crackers from Vittles and the marshmallows and chocolate chips from Leo’s and putting them all together in the microwave. I know it can be done and I’m just looking for the person to do it. (If you are that person, send us your Leo’s s’mores pic or hashtag it with #thefourthedition on Instagram. You might even get featured on 4E’s InstagraMondays! See below)

3. Fall Insta You know what I’m talking about. That big tree outside your dorm you see every morning? Now is the time to make sure you snap a picture of it on that perfect sunny and breezy day. Just wait for the moment when it has the ideal blend of red, yellow, green and orange. This tree photo could even lead to you achieving a personal record high number of likes on Instagram. Do you know why? Because if a beautiful moment happens in nature, and someone doesn’t take a picture of it, people will start to wonder if it ever really happened (See recent sunset pictures for further proof).

4. Football Games This may be blasphemous on my part, but it took my Uncle visiting – a former Fordham alumni – to tell me who we were playing this Saturday at our football game … which is something I don’t want to talk about. Really, though: what could be more picturesque than standing in the bleachers cheering on your fellow Hoyas, while sipping that warm drink of choice on a crisp, fall Saturday? It’s a nice way to enjoy your weekend afternoon and raise school spirit at the same time. Bring some friends or, better yet, make it a dorm-floor event! The fall weather provides a great atmosphere where you are not too hot, but not too cold, all you need is a light jacket (even though we’re far away from April 25th). And for those that are worried they might not have the knowledge to go to a football game, again, have no fear: The Fourth Edition can help you out there as well.

In the meantime, get out there Hoyas! Take on your fall bucket list before the weather gets cold and the government defaults on its debt payments!

Photo: Making Moments

The Good Stuff Debacle: How Good is Good Stuff?

How Good Is Goodstuff

I must confess a few biases before I begin because I take food very seriously and feel that food-related issues are typically very polarizing.

First, I am not only a hamburger fanatic, but am also a huge fan of Top Chef. In addition, one of my personal favorite contestants is Spike, who, for those that don’t know, is the head chef/owner of Good Stuff Eatery.

Secondly, Leo’s and I just celebrated our month-a-versary. I actually found a fork. I got some chocolate milk. It was cute.

Therefore, Good Stuff already seemed like a great place to try.

So, how good is Good Stuff? Let’s look at it from a scale starting at the only Ruby Tuesday burger I’ve ever eaten that was not only burnt, but was also undercooked. In reality, I feel like I might be ignoring the culinary skill behind it. And lets end the scale at the classic Shake Shack burger, which is three steps down from heaven (behind only bacon and Nutella).

Quick facts about Good Stuff for those (like myself) who have only heard “Oh my God, you need to go there!” :

  • The closest location is on 3291 M St NW, but multiple locations can be found through out the DC area. So, if you ever want to explore a new location and break the bubble, why not use this as an excuse?
  • GoodStuff mainly sell burgers (including turkey and veggie options), fries, milkshakes and salads.
  • Each burger is priced at around $7, a little more for certain specialty ones.

For my first meal, I ordered the Farmhouse Cheeseburger, Handcut Fries, and the Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake (total around $16). All the burgers come with lettuce, pickles, onions, tomatoes (though you can ask for any/all to be removed) and the “Good Stuff sauce.” Try as I might, I unfortunately could not find out what exactly this “Good Stuff sauce” contains, but the search will continue. My culinary senses tell me it’s a bit like French dressing.

I would love to finally put my years of Food Network addiction to the test, and rant about how Good Stuff is not, in fact, good. However, it’s just not possible.

In fact, the only bad thing that happened was that they wrote my name as “Franceesca”, but I just take that as another reason to go back so they can try to get it right.

The burger tasted delicious – the type of delicious that makes you sit back in your chair and forget all the worries of the day. In fact, it measured close to, if not equal, to a Shake Shack burger. So, if you have not had one, (either Shake Shack or Good Stuff) I recommend taking the GUTS Bus to Dupont Circle (you may even find something else to do while you’re there) or the ten-minute walk down to M street.

The fries were cooked perfectly to achieve that nice crispy crunch, with a warm soft center. A quick suggestion, I highly recommend dipping your french fries into your milkshake. Say what you want, but not until after you try it. Salty and sweet never tasted so good … especially because the milkshake tasted exactly like a toasted marshmallow!

While I was warned by the name, I remained nonetheless surprised. Honestly, I discovered that I simply am not a fan of toasted marshmallow flavor. But, the quality of the milkshake definitely got me excited to try some of their other flavors. Maybe Red Velvet?  Or Salty Caramel kiss? I’m not too sure on what a Vietnamese Coffee Milkshake is? Is it just coffee flavor? Is this imported coffee?  Is Georgetown not the place to make a politically incorrect joke about a milkshake? I apologize for all of the rhetorical questions, I’m just riled up. (Editor’s note: Incidentally, the Vietnamese Coffee Milkshake is the only one I’ve tried. It’s coffee and condensed milk! It’s super delicious).

Aside from classic hamburgers, Good Stuff also sells specialty burgers, which, in addition to being wittily named, all sound amazing! Putting political preferences aside, just imagine ordering a Prez Obama Burger: bacon, onion marmalade, Roquefort cheese and horseradish mayo sauce … Yum! If you still have your doubts, check out the website, which has pictures of almost every burger. But don’t look at them in class, you might start drooling on your CPS notes.

Simply, a trip to Good Stuff offers you good food, a nice place to sit on the upper floor of the restaurant, an excuse to go into town and the possibility of seeing Spike and taking a selfie with him (and maybe finally hitting that personal goal with Facebook mupload/Instagram likes).

So how good is Good Stuff? Well, it definitely “spiked” up my week! (See what I did there?)