Best Trader Joe’s Wines

It’s time to ditch the Charles Shaw. Here’s a list of some potential new favorites (if you’re 21, of course)!

  1. Blue Fin Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, $3.99
    Chardonnay is a pale straw gold color with aromas of lime, melon and some faint oak. It tastes of pears, warm oak and a touch of cinnamon and is finished with a mellow oakey pear taste.
  2. Secco Mango Mangocini, $4.99
    It comes to us from Germany, where they begin with Trebbiano grapes. The supplier makes a slightly effervescent wine from those grapes and adds mango juice and mango flavor to create a fizzy, fruity beverage that’s ideal for the hot days and nights of August and early September.
  3. Green Fin Grenache Rosé, $4.99
    This selection has a Bright medium reddish amber color and features Lively, fruity, earthy aromas of cherry-berry, dried wild strawberries, dusty oak and lemon zest with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, complex, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak.

  4. Rebuttel Chardonnay, $7
    tastes like caramel apples and fresh air — basically an apple picking day trip in a bottle.
  5. Albada Viñas Viejas Garnacha, $6.99
    This choice features Raisiny, saucy aromas that are slightly volatile. A wide, saturated palate comes up short on focus and acidity, while a mix of raisin and green-herb flavors lands on a heavy finish.
  6. Incanto Prosecco, $12
    This Prosecco is the perfect choice for anyone who doesn’t want a sweet wine but likes bubbles.
  7. 19 Crimes Red Blend, $7
    if sweeter red wines aren’t your thing, this one probably isn’t your wine. Still, it’s hard not to be impressed by the fantastic marketing, as each label harbors a photo of an actual convicted criminal and each cork is labeled with one of the 19 crimes that could get you sent to prison in Australia.
  8. 2010 Casone Toscana, $10.99 (13%alc)
    This one begins with a pleasant aroma of black cherry, strawberry, spice, some balsamic notes and a little mint.
  9. 2014 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier, $9.99 (12.5%)
    This selection has pleasant aromas of grapefruit, melon, and pear, along with honeysuckle and other floral notes.

     

Sources: traderjoes.com, reversewinesnob.com, images.google.com, lifeatthetop.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

Chadwicks Is Closing, and Mr. Smith’s Is Taking Its Place

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After Mr. Smith’s announced its closure Monday, the bar today announced plans to move into the Chadwicks space on K Street.

Washington City Paper first reported Mr. Smith’s intentions to close by the end of the month, though the general manager said they were looking for another space in Georgetown. According to Eater DC, now it is Chadwicks that will close on Aug. 31, and Mr. Smith’s that will continue its run in Georgetown.

Luckily, Chadwicks, which has been open since 1967, still has its other location in Alexandria, Va. According to The Georgetown Metropolitan, Mr. Smith’s, which has been around since at least 1962, was forced from its original location on M Street by a rise in the building’s rent.

Obviously we at 4E are upset by this news as it means the end of cheap happy hours and bottomless champagne brunch on the weekends at Chadwicks. But, at the same time, we’re happy to see that a Georgetown institution — Mr. Smith’s — will live on.

Photos: Mr. Smith’s via Washington City Paper, Mikayla Bouchard via The Pursuit of Happy Hour

Where Do I Get My Hair Cut?

HaircutWell, Hoyas, it’s that time of year again. No, it’s not time to start listening to Christmas music. No, it’s not time to get the flu. No, it’s not time to eat Nutella (just kidding, it’s always time to eat Nutella). What I mean to say is: It’s time for a haircut.

I’ve been looking around campus and things are starting to get a bit scary. Half of Georgetown’s population looks like ratchet Rapunzel with hair extensions. Needless to say, it’s time for a trim. The problem is, many Hoyas don’t know where they can get a decent haircut around town. Have no fear, 4E has got you covered … or in this case, washed, cut and styled. Here are our top picks for a haircut nearby:

Fringe Hair Studio — the all-around contender!
Location: 1425 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Cost: $65+ for Women, $40+ for Men
Services: Wash & Cut, Styling, Coloring, Hair CPR, Highlights, Up-Dos

O Salon — great highlights!
Location: 3212 O Street NW
Cost: $100+ for Women,  $55+ for Men
Services: Wash & Cut, Styling, Coloring, Keratine Treatments, Highlights, Evening Styling, Relaxation Treatments

Salon Pejman — the best!
Location: 1419 Wisconsin Ave NW
Cost: $90+ for Women, $50+ for Men
Services: Wash & Cut, Styling, Coloring, Keratine Treatments, Highlights, Hair Extensions, Japanese Hair Treatment

Georgetown Hairstyling — the closest!
Location: 1329 35th Street NW
Cost: $24+ for Men only
Services: Wash & Cut, Styling, Shaving, Coloring

Diego’s Hair Salon the cheapest!
Location: 1901 Q Street NW
Cost: $25+ for Women, $20+ for Men
Services: Wash & Cut, Styling and more

What are you waiting for, Hoyas? Get out there and cut those coifs! (And share your own haircut suggestions in the comments below!)

Photo: Baltimore Sun

The Good Stuff Debacle: How Good is Good Stuff?

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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?)