What Do Japan And Leo’s Have In Common?

Banner - JapenHis name is Chef Yamada! And he comes with a chance to be on Japanese television!!! (may or may not be true, but whatever…)

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Yes, this is real life. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, Leo O’Donovan’s Dining Hall hosted Executive Chef of Upstairs at Bouley of New York City, Isao Yamada, alongside more than 20 Aramark chefs from around the country this past Friday!

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Feeling like you missed out last Friday because you used all your meal swipes on Einstein’s bagels?  Well, you’re still in luck as Leo’s will be introducing a specialty menu featuring Japanese cuisine brought to us by Chef Yamada starting on February 10th through the 16th.  Bringing a world-renowned chef to Georgetown is “going to be a very positive story about chefs in the U.S. that are open to more variety of healthy options and learning new ingredients and cooking”, a representative for Chef Yamada said in a statement to Leo’s.

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So what are you waiting for, grab a friend and borrow a guest swipe!  Better yet, purchase a meal plan and you’ll never miss out on any of Leo’s special events ever again.

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Bangkok Joe’s Out, Mama Rouge In

IMG_0521You have just two more nights to enjoy the delicious dumplings and noodles from Bangkok Joe’s. That’s right, the owners announced Wednesday that the Thai restaurant, which is located in the Washington Harbour complex, will close June 1.

Don’t worry, though, a new restaurant, Mama Rouge, will soon replace our dear departed. The new eatery will fuse Southeast Asian and French flavors in a redesigned and modernized space and will be run by the same people. Mama Rouge is set to open in September — just in time for Hoyas returning to the Hilltop.

In the meantime, you can get your Thai fix at a few other spots in the Georgetown neighborhood. Student-favorite Mai Thai serves up great Pad Thai and Pad See Eew; Basil Thai, a lesser-known spot on Wisconsin Ave., has more of your Thai favorites if you ever tire of Mai Thai; and I-Thai, which was recently opened on M Street, has a highly-recommended Drunken Noodle.

While we at 4E are excited for Mama Rouge to open in the fall, we’ll miss Bangkok Joe’s immensely. With just two days left to chow down, you can be sure to find us stuffing our faces with dumplings at Bangkok Joe’s this weekend.

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.

Feeding Yourself Without Leo’s (It’s Possible!)

Last year I supported Leo’s. Everyone complained about the quality of food, the lack of options, and the long lines for meals that were never really worth it. But I always came to its defense because I truly liked the food that was offered and I never left hungry.

But since the start of this school year, my friends and I have gone on a Leo’s boycott (except for Chicken Finger Thursdays because, really, who can pass those up?). And with the recent report of Leo’s numerous health code violations, students are starting to demand change. While we wait for Leo’s to get it’s act together, here are some other ways to feed yourself without leaving campus:

Epicurean – This restaurant is by far my favorite spot on campus. Although it may be a bit of a trek for those who live over in Southwest Quad or Village A, the wide array of choices – a daily buffet, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, and wraps – makes Epicurean well worth the walk. I personally recommend the quesadilla and The Baja, a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado and melted pepper jack cheese.

Wisemiller’s – Wisey’s takes the cake for the most convenient off campus food option. Located directly across from Walsh, one needs to walk only steps off campus to grab a great, quick and easy sandwich. If you’re having trouble deciding what to order, go with the Chicken Madness – you will not be disappointed.

Einstein Brothers Bagels – The opening of an Einstein Bagels on the third floor of Regents has been a great addition to the gorgeous new building. Unfortunately, the ‘store’ is simply a cart, but, each time that I have gone to pick up some breakfast, there has always been a good selection of fresh bagels. Even more exciting is the recent announcement of the expansion of the Einstein’s in Car Barn later this year.

The Corp – I feel as if I have lived off of food from the Corp this entire year. Between sushi, Booey’s sandwiches and even the falafels, I seem to never run out of options. Vital Vittles in Leavey usually offers the most choices of all of the Corp storefronts so make sure to head over there if you are struggling to find some diversity. Thank you, Corp, for feeding me for the past few weeks – I don’t know what I would do without you.

Hopefully, the situation at Leo’s improves, but, until then, we’ll all just have to get a little creative. Maybe you’ll even try out those cooking skills that you never knew you had!

GU Mobile Debuts

This past week at the Hoya Innovation Summit, Georgetown launched its very own mobile web app. Go to m.georgetown.edu on any wireless mobile device, and Georgetown news and info is available right at your fingertips.

Just like any mobile app, Georgetown’s mobile web has an array of awesome and useful features. These range from a directory of students, staff, and faculty, a map to help you get around campus (perfect for visitors and incoming Freshmen), an events calendar, news, dining menus, GUTS bus info and much more.  Finally, all the information you might ever need to know about Georgetown is available on one site.

While all the features are helpful, a few make the site really worthwhile. The directory lists all Georgetown emergency numbers, and you have the option to search any professor’s email address, making contacting them much easier. The dining app includes hours and menus of more than just Leo’s—you now have access to Corp services, Epicurean and dining options in Leavey (no more walking to Cosi only to find it dark and deserted at 7 p.m.

While right now the project is limited to the mobile website, apps for the iPhone and Android are in the works, which will make all this information even easier to access.

Photo: Chris Bien/The Hoya

Good Stuff Eatery Heading to Georgetown

by Bethany Imondi

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If there is one thing that D.C. might have more of than cupcakeries, it has to be deluxe burger joints. From Ray’s Hell Burger to BGR to Shake Shack, the District has its fair share of options for those carnivores looking to sink their teeth into a patty hot off the grill.

On Capitol Hill, one of the most popular spots for burgers is Good Stuff Eatery. Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum Spike Mendelsohnn owns the joint, which serves up gourmet burgers and shakes and  has garnered a popular fan base that even includes President Obama. Fans in Georgetown can rejoice at the news that Good Stuff Eatery could be coming locally.

Early last week Good Stuff Eatery launched a new website that seemed to confirm the restaurant’s arrival in Georgetown. The location’s page hints that the burger place could open as early as this spring, but there is no official word on its location. There are rumors that it will take residence in the space formerly home to Georgetown Wings Co.; however, a lease has yet to be signed which would finalize the deal.

So while Georgetown will have to wait at least a few more months before enjoying a Prez Obama Burger or a Michelle Melt or a hand-spun toasted marshmallow milkshake, at least we have Five Guys and Thunder Burger to satisfy burger cravings.