(Free) ICE CREAM ON WHEELS

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Okay Georgetown: how many times have you said, “I would kill for a pint of ice cream right now” or “If you bring me a pint of ice cream right now I’ll love you forever”?

Well now you can have ice cream delivered to your very own (office) door without the potential for jail time or a life-long attachment. Spread the word: Ben and Jerry’s ice cream trucks are on tour around DC delivering free scoops.

All you have to do is tweet them your location (@BenJerrysTour) and, according to their Twitter, they will come make your wildest dreams come true.

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For those of you Ben and Jerry’s noobs, here are a few flavor recommendations:

Americone Dream (duh, Happy 4th)
Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch
Peanut Butter Cup
Phish Food
Half Baked

Bonus points to whoever gets the truck closest to campus. You have until the 18th to make this dream a reality. Get tweeting, Hoyas!

Photos/Gifs: Huffington Post, Twitter.com

MEGA IMPORTANT PSA: Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

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Attention people! Today, Tuesday, April 14th is the most important day of the year: Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s.

As you’ve probably noticed, we here at 4E love lists, so we decided to make a list of things that are better than Ben & Jerry’s free cone day:

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Be sure to visit our local Ben & Jerry’s at 3135 M Street (aka make a pilgrimage to Mecca) to get your free cone from now until 8 pm. Bonus: the walk to the shop will be a nice change to your usual routine of trekking to Vittles, grabbing a carton and watching Netflix while shoveling ice cream into your mouth.

Whether you’re a New York Super Fudge Chunk connoisseur or a Phish Food fanatic, today is sure to be the highlight of the year. Go solo or with friends, but don’t miss out on the chance to acquire free happiness and joy in its most pure form.

Shoutout to the two most important men in my life for always being there for me. Love you Ben & Jerry.

Photos/Gifs:reactiongifs.com, allgifs.com, glee.wikia.com, benjerry.com, onehundreddollarsamonth.com

FREE IHOP PANCAKES TOMORROW

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Tomorrow is not just any regular old Tuesday – it’s IHOP National Pancake Day!

Yes, it’s true. Tomorrow, Mar. 3, your local IHOP is offering a free shortstack of its delicious buttermilk pancakes FO’ FREE.

But why? Well, IHOP is encouraging donations from each customer for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other specified charities.

Where is our local IHOP? There are two nearby-ish ones: 935 N Stafford St. in Arlington, or 3100 14th St. NW in the District.

Maybe you’re still not convinced that you should go. Have you seen these pancakes?

So yeah, you want to get yourself to IHOP tomorrow. The event runs from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Because breakfast doesn’t have to be limited to the morning.

See you at IHOP, and don’t forget to donate!

Photos/Gifs: timeout.com, livingrichwithcoupons.com, plated.com, ihophawaii.com

Capriotti’s Is Opening in DC

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You heard right, the famous sub shop Capriotti’s is opening their third D.C.-area location tomorrow, Dec. 15. Please, try to control your excitement and hunger!

Where in D.C.? The one and only M Street, of course! The store is located at 3347 M Street NW in Georgetown, making it an easy commute for hungry Georgetown students.

Do you not know what Capriotti’s is? This amazing restaurant is an award-winning sandwich shop that makes delicious sandwiches from fresh ingredients daily.

It was named by USA Today as one of the “10 Great Places for a Surprising Sandwich”, and the company truly embodies that statement. Their sandwich “The Bobbie,” named the “best sandwich” by the Washington Post, is made with freshly roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce and a pinch of mayo.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, they just did. In honor of their grand Georgetown opening, Capriotti’s is giving FREE “Bobbie” subs to the first 100 people in line tomorrow. I repeat, FREE AMAZING SANDWICHES.

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How can you get one? Just make sure you start lining up at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Capriotti’s and you will receive a free “Bobbie.”

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Photo/Gif: Capriotti’s; Tumblr

HFSC Study Break

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Looking for a cool way to spend the last Saturday night before finals?

Georgetown Program Board (GPB) is hosting a Carnival Arcade Study Break with Coca-Cola In the Healey Family Student Center from 9 p.m. to 1a.m. tonight.

Very importantly, there will be free food from Bulldog Tavern – sliders, fries, nachos and wings galore!

How can you resist?

There will also be arcade games like pool, skeeball and foosball available for all study breakers to play. This will be the perfect way to satisfy that vague desire to go to Chuck E. Cheese!

For all you crafty Hoyas out there, there will be opportunities to make your own Christmas ornaments, like the lovely one below:

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In keeping with the overall theme, there will be carnival games like ring toss and balloon darts, as well as airbrush tattoos. Because no carnival is complete without some temporary tattoos, am I right?

You can also make your own gingerbread houses and help decorate the HFSC’s Christmas tree for a nice dose of holiday spirit.

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The event will also feature a “Coca-Cola AHH Lounge” that gives students the chance to enjoy their ice-cold Cokes and talk about “what AHH means to them” via social media. They can do this while chilling in hammocks, which doesn’t quite seem to be in keeping with the holiday theme, but let’s go with it! There will be a ton of music, Coke samples and giveaways.

Come to The Deep South/HFSC/Student Center/Heal and check out all of these cool things from GPB! And don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook event.

Photos : phillymag.com, Instagram, wikipedia.org, georgetownvoice.com

You Donut Want to Miss This Event at Leo’s

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Here at 4E, we’ve certainly had our fair share of posts good-naturedly knocking the hallowed establishment that is Leo J. O’ Donovan Dining Hall. But it was only a matter of time before Leo’s announced a crazy cool promotion, and today is that day.

Through their Twitter account (@gtowndining), Leo’s announced that tomorrow, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m., the first 300 meal plan holders who show up will get a FREE donut from District Doughnut and free samples of Compass Coffee.

You can get this FOR FREE.

What’s more, these free treats will be brought to you by a member of D.C. United. That’s right. D.C. United, the Major League Soccer team, has donated the services of some players to give you, the humble Georgetown student, donuts and coffee. Besides more reasonable meal plans and better food, what more could a Leo’s meal plan holder want?

I repeat: someone from this team might be handing YOU a free donut.

So tomorrow, going to Leo’s will be what the cool kids are all doing. Show up at 11 (or realistically, before 11) to get your free goodies!

Photos: yelp.com, zimbio.com, zap2it.com

Get Food and Gifts for Shopping at Madewell Tonight

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Shoppers of Georgetown, unite! Tonight, hilltop voGUe is hosting an event at the Madewell store in Georgetown (1237 Wisconsin Ave). What are the perks of showing up? The list is (almost) endless: 20% discount off your final purchase, a mystery gift for anyone who buys anything, free Pie Sisters (swoon) and entrance into a raffle for a Madewell gift card. That’s right, for going shopping, you’ll be rewarded with food and gifts. It’s just like you’ve always dreamed!

Here are some of the sweet items you could get from Madewell at a discount tonight:

And here’s an example of a literally sweet item you could from at Madewell FOR FREE at this event:

So if you’re free between 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, hit up Madewell and join the lovely people of hilltop voGUe in this sure-to-be-fun event. Happy shopping!

Photos: madewell.com, washingtonian.com, logonoid.com, wordpress.com

ShopHouse Bounceback: Buy a Burrito, Get a Free Bowl

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We here at 4E have observed over the years that Georgetown students — us included — love Chipotle. And why shouldn’t they? It just makes sense that college kids’ would be obsessed with a place that sells relatively cheap, incredibly filling, delicious food.

Similarly, Chipotle’s sister, ShopHouse, serves up food inspired by Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, and has been offering promotion after promotion the past couple of months.

And now there’s a new one: Every Saturday in November — starting today — if you bring in a receipt from Chipotle (for a bowl, burrito, taco or salad) to any ShopHouse location from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., you will get a free ShopHouse bowl. That’s right. In exchange for going to Chipotle — something that is a part of many people’s weekly routines — you can get FREE FOOD!

Of course, as we’ve told you before, you can make your own bowl at ShopHouse (and with a Chipotle receipt, it’ll be free!). Or you can try one of the four new “House Favorites”, which are premade combinations designed to tantalize the taste buds. So grab your Chipotle receipt from Wednesday (we know you have them) and head on over to your local ShopHouse (2805 M Street NW) to get your free bowl.

Photo: siliconbeachclearly.com

Free Food Alert: Head to ShopHouse on Wednesday

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There is almost nothing that brings more joy to a college student than the word “free.” It’s the free things in life that make us smile and jump up and down in our pajamas in the living room (or is that just me?).

So what, you might ask, is the only thing that makes me happier than something free? The answer to that is easy: Food. Free food, the two critical “F”s, are two of the most joy inducing, make-my-day words I could hear. Did you notice what happened when you read “free food”? Your mouth curled into a smile, your vision got blurry, you lost focus on anything school-related and all that was ever bad or stressful melted away. Let me repeat myself: FREE FOOD.

We at 4E have featured the magic that is ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen before. For the whole month of October the ShopHouse at 2805 M St. NW is offering free drinks to all Georgetown students, and this Wednesday (10/8), ShopHouse is having another killer free bowl day from 4 to 9 p.m. for anyone with a GOCard. I know you don’t need any more convincing to go. You’ve already added it to your calendar, started a dashboard countdown and made plans to go with friends. So what am I here for? Well, to help you channel all that excited energy into some productivity, I will help you pick an order. Let’s review how the ShopHouse menu works, shall we?

Pick a base: Rice, noodles or salad. Obviously this is not only a difficult choice but perhaps the most crucial decision you will make. Rice says, “I’m sophisticated, mature and enjoying a culturally ambiguous meal.” Noodles say, “Let’s just have some fun!” Salad pretty much speaks for itself. No matter what you choose, we respect you for making it to ShopHouse and indulging in free food. Go with your heart.

Pick a protein: Chicken, steak, pork and chicken meatballs or tofu. Just my two cents: Do not deviate from your norm here. There is never a right time to experiment with new meats.

Pick a veggie: Now this is the place for experimentation and adventure. We are looking at kale, corn, squash or green beans. Not only do they have completely different colors and flavors, they have different spice levels (can you handle the heat of the green bean?) and different personalities. Which do you pick? Whatever the moment selects for you.

Pick a sauce: Tamarind vinaigrette, green curry or red curry. Read the fine print so you know what you are getting yourself into.

Top off your bowl with garnishes and toppings. Remember to enjoy it primarily because it’s good food. But you should also enjoy it a little more because it’s free. Feel free (pun!) to go all out and have no fear. This is the time to let your hair down and enjoy the pleasure of a free ShopHouse meal.

Photo: siliconbeachclearly.com

Chipotle Meets Southeast Asia: An Interview With ShopHouse

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For those of you who don’t know, Chipotle has been opening restaurants nationwide under the name ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. Recently, a ShopHouse has opened right on M Street, and tomorrow, April 22, all Georgetown students are eligible for a free rice or noodle bowl. In other words, free food from the brains behind Chipotle. This is an offer you cannot refuse.

To learn more about the restaurant itself, 4E spoke on the phone with Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle and ShopHouse.



What is the origin of the name ShopHouse?

In some Asian cities, a shophouse is a midrise walk-up building, and people operate restaurants and fresh markets in the apartments above the businesses. It would be typical to see a shophouse in southeast Asia. In fact, that’s why it’s called ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen.

So clearly the central theme of ShopHouse is southeast Asian food. Can you describe the menu?

Yeah, the restaurant draws influence from southeast Asian cooking styles. It very closely follows the Chipotle model, but it’s rice bowls and noodle bowls. The employees assemble your bowls and you pick what you want in them. You can start with either brown rice, white rice or cold rice noodles. You can add chicken, steak, tofu, etc. Then you add sauce. We have different curries, a choice of vegetables like green beans sautéed with chili paste. You can add something crunchy, and we have little herb salads. You can check out the menu at shophousekitchen.com.

That sounds delicious! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

Yeah, it’s pretty tasty.

What do you think sets ShopHouse apart from other chain restaurants?

We’re driven by the same things that make Chipotle so successful. We never thought our success was from tacos and burritos. It was from our unique food culture and people culture. Our food culture uses the best ingredients, and we use classic cooking techniques. Our people culture involves hiring really amazing people and empowering them to become future leaders of our company. We could apply the same driving forces to a restaurant serving any kind of food, which inspired ShopHouse. Basically, we’re translating the same culture to ShopHouse.

I’m sure you’re aware of the cult-like following Chipotle has among college students.

Yes, I am aware.

How do you plan on translating that success to ShopHouse?

Loyal customers are the products of a compelling unique dining experience. We try to earn their visit every time they come. We’re trying to offer an experience people find relevant and compelling, genuine and interactive.

Favorite menu item and why:

Cold rice noodles with pork and chicken meatballs, green curry sauce, green beans, peanuts, herb salad, green papaya slaw, just a great combination of flavors. Everything on the menu has flavors that are bold and pronounced. The ingredients are of great quality, there’s a painstaking attention to detail… You really can’t go wrong. People have favorites and will get the same thing every time, but if they mix it up with something new, they realize everything on the menu is good.

Your personalized bowl: What’s its name?

I’m too busy enjoying it.

Can the 4E bloggers get some free swag — T-shirts, coupons?

Let me get back to you on that.

And finally, I just want to run this name for a personalized bowl by you. We here at 4E are the Fourth Edition. What do you think about a bowl named the “Fourth Noodledition”?

It’s clever! But, you know, we stay away from actual menu items and names. We just focus on making great-tasting food and giving people exactly what they want. At Chipotle and ShopHouse, we want a focused menu that produces great variety.


Thanks for talking to us Chris Arnold, and thanks for being one of those awesome people with two first names! Also thanks to Stewart Wolfe for notifying us about the free bowls in the comment section of one of our articles.

Don’t forget to pick up your free bowl from ShopHouse on M Street between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. tomorrow!

Photo: shophousekitchen.com