Beach Etiquette for Shoobies

Beach Etiquette

Memorial Day is now behind us, and for the better part of the country, that means beach season is finally here (we’re still waiting for the warm weather up here in New England). While I’ve lived within two minutes of the beach for most of my life, I understand that most people aren’t so fortunate. I also realize that not all beaches have quite the same unwritten rules. But whether you’re from the prairie or the coast, East or West, a tourist or a beach bum, everyone can always use a couple reminders about beach etiquette.

Choose Your Spot Carefully

This one really amounts to being mindful of people’s “personal bubbles.” Now, how spaced out people are at the beach depends on the beach itself and the crowd that day (random-Tuesday-crowded and Fourth-of-July-crowded are two very different things), but in general, nobody likes it when you sit on top of them at the beach. Try and avoid plopping your stuff down too close to another group of beach-goers.

Watch Your Volume

The beach can be a lot of fun, and whether it is your music or your voice, sometimes that means getting loud.  But remember, a lot of people use the beach to get away from the noisy hustle-and-bustle of everyday life.  So while I understand that you need to tell all of your girlfriends about the dude you met at the bars last weekend, most people really don’t care.  Just keep your volume in check.

Be Aware of the Wind

In general, one can expect there to be at least a little bit of a breeze on the average beach day. Now, the wind can make things a little tricky. First, if it’s really windy, you should probably ditch the umbrella; nothing shouts “shoobie” quite like umbrella troubles. Then, when you leave, you have to pack up all of your stuff, and the sand is bound to blow somewhere off of your towels, blankets and chairs. Be careful that it isn’t into someone else’s eyes. That’s the worst.

Don’t Feed the Birds

Pretty self-explanatory. I guess if you don’t live by a beach, maybe seagulls seem like they’d be pretty cool. I promise you, they aren’t. If you feed one, they all swarm, and someone will get pooped on. Nobody wants that.

Watch Your Step

Similar to the warning about packing up, just be careful when either walking down to the water or up to your car. Oftentimes, the path away from your chair becomes a maze of bodies and beach chairs, and again, no one likes sand kicked in their face.

Dress Appropriately

This one is for everybody. You should always dress appropriately for the beach so you are comfortable and also have a good time. But there are some things that people really don’t want to see. Just be sure to not expose yourself too much with your beach attire, because while you should be comfortable, no one else should be uncomfortable when you walk by.

Now that the weather is nice, have fun, kick back and enjoy the beach — just try not to offend anyone while you’re at it!

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4Eats: Surf’s Up and Chow Down

4eats surfs up chow down

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.