Best Ways to Make Leo’s Romantic

Romantic Leo'sFor those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few days, Valentine’s Day is this Friday. While we’d all love to take that special someone (if you don’t have someone, try these!) out to a nice restaurant, it’s not always possible; busy schedules, lack of reservation times at popular restaurants and/or having wasted too much money this semester can make things a bit tricky. If you fit into this category, Leo’s may be the place for you!

So yeah, a meal in Leo’s is certainly not the epitome of a romantic date, but if you’ve already been dating your significant other for six months or more and don’t care about impressions anymore, why not? With that in mind, here are some great ways to spice up that Leo’s date!

Create something new Don’t just go to one station and get food; mix and match something until it tastes good. (Chicken nuggets from the Diner with chipotle mayo from the sandwich station? Yes.)

Make a nice dessert While whatever you make isn’t even going to touch straight-up delicious chocolate, Leo’s actually has a decent array of dessert options. Toast some cookies and make an ice cream sandwich, or enjoy some excellent Nutella waffles. (Archer, anyone?)

Get into the music The music in Leo’s is surprisingly tolerable on most days, even occasionally above average! Let it set the mood for your romantic dinner.

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Don’t go to Leo’s Yeah, this is probably the right answer. Try your best not to have to resort to Leo’s on Valentine’s Day. It’s still a few days away — start planning something now so that you don’t have to subject yourself to this.

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InstagraMondays: Foods That Need to Be Your Valentines

insta-mondaysThey say a picture is worth a thousand words. Toss a filter and 30 likes on it, and it’s worth even more. Take a look at some of our favorite most recent Instagrams and stop back next Monday to see if yours were featured on 4E’s newest feature, InstagraMondays! Also, follow The Hoya on Instagram here.

With all of the love in the air, today’s InstagraMondays goes out to that special someone in everyone’s life. The one you would spend a little extra on. The one you always come back to: Food. So, here are some Instagram gems that prove true love does exist. Because let’s be honest, Hoyas, the real prize is having a meal with one of these goodies.

Can you feel the love tonight this morning?

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Pancakes or sausage? Whatever your preference, a brunch valentine will always make your day egg-cellent! 

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Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so is this cupcake… 

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This may be prettier than Ryan Gosling — or a really close second… 

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Sometimes your valentine is the one that was right in front of you all along. Leo’s, be mine?

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Oh, valentine, I’ll be with you till the very blend!

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Happy almost Valentine’s Day, Hoyas! Stay tuned for next week’s edition of InstagraMondays here on 4E.

 

Staffer of the Week: Katherine Richardson

It’s finally here! Once a week, The Hoya recognizes a staffer who has done a particularly awesome job – now you can get to know about them, too. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we post quick interviews with each staffer of the week. This week, we are featuring the fantastic news writer and assistant, Katherine Richardson!

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Name: Katherine Richardson
Year: 2017
School: College
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Position on The Hoya: Staff Writer and News Assistant

Why did you earn staffer of the week?

After the armed robbery at Domino’s, I walked down to the store to do a breaking news piece. I talked to the delivery man who was there during the robbery to get his first-hand account and talked to stores in the area to find out if they were concerned about the danger of armed robbery at their restaurants. I think the article came out really well, because one of the Domino’s employees suggested that it may have been an inside job. I’m interested to find out what happens after the Metro Police investigates.

What is your favorite thing about working for The Hoya?

I love being able to talk to people from every part of Georgetown. I get to interact with students, teachers, administrators and members of the D.C. community, and I would have never gotten to do that without being on the staff. I have heard some incredible stories and learned a lot just from talking to people about their lives and ambitions, and I am grateful for the experience.

Seeing that Valentine’s Day is coming up, what is your ideal way to spend the holiday?

HOUSE OF CARDS.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

Sushi. If I could, I would eat it for every meal (well, except breakfast). It’s the most delicious thing in the world and there are so many options, so it’d never get boring.

 What is your favorite song and why?

My favorite song changes literally every day, but I will never tire of “Island in the Sun” by Weezer because it reminds me of home and driving by the beach.

How NOT to Get a Guy in 10 Days

403naleyintrudedRelationships are crazy. As the genius Katy Perry once sang, “You’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no, you’re in then you’re out, you’re up then you’re down.” Truer words have never been said.

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The classic chick flick How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days tells the story of a woman who attempts to drive a man away in only (gasp) 10 short days. After re-watching this movie for the millionth time, I got to thinking … hold on a second. If a girl “got” a guy, why would she want to lose him? Hello? That makes no sense.

So over the last few days I have been strolling the paths of Georgetown, investigating and observing the student body. And while I still don’t know why anyone would want to lose a guy in 10 days, I realized how easy it is not to get one. After countless hours on Lau 2, I have concluded that these are the 10 things that women do that make themselves unattractive to the men of the world. If you do these things, you will NOT get a guy in 10 days:

1. Shrieking when you see your friends in Leo’s While this may seem like the perfect way to get a guy to like you (and seem more popular), it really isn’t. You look, seem and sound like that annoying girl who pretends to be friends with everyone.

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2. Only talk in classwork lingo Sometimes it is good to talk about class, but it is not good to only keep the conversation about how that problem set was so hard. Bridge the gap between class and “extra-curriculars.”

3. Stalking in class Yes, having friends in class is great, but it reaches the point where it is weird. Stalking can go from innocent to awkward real fast. It will not help your case.

4. “Study” in public places to be seen Your grades and relationships will not get better … I promise you.

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5. Walk around Lau aimlessly We all know those girls who are always just walking around. I’m 90% sure that they do not have any particular destination.

6. Giving code names to guys Many girls think that the more indiscrete they are, the more chance they have. No, guys do not want to be called “eyes” or “ya know.” I’m not saying I haven’t done it…

7. Poke your crush on Facebook This is the epitome of desperation. Totally not acceptable.

8. Get really drunk and text them at 1 a.m. I’m pretty sure that they know you really don’t wanna know “what’s up?” at that time of night.

9. Get the machine next to them at Yates Every. Single. Time. Creepy.

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10. Saying “OMG, me too” every time they say something new Girl, there is very little chance that you have everything in common. Get a grip.

It is harsh, but true: We girls often do things that aren’t in our best interest. This Valentine’s Day, do less, Lady Hoyas. Do less.

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Friday Fixat10ns: Throwback Valentine’s Day

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They just don’t make love songs like they used to.  After vigorously planning a Valentine’s Day date, you don’t want to risk killing the mood by pulling up some Justin Bieber on your iPod.  Don’t worry, 4E has you covered, with our Valentine’s Day Fixat10ns (I know, we’re a week early).

Take Me Home Tonight- Eddie Money Kick off a night of romance with this 80’s classic.  Eddie Money just helps you tell it how it is.

I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner Start to slow things down with Foreigner’s big hit.  After all, isn’t the reason we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day because of this age-old quest for love?

When a Man Loves a Woman- Michael Bolton Ah, Michael Bolton.  Continue to set the mood with the sweet, soulful sounds of love emanating from this track.

Secret Garden- Bruce Springsteen Bruce shows his soft side with this 90’s classic.  The saxophone part might actually bring you to tears.

Your Song- Elton John Let’s be honest, what is more romantic than someone writing a song for you?  Bonus points if you can actually perform this one for your date.

Burning Love- Elvis Presley By this point in the playlist, we’ve come at you with a lot of heart-melting ballads, so change things up with this little number from The King.

I Think We’re Alone Now- Tommy James & the Shondells Take a trip WAY back in the time machine with this hit about forbidden love as we get to the real meat of the playlist.

Baby, I Love Your Way- Peter Frampton Can’t find the words to tell your special someone how you really feel? Let Peter Frampton do the talking.

Bump N’ Grind- R. Kelly While he may not exactly qualify as a “hopeless romantic,” R. Kelly certainly knows how to set the mood.

Let’s Get It On- Marvin Gaye The seminal “slow jam,” there’s no song better suited to capping off a romantic playlist than Marvin Gaye’s big hit.

 

Georgetown-Themed Pickup Lines

Georgetown Pickup LinesLove is in the air on the Hilltop! As it happens every year, February is bringing out the hormone craziness in Georgetown student population.

We here at 4E know it’s a fact that nothing says Valentine’s Day more than cheesy pickup lines. And we happen to kill the pickup game because we’re sooooo witty.

So because of this reality, 4E is (currently) holding a Valentine’s Day competition for 5 pairs of tickets to a hilarious comedy show in D.C. on Valentine’s Day (featuring Nema Williams and Ed Blaze with special guest HOPE FLOOD). It is bound to be legen – wait for it – dary.

How do you win these free tickets? Glad you asked: All you have to do to get your name in the running is tweet to @thehoya4E with your best (and hottest) pickup lines! From these we will determine the best lines and the winners will be rewarded with these amazing tickets! You can find all of the instructions here.

Comedy and love, or just comedy and not love — whatever your fancy is, you will have an amazing time. Laughter cures all wounds, right?

To get you in the mood for the competition (and romance?), here are 4E’s Georgetown-themed pickup lines:

Girl, you’re like Wisey’s because every time I’m with you it’s madness.

I wish we could go back to NSO, ’cause girl I want to break the ice with you.

The only thing I’m checking out at Lau is you.

Do you work in Vittles? Because I think you’re Vital to my happiness.

Let’s be men and women for each other.

I’m an RHO employee; What size is your package?

You’re like Jack the Bulldog; I really wanna take a walk with you.

Somebody call GERMS, cause it’s unhealthy for you to look that good.

Girl, you’re like Chicken Finger Thursdays; I’d wait all week for you.

Let’s be like the cups in Leo’s and stick together.

Your eyes are like the ICC, I get lost in them all the time.

Are you in the SFS? Because I wanna map your modern world. 

Try them on your floor, that person you like or even me … whomever! Think you can do better? Tweet at us and enter for a chance to win! Oh, and make sure you feel the love, Hoyas.

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Friday Fixat10ns: Singles Appreciation Day

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Valentine’s Day can be a tough time for single people, and it certainly hasn’t helped ease anyone’s suffering that there were also midterms this week. But whether your date was with a stack of homework or  your good friends Ben, Jerry and Ryan Gosling last night, you may not have been feeling a whole lot of love if you’re single.  But now it’s Friday, it’s (apparently) Singles Appreciation Day, and it’s time to mingle in only ways that single college students can! So if these activities didn’t satisfy your thirst for adventure and you couldn’t find love on any of these sites, check out our Friday Fixat10ns playlist while you get ready to enjoy your Singles Appreciation Day (or night) the right way.

Someone Like You — Adele Somewhere, someone reaaaaaally pissed Adele off for her to belt out this one. Trying to get over someone that broke your heart and that you were wishing was there for you yesterday? I suggest you sing along in similar style.

Keep Your Head Up — Andy Grammar While perhaps a little mellow for a song that’s supposed to get you ready to go out, this is another great sing along with a terrific message. Life goes on, and you have to get out there and make something of it.

We Are Never Getting Back Together — Taylor Swift Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without some Taylor Swift on it.  Whether boys are constantly breaking her heart (maybe, or she breaks theirs and gets a hit song out of it (very possible), Taylor Swift sings some fantastic break-up songs. Belt this one out, too, and begin enjoying being single.

You Give Love a Bad Name — Bon Jovi As hard as it is to believe, apparently even Jon Bon Jovi was heartbroken once upon a time.  Now you have something in common with a rock star. That’s a good start, right?

Forget You — Cee Lo Green So now you’ve established you aren’t getting back together with your ex. Ever. And you’ve made it clear that you were so heartbroken that love is tainted. Still not enough? Luckily, Cee Lo Green wrote a song about the two words that everyone dreams of saying, but are too classy/polite/scared/civil to actually say. (Sorry, this one’s the clean version, folks. Still gets the message across though.)

Brand New Girlfriendv— Steve Holy Now this is why I love country music. Well, one of the reasons. Who needs to sulk, right? Apparently Steve Holy didn’t care too much about being single, but this song could get you started on one heck of a Singles Appreciation Day.

Go Your Own Way — Fleetwood Mac In case you don’t want to go the way of Steve Holy, take Fleetwood Mac’s advice and be independent for a while. Go with the flow. Follow your heart’s desires. Trust us, you’ll be OK.

I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In — Taylor Swift And back to Taylor.  This time, it’s to begin the “acceptance” phase. You knew he was trouble. Get over it :)

This — Darius Rucker Still moping a little bit? Just listen to Darius Rucker (of Hootie and the Blowfish) and realize that everything happens for a reason and one day, you’ll look back and laugh about how dumb it all was (or cry about how much ice cream you ate. Either one).

Single Ladies — Beyonce Well, you know how we at the blog feel about Beyonce.  And if another song says “Singles Appreciation” better than this one, I’m the next Pope.  In other words, there isn’t a better song to cap off this list.  Turn it up, try and dance and sing like the Queen herself, and enjoy the single life.  After all, it can be pretty fun.

Casual Thursdays: Valentine’s Day Love

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Hoyas! Love is definitely in the air, and if you have been by Leo’s today, the sweet aroma of chocolate and chicken fingers are as well. It’s Cupid’s favorite day of the year, so why not get a little festive? Whether you are out tonight celebrating with that special someone, in a hot pursuit of said someone or simply embracing the fact that being single is the way to go, we’ve got you covered for another weekly edition of “Casual Thursdays”.

The drink selection for this week is classy, sexy and delicious, a.k.a everything Valentine’s Day should be. Appropriately, it is called the “Amore Vietato,” which means “Forbidden Love” in some fancy-schmancy “romance” language (with a name like that, you know it has to be delicious) and is very easy to make! Strap on those heels, button up those collars, embrace the pink and the red and whip up this cocktail to get the night going.

Amore Vietato

  • 2 oz. Hendricks gin
  • 1 oz. blood orange juice
  • Dash simple syrup
  • 2 strawberries
  • 4 slices of cucumber

1. Muddle fruit with simple syrup

2. Add gin and blood orange juice

3. Shake and strain into a martini glass

3. Garnish with strawberry, cucumber spiral and orange peel hearts.

“Valentine’s Day” with Bradley Cooper

If you would rather kick back and enjoy a relaxing night in with your TV, dog, boyfriend, or friend, why not pop in a movie? As it is Valentine’s Day, there are a ton of movies that can get you in the lovey-dovey mood, but why not stick with the classic V-Day selection of … you guessed it, “Valentine’s Day”! The great thing about this choice is that you will most likely be able to relate to at least one character in this movie, even if you loathe cuteness and chocolate. ALSO, not only is the movie literally about Valentine’s Day, but one of the stars in the amazingly awesome cast is Bradley Cooper. If you haven’t guessed already, we really, really love Bradley Cooper here at 4E.

Have a great holiday G-towners and here is to hoping that, at least for today, your Thursdays are casual and not your relationships!

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Only a Chocolate Fountain Could Make Us Say…

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Leo’s is a Valentine’s Day Wonderland! With heart-shaped balloons and a guy dressed up as a heart handing out carnations, Leo’s is feeling the love!

Head there and enjoy love songs blasting from a stereo while you stick your head under calmly dip fruit into the chocolate fountain. They’re also featuring some liquid-nitrogen-frozen hot chocolate with marshmallows, chocolate cake with whipped cream and strawberry syrup on top and, of course, the chocolate fountain. The station also features strawberries, pineapples, vanilla marshmallows, coffee marshmallows and an assortment of candy! It will only be around for a limited time so get there NOW!

Photo: Matt Caulfield/The Hoya

The Five People You’ll Meet on Valentine’s Day

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Roses are red,
Hoyas bleed blue,
Valentines break your heart,
but 4E always pulls through.

Ah, Valentine’s Day. We know our content this week has been pretty V-Day-centric, but, come on, can you blame us? People turn into very specific characters as the dreaded/anticipated/hated 14th of February approaches. So without further ado: The Five People You’ll Meet on Valentine’s Day.

1. The Cynic This person will likely loudly argue that “Valentine’s day was created by the greeting card and chocolate companies to scam people out of tons of money.” Or that “Valentine’s Day is American consumerism run amok and I won’t take part in it.” Hey, maybe they’re right, but you don’t want to tell them that for fear that it’ll go to their head. The Cynic is rather similar to “The Non-Believer“; they’re just looking for a reason to go against the grain.

2. The Lonely One This person loves Valentine’s Day and the idea of Valentine’s Day but did not manage to procure a date for this fateful Thursday. They might be spotted in the common room in sweatpants with a tub of ice cream watching The Notebook and wondering why Ryan Gosling isn’t “hey girl”-ing them through the screen. They’ll hopefully have better luck next year or will go out and celebrate with friends!

3. The Mushy Couple Some could argue that this isn’t one person, it’s two. To these people I say, “Have you ever seen them disconnected?” The Mushy Couple has melted down into one entity and is potentially seen being a little too friendly with each other on Lau 2 or even behind you in your Econ lecture. You envy them for what they have but also wish they would stop being so gross in public. They, however, love this day as an excuse to go out and not eat Leo’s and to buy each other candy.

4. Your Mom *sexual innuendo voice*: Yeah, your mom is my valentine. (Jokes.) Your mom is your one true faithful valentine, sending you a care package stuffed with things that make you miss home to no end. Your favorite candy, her homemade peanut brittle, a new shirt she got when she was out shopping and a little note with all of her motherly love in it. Your mom will always be your real Valentine. Don’t forget to give her a call! Valentine’s Day is a two-way street.

5. You You’ve got plans to take advantage of the Valentine’s Day restaurant deals with your friends and really don’t care all that much whether you’re with someone or single on V-day. You intend to use this “holiday” as an excuse to eat chocolate (but not candy hearts, because those are gross). Part of you wishes you had more exciting plans but another part of you doesn’t mind … oh wait … is that the cutie from history class calling you? Better take that …