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Get Your FREE Cone Today until 8 p.m.!

Cristina Romano

Image courtesy of BenJerry.com

Happy Ben and Jerry’s Free cone day! From now until 8 p.m. Ben and Jerry’s will be scooping out their delicious ice cream for free (yes, FREE!) While this offer is good at all Ben and Jerry’s locations, the two Scoop Shops closest to FCLC are the 104th and Broadway location or the 30 Rockefeller Plaza location.

Maybe you’ll use this opportunity to try a new, interesting flavor. According to Ben and Jerry’s, all Scoop Shop locations are now offering:

  • “Late Night Snack” (Inspired by Jimmy Fallon) – Vanilla ice cream with a salty caramel swirl and fudge-covered potato chips.
  • Bonnaroo Buzz – Light coffee and malt flavored ice creams with a Whiskey caramel swirl and English Toffee Pieces
  • Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream – Vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl.
  • Clusterfluff – Peanut butter ice cream with caramel cluster pieces and peanut butter and marshmallow swirls.

However, if you are not feeling brave or adventurous, you could always just go for the classic vanilla or chocolate. So, what are you waiting for? Brave the gloomy weather and go get yourself a cone! After all, everything tastes better when it’s free, right?

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Categories: Food, Lifestyle

It’s Time to Celebrate World Nutella Day!

February 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Cristina Romano

Eating a Nutella Bomboloni is one of the many ways you can celebrate World Nutella Day on February 5th. (Photo by Cristina Romano)

It’s time to forget that other February holiday, and celebrate one that is a little more meaningful – World Nutella Day. In its fifth year, World Nutella Day takes place on Saturday, February 5th, and what better way to celebrate than to take a spoon and dig straight into the jar of chocolate-hazelnut goodness. However, if you want to try something a little different, there are a few places in the neighborhood that can provide you with your Nutella fix.

 

Head to 187 Columbus Ave (between 68th and 69th) to Bomboloni and you will find yourself in a Nutella-lovers paradise. Bomboloni, which is the name for an Italian donut, offers over twenty flavors of these crème filled Italian treats – and you guessed it, Nutella is one of the flavors (pictured above). Each Bomboloni is only $1.50, but I dare you to eat only one (I tried, It’s not possible…)

If you head a little further uptown to to 176 W. 72nd (at Amsterdam Ave.) you will find yourself at Grandaisy Bakery where you can pick up a few Nutella cookie sandwiches. Sounds simple, but how could you possibly go wrong with a thin layer of Nutella sandwiched in between delicious sugar cookies? As if the thought of Nutella cookie sandwiches could not get any better, they are then topped off with a layer of powdered sugar – talk about delicious!

Once you come back from Bomboloni and Granddaisy (that is, if you aren’t paralyzed by a food coma) visit Grom on 1796 Broadway (right by Columbus Circle) and warm up with a cup of cioccolata calda al “Bacio” This is not your average Swiss Miss hot chocolate. The “cioccolate calda al Bacio” tastes like hot, melted Nutella in a cup. You will never go back to regular hot chocolate again…trust me.

Have a happy and delicious World Nutella Day!

Categories: Food, Lifestyle

Sweetery Truck Makes Special Neighborhood Visit!

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Cristina Romano

Hey sweet tooths! Did you miss your fix from the Sweetery truck this week? Well, have no fear! According to their twitter page, Sweetery is paying a special visit to their usual spot on 59th and 9th RIGHT NOW. They’ll be there ’til 7:30 p.m! And it’s about time! So take a break from your syllabus-laden classes and treat yourself to a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate and a cookie (or two!) Unfortunately, you are also going to have to somehow dodge the mountainous piles of Christmas trees lining the block – oh well, where there’s a will there’s a way!

Nothing Tastes as Good as Free Cupcakes!

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Cristina Romano

Photo courtesy of Crumbs.com.

What is better than a rich, gooey cupcake? Well, when that rich, gooey cupcake is completely free of course! To celebrate the grand opening on Saturday, December 11th, the new Crumbs location on 775 Columbus Avenue (between 97th and 98th) will be giving away a free cupcake to the first 1,000 people waiting (im)patiently outside.

 

Crumbs opens at 8 a.m, so in order to ensure that you get a free cupcake, you better get there a few hours early, because they will go fast! Yes, I know that 8 a.m. is early especially on a Saturday, but try to get past that and think of how delicious it will be when you finally have a free cupcake in your hands. Although, unfortunately, even though Crumbs has over 50 irresistible flavors (I’m partial to the cookie dough and Squiggle, myself) the free cupcakes are limited to one per person.

So, what are you waiting for? Whether you are just rolling into McMahon early Saturday morning after a long night, or are simply an early bird who loves free things, head over to the subway, and take the 1 to 96th St and get your hands on free deliciousness. You (and your wallet) will not regret it!

No Need to Explain, Lulu. These Treats Speak for Themselves.

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment
Diana Denza

Photo by Diana Denza

I am quite the spoiled intern. Last week, I enjoyed a delicious lunch of pizza, pasta, and meatballs (an Italian girl’s heaven). And when I tiredly crawled into work one morning last week, I was pleasantly surprised by a sweet-smelling white box sitting on my desk just waiting to be opened.
I excitedly unwrapped the package, hoping for a sweet treat that would provide a much-needed morning sugar rush. Thankfully, my prayers were answered with a dozen bites of sugary goodness.
My drooping eyelids widened at the sight of a creamy peanut butter cupcake and an exquisite black sesame cupcake frosted with luscious halvah buttercream. But that wasn’t all: I also received crunchy walnut chocolate chip cookies, heart-shaped linzer tarts, and two chocolate cookies joined by rich white cream that beat those Oreos you’ve been munching on. Hands down.
So where did I receive these delectable delights? Well, we happened to be sampling these treats from the new Lulu Cake Boutique in Manhattan, located at 112 Eighth Avenue at 16th Street.
Besides the full inventory of cookies and cupcakes, the bakery offers a host of other items such as upscale versions of Oreos, Yodels, and Twinkies that will make you forget all about those original cheap childhood favorites you couldn’t leave the grocery store without.
It also carries several other classics like classic blackout cake, German chocolate, red velvet and coconut cakes, slabs of “Fig Newton” bars, coconut snowballs, scones, muffins, and croissants.
You can place an order by calling (212) 242-5858. Bars, cupcakes, large cookies, and smaller items like snowballs range from $2.50 to $4. Cakes are $4.50 a slice. For a complete menu and list of prices and hours, visit their Web site (Chelsea.EverythingLulu.com).

It’s Not All About Turkey: the Real History of Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010 3 comments
Fatima Shabbir

Photo courtesy of aesthetic.gregcookland.com.

Did anyone even notice that Thanksgiving is around the corner, or has homework, class presentations and papers totally drained you and your mental processes? Well that is what has happened to me!  However, I finally have time to relax and enjoy the upcoming week of vacation and food awaiting me!

With that said, I always feel a little weird on Thanksgiving. Turns out, Thanksgiving is the holiday to commemorate and remember that grand feast the pilgrims and the Native Americans shared in 1621 on Plymouth Rock.  The Natives taught the pilgrims how to hunt, grow crops the Europeans never dreamed of hearing about, like beans, pumpkins, squash and corn.

So why do I feel weird? Maybe because this scene above that is played out in school plays and in auditoriums across the nation isn’t the true, peaceful and happy story that actually happened! Instead it is a brutish, nasty and horrifying history filled with death and murder.  It was built on the sweat of Native Americans, who used to live here, cultivated here, considered this the spiritual land of their ancestors.  After the Europeans came and saw what potential such land had, they were amazed. And who wouldn’t be?

They (being white, civilized, Christians) didn’t understand the life of these “savage and uncivilized people”, who wore skins and feathers, hunted meat, and fought wars in different ways with different tools. They were a people spiritually tied to their land.

In short — The “Americans,” or what became known as Americans – slaughtered millions of them and forced the rest out of their land, in favor of Christianity, individualism and technology (remember Andrew Johnson and the Trail of Tears as one specific but popular example).

So this is why I am ambivalent abut Thanksgiving, as a student (thanks to my American Pluralism class for teaching me this important lesson and history) and as a human being of this world. I have no choice but to sit at home stuffing my face with a turkey and feeling the pain of so many who were killed and humiliated for me to enjoy these couple days off and fine food. I wonder how Native Americans feel about this holiday? Maybe I’m just a pessimist – but I can’t help it.

Words of Warning as Thanksgiving Approaches…

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Sadia Noor

For some of us, this Thanksgiving break will be the first time any of us have gone home since the beginning of the semester. Which means this is the first meaningful contact we’ve had with our families since September. Which means (cue dramatic music) table talk with our parents.

Generally, having a chat with our parents isn’t a cause for concern. It really is nice to sit down and do some soul-searching with the people who know you best every once in a while. But for students who’ve been away from home long enough and are finally experiencing their first taste of true freedom, it might not be easy to jump right back into the home-style way of life. Should you mention the roommate with more “connections” than the Italian mafia? Do you really have to explain where that giant burn mark on your duvet came from? Will that story about that one time you had to pee in the subway really fly with the people who spent several aggravating months potty-training you? After being immersed in the college experience, it may be hard to draw the line between what you should talk about and what accidentally slips out. So here are friendly tips about what not to do on Thanksgiving break with your parents. Folks, don’t:

  1. Bring home that guy on your floor that you just met three nights ago: Although you and your new friend may have tons of fun together, you don’t know what he’s like around a table full of food. Not to mention your parents may not take it too well when he introduces himself as “DJ Spike”.
  2. Mention in passing your newfound spirituality/atheism to your mother: Conversations like these are best held in the safety of a comfy room sans sharp objects. It’s not great timing to talk about your Buddhist retreat while your Uncle Jim chugs gravy, or to casually walk away when your aunt wants to say grace.
  3. Leave your stuff lying around the house in plain sight: Explaining to your parents why you have more textbooks about Nietzsche and Descartes and none about Computational Statistics might reveal that you’ve switched your major from Computer Science to Philosophy – not a bad thing, but a shock to your parents who are probably paying your tuition and wondering what the hell you’re going to do with a degree in Philosophy.
  4. Break out your fresh new threads: College is definitely a time to experiment; the Thanksgiving table, however, is not. Don’t wear your favorite fishnet stockings or lucky wifebeater to dinner. Your parents may suddenly question where all their cash is going if you’re wearing less clothes than you left with.
  5. Pregame: Please, just don’t.

And there you have it! Follow these simple rules, and you’ll be sure to have a safe & pleasant Thanksgiving with the folks. Now go eat yourself into a food coma!