Posts Tagged ‘food’
As winter approaches and we brace ourselves for the cold, there is nothing more rewarding than finding that perfect way to keep warm. In a city full of treasures it can be difficult to find that one great cup of hot chocolate, but when you do, it really hits the spot.
This gem is located at the heart of Union Square and is known as one of the most sought-after eateries in NYC. Their famous hot chocolate, topped with a homemade marshmallows, will provide you with that cozy feeling you thought you could only get at home. And nothing will get you through February better than City Bakery’s annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Each day of the month, the bakery releases a new flavor of hot chocolate that is unparalleled by any other café. From chili pepper to lemon these savory beverages will bring your hot chocolate experience to a whole next level.
W. 18th Street and 5th Avenue
So you’re shocked that it’s already December, excited for
Christmas peppermint season, and—oh, right—dreading the next few weeks of finals, term papers, and problem sets. If you’re of the all-nighter variety, you’ve probably gotten a grip on your patterns and let them inform your behavior…not. If you’ve ever been the last one in Butler 406, you know this timeline all too well.
7:02 p.m. Resign myself to the fact that I have not planned well at all for this essay. Finish the last of the Mellowcreme pumpkins (yeah, you know, those candy corn pumpkins that are so much better than the regular candy corn) in my room. Halloween was barely a month ago, so they’re not too old yet…right?
7:31 p.m. Venture to Westside for a “real dinner.”
7:51 p.m. Buy a brisket dinner from the elusive “Maria” who makes all of Westside’s prepared food. Who is she, and why doesn’t Columbia Dining poach her from Westside?
8:08 p.m. Enjoy my “homemade” Westside dinner in front of “30 Rock.” How can I eat while also typing? It seems impractical. Might as well enjoy the next one to four episodes of my repeated TV binge and just go to Butler later.
9:24 p.m. Finally consider heading over to Butler. But wait, how will I nourish myself? I should pack some snacks.
9:30 p.m. Discover I have already eaten all my snacks except two lonely Nutri-Grain bars. Stick those in my bag and begin the long–well, not long, but lonely–walk to the But.
10:30 p.m. Finally find a seat that fits my strict criteria: decent Wi-Fi, food allowed, and doesn’t smell like any part of the human body.
We all have that one friend studying abroad in Paris. You know, the one who floods your newsfeed with photos of a different museum or European city every week and statuses about sipping coffee by the Seine, and who, having returned, periodically leads with “when I was in Paris…”
It’s late. You’re up. You think you’re hungry? You’re unsure. You may just be thirsty. It happens.
Anyway, you don’t want to work on that essay or a problem set or you’re tired of Thucydides or whoever else you’re seeing, and cooking makes stress go away, right? Like some people are into that?*
Here are some helpful questions that I at least will reflect on before I attempt to make a food happen again:
- What food are you going to cook?
I chose eggs. Then I decided I’d add pasta sauce and some vegetables to it because I thought just having eggs would be boring.
Last Saturday, I went to Jacob’s Pickles for brunch. A pretty nice, affordable eatery on the Upper West Side – also one that I had never heard of, thank you Columbia bubble – Jacob’s defines itself on its website as “the New American craft experience”. For lack of a better word, it’s hipster. I do think that word is used a tad too much, but how else do you describe the unique brand of couldn’t-care-less grunge-chic and organic everything, that can only be seen through a pair of oversized vintage spectacle frames?
Side note: was it too hipster to be hipster before we were in college? Because I sure as hell don’t remember hearing the word circa 2011. With the onset of Columbia – because where else do you go to school if you’ve heard of [insert obscure cultural reference] – it became cool to wear scarves in warm weather and jeans rolled up for strategic ankle exposure. And browse news on your MacBook while sipping a teeny espresso in Joe, closer to Columbia’s collective heart in the subculture of hipster eateries. More »
Comfort food met competition in the Grilled Cheese Faceoff on Tuesday, hosted by the Culinary Society of Columbia University and FeelGood. The two student organizations vied for the coveted title of “Grilled Cheese Champion.”
Starting this Friday, the NYC-famous Doughnut Plant is bringing its doughnuts to Joe at Columbia, seven days a week. Its doughnuts have been featured on various NYC food lists, but you may have more recently salivated over its Tres Leches doughnut in the Gothamist article, The 7 Best Doughnuts in NYC.
We have word of the coming of sweet things from this Twitter exchange:
Besides having different types of doughnut like cake, yeast and filled square doughnuts, its flavors are worth a read (and on Friday, a bite or two): Peanut Butter and Banana Cream, Matcha Green Tea, and Cashew, and Orange Blossom are just some of the flavors listed on its menu.
For now, Doughnut Plant has independent locations in Chelsea and the Lower East Side, so getting these doughnuts practically at our doorstep (I’m looking at you, Resident of the Columbia Bubble) is sure gonna be a delicious convenience.
Beginnings of a won-dough-ful friendship between Columbia and Doughnut Plant?
Today was the Food Expo, hosted by Spectator and the Columbia Culinary Society—and if you were there, I hope you got a sample of all of the yumminess on offer. If not, ’tis a shame, but you know what they say about free/ cheap food events: if you’re late, you’ll have an empty plate. Or, you snooze, you lose.
There was much food to be had – upon entry, the crepe station from Crepes on Columbus had fluffy dessert crepes filled with bananas and Nutella, and simply delicious. I think I’ll make the trip there for crepes round 2.
Think ‘munchkins’ are so last year? Tired of trying to finish a super dense Nussbaum bagel that’s five parts bread and one part cream cheese? I thought these things and more, until I stumbled across Bantam Bagels on a visit to Bleecker Street. This tiny, albeit adorable, bakery is run by Columbia alumni Nick, CC ’08, and Elyse Oleksak, CC ’07, who moved from high-intensity corporate careers to to making miniature bagel balls filled with an assortment of innovative cream cheese-based fillings.