College Town Tours: The Best of Syracuse, NY

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Chances are you probably only know two things about Syracuse: 1. we have a pretty good basketball team and 2. it’s freaking cold. As a high school student, I was one of the many who knew next to nothing about this Central New York town. It really was a stroke of fate that landed me here, as no one in my home state of Michigan even realizes that New York state extends beyond the Big Apple, but I’m certainly glad that this is where I ended up.

Welcome to Syracuse. A nearly-annual winner of the Golden Snowball Award due to …

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Sweet of the Week: Rice Pudding

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Dish: Vanilla Rice Pudding
Restaurant: Rice to Riches; 37 Spring Street, New York.
Price: $7 (but you can keep the insanely cool packaging and reuse)

This Spring break I find myself in New York City getting my eat and drank on (what’s up stretchy pants for the plane ride home). One of the places my sweet tooth has been dying to get to is Rice to Riches, a rice pudding boutique in New York. I ate there once on a trip a few years back and have been dreaming of it ever since. I happen to be a huge …

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College Town Tours: The Best of Williamsburg, NY

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So, Williamsburg is not exactly your typical college town. It’s full of NYU students too broke to afford rent in Manhattan, 20-somethings who are also short on cash, young families, Hasidic Jews, and a variety of immigrants. It doesn’t have the sights of Manhattan, but it is refreshingly free of tourists and has a distinct culture. Perhaps the best example of this is the burgeoning food scene, which emphasizes local food and a DIY attitude. If you’re picturing artisanal eggplant pickles, impressive latte art, and bean-to-bar chocolate, and you’re on the right track.

Hillary Pollak is a junior at New

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Scoop of the Week: Sebastian Joe’s

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Dish: Immaculate Confection
Restaurant: Sebastian Joe’s
Price Tag: $4 for one scoop in a homemade waffle cone

There is no state that celebrates the metaphorical season opener of spring – you know, that first day where it’s perfect outside, the sun is shining, and it’s time to find your shorts – like Minnesota. Spring to me has always meant the D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival, wonderful in its own right, but after I moved to Minnesota for college I experienced a true spring awakening: the true appreciation for spring one gets after surviving three, four months of bitter cold and snow, …

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College Town Tours: The Best of Paris, France

The charming Ile St. Louis in the center of Paris.

For the French in particular, food represents a mentality. As one saying goes, “in the US one eats to live; in France, one lives to eat.” Taste, to the French, is a key part of the good life. The French are obsessed with food, and rightly so: it’s not only a biological need, but an art of living. Paris isn’t like other cities. Sure, as the capital, she is conceived of as a symbol of France and her people. But the beauty of Paris lies in the mix of tradition with trend.

Of course you will find, and enjoy, classic …

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College Town Tours: The Best of Baltimore, MD

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Johns Hopkins is located in the northern part of Baltimore in Charles Village. It’s a green campus, set off in its own little neighborhood and really combines the best of two worlds – it’s a self-contained campus just minutes from some of Baltimore’s coolest, most exciting neighborhoods.

When I told people I was going to Hopkins, people loved to talk about how I was going to be “living in The Wire.” But I was pleasantly surprised to find that my first impressions of Baltimore were closer to the truth: it is a fabulous city with lots of charm. There …

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Sweet of the Week: Hamentaschen

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Dish: Hamentaschen
Bakery: Ariel’s Bakery
Price: 29.90 NIS per kilo (approximately $10)

Growing up, Purim was the fun holiday that everyone looked forward to as a break from the monotony of Sunday school; instead of regular classes, my temple puts on an annual Purim party that involves carnival-like games, everyone dressing up, lots of noisemakers, and of course, good food. As a kid, it was great. But once I finished Hebrew school, the big celebration of Purim, which normally falls on a weekday, got lost in the everyday tasks of the real world.

This year, Purim begins at sundown on …

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SKC Abroad: International Cupcake Guide

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It seems there is always a new, bite-sized fad on the horizon. Gourmet marshmallows! Cake pops! Fro-yo! Although some in the U.S. might proclaim the Age of the Cupcake over, I say a visit to one of Europe’s blossoming cupcakeries proves that the Age of the Cupcake is still going strong—after all, a trend that makes its way around the world is no small feat. Cupcakes are more than just sugary little treats—they’re cultural exportations. (An owner of a Berlin bakery told me that Germans first thought the cupcakes were candles.) I for one will openly admit my love of …

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College Town Tour: A Vegetarian’s Guide to D.C.

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You’ve stalked the menu in advance like it’s a treasure map. You’ve consulted with the wait staff and danced a verbal tango with the chef. You’ve cringed upon being served a gourmet plate of…iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing. And then, you’ve sighed as your date runs for the hills. You have #vegetarianproblems. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you’re feeling a little blah about pumpkin pie being the only “vegetable” in your diet for the past few months. Maybe you’re a giving Meatless Mondays a go just for a change of pace. Maybe you’re trying to eat a little bit “greener” …

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Locavore Lunch: Smoked Ham & Gouda Sandwich

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So you finally have your own apartment with a full kitchen and you’re more than ready to get cooking. But before you head to the grocery store to pick up some ingredients, take some time to think about where the food you’re buying came from.

The “fresh produce” at your local supermarket might not really be fresh at all. In fact, it could have traveled over 1000 miles before landing in your shopping cart. I don’t know about you, but the thought of my food being driven cross-country in the back of a truck isn’t so appetizing to …

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