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FoCo Joe: A Bittersweet Treat

(03/07/14 10:00am)

As the winter term comes to a close, I am once again bombarded with that peculiar mix of emotions associated with tying the final knots together. Classes are winding down, finals are upon us and as I reflect on the past nine weeks I think of both the good and the bad. The term “bittersweet” is so easy to throw around at this time of term, and with good reason – as sad as I am to see the term conclude, I also feel ready for what the spring has in store. What better way to celebrate the accomplishments of this term than with a dessert that encompasses all the feelings one can possibly have about a term? To bring my long, borderline egregious intro to a close — my inspiration for this final post is to create something “bittersweet”. Perhaps easier said than done, yes, but bear with me. After all, it’s the thought that counts!

FoCo Joe: Berry Cheesecake

(02/28/14 11:00am)

After a long week of quizzes, readings and late nights, I knew that I wanted a fruit-filled dessert. A bit of a backstory on the strong desire for fruit – at 2:00 a.m. last night, my friend stopped by Novack just in time for a late night snack en route to McLaughlin. He came home only to find me struggling to finish a paper and handed me a juicy red apple. For some reason after taking the first bite, I hit a turnaround in my paper.

FoCo Joe: Six Sweet Starts to Any Meal

(02/21/14 11:00am)

This week, FoCo placed these tasty chocolate bites on a table right in the middle of the dining area and I thought “Wow! What an interesting idea!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ambled over to the dessert section and wanted a small bite of something that looked good, but didn’t get anything because of a big dinner, a lazy day or some combination of hesitance or uneasiness. Then again there are also plenty of instances where I walk into FoCo and realize that I’m not actually all that hungry – my stomach just isn’t jumping up and down for anything substantial. For times like those, I’ve found that making a quick fix dessert to start with can do just the trick.

A Guide to Ordering at the Hop

(02/21/14 8:00am)

The Hop’s grill line is always the longest when you’re the hungriest, but it’s clearly your best option at the “Courtyard Café,” so you know you’ll end up waiting. As you do, you’ll have plenty of time to wallow in your order indecision. It isn’t obvious what most of the menu items actually are, and it doesn’t help that you keep hearing everyone in front of you order mysterious items named after Marvel characters and singers. But don’t worry – I’m here to help you decode the secret Hop options so you can up your order-customization game. Life with DDS can get dull, but the Hop offers many options to mix it up.

FoCo Joe: A Homage to (Your) Honey

(02/14/14 2:00pm)

You would think that in honor of Valentine’s Day I would conjure up some decadent, chocolate-covered dessert. But let’s be honest, we all know there will be plenty of that this weekend. Instead, I offer an alternative treat that you can share with your “honey” in honor of Cupid and all his fine work. This week I pay tribute to my favorite cereal – Honey Bunches of Oats – with a unique blend of FoCo’s granola, chocolate chip cookies, Nutella, soft serve and of course, honey.

Phi Tau hosts Iron Chef competition

(02/03/14 2:00pm)

I’m a reality cooking show junkie. Over winterim, you definitely would have found me lying on the couch watching Food Network. Throughout the years, the network has degenerated into a slew of cooking competitions, featuring shows like “Iron Chef,” “Chopped,” “The Next Food Network Star” and “Cupcake Wars.” But I’m not complaining – there’s something about the heat of the competition, the delicious-looking food and the fact that there’s no pressure to actually learn how to cook anything that just keeps me coming back for more.

FoCo Joe: Blue-burr-y Pie

(01/31/14 2:00pm)

I love pies – apple, cherry, berry, rhubarb, you name it. If it’s a pie, I will eat it! Naturally, when I noticed that FoCo was blessing us with a plethora of pies, I had to take advantage of its offerings. But sometimes a good ol’ piece of pie, as tasty and traditional as it is, just doesn’t do the trick. Maybe a little ice cream or some whipped cream could make the pie jump off the plate. I got pretty creative with my piece of blueberry pie this week, as inspired by a conversation I had with friends. Over dinner one night, a couple of guys started mispronouncing the word blueberry. Clearly my friends are an easy crowd — I chimed in with “Bloohburree” and got several laughs. As soon as I said it, I knew what I was going to try to make – an inside-out interpretation of the classic pie and ice cream combo.

FoCo Joe: Lemon Cake (Batter Ice Cream)

(01/24/14 10:00am)

I was in FoCo for lunch the other day and noticed that the bakery was offering lemon cake, one of my all-time favorite desserts. I have a policy where I try not to eat FoCo desserts during lunch (soft-serve being the one exception), so I made a mental note to try the cake at dinner that night. For some reason, I didn’t end up eating dessert after dinner, let alone check the bakery for my lemon cake! I thought I had missed the one chance I had. But the next night, I saw lemon bars in the desserts section and it dawned on me — I can make my own lemon cake! Or at least try to…

Brie and Apple Returns to KAF

(01/06/14 8:00pm)

For this week only, King Arthur Flour’s Baker-Berry cafe is once again selling the wildly popular brie and apple baguette sandwiches. They will be available this Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until the sandwiches sell out (probably 11:03 a.m.). This is the perfect excuse to skip the first week of 10As for nostalgic upperclassmen who haven't tasted a KAF sandwich since June and eager 17s hoping to finally understand the hype.

Get creative with pre-formal summer dates

(08/02/13 1:00pm)

There’s only one thing scarier than the fact that 13X is nearing its final weeks: formal season is almost upon us. While there is still a solid amount of time before desperation kicks into gear, consider making some moves now so you’re not stuck asking your lab partner’s housemate’s trippee — that’s an awkward blitz. To impress that special someone, you’ll have to go beyond the simple Foco dinner date. Before we get too bogged down with finals to care about our love lives, use one of these date ideas for inspiration.