Tagged: City Convenience

Life Hacks: The Alternatives to Late Nite

By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
@shizupates

When in doubt, City Co./PHOTO VIA Shivani Patel

As of now, we’re a couple of weeks into the semester and slowly moving along. We’re slowly taking quizzes, tests and midterms. Because of this, some have been pulling a few all-nighters to keep up – or at least staying up past two in the morning watching YouTube videos while doing a write-up for that chemistry lab.

I don’t know about you, but I know so many people (myself included) who get those late night munchies.

Warren Late Nite will be my downfall.

For those select few who haven’t visited Warren Late Nite, let me paint you a picture. Imagine that you are standing next to a sign with all types of food like pancakes and curly fries (my personal favorite is chocolate chip pancakes). There are three stations and you have to pick your (fried) poison. Just as you’re about to pay, you see a rack full of chocolate and candy. A packet of Swedish Fish won’t hurt…right?

You get the point.

As usual, I am here with a few alternatives to make sure you don’t gain “Freshman 15” from all that fried food.

1. Late Night Kitchen, Marciano Commons

Yes, it is a bit of a walk if you live in Warren (quadruple that if you live in West) and yes, it does close at 11 p.m. on weekdays. However, it is quite the experience because it has a restaurant style format. This means that they seat you, give you menus and bring the food (as well as the check) to your table. If you have the time to go, I’d definitely suggest checking this place out. After all, they have Nutella crepes!

Hours: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

2. Extreme Pita, West Campus

West Campus, known for its great food, has this, which serves food such as gyros in Claflin Hall. If you’re looking for something healthy and nutritious, this should definitely be your stop. Plus, if you’re looking to watch some TV, Extreme Pita conveniently has a sufficient amount of TVs for your viewing pleasure.

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 1 a.m. (Mondays-Thursdays), 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Thursdays-Saturdays)

3. City Convenience (located at both Warren Towers & West Campus)

I think this is one of the more underrated places to get food. There is an incredible variety (both healthy & non-healthy). There is a selection of pre-made food, fruit and microwaveable meals. Plus, you will find any drink you could ever want. These locations are usually open until three in the morning, so for any late night cravings, City Convenience will be your best bet.

Obviously, there are more places to go (i.e. Insomnia Cookies), but let’s take a stab at being healthy right?

The best part about these three places is that they accept convenience points. You’re welcome.

Veg Out: City Co. secrets

By Katie Doyle, Food Editor
@katmaryd

Whether it’s on a corner in Kenmore Square, the center of George Sherman Union, under Warren Towers or steps from the Fitness and Recreation Center in West Campus, most Boston University students pass by a City Convenience each day.

Vegan chicken lo meinAt first glance, the little store, dubbed “City Co.” by most Terriers, seems pretty ordinary: cold drinks, candy, coffee and snacks. It also seems like finding something in the store that is vegetarian, healthy and delicious would be impossible.

As it would turn out, first impressions can sometimes be deceptive. Check out City Co.’s refrigerated section, and you’ll see why, so long as the store has OneStopNatural’s Bento Box in stock.

In tune with the motif of misleading first impressions, the Bento Box might not look so appealing at first: rice, dumplings and an odd-looking pile of vegetable protein nuggets.

A glance at the label isn’t very encouraging, either. When I first grabbed one, rushed on my way to Mugar, I wondered if something with a measly 320 calories and a ton of vitamins and minerals (80 percent of your recommended dose of vitamin A, 25 percent of vitamin C and 20 percent of iron) would be remotely appetizing.

I came to find out that the Bento Box wasn’t just okay; it was good. Really, really good—so much so that the Bento Box actually became a staple of my sophomore year, and continues to be one of my favorite on-the-go choices this year, too. If I didn’t have time for lunch or was disappointed with the dining hall’s dinner offerings, I’d grab a Bento Box from City Co.

I still can’t quite figure out how OneStopNatural manages to make a meal that is delicious, healthy and easy to grab on-the-go. Despite its low calories, it’s really filling. You won’t find yourself hungry until hours later. It’s also low in fat, high in fiber and packs in a great punch of protein.

You can’t ask for much more from a $6 box of food that takes roughly three minutes to purchase, but in this case, you can.

When you see a Bento Box in City Co., grab it when you can because City Co. sometimes runs out of them. Although I suspect that they just don’t stock enough of them, I wouldn’t be surprised of some of my fellow vegetarians and vegans have discovered the Bento Box. After all, if you’re looking for a lunch or dinner that’s quick, tasty and mind-blowingly good for you, the Bento Box is your best bet.