By Alex del Tufo
You’ve heard the horror stories time and time again: yet another college freshman let their good health disintegrate after their first 2 a.m. slice of pizza. The “Freshman 15,” for many, is a brutal reality. Factors to take into consideration may include proximity to FitRec (good luck Warren residents), dining points left over to use for Domino’s delivery and number of weekend excursions. This would be an excellent opportunity to list a few sensible ways to keep your health intact, but that seems less fun to me. Instead, here are the best places to pack on the inevitable pounds — all on, or close to, campus. You may as well do it right.
1. Nud Pob
In my opinion, Nud Pob is one of the most underrated restaurants on campus. Often outshone by its neighbor up Commonwealth Avenue, Noodle Street, Nud Pob supplies some of the best Thai food in the Boston area. With quick service and impeccable proximity to Warren Towers, it’s perfect for a quick dinner if it’s past 9 p.m. or if the dining hall just won’t cut it. Although an excellent lunch and dinner location, Nud Pob will not satisfy your post-party hunger, with doors closing between 10:30–11 p.m.
2. India Quality Restaurant
The hidden gem of Boston University, or at least hidden to myself until halfway through my sophomore year, is India Quality Restaurant. Coming from a home that ate Indian takeout several nights a week, I was disappointed by BU’s Indian food options. It wasn’t until I discovered India Quality that my home-fueled craving was fulfilled. Although it’s on the expensive side for takeout, the food is high quality and consistently delicious. It’s an easy takeout option for any students in the Kenmore area.
While not underrated nor a hidden gem, UBurger is worth it all the while. With locations in both Kenmore and West Campus, UBurger truly fuels any BU student. With incredible burgers, chicken burgers and to-die-for shakes (also known as “frappes”), UBurger can satisfy any need. But get it done early, because UBurger will have its doors shut if you show up for a late night snack past 11 p.m.
4. Sunset Cantina
This article would not be complete without a shoutout to the restaurant that single-handedly supported my Freshman 15 efforts. Sunset Cantina — and their infamous XXL nachos — is a perfect place for a late night snack with friends. Piled high with one hundred toppings and a slab of sour cream, the nachos may not be impressive cuisine, but they sure satisfy the craving.
By Hannah Landers, Muse Editor
Sweet summer is almost here, which means it’s almost time for The Muse to take a vacation. But before we grab our flip-flops and short-shorts, we have a few final suggestions to make this summer the most Muse-tastic ever. Below is a list of movies to see, albums to listen to, food to nom on and lifestyle events to check out during the long, hot days. Enjoy your summer, Musies! And don’t forget the sunscreen!
Book adaptation: “The Fault in Our Stars” (June 6) — Sure, “The Giver” promises performances from the likes of Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and, er, Taylor Swift. But “The Fault in Our Stars” has a beautifully tragic story and a fresh-faced cast. If the trailer alone doesn’t make you tear up, you are a monster.
Epic: “Godzilla” (May 16) — Walter White from “Breaking Bad” takes on one of film’s most infamous monsters. Need I say more?
Comedy: “22 Jump Street” (June 13) — If you liked Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as undercover cops in high school, you’re going to love them as undercover cops in college. Ja feel?
Superhero: “Guardians of the Galaxy” (August 1) — With a team of characters that includes a genetically engineering raccoon marksman and a “tree-like humanoid,” “Guardians” promises to be “The Avengers’” weird younger brother. The diverse cast is another draw, especially with a newly buff and mostly shirtless Chris Pratt leading the pack (am I right, ladies?).
Once in a lifetime: “Boyhood” (July 11) — Director Richard Linklater tells the story of a young boy growing into adulthood, but because he shot the film over a period of 12 years, the audience is actually watching young actor Ellar Coltrane age from 7 years old to 18 years old in a span of three hours.
Rock ‘n’ roll royalty: Jack White’s “Lazaretto” (June 10) — Jack White’s last solo venture was filled with a lot of good ol’ blues-tinged rock ‘n’ roll. Here’s hoping that this album is more of the same.
Girl power: Lykke Li’s “I Never Learn” (May 6) — The ethereal Swedish songstress is back after three years, promising more subtle brilliance with her one-of-a-kind voice.
Indie comeback kid: Conor Oberst’s “Upside Down Mountain” (May 20) — Bright Eyes front-man Oberst usually injects a little more of his country-tinged Nebraska roots into his solo releases and vocal assists from folk duo First Aid Kit only sweetens the deal.
James Blake 2.0: Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (June 17) — If you caught Smith’s performance on “Saturday Night Live” in March, you know the power of this Brit’s haunting and soulful melodies. At only 21 years old, Smith is slated for a meteoric rise.
Movie mix-tape: American Laundromat Records’ “I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson” (May 13) — This 23-track album features a diverse array of artists covering songs from Wes Anderson’s iconic films. Muted color schemes and Jason Schwartzman not included.
Chocolate chip cookie milk shot: From the genius who brought you the “cronut,” the chocolate chip cookie milk shot is exactly what it sounds like: a chocolate chip cookie in the shape of a shot glass filled with milk. It’s a magical update on a childhood favorite.
Infused ice: Ice cubes no longer have to be the boring frozen treat of your summer. Restaurants are starting to see the potential of infusing them with herbs, fruit and other goodies in order to spice up cocktails and other drinks. Cheers!
A spot of tea: From tea leaves in entrees to tea-based cocktails, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy tea without having to sip a steaming hot cup in the middle of July.
Ice cream sandwich smorgasbord: After enduring years of the cupcake’s reign as most popular dessert, it looks as though we’ll all be screaming for ice cream sandwiches from roaming food trucks soon enough.
Adult popsicles: Booze-infused popsicles aren’t a relatively new idea, but the fun flavor possibilities and their simple prep make them a no-brainer for summer.
Music festivals: For many, summer is equated with hanging outdoors and listening to their favorite bands. Muse did a blog post earlier in April with a list of the best music festivals across the country. All you have to do is pick one (or two … or five).
Get your drink on: You don’t have to be in traditional “wine country” to take a tour of a winery. Or, if beer is more your thing, check out a brewery. Sites such as Groupon offer great rates that include tours, food pairings and of course, tastings.
Stuff your face: Food festivals happen nearly everywhere, and they’re a great place to expand your palette and maybe even find your new favorite restaurant. Some of them are even tailored to a state’s signature dish, such as the Maine Lobster Festival.
Pay homage to your favorite author: Okay, this one is kind of a stretch, but if you happen to be in Florida this summer, why not remember a famous author who used to live there? Hemingway Days is a five-day festival in July that includes book signings, readings, a fishing tournament in honor of the author’s favorite sport and a look-alike contest (Google some pictures and thank me later).
By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
Unlike their picante cousin the jalapeno, bell peppers are a mild, sweet pepper that are used widely in savory dishes. These green, red, yellow and orange veggies are crunchy and delicious, making them the perfect raw snack to munch on or use as a base for another dish.
Bell peppers are packed with vitamins C, A & E, as well as nutrients called carotenoids (they give bell peppers their colors!) and flavanoids that the body uses as antioxidants.
In addition, bell peppers have sulfur-containing compounds that are linked to cancer-fighting health benefits.
Remember how I mentioned jalapenos before? Well it turns out that capsaicin, which is responsible for the spiciness, is also present in bell peppers — which is great because it has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and ease inflammation.
One reason bell peppers are one of my favorite foods is because they are so low in calories (about 30 for a whole cup!). Plus, they’re fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free.
Raw peppers may contain all of these nutrients, but cooking them strips them of some antioxidants. Don’t let this deter you — bell peppers should be eaten in every which way, be it sautéed, grilled, caramelized, raw or stuffed!
Fortunately, the dining hall always stocks bell peppers in the salad bar and often uses them in their dishes.
If you don’t already, here are some simple tricks for fitting bell peppers into your meal plan:
- Dice up some bell peppers from the salad bar and add them to tuna or chicken salad
- Grill bell peppers at the Warren Towers Mongolian station
- Eat them raw with carrots and dip them into some creamy hummus
- Stuff them in a wrap with other raw veggies for a fresh, vegetarian sandwich
What’s your favorite way to eat bell peppers? Let me know in the comment section below!
By Robin Ngai, Staff Writer
As a California native, I’ve had my fair share of good and bad burritos. However, when I’m away from home, I’m a pretty big fan of Chipotle. It’s a five minute walk from my dorm room and to have a full delicious meal for under ten bucks is a pretty sweet deal.
This might not be the case anymore: for the first time in three years, Chipotle is hiking up its prices. They are said to go into effect in the next three to six months, and as a loyal customer (and broke college student), this saddens me.
The reason for the price hike is that their food products are rising in price. Avocados are just one of the many products that have risen dramatically in the past few years. With Chipotle’s promise to using fresh foods and having healthier options, it is hard for the chain not to add a couple dollars for their meals.
This may be the point where customers ask, “why doesn’t their owner McDonald’s just save them?” Despite the popular belief that McDonald’s is the parent of Chipotle, Chipotle actually has no ties with the fast food chain. Briefly in 1998, McDonald’s took a minority stake in the business but decided to quit soon after, predicting that the burrito chain would not make it big.
Oh, how wrong they were. People have grown to love the fast food burrito chain so much that it is predicted to still make sales even if the prices rise (watch this guy inhale four of them in three minutes).
I for one, will still be a customer to Chipotle. If the price hikes scare you, just use these handy tips that will make your trip (and extra bucks) worthwhile. Me and my roommates have created a tradition since freshman year to go there once a week, and it’s something that we won’t be giving up any time soon.
By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
If you’re looking for an eggs-ellent way to stay healthy, look no further: eggs are a wonderful source of protein and healthy fats that should be incorporated into everyone’s diet! Eggs are versatile too, and can be eaten in tons of ways so that you never get bored of eating them.
So why are eggs so good for you? These babies are high in antioxidants that help prevent your eyes from degenerating. They contain choline as well, which has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer. Lastly, eggs contain amino acids, which eases the digestion of its protein.
Protein is the main reasons eggs are one of my favorite foods: one large egg contains 6 grams and a large egg white contains about 3.5 grams. The low calorie content (70 for a whole egg, 20 for just the whites) also makes it ideal.
There are tons of articles out there that state that egg yolks are too high in cholesterol and should not be eaten. However, research has shown that the form of cholesterol present in yolks is different from that found in a cheeseburger, meaning it won’t harm your health that way.
Plus, yolks have a dose of healthy fats in them, so don’t be scared. I’m not telling you to go ahead and eat a dozen egg yolks, but when eating omelets, use the 2:1 ratio, which states that for every two egg whites, add a whole egg.
Here’s a recipe I use whenever I’m craving some eggy goodness in the dining hall.
4 egg whites
2 tablespoons of guacamole
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 slices of whole wheat bread
Take the egg whites and whisk them up in a bowl, then add the guac and mix together. Add some salt and pepper if you’d like. Then, toast the two slices of bread. Last, add the “egg salad” onto each slice of toast and you’ve got yourself an egg-tastic sandwich! Yum yum.
By Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Staff Writer
If you are planning to live off campus for the first time next semester, it can be difficult to budget how much to spend on food, especially when there is no dining hall to swipe into (unless one of your generous friends guest-swipe you in). Once you figure out how much you can spend, you should probably figure out the best way to make the most of your groceries.
Go-to, easy recipes with very few ingredients will help you stay under budget and keep you from breaking down and ordering Chinese. After a long day, having a meal waiting at home is not only smart, it’s cost effective. I’ve compiled three types of meals and even more recipes for the college chef – most of them one-pot and easy to make.
1. Make a stew, soup or curry on Sunday and eat that throughout the week
One-pot meals with multiple forms of protein are smart for weekly dinners, and can often involve shortcuts (a can of soup, tomatoes or red beans). There are thousands of food blogs that offer these sorts of recipes, but for those vegans or gluten-free foodies out there, this chipotle black bean stew is filling and tastes better the longer it sits. Meat-eaters can try out this hearty jalapeno popper chicken soup.
2. Make large batches of oatmeal or steel-cut oats for breakfast all week
Foods like steel-cut oats are filling, cheap and easy-to-make: You can buy four packs of 24-oz oats online for under $20. This oatmeal recipe is from the recipe site NoshOn. It teaches you how to make oatmeal ahead of time, so you have easy breakfasts all week. You can take them on the T, bring them to class or eat them over some last-minute homework.
3. Buy a rice cooker and get creative
Rice is cheap, and it serves as a filling, warm, gluten-free base for a lot of casseroles and three-ingredient dinners. Try pouring soup or jarred sauces over rice, mixing in curry paste and coconut milk or even sticking to Sriracha or teriyaki sauce. As you start to develop your inner college chef, you can get more creative with whatever’s in the pantry. To start off, try out these recipes for Mexican rice, Bourbon chicken and rice or a classic Jambalaya.
Not sure about making the jump to off-campus housing? Try out some of Boston University’s apart-style housing available.
By Joe Incollingo, Staff Writer
Speaking of swallowing until you burst: Tuesday night, Detroit Golf Club chef Kyle Hanley served a 10-course tasting menu to only 36 participants at the Elizabeth Theater above Detroit’s Park Bar. To make things more interesting, the food choices are based on and accompanied by Radiohead’s 2000 album “Kid A.”
It seems like Hanley was inspired by New York restaurant Brucie after they came up with a Beyoncé themed Valentine’s day menu earlier this month. Contrary to Brucie’s menu, Hanley’s was less about a play on words and more about the moods one might think of when listening to the sounds of Radiohead.
Costing $125 a seat, the meal begins with “pan-seared diver scallop with yuzu fluid gel, fried cellophane noodle, lemongrass ponzu and chili oil” set to “Everything in Its Right Place,” and wraps up with a “mousse duo with blackberry pâte de fruit” to accompany “Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Hanley’s already hinted that he wants to make this a regular event with other albums every month, but if you can’t wait, then here are some other meals you can eat to your favorite album:
1. Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence“: Black coffee and chicken soup
2. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.“: A patty melt on rye with fries and a Coke
3. Beyoncé’s “Beyoncé“: Diamond-crusted tuna tartare, followed by 22 days of hummus
4. Vampire Weekend’s “Vampire Weekend”: Bodega potato chips, paired with an ironic cocktail “invented” by your friend Levi
5. Cobra Starship’s “¡Viva la Cobra!”: Ultra Blue Monster Energy drink and spicy ramen
6. The Beatles’ “Revolver“: Piping-hot beef Wellington from the England section of Epcot
7. The Smiths’ “The Queen Is Dead“: Cold beef Wellington from a dark, dank Manchester pub, served with a side of cigarettes
8. Kanye West’s “Yeezus“: Gorilla steak au poivre, paired with a 1978 Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru ($19,767.79/bottle)
9. Daft Punk’s “Discovery“: Bagel Bites
By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
Gone are the days of unrecognizable mashed potatoes and beans in prison cafeterias. Kosher offerings are being added to the menus of prisons across the country. According to a New York Times article, Florida is the latest state to fall under the kosher spell.
In 2007, Florida penitentiaries stopped serving kosher food because of its high cost. Now, under a court order, the sunshine state will offer kosher food to eligible inmates sometime before July, becoming the 35th state to do so.
I think it’s great that kosher food is making a comeback, but the state is running into the same problem as before: paying for these meals. On average, kosher meals cost $7 per day, as opposed to standard meals which cost $1.54.
In Florida, over 4,400 inmates have requested kosher meals. If you multiply the number of requests by $7 a day, that leaves Florida having to take out a larger chunk from their budget. And it’s estimated that more prisoners will request kosher options once the meals make their way back into the system, which already faces a $58 million deficit at the moment.
So it may not be too wise for the state to go through with the kosher program.
Kosher food isn’t necessarily healthier, but it does garner some health benefits such as the reduction of cholesterol. Kosher guidelines prevent people from simultaneously eating meat and dairy, which eliminates foods like pepperoni pizza and cheeseburgers (i.e. the foods we all love but shouldn’t be indulging in). Another benefit is that kosher meat and poultry are hormone free, so you don’t have to worry about becoming susceptible to the effects of hormone-induced meat.
If I were an inmate, I would certainly appreciate Florida’s efforts to provide a religious diet considering the size of the Jewish population. But if I were looking at it from a state government point of view, I would have to consider the fact that the kosher program could potentially cost $54.1 million a year. That’s definitely not chump change.
Regardless, kosher food is making a return to Florida prisons, and I hope it won’t have the same fate as it did in 2007.
By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
Inspired by the show How to Live to 100, my column highlights one nutritious food each week, detailing its benefits on living a happy and healthy lifestyle. Each food item can also be found in either BU dining halls or close to campus, making them really easy to access!
To top it all off, each food is always accompanied by a nutritious recipe that demonstrates how the food item can be used.
Beans really are the magical fruit. Though technically a legume, these babies are packed with nutritional benefits. From its complex carbohydrates to being loaded with fiber, beans are a great way to stay lean and feel good. Different bean varieties can be spotted in most BU dining halls.
In fact, a cup of cooked beans contains between nine and 13 grams of fiber, which is a great counterbalance for all that dining hall pizza. The large amount of soluble fiber means they can even lower your cholesterol.
Additionally, they are high in iron and folate, which is good for maintaining a healthy body!
Beans are also a great natural protein, which is a healthy alternative for vegetarians and vegans. Want to incorporate beans into your diet? Here’s a really simple way to do it, and you can get it all in the dining hall on burrito day:
1/2 cup red beans or black beans or Garbanzo beans
1/2 cup shredded chicken
1/4 cup salsa (more or less, to taste)
2 tablespoon guacamole
Add everything to a bowl (you might have to move to different stations to get everything together). Mix it up, then you can add pico de gallo on top for extra freshness. And voilà! You’ve got a super delicious bowl of food packed with tons of protein, fiber, and complex carbs that’ll keep you satisfied through all your afternoon classes.
By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
Thanksgiving is the one time of year when you can eat as much as you want and not feel guilty about it. Naturally, it’s one of my favorite holidays. There’s so much to choose from at Thanksgiving dinner; from turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing to arroz con gandules, ensalada de papa and jamon…well, I grew up in Miami, so that’s my tradition #fakehispanic.
But at the end of the night with two (or maybe three) helpings, don’t you just feel like going into a food coma? We tend to blame it on the turkey because that’s our tradition too. Eat lots of turkey and then blame our sleepiness on eating so much of it. What if I told you that our tradition of accusing the turkey for our “after-dinner hibernation” is just a myth? I know, mind blown.
Now, before you go crazy like a headless turkey, just remember, I’m helping you out because who wants to miss out on the main course? So eating turkey can make you sleepy, but so can other types of meat like chicken or beef. Turkey has this amino acid called tryptophan, which our bodies use to build proteins and help us function properly. It’s used to make serotonin, which is a chemical that affects our sleeping patterns. So, we’ve found the culprit, right?
Actually, no. Remember, lots of foods we eat contain tryptophan, other than meat, like eggs, fish, soy and spinach and I certainly don’t feel like dropping into a deep sleep eating tilapia. What makes eating turkey on Thanksgiving any different?
Well, on top of turkey, we’re eating a lot of carbs, which triggers a release of insulin. These carbohydrates give us a higher amount of insulin than normal and with all the pumpkin pies, Snickerdoodles and pudding, we’re probably getting the highest levels of insulin we’re had all year.
The increase in insulin is important because insulin helps amino acids to cross the blood-brain barrier, and thus, we get a rise in serotonin and melatonin in our brain. Because these both regulate sleep, we’re at a higher risk of getting a food baby and knocking out. Eating a lot can make you tired too, just saying. The real culprit isn’t turkey or tryptophan, it’s insulin (dun dun dun).
I know, you feel betrayed and think that there’s no way to escape a food coma, so just give in. Unbutton your pants one notch, take a nap if needed and go back for dessert, because who wants to miss out on the one day a year where you can eat lots of turkey and gravy and top it off with the best dessert ever, flan (if you’re in Miami).
If you still feel like you’ve been jipped since you can’t call out the turkey anymore, don’t worry, you’re not the only one who’s gotten tricked. Charlie Brown feels the same way about tradition, but while you’re watching, sit back, put a pillow over your stomach (and welcome that food baby), while you have another piece of pie, just for kicks