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Spring Break 2016: Where are students going?

By Vanisha Dansinghani

In the midst of a stressful semester, students are struggling to juggle academics, co-op interviews and extracurricular activities and are looking forward to spring break as a way to refresh and recharge. Meanwhile, trying to find motivation to come back and complete the rest of the semester with a bang. While there remain some classic destinations for all students, let’s take a look  where we can expect Northeastern students to spend their Spring Break or should I say in some cases…“Spring Broke.”

Miami, Florida

Miami is collectively the most popular spring break destination for students in America, it is no doubt that a majority of Northeastern’s jetsetters would not miss an opportunity to travel to a city dominated by white sand beaches, elite parties and chic clubs.

Cancun, Mexico

Famous for its EDM festival, Inception fest and tequila tasting tours, Cancun is a classic choice for spring break.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

As Punta Cana is the spring break location of my choice, I am looking forward to relaxing with my friends on tropical beaches, sipping martinis (virgin of course), and dancing to tunes at beachside parties by night. Punta Cana is not only a popular spring break destination because of its near-perfect weather, but also because of its all-inclusive resort packages and diverse range of activities including banana boating, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins just to name a few.

Costa Rica

The active and adventure-seeking students opt to travel to Costa Rica to engage in exciting water sports such as surfing, white-water rafting, kayaking and scuba diving. These daring individuals also have the chance to live the life of the monkey by exploring Costa Rica’s lush jungles.

Los Angeles, California

Popular for its star-studded vibes, world-renowned beaches, and occasional celebrity sightings, Los Angeles is the perfect destination for students in search of a balance between an urban adventure and a relaxing time at the beach.

Bahamas

Students looking for a picture-perfect paradise vacation among white sand, crystal-clear water and palm trees find the Bahamas to be their suited spring break destination. Whether it be the lavish Atlantis resort or rowdy party cruise- this is one destination filled with young party-goers.

New York, New York

Someone once said, “there simply isn’t any place like it.” There is never a wrong time to visit New York City. Students on a tight budget may choose to stay close to Boston over spring break, but will spend time in a city where it is impossible to get bored. Being a city that highly demonstrates the freedom of expression, New York invites people of all cultures to engage in the city and enjoy its vast diversity.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Attracted by the El Yunque Rainforest, beautiful beaches and blue cobblestone streets, but mostly because of its cheap airfare, students chose San Juan as a popular spring break destination this year.




Dinners to try this Week

By Meredith Fisher

A new year means new food! Logistically speaking, it is comforting to make food you know and love but occasionally it comes time to spice up your routine. These recipes will add new dimension to foods you already know and love. Best of all, the recipes are easy to put together and can be prepared without a kitchen- goodbye, dining hall!

Sun-dried Tomato Couscous with Chickpeas and Roasted Kale

Photo:   Meredith Fisher

Photo: Meredith Fisher

This recipe builds off a fluffy couscous base with nutrient-filled greens and a scattering of protein-filled chickpeas. This dish will fulfill your craving for Mediterranean food and you will look like a whiz in the kitchen. The secondary elements of the recipe include pine nuts and sundried tomatoes, which elevate the taste and add complexity. This meal will come together right before your eyes and still look carefully thought-out and elegant.

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4):

1   10-ounce box couscous

½ c. pine nuts

3T   olive oil

1    15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

2    bunches kale, stems trimmed

1    small jar sun dried tomatoes (or package of dried tomatoes, not in oil)

Salt, black pepper, and garlic; season to taste

  1. Cook couscous according to package instructions
  2. Add sundried tomatoes to couscous while water is still being absorbed. If they are out of a jar, they can be put directly into the couscous mixture. If they are dried, soak them in water for a few minutes to soften them. Cut the pieces into small bits
  3. Toast pine nuts in a skillet over low heat until golden, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Add olive oil to skillet and sauté kale on medium heat for 1 minute.
  5. Add chickpeas, garlic, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Cook until the greens are tender
  6. Incorporate chickpeas and kale over couscous. Top with toasted pine nuts

SHORT CUTS: Buy couscous mixture with pine nuts and spices already incorporated. Use a microwave instead of stove to cook the couscous. Microwave for 2 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Use microwave instead of pan to steam greens for 1 minute.

 

Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Photo: Meredith Fisher

Photo: Meredith Fisher

I think we can all agree that avocados are one of the greatest foods on Earth and finding a new way to eat them is arguably one of the best discoveries of the week. Making your own pasta sauce may sound daunting, but is much simpler and even more satisfying than you can imagine. This recipe also incorporates zucchini noodles, allowing you to enjoy pasta, without all of the carbs. While some light equipment is required, this dish comes together in a snap.

For just under ten dollars on Amazon you can be the proud owner of a hand-held vegetable spiralizer, turning all of your favorite vegetables into shredded toppings or spaghetti noodles. 

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4):

12 ounces zucchini (about 3 zucchinis)

2 ripe avocados

1/2 c. Basil Leaves

2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

1/3 c. olive oil

1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved

salt and black pepper; to taste

  1. Prepare sauce by mashing avocado and adding lemon juice, olive oil, and basil. Throw into the food processor for a quick whirl or simply mix by hand.
  2. Spiralize zucchini
  3. Place zucchini in pan over medium heat ensuring that there is enough moisture for the noodles to soften. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes. The noodles can also be cooked in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add halved cherry tomatoes to pan, cook on medium heat until warm
  5. Cover noodles with sauce and serve.

SHORT CUT: Use normal pasta rather than zucchini noodles.* For a healthier option, use noodles made from a bean or lentil base, such as Tolerant Black Bean Fettuccine.

Must See: Boston Public Market

By: Yashi Gudka

Photography: Yashi Gudka

The Boston Public Market is an indoor public market featuring produce, delicacy items, and much more. All of the items are sourced from either Massachusetts or the greater New England area. It has a historic origin as seen in the revival of the original Faneuil Hall marketplace. The Boston Public Market is the only market of its kind in the entirety of The United States. It promotes Boston residents to purchase fresh and local food, encourages consumers to understand how food is produced, and promote regional flavours.

 

Taza Chocolate, Soluna Garden Farm, and Red’s Best Seafood are just a few examples of the great vendors the Boston Public Market has to offer. Vendors sell produce, beverages, poultry, and specialty products such as apple cider donuts and lattes.

 

 

The Boston Public Market also hosts exhibitions Wednesday through Friday on sustainable cooking and wellness events that are held in an event space within the market known as The Kitchen. At this venue, people are able to learn new cooking techniques, healthy eating, and overall wellness. Multiple culinary experts have been drawn from around the United States to educate people about the importance of food and share delicious recipes.

 

Over the next month, The Kitchen is filled with exciting programs; as per below:

FREE

Brown Bag Lunch- Fridays 12-1:30pm

Taste of the Season- Sundays 11am-1pm

REI Yoga- Thursdays 7-8am

Fresh, Fast, & Delicious for less


$10-20

Date Night Cooking, Risotto for Two- Saturday 1/30 6-8pm

Bakeology 101- Sunday 2/7 2-4pm (DIY Cupcakes)

For the Love of Fish- Thursday 2/11 5-7pm (with Red’s Best Seafood)


Next time you are in the South End, be sure to check out the Boston Public Market!  Also, interested students can purchase a membership at The Trustees in order to get 10% off your purchases at select vendors and discounts on programs at The Kitchen.

Boston’s Best Brunch

By: Abigail Walker

If you’re like me, you most likely understand that a good brunch can solve all of life’s complex problems. If you’re not knee deep in mimosas by mid-noon on a Sunday, you are doing something wrong. One of my favorite things about Boston, is the seemingly endless supply of amazing brunch spots. You could probably spend every Sunday of your college career at Northeastern trying new brunch spots and still not hit them all.

Compiling a list of my top five brunch spots was difficult yet extremely delicious. I mean, the competition is steep, but I did it. I am just about ready to make reservations to all these spots this coming weekend.

 

1. Trident Booksellers Trident has a special place in my heart. It is probably one of the more hipster places in Boston; I mean where else can you eat your omelet surrounded by leather-bound classics? It is important to note that they serve breakfast all day, so the whole brunch time window will not be limited. If you are planning to go on a Sunday, make sure to get there either early or plan a twenty minute wait, atleast. If you had a particularly “fun” Saturday night, I recommend getting the potato chuckwagon- shredded potato hash, veggies, meat, cheese, eggs however you like, and a side of toast, the perfect way to recover from a great weekend out, or to just spend the day catching up with some friends

2. The Friendly Toast This eclectic diner just opened up a location in Back Bay, so you no longer have to trek out to Cambridge for french toast the size of your head. Everything here is delicious and huge. Rather than ordering three pancakes, a reasonable portion at other restaurants, opt for a single pancake. Trust me, these things are enormous and absolutly mouthwatering.  Also, do not forget to order their hot chocolate, you will not regret it.

3. Met Back Bay With a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and a vast array of interesting options from captain crunch French toast to truffled croquet madame, you really can’t go wrong spending a weekend morning here. Be careful though, this place is pricey.

4. Aquitaine A bistro in the South End, Aquitane specializes in French twists on classic American brunch items (and other meals but that’s not what we’re here for). The décor of this restaurant alone is incredibly Instagram worthy, but the food itself is enough to revive you on any Sunday morning. I would recommend the malted Belgian waffled or the croque magret (duck confit and gruyere pressed sandwich). The bottomless French roast coffee is also a necessity.

5. The Gallows I would consider The Gallows to be a hidden gem. Located in the South End, they offer a small menu for Saturday and Sunday brunch, but their offerings do not disappoint. Their menu may be small, but it’s about quality not quantity in this case. The crowning glory here is the brunch muffin, which is a corn muffin with pulled pork, pepper jelly, guac, red onions, and eggs. If that doesn’t entice you, go for the cinnamon maple bread pudding and the sunrise poutine.