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FoCo Joe: “The Earthquake”


I have to say, Halloween was so great, but this week has really been meh.  Getting back midterms is always stress inducing – the home stretch is so close yet so far.  But let me tell you, this dessert has literally shaken up everything. Pun intended. I’ve had it at least once every day since Monday, and each time it tastes better than before. I’m always left full without feeling heavy. And I must mention the relative health benefits this dessert offers as well. “The Earthquake” is revolutionary for my culinary arsenal — a natural disaster turned miracle. Hopefully you’ll feel the same way when you try it. Without further ado, here’s how to recreate this stomach rumbler. Not that I condone fighting fire with fire or anything. Step 1: Grab a bowl —not a cup, trust me — and fill it with two to three modest scoops of Greek yogurt. Cups are too small to mix all the ingredients together. Everything will eventually be mixed together, so it’s not a big deal to go back and add more yogurt after the fact. Another factor in this step is awareness of texture preferences.  If you are looking for the hard… Read more »

FoCo Joe: Pumpkin Spice Latte

What a wonderful weekend for Halloween.  Midterms are mostly behind us, the beauty of fall perseveres with weather that by Dartmouth standards is “warm” and the San Francisco Giants just won the World Series.  Yes, friends, orange rules everything around me, and even in FoCo I cannot escape it. One would think that for such a joyous holiday I would conjure up something really creative and special, but in the spirit of all the #tbt (#throwbackthursday, for those of you who live under a rock) Halloween costumes on Instagram, I too am throwing things back to the hype of every fall season — the pumpkin spice latte.  I cannot say that I have always been a fan of the beverage, or the entire pumpkin craze for that matter, but I will always have a soft spot for my childhood friend’s mom’s Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.  Kathy Byers, if you are reading this, I look forward to this year’s pie at Thanksgiving dinner — thanks in advance! Do-it-yourself pumpkin spice latte is, genuinely, as easy as it sounds.  FoCo already has pumpkin spice coffee just before the cookies and a crate of ice cream treats, which is awesome.  But what will we… Read more »

FoCo’s Fall Food Festival


As the napkin dispensers in all of campus’s dining establishments have informed us, this week (Oct. 20 to 25) is Food Week here at Dartmouth. Last Thursday was the culminating event: an “Apple Harvest Dinner” at FoCo. I have never seen FoCo so crowded or students so happy. After swiping my card I turned the corner and was greeted by throngs of students desperately attempting to try all the free samples at the various stands. Here’s one sample stand: The stands boasted a wide variety of food, from Greek yogurt to gorgonzola cheese to slices of pepperoni. All products were natural and locally grown, and the people working each stand were closely connected to the food they were distributing. The stand owner with fresh baby tomatoes (pictured below) grew all the tomatoes himself at his farm, and the stand with yogurt packs and cups was managed by the founder of the Yo Yummy yogurt company. Dartmouth students (well-known for loving free food) gave the free samples rave reviews. They stuffed their mouths and bags, commented on the unusual but delicious flavor of cotton candy yogurt and the differing sharpness of cheeses like food connoisseurs and asked stand owners where they… Read more »

Food Day: A Preview

Food Day is coming to Dartmouth! Throughout this week there will be thought-provoking speakers, delicious local food and celebrations for students, staff and faculty to enjoy. Food Day began four years ago as a way to reflect on the intertwining aspects of food, and this year Dartmouth has greatly expanded its programming. College nutritionists Beth Rosenberger and K.C. Wright have been at the forefront of the Food Day initiative. The events aim to get different sectors of campus thinking about food processes, Wright said, so that the average student will “think a little bit about what they are eating.” The widespread nature of factory farms is one example of something more people could be conscious of, she said. Going forward, Wright’s aim is to make these types of events more of an everyday occurrence, with Food Day serving as a starting point for campus involvement and enthusiasm about food issues. Eventually, Wright would like to see people “gradually making more healthy choices with respect to food,” she said, as well as an increased inclusion of food-related issues in academic curricula. Here are a few of the highlights planned for Food Day: Monday, Oct. 20: 3 p.m., Apple Crunch It’s apple… Read more »

Restaurants Beyond Hanover

The Ultimate Hanover Dining Guide: Part 2

Check out part one here. The Friendlies: Delicious and affordable. The perfect places for a casual brunch or dinner date with your friends. Molly’s Restaurant When I think of Molly’s, I picture groups of friends waiting outside the door to get called to a table. Something about the restaurant makes it the perfect spot to hang out with your friends, eat decent food and embrace the change of scenery. When it comes to the food, the dishes are often hit or miss — it really depends on what you order. Again, I can’t stress how friendly the atmosphere is. But I’ll let you be the judge of that. What to get: the bread (and it’s free!), fish and chips, Robie Farm mac and cheese. Lou’s Restaurant Ahh, the smell of fresh pastries in the morning! Since opening in 1947, Lou’s has enchanted Dartmouth students and Hanover visitors with its fresh ingredients and fulfilling menu. The welcoming staff and shabby locale will make you feel cozy and in the mood for homemade pastries. It quickly became one of my favorites, up to the point where I did the Lou’s challenge twice my freshman year. What to get: The Big Green (with… Read more »