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FoCo Joe: “Ants on a Raft”

By Joseph Kind, The Dartmouth Staff

This week’s dessert is, strangely enough, inspired by King Arthur Flour’s Instagram account. I have a bad habit of liking food photos more than photos with my friends in them, and this summer, I started following more food accounts than ever before. Yes, food has been on my mind, and this week’s dessert is arguably my least sweet since I began writing this column. Perhaps I am still recovering from the sweetness of my “Sangria” shake, I’m not sure. But as I was scrolling through my food-saturated Instagram newsfeed I stumbled across a photo from King Arthur Flour of a piece of rye bread with peanut butter and cinnamon — yes, cinnamon — on it. What?!

I went to FoCo almost immediately to try the combo, but I couldn’t find any cinnamon. So instead, I have made a KAF-inspired concoction this week that takes me back to my middle school days, when my mom would sometimes make me an afternoon snack that consisted of peanut butter spread on a celery stick with raisins on top — affectionately called “ants on a log.”  My new spin on the dessert, which I am calling “ants on a raft,” uses whole… Read more »

Appetizing April: A DDS Food Face-Off, Round 1


Feeling a withdrawal from brackets as March Madness draws to a close? Get ready for one that will keep you busy through April, focusing on something we all care about: food. It’s your chance to weigh in and vote for your favorite DDS foods in the four regionals: Collis, FoCo, KAF and the Hop. Vote in the following polls to determine which foods will advance to round two! Some foods, like Collis soup, have a lot of varieties or customization options, so interpret the entry as your favorite variation.

The Bracket

Round 1


Mozz. sticks vs. Chicken tenders

Fresh sushi vs. Stir-fry

Pasta vs. Soup

Smoothies vs. Baked goods


Chocolate chip cookies vs. French fries

Pizza vs. Paninis

Chicken nuggets vs. General Tso’s chicken

Pierogies vs. Baked sweet potato

Brie & apple sandwich vs. Artichoke tapenade

Cinnamon puff vs. Cupcakes

Scones vs. Muffins

Caesar salad vs. Kale slaw

The Hop:
Hulk vs. Chicken tender queso

Mac & cheese vs. Meatball sub

Burrito vs. Burger special

Breakfast sandwich vs. Hash browns

What Hanover Restaurant Are You?

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A Guide to Ordering at the Hop

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. Let’s start with one of my personal favorites, the “Hulk,” which is a classic post-workout (or in my case, post-dance rehearsal) choice that at least appears to be healthy. At its most basic level, it’s a wheat wrap filled with egg whites and cheese. I normally choose to add tomato, spinach or both in an attempt to add some veggies to my diet. To sound like a pro, ask for a “Red Hulk” if you want tomato, a “Green Hulk” for spinach and “Incredible (or Red and… Read more »

Navigating FoCo To-Go

It’s week seven. It seems like only yesterday you were arriving back on campus for the winter and bracing yourself for the long, cold term to come, but now finals are fast approaching, and you’re feeling completely unprepared. This is crunch time. This is FoCo to-go time. Picking up a quick meal to eat in 1902 seems easy enough, but the DDS takeout option is a complex feat that few (if any) have mastered. For those of you who are blessed enough to have never experienced FoCo to-go, here’s what it generally entails: You arrive at FoCo before 6 p.m. or after 7 to beat the dinner-rush lines. Every second counts. As your card is swiped, you are confronted with an impossible question: hot or cold cup? There’s no way to know the correct answer unless you’ve studiously researched the online menu beforehand, and with everything else on your figurative plate, it slipped your mind. You throw caution to the wind and ask for a hot cup, hoping there’s pasta e fagioli soup on the menu. Before beginning, you take a moment to examine the tools you’ve just been handed. The container is neatly divided: two tiny pockets, each big… Read more »

A Guide to Watching the Super Bowl for People Who Aren’t Football Fans

To be honest, I have no idea why I thought I was qualified to write anything about the Super Bowl. I know nothing about the teams playing (for those still unsure of the names, this year it’s the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks), nor do I really understand the rules of football. But I still usually watch some of the game every year, so here are my Super Bowl tips for those who feel the same way I do. FOOD! Super Bowl parties provide the perfect opportunity to consume all the unhealthy finger food you’ve been craving. So indulge in the hearty (and probably fried) selections! If you have a lot of friends, or are feeling particularly hungry, I recommend that you try your hand at making your own Super Bowl Snackadium à la Buzzfeed. Make sure to Instagram it though – it would be sad to devour all of your craftiness without impressing your friends via social media. The Ads If you thought you had to wait until the Super Bowl to watch the most entertaining parts (the ads!), think again! This year many companies have released teasers, or even leaked entire commercials, to tantalize viewers. This gives… Read more »