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This week, with my broken foot and all, I hobbled up the steps of a bike shop/restaurant called Mello Velo on Westcott. I know what you’re thinking, did she eat tires? No, but I was greeted with an excessively handmade atmosphere. Every piece of furniture was most likely stolen from a hipster’s home from north Euclid. In the corner and through a door, there were a ton of bikes hanging from the walls, with spare parts strewn everywhere.

In the back was a cafe with a giant old school coffee press that could make anyone feel cultured. The giant hand drawn chalk board had different options from panini’s to wraps and a giant selection of coffee that could make Starbucks weep.

I chose the BLT panini with avocados because avocados are a fucking super food, and Dr. Oz told me so. Not only did this panini taste like heaven got bored with the whole afterlife thing and started up a sandwich shop, but the coffee came in a mason jar. A mason jar! By this point I felt like that hipster on north Euclid.

My lunch companion ordered a plain coffee and choked on it, but besides that, I’d say the sammy was a hit. My iced mocha was worth the extra “sippage,” but it at first tasted like a straight up chocolate bar.

All and all, the food was great. However, if you happen to be handicapped beyond crutches, I’m afraid that you’re shit out of luck. Although I’m not sure what use a bike shop would be to you anyway. (Biking is a side project of mine)

Before I leave, I’d like to add that my meal was topped off with a one hour play date with a puppy husky, apparently belonging to one of the bike shop attendants who deemed the cripple and her hot friend safe enough to leave his baby with. So keep an eye out for the puppy, but also try one of the panini’s, you’ll probably be in a relationship with it by the end of the meal. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next weeks foodie review!

-Meredith Mendosa

Foodie Review: Gannon’s

Posted: October 10, 2012 by jerkmagblog in MUNCH -- local foods

Many of you probably saw the little, old school ice cream cart that perched itself outside the Waverly entrance of Bird Library in the beginning of the semester. That cart belongs to Gannon’s Isle Ice Cream, and if you have not ventured off campus to enjoy their culinary delights, you are really missing out.  About a 12.5 minute drive, this isle holds many treasures.  Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Charlie Brown, and Pretzel Logic are my must try flavors. I frequent this establishment often, whether it’s rain or shine, cold or hot, when it comes to Gannon’s, my roommates never have a problem coming up with reasons to why we should enjoy their tasty treats! If someone needs a pick me up, if someone changes the channel from Bravo, or if it’s 8:22pm, these are all completely logical reasons for gorging on some ice cream deliciousness.  So please do me (and yourself) the favor of walking, biking, even hitchhiking to this kingdom of ice cream before it closes mid-November, you won’t regret it.

– Shelby Hilt

Find your center, because this place will really make you feel like you’re eating in a yoga studio. “Om Boys” is a new vegan restaurant right across from Urban Outfitters in Armory Square. For those of you who still haven’t been to Armory Square, I head warning of your inherent solitary lifestyle.

Om Boys boasts local farm grown fruits and vegetables that you can actually purchase in addition to burritos, wraps, salads, paninis, and general café type food.

Besides the positively bleak atmosphere, the food was actually pretty good! I’m not exactly an advocate for eating healthy, but eating a burrito without the post hibernation was fantastic! Yes, I’m looking at you, Chipotle.

I was accompanied but a couple health nuts that were quite literally raving and giggling with excitement as they took pictures of the food to show their mothers (which is where these pictures came from. So thank you, Rebecca Mass.)

The only downside to this vegan mecca was the smoothies, but I could chalk that up to poor choice. Even my peanut gallery agreed that fruit smoothies shouldn’t taste like peanut butter (that pun was slightly intended). I actually asked to return the smoothie for another, and found that the watermelon flavor was refreshing and sweet!

All in all, I’d faithfully revisit Om Boys with a good sense of not rolling over from fullness. However, keep in mind that it takes a lot to make this food. Just my burrito and smoothie cost me a whopping 17 dollars. Some may say worth it. I, may just grab a 5 dollar cheese burger at Five Guys next time around and walk on the treadmill for 10 seconds/hours.

But, if you like vegan, vegetarian or whatever – Om Boys is  a great place to go. Hope this helps, keep reading for more! Peace Out rice cakes

–Meredith Mendosa

Hey foodies! I’m Meredith Mendosa, your personal foodie extraordinaire. I’ll be bringing you the best and the worst cuisines that Syracuse has to offer. I’ll take some pictures of everything I try (nothing will be instagram-ed, I promise) giving you a sense of what to expect from these delicacies. Whether it’s delivered to your door or to your plate, I’ll be breaking the bank, and my belt for the sake of your stomachs, enjoy!

Year and Major:I am a junior Communications Design Major (Not in Newhouse)

Hometown:Hudson, Ohio
My Most Embarrassing Moment: I was so hungover one time, that when my friend brought me watermelon, I started crying from happiness. I’d  say I have an idealistic sense of happiness.

Biggest Lie You’ve Gotten Away With: It’s so good, it’s still going so no comment.
Movie I Could Watch Over and Over: I could probably watch Almost Famous a couple times a day.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter @merfbear. I rarely tweet but when I do, it’s stupid. So listen up!

Sup, Jerks! I’m Shelby Hilt, and I’ll be letting you know where you should -and should not – eat on and off campus. I can’t wait to get started, but let me tell you a little bit about myself first.

Year and Major: I’m a Photography major in VPA and unfortunately in May, I’ll be saying that bittersweet goodbye to Syracuse University.

My most embarrassing moment: It happened just a few weeks ago, while I was at the campus bar, Faegans. Ever see that guy across the room who is just so gorgeous, that your friends push you to go say hello? Yep, that was me, and that was him. He was looking like a 12, in a set of blue scrubs.  I decided ‘why the hell not?’ and went over to him. We hit it off and inside I’m screaming “Holla!” until I made the mistake of asking if he was a nurse… Ladies, if you see a guy in scrubs never assume he is a nurse. You know what happens when you assume!  Because in my case, he was an ER doctor! And two seconds later I was staring at his nice doctorly butt — as it walked away. OOPS!

I dance way more than the average human, just ask my roommates who religiously see me dancing on any and every surface in our house. Who says you need to wait until Friday and Saturday night to get down? I think a Monday morning deserves some Bow Chicka Wow Wow, too. Therefore, I absolutely wouldn’t be able to survive without my ridiculous amount of Pandora stations.

Hope you all enjoy my Foodie section! Feel free to follow me on Twitter @theshilt. Contact me with suggestions, comments or snarky remarks at any time! And as I like to say.. LIVE LIFE!