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If you’ve been out of town all summer, expect to see some major changes to Carousel Mall. Er, Destiny USA.

Yup, you’ve heard right. The mall with the giant carousel at its core is no longer referred to as “Carousel Mall”. Even the signs on the expressways have changed. Welcome all, to “Destiny USA.”

If you’re wondering what that means for our beloved Carousel, it means the mall is getting a much needed face-lift and some impressive additions.

However, the make over and expansion will not make Destiny USA the biggest mall in the nation as the Pyramid Cos. developers once fantasized.

An indoor canal with boats, a re-creation of a Tuscan village, and rooftop parks are just some of the proposed attractions that will not fit the budget, despite a 30-year tax exemption granted by the city of Syracuse.

Some taxpayers are rightfully disappointed and even miffed by the downgrade of the remodeling. Destiny executives are defending the renovation by predicting it could make the shopping center the second most-visited mall in the nation by attracting more Canadian shoppers. A.K.A., more tour busses parked outside of Panera, so watch out for parking.

Here’s a list of what’s already opened, followed by what the developers are planning to open within the next few months.

  • Just opened: a classy Cantina Laredo Mexican restaurant, a fondue-oriented restaurant The Melting Pot, and Sak Fifth Ave. Off Fifth luxury retail outlet.
  • Opening this fall: A new Apple store; a new Burlington Coat Factory store (across from DSW on the lower level of the mall–finally something else down there!); A new Regal movie theatre that includes an IMAX theatre and a high-end digital movie palace; A town square type area called “The Canyon” with upscale dining areas; upscale restaurants P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Gordon Biersch Brewery.

Possibly the most expansive innovation scheduled to open in November is an interactive, scientific-oriented “amusement park for the mind” called WonderWorks The 40,000 square foot facility will open on the third level of Destiny USA. A ropes course and laser tag are among 100 other interactive and educational experiences people of all ages can enjoy at the facility. It’s the first WonderWorks located inside of a mall (Others are located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Orlando, FL)

Wait, there’s more (with opening dates TBA):

  • Aja: a dance/nightclub
  • Texas de Brazil: a Brazillian steakhouse
  • Pole Position Raceway: an indoor electric go-kart course
  • Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill restaurant and nightclub
  • Funny Bones Comedy Club : showroom and bar

Sound awesome? I think maybe a bit too good to be true with this economy, but I could be wrong.

To follow the development of Destiny USA and see what is opening and when, click here.

-Shannon Hazlitt

GO VEGAN! Syracuse Edition

Posted: July 19, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health, ZONE -- syracuse

When coming to Syracuse, like all students I’m sure, I had a list of goals I wanted to accomplish. Most were involving school; do better, get a 4.0, cut down on the beer pong, etc. But, one of those goals was to become vegan. Now, to explain, becoming vegan wasn’t because it was hipster-esque, but rather something in my life that I could control with the stress of school, homesickness, and dealing with social life while not eating an animal who has been turned into my food. Being at Syracuse and going vegan for a short time, I found some loops and ties on a short budget that will help you eat healthier and go vegan:

Going Out (Marshall):

$ Starbucks: Starbucks has and will always be my vice. There are tons of vegan options, but the ones I chose weren’t the dry, black coffee.
Favorite Vegan Option: Regular iced coffee, soy milk, 1 shot of vanilla syrup.
Runner up: A Café au Lait with soy and raspberry syrup.

$ Boba: Boba is hard, the tapioca has slight milk in it so, I couldn’t get anything with tapioca, but the smoothies, oh yeah.
Favorite Vegan Option: Passion fruit smoothie.
Runner up: Lavender tea with no cream/soy

$$ Pita el Saha/Pita Pit: Now, Pita, aside from Starbucks, is also my vice. Every day I had a pita. They have tons of options!
Favorite Vegan Option: White Pita with all veggies and hummus.
Runner up: Hot sauce with veggie pita.

$$ Chipotle: When you are vegan, Chipotle is your best friend. Coming from the West Coast, I thrive on spicy foods so when I saw that Syracuse had Chipotle, I went ape shit.
Favorite Vegan Option: Veggie bowl with hot sauce and lots of pico de gallo.
Runner up: Chips and veggie bowl with hot sauce.

$$ Jimmy Johns: This place is hard, a lot of their breads have milk but believe it or not, they’re all different. The one here in SaltLake uses a different recipe since the owner’s wife is vegan. So, I was unsure and just stuck with the online recipes.
Favorite Vegan Option: Veggie sandwich, no mayo, with vinegar on rye.
Runner up: Salt and Vinegar chips…mmm, damn.

Dining Hall: Now, tips that I found were just by asking. Unless the cook is an angry freshman, you should be fine on trusting their judgment. Here are tips when vegan in the dining hall:

1) BY ALL MEANS, AVOID THE MAIN LINE. Usually when its beef and broccoli night or London broil, there are veggies. Though, they are vegan themselves, the cooking oil they use is not. Some of the veggies are cooked with meat grease, just a little, but if you’re as crazy as I am, you should just avoid it.

2) The salad bar=your best friend

3) Don’t be scared of the veggie burgers, when cooked at Shaw Hall, it’s amazing.

4) Pack n’ go: If you are on the move, bring baggies with you for veggies. Trusting other places is hard and finding Vegan options is even harder.

5) $$ Go to CVS: I only got $25 a week from my mom, which was my only income. I found options that were vegan and could be made. Just, make sure they’re microwaveable.

As much as I miss being Vegan, it was tough. Though, with the time, effort, and research it becomes a quick habit, can be cleansing and make your body stronger. Go Vegan.

-Lakota Sky Gambill

Photo by Amanda Loman

A year ago I was shameless being seduced by sensual Spanish DJ’s in underground clubs in Tribunal (the Brooklyn of Madrid x 10 if you will). Needless to say I was having a sizzling summer. Fast-forward to today with summer classes and a part-time job eating away at my soul, I’ll be damned if I don’t seize the weekend. Central New York has plenty to offer and I’m making it my To Do list to get cultured on the top quintessential CNY experiences before Fall semester starts. Festivals, farms, lakes, mountains and wineries are a handful of the activities one can find on a day trip away from the 315 bounds.

Ernest Hemingway called it one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural. A purely sensory thing. Wine is a creation of pure perfection, needless to say I’m a die hard wino. So much in fact that if the girl scouts had a badges for wine tours, I’d be the honorary chair.

With over 100 wineries centered along the Finger Lakes , this trail’s not only the first organized in the country but the longest. Take that Martha’s Vineyard ! Seneca Lake hosts the most wineries and is a mere hour and half drive away from home-base.

So here’s a breakdown on how to have the sloshiest day ever with your summer crew.

First, taking care of business before hitting the road. Have enough friends that are interested in hitting the trail ? Rent a van and caravan around the Finger Lakes with a designated driver whose fee for staying sober on the vino escapades is a bottle from each winery on trail. Roughly a group of 15 should expect to pay 20 per person rental and gas. Feeling fancy and want to hit the trail with style ? Hire a limo service and have the transportation be part of the experience.Rates start about 400 per car which fits 10 people for 4 hours rental. Its the pricier option but no one has to stay sober this way.

Technicalities aside now comes the sampling part.

  • Wagner Vineyards is a two in one combo- winery and brewery. Its outdoor deck offers stunning views of the sparkling lake. Must try is the Riesling which is award winning. Not enough of a connoisseur to know what that means ? Riesling is a white grape variety that makes dry semi sweet and sparkling wines. Its also CNY trademark wine.
  • Ventosa tries its best to make you forget that your in CNY and whisk you away to Tuscany.  Gold star for their admirable efforts. Its cafe also offers tasty treats inspirited by a Mediterranean palate. Boozed up tummies will appreciate a snack by this point in the trail.
  • 3 Brothers Wineries is the optimum deal for scoring the most booze for your buck. Buy a passport and drink up at two wineries and two breweries. Each tasting room comes with its own personality but Bagg Dare with its back woods swamp vibe leaves an impression. The dirt road which follows allures visitors with its rustic voodoo charm and endless Instragram photo opps.
  • Silver Springs while lacking in atmosphere makes up for it with a kooky bartender and sweet berry wine combos that will overindulge taste buds. My unquenchable desire for sweets found its match, needless to say this winery gets my highest recommendation.

Excited, ready to go? Want to book a tour ? Word of warning most places advise to call ahead of time for large groups but our rowdy group never did get turned away.

Don’t forget the van wine which should always be the cheapest bottle they sell. Why ? Because what’s better than sipping on more wine on route to the next winery.

End the tasting with a siesta on one of the patios overlooking the lake and remember a day spent drinking the ancient gods gift to humanity is a day well spent for the soul.

The Finger Lakes Wine trail is a lush summer excursion away from the Euclid block.

-Tedi Doychinova

Each Sunday, some of our proud, intelligent, scholarly Syracuse students are seen doing the annual walk of shame. Now don’t deny it, we’ve all done it or will do it at some point, but on the bright side, we most likely won’t see the person or remember the dude the next day. Well unless you’re “Annie.”

Annie, the typical Syracuse girl with a Northface and Longchamp bag, is a good friend of mine and until I met her, I always thought that the awkward walk of shames were terrible.

Annie has a type of hilarious luck that I can’t pin point, but whenever it happens she calls it, “God’s Comedy Show.” Now, to explain Annie’s hilarious run-ins, it’s not the casual one run-in incident your thinking of, oh no. Annie had hooked up with less than about six guys on campus the whole year, but yet, on a regular day she would run into them about two to three times and it would be worse each time.

After meeting Annie, I realized that those run-ins, though memorable, are better just avoided.  In honor of these run-ins, Annie and I have made five simple rules that will help you avoid or handle these impromptu moments of awkwardness and keeping your dignity:

RULE #1: “Just wear a paper bag over your head.”- If wearing a paper bag over your head, cut holes so you don’t look too weird, then if about to hookup, the hookup will never see your face and you’re in luck.

RULE #2: “Be as casual as possible”: DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT point, laugh, run, scream, “OH SHIT,” when you are around the hookup’s presence.

RULE #3: “Act as though they don’t exist”: Example A: HOOKUP: “Oh hey Annie, remember me? We fucked.”  Annie: “Who are you? I don’t know, you’re invisible.”

RULE #4: “The earlier the better”: The second it hits dawn, get your ass out of that house so you both can forget what you guys looked like. This is where that old saying, “don’t look down” comes in handy.

RULE #5: “Have a sense of humor about it, cause let’s be honest it’s funny…but sad.” Laugh about it in your head, this is college. To help this process, simply and softly just say to yourself, “YOLO!”

-Lakota Gambill

So you like to eat, right? Yeah me too. Foods good. Since we’ve established you like food, you’re stuck in ‘cuse and need something to do this coming weekend, you should probably head down to Clinton Square and check out Taste of Syracuse. It’s happening this Friday and Saturday from 11am til 11pm both days, oh, and it’s free – to get in and do things, I’m sure you’ll have to pay for food. There is going to be three stages with an assload of bands playing too. I did my best to find out some info on some of them, but it wasn’t easy. It seems like it’s mostly local bands you’d find playing at Empire Brewing – except for .38 Special, that’s the big draw.

Some of the other bands are:
The Goonies
Hobo Graffiti
Dead End
Three Inch Fury
…and more 

Maybe the music isn’t your thing, that’s cool, there’s other stuff to do as well. You can check out the Watkins Glen show cars, take a spin in one of the car simulators, or play a friendly game of cornhole.

For more information check out the Taste of Syracuse webpage which is conveniently linked here.

If none of that tickles your fancy, you can always check out the Dairy Goat Breeders Annual Show at the fairgrounds…


On a day where the sun is shining and the ground is glistening with droplets of sweat, both tourists and locals make their way to the infamous park that hugs the Sea of Marmara. Just across the Bosphorus on the Asian side of Istanbul, where the streets are more crowded and less organized, if at all possible – the park is alive with smokers and alcoholics and of course those with neither a bottle or a full pack of cigarettes.

Families with their children, friends with friends, and couples linking arms all sprawl in the grass – everyone enjoying each other’s company while watching active persons along the water. Too cold to swim, people rollerblade and few run while others pass a frisbee. A similar dynamic as the quad on Syracuse’s campus, cliques of people form like patches on the grass. Unlike the quad however, visitors and tourists raid the local food market before entering the park and come fully stocked with bottles of wine and packs of Marlboros.

On a day when I visited, it was ‘national pillow-fight day’ and a meager forty participants flocked an area away from the water. Feather pillows in hand, individuals pummeled one another while bits of cotton and feathers covered the ground. The only downfall was the fistfight that I stumbled upon afterwards – perhaps the idea of a real fight was enticing.

Despite the occasional quarrel, it’s a pleasant atmosphere compared to the always-busy streets and the hectic traffic. Although the air still has a faint cigarette perfume that lingers, the wind helps to clear the dense pollution and the stench. People spend a leisurely day at the park, reveling in a natural environment with active individuals, which isn’t a sight regularly seen in Istanbul.

By the end on the afternoon, visitors flee to the nearby cafes, while those who have had too much to drink wander back to the busy streets to catch a ride with the ‘dolmus’ – yellow taxi-vans that run like buses. Faces are colored by the sun and recycling bins are full to the brim with wine bottles and beer cans. Ferries continue across the Bosphorus; before returning to the busy life on the European side, the sun sets and Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque glisten as reminders of the charm that makes Istanbul so unique.

-Beatrice Schachenmayr

Small but efficient, unsweetened or a little tart, it’s a satisfying thirst and conversation quencher. Similar to Starbucks’ most popular “caramel macchiato,” Turkish tea can not be resisted.

Served in a tulip-shaped glass vase, it is prepared with two kettles – the larger kettle on the bottom heats the water to a boil while the smaller, top kettle is used to seep the tea to desired strengths. Not dependent on the machine to steam the milk and stir the contents, Turkish tea is a simple and an enjoyable delight.

The fake customer-barista relationship that forms when you are asked for your name when ordering a “caramel macchiato” doesn’t exist. The repetitive decorations of green wallpaper and wooden furniture that line every Starbucks interior with an essence of naturalness isn’t seen either. Rather, the teahouses in Istanbul are ornamentally decorated with unique charms from different centuries, the necessary ashtray, glass lanterns that suspend from the ceilings, and small tables fit for only two. Interaction between customer and barista is more of a friendly greeting and the atmosphere is often more inviting too.

For thousands of years, tea has been an essential part of the Turkish culture. Domestically sustained on the eastern coast of the Black Sea, it is an ideal product to ritualize upon without the worrying of expense for importation. Similar to the growing Starbucks that hasn’t yet managed to sneak onto ever corner of Istanbul, Turkey’s tea market, too is expanding. Most popular in the 20th century, Turkey has become among the largest of tea markets in the world.

-Beatrice Schachenmayr