Posts Tagged ‘food’

Sometimes the idea of spending extra money on food seems as absurd as a Yankees and Red Sox fan being best friends. SU is a pretty damn expensive school, so extra money, for most, is as fictional as the fairy dust that made me fly as a kid.

But this weekend when I realized I needed more than scrambled eggs in my diet and that I needed to write this blog post, I took some visiting friends to Faegan’s. Although most notably known for it’s Flip Night, because what college student doesn’t love the possibility of drinking for free, Faegan’s Pub actually has really good food.

At Faegan’s you can have as good of a dinner as if you went to any place in Armory Square, but without waiting for over an hour and it’s within walking distance. The dishes on the table included chicken pot pie, a bleu cheese filled burger, quesadillas, and french onion soup. Claiming my job depended on it, I obviously tasted everyone’s dish.

The chicken pot pie had potatoes on the top instead of a crust, it was almost better than my grandma’s cooking, which is saying a lot because my grandma is a professional chef (in my family of course, not in life.. but same idea) The burger stuffed with bleu cheese was alright, but I don’t like bleu cheese so don’t trust my opinion in this matter. The guy who ordered in though, he had it finished in about 3.4 minutes so I’m guessing he really liked it. My dish was the quesadillas, I find it hard to not get them whenever I’m at Faegan’s. My professional opinion is that it’s the cumin and the sauteed chicken that really sets it apart from other quesadillas.

BUT my favorite dish of the night was the french onion soup.. O M G! I have never had french onion soup before, because I’ve always found it strange that people want to eat a bowl of onions, like hello! onion breath! Faegan’s you have changed my ming, it is now Wednesday and I am craving french onion, the same way Buffalo Bills fans are craving a winning season, I think the french onion soup may be a little easier to come by though.

As always it’s been a pleasure, sorry Buffalo fans but.. E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!

– Shelby Hilt

Study for five minutes. Procrastinate. Check Facebook. Nap. Study for real this time. Tweet about how much midterms suck #[insertsomethingsnarkyhere]. And then there is the inevitable realization: “shit, I’m hungry.”

For those “shit, I’m hungry” moments, No. 1 Kitchen is the perfect exam food that will never let you down. They somehow get your food to you even with multiple feet of snow on the ground, which, as we all know, can be anytime between October and May.

I do tend to find myself wondering whether or not they actually understand me when I tell them my address. They sometimes get Madison and Harrison confused, but when it does arrive to the right address, it’s like Manning’s three touchdown passes as the Broncos rolled over the Chargers this week, it’s MAGICAL.

My go-to is usually the steamed dumplings and house special fried rice (sophomore year, my two best friends went through a broccoli, chicken, and vegetable lo mein phase). But for the sake of blogging, I decided to shake it up this time. I ordered the Wonton Soup and General Tso’s chicken. Yum!

Thank you, No. 1, for not disappointing. The chicken was as comforting as Chinese food should be, although for you wimps out there, the spicy kick might leave you a little hot and bothered. However, the Wonton Soup was just what the doctor ordered for my soon to be all-nighter in Bird Library.

But that does it for this week’s Foodie review. I’m going to stop procrastinating and get some work done since my meal is gone.

– Shelby Hilt

Superfoods for the Healthy JERK

Posted: August 22, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health, VAULT -- archives
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We’ve all heard the rants and questions about the food pyramid and how you should eat every day, but lets face it – no one really pays attention to the food charts. Hell, as college students we’re lucky if we eat something other than bread and pastas.

If you’re like me, you research and find blogs about food and wellness, but saving recipes and suggestions on what you should be doing to your toolbar only goes so far. You actually have to put the food in your mouth and do it frequently, I know, we’re all still catching on to this.

To help you find easy and practical things to eat, I’ve made up a list of superfoods you can eat regularly that are tasty.

Don’t worry; these berries won’t cause an oompa-loompa-like reaction. In fact, they’re nutritional superstars, filled with fiber, vitamin C, and cancer-fighting compounds.Studies suggest blueberries may even improve memory.

Green Tea
This ages-old health secret has been used as a natural remedy for everything from cancer to heart disease! The secret to this delicious drink? Antioxidants! The main superhero here is Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, a phytochemical that slows irregular cell growth, which could potentially help prevent the growth of some cancers.

Vitamin C is the superstar of this superfood. Just one cup of these red beauties satisfies the daily requirement for vitamin C (74 milligrams per day for women, 90 for men)! Studies suggest the antioxidant helps build and repair the body’s tissues, boosts immunity, and fights excess free radical damage. And the vitamin C in strawberries could help promote healthy eye function.

These lil’ nuts are hiding lots of protein and fiber behind their earthy flavor and nutty crunch. Plus, they’re naturally cholesterol-free. A one-ounce serving of these nuts has almost as much potassium as one small banana.

Low in sugar and high in vitamins A and C, this summer treat is the prefect fresh, low-calorie snack. Studies suggest watermelon could also potentially lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And the lycopene in watermelon could help protect the body from UV rays and cancer.

There are several other superfoods out there but these are my favorites.

Snack on!

*all summaries courtesy of

-Brooke Leone

I’ma Bake You a Cake

Posted: July 7, 2012 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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It seems like somebody’s birthday is every other day this time of year. If I were rich (and not paying Syracuse tuition) I would love to go out and buy everybody a special gift. My wallet though, doesn’t think this is such a great idea. It is also embarrassing to pay for everything with tip money. I once counted out over $30 in one dollar bills and not surprisingly got some pretty nasty glares from the people in line behind me.

Instead of just buying a Wal-Mart card with a corny joke about how I am too cheap to buy a gift, I’ve decided to aim for people’s sweet tooth and not spend a dime. I do put some thought into it, though.

Exhibit A: My sister the Nutella nut.

She literally keeps a jar of it in her room and eats it with a spoon.  I knew we had some of it around the house, so for her birthday I decided to Google some Nutella dessert recipes.  The Bundt cake I decided to make  turned out to be a winner. The recipe is here if you have a friend or relative who is also in love with the gooey, hazelnut sensation with a birthday coming up. It’s also a great, easy dessert just for the hell of it because Nutella is delicious.

I actually used almost the entire container in the recipe, so I decided to melt some chocolate chips and mix it with about ½ cup peanut butter to frost the cake. If you like peanut butter, chocolate, and hazelnut, say hello to Heaven when you try this variation.

Exhibit B: My mom the health nut.

Coming up with her birthday treat was tricky because I know she loves cheesecake, but would probably just stare longingly if I actually went through all of the trouble to make it. So I had to get a bit creative. I thought about her favorite healthy snack. Pistachios. Lo and behold she had bought some instant pistachio pudding. Bingo. So I didn’t seem too lazy, I decided to make a graham cracker crust to put it in.

I just followed the directions on the back of the pistachio pudding recipe (I recommend using two packages) – the only difference was that I used Vanilla Almond milk instead of whole milk to please my health conscious mom. I actually think this gave it a much sweeter, more delectable flavor.  It was so good that I purposefully made more than enough filling and planned on saving it for myself, I ended up eating the entire bowl before it even entered the fridge. You can top the whole thing with Cool Whip if you desire and you aren’t as lazy as me. Here is an actual recipe as well if you like to be a bit more precise.

These deserts will make you and your wallet a little bit fatter, but it’s nothing a trip to the gym can’t cure. People may also appreciate the time you took to make them desert. Maybe even more so than if you just bought them something with that coupon you’ve been trying to get rid of.

-Shannon Hazlitt

As I finally unpacked my last bag in my off-campus house, my next task was heading to Wegmans to load up on groceries. As my mom and I (yes I still grocery shop with my mom, come at me) start browsing the produce section we begin to notice the outrageous prices. To buy a single cucumber you are paying almost $2, $3.99 for a small carton of strawberries and $5.99 per pound of cherries!

I cannot speak for the rest of you, but I am pretty sure that my parents don’t have a money tree in our back yard to finance my grocery bills, but that sure would be awesome if they did. So, as a Syracuse local I remembered that the farmers market takes place not too far from Carousel Mall and maybe their fresh produce will be more reasonably priced.

My assumptions were correct. I was able to purchase an assortment of fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables at half the price I was paying the day before at the Weg. If you, like myself, would rather support local farmers and help keep your wallet on the hefty side for other summer activities, head down to the farmer markets and stock up.

Within Syracuse there are two locations for the farmers market. The most common is the CNY Regional Market  located one block from Carousel Mall. Their hours are:

Thursday: 7:00AM – 2:00PM (May-November)
Saturday: 7:00AM – 2:00PM (Year Round)
Sunday: 7:00AM – 2:00PM (Year Round)

The second location is the Downtown Farmers Market, located in Clinton Square. The hours for this location are:

Tuesday: 7:00AM – 4:00PM (June-October 9th)

Don’t have a car? Don’t fret. Syracuse University’s Centro Bus system provides rides to both the Regional Market and to downtown Syracuse. To find the bus routes and times check out their website.

Bon Appetite!

-Chelsey Perry

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…


I have not left Syracuse since I came back for the fall semester in August, and I am ready to get the hell out of here–even if it is only for a few days. Although this longer Thanksgiving break came at the expense of not getting days off for religious holidays, I am thankful for the longer holiday. After going to the mall three times already this semester and heading to a football game, I have once again come to the realization that this town has absolutely nothing to offer for the city dweller that I am.

Thanks to Student Association for providing buses to the major cities along the East Coast. For those of us in this time zone not looking forward to the overcrowded Greyhound and Megabus, the convenience of hopping on a bus at Schine is better than spending 20 plus bucks for a cab or waiting for an unreliable Centro bus. As per usual, I will carry some reading material with me and not read a single page during my exodus from upstate New York.

I cannot wait to return to my hometown where I can choose from world class dining franchises, such as Bubba Gump Shrimp and TGI Friday’s in Times Square. I am looking forward to sophisticated homeless people who do not live on Marshall Street but rather call the A train home. Screw the Carousel Center, I will be free to shop from 59th Street all the way down to Soho. Ah, home here I come. Tourists, get the hell out of my way!

-Brysan Brown

Taking its cue from Starbucks, Panera Bread is beginning to pop up everywhere. The bakery/cafe will now open two more stores in the Syracuse area by the fall. One store will be opening in Auburn, but the location most SU students will care about is at Carousel Mall. Set to open Sept. 26, the Panera Bread in Carousel will be located on the first floor right across from Ruby Tuesday. Besides the fact that this opening will add another chain restaurant to Syracuse, there are three more reasons Jerk believes that a Syracuse Panera Bread is a good option.

Healthier options in the mall: When you go to Carousel for the day, your only options for lunch/dinner are fast and greasy food. Panera Bread offers fresh salads and lean sandwiches for those of us watching and caring about what we eat.

Warm soup on cold days: The soup options at Panera Bread are to die for, especially during the winter. A warm bowl of soup is usually just the thing I need when there is a blizzard brewing outside. While all the soups are good, the classic Chicken Noodle always does the trick and it is even better inside a bread bowl.

Free food: Or samples–call them what you like. Instead of going to the Chinese place for disgusting chicken, head over to Panera Bread. They always have a bowl for bread samples in the front of the store. If you need a little energy while shopping, take a piece or two and you’re good to go.

-Nicole Fisher

Whether you’re stuck in Syracuse for a month before school starts or looking forward to getting back to the Hill, everyone should check out the NY State Fair. Along with the same fantastic food, ridiculous rides and extraordinary exhibits, this year the fair will have some new features.

Upgrades: No more ride tickets. Yes, the NY State Fair has finally entered the 21st century. The FunCard, which functions like a ticket debit card, will replace all paper tickets this year. Usable for rides at the Midway and at Kiddieland, this is the first time the card will be used at a major fair in NY state.

Thrills: A new array of rides will satisfy the needs of adrenaline junkies and families alike. With rides like the Sky Flyer, The Happy Swing, Wind Jammer and Ali Baba, everyone is assured to have a great time. Check out the ride descriptions here.

Eat: If you’re looking for a heart attack, make sure to check out this year’s newest food creation: the Big Kahuna Donut Burger. Coming out to about 1,500 calories, this quarter-pound burger with grilled donuts as the bun costs about $5 or $6.

-Nicole Fisher

As a loyal South Campus resident and cheapskate, I shop at Tops. I’m often disappointed with the quality or prices of the produce, especially organic produce. Well, local resident and founder of Farmshed CNY, Neil Miller, has given us a solution. At the end of March, he released a Community Supported Agriculture Directory. This document provides a connection between CNY residents and local farmers. Each farmer within the directory will offer a kind of subscription package that provides customers with a plethora of tasty, local food. Some of the farmers will even strike a deal with you personally to grow the types of vegetables or other food you want. I’ve always wanted my own farm boy! I hope he looks like that dude from the Princess Bride

-Christina Sterbenz