Monthly Archives: November 2013

Contradiction of the Century: The Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2013 | Author: Vikki Feggulis

This time of year is, without fail, always when everyone finds out/realizes/remembers I’m a vegetarian. See also: carb-itarian, “bad hunter” and this:

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DOWN WITH THE VEGGIES!

These people say all sorts of lovely things to me…

“Enjoy your tofurky, loser!”
“Hope ya like brussell sprouts, freak show!”
“Have a nice break!”

So hurtful. Especially that last one.

A lot of people assume vegetarians on Thanksgiving are either dining like rabbits or eating tofurkey in a commune while wearing a beret and smelling heavily of patchouli.

I don’t even own a beret.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a veggie and non-veggie idea for the upcoming holiday. The non-veggie idea is peace offering. (</3)

Vegetarian Delight: Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes Made with REAL FOOD!
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Greatist posted this great list earlier in the week to break the tofurkey stereotype. I think it’s helping! (I also think I’m going to gain 400 pounds this year because I am making every single one of these.)

Omnivorian* Leftover Takeover: Pumpkin Turkey Chili
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This recipe is from Tone It Up and is really good and creative! The pumpkin makes the chili creamier and the cinnamon at the end (weird, I know) gives the chili some sweet heat. Don’t knock it ’til ya try it. (I tried a turkey-less version last year. It was really good!)
* I made that word up.

See, vegetarians aren’t so bad, now are they? (Except to the poor defenseless veggies. DIE, VEGGIE, DIE R.I.P.)

For you:
What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner?
CARBS. Those flaky, peel-able biscuit things account for approximately 98% of my Thanksgiving meal.
Do you eat a lot of veggies? Or do you consider corn and tomato sauce your favorite vegetables?
Judgment-free zone.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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The Great Mac & Cheese Debate – Elbows or Shapes?

Nov 25, 2013 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

photos & backgrounds2Almost any kid growing up in America enjoyed the iconic blue box of mac and cheese as a main food group. We loved its neon orange hue, the creamy sauce, and bountiful noodles. It’s quite likely that, while growing up, your mother was often frustrated when she’d prepare an elaborate, home-cooked meal, and yet you’d whine for boxed mac and cheese instead.

Some of us have grown out of that favorite childhood food, but many of us, myself included, have not. Even as my culinary tastes have matured, and I’ve become somewhat of a food snob who adores a good homemade mac and cheese, I still think there’s something inexplicably delectable about classic boxed mac and cheese.

However, I have one major criteria that must be met when I pick up a box at the store: it’s got to be the shaped kind. Over the years, I’ve seen Scooby Doo, Spongebob, Monsters Inc., Spiderman, and more formed into pasta and packed into my favorite blue box. I can’t quite explain it, but I think these shaped ones taste so much better than the elbow macaroni. They hold onto more cheese sauce in all their nooks and crannies. In fact, I probably wouldn’t even bother buying the elbow kind.

But that’s just my opinion. Many people feel the exact opposite. If you talk to my sister, she’ll say elbows all the way. So, I started wondering if there were more people out there who are diehard elbow fans, or if most people prefer the shapes.

I asked a few staff and students what their thoughts were on the mac & cheese matter. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Chris Leogrande, director of media relations, said she prefers Velveeta shells over any Kraft mac and cheese, but her son has to have the Kraft shapes, particularly the Spongebob ones.
  • Victoria, a junior public relations major, says she has to have elbows.
  • Kevin Waldron, assistant director of publications, likes to buy an organic version of the Kraft elbows, but even as a kid, he preferred the elbows, and an occasional spiral.
  • Image production assistant Jamie Callari’s vote was for shapes, but she says she also likes the spiral varieties. She said if she’s going to have the elbows, then they’ve got to be a fun flavor variety.
  • Tyler Gardinier, a senior public relations major, said it’s definitely got to be the shapes.

I don’t know folks, but it sounds to me like shapes are the winner here, and I of course agree whole-heartedly. But this was only a small sample of people’s opinions, so tell me, what do you prefer: Kraft macaroni and cheese elbows or shapes?

To Toot or Not to Toot.

Nov 22, 2013 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

You do it. I do it. We all do it. And girls, you have no one fooled, you do it too.

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I’m talking about farting, passing gas, cutting the cheese, ripping one, killing the canary, letting one fly, cracking one, cutting one loose or any other colorful euphemism of your choice. Like other taboos it is frowned upon to openly discuss, which makes for many uncomfortable experiences. The closest you can get to any kind of recognized gas passing is participating in or witnessing fart fests with your bros, in which each guy tries to add to the hilarity and depravity of the event by attempting to toot louder and more impressively than all those before. All this teaches us is that it is okay to fart in public as long as you do so more loudly and offensively than the person before you. Allow me to clarify, no it is not.

As natural and universal as it is, flatulence is still widely met with disdain. Thus, all of us tooters are forced to hide in dark corners and areas down wind from those who love us. And so I declare a revolution- I will arm each and every one of you with a definitive guide in guerrilla rectal warfare.

The first step is recognizing what type of toot you deliver. These generally fall into one of four categories.

1. SBS (Silent But Scentless): Gaseous buildup rarely bothers these types as they can dispense their fumes at will without fear of ever being caught as they leave no audible or olfactory evidence. If you belong to this group then consider yourself among the colonically gifted. People in this group have been getting away with tooting since the beginning of time.

2. SBD (Silent But Deadly): People in this category can be likened to ninjas. Silently drifting among us unnoticed then leaving behind a wasteland in their trail.  If you are part of this group then you have quickly learned the value, to steal a phrase, of “the fart and depart”. Your survival has been down to your keen sense of timing. Different strategies will be reviewed later.

3. LAP (Loud And Proud): These farts are loud, jolly and harmless. They are a joyous occasion to behold; just think of a baby giggling and innocently letting a fart out,  aw so cute! However given the general disgust society has for all breed of fart, people in this category are usually among the most troubled due to the loud nature of their toots.

4. LAF (Loud and Foul): These are the most pompous and pretentious of farts. Offensive and brazen, they are almost always met with immediate disgust. They are as rancid in smell as they are repugnant sounding. This guide is especially for you.

Here are some strategies and things to consider for each type of tooter:

For SBS’s: Get outta here. Quit bragging, no one likes a show off.

For SBD’s: Cardio and High Intensity Interval Training are your best friend. You’ll need the speed and endurance to make a hasty exit once you have done your business. Leave before anyone has noticed what you have done. Or if you have more sadistic tendencies, pick someone nearby to be a scapegoat- the sweaty and overweight are perfect. If you are sitting, lean to one side and lift one cheek off the surface you are seated on to ensure a smooth passageway for your flatulence to travel, this is necessary so the stench does not hang on you. Start to take notice at the same time as someone else, pinch your nose and fan the air in front of your face with an expression of discomfort and make a sly, sarcastic comment along the lines of, “Someone had mexican last night.” Works. Every time.

For LAP’s and LAF’s: Setting is key. Since sound is an issue, the louder the setting the better. Bars and clubs are your allies. With factors such as reverberation and resonance likely to be mistaken for that absolutely kickin’ bass, it is an obnoxious tooters dream land. LAP’s, you may wish to employ the sit and lean technique I described earlier, but heed this warning- when sharing a booth or bench with others vibrations can give you away, so plan accordingly. Strong wind also makes for excellent cover and as long as you stand downwind of your peers, you shall go undetected.

This intestinal guerrilla warfare shall continue until we learn to embrace our bodies and their functions. Until we accept this we will exist in limbo, neither accepting nor rejecting our true human nature. Leaving unidentified odors wafting in the air, lonely, unclaimed and stinky.

 

Culture Shock 2.0: Ridiculous Questions I’ve Been Asked as a Foreigner

Nov 22, 2013 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

I’ve been told that, as an international student, I am an ambassador for my country, an educator if you will. I accept both of these roles graciously, and I am always happy to share information and insights with anyone willing to listen.

However, I’ve been asked too many questions that border on ridiculous and negligent.  In an attempt to clear up some of the mystery surrounding my origins (And point and make fun of some of the more ridiculous questions), I will share some of the most common and ludicrous questions I’ve been asked.

Note: These are all real questions I’ve been asked by students in my three years here. Pinky promise.

Did you see lions on the way to school? Given the reputation for animal tourism that countries in Africa have attained, this is completely understandable (Just as I assume that kangaroos roam the streets of Australia, just hopping about). However, lions and other wildlife are often secluded to wild and rural areas. They tend to avoid people and occasionally will come into contact with farmers and their livestock (Cows tend to make delicious and easy prey). Next one.

Did you have a door? What? Firstly, this is so randomly specific I can’t even begin to understand what would lead someone to wonder about this. Maybe this person had their doors removed from their bedroom as some sort of punishment for bad behavior and, in their desolate and self-pitying state, their friends reassured them by telling them that kids in Africa grew up without doors all the time and turned out just fine. I digress, but seriously though, what? Yes, of course we had doors. And windows. And roofs. And EVEN FURNITURE!! Mind blowing, I know.

Are you two from the same tribe? This question was directed to me (Ethiopian) and one of my Nigerian teammates. The response to which was a blank stare and a somewhat gaped jaw. This question was asked in locker room after practice where banter and obscenities are thicker than the air. This question managed to elicit complete and utter silence. Perhaps the rest of them were just wondering the same thing. But alas, no. Our countries are separated by half the continent and thousands of miles.

Did you have an elephant? I’ll take blame when it is deserved. This question stemmed from a rumor that I (In my devious ways) had devised for my own amusement. It started off when I had a picture posted on facebook of me feeding an elephant. Someone then asked me if they ate a lot, and “whew, they must be expensive to feed”. Instead of taking my usual course and explaining some of the stereotypes of Africa aren’t necessarily always true, I decided that some fun was to be had out of this situation. So I named my elephant Rosie and always shared stories of how gentle and friendly she was, how she would always give me rides to far away villages and so on.

Disclaimer: I don’t actually have an elephant, and I didn’t live in a village.

Did you go to school in trees? This person obviously had some pretty weird misconceptions about the schooling system in Africa. I mean how impractical would it be to have to go to school in a tree? Would you have to walk (swing) to other classes? Would each class be on a different branch? If so, how many students could you fit onto a single branch? Logistics, man; there are just too many technical issues to figure out here.

Did you have to kill a lion when you were 13 to prove you were a man? I attribute this question to the commonly told story of the Maasai. The Maasai are a remote tribe in Kenya who are famous for their picturesque dressing and rites of passage. One of these rituals involves boys from the ages of 10-15 grouping up and hunting a male lion with only spears to prove their bravery and fearlessness. Fortunately (for the lion), I never endured such a test of my brittle.

How’d you speak English so good? Went to an international school, listened.

Doesn’t it take long to get home?  Yes, two 7 hour flights.

Are you Indian? I’m Ethiopian, but I can understand the confusion. Ethiopians have a distinct set of physical features that are atypical of  most of Africa (Barring Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti). These include but are not limited to: fairer complexions, high cheek bones, large foreheads, thin noses and large eyes.

Ethiopia in Map of Africa

 

On the Run: Rayhill Memorial Trail (and some tough-run tips)

Nov 20, 2013 | Author: Vikki Feggulis

Anddd we’re back! Welcome to post #3 for the On the Run!. Today, we’re venturing a bit outside of Utica to explore. In fact, on this run, you cross through four towns all without going very far! What can I say? I am a world traveler.

I will forewarn that this entire loop is between 10 and 11 miles, which I realize is enough for some people to demand I be incarcerated for cruel and unusual punishment. That being said, there is a parking lot smack in the middle of the trail, so driving there is an option. A totally worth-it option.

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The trail actually starts just over two miles from campus next to New Hartford’s Consumer Square, so you could totally park at the strip mall and head out from there. I won’t tell.

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From here, you follow the trail as it takes you along 840 westbound and onto Middle Settlement Road.

IMAG1755Fun fact #1: all great photography also captures the fingers of the photographer.

Hang a right at the light and you’ll find the entrance to the rest of the trail.

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Those of you from the area probably think I’m a little weird/sheltered, but we really don’t have any nice trails near me in New Jersey. It has really made me appreciate that places like this exist!

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IMAG1764Look. At. The. Ice. WHY???? (Winter and I don’t get along.)

IMAG1769BEAVERS! (I think. I need at least six more trips to the Syracuse Zoo before I can even attempt to figure any of that out.)

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Cross Clark Mills Road and you’ll find…..

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Eventually, the black-top trail ends and you’ll hang a right at the traffic light and continue up the sidewalk.

IMAG1774I love the tree in this picture. Fun fact #2: in May when the tree is in full bloom, you have to tuck and roll to go through. Or, like, go around. But what fun is that?

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Can we talk about the two little Egyptian tributes in this park?? Every time I run by, I always wonder how that conversation must have gone…

We’ve gotta decorate the park. Maybe a jungle gym or a sand box–
Sphinx statues!

Running gives me lots of time to think about things no one should ever think about.

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You’ll be on this path for a while. Enjoy the quiet.

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Once you pass an elementary school, you’ll turn right onto Henderson Street. There’s no sidewalk here, so run against traffic. The side of the road/grass has plenty of space!

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And from here, it’s basically a big loop. Cross Commercial Drive (use the crosswalk buttons!! Do not play frogger.) and go up Burrstone Road back to campus. Seeing one of these at the very end of an 11-mile run is always wonderful.

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Hills of doom, ladies and gents. Hills of doom.

While I know the run is a bit long for some, there are some serious perks with this route. Aside from the pretty scenery and the fact there’s almost always someone walking their dog (PUPPIES), the trail is consistently plowed and salted. Even in February after blizzards and freezing rain have turned every other sidewalk in a 45-mile radius to a pit of misery, this trail will be waiting.

A lot of people (i.e. my mother) ask me how I get through any run, especially the long ones. My secret weapon is this:

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I listen to a loop of Jillian Michaels screaming obscenities at me. Works wonders.

KIDDING! Jillian Michaels has a great fitness/nutrition/life advice podcast that you can download for free from iTunes! It’s full of great information, conversational and usually has me cackling in the middle of my run. All alone. In the middle of the woods. This is also a great tactic for ensuring strangers think you’re mentally unstable and do not want to talk to you. It’s a win-win!

If I’ve already listened to Jillian’s weekly podcast, I jump to NPR’s Wait, Wait! Don’t Tell Me!, which is a hilarious news quiz show. The show helps me get up-to-date on current news in a really unique and entertaining format. Wait, Wait! is also available for free on iTunes.

Best way to end a run? Pain and torment, obviously.

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Hurts so good.

Some questions for you:
Do you like paved trails/sidewalks? Or are you more of a traditional, gravel-and-mud trail person?

What’s your favorite thing to listen to during a run?
Podcasts, e-books, songs/albums.. whatever! I’m always looking for ideas :-)

Have you ever used that doo-hickey (technical term. Also known as a foam roller) in the last picture? Do you weep every time or is that just me?
Just me? Ok, cool.

 

33 International students on the most surprising things about America/Canada.

Nov 19, 2013 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

As an international student, the question ‘Where are you from?’ is often met with astonishment and surprise. Generally speaking, American students are very excited to learn about students from other countries and the quirks and eccentricities of their cultures. However, not many consider how foreign and bizarre American culture can appear to visiting foreigners. So for your education and entertainment, I have compiled a list of responses to the question, “What was the most surprising thing about America/Canada when you came here for school?”

  1. M . 22. Ukraine. Bathroom attendants.
  2. F. 21. Ukraine. That it is a financial strain to eat healthy.
  3. F. 19. Lebanon. Portion sizes.
  4. M. 24. Montenegro. Twerking*.
  5. M. 19. Ethiopia. The cold weather.
  6. M. 19. Scotland. Drive-thru pharmacies.
  7. F . 22. Finland. Lack of sidewalks.
  8. M. 24. Ghana. Racism.
  9. M. 22. Nigeria. Buffalo wings, what the hell is going on? Bagels and cream cheese, I loved it. Unlimited pizza. Ice machines.
  10. F. 23. Finland. The food is tasteless. Not enough hot guys.
  11. M. 24. Saudi Arabia. Four seasons.
  12. M. 18. Albania. The parties.
  13. M. 19. Zambia. The girls are crazy.
  14. F. 21. Myanmar. Competitive spirit.
  15. M.  22. Saudi Arabia. Girls wearing pajamas in class.
  16. M. 19. Argentina. So many different cultures.
  17. F. 23. Ethiopia. Seeing white people doing construction and janitorial jobs.
  18. M. 20. Tanzania. High cost of living, high multiculturalism, high Catholic religiosity, conservatism.
  19. F. 22. Kenya. Opportunities for people of all ages.
  20. F. 21. Gambia. People getting annoyed at calling fries, chips, calling soccer football and calling parking lots car parks.
  21. F. 24. Rwanda. Lack of privacy, lack of boundaries.
  22. M. 23. Kenya. Girls being harder to hook up with [Than they show in movies].
  23. M. 24. Finland. People dressed like bums in class. People being so polite.
  24. F. 22. Finland. There’s not that many fat people. People here are so nice.
  25. F. 24. Finland. Healthier food.
  26. M. 22. Egypt. Subway more prominent than McDonald’s.
  27. M. 21. Ghana. Cupcakes being 2/3rds frosting and 1/3 cupcake.
  28. F. 22. Kenya. The obsession with trends.
  29. F. 20. Kenya. Adjusting to the South’s slang and accent.
  30. M. 22. Kenya. The friendliness of the people.
  31. M. 22. Zimbabwe. The hotness of the women.
  32. F. 18. Eritrea. Everything is huge.
  33. M. 22. Zimbabwe. How relaxed everyone is in regards to drugs in Vancouver.

*By far, the most common response to this question was twerking. My personal response to this question would have been, like many above me (Removed for the sake of redundancy), twerking. Having grown up in a fairly Western household, and having visited the US twice before I came to university here, I was quiet familiar with American culture. However, the one phenomenon I had not been exposed to was twerking. For those that do not know what twerking is click on the hyper-linked text.

My first contact (Literally) with twerking came in the form of an abrupt collision. I was a freshman attending a fraternity party off-campus. There in that dim-light basement I made my way through the crowd of people only to be struck square in the thigh by a rogue shoulder. Astonished and bemused as to why a shoulder had hit me in the middle of my leg, I looked down to see a scantily dressed young woman engaging in the aforementioned act on another even more scantily dressed woman, who in turn was twerking on a rather pleased looking gentleman. I was dumbfounded by the level of efficiency displayed in such a depraved act. It was after collecting my lower jaw off the floor, I realized that I had just received my very own culture shock.

Being an RA is really, really fun sometimes.

Nov 15, 2013 | Author: Vikki Feggulis

They told me I was crazy.

When I mentioned to friends and coworkers what I was planning on doing, they called me a looney. Told me it was madness. I must be ill!

What exactly did I do, you ask?
I, voluntarily, took 16 18-year-olds on a six-hour trip to the mall. And it was AWESOME.

As I mentioned in my first post, I’m an RA for a themed community for first-year students. Whereas the zoo trip went along with the ULive floor theme for biology majors, this trip was for my own community: UBalance. In UBalance, we focus on healthy living from head-to-toe.

So when my partner-in-crime and fellow UBalance RA Sam came to me with an idea to take our floors to Destiny USA for the ropes course, WonderWorks and shopping (in the name of mental health and learning, of course), I was all for it.

On Wednesday, we loaded up two 12-passenger vans and set out for Syracuse.

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Destiny USA is pretty overwhelming. It’s basically four thousand stories and has every store/restaurant you could ever need (except a Chipotle. I am still sad about this.)

But even the open-plan, enormous, fully Christmas-ified interior of the mall didn’t make me half as hysterical as this did:
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This is where the fun begins.

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WonderWorks is probably the coolest place I’ve ever been. I don’t want to ruin the surprises, but they have a lot of neat things like anti-gravity space machines, roller coaster simulators, a BUBBLE LAB and lots of other exhibits. But, in order to get to the WonderWorks exhibits, I had to conquer a few fears.

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If you’ve been to Destiny USA, you’ve no doubt noticed the 7-year-olds sprinting from obstacle to obstacle above your head while parents cling to support ropes and mutter obscenities. Kidding. Kinda. If you’ve never been, you’re walking across various rope and beam obstacle while suspended over anywhere between 1-3 floors of the mall, depending on the part of the course.

We were all very excited. Especially these two.
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This is George and Kelsey showing off their “very-excited”/”we-are-totally-not-about-to-die” faces.

It was a lot of fun! You never actually unclip from the beam your harness is attached to like with some ropes courses, so after exploring for a bit, everyone gets daring. I did a few obstacles with no hands!

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Picture included because this girl looks eerily just like me. But it’s not me. But it could be. So that’s weird. 
Also, pro tip: Don’t wear converse when attempting the course. I almost slipped to my doom a few times.

Everyone pretty much had free reign, which is part of the reason I thought this trip went so well! You could spend a little time on the ropes course, browse WonderWorks, eat, shop–whatever!

Or, you could do what me and Cody did, which was get froyo and then scour the mall to find his face. Success.
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He is so cool.

Overall, it was a great trip! Living on campus can have drawbacks (I still miss/talk to my mom basically everyday), but I’ve been able to do a lot of awesome things that I never would’ve been able to do otherwise! Exploring the area has expanded my knowledge on a lot of things, too! Like, for instance, I now think ropes courses should be mandatory in all malls. All of them. It is our RIGHT. Well, not really, but I want it.

The great thing about this trip was that everyone that attended is part of the UBalance community. In a themed community, you have the opportunity to do things you’re really, truly interested in with people you connect with outside of the fact you attend the same school. It’s like forcing people to be your friend!!! Except significantly more successful than when I try to do it.

Living at UC, you’re really close to a lot of great places. It would be a shame to never see them, right?

Ok, it’s your turn!
Are you a fan of ropes courses? If you’ve never tried one, would you?
Have you ever visited WonderWorks before?
Do you like Cody’s glamour shot on that banner?!? Because I do.

Interview with Chef Art

Nov 14, 2013 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

Every time you enjoy food from the Dining Commons, there’s a chance tha Executive Chef Art had something to do with it. Whether its setting up out front and preparing sushi while enjoying sake shots with students or taking requests and making authentic Indian cuisine for his vegetarian patrons, he remains busy as ever. I sought him out in his office to find out more about the man that has my taste buds dancing.

Where are you from? I grew up in South Utica. I grew up about a mile and a half away from here. I used to come here as a kid to go swimming in the pool. I used to go to basketball games, listened to WPNR; they used to have good music back then.

Did you eat your veggies? Pretty much. It was different from now. When I grew up you had one meal for dinner, and if you didn’t eat that, you pretty much didn’t eat. I have kids now, so when they want something a little different, I’ll make it. Back then, if you didn’t like it, then fine, but you were asked to try it. That’s why I tried everything and I like everything.

Where did you get your training? I was lucky enough to work with some very talented people; I always tried to learn something from them. I worked for a catering company for a while, which made it easier for me to do a number of things, whether it was working a bah mitzvah, to doing backyard barbecues, to doing wedding receptions, to doing breakfast/lunch/dinner items, to doing cocktail parties so a wide variety of things.

When did you know you wanted to be a chef? I think it was in 1988. I went to school for advertising and communications. After I  graduated, I spent a summer in Nantucket. I worked in a restaurant out there and it just worked. It was fun, I enjoyed it. Instead of selling advertising and putting stuff in magazines or print or billboards or radio, you use that creative outlet to put things on a plate. It’s a little bit more intimate. If I prepare you a meal, it’s more intimate than seeing an ad on a billboard. You can use your creative outlets in the same way. Also if you work in a restaurant, you eat well. The subculture that came after work was fun.

What do you mean by “subculture?” When you work in a restaurant, it’s busy. You work until midnight, so in those late night hours, you go out with everyone you work with and unwind and hang out.

Favorite memory of food? My dad cooked a lot, particularly bread dough. There was a certain pan you put it in. Where I lived, there was a stool in front of the oven, so watching the bread rise, and cutting it and panning it and baking it… Just the smell of the fresh bread; every time, it takes me right back. We’d always go out and pick berries, digging up horseradish, looking for wild mushrooms. That was time spent with my dad that kind of had a relationship with food. You’re out there spending time with him and picking berries, and making preserves. Just that whole process from gathering to eating, it was always memorable.

Favorite equipment to use? [Drags out box of gadgets and equipment] Pretty straight forward, I don’t have too many but I like this hand held immersion blender, this fresh juice squeezer, microplane for zesting. I like the blender for smoothies, sauces, dressings or soup; its always my go to thing. I used to have a coffee grinder, and I used to heat the spices up and blend them in there, like black pepper, cardamom, coriander seeds and you’d open it up and whoof; it kinda excites.

And your favorite food to make? Pretty much all of them. If you ask me to cook Italian food, or Asian food, or American comfort food, or Spanish/Latin food – I’m pretty much open to everything. I enjoy cooking them all.

Funniest kitchen incident? Uhm. I don’t know. I guess the camaraderie we had with the staff. You never play with service, and a kitchen is not the best place to prank people, with all the knifes and heat and grease.

Fair enough, any advice for aspiring chefs? Yeah, be a dentist. [Laughs]. You work 3 days a week, and half days at that. But yeah, be simple and don’t be afraid to try new things. I always try to keep it simple, and just realize it’s not easy. People see these chefs on TV, but in reality, it’s not that glamorous. It’s an 80-hour work week, and you’re working weekends and nights and holidays. It’s more difficult than you anticipate, like everything.

 

In case all this talk about food has got your imagination and taste buds going, here’s 100 cheap and easy recipes for all you dorm chefs out there.

Are You Stuck?

Nov 14, 2013 | Author: Matty Campos

I was working on a lab report all day before I finally finished it around 4 in the afternoon. I just closed out the window on my laptop when I got a call on my cell phone.

Matty: Hello?

Caller: Yeah, um, this is Matty right? The guy with the Jeep?

Matty: Uh, yeah… who’s this?

Caller: Its Kyle, from North Hall.

Matty: Yeah, what’s up dude?

Kyle: Are you busy right now? I kinda need your help.

Matty: Okay… what’s up?

Kyle: Well, we are kinda stuck right now, and we can’t get out. We were hoping you could come pull us out.

Matty: Stuck?

Kyle: Yeah! Stuck in the mud, like OD. There are two of us Jeeps out here.

Matty: Haha! Where are you?

Kyle: Albert Woodford Forest. Near Waterville

I pulled up Google Maps on my laptop and typed in the name. The forest was just a few miles south from Utica. I decided it wasn’t too far away.

Matty: Okay, but it’s going to take me about half an hour to get to you. Is that alright?

Kyle: Dude, you are a life saver! We have been stuck for like an hour and we have tried everything.

They called me at the perfect time. I had just finished all my work for the day and was about to walk over to the Dining Commons to see what they were going to have for dinner. But playing in the mud a little sounded way more fun, especially after staring at a computer screen for so many hours.

I decided to give my friend Courtney a call to see if she wanted to come along for the ride. Lucky for me, she was also done with her work for the day and was looking for something to do. I left North Hall in the Jeep, swung by Bell Hall to pick her up, and we were on our way to Waterville. On the way, she snapped a few photos. It was a beautiful drive! photo

After driving up a muddy trail, this is what we came up on!photo (6)photo (5)photo (3)photo (4)

 

This is Kyle prepping one of the tow straps to hook on to his bumper.photo (1)

It was a little tough, but we managed to pull both of those guys out of the mud. They were in there pretty deep, too. They had driven into a small creek bed that was flowing with melted snow, and had accumulated into a huge mud puddle. Although it was cold, and my Jeep and I both got a little muddy, it was worth the mini-adventure. But the best part is, now the guys owe me Chinese take-out!photo (2)

Just some cool things.

Nov 13, 2013 | Author: Vikki Feggulis

Today, I’d like to share some cool things from my week. I feel like we are friends, and you are therefore obligated to care. (Plus, I have a super cool post coming atcha tomorrow or Friday. No hints this time though :-))

Cool Thing #1
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I had the opportunity to visit WRCU 90.1FM (Colgate’s college radio station) so we could trade hit clips and gossip share ideas and start collaborating on some things! This is one of the areas they archive CDs. Yes, one. Also, those shelves move. Mind = blown. (P.S. tell me someone remembers hit clips?!! I am old.)

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UC offices seriously have the best PR. Who doesn’t need (read: want) a squishy moose figurine?? Exactly.

Cool Thing #3
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The car knows that it’s WPNR!!!! (Top left corner) I got really excited when I saw this.

Cool Thing #4
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Photo courtesy of Mike McDougall’s Twitter.
I had the opportunity to attend the PRSA Northeast District Conference this past Thursday! It was a wonderful experience, as always. The keynotes were fabulous, and the speakers at each session were unique and informing. I had a great time!
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Plus, they named the conference in conjunction with having lots of food-related speakers…
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…which is obviously 3000 percent A-OK with me.

Cool Thing #5
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Photo courtesy of CBS News.
The FDA is finally trying to remove trans fats from food!! This is ridiculously cool. My inner label-reading, health-nut, trans-fat hating self was delighted by this. My childhood would have been really empty without gushers (one of the trans-fat offenders), so it’s a little sad. But not really.

And finally…
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WPNR’s 2013 t-shirts are still probably the coolest things I’ve ever seen and therefore must be included.

Your turn…
Tell me some cool things about your week!!!