Monthly Archives: January 2011

Lime Leaf Uptown Shuts Down

The outpost of Lime Leaf located at 108th Street and Broadway has closed its doors forever. My Upper West reports that the 72nd Street and Broadway location remains open for business. Continue reading

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Slow Service Detracts from ‘Elements’ of Greatness

Marc P., Princeton University

Although it is located a short drive (or a very long walk) from Princeton’s campus, Elements is well worth the mini trek down Bayard Lane, also known as County Road 533 on Google Maps. With a self-described “focus on locally-grown, sustainable products” and a comfortable yet fairly formal dining room, the restaurant seems intent on breaking down the notion that New Jersey is the state of Snooki and ethylene plants. Continue reading

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Tour de Hamdel: New Sandwich on the Block Edition

As you may have noticed, Tour de Hamdel has been on hiatus for the last few months. Not to reveal my secret routines, but I used to eat Hamdel every Tuesday after my run, but then I hurt my leg and my routine changed—it wasn’t Hamdel, it was me. Now, however, I intend to resume the Tour de Hamdel in full force. For a refresher course on this illustrious Columbia tradition, click here.

Sometime in November, or maybe it was late October—time tends to run together when tracking the etiology of deli sandwiches—Hamdel debuted a new named sandwich, the Betsy. Although I could have simply asked the Hamdel cooks after whom they named the sandwich, I prefer to speculate on this individual’s identity. Sadly, the Betsy tastes terrible. I imagine that its namesake is a perfectly dreadful person, though in all fairness, maybe the Hamdel cooks just secretly loathed her. The sandwich consists of chicken cutlet, avocado, and cheddar cheese, a banal, tepid combination. Continue reading


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The Grandest Sandwich at Macalester

Nathan S., Macalester College

Nestled between two other notable restaurants just west of Macalester College on Grand Avenue lies a fairly new and unknown deli restaurant by the name of Grand Sandwich. It was started last year by Daniel Esrig, a recent economics and geography double major graduate at Macalester, who wanted to “fill a niche” in the neighborhood, which previously lacked a deli. As a result, his deli serves up all types of sandwiches, toasted subs, and paninis made with high quality and unique ingredients.

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Earhart’s Monotonous Options Earn a Second Place Finish

Ronit P., Purdue University

Named after the gutsy aviatrix Amelia Earhart, Earhart dining court is located at the center of all the south campus residence halls. The court regularly attracts flocks of students due to its proximity to the residence hall and eclectic variety of food. Continue reading

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Bangkok Gardens: Typical Thai

Zach B., Yale University

Looking for Thai food in New Haven, a student will find many options that are all very similar to each other. So a trip to Bangkok Gardens, a small restaurant on York and Chapel, seems random and out of the way. In fact, the only attraction I originally feel towards Bangkok Gardens is its glass walled dining room. At lunchtime, sunlight streams through the glass and lights up a room that would be ordinarily be dour and sparsely decorated, but the sparkling natural light awakens the space, and I immediately feel at home. (Pictures after the jump)

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“Philadelphia Style” Banana Ice Cream

With a bunch of nearly rotting bananas crowding kitchen counter space, my parents suggested that I turn them into ice cream. No cream and too few eggs in the refrigerator dictated my recipe choice: a “Philadelphia style” ice cream, a custardless canvas for fragrant fruit. Unfortunately, the paucity of fat in this recipe resulted in clunky ice crystals and a coarse texture. When mistakes happen in the kitchen, however, the end result can exceed original expectations. Light and refreshing, the granité texture of the ice cream cut through a heavy venison-oriented dinner. As the banana’s luxurious perfume evaporated on the tongue, dessert seemed to last for a tropical eternity. Continue reading


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