Category Archives: Off Campus

Restaurant Review: Crepe Guru

I’ve talked about how much I love living in Hoboken and all the restaurants that live in the Mile Square, but I have yet to mention Crepe Guru.  Crepe Guru is located at 315 Washington St (and 3rd St) and has pre-set menu items ranging from sweet to savory crepes for you to choose from, or you can customize your own order.  From the savory breakfast or bourbon steak crepe to the Nutella batter and NY cheesecake crepe, the options are endless, and of course, the portions are massive.  The eating is just a small part of the experience as you can watch them make your crepe right in front of you!

Crepe Guru customized Nutella Crepe

It is also convenient that Crepe Guru not only delivers, but is open until 3 AM on Saturdays!  If you are on the other side of the Hudson, I’d be sure to make a special stop at this Hoboken gem.

Ashley

Restaurant Review: Eatsa

The new restaurant, Eatsa has made its way to New York City, located at 285 Madison Ave (41st St).  I managed to stumble across it while I was walking around the city and I immediately fell in love.  When you walk in, you are greeted by very kind staff members assisting you if you have never been inside before.  There was a row of touch-screen devices where you go and place your order.  They have pre-set meal options such as various quinoa bowls and salads, but you are also able to customize it yourself.

Eatsa

The restaurant allows for zero communication between the cooking staff and the customers dining.  You pay on the touch screen with your debit or credit card prior to heading over to the cubbies where it states your name on it.  The cubbie will illuminate when your order is ready and your touch on the cubbie will open the door where your food awaits you.

Conveniently for New Yorkers, you are also able to place an order on your phone and go into the restaurant, find your cubby and head out the door with your food.  Not only is the restaurant concept convenient, the food is absolutely delicious!  I will be making many trips to Eatsa this semester!

Ashley

Hoboken Eats

A 15 minute train ride and across the Hudson River lives the city of Hoboken, New Jersey.  I moved to Hoboken back in May and it was one of the best decisions of my life.  Not only is it an easy commute to school, but Hoboken has some incredible restaurants!  I highly recommend taking the quick PATH train over and trying one of these spots:

  • Tony Boloney’s: Known for their crazy pizza slices and Atlantic City-inspired food.  From loaded fries to chicken and waffles pizza, this place is sure to make you salivate!
  • Honeygrow: A healthy hot spot where you can create your own salad, stir fry, or healthy Honeybar dessert made from fruit, honey, and toppings!
  • Crepe Guru: The famous French crepe made right in front of you and ready to eat!  With a Peanut Butter and Nutella crepe on the menu, how can you say no?!
  • Fiore Deli: Known as one of the best deli’s in town, you have to hit up this famous eatery!  Old school meets delicious food!
  • Carlo’s Bakery: The famous home to the Cake Boss!  Tons of different desserts and treats lighting up from behind the glass.  One of the most famous Hoboken tourist attractions, but well worth waiting in any long line!
  • Karma Kafe: The top notch Indian restaurant in Hoboken with massive portions and a cozy atmosphere to match.  They recently reopened after a fire that occurred in February.  The customers of Hoboken have been patiently waiting!

I hope you can make it to Hoboken soon!

Ashley

Plan Over Break

With an incredibly long winter break, the first instinct may be to make a mental list of all of the shows that you’re going to watch on Netflix.  While break is a great time to relax and unwind, it is also a time to reflect and plan for your future.  Here are some of my recommended activities while you’re back in your hometown for a little while:

  • Read books that interest you
  • Try out a new recipe and find your signature dish that you’ll be able to wow your roommates with once you get back from break
  • Meet with your accountant/financial planner to see if you’re in good standing with academic payments and post-graduation
  • Get in all of your mandatory appointments – dentist, general check up, etc.
  • Have a movie and cookie decorating night with all of your friends from your town
  • Explore a different area of your hometown
  • Try out a new restaurant in your local area
  • Back up all of your documents and photos from the semester
  • Clear out your email inbox with unnecessary emails and newsletter subscriptions
  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter or soup kitchen

Enjoy your winter break!

Ashley

FIT’s First Youth Delegate to the United Nations

Gabriella Manduca, FIT’s first student delegate to the United Nations, is well on her way to make a difference in the world.

Manduca, a seventh-semester International Trade and Marketing student, became a youth delegate this fall through one such NGO partner, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to international education and cultural exchange. As one of two NAFSA youth delegates, she attends the U.N. briefings and summarizes them for the association’s blog. She also encourages other students, including her FIT classmates, to engage with the U.N.

The U.N. Department of Public Information partners with more than 1,300 nongovernmental organizations, which meet for weekly briefings at U.N. headquarters in New York City. These NGOs send delegates to report on the briefings, which cover hot-button issues such as education, poverty, and the refugee crisis.

Manduca is passionate about fighting the sale of counterfeit goods, which is connected to organized crime and human-rights abuses. A 2014–15 Museum at FIT exhibition, Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, made her aware of this global problem, and her ITM classes galvanized her further. She applied to be a NAFSA delegate to broaden her understanding of the global stage.

“A lot of people making sustainable innovations don’t realize they can make a difference on the scale of the U.N.,” Manduca said. “I thought this could be an opportunity to start that conversation here at FIT.”

Congratulations to our fellow Tiger, Gabriella!

Melinda Batista