Category Archives: Off Campus

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

Helping at HBC Global Art Collection

Hello!

I really wanted to share my experience working at the HBC Global Art Collection I went to on Tuesday. Out of the blue a girl I met through connections, texted me and asked me if I would be interested in helping at the gala event. Obviously they were going to pay, well they were paying really well $60/h, so I couldn’t really refuse. I once again want to stress how important it is to start networking, and start building up your contact list. You don’t know how many times, I got to incredible opportunities, through random people.

The event was at Saks Fifth Avenue downtown in HBC brand new headquarters. I was never there, but the building was brand new and looked incredible, you should definitely check it out! Anyways they bring me up to the art exposition, and tell me that I’m going to be the art specialist, which basically means that if anyone has questions about the art they ask me. Obviously they thought I knew stuff about the art exposed there, but it was the first time I’ve ever seen it. Just to give you a visual the Guggenheim has 50’000 square feet of hanging space, and they had 500’000! My friend told me not to worry, that she was going to give me a tour of the art exhibition and there shouldn’t be a lot of people asking questions. While she’s giving me the tour, the two art curators come and join us and start explaining to me details about each photos. It was great I felt like I had a general idea of what each painting entailed. The cocktail party started at 6 and finished at 9. Everything went really well, a few people asked me questions, but were so kind to me and always told me I was doing a great job, which help boost my confidence a little.

Anyways moral of the story is that don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, it can be scary at first, but it pays at the end, because you feel like you’ve accomplished something. For me this was the most terrifying thing that could of ever happen to me, but I made the best out of it, I showed my passion and interest for art and looking back I’m so glad I went. Not only that, the art curators for HBC were so impressed that they want to keep in touch with me, for future opportunities.

xoxo

Zorya