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Go For the Food: Yes, you can do brunch in Rome

The Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws.

But for non-locals, the first meal of the day can be a bit of a letdown. Breakfast in Italy is a stand-up affair: You crowd at the bar, scarf down a stale pastry and a shot of espresso, and in five minutes flat, the day has begun. Tourists quickly learn that if they dare to plop down at a table in the center of Rome, they may be slapped with an extra “table service” charge and ushered out once when they’ve finished.

Long family lunches on Sundays are an established tradition in Italy, but a casual cross between breakfast-and-lunch with friends is almost a foreign concept.

But escaping from the hurried morning routine may be why weekends at Necci, a bohemian outpost in Rome’s edgy Pigneto neighborhood, have become something of an institution to the artists and creative types who live nearby.[Full Story]

Best of: Gelaterie

The Columbia Spectator

New York’s gelato shops come in more flavors than one might expect.

Any dessert epicure worth his or her salt knows that ice cream and gelato are not the same thing. For those who can’t get enough of the fresh, creamy, whipped texture of the Italian specialty, New York does not disappoint. The Big Apple holds its own, with both traditional favorites hailing straight from Italy and innovative American interpretations of this dolce of choice. [Full Story]

Best of: Juice Bars

The Columbia Spectator 

For students preparing to bare their beach bods for spring break next week, it might be time to ditch the coffee or soda in favor of nutrient-packed juice. A “juicing” craze has hit New York as of late, and while the habit isn’t cheap (averaging $8 a bottle), it’s hard to pin a price tag on looking svelte at the beach. [Full Story]

Best Of: Vegetarian Restaurants

The Columbia Spectator


With meat-heavy prix-fixe menus dominating Restaurant Week, vegetarian foodies may feel a bit underwhelmed. Luckily, New York is home to tons of eateries that cater exclusively to vegetarian and vegan diners, offering creative approaches to meat-free cuisine sure to satisfy herbivores and carnivores alike. [Full Story]

Tenka puts free food at students’ fingertips

The Columbia Spectator 


A bit of a phenomenon has hit campus lately—money-strapped students have been heard offering to treat their friends when grabbing a local bite. The key to this newfound generosity? Tenka deals.

The coupon and discount platform Tenka, which debuted in Morningside Heights last semester, finally seems to have caught on. It is the latest in a coupon scene already populated with websites like Groupon, Living Social, and Blackboard Eats. But unlike some of these other businesses’ offers, a Tenka deal doesn’t require a down payment and is redeemed upon physically entering a store and displaying the coupon on a smartphone or in a text message. [Full Story]

‘Bring Your Own Food’ bar trend aids student appetites, budgets

The Columbia Spectator


Students have probably heard of BYOB (bring your own booze), but what about BYOF? The concept of “bring your own food” to bars has great potential in a city of foodies, creative cooks, and starving college students, but the trend still hasn’t hit its stride.

BYOF seems to have arisen for a number of practical reasons. Sometimes patrons at a bar get hungry. Sometimes bars don’t maintain kitchens. So the bar keeps a selection of menus and encourages clients to order delivery from nearby restaurants or bring food from home. [Full Story]

Eataly takes students on culinary journey overseas

The Columbia Spectator


Students returning to campus may not have noticed, but this summer, New York moved a whole lot closer to Italy.

Eataly—a 50,000-square-foot Italian mega-market on Fifth Avenue that’s twice the size of its flagship store in Turin, Italy—opened on Aug. 31 to a crowd of food lovers waiting to eat their hearts out. Among the hungriest waiting were, of course, the college students looking to get a first taste of the city’s newest gourmet delight. Columbians tempted to explore this soon-to-be city staple will not be disappointed by its culinary offerings. [Full Story]