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An Idyllic Spring Morning in Syracuse

It’s a gorgeous spring day in Syracuse. The campus lawns radiate a vivid shade of green, illustrating the color that the Emerald City is known for. I’m sitting in the Life Sciences building, across from the College Place bus stop staring at the picturesque sky and watching bright-eyed tour groups pass by. It is a perfect morning. The Connective Corridor bus approaches, getting ready to make its routine trip from the heart of campus to the hip neighborhood of Armory Square. I had a choice. Either stay inside working on an assignment or take a few hours out of my schedule to enjoy the warm spring day. Thankfully, I chose the latter.

The initial plan was to grab an Italian meal at Pastabilities. The festive Italian joint is well known among the Syracuse community for its hot tomato oil and delicious array of pasta dishes. As I headed to the beloved eatery, I passed a small restaurant called Lofo. Patrons were dining outside enjoying the crisp weather and the premise of farm-to-table food was too good to resist.

Inside, I was greeted by a friendly wait staff, who encouraged me to sit at the bar where the restaurant boasts its myriad of local brews. The beers are proudly displayed on the top shelf, hailing from Ithaca, Skaneatlas, and the Salt City itself. I order a beet burger, with a succulent patty dyed purple from its namesake mixed with brown rice and black beans. On top rests a few avocados, smoked gouda cheese, and a drizzle of sriracha mayonnaise. It was absolutely heavenly, served on a homemade whole wheat bun that was toasted to perfection.

From there, I decided to check out some of Armory Square’s boutiques. Although they are miniscule compared to the nearby Destiny USA mall, the charm that these small businesses offer is often overlooked and the collection, although much smaller, usually has some quality pieces. After finding a great deal on jeans, I decided it was time for coffee, and when in Syracuse, there’s no better place to get that caffeine fix than at Kubal. The regional chain’s new art-deco location is an absolute must, with stunning views of Clinton Square and the iconic Niagara Mohawk building. I’m sitting here now, drinking a cappuccino watching joggers, dog walkers, and shoppers whiz past. It’s the perfect ending to a perfect afternoon.

First Dates and Sleepy Nights: A Love Letter to Cafe Kubal

By Rohan

I’m sitting at the bar, my laptop open as rain patters against the side of the window. The sky is a murky shade of grey, the harbinger of a classic spring shower. A chipper barista, who is way too happy considering the dismal weather, brings me my cappuccino. The foam art is impeccable. I feel at home in the midst of midterms week.

Cafe Kubal is an institution in Syracuse, New York. With locations on University Hill, two shops downtown, and a few in the city’s suburbs, it is clear that central New Yorkers cannot get enough of Kubal’s globally inspired coffee. What sets this chain of coffee shops apart is the care and love that goes into every aspect of the Cafe Kubal experience. Each location is uniquely decorated, with the newest Creekwater Commons location boasting an Art Deco aesthetic to match the stunning Niagara Mohawk building across the street. Kubal isn’t just a coffee shop. It’s where students catch up with former professors, where lovebirds swoon over one another after a play, and where everyone, rich or poor, student or alumnus, can expect to be treated like family.

Coffee is only part of what makes Kubal so special. Their baked goods are absolutely divine. Treat yourself to a piece of their chocolate chip banana bread (perhaps dip it in your piping hot cappuccino as you people watch in Armory Square). In the mornings, nothing energizes you quite like their pour-over coffee and a warmed croissant that’s baked to perfection, flaky and buttery on the outside and soft on the inside, practically melting in your mouth. If you have an unquenchable sweet tooth, try their Monkey Bread, made with walnuts, honey, and cinnamon for the ultimate midday dessert. The possibilities are endless and regardless of what you get, you’re in for a meal that is made with love.

We highly recommend making a stop in Syracuse to try this amazing chain of coffee roasters. They have two locations downtown, one by campus, and in Eastwood with a food truck that is usually out and about in the summertime. We can promise you that you’re in for a spectacular treat.

For more about Cafe Kubal, visit their website: www.cafekubal.com

Freshman 15? It’s Not Mandatory

By Rohan:

When I started here at Syracuse University, I noticed two things. One, the outdoors is a scary place. Granted, I should’ve expected that, coming to one of America’s snowiest cities to pursue my degree. Secondly, college dining halls serve a lot of garbage. Throughout high school, former students would come back, telling tales of the ominous and “unavoidable” Freshman Fifteen. They made it sound like it was a part of the college experience. Living on your own, taking challenging classes, and attending sporting events was on the same level as binge-eating in the dining centers. Something didn’t seem right.

Truth is, the Freshman Fifteen is completely avoidable. And you aren’t missing out if you don’t fill your tray with greasy pizza, fatty burgers, or sugary sodas. A few simple switches can make you feel less stressed, more energized, and ready for those formidable exam weeks.

The day before we had to move into our dorms, I scouted out every fitness center on campus, paying special attention to ones that were near my classes or near my residence hall. I made it a point to work out for 45 minutes every day, knowing that was an ambitious goal, considering new seasons of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones were waiting for me back at my dorm and ordering pizza was always an option.

Much like my favorite television programs, after two or three workouts, I became addicted. The high after a rigorous workout is energizing and exhilarating. It keeps your blood flowing, your heart pumping, and your mind focused. But that was only part of my battle plan to fight the Freshman Fifteen. Eating healthy had to follow my new exercise routine.

With an excellent pizza place around the corner, a cafe that serves delicious Belgian-cut fries, and plenty of unhealthy options to devour in the dining halls, I knew constructing a healthy diet would be a challenge. For some reason, when doctors would tell me about the importance of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, it never sounded appealing. I don’t want to eat rabbit food for the rest of my life – wrap sandwiches in lettuce and not get to enjoy any ounce of flavor.

Believe it or not, most college dining centers have healthy options. Unfortunately, they keep them hidden, because they know students will come back if there is food that they like. Watching peers come back to the table, plates piled with french fries and sugary desserts, I knew that I did not want to fall into that trap.

I went to my dining hall’s sandwich bar and tried to construct the healthiest sounding sandwich I could imagine. Hummus, 12-grain bread, packed with veggies and a few slices of swiss cheese. It looked like an absolute monster, but after one bite, I was in love. Healthy food can taste good. And unlike its unhealthy, greasy counterpart, it can make you feel good. It powers you through a study session, refuels you after a workout, and makes you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Approach health as a lifestyle, and you’ll find yourself more focused, sharp, and ready to conquer anything that gets in your way.