Eating in New Brunswick on a Budget

Check out this podcast I made, chronicling some of the great restaurants in New Brunswick where you can get a bite for cheap!

Featuring: American Classics, Ethnic Cuisine, and After Hours!

Hope you enjoyed listening. Now get out there and enjoy some grub…

 

Screencasting…

Screencasting has been an interesting experience to say the least. I’ve watched more than my fair share, but had never done one myself so it was a completely new undertaking for me. It sure didn’t help that I was in Indiana last week, instead of class. However, I think I got the hang of it! See for yourself.

I don’t think my video is going to challenge “Gangnam Style” anytime soon, but for my first-ever Youtube video, I thought it went pretty well. My video had a clear purpose, to inform viewers about ePortfolios, and through my assessment of the two separate blogs, I believe I achieved my purpose.

I hope my viewers can gain something by watching this video. With insight through constructive criticism, I hope that anyone who wants to make their own page can follow my video to get a better understanding of how to make an ePortfolio.

I certainly made good use of information technology with this project. As I mentioned at the beginning of the video, it was my first time working with the Screencast-O-Matic program. At first it was a bit overwhelming, but after some brief tutorial viewing, all was well again.

For my target audience of fellow [broke] college students, I think my video is suitable because ePortfolios are pretty much the online equivalent of resumés. While my video doesn’t offer concrete steps in how to build a blog, I think I’m offering some valuable advice on how to make it better. If I can help at least one person, I would consider it to be a success.

If my video didn’t do much for you in terms of learning about ePortfolio, I hope that it has at the very least inspired someone else to make their own screencast. Using the free program above is actually super easy and user-friendly, and best of all, it makes you look tech-savvy 🙂

Before I sign off, I want to let you all know that the content is coming, I promise, so please stay patient!!! Just let me finish applying to internships first…..*dies slowly*

Just kidding. I hope to have my mother’s world famous bean dip recipe published at some point this week. Stay tuned!

Looking Forward

Welcome back to Euphoric Eats! These last few weeks have been insanely busy for me so I haven’t gotten around to producing any food-related content lately. Midterms are EVIL, I tell ya!

At any rate, spring break starts next weekend for me, so once school’s temporarily out of session, I hope to finally publish a couple articles. Guess I’ve been doing too much eating and not enough writing  -____-

This brief podcast from Soundcloud features me offering a sneak peak at some upcoming content I hope to feature. Recording audio is always a simple task, but including background music takes a bit more work. Splicing the clips together can be quite the technical process.

To find music you can use on your site without encountering copyright violations, the best place to go is the Free Music Archive. You can download MP3s free of charge!

There were certainly some obstacles encountered along the way; since I have a MacBook, I had a little trouble with the Audacity recording program. It wouldn’t let me export my project as an MP3 without downloading a plugin, the LAME encoder.

Maybe it was the fact that I’ve been on the road for much of the past week, but I kept having to start and stop working because my free time was so sparse. Actually, it might have helped me because I didn’t have to do everything at once…

I don’t think I’ll be mastering the next Grammy winning album, but I think I did a pretty solid job with my Soundcloud project. I will surely be using it [Soundcloud] more often; I host my own music show on the radio so it makes sense for me to post a stream of my show online. For all to hear: friends, family, and who knows…employers?

Soundcloud and Audacity are great programs that I had used previously, but this assignment definitely expanded my knowledge of both. I’m hoping that my site will benefit as a result!

Work in Progress!

I was hoping to come out with a new restaurant review by now, but time has not been my friend lately. Not that it ever really is…

Anyway, check out this (not) awesome new header I added to the site! It’s been a work in progress the last couple of days, as you can clearly see. I am still having trouble figuring out how to resize the dimensions. I was hoping to have it solved by today’s class, but editing has been a difficult process to navigate thus far; I thought Pixlr might be simpler but it has proven to be just as complicated. You would think for an online application it might be simpler in terms of its interface, but it has just as many “bells and whistles”, if you will, as other programs like Photoshop.

Speaking of Photoshop, I thought I had done a good job of editing my header as I was preparing to upload it to WordPress. I made sure to match up my dimensions with the suggestion from WordPress (1280 x 444), and had selected two images which were safe for noncommerical reuse. I resized and rearranged the individual layers, except when it was time to merge them all onto one document, my image always turned to black and white. After some online troubleshooting, I realized that the B+W color scheme is actually a nice fit for my website, so I kept it. So when does the trouble come in?

When I got to the part of actually uploading it onto my website, I ran into the issue of the image being cut off. The word “Euphoric” is visible, but not “Eats”. This continued to be a problem for me because I STILL couldn’t fix it after going into Photoshop and making the image smaller; it took a bit of trial and error before things looked right.

Finally, my header is now in place. Now if I could just put out some content…

The Return

Well, it’s been quite some time but Euphoric Eats is back in business! Thanks to my Strategic Presentation class, my blog is now my schoolwork!

I had some struggles getting familiar with WordPress; the last time I had used it was the summer. It was a little frustrating at first, but after playing around with some new themes I finally found a look that is suitable for the website. Too bad the better ones cost money :/

Anyway, I am hoping that my return to EE will allow the site to prosper as it once did for a brief time many ages ago…(just kidding, it’s only been a year). There’s plenty of places to write about, and I’m always hungry!

With that in mind, I am expanding my site to feature a recipe of the week in addition to my restaurant reviews. I’ve also contemplated reviewing foods from the ballparks and cities I’ve visited throughout my travels.

I hope to have a new post up fairly soon, hopefully within the next week. For now, enjoy these pictures which are best referred to as “food porn”. The first dish is bean dip my mother and I made for the NFL playoffs; I hope to share the recipe with y’all as soon as I can. The other dish is the buffalo wing potachos I had at Stuff Yer Face, so stay tuned for a review!

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Euphoric Eat: Destination Dogs

This is from a previous trip to DD. In the picture are the "Bun on The Bayou" dog and the Bun Mi

This is from a previous trip to DD. In the picture are the “Bun on The Bayou” dog and the Bun Mi

This past week, I had the pleasure of eating at Destination Dogs for about the 1000th time, or so it seemed. Yash and I have eaten there at least once a month, dating back to our maiden voyage to the restaurant in the spring of our freshman year. It was love at first bite, and years later, it still tastes just as good as the first time.

This time, however, I went with my mom. With her in town for dinner, I could think of no better place to take her. Sorry for making you pay, Mom, but when I get a job someday, dinner’s on me!

After a particularly treacherous walk to the restaurant, thanks to some nasty winds outside that day, we were finally seated with our menus. Now, if you’ve ever eaten with me before, you’ve probably witnessed how much of a chore it is for me to order, and this trip was no different. But this is a menu unlike any other, so I was justified in taking forever.

On the left side of the menu are the “domestic dogs”, which are named after their respective locations. It’s got traditional beef hot dogs, like the Nicky Newarker, complete with onions, peppers, mustard and fried potatoes, but in addition to that, the menu also features many nonconventional dogs, such as one of my personal favorites, The Howlamo. It’s a wild boar sausage topped with pork belly, baconaisse (yes, bacon mayo), and scallions. Everything’s bigger in Texas!

The “international dogs” section on the menu is the real reason why we keep coming back for more. You can’t go wrong picking the Achilles Meal, which is a duck sausage covered in tzatziki, tomatoes, and shredded cabbage. If you’re feeling a little more exotic, perhaps the Bun Mi, a Vietnamese import, is the choice for you. It is a pork sausage with foi gras, pickled veggies, jalapenos, cilantro, and sriracha mayo. Flavors abound!

The grandest appetizer of all: Patatas Ridiculas: Fried potatoes, duck confit, pork, gravy, melted cheese, scallions, anything else you can dream up

The grandest appetizer of all: Patatas Ridiculas: Fried potatoes, duck confit, pork, gravy, melted cheese, scallions, jalapeños. Anything else you can dream of?

I’m all about expanding my horizons, so I decided to try two new dogs this time around. I got the Swede-Dreams dog, which, along with a Swedish meatball sausage, features mashed potatoes, gravy, and lingonberry jam. It was like Thanksgiving in a bun; all the flavors fused to create one delectable dog.

As Billy Mays used to say, “But wait…there’s more!”

I forgot to eat breakfast that day, so this dog was practically calling my name. The Paul Bunyan, a Minnesota import, has everything you want in a dog and then some. The breakfast sausage alone would have sufficed, but DD takes it one step further, by adding bacon, maple syrup, and a fried egg on top. Sure, it may give you a heart attack, but it is worth it. Life’s too short.

I’ve made it my goal to eat every dog on the menu in my college career. With a menu featuring 24 different dogs from around the world, this has proven to be an arduous task. So far, I have eaten 14 different types of hot dog, and each time, I have left Destination Dogs satisfied, even if I’ve had a few food babies along the way.

Quite frankly (pun intended), this is the best restaurant in town. I could talk about this place all day long, but I still couldn’t do it justice. See for yourself what all the hype is about, and go to Destination Dogs!  You can thank me later.

 

Euphoric Eat: Sahara Restaurant

Lamb is wonderful.

Lamb is wonderful.

I wasn’t planning on writing a review for this place, as I already wrote about a Mediterranean restaurant in a previous post. However, this was some of the best food I’ve eaten in a while, so sharing this experience was necessary.

I booked a reservation for Valentine’s Day, and kept it a secret all week until Kelly and I finally made it to the restaurant on Saturday night. When we got there at around 8:30, it was more packed than a Rutgers bus on a Friday night. Thankfully I planned ahead (what a novel concept!) and we didn’t have to wait too long before being seated.

After reading the scriptures of succulence also known as a menu, the feasting began as we munched on a myriad of delicious appetizers.

And what a feast it was. From the crispy falafel doused in tahini sauce, to the sigara boregi, which are fried rolls of feta and dill, and lastly, the freshly made pita, I was in heaven. OHHHHH THE PITA!

I swear, I might be addicted to this stuff. Kelly had to forcibly remove it from my possession, otherwise I would’ve wolfed it all down.

I was already on cloud nine enjoying my appetizers, when the wait staff made a mistake that turned out to be quite fortuitous for us. The couple next to us ordered a pair of soups, and the server gave them to us by accident. It would be the last time she ever saw those soups again.

I’m the type of guy that likes to eat first and ask questions later, so when she placed them on our table, I went right in–but not before dipping some leftover pita in the soup! It must have been some of sort of creamy lentil broth, but whatever it was, it was terrific!

After our stockpile of savory snacks was finished, out came the main course. Kelly, knowing I am an absolute hog when it comes to finishing other people’s food, decided to order a tilapia dish. I’m not the biggest fan of fish out there, but boy, I had one bite and was humming in delight!

Kelly played it safe and brought the rest home in a takeout box. It appears as if she has developed a resistance to my food-fiending ways. You win this time…

There’s an old adage that states don’t mess with success. This rang true especially for me, because I ordered the same entree I did at Efe’s, the adana kebab. If you’ve seen my Facebook or Instagram lately, that Mediterranean marvel of a picture was indeed my dinner.

I had a difficult time eating it, because like a great movie, you just don’t want it to end. It might have been the best lamb I’ve ever had. There was juiciness in every bite, and the seasoning added a perfect amount of flare to the meat. The sides of rice and couscous were just as tasty!

Sahara wouldn’t go down without a fight though. After paying the bill, we headed straight back to my house, as we were suffering from the worst of ailments: a food coma.

This restaurant is a great venue for special occasions, but it’s not the type of place I’d frequent. The only reason why is because of its price range. Being a college student, you just can’t have 50 dollar dinners all the time.

Other than that, I can’t find a thing wrong with this place. The service is prompt, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is great. You gotta treat yourself every now and then, so make Sahara your next stop. Your bank account may be thinner as a result, but you certainly won’t!