Today is National Pancake Day

Mmmm, pancakes.

National Pancake Day is finally here! To celebrate this delicious day, IHOP is back with its annual Free Pancake Day. Unlike the Spring Weekend lineup posted earlier today, there is absolutely no catch to this! The only request they have (besides pay for your drink) is to make a donation for Children’s Miracle Networks Hospitals. If this interests you, I recommend going early because the line gets ridiculous later into the evening. But it’s totally worth it even if you do have to wait. Ditch the Ratty, grab a couple friends, and be a philanthropist for an evening while enjoying free pancakes!

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Free yogurt (and lots of it) on Thayer street

Grab your reusable grocery bags; the European yogurt company Müller and Quaker are  handing out cartons of free yogurt on Olive and Thayer right now. You can choose from chocolate or strawberry, and each carton has 10 individual sized cups of yogurt. Yeah, you read that right. 10. Free. We overhead them saying they’d be back, so if you miss out today because of that afternoon seminar you’re shopping, you’ll be able to save some of your Flex Points next week and indulge in creamy, yogurt-y goodness.

Sans Meal Plan: Lessons We Can Learn from Sandra Lee

Let me set up a completely not true at all but just go with it hypothetical situation: You’re an 18-23 year-old college student living in a dorm or an apartment close to a college campus. You are off meal plan, but many of your friends still eat dining hall food regularly. You enjoy food. You enjoy cooking. Sometimes, you don’t feel like cooking intricate and in-depth recipes for every meal because you’re usually cooking for one. You don’t want to buy food every day, but also don’t want to subsist on instant oatmeal and Easy Mac. What to do? Luckily for you this completely anonymous and hypothetical person with no connection to you at all, one woman has your back, through thick and thin, through cocktails and more cocktails: Sandra Lee.

Ms. Lee has made a career drinking vodka on television helping you make “Semi-Homemade Cooking” and “Money Saving Meals” on the Food Network by using a 70/30 attitude when it comes to cooking; 70% ready-made products and 30% fresh ingredients. In other words, you’ll learn how to trick others into thinking you slaved over a hot stove for hours!

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I haven’t really ever taken too much an interest in Sandra Lee, nor have I watched her show for more than a few minutes. Despite the fact that I have never made one of her Frankenstein concoctions before, I find her methodology to cooking very college-friendly. There are a ton of things you can do to improve upon ready-to-make foods. The Internet is swarming with “recipes,” or you can just figure stuff out with food you already have. So, in honor of this approach to gastronomy in college sans meal plan, I present you with some great ideas for cheating your way to homemade. Continue Reading

Asian/Asian American Heritage Month Ratty Dinner: yum!

Tonight, in celebration of Asian/Asian American Heritage Month, Southeast Heritage Week, and South Asian Identity Week, the Ratty will be serving up a delicious meal. From 4:00 to 7:30 pm, you can satisfy your taste buds with cuisine like:

  • Vegan stir fried noodles with tofu
  • Sustainable salmon teriyaki
  • Red Thai chicken
  • Korean style marintaed beef
  • Vegan chana masala
  • Vegan curried vegetables
  • Miso soup
  • Basmati rice, stir fried rice
  • Vegetarian egg rolls with dipping sauce

To top off the meal, for dessert there will be green tea ice cream and mango lassi. Also, there will be a special sushi-making demo from Shanghai Restaurant.