10 Thoughts We All Have While At Cook Out

10 Thoughts We All Have While At Cook Out

Choosing just one flavor of milkshake should not be so hard.

If you live in a few select states, all located south of the Mason-Dixon line, you've probably been to or at least heard of the extremely popular phenomenon: Cook Out. This chain fast-food restaurant serves up all of your favorite "cook-out" items in a fast and friendly manner. Not only is it quick, it's relatively inexpensive for the amount of food you end up with, so it's a big hit with the millennial generation. Here are ten thoughts that everyone has had at some point while at their local Cook Out.

1. "Can I get one of each kind of milkshake?"

These shakes are to die for, but there are so many flavors, it's hard to pick just one to complete your meal.

2. "Will I ever make it out of this long drive-thru line?"

Cook Out is popular, which means it's busy pretty much all of the time. It can be hard to even see the store from the end of the drive thru line sometimes, but have no fear: you should be out of there in no time.

3. "How is all of this food really this cheap?"

The quality of the food is like, really good. The small amount of money you spend for the large amount of good food that you end up with can be completely and utterly mind blowing during your visit.

4. "Should I get a tray or just a bunch of single items?"

The correct answer to this question normally correlates with how hungry you might be. On the expense side, however, your best bet is to get a tray.

5. "This is the best burger I have ever tasted."

It's insane how good they are, it really does taste like you're in someone's backyard at a fourth-of-July party eating a burger fresh off of their dad's old charcoal grill.

6. "I can't get this shake to go through the straw."

A milkshake made with real soft serve ice cream is going to be thick, so you better use that spoon that they give you instead of trying to mess with a straw. After you let it melt a little bit, though, you should be good to go (if you can wait that long, that is).

7. "Every fast food restaurant should have Cheerwine."

This is such an accurate statement for such an underrated soda. Cheerwine is literally heaven in a perfect little styrofoam cup. Don't even get me started on a Cheerwine ice cream float. *swoons*

8. "Did I just gain 10 pounds?"

No, you probably didn't. (You might have gained one or two, though.)

9. "Would it be weird for me to come back for dinner?"

It's only as weird as you let it be. Embrace the Cook Out love.

10."I could marry these fries and be completely happy for all eternity."

Those fries are so great. So, so great.

Cover Image Credit: cookout.com

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Seven Tasty Coffee Drinks Without The Coffee Taste

I'm pretty sure my body is 90% coffee and soon, yours will be too.

Though I don’t understand it, there are a lot of people who don’t like coffee. Many people still want to have the coffee to wake them up, learn to like coffee, or want to hop on the bandwagon of enjoying a coffee treat from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, or Wawa (the overall best). So, here’s a list of seven drinks that include coffee, but don’t taste like it, to help you transition from a non-coffee drinker to an active one.

1. Coolattas from Dunkin Donuts

A Coolatta is basically a frozen flavored drink. Most of them contain coffee, so getting that boost of caffeine without the coffee taste is easy with this treat. It comes in caramel, vanilla bean, mocha, Oreo, and more.

2. Any kind of Mocha Coffee (or caffe mocha)

A mocha coffee tastes like subtly coffee flavored hot chocolate. One of my favorite mocha drinks around the holidays is a peppermint mocha, because it tastes like a chocolate dipped candy cane, which is perfect to get anyone (even a Jewish girl like me) into the Christmas spirit. If you like hot chocolate, a mocha is a good way to transition into drinking regular coffee.

3. Vanilla Latte

A vanilla latte is one of my personal favorites. They can come hot or iced, and though they contain a good amount of coffee, it tastes like you dipped a sugar cookie into coffee.

4. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha

After going to Starbucks with a friend, she forced me to try this when she ordered it, and it was fabulous. She described it to me as a drink for people who don’t like rich chocolate. It’s a really creamy drink that tastes kind of like white hot chocolate.

5.Starbucks Frappuccino

Don’t even get me started on Frapps. The amount of flavors they have is amazing, and it’s basically one of the best beverages ever. My favorite is the double chocolate chip, because you get a rich chocolate flavor with crunchy chocolate chips inside. SO good. They also have caramel, vanilla, strawberry, cinnamon, green tea, and pumpkin spice and toasted graham cracker during the fall season (just to list a few).

6. Chai Latte

A chai latte tastes like tea with milk, infused with spices. It is definitely something people either love or hate, but if you like that spiced flavor, I would recommend it.

7. Caramel Macchiato

I have never tried one of these, but people LOVE them (not to mention the drink is beautiful). In simple terms, it is steamed milk topped with foam, topped with espresso to create a luscious, caramel, layered coffee drink.

So to those crazy people out there who don't enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning, or a mid-day iced coffee in the summer, try these drinks and soon you'll wake up craving a cup of coffee like me.

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Top 5 Hidden Gems In Clemson, SC

What are you missing out on in this beautiful South Carolina college town?


Clemson, South Carolina. Home to the Clemson Tigers, one of the happiest universities in the nation and full of southern hospitality. I'm sure if you live in or near Clemson you know all the main spots to hang, or just grab a bite to eat. Who doesn't know Red Bowl, Spill the Beans or Bowman Field? Maybe you need a new spot, somewhere to quench your thirst for adventure, or maybe you're just tired of the same old same old. Either way, you're going to fall in love with these ten hidden gems, just as I have.

1. Yolk Asian Kitchen

Whether you're coming to Yolk for the made in house ginger ale, the stone rice bowls, or the kimchi tater tots; you'll always leave satisfied.

Located across from Mellow Mushroom (because you surely know where that is), this small restaurant has a very special place in my heart. I mean, 5 minutes from campus, good prices, and vegetarian options? What more can be said?

2. Todaro Pizza

Todaro Pizza. This small pizza shop that has the right amount of crust, to sauce, to greasiness and cheesiness. Everything aligns perfectly on these large slices of heaven. Not to mention, dollar slice nights every Wednesday from 6:00-11:00 p.m.

3. All In Coffee Shop

This small (but not really so small, its got amazingly spacious seating inside) cafe features pastries like your grandma would make, a bountiful selection of coffees and bubble tea offered every Wednesdays. This place is home to many of my study sessions, friendly conversations, and my large consumption of almond milk caramel lattes.

4. The Barnes Center

Now, I know this one may not be very hidden to those students who live on campus (particularly the high-rises) but, some may not know about the weekend events hosted here (and at least this one isn't completely food related). Whether it's game nights, DIY sessions, or cupcake wars: this spot on Clemson's Campus is a smorgasbord for bored college students.

5. Brackett Hall

Now, of course, if you're a student this building is not much of a secret. Many of us have had classes, exams or walked past this building many times. Though this building is underrated in the fact that in the evening it's one of the quietest places to study, with rows of tables and computers lining the bottom floor. (It even has a secret lounge for geology majors!)

I know these spots are great places to hang out with my friends and as a freshman, they've almost become little spots of home to me. Hopefully, these small little gems in this college town will quench your adventurous thirst and bring some spice to your life!

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