5 Foods I am Grateful For

5 Foods I am Grateful For

It is about time I give thanks to all the foods that provide me with sustenance and bliss.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I feel it is appropriate I express my gratitude for something which has brought me immense comfort through the stress of my first year of college: food. Here is a shout out to all the treats, whether they be savory or sweet, that have brought me both joy and nourishment.

1. Levain Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Just being near Levain Bakery is a relief. As you pass by the bakery’s open doors, you become wrapped in the smell of freshly baked cookies and the fragrance washes away all of your stresses and worries. The mystical powers of Levain Bakery are only magnified when you get one of its cookies in your hand. The warm chocolate chip walnut cookies are the perfect balance of melted, rich chocolate and crunchy walnuts. These cookies are the cure-all to both a bad day and hunger pangs, as well as the perfect topping to reinforce a great day. Thank you chocolate chip walnut cookies!

2. Bibble & Sip’s Dark Chocolate Cream Puffs

Bibble and Sip has amazing cream puffs. The consistency and quantity of the cream, the quality of the icing, and the overall flavor of the cream puff make these the treat to sink your teeth into. Bibble and Sip stuffs these puffs with more than just chocolate cream- they stuff them with happiness. For this, I am eternally grateful.

3. Mrs. Claus Café’s Hot Chocolate

If anything calls for peace and joy it is the holiday season. Bank of America’s Winter Village at Bryant Park is just the place to put you in the spirit of the holiday season. The hot chocolate at Mrs. Claus Café was one of the best hot chocolates I ever had, and it came in a festive cup, so it earns extra props from me. I am thankful for this charming cup of merriment.

4. Dulcinea Churros

I have been to the Winter Village at Bryant Park way too many times, but I cannot help myself because it has really good food. When I was in middle school the cafeteria used to serve churros for lunch and I would buy one nearly everyday. Then the school stopped serving churros, which was truly an upsetting time in my adolescence. Now, whenever I come across churros they are a must buy. These churros were crispy and topped with a generous amount of cinnamon and I appreciate how I could order them plain or stuffed with something (i.e. chocolate). These churros are definitely a prime example of comfort food. I would like to thank the Winter Village and Dulcinea for providing me with the snack I could not get in 8th grade.

5. Wafels & Dinges’ Waffles

Sometimes in life, you have a waffle lot of work to get done. You may find all your deadlines are bacon you go insane. Diving into a Wafels & Dinges waffle means diving into a pool of syrup and happiness. I want to thank Wafels & Dinges for all of its creative waffle concoctions and the opportunities it gives me to make breakfast puns.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the incredible edibles out there!
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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:” Line Matters,

I want to start off by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can’t afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you’re just lazy and you “don’t feel like it”? Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you’re unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the US Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck.” stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:” line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can’t seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to ten people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!”

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the seventeen other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there’s a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 dollar bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of ten times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession - whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food, and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a forty dollar bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes - as if you’re better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you’ll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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6 Times It’s Actually OK To Be Rude To Retail Workers

It might surprise you.


As a retail worker myself, I know firsthand that customers aren't always the kindest to the employees trying to help them out.

I've seen customers snapping at workers, getting angry when things don't go their way, and leaving huge messes around the store that employees have to clean up. Retail employees have to work hard on their feet for very little pay, and they deserve to be treated with kindness for the work they put in.

Here are 6 times that it's OK to treat retail employees with anything less than respect.

1. Never


Retail employees are trying their best to help you out – customer service is the main part of their jobs, and they really do make an effort to help customers find what they're looking for, even when they ask for something unreasonable. Snapping at employees isn't going to speed up the process.

2. Never


Contrary to popular (and bewilderingly misguided) belief, retail employees have very little control over the contents of the store. If the shirt you wanted to buy isn't in stock in your size, it's not the employee's fault. I repeat: it's not the employee's fault! They're just the bearer of bad news and can't fix the situation for you.

3. Never


Retail employees do have to keep the store clean, but that doesn't mean that customers should feel free to make a mess. When you leave trash in the store and a tangled heap of clothing in the fitting room, they're the ones who have to clean up after you.

Also, when you tear up a display looking for your size, someone has to refold and reorganized all of those clothes, and can you guess who that has to be?

4. Never


Many retail employees have to work terrible hours, what with overnight shifts and having to open the store early in the morning or close it down late at night. Most of them are exhausted and are doing the best work they can on that amount of sleep.

5. Never


Keep in mind that yelling at a retail employee when you get frustrated does count as verbal abuse, and it is never acceptable. This makes a huge impact on retail employee's days (as one would expect being yelled at by a stranger might entail).

6. Never


Even if you're feeling frustrated about something, please stop for a moment and continue to treat the employees trying to help you like they're human beings. No one deserves to be mistreated at work.

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