5 Best HGTV Shows And Their Food Network Counterparts

5 Best HGTV Shows And Their Food Network Counterparts

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If you are anything like me, a college kid with no life other than your close-knit group of friends and food, you went home over spring break and your favorite part was being able to alternate between HGTV and Food NEtwork with the click of a button. Now I know how lame that sounds but honestly, this is the sign of adulthood; when you start relating to (or in my case, yelling at) the people on these shows and you've watched so many episodes that you could redesign your boyfriend's apartment with 5 minutes and a piece of paper, or add paprika to your friend's pasta dish and Voila(!) , it is that much better.

1. "Property Brothers"

Counterpart: "I'll Have What Phil's Having"

Watching these two shows, you know that you are in for a dose of sarcastic, goofy humor. "Property Brothers" is always entertaining because you get twins that do two different sides of the housing business, yet they work so well together that it lets you know that the sarcasm is simply communication and not a jaunt or jab. With "I'll Have What Phil's Having", Phil Rosenthal, the creator of "Everyone Loves Raymond", takes you on a journey through some of the most gorgeous places in the world to simply indulge in the pleasure of good food. Again, there is always light-hearted sarcasm and humor that makes the show that much enjoyable. These two certainly make a good pair.

2. "Fixer Upper"

Counterpart: "Drive-Ins, Diners, and Dives"

"Fixer Upper" and "Drive-ins, Diners, and Dives" offer a little more of a down-home, modern country feel that makes you nostalgic about all of the things you grew up with. Especially for Southerners and middle-of-the-countriers, these shows offer a light-hearted, family theme. Chip and Joanna never fail to make you feel like you could do anything and everything to improve your home, and makes any dilapidated house feel like you are stepping into a Mediterranean villa in the middle of Texas. Guy Fieri's "Drive-Ins, Diners, and Dives" makes the statement, "This isn't your grandmother's diner". With all of the crazy amazing dishes that he discovers, they are in some pretty unlikely places that certainly reflect your hometown and the one dish that it is famous for.

3. "House Hunters (International)"

Counterpart: "Cupcake (Cake) Wars"

These two are a happy medium to on the scale of Relaxing to Fiery. They compliment each other nicely because they both have that little edge of competition or struggle, while also not getting too stressed out. "Cupcake Wars" offers a low-key competition to bake flavorful imaginative cupcakes with specific ingredients for pre-determined events that also end in 1,000 cupcakes. So while there is a competition, it is an extremely colorful show that certainly catches the eye, while also remaining interesting to view as a baking show. "House Hunters: International" is again an awesome show because of the locales and the culture that is presented in the show. The people or person looking to buy generally has an idea of what they want that is then enhanced only through seeing various places. I highly recommend this duo as a dinner and dessert combo.

4. "Beach Front Bargain Hunt" (or Lake Front)

Counterpart: "Beat Bobby Flay"

Something about these two shows as a couple just spoke to me. "Beat Bobby Flay" is a pretty light-hearted competition show and takes some of the edges off of competition cooking shows because the competitor is only cooking against master chef Bobby Flay and not 3 or 4 other competitors that must be beaten out through rounds of competition. "Beach Front Bargain Hunt" is again a slower, more focused house hunting show where the needs of the couple are generally more in sync. The entertainment comes from the exotic or national locations that the couples wish to live and the places that they look at. As a beach lover myself, I love to pretend I am house-hunting along with them and as an aspiring amateur cook, I believe that I cannot beat Bobby Flay... but it's still fun to pretend.

5. "Love It Or List It"

Counterpart: "Chopped"

This is probably the most competitive pair in this list. You know you are in for a wild ride where someone is probably going to get their feelings hurt. "Love It Or List It" features partners that fight to the death to either renovate the star families house (Love it) or to sell their house and find a better one for the family (List It). It gets pretty heated as the parents or the main couple of the household generally disagree on what to do and the suspense of who wins out is almost unbearable. Following the same vein, "Chopped" puts master and amateur chefs pitted against each other to see who wins out and who's dish gets placed on the chopping block. With beautiful and flavorful dishes being presented, it certainly is a competition that is fierce and full of energy.

So that's it! Those are my HGTV and Food Networkdream team pairings. Together, they will help college students everywhere to aspire to be successful home-makers, while also maintaing a little banter and fire in their lives.

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10 Reasons Moe's Will Always And Forever Be Superior To Chipotle

Welcome to Moe's!
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With the great debate between which burrito place is the best, here are 10 reasons why Moe's is clearly the better option than Chipotle. *Side note, I do like Chipotle, but Moe's will always be No. 1 in my heart.

1. WELCOME TO MOE'S!

You don't get this kind of hospitality from Chipotle.

2. Their menu is much larger.

Moe's offers burritos, quesadillas, nachos, burrito bowls, tacos, salads, and they all have cool names! Chipotle just has burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads. BORING.

3. They offer a variety of toppings.


Moe's offers over 20 fresh ingredients while Chipotle has...barely anything. :/

4. Moe Monday.

$5 BURRITOS!!!!! Seriously no one can beat that.

5. Their prices in general.


At Chipotle it's $6.50 just for a for a burrito alone. Add on chips, guac and a drink and that's roughly $13. At Moe's you can get a burrito, chips, unlimited salsa, and a drink for $8.80. Add on queso and that's only $1.25 more. (But totally worth it!!!) Which brings me to my next case...

6. QUESO!!!!!!!!!!

Queso is bae. That is all.

7. Free chips and a salsa bar!

We don't pay extra here.

8. The atmosphere at Moe's just feels better.

Chipotle's are usually tiny little restaurants that barely have any tables. Every time I go to Chipotle I feel rushed to eat my food because people are usually hovering over you looking for a seat. Moe's is like five times it size and they play good music.

9. Moe's is made with FRESH ingredients.


I'm not even gonna get into the whole Chipotle situation...

10. Overall, Moe's just tastes better than Chipotle.


Sorry 'bout it.

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Coffee Drinks You Need To Try If You're Willing To Go Outside Your Comfort Zone

Even if you like your coffee black, I have some drinks you might want to try.

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Here are some quick little changes to add to your typical coffee order!

Starting with things to add to a regular old cup of coffee, you could order a cafe au lait. A cafe au lait is half your medium/dark roast coffee with half steamed milk. For the espresso drinks, ask to add a raw sugar in with the espresso. Personally, this is my favorite because it adds a little bit of sweetness, but not much at all. I like a lot of foam with my lattes, so I will order a cappuccino, which are the shots of espresso and more dry foam filled to the top. Keep in mind: you can add any syrup flavor to these drinks.

Most people who go out for coffee stick with the same order; I asked one customer if they would like to try the oat milk with their french vanilla latte.. and get this! He liked it and orders it with oat milk every time! Whether you're dairy-free or not, trying different types of milk in your coffee is fun!

There is typically oat milk, coconut milk and almond milk at coffee shops. Switch out the whole milk for almond milk and it's a whole new taste on the latte! Non-dairy milk is also better for you, especially your skin! Remember that cafe au lait I was talking about earlier? You can make it iced! The barista will take their cold brew concentrate and put it over ice, with your choice of milk poured on top!

Always ask to see what kind of syrups the coffee shop has because most do have more than just vanilla and caramel! My personal favorites are butterscotch and maple! The peppermint mocha is always one of my easy favorites to order, as well. You chai lovers! Add vanilla or blackberry syrup to your typical chai, it's like a whole new drink!

On the coffee stand, there's usually honey and cinnamon. With any drink you order, even tea, honey will make a huge difference in your choice of drink. Next time you go to a coffee shop, look at the syrup flavors, ask questions, and maybe try a new kind of milk! Also remember, just because fall season is coming up and it's getting a little chilly out, doesn't mean you have to stop getting iced coffee.

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