An Ode To Bob-B-Q's

An Ode To Bob-B-Q's

Seriously the best food on this planet.
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Bob-B-Q's, this is an open letter to you because I miss my favorite food.

Bob-B-Q's has always been there for me, whether as motivation to study, get through the school day, or commiserate after a particularly difficult test. It's also been the perfect take-out for late nights with friends or Netflix marathons. That being said, Bob-B-Q's would be the perfect for the stress and fun of college and my life would be complete if I could have somehow brought Bob's upstate wot college with me.

Bob-B-Q's has to be what I miss the most from home and I've unfortunately been told that it's a little too far to drive the three and a half hours home for just one meal. I would absolutely rent a zipcar on the spot if the craving ever got too intense though. If I could follow my heart instead of this logical argument, however, I would make the drive at least twice a week to satiate my craving for this perfect food.

Literally everything on the Bob-B-Q's menu is mouthwatering. My personal favorites include the entire menu...but if I really, really had to narrow it down, I would have to choose mac & cheese, baby back ribs, mac & cheese, chicken in a bag, mac & cheese, pulled pork, mac & cheese, well-done wings, and, did I mention, MAC & CHEESE. Seriously, the mac & cheese is heavenly. Top any of it off with a cold Stewart's root beer and fresh corn bread, and, of course, mac & cheese. But seriously, my ideal super power would be snapping my fingers and having this mac & cheese appear in front of me.

I cannot even begin to describe the perfection of the mac & cheese. The shells are cooked just right and mixed with the ideal amount of melty, tasty cheese. The warm gooey food is the ultimate food no matter your mood or cravings. It's a great summer meal but also the greatest comfort food for the colder months bc the warmth spreads so easily throughout your entire body. It's also perfect for any occasion. I've had it catered at parties but I also grab it to lay in bed and binge watch Netflix.

Now, you might be thinking, "How could a small barbecue joint in the middle of nowhere be so special." It is that special and it is that amazing. You'll just have to trust me. You will 100% enjoy anything you order off the extensive menu of delicious foods and you will definitely be satisfied. If you've never had it, it's more than worth the drive home, no matter ho far; but I'm sure you're nodding along and getting ready to call Lindsey to order your Bob's favorite.

So, sorry mom and dad, the home-cooking just can't compare. Bob-B-Q's will always be my last meal before leaving home and my first meal upon returning.

Cover Image Credit: Tessa Lavan

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3 Reasons Why Step Dads Are Super Dads

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.

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The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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