You Need To Brunch At NYC's Banter

You Need To Brunch At NYC's Banter

Banter is Greenwich Village's latest local Australian cafe.

Australian cafes have been popping up all over New York City in the past few years. The invasion of these vary between a quick cappuccino spot to a sit-down brunch. No matter the set-up, an Aussie café could quickly become one of your go-to spots in NYC. Some of the most notable include Two Hands, Bluestone Lane Collective Café, and Little Collins, all known for their incredible and Insta-worthy avo toast.

Enter Banter, Greenwich Village’s latest obsession in a sunny spot on Sullivan Street. Aussie natives and former Two Hands employees Nick Duckworth and Josh Evans opened Banter just this February, and it keeps ending up on my Instagram feed. A beautiful Tuesday in mid-May called for the perfect opportunity to check it out with a friend.

Around 2 p.m. the restaurant wasn’t crowded, but not empty either. Bustling at a comfortable pace is the best way I can think to describe it. A small outdoor seating area with wide open doors lets in a light breeze and plenty of natural light, making it immediately clear why Banter is an Insta dream. The menu is deceivingly extensive, extending past the typical Aussie coffee bar that you might be used to. Familiarly (and obviously), avocado toast makes the list, but the Nutella French Toast and Fried Chicken Burger set this apart from the simple coffee bar and make it a full-blown restaurant. Additionally, a full liquor license allows the addition of bloody marys and mimosas to the menu, so we’re already on the right track to a prime weekday brunch spot (and we haven’t even eaten yet.)

I couldn’t pass up the Chia Pudding Bowl, while my friend was obsessed with the sound of the Golden Folded Eggs, which came alongside herb smashed peas, prosciutto, a greens salad, smashed avo, and fresh chilli. Oh, baby! We didn’t wait long for it to arrive (major plus), but I would have waited longer because it was so delicious. Fresh berries topped my pudding bowl, and even though it looks small, it was definitely filling. The plate across from me was completely full, and I never doubted it was worth the $15.

We spent more time than necessary basking in the ambiance of it all; the lightness of the décor, the plants sprucing up the indoors with greenery, the Australian accents of our servers, and the two guys two tables over from us who were definitely famous for something.

I will definitely be back again to taste more of the menu, and would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a newer place to try in the Village. Here’s to hoping it will stay a secret for just a little while longer, only so we don’t have to wait for a table!

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Nutrition Nerd: Vitamin E

Essential, extraordinary, excellent. Vitamin E.

The "e" in "vitamin E" doesn't stand for a specific word, but if it did, I'm pretty sure it would be along the lines of "essential," "extraordinary," "excellent," etc. Vitamin E is such an important nutrient, yet most Americans fall short of the recommended intake! This is a catastrophe (well, to nutrition nerds like me, at least). But I am here to give you a little education on this extraordinary vitamin and how you can get a little more of it in your diet!

About vitamin E

There are eight different compounds in vitamin E. The most important compound to focus on alpha-tocopherol.

Why is vitamin E important?

Honestly, there are too many reasons to list! Vitamin E is an antioxidant that works to protect your cells from damage. Numerous studies have been done to support vitamin E's role in preventing cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and many other medical conditions. Having adequate vitamin E is also key to having a strong immune system and healthy skin!

The recommended daily allowance for vitamin E is 15 mg/day.

That doesn't seem like much, but over 90% of Americans fail to meet it! Vitamin E is tricky. Being a fat soluble vitamin, it can only be absorbed by the body in the presence of lipids. Supplements should be avoided if possible because overdosing on vitamin E can be deadly. Because it is fat soluble, the body cannot get rid of excess amounts, leading to toxicity.

How can you get more vitamin E in your diet?

The answer is simple - eat more vitamin E rich foods! And make sure you eat them with a source of fat for optimal absorption. Vitamin E rich foods include almonds, avocados, dried apricots, sunflower seeds, spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, olives, broccoli, hazelnuts, peanuts, quinoa, and more!

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The 14 Stages Of Your Monday Morning Without Coffee

For my coffee lovers and Monday haters.

Mondays are terrible.

It’s the beginning of the week, which usually means lying in bed Sunday night thinking about your schedule: counting how many lectures and discussions you have until the next weekend, feeling the anxiety of essay deadlines and homework assignments, planning out which assignments to do when and trying to schedule in endless club meetings and social activities.

But the one thing I look forward to on Monday morning is that perfect mug filled with sweet, caramel, hazelnut or french vanilla coffee (hot or iced depending on what I'm craving that day).

If you’re like me, a basic college student, you’re usually racing out the door for that first lecture Monday morning because you decided to hit snooze three times. On multiple occasions, I have left my coffee sitting on the kitchen counter as I raced out the door and on other days, I’m in such a hurry I don’t even have time to put in a mobile order at my favorite coffee shop: Starbucks.

The Monday morning struggle is real for me. If you can survive Monday without coffee, you deserve a gold medal. But if you can’t survive without coffee, these stages are for you.

1. The moment you realize you forgot your coffee

2. Thinking about what coffee shops are on your way to class

Coffee Bytes? Starbucks? Colectivo? Peet's Coffee? Do I even have time to stop?

3. If only you hadn't hit the snooze three times...

4. When you're too late for even a Starbucks mobile order

5. Debating with yourself whether you should just be 10 minutes late to class so you can get your daily cup of caffeine

6. Crying. In public.

7. Feeling like an outsider because every single person walking to class seems to have a coffee

(Which is mainly a Starbucks because it just re-opened last week on State Street.)

8. Wondering how to survive this first lecture without your Monday morning secret weapon

9. Trying to convince yourself that YOU CAN DO IT!

10. But then falling asleep in class because you just can't focus/keep your eyes open

11. Thinking about maybe, just maybe, asking the person sitting next to you if you can have a teeny tiny sip of their coffee

12. Wanting to casually ask if anyone wants to go on a coffee run in the middle of lecture

13. Counting down the minutes until lecture ends...

You're totally pulling an HSM2 countdown, don't deny it.

14. And the excitement you feel when you can finally get that giant cup of java you've been waiting all morning for

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