9 Great Places for Food in Charlotte

9 Great Places for Food in Charlotte

Whenever you get tired of Thomson at Winthrop, you can always grab your squad and hit up Charlotte

Sometimes college food just does not cut it. Even though they change it up sometimes in cafe, having the same thing 7 days a week just won't do it. Sometimes you need to get away from campus. The benefit of going to a campus like Winthrop University is the close proximity to a city like Charlotte, North Carolina. Not only does it home the Panthers, but it is home to culinary geniuses. If you ever want to get away from campus food, definitely try these nine inexpensive places out in Charlotte with some friends!

1. Zablong

Because who doesn't love pizza? Located at 137 Brevard Court in Charlotte, they have a very unique way of shaping their pizza and naming it. With creative titles such as The Misfit, The Tree Hugger, and even The Vampire Slayer, there seems to never be a dull moment with an experience at this inventive pie place

2. The Flying Biscuit Cafe

If you're going to the Flying Biscuit be prepared for some good ol' Southern comfort food. With their all day Breakfast including French Toast and omelette's galore, it would be impossible to pass up going to this place whenever you have a craving for breakfast food.

3. 7th Street Public Market

Shop, Eat, and Drink. What more could you ask for in Charlotte? 224 East 7th Street is truly the place to be. While you get coffee from Not Just Coffee you can get crepes from Hazelnuts Creperie or even get your own sushi made an Bonsai Fusion. After that you can even do some light shopping. This public market is honestly the best of all worlds especially if you want to take a break.

4. Cabo Fish Taco

If you want some fish tacos, this spot in NoDa (North Davidson Street) is the place to be! They even have the stamp of approval from Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives." Only around 30 minutes away from Winthrop University, the restaurant has Baja inspired cuisine like you wouldn't believe. Barbecue Mahi Mahi tacos? Yes please.

5. Inizio Pizza Napoletana

You can't have enough pizza in your life if you ask me. All I have to see is a wood-fire oven and I immediately have to taste it. Tapping into the traditional Neapolitan style of making pizza, you will not be disappointed with their menu.

6. Amelie's French Bakery and Cafe

Another great spot in NoDa for the best pastries. From tarts, creme puffs and macarons, this bakery screams France. Even if you're not into pastries, you can eat there at any time of the day in an inviting and warm atmosphere.

7. Joe's Doughs

With a cool name like this, you have to go and see what it's about. Another NoDa spot that you have to visit if you love doughnuts. Their delectable flavors like Maple Bacon and Chocolate Sea Salted Caramel you want nothing more than to visit this place. It's a good late night snack for a well deserved study break.

8. Sangam Indian Cuisine

If you want something spicy, I would recommend this family run Indian restaurant. They have plenty of tandoori options to quickly transport you to India with each bite. Sangam gives plenty options from their Vegetarian entrees and eleven lamb based dishes so you can order something different every time.

9. Three Amigos

If you want some good Mexican food for a good price, Three Amigos is the place to be in Charlotte. Their menu includes all you can eat enchilada Thursdays and half off deserts on Tuesdays. Honestly with deals like that why wouldn't you want to visit. Plus, their mole sauce is to die for.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.


I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.


I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!


If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!


One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.


When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.


For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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