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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 5:15 p.m.

FoBoGro starts delivery service

If you're feeling lazy, you're in luck. FoBoGro now offers delivery several days a week. Kiana Robertson | Hatchet Staff Photographer

If you’re feeling lazy, you’re in luck. FoBoGro now offers delivery several days a week. Kiana Robertson | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Crystel Sylvester.

If a late-night craving hits you, now you have a new delivery option.

FoBoGro began offering delivery options last week, owner Kris Hart said. The delivery will run Thursday – Saturday from 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.. Students can order from the sandwich shop or the grocery store, owner Kris Hart said.

“Whether it’s a sandwich, snacks, salad, beer, wine; anything you want in the store, you can get delivered,” Hart, who is an alumnus, said.

Hart said most orders will take about 10 to 15 minutes to deliver, depending on the size of the order. Alcohol deliveries must be delivered before midnight, Hart said.

Hart has already hired one new employee for the service, and says all delivery will be done by bike. The delivery radius is about one mile – just far enough for Hart to order from his own home on M street.

“If the demand gets to be high, we’ll probably hire more bikers,” Hart said.

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Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 9:08 p.m.

The groundhog speaks: more political gridlock

On Tuesday, Potomac Phil predicted six more months of winter and political gridlock. The taxidermy rodent is a crowd favorite at Dupont Festival’s annual Groundhog Day celebration. But he’s no ordinary critter – he can predict the weather as well as the upcoming political climate.

“It’s fun to see people’s reactions,” Silvia Eberly said as she played her harmonika. “Early in the morning most people are thinking of school and work, most people have groundhogs in the back of their mind.”

Video by Matt Ley

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Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 5:06 p.m.

Porn viewing spiked during Storm Jonas

While you may have spent Winter Storm Jonas sledding or watching Speaker Paul Ryan’s blizzard live stream, lots of other D.C. residents were partaking in some more, um, adult entertainment.

Porn viewership spiked by 23 percent over the course of the weekend, and reached its climax of 25 percent on Sunday. In comparison, viewership increased 6 percent in New York City on Sunday, GQ reported.

The data was collected from the adult website Pornhub.

Traffic also increased in D.C. by about 65 percent at 1 p.m. on Sunday and again at 10 p.m. on Sunday. No wonder everyone wanted Monday off.

These statistics shouldn’t be too surprising. DCist reported in 2013 that D.C. residents watched more porn on a normal day than residents in any other city.

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Toli Moli, a Burmese dessert restaurant, was a featured pop-up at “EatsPlace” on Saturday.

The mother-daughter owned business specializes in falooda, a Southeast Asian treat composed of fresh fruits, sweet milk, ice cream and seeds.

“We decided to call it ‘Toli Moli’ because it means ‘a little bit of this and a little bit of that’,” chef Jocelyn Law-Yone said.

Video by Sara Bugaighis

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Sons of Pitch, an all-male a cappella group, has been preparing for their performance in an international a cappella competition.

The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal will be held at the University of Maryland on Saturday night. The tournament, which features a cappella groups from around the world, has been called “the real-life ‘Pitch Perfect.’”

“I think that we’re in a good place. I just hope that we can have fun and bring it on stage,” said Jonah Bannett, music director for Sons of Pitch.

Video by Justine Coleman

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 11:32 p.m.

250 students gather for challah bake

More 200 students gathered in the Marvin Center for the first annual Mega Challah Bake Wednesday night. Students were divided into groups to make one loaf of traditional Jewish bread for themselves and one for charity.

Aaron Goodtree, a board member of the L’Chaim Students Organization and an organizer of the event, said he hopes it will help students bring “a little bit of Jewish culture back into their own dorms.” Goodtree is a former Hatchet reporter.

Video by Deepa Shivaram

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 10:20 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Max McCrory.

Now that the snow has (mostly) cleared up outside, you can get out and about this weekend. Take advantage of this fact by celebrating the Chinese New Year, hearing some stand-up comedy or just indulging in some chocolate.


Jamel Johnson

This staple of the D.C. stand-up comedy scene covers everything from Law & Order: SVU to gentrification and racism in his act.

The Big Hunt. 1345 Connecticut Ave NW. 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.


Chinese New Year Festival

Be transported to China for the day. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is hosting a Chinese New Year festival where you could make a paper lantern for your dorm while watching a traditional lion parade. There will also be countless performances by Chinese artists and you can even watch the National Zoo’s new panda, Bei Bei, on the panda cam (like you don’t do this every day already).

The Smithsonian American Art Museum. 800 G St. NW from 11:30 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.

End your weekend by browsing all of the records D.C. (and most of the East Coast) has to offer at the D.C. Record Fair. There will be vendors from all over the East Coast with records ranging from the latest Lana Del Rey album to a Beatles’ classic. Penn Social (where the event is being held) will also be providing drinks and disc jockeys will play music while you peruse the records. You can listen to your newly purchased record with a cup of hot cocoa when you get back to your dorm and attempt to start homework.

Penn Social. 801 E St. NW. 11 am-12 pm $5 Early Bird Admission, $2 from 12 pm-5pm. Tickets are available at the door.

McLean Chocolate Festival

Take a jaunt to McLean, Va. in the name of chocolate. The fifth annual McLean Chocolate Festival will feature a variety of chocolate vendors and a chocolate making demonstration. As a bonus, all of your purchases will go in support of local charities.

1234 Ingleside Dr., McLean, VA. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $2.

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 8:04 p.m.

Restaurant Week guide

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Lauren Gomez.

D.C.’s annual restaurant celebration is this week which, love it or hate it, means prix-fixed menus at many popular eateries all around the city. This means $22 lunches and $35 dinners at more than 200 restaurants in the D.C. area, if you can snag a table. Thanks to Winter Storm Jonas, Restaurant Week will last through Wednesday, Feb. 3. Here are some of the best deals near campus:


Just a few blocks from campus, this restaurant prides itself on providing American comfort food. Restaurant Week fare includes mini pot roast, chicken matzoh ball soup and chocolate pot de crème for dessert. The Restaurant Week brunch, also priced at $22, features crawfish gumbo and french toast with apples and pears.

1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m to 10 p.m.

El Centro D.F.

This Georgetown spot serves a killer tableside-prepared guacamole and hangar steak tacos. They also have a variety of creative margaritas, like spicy mango and prickly pear. A slightly larger Restaurant Week menu includes options like pork carnitas, grilled quesadillas and tacos.

1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Monday 11 a.m to 10 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. to 11p.m. Wednesday 11 a.m to 11p.m, Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Marrakesh Restaurant

Try something new with your eating and try Moroccan dishes like baba gannoush, lamb couscous and chicken tagine. Sit on Moroccan pillows and be sure to save room for baklava.

2147 P Street. Monday and Tuesday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

RIS is known for its adventurous cuisine. During Restaurant Week, try out a margarita with lime-marinated scallops, grilled prawns and lamington (a raspberry-filled sponge cake with coconut and chocolate glaze).

2275 L Street NW Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Kaz Sushi Bistro

A GW favorite, this casual Japanese restaurant serves authentic, contemporary cuisine. Try their Bento Box with salmon sashimi and a crunchy shrimp hand roll. For dessert, enjoy a ginger ice cream sandwich.

1915 I Street NW. Monday through Friday, 11:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Urbana Restaurant

A beloved Italian restaurant in Dupont Circle, Urbana Restaurant cooks authentic pastas, vegetables and seafood.Try their tortellini with pumpkin-mascarpone filling, brown butter, sage and parmesan.

2121 P St NW. Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m 11:30 p.m. Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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Snowzilla proved to be an intense blizzard. But more than 20 inches of snow didn’t stop D.C. residents from finding some fun on their snow days. Meridian Hill Park is the perfect spot for sledding, snowman building and, if you’re brave enough, snowball fights.

Video by Jake Amorelli

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Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 11:41 a.m.

Brave the storm for restaurant deals

You may feel like Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in “The Revenant” as you venture outside your dorm this weekend during the storm, but unlike DiCaprio, you don’t have to settle for eating raw bison liver. Check out these snow storm discounts and deals from local restaurants and bars to fill up without having to deal with the lines at Whole Foods.


This former “Top Chef” contestant’s restaurant is offering its happy hour menu throughout the storm so you can chow down on $5 calamari, $4 flatbread and $5 glasses of wine.

707 6th St. NW

Del Campo

You can also enjoy all day happy-hour menu at this South American steakhouse which features $6 margaritas and a smoked brisket slider for $9.

777 I St. NW


Fill up on American food with a Latin twist with happy hour starting at 3 p.m. Saturday with $4 tacos. Or stop by for brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with bottomless mimosas.

1926 14th St NW


This New Orlean’s style restaurant is serving up a variety of deals through the weekend from $2 cups od gumbo to $6 hurricane cocktails.

2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Bar Dupont

If you saw “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” multiple times over break you will want to stop by this bar on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as it transforms in a Star Wars theme. Try a spiked “Hot Chewbuccalatte” for $7 or a “Hutt Toddie” for $12.

1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW

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