Syracuse students go abroad for a variety of reasons. Some are trying to find themselves; some are learning a new language; others are looking to get drunk at a younger age, and in a better location than your standard off-campus dive. I went abroad for none of these reasons. In fact, I'm in Madrid for one thing only: the food.
Downtown Dining Weeks starts Monday in Syracuse, and offers restaurant-goers a variety of cuisines for $25 or less.
Downtown Dining Weeks is a great opportunity to sample the wide world of cuisine Syracuse has to offer without dropping a ton of dough. For two weeks, from Feb. 15 to 27, 19 local restaurants will offer three-course dinners for $25 or less. And 14 days leaves plenty of time for double dipping. You can get a lot of diversity—and a lot of dinner—for your dollar. The restaurant roster includes all kinds of food: French, Italian, Irish, Greek, Thai, Mexican and American, to name a few.
The only all-vegan cafe in upstate New York offers an eclectic menu and a home for revolutionary spirits and activists.
At first glance, Strong Hearts Cafe looks like any other eatery, from the tables and chairs to the colorful chalkboard menu to the free wireless Internet. But Strong Hearts is the only 100 percent vegan restaurant in upstate New York, meaning the food has absolutely no animal products such as meat, eggs or dairy.
Eat Here: The sounds of home fries sizzling. The aroma of bacon and cheesy omelets frying. The constant commotion of people laughing and chatting. This is what you get at Stella’s Diner in Syracuse: An atmosphere of at-home dining outside of the home.
When to Go: Breakfast time. Stella’s is open for all meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner, but breakfast is where it’s at. It doesn’t matter if it’s 5 a.m. on a weekday or 11 a.m. on a weekend, Stella’s is always hopping. People from near and far travel to this diner for their mouth-watering hot cakes, eggs and homefries and its at-home atmosphere. The line is guaranteed to be out the door on weekends, so if you plan to come, be prepared to wait. Bottom Line: Be ready to stand in line.
This fall-inspired stew contains butternut squash, turkey, and cinnamon.
The other night, what started as highly improvised cooking experiment resulted in a dish not only edible, but actually pretty delicious. It's a light but hearty stew with some of my favorite fall flavors, such as butternut squash, cinnamon, and, of course, turkey! If it sounds good to you, I encourage you to give it a try. (It's a great way to trick yourself into eating vegetables.)
Palestinians rioted after Israeli police forbid Muslims from one of Jerusalem's holiest sites.
According to CNN.com, Israeli police were on alert at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in fear of another Palestinian riot.
About 30,000 Jews gathered at the Western Wall, adjacent to Temple Mount to celebrate Sukkot; a harvest festival. Police closed the mount to Muslims to minimize any fear of violence. In return, Palestinians rioted and threw stoned and bottles at police forces. Ten Palestinian youths were arrested after they threw rocks at Orthodox Jews.