Monthly Archives: May 2013

homecoming and alums!

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This weekend marks Union’s highly-anticipated annual ReUnion Weekend! Last year was a blast and I am even more excited this year because I’ll be able to catch up with some close friends of mine who only became alumni one short year ago! The schedule for the weekend is absolutely packed and with countless BBQs, tours, craft fairs, speakers, and of course the incredible fireworks display, everyone is bound to have a garnet-tastic time! I’ll be tweeting and instgramming all weekend at @catziac and don’t forget to follow the other Union happenings at the hashtags: #UAlumni #SpringatU #unionunfiltered

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Have an awesome weekend and I hope to see you out and about on our beautiful campus!

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hair affair

I haven’t gotten my hair cut in an embarrassingly long amount of time and with my summer right around the corner, it’s about time I cut it to a more manageable length. I think there’s also a symbolic element to getting my haircut before I dive into something new and this summer definitely calls for that…

I’m going short, what do you think?

i could still curl it, ala Alexa Chung

i could still curl it, ala Alexa Chung

Julianne Hough rocks a sassy shoulder-length cut

Julianne Hough rocks a sassy shoulder-length cut

my twin circa 2009 helps me see what i might look like!

my twin circa 2009 helps me see what i might look like!

 

 

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I have some very exciting news! One of my good friends at Union who has his very own food blog just got published in an online magazine! I am so proud of him! I love love love when friends blog (I kind of really like blogging… it’s a thing) and when a friend can combine that with something they’re super passionate about and get recognized?! Well, that’s just too cool. I sat down with Emanuel  of the awesome blog “Scratch” to pick his mind about all things culinary, creative, and cool:

So first off, tell us a little bit more about yourself. Where did you grow up and what are a few things that everyone should know about Emanuel Storch?
So… I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, grew up in the kitchen always helping my mom cook for ourselves or for the many guests that walked through our door. I started cooking dinner for my family in high school, and that’s probably when it became a real hobby of mine. After high school, I spent a year at Bar-Ilan University in Israel before coming to Union. I was on a gap year program, where we had kitchens in our dorms but no substantial meal plan. As the year began, my friends grew hungry, and I started cooking every day after class. I would take trips to the open-air market in Tel Aviv and made meals with our countertop plug-in stove and oversized toaster oven. My friends called it “Manny’s Meal Plan.”
What inspired you to begin Scratch? Where do you hope to take the blog or, better yet, where do you hope it takes you?
With my food blog Scratch, my goal is to teach college students that a college diet does not need to consist of frozen pizza or ramen noodles. Cooking can be easy and fun! I also believe that eating healthfully does not mean compromising taste. There is no reason for us to consume all these processed products served in our dining halls or sold in our grocery stores, when food can taste so much better and be so much healthier. 
 
During my year in Israel, I began documenting all the meals I made, and my friends told me I should make a food blog with all my photos. That really was my inspiration to start Scratch. My ultimate goal is to make a career for myself in the food industry. I think Americans are becoming a lot more health conscious and are searching for healthy alternatives to both diet products and regular processed products. I also hope to continue growing my blog and gaining a greater presence on the internet.
How excited were you to be approached by College & Cook magazine? Would you like to be involved with more magazines or other media in the future outside of just blogging?
I was extremely excited to be approached by College & Cook Magazine. I truly admire their work and attention to detail. They have a high-quality publication that I think will grow immensely in the near future. I would also love to be involved with more magazines and would love to network more with other food bloggers. 
You’re living with me in the Culinary Theme House next year — YAY! Any fantastic foodie ideas for 2013-2014?
Most of all, I am extremely excited to be living in Culinary House next year. I plan on cooking there a lot, developing more recipes, and possibly growing a mini garden in the backyard for the fall. 
Make sure to check out Emanuel’s feature in College & Cook Magazine HERE!
the blog outline amazingly simple recipes to make even things like brussel sprouts scrumptious!

scatch outlines amazingly simple recipes that make even things like brussel sprouts scrumptious! (i tried these very ones in real life — amazing!!!)

i've been meaning to try this little number myself!

i’ve been meaning to try this little number myself!

emanuel and his TWIN sister, Arianne -- THEY.ARE.TOO.CUTE!

emanuel and his TWIN sister, Arianne — THEY.ARE.TOO.CUTE!

camp union

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A few weeks ago Maura wrote about how during the spring term Union becomes less of a college and more of camp. This point needs emphasizing. I swear, Union is not a real place during the spring term. Between gorgeous weather, awesome campus-wide energy, and so many incredible eventsit’s no wonder why people are absolutely obsessed with Union during the springtime! Just yesterday I was casually walking back from class when I saw a bouncy bounce set up on West Beach. I mean, during the spring term there are so many things going on that even someone very well connected and on top of all of the campus social media networks and calendar emails cannot keep up with everything! I don’t think I appreciated everything that was happening on campus last spring and I think this year I’m realizing that I just can’t wrap my head around all of the awesomeness! Union always rocks, but during the spring term? Don’t even get me started!

Jerry

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Last week Union’s Speakers Forum welcomed Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s  premium ice cream to speak to our campus community. While the free ice cream at the end was awesome, listening to Jerry’s perspective on life and business was without-a-doubt the best part. As a student interested in both economics and entrepreneurship, Jerry’s anecdotes were extremely helpful and eye-opening. Perhaps my biggest take away from the evening was that making ice cream didn’t start as a life long passion for either Ben or Jerry; the two friends simply knew that they wanted to get into the food business together and ended up choosing ice cream. I like this story because I’m a person who feels like I need to have everything figured out to the finest of details before going into something, but Jerry’s words convinced me that all you need to know is that you want to go into business and the rest will fall into place (with some hard work, of course!). During a time of personal high-stress, Jerry’s talk made me excited and I like being excited.

still into you

Have a fun weekend, lovelies!!

city living

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Last week I signed the lease for my summer apartment in the city (Meow! Manhattan!) I will be living in midtown (noisy, but close to work) with my beautiful twin sister, Julia. I haven’t seen the place in person yet (let’s just say that in my world a picture isn’t worth a thousand words, but a trip to the Big Apple…), but I’m hoping that it won’t disappoint! I’ve already been cooking up some pinspiration in terms of how I want to decorate the place… what do you think??

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