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Monday, April 23, 2012

Hello food reviews...


Hello fellow students and friends.  This is the first of what I hope to be many food reviews here in the Student Review.  My purpose in this review is to bring two things that I love together…food and people. I know how it feels to sit at home and wonder where you are going to take your ultra-hot date to eat this weekend; I know the persistent toggling between looking “expensively impressive” or “playing it safe and cheap”( sad but true).  I know what it feels like to want to eat out with friends but be too poor to do it. I know the feeling of hating Ramen Noodles, but still downing a few packages. The facts are; One, tons of restaurants, snack stops, and just plain good eats exist here in Utah County; Two, there are tons of creative and awesome people, with unique ideas and tastes, looking for fun and, or fine dining.  Have no fear…the review is here to try and line people up with their ideal eats.
How it works is I will try eats around the area and review them here in the Student Review.  I will rate food eateries on the basis of five categories; cost ability, date ability, taste ability, social ability, and serviceability.  Cost ability relates to all things financial about the place.  Date ability has everything to do with the establishment’s compatibility with a good date.  Taste ability is all about the food.  Was it good? Greasy? Filling? Unique?  Social ability deals in atmosphere and classiness.  Lastly, serviceability is how good the service is in all aspects of making the experience good for you the customer.  All ratings are submitted on a 1 to 5 scale…5 being “Holy Smokes that rocks my socks off!” and 1 being, “Let’s hit up a waffle house…gross!”
Mission one.  Tonight was a visit to a Provo classic (drum roll please)…”The Malt Shoppe” on University Avenue.  The Malt Shoppe is not new in most college circles.  It is an old fashioned hamburger joint that serves up the classics. When I say classics I obviously mean burgers, shakes, fries and an occasional corn dog.  Tonight, after a long day of study topped off with a three hour Chem 106 final, I could think of no better way to decompress than to drown my post-sorrows in an old fashioned shake.  The food was good, the jukebox was cookin’ and people were present in abundance.  My food choice consisted of the Pastrami Burger, a Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shake with fries.  Good stuff!!!
The Ratings.
Cost ability 3-Burgers are a bit on the higher end of fast food, but that does not mean you’re not getting a good bang for your buck. Besides that, shakes and sides are about the same price wise as most sit in fast food places.
Date ability 3.5- If you are looking for a fun place, with a warm atmosphere, where you and a date can chat over good food this is your place.  It fairly full on weekends and fairly empty on weekdays, but you will always have enough privacy to chat. Plus if conversation ever lags hit up the juke box and reset for more. The food is filling so I wouldn’t recommend eating here before an active activity like knife hunting or ultimate Frisbee.  It’s a nice sit down and relaxed place…good for a “DTR.” Jokes
Taste ability 3.8-The food is solid…Burgers are classic and filling and do taste good.  Fries are the weak- link but the Shakes more than make up for them.  Try a Chocolate and Peanut Butter shake…mmmmm.
Social ability 4- Especially on weekends this place is pretty packed…I have never gone and not met someone I know there.  The music and people make it a fun place to got whether on a date or with friends.
Serviceability 2.5-The one knock on the service is that it does take a bit of time to get your food on most occasions.
All in all I had a good time and I had some good food tonight and it was the perfect way to decompress after my last final.  If you are looking for a good classic hamburger, a great shake, or just a jukebox stop on by the Malt Shoppe right off of campus on University Avenue.  You will leave full and happy! That I can guarantee. Also if you have any places you would want me to check out just hit up my twitter or facebook.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A letter to my chemistry teacher

When thinking about what compounds I really wanted to dissect my mind jumped at a substance that has allowed others to give me loads of grief during my college years. Not a week goes by without someone being on my case about drinking diet sodas and I am sick of it.

“Did you know aspartame causes cancer?” “Don’t you realize aspartame makes you fat?” “Aspartame was used in the making of the first atomic bomb.” “That stuff will kill you!” These are the words I frequently hear from the “aspartame nay-Sayers.” Forget that I AM A DIABETIC, because that is not the real reason for my frustration. What really chaps my hide are people appointing themselves as my personal nutritional coaches, when they actually don’t know anything about this “divine gift to diabetics everywhere” themselves. I want to shut them up with some cold hard facts and only you can help me Dr. Macedone. I want to know what makes up this flakey white sugar substitute. I want to know what if anything could ever be dangerous within this substance that sprinkles over my cheerios like a light snowfall on a Christmas morning. I crave the knowledge I need to debunk the myth that aspartame is bad and dangerous for my body! Please help me sir!

Sincerely,

Jordan Mulford, aka “Astounded at Aspartame

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ahh this is the college life!!!


I just thought i would tune into the old blog for a quick update...today has been one of those wonderful college days that is going to be the first of many in a row...I awoke around 9 am and started doing homework (the best part of waking up). For the next 4 hours i studied chemistry getting prepared for yet another midterm....I actually reread all the material we had gone over this section because heaven knows i didn't read during the semester (I know i am an idiot). At 1 pm i went to Chemistry class and reviewed for the midterm on campus...this was followed by 3 more hours of last second cramming! By this time my mind was mush (and by that i mean ready to take a test) so i decided to go take a 3 hour chemistry test...ahh just got home and looked at my study guide...woops, turns out I missed a few questions on the exam. Oh well no time to think about it...got a creativity final project i better start cause it is due tomorrow morning and i have another midterm to take tomorrow and another to take on Friday!!! In the immortal words of Hot Rod Hundley (former Jazz announcer), "You got to love it baby!"

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jazz dream job

Hey Hey Hey...so i had a cool opportunity the other night. I won the Jazz dream job contest and was able to stand in with the Jazz social media team as the Jazz played the Kings! It was a fun time! I took my two brothers Seth and Cam and we had a VIP dinner before the game! During the game i sat in the media section next to the visitor tunnel. At half-time i was on the court and got a shout out from the announcer. I was able to briefly meet Al Jefferson, Randy Rigby, Matt Harpring, and Craig Bolerjack! It was pretty awesome! GO JAZZ!!!

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