The Oberlin Review

Just Ask Us: GoYeo or Stevie?

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz

November 7, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Welcome back to the second installment of “Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya” with Jolie and Mike. We know it’s been a hard and long two weeks (my God, three weeks!) with this pesky break keeping us apart from one another, but we’re happy to be back, and it is our firm opinion that you are, too. Browsing the internet, as we do daily, and scouring Yik Yak, which we also do daily, it occurred to us that there should be no more beating around the bush. We must answer the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: Would you rather say “GoYeo!” at the end of every sentence or eat Stevie food for the rest of your life? (Question obtained courtesy of Yik Yak and the wildly creative mind of Remington Runnfeldt...

The Epicurean: L’Albatros Lives Up to Hype

The Epicurean: L’Albatros Lives Up to Hype

September 26, 2014

This is the second in a biweekly column highlighting our local culinary scene. Restaurant reviews, research, interviews, recipes and more will all come together in order to identify what makes the Cleveland experience unique. Zack Bruell is not an attention-monger. You will not find him competing on “Iron Chef” or “Chopped.” You will not hear people speaking his name in New York or Los Angeles. But he happens to own five of the most popular restaurants in Cleveland. He is more local he...

The Epicurean: Setting Cleveland’s Culinary Stage

Matt Segall, Columnist

September 12, 2014

Filed under ARTS

This is the first in a biweekly column highlighting our local culinary scene. Restaurant reviews, research, interviews, recipes and more will all come together in order to identify what makes the Cleveland experience unique. Many have heard of Cleveland’s West Side Market, the much-hyped European-style food bazaar that offers a diverse selection of products that attracts tens of thousands every weekend. Another famous character on the Cleveland food scene is Michael Symon, who won the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef competition, rocketing him into the national spotlight. It should come as no surprise that Cleveland — former industrial and economic capital of the Midwest and home to the likes of John D. Rockefel...

Students, Union Rally for Farmworkers

Students, Union Rally for Farmworkers

March 14, 2014

Oberlin students picketed a Wendy’s in Columbus, OH this past Sunday, joining a Florida worker’s union in a march for farmworker justice. Protesters attempted to pressure Wendy’s into signing Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Agreement, legislation that both guarantees farmers a penny per bushel and ensures that there is a flat top on tomato buckets that are distributed. According to College junior Zachery Crowell, this piece of legislation certifies that farmworkers are not...

Attention to Food’s Origins is Critical in Light of Outbreak

Sam White, Contributing Writer

October 11, 2013

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

We shouldn’t have to care about what’s in our food: Simply “eating a balanced diet,” complete with proteins, fats, greens and carbohydrates, should suffice. Today, however, it’s becoming increasingly difficult — and dangerous — not to care. Recent events bring this to light. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a health alert this week regarding an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella, responsible for at least 270 cases of the severe foodborne illness. According to the USDA, the source of the illness has been traced to poultry products produced by Foster Farms in California at three of the company’s four facilities. While the majority of reported cases have been in California, the contaminated...

College Takes On Real Food Challenge

March 15, 2013

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

This Wednesday, on the steps of Wilder Hall, President Krislov approved a commitment to join the Real Food Challenge and make Oberlin Campus Dining Services 40 percent “real food” by 2020. “Real food” is food that fits into one or more of four categories described by the Real Food Challenge: local-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane. The Real Food challenge, a nationwide nonprofit organization, is asking colleges and universities across the nation to commit to 20 percent real food by 2020. Colleges and universities currently purchase five billion dollars of food every year, and by shifting one fifth, or $1 billion, of that spending to responsible food providers, Real Food Challenge hopes to harness “the...

MAASC emphasizes unity, culinary traditions

Joelle Lingat, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

This past weekend, Oberlin College hosted the 17th Biennial Midwest Asian American Student Conference. Over 50 students from different campuses, including Loyola University Chicago, Calvin College, University of Florida and Grinnell College were represented. Asian-American students from all over the Oberlin campus came together to plan the event. For almost 35 years, the conference aligned with students’ call for more opportunities for Asian-American studies on campus. The original Asian/Pacific American conference efforts led to the establishment of tenure and tenure-track Asian-American history professor positions and helped to establish the Comparative American Studies department. Although these strides have...

We All Scream Pt. 2: Cowhaus, New Cone on the Block

We All Scream Pt. 2: Cowhaus, New Cone on the Block

September 23, 2011

Last week I sampled both Yesterday’s and Gibson’s ice cream flavors with the hope of choosing a winner. No clear champion emerged, but with the opening of Cowhaus Creamery on Friday, Sept. 16, Oberlin’s newest ice cream shop, perhaps the tie will be broken. Cowhaus, located next to Slow Train Cafe on East College St., is an artisan ice cream parlor that features many local ingredients and bowls and utensils that are 100 percent compostable. The ice cream itself is made just 10 miles away at...

Weeklong Events Bring Slow Food Awareness to Campus

Liv Combe, News Editor

March 11, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Over the course of this coming week, March 7-12, Oberlin will host a wide variety of students, organizations, staff and community members focusing on one of the more unifying aspects of human culture: food. Food Committee Co-Chairs College junior Erin Swenson-Klatt and College senior Julia Munson began organizing this weeklong event back in November. They began by reaching out to organizations on campus that deal with food and food issues and soon Swenson-Klatt and Munson found themselves with a schedule of programs including film screenings, panel discussions and cheese tastings. “One of the reasons we’re putting on a Food Week right now is that interest in food issues is just blossoming,” said Swenson-Klatt,...

Food Review: Korean Market Brings Kimchee to Huddled Oberlin Masses

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer

February 18, 2011

Filed under ARTS

Kim’s Market, Oberlin’s new Asian specialty store and eatery, is located on Eric Nord Way, a small street in the new East College Street complex. And while most of Kim’s patrons probably don’t know where Eric Nord Way is located (or who Eric Nord, an Amherst philanthropist who passed away in 2008, actually was), the market has nonetheless attracted members of the Oberlin community in droves. One of several retail spaces that make up the new East College Street complex, Kim’s Market is a combination grocery store and restaurant tucked behind Slow Train Cafe. After staring curiously through the doors for several days, I decided it was finally time to explore this unknown, but promising, new establishment. Befo...

Restaurant Review: Aladdin’s Eatery Ousts Java Zone in Baba Ganoush Coup

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

February 11, 2011

Filed under ARTS

Everyone has dreams and, up until a month ago, this was mine: that Java Zone would be bought out by an enigmatic and fabulously wealthy restaurateur for a tidy sum, and that it would be replaced by a 24-hour sandwich shop. Sandwiches, of all creeds and colors, under the same roof and available at all hours of the night: a banh mi next to a meatball sub, a croque monsieur next to a pastrami on rye, a cheese steak sharing the spotlight of a heat lamp with a po’ boy. And in this dream, the sandwiches would be cheap, and the waiters would all wear hand puppets, and every night at 8 and 10 p.m. the hand puppets would reenact the fight scenes from Road House. Although I eventually came to terms with the fact that the...

The Swallow: A Thing I Ate Last Week

Amiel Stanek, Staff Writer

December 4, 2009

Filed under ARTS

Sometimes I worry about this whole thing that I’ve started doing, this thing where I write about the food that I eat and cast these writings out into the world for other people to read. I worry because, when I read the sorts of things written by the food writers and gastronomes whom I admire and whose careers I covet, it doesn’t seem as though these people have had an unexceptional meal in their lives — that is to say, they don’t write about them much, if ever. I’m sure they partake in such fare, lackluster home cooking and drive-thru dinners, perhaps even as often as you and I do, but what concerns me is that these individuals, or maybe their editors, don’t seem to think that these sorts of meals are...

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