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Impress the ladies (or fellas) Romantic fall dates for tight budgets BY WIL PETTY Fall has finally arrived. It’s the end of ladies wearing white (for reasons I still do not understand), football starts going into full speed and the temperatures are starting to fall. Although many relate the autumn season to things wilting, dying and other not-so romantic things, there are plenty of dates that will make you feel just as alive as that first time you met. Make your own dessert tour This one is easy, fun and cheaper than you might think. You decide where all the best desserts in Athens are and you spend the day going from place to place eating. Fortunately, desserts are usually the cheapest items at the restaurants and this date can have as little as three locations or as many as six or seven. Whether it is eating Copper Creek’s cheesecake or getting a blizzard at Dairy Queen, you’ll be guaranteed to satisfy a sweet tooth and your date will love having a smorgasbord of ice cream, fudge and red velvet. Don’t worry about the calories, one date of doing this isn’t suddenly going to make everybody gain 15 pounds in their thighs. Focus solely each other’s company and the best places Athens has to offer. Don’t be yourself Get in a car and drive an hour in any direction. Once you hit the next small town, find a local restaurant and stop. You and your date are going to walk in and have dinner, drink wine and enjoy nice conversation — but there’s a catch. The two of you are not yourselves. Order your food in a different accent, I would recommend being very Southern or British. Don’t buy the food that you would want to eat, but the food the person you are becoming does. Make this your own character. It eases up the conversation as well. The two of you will not be talking about your day-to-day struggles, how rough your OChem class is or what you need to bring for 4 Athens Living
that get together with your friends the next day. You’ll want to know her favorite color, her favorite band, where she’s originally from and she will have to think it on the spot. After dinner find something in town that you two would never do and enjoy it. Don’t get too carried away, but enjoy the evening of role-play. Find it Growing up, we all loved scavenger hunts. This plays to what can be a perfect day date. Place clues all around Athens for your date to find and join them while he or she finds out. Some perfect places to take them to look would be art galleries such as ATHICA or the Georgia Museum of Art, Little Kings for some spontaneous salsa dancing, or to the State Botanical Garden for a peaceful walk around the trails. The trick is to give envelopes with the clues to the places the day before the date. Usually they will understand, after all receptionists can be softies. After going to three or four places, end the night with something your significant other likes to do. It can be a concert of their favorite local band at 40 Watt or the Georgia Theatre, a romantic dinner at the National or Last Resort, or going to see that film they wanted to see at Ciné. Be Traditional It’s fall, go on a walk and enjoy the scenery. Go to a restaurant and enjoy the autumn brews. Wake up early and drive to the North Georgia mountains. Head to the fairgrounds, enjoy the scene on top of a Ferris Wheel and fail at winning your date that gigantic stuffed animal. The world is your oyster, more than likely. Bring your hoodie for the cool, crisp nights and take in everything this area has to offer. Sure, it is great to do certain dates seasonally, like picking apples in the fall or a day trip to the beach in the summer, but it doesn’t matter what time of year being romantic strikes your fancy. What matters is taking the time to enjoy one another’s company during your busy schedules.
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Watch out for winter blues Holidays aren’t merry for everyone BY STAFF REPORTS Rather than sugar plumbs dancing in their heads or happy images of Christmas trees and Hanukkah dreidels occupying their thoughts, winter holidays bring some people thoughts of despair. The rate of depression actually increases, according to Dean Rojek, a University sociology professor. “People are normally with their family where they experience feelings of close interaction with others, but some people just don’t have that,” Rojek said. “The holidays can bring back a lot of painful memories of times gone by, which can generate feelings of despair, pain and loneliness.” Life-changing events that have happened suddenly have a way of resurfacing as individuals reflect back, Kaye said. “It’s a sensitive time of the year,” said Dr. Dudley Weems, a psychologist and the head of the University Health Center’s Mental Health Clinic, about the holidays. “There are some people who feel alone while others are enjoying spirituality and joy.” The emphasis on family can highlight problems in a person’s family, according to Steven Kaye, a counseling psychologist at the Clarke Howell Counseling and Testing Center. “Expectations are often very high about what families should be like during the holidays,” Kaye said. “Then, the difference between the ideal and what their family is actually like can be quite significant and lead the person to feel depressed over what they don’t have.” College students specifically can experience added stress from the combo of the holidays and holiday academic demands, as well as relationship problems and changing family roles, Kaye said. “College students often have to ask themselves, ‘How do I go home and start
becoming an adult to my parents?’ “ Kaye said. “Their parents may still see them as little kids, so when they go home they now have curfews and have to check in again.” The key to combatting this stress and preventing it from leading to full-blown depression is to anticipate its onset, according to Rojek. “Become aware of the fact that this could be a very painful and sad time,” he said. “Learn to recognize when there are issues that could come up during the holidays.” But many people suppress these feelings until they eat away at them when they should be confiding in someone, Rojek said. The University offers several opportunities exclusively for students to get help, Kayes said. The Mental Health Clinic at the health center has walk-in hours between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, according to Weems. Students who have paid their health fee can speak to a psychologist free of charge for their first two visits of the semester. Professional psychiatrists can also see students, and a 24-hour call service allows individuals to talk to someone 365 days per year. The Clarke Howell Counseling and Testing Center allows students to seek for free individual counseling or group therapy with a psychologist. “Groups are the best place to look at concerns dealing with relationships and family,” Kaye said. “The people who are involved come to form relationships with the people in the group and also have the advantage of getting peer input.” Individual counseling is designed for students who may be scared of joining groups. For more information, visit www.uhs. uga.edu/caps/. Athens Living 7
Holidays stressful for pets Change in routine, new people can cause anxiety BY TYLER DUCKWORTH Everybody knows the holidays are a trying time for human emotions — but what about their pets? “The holidays can be very stressful times for animals,” said Sherry Sanderson, an associate professor in small animal medicine. “For outdoor pets, people need to consider with cold weather coming in that the animal needs adequate shelter and more food because they burn off more energy to keep warm.” But beyond the weather, the season itself can be trying, she said. “Holidays tend to bust up a pet’s routine,” said Terry Curtis, a clinical resident in veterinary medicine. This routine can be broken by several factors, such as having company, leaving town, not exercising and changing eating habits, she said. “Dogs tend to hit veterinary clinics for medical reasons because they’re given things like a turkey leg or something they’re not used to having,” Curtis said. “Cats could eat tinsel and cause linear foreign body that usually results in vomiting and may require surgery.” “If you’re feeding pets more and they’re not outside to burn off the calories, they have the same problem people have and put on weight,” Sanderson said. Unfortunately, fatty food hardly is the only change in the house that may affect a pet’s diet, she said. “If you have a pet that chews on plants, be careful what plants you bring in,” Sanderson said, warning that such holiday plants as poinsettias are poisonous. Other problems animals face around the holidays are behavioral, both agreed. “The main behavior we see is aggression in dogs, and the primary reason is fear and anxiety,” Curtis said. “Owners can avoid problems by having the dog boarded for the duration of their company’s visit or by giving the dog its own place inside the house.” 8 Athens Living
But she warned that if owners lock a dog up, it should have something to play with so it doesn’t think it is being punished. “Cats tend to run away and hide out of sight and avoid people,” Curtis said. “Dogs hang around to be a part of the mix and may react violently.” This behavior could have unhealthy side effects, Sanderson said. “I’ve known of a cat hiding under a bed while the owner had company for a week, during which time the cat didn’t eat at all,” she said. Tony Showah, a senior from Lilburn, said his cat reacts differently, though he added that his is the only cat he could say this of. “She kind of gets more affectionate, I think because the weather gets colder and she wants to snuggle up,” he said. “Normally, she doesn’t want to be touched.”
Top travel tips Staying healthy on the road can be challenging, but whether you’re traveling by bus, plane or train, keep a few of these ideas in mind 1. Water, water everywhere While you’re traveling to your destination — and once you arrive —be sure to drink lots of water. A good habit to get into anyway, many experts recommend at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water each day. Drinking plenty of water is especially important if you’re flying, as is avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Not only will they dehydrate you, they’ll leave you feeling sluggish and drowsy — not a good combo if you’re headed to an important meeting or other business venture. 2. Avoid the sugar coma Things can get hectic while you’re traveling, but don’t give in to the temptation to grab a Snickers bar for breakfast. If you’re staying in a hotel with a kitchenette, you can avoid the fast-food trap by hitting the local gro-
cery store for some easy-tomake, healthy meals. If you can’t or don’t want to cook while you’re away from home, seek out the more nutritious restaurant options in the area. If your hotel’s breakfast consists of only sugary items like donuts or pastries, fill your room’s ice bucket up and throw in some yogurt cups instead. Also, eating fruits and vegetables before your flight is a great way to ease digestion, increase your energy and curb jet lag, according to experts. 3. It’s all in your mind Traveling can be stressful, and you’re more apt to focus if you’re relaxed. Though out-of-town business can often demand cramming in as much work as possible in a short amount of time, be sure to take breaks to clear your mind and re-energize your body so the entire trip
doesn’t become a big blur. To help relax (and if luggage space permits), bring one of your own pillows to help you sleep at the hotel. And, if the weather’s nice, take 10 or 15 minutes for a quick walk around the hotel to wind down after a busy day. 4. Keep the germs away Whether you’re driving or flying, be sure to wash your hands frequently. Gas pumps, highway restrooms, luggage handlers and convenience stores see more germs than you could imagine, so wash up often. Lather both hands with soap and scrub for at least 30 seconds (some surgical nurses have been known to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” knowing that they’ve washed long enough when the song is over), making sure to cover the front and back of your hands as well as under your nails.
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Easy, winter home workouts Exercise vital to shed holiday flab BY DANIEL HANNA The average American gains about one pound during the holiday season, according to a recent census. What starts with a few extra pounds can become a weight problem. Scientific studies show that holiday weight rarely dissipates during the year, but in fact rolls over. The accumulative effect of holiday weight, especially at a younger age, may lead to obesity. What begins as a one or two pound increase may result in a substantial amount of weight gain. In an effort to shed a few pounds and stave off obesity, try these weight loss exercise techniques. Interval training is the first on our list. It involves varying the intensity levels during a brief period of cardiovascular training. The general difficulty of interval training should be based on your current fitness level. If you’re not accustomed to cardiovascular training, try starting with relatively short intervals, then building your way up. Intermediate interval training routine can be adapted for use on any cardio equipment such as a bike, elliptical trainer or treadmill. Perform an interval training routine three times a week. If your routine is too easy, try increasing the duration of each interval or adding various degrees of incline- assuming you’re on a treadmill- according to your need to raise your intensity level. Similarly, if its too hard, try decreasing the duration of the intervals. Not into treadmills, elliptical, or bikes? You can still lose weight. Grab a jump rope and try this difficult routine. 10 Athens Living
Routine to shed holiday pounds Note: The levels of intensity are based on a one to 10 scale, 10 being the maximum amount of exertion possible. 1. Warm-up, at an intensity level of three to four. 2. The next two minutes, increase the intensity level to five. 3. For four minutes increase the intensity to six. 4. For one minute increase the intensity level to eight. 5. For two minutes decrease the intensity level to five. 6. For two minutes increase the intensity level to seven. 7. For two minutes increase the intensity level to five 8. For one minute increase the intensity level to eight 9. For two minutes decrease the intensity level to five 10. Cool down- for five minutes decrease the intensity level to three. For 20 minutes, alternate one minute of fast jumping with 30 seconds of rest. Try different techniques each minute by alternating legs for one minute, crisscrossing for another, and scissor-stepping for the last minute. Don’t worry if you repeat techniques, I don’t know anyone who has memorized twenty different jump rope styles. If 20 minutes is too long, try 10 minutes, and work your way up. All in all, just start this year right. Be healthy, eat well, and exercise. Fight off that holiday weight and take your place among the above-average Americans.
No equipment needed There are plenty of ways to workout at home or on the road Bodyweight exercises can help you stay fit at home, or on the road with little or no equipment. Here are a few of the best bodyweight exercises for maintaining muscle strength and endurance, or creating a great interval training routine at home. Mix and match the exercises to create the perfect workout for traveling, home fitness or simply adding a bit of variety to your typical exercise routine. Start with a light warm up for a few minutes. This can be walking, marching in place or stepping side to side. The goal of the warm up is to get your blood circulating and you body temperature rising in order to prepare for higher intensity exercise. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds to two minutes depending upon your conditioning and interest. Move to the next exercise smoothly, but quickly. You can continue the routine as long as you like, but aim for a twenty to thirty minute workout. Cool down with five or more minutes of stretching, and easy movements.
Side Jumps Stand with feet together. Jump to the right several feet, keeping knees bent and landing in a squat position. Jump back to the left and continue jumping from side to side. Abdominal Crunches Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place your fingertips to the side of your head just behind your ears. Push your lower back into the floor flattening the arch and hold. Curl up slowly so both your shoulders lift off the floor a few inches. Hold for a count of 2 and return to the start position. Tip: Don’t tuck your chin to your chest; keep your head up. Supermans Lie on your stomach with your arms and legs stretched out. Raise your arms and legs off the ground a few inches, hold a few seconds, and then lower. Alternate arms and legs as an option. Repeat.
Push Ups Begin in push up position, on knees or toes. Perform four push ups, abs in and back straight. On the fifth push up, lower halfway down and hold for four counts. Push back up and repeat the series — four regular push ups and one halfway — five or more times. One-Leg Balance Stand on one leg and balance it as long as you can. If this is too easy, add a slight squat motion. Still too easy? Place an object on the floor, several feet in front of you (a book, perhaps), and slowly squat down, and reach out with one arm and touch the object and slowly return to an upright position. Stay on one leg at all times. Repeat on the other leg after a minute or so. Wall Squat With your back against a wall, and your feet about 2 feet away from the wall, slide down until your knees are at a 90 degree angle. Hold the position as long as you can. This is great for ski conditioning. Jumping Jacks The basic jumping jack is a good cardio and strength training exercise. Athens Living 11
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Arm yourself against influenza Health Center prepares students for flu season BY DANIEL SUDDES Flu season has become scarier in recent years, with stories of vaccine shortages usually greeting the population. Still, many health organizations, including the University Health Center, stress its importance to University students. “Getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu” said Liz Rachun, health communications coordinator at the University Health Center. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza-related deaths range between 3,000 and 48,000 each year. The organization recommends getting flu vaccinations as soon as they become available, as they can take up to two weeks to take effect. The Health Center is currently offering flu shots to those who are interested. “Those who have any chronic illness, have asthma, allergies or smoke should definitely get the shot” Rachun said. However, vaccinations are not the only way to stay healthy this season. There are several simple steps people can take in their daily lives to keep the flu at bay. “There are several basic things to remember,” Rachun said. “Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer is the best precaution. Cover your mouth with your sleeve when you cough. Stay home if you are sick. Students just don’t realize how important this is.” While those pieces of
advice may seem fairly obvious, Rachun said those simple tasks may be more difficult for students at this time of year than at any other. “We work with a lot of students,” she said. “We understand that with midterms here, students are going to stay up late to study or socialize.” Still, Rachun emphasized that coming down with the flu does not immediately spell doom. “If a student doesn’t get the flu shot and comes down with the flu, we do have ways to minimize the symptoms,” she said. “We even offer a helpful quiz on how to tell the difference between cold and flu symptoms.” Some students have utilized many of these tricks in an effort to stay healthy this flu season. Samantha Campbell, a junior finance major from Alpharetta, said that she follows all advice to stay healthy. “I’m usually not one to get sick,” she said. “I’m pretty careful about washing my hands and keeping out of direct contact with people who are sick. I also eat really well and getting sleep.” Because of this, Campbell has said she is not planning on being inoculated. “I don’t like shots,” she said. Campbell said despite not getting the vaccination, she has never been sick during flu season. “Hopefully, this year won’t be the first,” she said.
FLU FAQS What is influenza? Influenza (the flu) is a contagious disease that is caused by one of many influenza viruses. It primarily attacks the respiratory tract in humans (nose, throat, and lungs). The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, tiredness (can be extreme), dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, insomnia. Should I get vaccinated for the flu? Anyone who does not want to become ill with influenza should consider getting vaccinated. This is especially important for certain people such as pregnant women, those with obesity, chronic lung diseases such as asthma. People who have diseases or are taking medication that suppresses the immune system also can benefit from a flu shot. How do I avoid getting the flu? • Wash your hands frequently • Cover your cough with your sleeve • Stay home if you feel sick • Get a flu shot For more information, visit the University Health Center website at www.uhs.uga.edu. Athens Living 15
Two-wheeled determination Cycling brings a sense of community accomplishment BY CHELSEA HARVEY From the driver’s seat of your airconditioned vehicle, you’ve probably seen it: the cyclist. An exotic animal spotted on safari, they appear from around a sharp corner or behind a turning car. Even in a passing glance, you can’t help but gawk; like contortionists, they stretch their bodies over low handlebars, backs bent as their legs spin and spin. You’re mesmerized by the wheels, or the glisten of sweat from their brow. Inevitably, you ask yourself, could I do that? Upon arriving in Athens, I was at first startled and then enchanted by the droves of cyclists who roam the streets. Like a new mother alerted to the heightened number of children invading grocery stores, I walked through campus and began to see only bicycles. I decided I needed one. Whether or not I was physically prepared for the adoption of the bicycle, I became determined to insert myself into the culture of cool that surrounded it. I saw bike racks and imagined myself mingling with fellow cyclists, perhaps engaging in witty banter concerning that
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day’s weather forecast. I have yet to fulfill this fantasy, in some part due to the simple fact that the weather has never been an easy subject to approach with wit. Regardless, I have had my moments of victory. There is nothing quite as reaffirming as a passing cyclist who gives you the head nod of approval. It’s quick, but purposeful, as if to say, “You, fellow cyclist, are deserving of my attention, because you, too, have probably walked into class with sweaty underarms.” Yes, if you cycle as a means of transportation, you will sweat. You’ll also probably show up to every social event out of breath, clutching helmet to chest to save face. These things may seem unappealing (because they are), but they don’t come without advantages. There’s a kind of self-affirmation achieved from cycling. When you dismount your bike after the first ride and look up to see fellow cyclists staring back at you with enthusiasm and empathy, you will feel a pang in your chest.
Do not fear; chances are, you are not having a heart attack. You are simply reacting to the sense of community washing over you. You will smile, because you know that you are part of a less-thansecret society: those few crazy enough to trade in the comfort of the car for the adventure of the bicycle. And relatively speaking, there are few of us. Aside from the physical strength necessary to ride the abundant hills of the Classic City, cycling requires a heightened resilience to ridicule. At more than one point, a frustrated car will honk or pass too close. I’ve even been heckled by a driver who felt my presence warranted a few playful swerves into the bike lane. Scary as it seems, as a cyclist you must be willing to understand and accept the frustrations of your fellow driver. We bikers may attack each steep path
with legs pumping and eyes focused in concentration, but when a car approaches, all they can see is an object traveling less than half their speed obstructing their path. In order to commit to the act of cycling, you have to accept our place on the road. In a way, you are forced to make peace with the world around you. And once you do, you have achieved the zen of the bicycle. So next time you pass a cyclist in the street or linger before the glass window of an Athens bike shop, don’t just imagine what life could be like. Make the one decision that will spur so many others. When you purchase your first road bike, you aren’t simply buying a hunk of gears and metal. Free of charge, you’ll also receive a new, brighter outlook on life.
ATHENS BIKE SHOPS • Ben’s Bikes 670 West Broad St. Athens, GA 30605 www.bensbikesathens.com • Georgia Cycle Sports 2019 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606 www.georgiacyclesport.com • The Hub Bicycles (in Five Points)
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Nov 3, 2012 Saturday • Gin Run 5K Run/Walk 5K run, 5K walk Bostwick, Ga. Nov 4, 2012 Sunday • Haiti Hustle 5K and Fun Run 5K run, 5K walk Bishop, Ga. Nov 10, 2012 Saturday • Free to Breathe Athens 5K run, 1M walk Athens, Ga. • Junkyard Jog 7.5K 7.5K run Athens, Ga. • Special Olympics Annual Run (SOAR) 5K 5K run, 5K walk Athens, Ga. Nov 11, 2012 Sunday • MEDLIFE Zombie 5K Run for (your) LIFE! Athens, Ga. Nov 16, 2012 Friday • Holiday Harvest 5K 5K run, 5K walk Winder, Ga. • Holiday Harvest Run/ Walk 5K 5K run Winder, Ga. Nov 17, 2012 Saturday • Restoration Run 5K/15K 15K run, 5K run Crawford, Ga. Nov 18, 2012 Sunday • Gobbler Run 5K & 1M Fun Run/Walk 5K run, 1M fun run, 1M walk Athens, Ga. Nov 22, 2012 Thursday
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Dec 1, 2012 Saturday • Toy Trot 5K Trail Run/ Walk for ‘Shop With A Cop’ 5K trail run, 5K walk and 1M fun run Winder, Ga. • Walton County Half Marathon 13.1M run Monroe, Ga. Dec 8, 2012 Saturday • Madison Christmas Rush Classic 8K run, 5K run, 1M run Madison, Ga. • Walton EMC 5K Winter Run 5K run, fun run Monroe, Ga. Dec 15, 2012 Saturday • Will Chamberlin Memorial Santa Stroll 8K 8K run Bishop, Ga.
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Make a late night meal of it Top 10 places to grab a bite at night BY KAT DRERUP Want a late night snack after hitting up the bars downtown? Here are some of The Red & Black’s pick of the best places to end up after your night on the town. 10. Pita Pit: If you want to eat late at night and don’t necessarily want your calories to go to waste on a greasy pizza, Pita Pit is your destination. They have vegetarian options, but my personal favorite is the Chicken Crave. 9. The Grill: Oh so tasty, and oh so many options. If you’re a loyal patron, you know about the famous feta fries. And, they are open 24/7 for your convenience. Order whatever your heart desires - they even serve breakfast at all times. The Super Bird turkey sandwich is a classic, and you can never go wrong with a hearty burger. Plus, it’s never a dull moment if you sit near the window and watch passersby walking along College Avenue. 8. Al’s Beef: Chicago’s #1 Italian Beef since 1938 is known as America’s Top 10 Sandwiches according to Travel Leisure Magazine. On Friday’s and Saturday’s it’s open till 3 a.m. “If you haven’t tried a little Al with sweet peppers and buffalo bleu fries than you haven’t had a complete downtown experience,” said Mike Pizarek, a senior political science and criminal justice major from Athens. “Make sure to get the sandwich soaked in the French dip type of sauce and take a shower afterwards.” 7. Downtown Hot-Dog Stands: The infamous hot dog cart outside of Heery’s Clothes Closet or Five Guys always has a crowd. It is a pretty speedy experience, and an easy way to grab food and go. It’s not unusual to see the line stretch along the street as the bars come to a close. 6. Taco Bell: The cheesy gordita crunch is just bad enough to be absolutely delicious. It’s a crunchy taco wrapped in a warm flatbread with melted cheese and topped with 22 Athens Living
zesty pepper jack sauce. The drive-thru is open till 3 a.m., so ask your designated driver to swing on by. 5. Athens Bagel Company: Never fear, if you want a late-night meal, Athens Bagel Company is open till midnight on the weekends. Pick from a wide variety of homemade, New-York style bagels. They also offer a selection of sandwiches. 4. Waffle House: Strategically located on nearly every major street corner in Athens, you can never go wrong with Waffle House. Even the company is extremely entertaining. But be warned, it’s always freezing inside to keep customers from falling asleep while late-nighting. 3. Lazy Shopper Subs: Craving subway but want something within walking distance of downtown? Lazy shopper is your prime destination. Not many people know they serve subs late into the wee hours of the night. Since it’s a convenience store you can also pick up essentially anything you’re in the mood for whether it be chips, cookies or beef jerky. 2. Little Italy: If you want something greasy, cheesy and cheap than Little Italy is the perfect solution. For about $2 you can get a huge floppy slice of pizza. But be warned, they usually have a line out the door and close promptly at 2 a.m. They are not afraid to send grumbling tummies away, even if you’ve waited in line for 10 minutes. 1. Cozy Yum Yum: Located next to Pita Pit is a cozy hole in the wall - no pun intended - called Cozy Yum Yum. If you are looking for some late night Thai cuisine that is quality and affordable, this is your spot. They have a selection of Thai food like pot stickers and egg rolls as inexpensive as they come. The woman at the counter is as sweet as she can be and the authentic food will overcome the sketchy looking exterior the second you take a bite.
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