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Street Food Wonders: Craving Some Craffles

In the chaos of my first midterm week at Columbia, this freshman thought it would be wise to stick close to home. Thus, in my first installment of Street Treats, I didn’t stray far from 116th and Broadway to find something über delicious.

Approximately 20 steps outside of the front gates sits Craffles, a French crepes and Belgian waffles pushcart. Walking between Barnard and Columbia during class rush, you might have smelled the sweet aromas of sugar, berries, and cream wafting through the air. As each day brings colder and colder weather, my longing for a warm, sugary crepe has become increasingly overwhelming.

Thus, in a moment of weakness, I found myself in line outside the cart last Tuesday debating between a classic sweet crepe filled with every berry they had, and a savory garden crepe, packed with mushrooms, spinach, tomato, mozzarella, and pesto. In the end, I went with The Crepe Deluxe, a classic combo of strawberry, banana, and Nutella.

I watched as the crepemaker began assembling my afternoon snack — using a cool crepe spreader to make a perfectly crisp circle. Then came the toppings. A quick flip with a spatula, and a healthy sprinkling of cinnamon and powdered sugar, and my crepe was complete.

Words to describe it? Warm, deliciously rich, a perfect combination of crispy and chewy, gone in under 5 minutes. The strawberries and bananas were fresh and managed to perfectly balance the richness of the Nutella. The sprinkling of cinnamon gave another level of spice that melded well with the sugariness of the crepe.

Will Craffles be my new Crepe stop? Yes. Will it be contributing to the freshman 15? Possibly. Still, I can’t resist!

Find them everyday right outside the gates of College Walk, or online at www.craffles.com.


Dinner and a Movie: This is the End

At midnight during the summer I am usually tucked into my bed, nodding off to the next episode of “Game of Thrones” on HBO to Go.  There are those, however, who are still out at the movies at that ungodly hour, which means that I now often find myself at work along with them.  The night that “This is the End” came out was one of those nights.  Much to my mother’s chagrin, I stayed at the movie theater after my shift ended to catch the midnight show.  Still dressed up in my collarless, navy, button-up uniform shirt, I bought myself some caffeine and settled in for the ride.  All I can say is if you have not seen it yet, get up and go.

The apocalyptic comedy stars…well, everyone, but namely Seth Rogen, Jay Burachel, James France, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson.  (Seth, Jay, and Danny actually stopped by my theater on opening day to hand out candy and popcorn to unsuspecting moviegoers; I was an entirely unhelpful employee as I stood off to the side and stared at them walking in.)  The stars, who all play hilariously obnoxious versions of themselves, find themselves stuck in James Franco’s mansion to hide out while the rest of the world burns down around them.  Unfortunately for them, Franco’s pantry contains just “12 bottles of water, 56 beers, Nutella, C.T. Crunch…and a milky way bar.”  Naturally, a fight ensues over who should get some of that Milky Way:


Jonah Hill:  Can I have that Milky Way?
James Franco:  No you can’t have the Milky Way, cause it’s my special food, I like it.
Seth Rogen:  I want some of the Milky Way.
Craig Robinson:  I’ll be pretty bummed if I don’t at least get a bite of the Milky Way.


I get it, Craig.  I would be pretty bummed too.  It is also good to know that Milky Ways are James Franco’s “special food.”  I understand where he’s coming from, too.  But if the world is coming to an end you better believe I will be stuffing my face with every kind of chocolate available.  Frankly I’m surprised that no one was fighting over the Nutella.  Thankfully, though, it is not the end of the world, and there are still plenty of Milky Way bars to go around, a fact which was quite helpful when I made Milky Way cookies.  These surprisingly simple cookies are gooey and delicious.  If Milky Ways aren’t your thing, most other types of chocolate candy should work just as well.


Milky Way Cookies 

Adapted from iheartnaptime.com



2 sticks softened butter

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 ¾ cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

35 mini Milky Ways, coarsely chopped (I cut them in quarters)



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking soda.  Slowly add this mixture to the other bowl.
  4. Pour in the chopped candy bars, and mix well so you don’t get all the candy in a few of the cookies.
  5. Roll dough into small balls and place on the baking sheet.  They expand, so leave a bit of room in between each ball.  I would also recommend coating your hands in flour so that you can get nice, even balls without them sticking to you (it’s a pretty sticky dough).
  6. Bake for approximately 8 minutes.  Let cool about 2 minutes on baking sheet.