These 3 Ingredient Ramen Cookies Are Perfect

Who ever knew Ramen and cookies would ever be used together in the same sentence? We’ve all been mesmerized by innovative ramen-bun burgers, or that cheeky article showing you how to make a ramen pizza. However, as a drowning-in-debt college student (as well as a hopeless cook), this unbelievably easy and cheap recipe can be done with your eyes closed (although it’s not recommended). Trust me, these three-ingredient ramen cookies prove that it’s possible to transform this late night college staple into a mouthwatering dessert.

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Drinking Game Will Keep You Hydrated All Day

If you’re trying to keep your body feeling healthy and happy, then water is your bae. Water can help you lose weight, keep your skin clear, make your muscles stronger, revitalize your kidneys (in case you decide to play a drinking game that does involve alcohol), and SO much more.

Take a big gulp when:

-Someone mispronounces your name.

-You trip while you’re walking.

-You see a dog on (or off) campus.

-You realize you didn’t do your classwork that’s due tomorrow.

Finish a cup when:

-You hear your JAM (no matter where you are—jam is subject to change.

-You eat a snack

-You get out of the shower (it’s steamy in there

-You drink a cup of alcohol

Finish a whole bottle when:

-You realize you have a test tomorrow that you haven’t studied for at all.

-You skip a class.

-You have an awkward encounter with an ex-friend/significant other.

-Someone cancels plans on you.

Chug half a bottle when:

-You realize you have an essay due tomorrow that you haven’t started on.

-You see someone do something embarrassing and they thought that no one saw it .

-You almost run into somebody else while you’re walking.

-You lose your phone.

Miscellaneous rules:

-When you get stuck behind a slow walker, count how many seconds you’re behind them and then chug for that long.

-Take a sip of water for every minute you’re late to class.

-Make up your own rules—choose something that happens to you on a daily basis and chug when it happens.

Of course, part of what makes drinking water so fun is having a fancy water bottle. They’re good for the environment and super cute. Check out S’well and Hydroflask’s selection of insulated water bottles that’ll keep your hot stuff hot and your cold stuff cold.

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Ultimate Student Guide To Eating and Drinking

When you come from a town that doesn’t even have a Chipotle, UCF’s food scene is like discovering another planet. Just driving down University Boulevard for the first time can make any foodie’s heart skip a beat. Add that to the fact that I was living in a kitchen-less dorm, and you get a freshman me spending all my (parent’s) money on eating out. Fast forward three years later, and I’d like to think I’m a bit of an expert when it comes to eating around UCF.

Here’s a guide to some of the greatest places to eat around UCF, all less than five miles from campus:

1.You have munchies at 2am: WaWa

Listen up kiddos — Wawa may be a gas station, but first and foremost it’s a food haven for college students. Not only is it one of the only 24-hour places around UCF, but it offers a variety of food, and it’s cheap. Also, Wawa is exclusive to a few states on the East Coast, so yeah, it’s kind of a big deal around here.

What to Order: Customize a turkey sub or a beef quesadilla, ringing in at about $4-6. If you are a pesto lover, ask for the sun-dried tomato pesto on the side as a dipping sauce — you will not regret it

2. You need to grab lunch for under $10 between classes: Lucky’s Market

Lucky’s changed my life, and I am a better person because of it. This new-to-UCF shop is a combo of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. You can grab a cup of coffee and one of their pre-made meals for under $10, or create your own sandwich for $5.99. They even offer specials on certain days like 2 slices of pizza for $2—so be sure to sign up for their e-mail promotions.

What to Order: Pick up a Salmon Detox Salad, you won’t even know it’s healthy it tastes so great

Location: 11750 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32817

3. You’re sick of Dunkin’ Donuts: Vespr

Don’t get me wrong, I live at Dunkin Donuts (the baristas and I are on a first name basis), but on a rainy day when I have a bunch of homework to do, I like to hit up Vespr. Located in Waterford, this quaint coffee shop is straight out of an Instagram pic. Plus, their to-go cups are made from plants and are compostable, so you can drink coffee and feel a little better about the environment.

What to Order: Try their Butterscotch Latte, a popular drink that’s $4.75. It may be a little pricey, but let’s be honest, the foam latte art is worth the extra dollar.

Location: 626 N Alafaya Trail #105, Orlando, FL 32828

4. You’re Craving Mexican Food: Azteca D’Oro

There are a lot of Mexican food options around UCF, so why does Azteca take the cake? They’re authentic and insanely scrumptious. I practically lived here my freshman year, and don’t regret one second of stuffing enchiladas and burritos down my throat. The portion sizes are [Donald Trump voice] “Uuuuuuuuuge” so either share with a friend, or be prepared for leftover heaven.

What to order: Enchiladas a la Crema are cheesy goodness— order them with refried beans and Mexican rice for $10.99.

Location: 11633 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817

5. You’re trying to be healthy: Designer Greens

Being healthy is hard in college, but once you try Designer Greens, you’ll crave one of their salads instead of a burger and fries. You have the option of ordering a salad or sandwich, but like Hannah Montana, I want the best of both worlds, so I pick two. The portion sizes are perfect, so for you skeptical salad folks trust me when I say you’ll be full.

What to order: Turkey Pesto sandwich and Mexicali salad for $8.99.

Location: 464 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828

5. When you’re “doing it for the Insta:” The Pop Parlour

Founded by a UCF graduate, The Pop Parlour creates gourmet popsicles with local, all-natural, and organic ingredients. Pop Parlour has created over 100 different flavors, and continually rotates them. So basically you have a reason to be there every week. Alcoholic popsicles are also part of the menu, so if you’re over 21 grab one on game day before heading to Memory Mall.

What to order: The Cookie Butter Popsicle is to die for. Order it dipped in chocolate for $1 extra.

Location: 12787 E Plaza Dr, Orlando, FL 32816

6. When you’re craving Mediterranean: Hummus House

So you’re studying for finals, and wishing you were in Santorini, Greece instead? Same. While we can’t jet set to the Mediterranean, Hummus House has done a pretty good job at bringing it to UCF. You can create your own pita, rice bowl, or salad, with your choice of protein, toppings, and hummus. Make sure to get there before the lunch rush, or order ahead and pick it up curbside.

What to order: You can’t go wrong with falafel and some guacamole hummus.

Location: 11565 University Blvd Suite 4, Orlando, FL 32817

7. You’re hungover: 4 Rivers

Lets take a moment to say thank you to the BBQ Gods for bringing UCF a 4 Rivers. This Florida-exclusive restaurant boasts savory brisket and long lines come lunchtime. You’ll definitely run into familiar faces here, but everyone is scarfing down BBQ sauce by the gallon so it’s a no-judgment zone. Just remember, they’re closed on Sundays so plan accordingly.

What to order: The BBQ Quesadilla with burnt ends will make your taste buds cry tears of happiness. For sides, try the corn and mac and cheese.

Location: 11764 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817

8. You turn 21: Bar Louie

Located conveniently across from Pub and Stagger Inn, Bar Louie is where you eat a sophisticated dinner while drinking a few (or 5) martinis on your 21st. This is the ultimate spot to take pictures with your squad, and suit up for the night ahead. Make sure to sign up for their text promotions for free food all the time.

#SpoonTip: If you go for happy hour from 4-7pm, it’s half off select apps and flatbreads along with $5.25 martinis and other alcohol deals.

What to order: The Clover martini, made with Hennessy so you can turn your birthday into a lifestyle.

Location: Plaza on University, 4100 N Alafaya, Suite 167 & 173, Orlando, FL 32826

9. You’re craving a slice: Lazy Moon

If you do anything before you graduate from UCF, make sure it’s eating a slice of pizza from Lazy Moon. Slices the size of your face coupled with a chill ambiance makes for a perfect Sunday pizza break. Like the mission of the restaurant states: “eat, drink, and be lazy.”

What to order: If you want cheap order a Boxcar Willy, which is a slice and pint of PBR at $4.75 (’cause pizza and beer, #amiright?).

If you want to try a fan favorite: Jason’s Mom’s Slice at $7.25.

Location: 11551 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817

10. Want to check out live music: Jimmy Hula’s

Home to the best fish tacos around, Jimmy Hula’s is a California surfer dude in restaurant form. The indoor/outdoor seating, seaside surf décor, and laidback vibe is the perfect place to bring your dog, crack open a Kona Longboard, and listen to live music. While they haven’t set a for sure date, Jimmy Hula’s usually provides live music Friday and Sunday from 1-3pm.

What to order: Tacos range from about $3-6 depending on which you order. I recommend splitting zucchini fries for the table, followed by a Johnny Utah taco.

Jimmy Hula’s: 11556 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817

11. Craving something sweet: Insomnia Cookies

Fresh, warm, melt-in-your mouth cookies and ice-cold milk. Need I say more? I can see you drooling on your laptop. Insomnia offers cookies à la carte, ‘wiches (cookie ice cream sandwiches), packages of cookies, cookie cakes, and even bulk cookies for when you and your squad meet up with another squad and want to roll deep with some cookies.

What to order: Honestly, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but I suggest an M&M cookiewich with birthday cake ice cream.

Location: 12101 University Blvd #225, Orlando, FL 32817

12. You’re trying to be romantic: Cooper’s Hawk

Whether it’s your two-year anniversary with your beau or it’s Galentine’s day and you and your pals want to eat a nice dinner, Cooper’s Hawk is a no brainer. Just be prepared to spend a little dough—wine and ribs aren’t exactly cheap.

What to order: Short Rib Risotto, just do it.

Location: 529 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828

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Las Vegas Restaurants Every Southerner Needs

Of course gambling in Las Vegas is a must, and it will probably consume most of your trip (and your bank account). But you can’t forget about the food and drinks that still need to be experienced. I went to Las Vegas for seven days and visited the strip, Fremont Street, and a countless number of good (and bad) restaurants. If you’re looking for a good time, Fremont Street is definitely the place. You can dance to live music and drink your night away. Cliché, but true.

If you’ve never had In-N-Out that has to be on the top of your list, but so many places are calling your name, too. For those of you who live in the south like me, even some of the most common restaurants like Jack in the Box or In-N-Out are must-try places since we don’t have those where we live.

Here are six of the must-try places I recommend in Las Vegas that will keep your taste buds begging for more.


Of course I have to start with the delicious In-N-Out where you’re welcomed with a long line. But don’t be fooled, you won’t be waiting for more than 10 minutes for your food. Burgers, fries, and shakes are your only choices, but trust me they are good choices.

Also, don’t forget to channel your inner fashionista and check out the merchandise store on your way out.

#SpoonTip: Check out their “not so secret” menu.

Carlo’s Bake Shop

If you’ve ever watched the Food Network, you have to recognize this name, and I was so excited when I came across this little bakery in the Venetian hotel. Carlo’s Bake Shop serves up some delicious sweet treats, like this raspberry tart and black and white cookie. Simple sweets never tasted so good.

Green Crush

Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to walk around the mall with an alcoholic beverage? Well, take a stroll over to the five-story Fashion Show Mall and grab a fruity alcoholicdrink from Green Crush. You can choose between drinks with or without alcohol made with fruit-infused juices, like this berry pomegranate. Every fruity sip made blowing through my black jack winnings a lot easier.

Jack in the Box

Since I didn’t have enough greasy food on my seven-day Las Vegas trip, I had to try Jack in the Box. These are ranch, chicken, and bacon tacos that are so crunchy, complete with a side of cinnamon sweet churros. Sure, it looks like your local Taco Bell, but it’s cheaper, greasier, and actually more enjoyable. It’s no five-star restaurant, but it’s definitely a place to experience if you’ve never tried it before.

Margarita Bar

At the Margarita Bar, you can indulge in delicious frozen drinks, like the strawberry daiquiri pictured above. What’s not to love about the bad ass skull cup you get to keep? Once again, you can walk around Las Vegas with a drink in your hand. You and your daiquiri get to stroll around the strip from casino to casino. This sounds like a good idea until you spend an hour and a countless number of quarters on a Britney Spears slot machine. Hit me, baby, one more time.

El Dorado Cantina Restaurant and Bar

Guys, this one is for you. This Mexican restaurant is open 24 hours and is attached to a strip club. I’ll say that again for those of you in the back, it is literally attached to a strip club. This may not sound too classy, but hey, this steak burrito was awesome and the margaritas are bomb.

If you’re a southerner scrambling around Las Vegas, I hope these six places will satisfy any craving you have, whether it be greasy food or a large strawberry daiquiri.

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