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dineLA’s Restaurant Week: Mojo’s Top Picks

Jan. 19 through Feb. 1 marks dineLA’s Restaurant Week, where foodies living in and visiting Los Angeles have the chance to sample from specialized, price-fixed menus while taking advantage of some great deals. Whether your looking to try a trendy, upscale restaurant for dinner or maybe just a casual spot for lunch, Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity with multiple course meals based off the restaurant’s most popular dishes. The following restaurants are our top picks, located in-and-around the Westwood area.

For Lunch… 

Farsi Cafe

Located on Westwood Boulevard, Farsi Cafe serves, as its name suggests, authentic Persian cuisine. At less than two miles away from campus, the walk there is definitely doable. For just $20 per person you will get an appetizer, entrée and dessert. I highly recommend the ground beef kabob which is served atop a bed of white rice. The food here is delicious; however, it could potentially put you into a major food coma.

Emporium Thai Cuisine

Also located on Westwood Blvd. at a walking distance from campus, Emporium Thai is another fantastic pick for lunch. For $15 per person you can get a two-course meal, and if you check in on Yelp while at the restaurant, you receive a complimentary Thai Iced Tea and $5 coupon for Aqua Thai Spa. While I haven’t sampled any of their Restaurant Week dishes, I have tried Emporium’s award-winning Pad Thai and loved it. If you’re looking for amazing Thai food and a cozy, classy atmosphere, then definitely visit this restaurant.

TLT Food – Westwood

A product of a successful food truck, TLT (The Lime Truck) Food serves American street-style cuisine. Since it is conveniently located within Westwood Village near the intersection of Westwood and Kinross, you can easily stop by here for your lunch break if you have an hour or two between classes. For $15 you can get your choice of two tacos or an entrée, along with a side, drink and dessert. If you want to experience a restaurant favorite, its steak fries are highly recommended, as evidenced here by countless reviews.

 

For Dinner… 

Fundamental LA

If you’re looking for a trendy new restaurant to try with friends for dinner look no further than Fundamental LA. For $40 per person, you can have a five-course meal, including dessert. While this restaurant may seem a bit pricey for the average college student, keep in mind that each dish is made with organic and fresh ingredients. Its location on Westwood Boulevard makes it a short walk and an even shorter Uber ride, from campus.

 

Blue Plate Taco

This last pick combines an oceanfront view with authentic Mexican cuisine. Located in Santa Monica, Blue Plate Taco offers a three-course dinner for $30. In terms of transportation, you’re best bet will most likely be taking an Uber, a Lyft or if you want to save some cash, the Metro. One possible route is to take the 20 line from the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood and get off at Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica, which would end up costing less than $2. For beautiful views, delicious food and a casual atmosphere, try Blue Plate Taco.

 

Restaurant Week is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the diverse types of cuisine available here in Los Angeles. It ends on Feb. 1, so take advantage of it this week while it lasts!

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Bringing Autumn to Sunny LA: Trader Joe’s Edition

Some foods just put me in a festive, wintery mood: chocolate, peppermint, anything ginger. Here in Los Angeles, however, we’re missing out on the cold/rainy/snowy weather, and this poses a problem, but not for long. Here are some food options under $5 from Trader Joe’s that will overcome the bright sunshine and bring winter to Los Angeles.

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First of all: these ginger snaps. They’re amazing. They embody festiveness. Plus you get so many; they’re only $3.99!

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The best part of winter is by far all of the amazing drink options, and I would highly recommend the spiced chai from Trader Joe’s.

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These little gingerbread men are perfect for the holidays, and taste fantastic. For $2.99? So worth it.

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If you’ve never had a chocolate orange, you are missing out. Once you take it out of the box, it’ll be wrapped in foil. Stand on a hard floor and drop the orange onto the floor while it’s still wrapped. When you unwrap it, it will fall open into chocolate orange slices. Proceed to eat the entire thing.

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Last, but not least, these candy cane Joe-Joe’s (read: candy cane Oreos) are so tasty. You can’t turn down anything with candy canes during the holidays.

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6 Ways to Save Money on Food

We are all on a tight budget, and food seems much more expensive when our parents aren’t paying for it. Thankfully, there are a few ways that you can save some dolla billz while still giving your body proper nutrition.

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1. Get free meal vouchers from the Student Activities Center

You read that right. You are entitled to five meal vouchers for the dining halls throughout your UCLA career. Simply sign up at the Student Activities Center and pick up your meal voucher according to the following schedule:

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2. Take advantage of your friends’ swipes and Greek chapter houses

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The downside of living in an apartment is the distinct lack of catering. On the bright side, most of your friends in dorms, fraternities and sororities do have access to delicious food that they will be thrilled to share with you.

 

3. Check out the UCLA food closet

The UCLA Community Programs Office Food Closet, also located in the Student Activities Center, is a donation-based resource for hungry students. Anyone can take items from (or give items to) the food closet and never skip a meal again!

 

4. Get those free samples

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. Whether it’s a strange new granola bar from a promotional stand or good ol’ orange chicken from Panda Express, free food samples can go a long way.

 

5. Fill out a survey

Speaking of Panda Express, if you fill out a quick satisfaction survey after your visit to the restaurant, you will get one free entree item with a two-entree combo. Be sure to look out for other similar deals as well.

 

6. Attend club info meetings

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Okay, free Diddy Riese cookies and/or pizza are probably not the best reason to attend a club’s info session, but on the other hand, free Diddy Riese cookies and/or pizza are pretty great. Besides, you will probably learn something valuable and want to get further involved with the food organization, so everybody wins.

Do you have any tips and tricks to save money on food? Share them with us by tweeting @dbmojo or commenting below.

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Ten Snacks For Less Than $1 From Hill Top Shop

Do you ever wake up too late to grab some breakfast from the Hill? Or maybe you’re running low on swipes for the week (for those of you who have regular meal plans)? Maybe you just got really tired of school food (I already did!)?

Like many college students, I’m broke! And always hungry. I’m ALWAYS leaving my room exactly 30 minutes before my lecture to make sure I get there on time and that does not allow me to stop by one of the dining halls or a to-go dining commons for breakfast. I also don’t have time to come back up to the Hill and grab some lunch. So what happens? I starve!

Other times, I get really tired of the food on the Hill. Unbelievable! Right? But it happens to a couple of people and it might happen to you.

If you’re like me, there’s a solution to that!

These snacks from the Hill Top Shop are each less than $1 and will definitely come in handy when you’re starving.

 

Nissin Cup Noodles: will fill you up – $0.89

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Nature Valley granola bars: $0.79 (several different flavors)

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Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts: $0.99

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Sunshine Cheez-It: delicious cheesy snacks – Original: $0.79, other flavors: $0.89 

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Keebler Snack Packs: THE childhood snack – $0.69

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Famous Amos cookies: delicious mini cookies – $0.89

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Keebler Sugar Wafers: $0.89

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Special K pastries and bars: breakfast on the go – $0.89

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Corn Nuts: several different flavors – $0.99

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Knott’s Berry Farm cookies: strawberry: $0.99, blueberry: $0.79

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