“You Know You’re From Princeton…”

September 28, 2009

You Know You’re From Princeton…

By: Katie DeVito (Follow me on Twitter @kdevito)
Recently we polled our Twitter and Facebook friends on the following question…

“You know you’re from Princeton…”

Here’s What We Got:

…when you know the better, less trafficked Thomas Sweets is in Palmer Square.
…if you ever carved your name in a table at PJ’s Pancake House.
…if you’re a regular at the Princeton Record Exchange!
…if you’ve dumped your cd collection at the Princeton Record Exchange to get extra scratch.
…if you know Dick Swain.
…if you know which store houses the “Albert Einstein Museum”.
…when you almost ran over Cornel West because he likes to jaywalk. Stick to the crosswalks Cornel!
…if you remember The Annex.
…if you know what the Dinky is.
…when you shop at Merrick’s for a big event.
…when you show up at a dinner party with cupcakes from Bent Spoon as a hostess gift.
…if you’ve skateboarded in the parking garage by the old Gap store.
…if you park for free on PU campus on nights & weekends.
…when your pizza delivery guy shows up in a BMW!
…if you are on a first name basis with Chris at Lahieres.
…when it takes a Trader Joe’s to get you to cross Route 1.
…because you know how to eat in your car when there’s no parking in town.
…if you’ve watched a number of movies be filmed in Princeton (Beautiful Mind, IQ, Transformers 2).
…if you know what “spices” are at Hoagie Haven.
…if you have a “default” favorite at Hoagie Haven.
…if you’ve eaten a cheesesteak from Hoagie Haven at the “fountain”.
…if you’ve broken into Princeton classrooms to eat your Hoagie Haven.
(*Princeton Scoop does not support breaking and entering)
…when you take a bag of Small World Coffee with you on vacations.
…when your little league victory party ends up at pizza star and dairy queen.
(from @blues_traveler)
…because you follow Princeton Scoop on Twitter @princetonscoop and Facebook for everything Princeton.

**Responses were compiled from our Twitter and Facebook friends.
Special thanks to the following Twitter friends: @dynowright, @ginamonari, @IVRepresents @kdevito, @njdevito, @njspice, @princetonscoop, @SermonOTheMount, @visitprinceton, @blues_traveler

Special mentions: @hoagiehaven @Princeton, @cornelwest, @blues_traveler

Written for Princeton Scoop (www.princetonscoop.com) by Katie DeVito.

Tico’s: Princeton Gem!

September 18, 2009
By PScoop Blogger Katie DeVito

Follow me on Twitter @kdevito

Like great food? Who doesn’t! Are you a bit of a health nut? Ok, maybe I’m not, but I like great food. And I am a huge fan of Tico’s Eatery & Juice Bar on Witherspoon Street (although it faces Spring Street) in downtown Princeton.

Tico’s is one of the few juice bars that offer wheatgrass shots in the Princeton area. Wheatgrass is said to help detoxify the body and keep you healthy. What a great natural alternative to medicine. They also make fresh juices to order and have everything from orange and pineapple to carrots and beets. If you are more in the mood for a smoothie, they have the best! My favorite is the strawberry banana, plus all of their smoothies are made with non-fat frozen yogurt. Custom-make your own smoothie or choose from one of the already declared favorites such as the Jamaican Jammer.

Juice bars and smoothies aren’t your thing? Try one of their quesadillas, panini’s or Jose’s Chicken Salad. Their quesadillas are the best I have ever had, not to mention the chicken salad is amazing. Everything is made fresh daily and with the highest quality ingredients.

They are open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm and Saturday from 9am-3pm, serving breakfast, lunch and the occasional snack or juice. If you don’t have time to sit and eat and watch the passers-by, you can order something quick to go or grab something in their “on-the-go” section. Plus, you can always stop by the University Store for a meal on the run as they have their great food there too.  Did we mention they do catering?

Tico’s is a mom and pop shop serving great food in a friendly atmosphere. Once you go there, they will know you by name. It’s no wonder Tico’s is one of the gems of Princeton.

Plus we love them because they are on Twitter @ticoseatery. Follow them!

Written for Princeton Scoop (www.princetonscoop.com) by Katie DeVito.

KaBoom! Build Day

September 13, 2009
The Scoop on KaBoom! Build Day at the Princeton YMCA/YWCA

As you walk through the hallways of the Princeton Family YMCA and the YWCA Princeton, pictures line the walls of a child’s dream playground. The children of the Princeton YM/YWCA had the opportunity to design and draw their dream playground, a playground that will soon become a reality to the joint facility.

The Princeton Family YMCA and YWCA Princeton along with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing communities together by building playgrounds, will be holding their KaBOOM! Build Day on September 26th on the field of the joint facility located at 59 Paul Robeson Place in Princeton.

What child wouldn’t want to watch a playground be built? This is your chance to get your family together and come see a playground be built from the ground up. Many local vendors have teamed up to donate food and drinks throughout the day. Come out and support the YMCA and YWCA and meet some local merchants.

A Community Play Date will be planned for the site in the near future, but a date has not yet been set. The playground will be open not only to YM/YWCA members, but the entire community.

KaBOOM! has worked with numerous organizations throughout the country to provide playgrounds in the community. For more information on building a playground in your area or where to find a KaBOOM! Playground visit http://www.kaboom.org.

For more information on the Princeton Family YMCA visit http://www.princetonymca.org.
For more information about the YWCA Princeton, visit http://www.ywcaprinceton.org.

Written for Princeton Scoop (www.princetonscoop.com) by Katie DeVito.