You look outside your window and all you see is a sheet of white. You check your iPhone weather app to try to assuage yourself and just disregard the number, not even believing it can get this cold. You rummage through a few drawers, hear your stomach growl and scream in frustration. Where’s the food?
I know it and you know it. It’s that time of year again, the only time when that glowing white Blunt Alumni Center in the middle of campus doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Ned Stark had warned us, “Winter is coming.” The winter blues have made you SAD and you are trying to combat your Seasonal Affective Disorder. Some people turn to sunlamps. Others sleep in. The heartiest drink. I suggest you disregard these unproven approaches and instead choose the tried and true plan of attack, and eat to your heart’s content. Hanover has everything you need. While this tactic may empty out your wallet, I promise it will be a worthwhile investment.
Now onto the food…
The “I don’t want Mr. Deed’s frostbitten feet” expedition:Umpleby’s Nestled in a cozy corner next to the Mountain Goat, this little-known hidden gem is a perfect hideout for those gutsy enough to brave the wintry atmosphere. For the selective individuals who complete the trip, you will find a homey interior a little larger than a regular coffee shop. Definitely try the fruit tart and a heated-up chocolate souffl cake to keep you warm on the trek back to campus.Morano Gelato Named the best gelateria in America by Forbes magazine in 2012, Morano is a Hanover staple in the spring, summer and fall. But don’t shy away from this igloo during the cold months. Try their Affogatos: your choice of hot chocolate or espresso poured over gelato combine the best of both worlds. For those waffling between gelato flavor options to pair with the warm winter drinks, I would recommend caramel or fior di latte, i.e. sweet milk.
The “Burr-it’s way too cold” journey:Starbucks Having finally infiltrated Hanover last term, this “soulless entity,” as described by Dirt Cowboy owner Thomas Guerra, finally brings us some winter classics, albeit adjusted to be more pretentious and pompous. The edibles are nothing special but you can’t go wrong by drowning out their taste with either a grande caramel brulee latte, a peppermint mocha or a mint hot chocolate.
Market Table You can choose to dine in or take out at this half restaurant, half bakery right on the flipside of Starbucks. All the baked goods are homemade. Do not leave the premises without indulging in s’mores and not a single, not a double but a triple chocolate torte (you may not know what it means, but it’s provocative).
The “I’ll go with you if you buy me a pastry” walk:Dirt Cowboy Almost a part of campus, Dirt Cowboy is a regular stop of choice for many Dartmouth students. The next time you come here, or when you are by Collis and want something that actually tastes good, first check out the dessert case on the right side. Dirt Cowboy is offering 50 percent off on all those goodies to showcase its new tiramisu and cannoli. If neither appeals to you, stick to the reliable apple danish or hot chocolate with one of two types of housemade marshmallows: cinnamon spice and chocolate.
The “shorts and sandals run (unless you live in the River)”:Foco Cookies right out of the oven ’nuff said
King Arthur Flour The shortest walk for most people, KAF consistently makes that English essay easier to write and that problem set easier to finish. Surrounded by your friends, casual acquaintances or complete randos, you can be sure you saved yourself a lot of words from complaining about the cold walk to Foco and know that you are getting better food than you would at Novack. Although I am stating the obvious, the sticky buns and cinnamon buns will not let you down. Likewise, the hot chocolate and hot cider will brighten even the gloomiest day.
So when you’re in a dark place on that cold lonely afternoon, bring your wallet and take a walk around Hanover.
From DDS eats to local treats, you never know what delicious treats are waiting. Venture out there and try something new you won’t be disappointed.
Just remember: pastries are always willing and happy to accompany you and be your best friend.