Jun 21 2017

It’s Coffee Time: The New Starbucks Location

by blogemu

EMU’s very own Starbucks has  moved and has gotten BIGGER and better, located where the old Ezone was, Starbucks has taken over the Student Center. Following the grand opening of the Student Center in 2006, Starbucks was right behind that, opening it’s doors in May 2007. After less than two years the Starbucks had outgrew that location but continued business there for more than 10 more years until now!

Today, the Starbucks location in the Student Center is a full-fledged Starbucks, now carrying the full pastry and sandwich program. This new location will not only grow in menu size but it will also offer room to grow as well. Along with the space comes WiFi which will be available inside and outside on the patio for Starbucks customers.

So it’s bigger but why is it better?

Well the pastry and sandwich program is a plus, and the space provided is nice but the real reason I’m geeking about this new and improved Starbucks is the little amenities it has to offer like…

Outlets at the tables! This is probably as close to genius as it gets offering a quick way to get some power for your phone, computer, Ipad you name it! This minimizes the cords laying all over the floor and provides easy access!

The big tables for groups (and group projects ugh.) We all know this a little too well but group projects and meeting at the library – boring! These huge tables provide a perfect space to get together this a group of friends or a group for class to bust out some homework!

The Decor. Everyone loves a space with good lighting and great decor, this is the perfect place capturing the earthy tones Starbucks in known for while providing some rustic elements to make this place feel cozy.

The Patio with WiFi. I mean come on who do I need to convince that this is amazing! WiFi!!! Even on the patio, you don’t gotta tell me twice. If nothing else get’s you to come to this new Starbucks, let this be the reason! Get yo’ coffee and WiFi on!

As the Starbucks moved from it’s upstairs locations, The Lobby Shoppe will be fulfilling its new location which is in the works right now (no date on when it will be open). This will include many great design features like the Starbuck’s has including the garage door look as the shop door! With the hopes of continuing to be the #1 Student Center in the Nation we look to grow and expand and this is just the first step in maintaining that!

Go check out the new Starbucks – I guarantee you’ll be back!

Jun 13 2017

Good Eats in Ypsilanti

by blogemu

With so many good places to eat in Ypsilanti it’s hard to know what restaurants are the best to try. Of course there are always fast food options, but if you’re anything like me you’re probably in the mood to try something new.

 

Luckily, Ypsilanti has many great options. If you are looking for some good eats that won’t break the bank and are close to campus check out these places that are all within walking distance of EMU.

 

 

  • ABE’S CONEY ISLAND – This place is perfect for dining on a budget. It has your classic Coney Island favorites that won’t break the bank. One thing that separates itself from other Coney Islands is their signature “Hippie Hash”. It’s technically a breakfast food but can (and should) be enjoyed for any meal of the day. It has a base layer of hash browns, topped with tomatoes, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs cooked to your liking and topped with either feta or cheddar cheese. A great meal and a great place to enjoy with friends, especially when the late-night cravings hit. Abe’s Coney Island is located on Michigan Avenue, at the intersection of S. Hamilton Street (south end of campus). (402 W. Michigan Avenue)

 

  • MAIZ MEXICAN CANTINA – Located in Depot Town, this Mexican restaurant is sure to not disappoint. They have Mexican favorites, like tacos, burritos and quesadillas as well as dishes with Mexican influences, like a Shrimp Cilantro Lime Salad. They have “$2 Taco Tuesdays” so you can stock up for the week as well as great happy hour deals for those of you that are 21+. It is a fairly new addition to the Ypsilanti area, so head on over and check it out. (36 E. Cross Street)

 

  • THE WURST BAR– Despite its name, this hot spot has quite a reputation in this town. They have unique sausages made from different kinds of meats and different flavors that are sure to dazzle your taste buds. Another signature dish is their tater tots, which can come nacho, poutine or vegetarian. This restaurant is also well known for their craft beers, which is a great pair with their cuisine. (705 W. Cross Street)

 

  • SIDETRACKS – Also in the Depot Town area, Sidetracks has everything you could want from Shepard’s Pie to a traditional Michigan salad. Everything tastes not only amazing but is reasonably priced. Evident from the name of the restaurant, the theme of the place is railroads and has many decor for guests to enjoy. They are very busy on weekends in the evening, so try and go at a time that isn’t during a dinner rush so you don’t have to wait an hour to get a table (very popular as you can tell). (56 E. Cross Street)

 

Be sure to check out one of these great places for some fantastic food next time you are looking for something new to try in Ypsilanti!

Jun 07 2017

Part 3: WOW! Quito, Ecuador… What to say?

by blogemu

Our last couple days of our trip were filled with opportunities for hiking through the Mindo Cloud rainforest and feeling the water of natural waterfalls beat down on our skin. We also got to see how natural chocolate is made at a chocolate factory (They sell the same chocolate locally in Dexter, MI as well)!

 

My favorite part of the last couple days in Quito was having the chance to hike and ride a horse up the side of the Pichincha Volcano; it was definitely a ONCE in a lifetime experience! Something we all were able to check off of our bucket lists!

 

Traveling internationally for the first time was such an eye-opening learning experience. I learned so much about resilience. Resilience of a nation, of a culture, of individual people, including myself.

 

During the trip we dealt with altitude sickness, dietary differences, experiences that pushed us to our limit physically and mentally, a language barrier, among other things, but we all came out changed and stronger people having faced these challenges head on with the support of our peers.

 

I will never forget this trip to Ecuador. I will never forget the 10 other students, our professor, his parents, or our bus driver. These people definitely made the trip the unique experience that it was for each of us.

 

The sunshine, the mountains, the rainforest, the streets, the parks, the schools… All unique in their own way, All make Ecuador what it is. Ecuador definitely lives up to its tag line, “Ama la Vida”, or Love Life. Although Ecuador is still considered to be a “developing nation”, it teaches you to enjoy the little things, to take time out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy what the earth has to offer.

 

If you get the opportunity to study abroad, I would definitely urge you to try your hardest to make it work for you. Short trips, such as this one to Ecuador, are perfect for busy students to take a break from their normal and learn about and within a different culture. Thank you for following my journey and have a great summer!

 

Go Eagles!

 

 

 

Candace Tulacz is a Master’s Student at Eastern Michigan University. She will start the second year of her program in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Student Affairs this coming Fall.