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Top H-E-B Picks from a Former H-E-B Checker

For some, H-E-B isn’t just a grocery store, it’s a way of life. Whether you’re new to Texas or not, H-E-B is a staple for any central Texas resident; including our fellow longhorns. H-E-B offers locally sourced products and a unique grocery experience. H-E-B is constantly creating new, unique products for its customers, and as a former H-E-B checker, I’ve seen a lot of what H-E-B has to offer. From unique ice cream creations to delicious coffee, here are some of my tried and true H-E-B favorites.


H‑E‑B Select Ingredients Mocha Lovers Trail Mix

H-E-B has multiple trail mixes, but for coffee and/or chocolate lovers like myself, the Mocha Lovers Trail Mix is the best trail mix to satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings. The trail mix includes dark chocolate covered cranberries, white chocolate covered coffee beans, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, roasted almonds and roasted cashews.

Where you can find: H-E-B pantry area in the snack, chips or candy aisle.

H‑E‑B Sensational Belgian Chocolate Chip Cookie

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The H-E-B Belgain Chocolate Chip Cookies might just be one of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. Each cookie comes in a pack of two and is an inch thick full of chocolate and walnut goodness!

Where you can find: Bakery Section

H‑E‑B Gourmet Brownie Party Tray

The H-E-B Gourmet Brownie Party Tray quite literally changed my life. These rich chocolate brownies come in an assortment of various frosting and nut toppings.

Where you can find: Bakery Section

Cafe Ole by HEB Coffee

H-E-B has an array of coffee flavors for folks with a variety of tastes. For those who like to enjoy a sweet or flavored coffee, H-E-B’s Cafe Ole offers unique flavors. Some of my favorites are the Texas Pecan Medium Roast, Taste of San Antonio Medium Roast and Taste of Austin Medium Roast. For those who prefer a bold or rich coffee, Cafe Ole offers Donut Shop Medium Roast, French Roast Dark Roast and Colombian Bucaramanga Supremo Medium Roast.

Where you can find: Coffee aisle

H-E-B Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

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Something about the H-E-B Tortilla Chips is so addicting I could eat half the bag in one sitting. They go great with guacamole or salsa or even on their own. The chips are light, slightly salty and oh so delicious!

Where you can find them: Bakery or Produce sections

H-E-B Ice Cream

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H-E-B has killed it when it comes to ice cream. H-E-B offers dozens of ice cream flavor and topping combinations. It’s hard to choose just one! Some of my tried and true favorites are Swoon by H-E-B Cookie Lovers, Creamy Creations Cookies Over Texas, Creamy Creations Dulce De Leche and Creamy Creations Texas Starry Night.

Where you can find them: Ice cream or Frozen Foods section

H-E-B carries so many unique products that any time I go, I’m bound to try something new. If you’re looking for a taste of Texas, just stop at your local H-E-B because it’s true, here everything is better.

The Best Kids Meals in West Campus

Yes, I am a grown adult. Yes, I order from the kids menu. We exist. Let me explain.

Do you ever go out with your friends to eat but you’re not hungry hungry? Or, you want to enjoy outside food but don’t have the financial means to splurge? It’s time for you to put your pride aside and start ordering from the kids menu! Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, I visited some of the most popular food joints in wampus in search of the best kids meals — here’s what I found.

1. In-N-Out and Halal Bros, can’t hang

First, I stopped by two wampus favorites on Guad, Halal Bros and In-N-Out. To my surprise, neither establishment had kids meals. However, Halal Bros does offer cheap side options (pictured) that can substitute a kids meal and In-N-Out’s burger costs less than the other meals reviewed. In-N-Out also has animal-style fries (fries topped with american cheese, caramelized onions and their signature fry sauce) which could serve as a meal! These are financially-good alternatives to ordering from the regular menu even if they don’t come with the quirkiness from ordering off the kid’s.

2. Pluckers, the hit or miss, 6/10

My friend and I ordered from the kids menu online at the Pluckers on Rio. I ordered the Kids Naked Boneless Wings with tater tots ($6.25) and they ordered the Kids Mac and Cheese with waffle fries ($6.00). Although the portions were large, the buffalo-dressed chicken strips were not that appetizing. My friend, however, did enjoy the mac and cheese / waffle fries combo as a vegetarian option. The tater tots were decent, but not out of this world. This is a good option when visiting the Wampus classic and you don’t want to overspend on a regular- sized meal. 

3. Kerbey Lane, The Surprise Contender, 8/10

Photographed by Josh Romero

I’ve eaten at the Austin-classic several times, however, I had never considered ordering off of the kids menu until writing this article. The kids meal consists of breakfast and lunch options, ranging from chicken tenders to pancakes. I ordered the chicken quesadillas and was pleasantly surprised. The quality of the chicken was good and all the kids’ meals came with fries or fruit. There were ample fries, and for a good price ($6.94 including tip) you get a decent sized meal without having to spend a lot.

4. Whataburger, the small but mighty, 8.5/10

Photographed by Josh Romero

I discovered the worthiness of the Whataburger kids meal when I worked for the state-favorite back in 2017. Coming in at $5.19, the chicken tender kids meal comes with two tenders, small fries, a cookie, and a small drink. This is perfect for a post-6th street munchies, or a reward for finishing midterms. 

5. Cava, king of the kids meal, 10/10

Photographed by Josh Romero

When at Cava, If you aren’t ordering from the kids meal, you’re doing it wrong. The Cava kids meal comes with a small pita, choice of hummus, choice of three toppings, pita chips or carrots, rice, and a small drink. When I discovered this hack, I was blown away. You get so much for a decent price ($6.98) and are still able to make selections as if you were ordering from the regular menu. I highly recommend switching to kids meals when visiting this Wampus favorite!

bucket list for movie lovers

Do you love movies? Do you love to travel? Add these six travel destinations to your bucket list to live out your cinematic dreams!

Skopelos, Greece

This island paradise is the setting for Mamma Mia! Sing the soundtrack of the beloved musical while touring the island and stop by the church of Agios Ioannis Kastri where the iconic wedding scene was filmed. 

Chatsworth House

This historical Manor was used as Mr. Darcey’s home in Pride and Prejudice. Located in Derbyshire, England, this house has been in the same family since 1549 and is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Take a tour of the gardens and house including the sculpture room seen in the movie.

Oxford Christ Church College

Located in Oxford, England, this joint college and chapel was the setting of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You can sign up to take a tour of the grounds and learn more about this college. Other Potter-related stops in the area are King’s Crossing Station in London and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. 

Griffith Observatory

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This is one of the many filming locations of the Oscar nominated movie La La Land. Admission into the observatory is free and the surrounding park is great for hiking, picnicking and taking pictures of the Hollywood sign. 

Hobbiton 

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The sets of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings have been turned into a tourist attraction in New Zealand. Tours are given year round of the 12 acre land and they hold various events throughout the year like Mid-Winter Feast and International Hobbit Day. You can even host your wedding hobbit style and use the set as your venue. 

Tiffany’s & Co. 5th Avenue, New York

The outside of Tiffany’s was used for the iconic scenes of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Now you can actually have breakfast at Tiffany’s after you shop at their new Blue Box Cafe. You can also pose like Marilyn Monroe in the iconic white dress photo on the sidewalk grates of Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street. 

Best of Wampus: Convenience Store Snacks

One of my favorite ways to procrastinate as a college student is to run errands. When it’s too late to make a Target run or pickup takeout at Madam Mam’s I can always count on the slew of trusty West Campus convenience stores to keep me from my assignments. Not to mention, who doesn’t love a spontaneous trip to 7/11? Over the years, I’ve tried just about every snack these stores have to offer: the good, the bad and the ugly. Below, I’ve compiled a list of the best late nights snacks in “Wampus”. Next time you go on a late night convenience store run, consider giving one of them a go. Who knows, one of these bad boys might become your next favorite!

Drinks 

The perfect thing to complement a late night study sesh is caffeine, whether you’re more of a tea drinker, energy drink person, soda-lover or coffee aficionado, convenience stores always seem to have something to meet your needs.

Califia Farms XX Espresso Cold Brew Coffee
Source: Califia Farms
Dunkin’ Original Iced Coffee
Source: Dunkin’ Donuts
Pure Leaf Cold Brew Iced Tea Tropical Mango
Source: Pure Leaf
Guayaki Yerba Mate Enlighten Mint
Source: Target
CLEAN Lemon Lime Organic Sparkling Yerba Mate
Source: Northwest Coffee Supply
MTN Dew Original
Source: MTN Dew
Maine Root Root Beer
Source Main Root Co.
Crush Grape Soda
Source: HEB
Half Cherry, Half Coke Icee
Source: Icee
Gatorade Thirst Quencher Frost Glacier Freeze
Source: Warehouse 115
Gatorade Thirst Quencher Ice Punch
Source: Walmart

Salty Snacks

Perhaps you’re more of a salty snack type. If so, I have the perfect recommendations for you, whether you prefer salty, savory or spicy. These snacks pair perfectly with a night in with your roommates and are perfect for sharing.

Kettle Brand Honey Dijon Chips
Source Drizly
Takis Fuego
Source: Bargain Wholesale
Combos Cheddar Cheese 
Source: Giant Food
Harvest Snaps Black Bean Snack Crisps Mango Chile Lime
Source: Meijer
Chex Mix Honey BBQ
Source: HEB

Sweets

Looking to celebrate finishing an assignment? These yummy treats make the perfect celebratory snack and help end your night on a high note.

Alden’s Ice Cream Ooey Gooey Brownie
Source: Alden’s Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry’s Brownie Batter Core
Source: Cornershop
Blue Bell Butter Crunch
Source: Recipepes
NESTLE Dibs Crunch 
Source: HEB
Good Pop Watermelon Agave Popsicle
Source: Whole Foods
Good Pop Chocolate Milk Popsicle
Source: Whole Foods
NESTLE Strawberry Shortcake Popsicle
Source: Walmart
Haribo Sour Spaghetti Gummy Candy
Source: World Market
Charleston Chew Mini
Source: Walmart
Sour Punch Blue Raspberry Straws
Source: Walmart

At the end of the day, go-to convenience store snacks are all about comfort and preference. But if you’re looking to shake things up, I’d give one of these a try. If you want to be extra adventurous, you could even try a new combo! I recommend Takis Fuego washed down with an ice-cold Glacier Freeze Gatorade, or perhap a Pure Leaf Mango Iced Tea paired with Mango Chile Lime Harvest Snaps.

Featured image illustrated by Serena Rodriguez

I Tried to Recreate TikTok’s Infamous Egg Sandwich

Imagine this: it is 1:00 am and I am mindlessly scrolling through a plethora of TikToks that have become the bane of my existence and the primary reason for why I cannot seem to shut off at night and go to sleep. It is detrimental to my sleep schedule, but yet I can’t seem to stop watching TikTok dance challenges, pranks, hair tutorials, and skits. After falling down the TikTok rabbit hole, I came across this intriguing and deliciously seeming egg sandwich recipe. As a breakfast connoisseur and a cheese enthusiast, this viral TikTok Egg Sandwich recipe caught my attention and I knew I had to give it a go and try it out for myself. With over 17 million views and over a million likes, this recipe from the Food Network is causing chaos on TikTok among foodies like myself. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking, what makes this egg sandwich so special? It’s just an egg sandwich, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, this egg sandwich consists of all the yummy essential egg sandwich ingredients such as eggs, cheese, and bread. However, this egg sandwich provides you with a clever hack that results in a perfect one-pan traditional egg sandwich. 

To start,  the ingredients needed for this egg sandwich are pretty straightforward: eggs, sliced bread, cheese, and oil or butter. Any extra ingredients such as bacon, ham, avocado, etc to spice up your sandwich are completely optional. Since I wanted to recreate this popular TikTok recipe and it has been recreated countless times, I decided to put a little twist in it and make it my own, but adding turkey ham, tomato & basil hummus, and yellow mustard to my sandwich and using my favorite rosemary sourdough bread.

Step 1: Heat up some oil or melt some butter on a medium-sized, preferably non-stick, pan on medium to low heat. 

Step 2: While the pan is heating up, crack two eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork to break up the yolk. 

Step 3: Pour the eggs into the pan and place two slices of bread on top of the egg mixture in the pan, then flip the slices over to soak the other sides as well.

Step 4: Once the eggs are becoming more solid, flip both slices of bread along with the eggs onto the other side. Add cheese and ham, bacon, or your choice of protein. 

Step 5: Fold over the overlapping sides of the egg in towards the bread and flip one of the slices of bread on top of the over to create a sandwich. 

Photos by Amy Perez

This TikTok egg sandwich was soooo good and although I did have a semi-fail with flipping the eggs, it was still really quick and easy. The taste test was, of course, my favorite part and it did not disappoint. The softness of the sourdough and cheesiness of the sandwich made for a heavenly combo. The eggs were perfect as always and the addition of the turkey ham really elevated the flavor. I added a few extras to my sandwich by smothering some trader joe’s tomato basil hummus and yellow mustard to really tailor it to my liking. Overall, the egg sandwich was warm, hearty, and delightful. This sandwich is going to definitely be one of my new go-to’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner because of easy and tasty it is. I urge you to try it and understand why this life-changing food hack has gone viral on TikTok.