Sweet Deals of Davis

You know what they say about summer, hair gets lighter; skin gets darker; water gets warmer; drinks get colder; music gets louder; nights get longer; and life gets sweeter… literally. Summer is the time to indulge in sunshine and sweets, but, since we’re all still broke college students trying to treat ourselves for low costs, here are some sweet deals you can find in Davis.

Davis Creamery

113 E Street Davis, CA 95616

The Davis Creamery is a family owned and operated gourmet sweets shop. They make unique ice cream flavors and host a “Bracketology” event twice a year during which new ice cream concepts are created and go head-to-head in a customer voted competition. Some fun flavors from the bracketology include the Trifecta (Oreo, Butterfinger and Reese Peanut Butter), black tea and shortbread, and guava passion fruit.

Their daily specials include:

Monday – $2.00 Scoop Night (5pm-10pm)

Tuesday – $2.25 Cupcakes (all day)

Wednesday –  $3.00 Cowpies (all day)

Thursday- $7.00 Quarts (all day)

Friday – $5.00 Milk Shake Happy Hour (4pm-7pm)

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Sweet and Shavery **

210  Street Davis, CA 95616

Sweet and Shavery is known for its combination of Italian ice with a creamy custard to create a refreshing, yet satisfying treat. They also have other popular items, such as mangonadas and made-to-order crepes.

Their weekly special is:

Wednesday: $3.25 for two small parfaits (3-5 PM)

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The Good Scoop **

130 G Street, Suite C Davis, CA. 95616

The Good Scoop is definitely one of the hidden gems of Davis. They sell unique, tasteful small batches of ice cream which are made only 1.5 gallons at a time. Some creative flavors include salted caramel with cajeta, ginger, and rosewater. My personal favorite, however, is the jasmine green tea!

Their weekly specials include:

Monday: $2 non-dairy scoop (all day)

Tuesday: $2 scoops (all day)  

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Gong Cha **

1411 W Covell Blvd.Suite #110Davis CA 95616

Gong Cha is one of the many boba spots of Davis, specializing in tea, coffee, and juice. They are located next the the Safeway of “north” Davis, making it super convenient to drop in. They also have four seater tables which are good for studying!

Their happy hours are:

Monday – Thursday before 7 PM: Free size upgrade

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Baskin Robbins

236 E St, Davis, CA 95616

Baskin Robbins is an oldie, but a goodie. The Baskin-Robbins “31®” was created to represent a different ice cream flavor for each day of the month, but since 1945, they’ve created more than 1,300 unique and delicious ice cream flavors. If you sign up for their birthday club, you can get a free scoop on your birthday!

Their monthly special includes:

31st of the month – $1.31 scoops

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Brick Toast Cafe

201 Sage St., Ste B Davis, California 95616

Brick Toast Cafe boasts high quality ingredients, including Gunther’s ice cream, fresh-made whipped cream, and local wildflower honey. They are most known for their brick honey toast, but also have boba teas and Temple coffee.

Their special includes:

Free boba all the time!

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** = Stamp card/rewards program available!

Don’t forget to stay active and eat healthy foods to balance out this sugar rush!!

Christina Duong
BASC Peer Advisor
Third Year: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major w/Spanish minor


Why UC Davis?

With my love for beaches and obsession with tacos, I’m definitely a socal girl through and through. I like giving freeways their intended articles and cringe at the word “hella.” So, why did I make the 500 mile move up to Davis, two hours away from the closest beach and with only two ‘Taco Tuesday” options in town? I didn’t know how to ride a bicycle, so I can’t say that I drawn in by being in “The Bicycle Capital of the World.” I didn’t know that it was a small town, so I can’t say that I was attracted to its close-knit community. And I didn’t know that it was so environmentally friendly, so I can’t say that I was impressed by the organic beauty of all the nature around me. What I did know was that I had an upperclassman friend already attending, it was definitely far from home, and part of the distinguished UC system. I can’t say that I had the strongest reasons for attending, but when the time came, I submitted my SIR to UC Davis and committed to spending the next four years of my life in norcal.  

I was unable to attend Decision Day, so my first encounter with Davis was for orientation. I remember driving to downtown Davis and stopping to walk onto campus. My first thought was, ‘wow, there are so many trees.’ Coming from a suburban area with dislocated palm trees evenly spaced between the intersections, I was amazed by the sheer abundance of greenery and how whimsical all of the homes seemed. I fell in love with the tranquility and vastness of the campus. It probably helped that it was about one hundred degrees outside and the shade provided was the only solace from the blistering heat, but I was awed. The heat never bothered me anyways. Day one of the program, nothing could have prepared me for the nearly five hundred students filled lecture hall. Honestly, I shied away from the large group interactions and was a little intimidated by the thought of trying to pave my own path from the rest. But, as we we broke off into smaller groups, I was given the sense that students at Davis were very accepting, encouraging, and laidback.

Two years later, I was back at orientation, not as an attendee, but as an orientation leader. I really hadn’t given thought to how much I appreciated coming to Davis, unil I saw the new, young faces and couldn’t help but feel so excited for their futures here at Davis. I was  eager for them to find their spaces and realize that they were in a place which would foster their growth, both socially and academically. As a STEM major, it’s an unfortunate, but common, stereotype that students are cutthroat and competitive, however during my three years here, I have found so much support from both my peers and academic resources. It’s always been clear to me that my professors want me to succeed in their classes, and, I might be biased, but I think that I’ve met the nicest people I’ve ever known here at Davis. I have been able to immerse myself in a variety of extracurriculars, ranging from peer advising to tutoring to volunteering for the homeless. There are so many opportunities available to students, free of prerequisites and open to all who are interested, including health related internships, study abroad programs, and numerous clubs and organizations.

Attending UC Davis has been one of the best decisions that I’ve made, and I can say with confidence that I have no regrets. College is a time where it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the transitions of life, to higher education, to adulthood, and to taking more responsibility. Being able to grow into who I am at UC Davis, has allowed me the opportunity to pursue what I’m interested in while appreciating the small things in life. Surrounded by kindness of my peers and the simplicity of pausing to watch the beautiful sunset or taking a detour to amble through the weekly Farmer’s market, I have been able to take life at my own pace and in that way, succeed. The beaches of socal will forever be near and dear to me, but Davis has shown me the quaint beauty of norcal.

Christina Duong
BASC Peer Advisor
Third Year: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major w/Spanish minor

Outdoor Study Spaces

As the weather slowly starts to warm up, it becomes nearly impossible for me to stay cooped up in inside of my room or the confines of a building. I can’t help but see the warm rays nestling on every surface and imagine the slight breeze across my skin. But when midterms are coming up, is there really any choice other than staying indoors to study? Yes, there is! Be productive and still enjoy the outdoors! Here are some places to study while treating yourself to some vitamin D.

Student Community Center: 2nd Floor Patio

Not known to many, this patio overlooks the path by the Robbins Hall. There are outlets available!

Nearby: Computer rooms on the second floor of the SCC; food at the first floor South CoHo Cafe

Peter J Shields Library: Courtyard

Already at the library? Head to the first floor, where you can access the courtyard. There are a variety of benches and tables which overlook the grassy area.

Nearby: Computer rooms on the first floor of the Library; food at the Memorial Union

Memorial Union: 2nd Floor Patio

The CoHo never ceases to be packed, but if you head upstairs, you can find multiple tables complete with umbrellas. Food conveniently located just downstairs!

Nearby: Computer Room on the second floor of the MU; food at the Coffee House

Arboretum: Terrace

Not  actually located within the Arboretum, but closer to downtown, the Terrace surrounds you in picturesque environment with  numerous tables to study at. Be warned that it is currently closed for the season

Nearby: Davis Commons; Dutch Bros

Activities and Recreations Center: Cafe

Get your caffeine fix at Peet’s, then head to the outdoors cafe area to get your studying in. Maybe hit the gym afterwards!

Nearby: ARC; Trader Joe’s

Sciences Lab Building

Just outside the Sciences Lab Building are a couple of tables, as well as a grassy area where you can kick back and lounge with your notes.

Nearby: Bio Brew; various food trucks (usually Shah’s Indian Food)


An oldie but a goodie. Try your luck reading in the hammocks or take a blanket to relax in the grass.

Nearby: Memorial Union; CoHo; Shields Library

Don’t forget to check the weather forecast and bring a jacket, just in case it gets a little chilly. Sunscreen is always a good idea, even if it doesn’t seem sunny! Happy studying!

Christina Duong
BASC Peer Advisor
Third Year: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major w/Spanish minor

21 Things to Do Over 21 Days of Winter Break

As college students, we spend most of our quarter maintaining a delicate balance of work hard, play hard. As tempting as it is to become a couch potato over Winter Break, there are still plenty of important things to do. Here are 21 things to make the best of your winter vacation.

1. Apply for scholarships and internships.

This doesn’t have to consume your entire break! Spend a couple hours applying various scholarships and internships. All you need is one yes!

2. Exercise

You don’t have to wait until Jan 1st to hit the gym. Keep your body happy and healthy to stay in top condition as you feast during those holiday meals. It’ll help you look, feel, and perform better.

3. Host a holiday get together

Gather a group of your oldest friends and talk the night away. Play some fun games and reminisce old times while celebrating where everyone’s paths have led them.

4. Update your resume/cover letter

Add anything new that you’ve become involved with, and spice up what you currently have. It’s always good to have a fresh resume ready for whenever an opportunity arises.

5. Catch up on Reading

When was the last time that you read something for leisure? Probably years ago! Cozy up with a book of your interest during one of those rainy afternoons.

6. Purge Your Closet

Take time to clean out your closet and donate old clothes to those in need. Some good places to donate to are local shelters, crisis centers, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army.

7. Cook a meal for your family

You’ve somehow survived at least one quarter without food from home. Show your family what master chef skills you’ve acquired from having to feed yourself.

8. Volunteer

The holidays are a good time to give back to your community and help those in need. Volunteer at a local shelter, soup kitchen, or parade to spread the holiday spirit.

9. Go shopping for Loved Ones

It’s sales galore during the holidays! Find a perfect gift for your friends and family and revel in that look of joy when you get them what they’ve been wanting.

10. Do a DIY project

Whether or not you’re creative, try a fun DIY by yourself or with some friends. You never know what you might create!

11. Travel

Traveling abroad can be a life changing, noteworthy experience. This doesn’t have to be very expensive or require a plane ticket; road trips are just as exciting!

12. Play in the snow

It only snows during winter, so make the best of it while it lasts. Be sure to bundle up before building a snowman, creating snow angels, or starting a snowball fight.

13. Ice Skating

Ice Skating is a wintertime classic. Even if you don’t know how to ice skate, grab a pair of skates and a buddy to enjoy this activity together!

14. Visit a theme park

Go to a nearby theme park for old time’s sake. Be a kid again!

15. Jam out to some holiday tunes

What’s more fun than singing your heart out with the ones you’re most comfortable with? Rock out to your favorite holiday album, or my personal favorite, Michael Bub.

16. Baking cookies

What warms the soul more than freshly baked cookies? Bring the household together to bask in the smell of deliciousness sweetness.

17. Watch a movie or show

There are a variety of movies that come out during the holiday season – action, comedy, suspense. If you prefer your home screen over the big screen, snuggle up and find your new favorite show on Netflix.

18 .Do some self reflection

Look back on what worked for you and what didn’t to make sure the next quarter is as strong as it can be! It can only get better from here.

19. Shadow

Although there  might not be enough time to commit to a full fledged internship, now’s a good time to catch a glimpse at what your future career field may be. Regardless of if you know where you want to go, this is a valuable experience.

20. Make some money

Plenty of stores look for temporary help around the holiday season. Keep an eye out for businesses needing short term help or neighbors looking for odd jobs to be done.

21. Get some well deserved rest 🙂

You don’t get too much time to just take a step back and relax, so turn off those alarms and recover. Pamper yourself!

Christina Duong
BASC Peer Advisor
Third Year: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major w/Spanish minor