Going to school in Washington DC often leads me to wonder how the life of the leader of the free world compares to that of a lowly college student. We only live a few metro stops away, after all. How different can our worlds be?

Not too different it turns out. Well, at least when it comes to our eating habits.

1. The president can’t get going without a cup of jo.

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Except, instead of an overpriced Starbucks latte or the lukewarm dining hall blend, the White House wakes up with exotic Hawaiian Kona Coffee.

2. The White House likes to party.

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Think last weekend’s frat party was packed? The White House kitchen is equipped to feed crowds much bigger. We’re talking dinner for 140 guests and hors d’oeuvres for more than 1000.

3. Beer is the presidential beverage of choice.

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We love to taste test seasonal beers here at Spoon, but the president enjoys the White House’s own Honey Ale. This brew is even made with honey from the beehives on the South Lawn.

4. The president has to pay for his own groceries.

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Just like you have to figure out how to get the best bang per meal swipe, the president has to budget for the groceries every month. And while the president may not be able to mooch free meals off of his parents while they’re in town, official state functions are covered.

5. The White House knows what filter makes their dinner look mouthwatering.

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We’re constantly sharing our most scrumptious meals on Instagram, and the White House is no different. The kitchen has taken over the official White House Instagram account to show what goes into cooking a state dinner.

If you might not be able to score a seat at the White House dinner table, but there are plenty of other ways to indulge like the president: