Amuse-Bouche: north

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Tucked away in Luongo Square, you might find yourself standing in front of a tiny restaurant with soft lights shining through the window. Inside, you can make out a backlit bar with rows of obscure liquor bottles and, almost without a doubt, a crowd of hungry hopefuls waiting for a table. On the bottom right of the facade, you can vaguely make out a neon sign that reads “north” in blue script writing. Then you will know you’re in the right place.

north (sic), an Asian Fusion restaurant located in East Providence, has food that makes up in flavor twofold what the restaurant lacks in space. It offers dishes that are both irreverent and delicious; seemingly strange, yet expectation-shattering in the best way possible. The chef, James Mark, attributes the restaurant’s success to the collaborative forces that drive the culinary team. Starchefs.com calls Mark not a head chef, but the leader of “a collective, a group of cooks who are making great culinary and community strides in Providence.” The restaurant website features bios of every staff member from head chef to dishwasher; Mark emphasizes that a successful restaurant is only the product of its driven and talented staff members.

Chef James Mark of North – Providence, RI

The menu is small, but it changes daily based on seasonality. A slushie machine swirls behind the bar, filled with a daily alcoholic frozen concoction of the bartender’s choosing. A group of six diners sit at the bar, slurping down raw oysters served on a bed of crushed ice right in front of them. The five-or-so table restaurant is dimly lit and warm; the servers are dressed in ripped denim and clogs, undoubtedly with a facial piercing or two. Make sure you show up dressed casually – and with an appetite.

Due to the nature and size of the dishes, I have found that north is best experienced by going with a group of two or more. The plates vary in size, though most are closer to tapas-sized than full plates. That being said, the dishes also tend to be very rich, so a little often goes a long way. It is best to go with an adventurous group that also favors family-style-dining.

My most recent trip to north was no less exciting than the first meal I had there over a year ago. My two friends and I scoured the menu and, as usual, were able to identify only about half of the ingredients in each dish. (What exactly is quince jam and why do I want to eat it? Hoz-what?) Unfamiliarity aside, we had no issue choosing four dishes to share among us. In fact, the greatest challenge proved to be resisting the temptation to order everything.

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Last Call: Chanelle Adams

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here and our RISD “Last Call” chain here.

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as… that lady over there talking about the “core issues” in inappropriate settings.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… everything I cultivated in my life outside of Brown.

On a Friday night, you might find me… convincing my roommates to watch a creepy cult film, and then immediately falling asleep once we finally start the movie.

The best class/professor at Brown is… The Intimate State (Politics of the Family) with Prof Self. I took it with an amazing bunch of people and the course content helped shape my interest in using historical frameworks in activist spaces.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year:

  1. You don’t have to coordinate to eat dinner with 15 people every single night.
  2. Make friends with Professors ASAP because advising stops v. abruptly after the first year.
  3. Only take classes that are exciting to attend. If a class is boring, but the material looks good, just take the syllabus and nerd out over the readings during the summer.

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BREAKING: Malia Obama to visit Brown next week

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Those spending Spring Break in Providence, be woeful no more. No longer will you have to deal with the nagging brags of your homebound friends, or plug your ears when someone talks about vacationing in CaboPuntaCanaCancunPuertoRico.

And why, you may ask? Because the FDOTUS is coming to town.

In case you’re unfamiliar with this acronym (which you should be, considering I made it up), FDOTUS stands for: “First Daughter Of the United States.” And if we’re using lineage as a metric here, the “First” daughter of the presidential family could only refer to the one and only… Malia Obama. As many of you may have heard, in the past few months she has been gracing various East Coast schools with her presence. Though Dad has not been accompanying her, supposedly the First Lady has frequently joined her daughter on the college tour trail.

According to GoLocalProv News, Malia is scheduled to visit our humble College Hill abode next week. That’s right, all you spring breakers: you’ll be bikini-clad, but you also may miss out on a potential sighting of Presidential royalty. Damn, that’ll be a lucky tour guide. If she chooses to attend Brown, Malia would be the third child of a President to do so, following in the footsteps of Amy Carter and John Kennedy Jr.

Though the article claims that “according to sources, neither the First Lady nor the President is expected to accompany Malia on the trip to Providence,” we may still keep our fingers crossed that they decide to leave the District for a brief respite in icy scenic Providence.

So if I were you, I would reconsider going to that all-inclusive resort and vacation in Faunce instead. Just think – you could easily sustain yourself for a week with Blue Room muffins and the Leung Gallery couches. Who needs the sun? [Ed: Wouldn’t you rather see the daughter? (It’s a pun.)]

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Last Call: Victor Ha

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here and our RISD “Last Call” chain here.

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as… “Vic,” but I’m still hoping “Victorious B.I.G.” will catch on. 

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Earning the approval of Kate Schapira.  (I once came to class wearing a beige coat, beige sweater, and beige trousers.  She said to me: “Wow. That’s a lot of beige.”)

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Tweeting dirty jokes to Kate Middleton.

The best class/professor at Brown is… Kate Schapira is my Wanda; Jim Egan is my Cosmo.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year:

1) La Arepa, 574 Smithfield Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02904

2) Pho Horns, 50 Ann Mary St # 403, Pawtucket, RI 02904

3) Spike’s Junkyard Dogs, 485 Branch Ave, Providence, RI 02904

Ratty vs. V-Dub? Whichever one Daniel Choo is at.

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Last Call: Layla Heidari

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here and our RISD “Last Call” chain here.

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as… the girl who always wears black .

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Being asked to guest lecture in Stephen Kinzer’s class on Iran about my thesis research and the Tehran art scene.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Watching Gilmore Girls (no shame) until I am called into action by someone who wants to go out, or convince someone that going out is a good idea.

The best class/professor at Brown is… War, Revolution and Art with Shiva Balaghi. It was just perfectly up my alley and we had lots of “personalities” in that class.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…
1) There is actually a LOT of amazing food in RI.
2) To buy actual snow boots instead of destroying all my shoes (too late now).
3) Even with an open curriculum, it is really easy to fall into taking the same types of classes all the time (even within a concentration). I sometimes feel that I limited myself; not that the classes I took didn’t interest me, but more so that I didn’t  venture out of my comfort zone enough.

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Last Call: Danny Sobor

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find the other Brown Last Call chain here and RISD Last Call chain here

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as… Based/Clyde Lawrence’s friend/ ††Slug Christ 2.0††.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… MILC (formerly Milk Supply Co). It’s my baby. I launched the site on my 21st birthday junior year. In the year and a half since then, MILC has been picked up in stores, written up in blogs from Cali to the UK, and sponsored a pop-up show in Chicago with original artwork and clothes. I’m still working on it and things keep picking up (on the low). The experience has taught me about inventory, manufacturing, networking, marketing, design, overall hustling, etc. Also it’s been really fun. By far the most grueling/rewarding/educational experience in my time here.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Cooking in the kitchen.

 The best class/professor at Brown is… Other classes can finish but Art of the Book with Lara Henderson is the best class of all time. Students get access to the John Hay print shop which has incredibly rare printing presses that only a dozen or so students can use per semester. Also: shout-out to Joseph Pucci as the best professor.  

Three things you wish you knew freshman year… 1) This school is smaller than you think. 2) The street sign you and Adam put in your Emery dorm room is going to slip and seriously damage the wall, you idiot, you don’t even need a street sign, why would you possibly need a full street sign with the pole still attached throw it away. 3) The best way to make friends is to find the toughest person you know and beat them up.

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