12 Days of Flogmas, Day Nine: Fries and sauce at Jo’s

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In what has to be the most repressive policy decision on US soil since Abraham Lincoln began censoring the Northern press during the Civil War, Brown Dining Services has decided that you can no longer put the Spicy With sauces on your fries at Jo’s. Now, let’s be clear: obviously you’re still putting sauce on your fries. But now you have to sneak it on, or maybe order a spicy with as cover, rather than just pour that shit on. It’s very frustrating.

Whatever the impetus was for this decision, I have a hard time believing the extra pouring of sauce onto fries was costing an exorbitant amount. I’m no sauce expert, but I’m betting that the price of mixing cheap barbecue sauce and sriracha together is more or less built into the $1.80 for a handful of fried potatoes. And even supposing the rationale is purely financial, and that BDS really felt it was losing big bucks from all this sauce-pouring madness, I would happily pay 20 cents more for sauce. Raise the price, don’t diminish the quality of the experience.  Continue Reading


Your first spicy with, described by your favorite movie lines

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My first semester is just half-way over and I’m already beginning to feel nostalgia for my first few weeks at Brown. In that ephemeral time, everything is new and exciting in a way that it will never be again. There are many “firsts” that you will never forget–the first house party, the first class we ever shopped, the first time at the Ratty. There is one “first” considered more sacred than others: the first spicy with. Losing your spicy with virginity is like losing your… well, you know where I’m going with this. Here’s a combination of your two favorite things: cheesy movie quotes (no pun intended) used to describe your first spicy with. The saga begins after the jump. Continue Reading


Cafe Blend? Nope, it’s Bear Buzz

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Interesting things are afoot within the V-Dub. If you’ve been by the coffee dispensers at any point within the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the familiar Cafe Blend has been replaced by an intriguing new variety, one that’s guaranteed to get all you Bears out there Buzzing with excitement (you know they thought long and hard about that one).

According to sources within Verney-Woolley, Bear Buzz possesses approximately the same amount of caffeine as Cafe Blend (the exciting ‘Buzz’ label notwithstanding) but contains a differing blend of Arabica and Colombian beans. We sent our resident coffee expert to get the final verdict on Bear Buzz’s quality: Continue Reading


Welcome Back BBQ at the Gate Tonight

Last semester, the Gate held its first BBQ special event, which was an instant hit. Due to popular demand, the Gate is bringing back the outdoor BBQ special event. Tonight you can swing by the Gate for some ribs, pulled chicken sliders, watermelon, passion tea punch, and various other sides. Oh, and don’t forget the good music and swarms of freshmen from Pembroke. It’s sure to be a good time for all–and maybe a great soccer pregame for some.

Note: This event is part of a series of changes in Brown’s dining offerings. If you want to keep up with upcoming events at different eating locations, check out this Google Calendar. You can even sync it to your own calendar so you’ll never miss out on Ivy Room Carnival specials, Blue Room FroYo Parfait, Gate Oktoberfest, and whatever other cool events BDS has in store for us.

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Chow Down Brown: What’s cooking at the Blue Room?

Nom worthy? I'd say yes.

Nom-worthy? I’d say yes.

There are some exciting specials coming to the Blue Room to celebrate the new year! Aaron Fitzsenry can always be trusted to keep our tastebuds guessing, and this semester is no exception.

The Blue Room has a new hot entree for Tuesday and Friday nights, the Naked Burrito. Those of you who were lucky enough might have caught a preview of this tasty dish at the end of last semester. Fortunately for those of us who missed it, it’s here to stay! According to Aaron, the culinary team at the Blue Room “will be making a few salsas and guacamole ourselves, will have some really nice new all-natural protein choices (no processing means no extra salt), and will eliminate the tortilla wrapper which saves around 220 calories and 450mg sodium!” Just think: a healthy, delicious Chipotle meal for just a Meal Credit! No frigid walk down Thayer necessary. (More updates after the jump.)

On a related note, the entree rotation is a little bit different at the Blue Room this semester. Kabob and Curry will be featured Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, and Shanghai will be avaiable on Wednesday and Sunday. Unfortunately Mama Kim’s will have to take the semester off, but we’re told that a new restaurant of her own might be in the works. Something else to look forward to? Warm naan bread as an optional extra for Kabob nights.

Stay tuned for updates from Jo’s and the Gate. Meanwhile, go grab a naked burrito and say thanks to Aaron on your stomach’s behalf.


And Gail said, “Let there be egg rolls!”

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We know what’s in your future: great, tasty Ratty dinner tonight.

Guess what’s going down at the Ratty tonight? It’s Super Asian Day!

BDS is teaming up with the Asian/Asian-American Heritage Series and the TWC to bring those of us on meal plan slightly more variety than usual! There will be no table slips, no to-go boxes, and no guest meals… but there will be lots of yummy Asian culinary favorites, including Korean-style beef and lots of teriyaki. Vegetarians and vegans, don’t fret: there will be lots of veggies and rice for you to enjoy.

Be sure to get there early to beat the rush.

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