Meet the (potential) pre-frosh

Armed at Meehan Auditorium with nothing but a dry erase board and a bunch of awesome stickers, BlogDH pestered a bunch of accepted students on what they thought was the best thing about Brown. Some of the answers were sincere and anticipated, while others were strange and exciting. Not everyone we spoke with had decided on which school to attend, and a couple of them thought blogging was dumb and refused to engage with us.

After many hours on the hockey rink, (i.e. 90 minutes), here are a few of our favorites. Check out the complete collection here!

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12 Days of Spring Weekend: #EEEEEATS Lineup

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With #FLOCKAGATE behind us, and the thrill of the official artist announcement long over, BlogDH is excited to present an equally as important lineup: Main Green #EEEEATS. This year BCA #blessed us with seven local vendors to satisfy our cravings during Friday’s and Saturday’s concerts.  Check out the rookies and old-timers below–nourish, HYDRATE and have fun!

1. Mexico – If you’re feeling spicy?

2. Taste of India – Just the thought of Indian food on a hot and sunny day makes me a bit nauseous, but to each his/her own.

3. Ben and Jerry’sfree cones!

4. Frenchy’s – Popcorn and such.

5. New England Lemonade – H2O is probably a better source of hydration, but a cup of sugary lemonade doesn’t sound horrible.

6. Duck and Bunny – Cupcakes. Beware of long lines…

7. Pizza Gourmet – I guess BCA was feeling fancy this year and opted out of Domino’s. I welcome this switch, but my stance against Domino’s is highly controversial.

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Students Who Do Cool Things: Nate Parrott ‘17.5, creator of Ratty App

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Everyone’s been there: you’re painfully, paralyzingly hung over, and you NEED to get to the Ratty for some TLC/CT Crunch. Your laptop is an insurmountable 6 feet way on your desk, but you simply must know what’s at the Ratty. It’s a very specific, yet, for many Brown students, shockingly common crisis.

Enter the Ratty App, the creation of Nate Parrott ‘17.5. Now, iPhone users (sorry, Android et al. owners) can check what’s cooking at the school’s biggest dining hall on a very aesthetically pleasing interface. In addition, you can add the menu to your phone’s Notification Center to check whether or not they’re serving grilled cheese (Ed. – probably.) with a simple downward swipe of a finger.

Even the most hung over Brunonian can figure that one out. That is, unless your phone is dead, in which case God help you and your poor soul.

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Sans Meal Plan: Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a great recipe to have on hand for those sans meal plan. It’s cheap, looks impressive, and is relatively easy — especially if you have a well-stocked spice cabinet. Although it’s traditionally served for breakfast, it can certainly function as one of those eggs-for-dinner dishes. The following is a shakshuka recipe adapted from Food52’s “Eggs in Spicy Minted Tomato Sauce.”

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (I used 1.5 boxes of crushed San Marzano tomatoes)
  • Sriracha or other hot sauce to taste (I used Sriracha and a dallop of Sir Kensington’s ketchup)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 large eggs

STEPS

In a deep-sided skillet or frying pan, heat the butter and olive oil. When the butter melts, add your diced onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes at medium heat. Add your garlic and jalapeño, and sauté for about 1 more minute.

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Skewers opened (… and it’s not great)

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Let me premise this post by saying I really, really wanted to  like Skewers. First of all, I am a fan of cheap, to-go, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine. I was excited to return from break to find this obnoxious, kind of ugly sign above the old Thayer Street Cleansers location promising kabob wraps–kabob wraps that would be about three blocks closer to my house than East Side Pockets! Then, a week later, we at BlogDH discovered their Facebook page:

 

 

And so my excitement about Skewers only grew. Seriously, falafels and typos are two of my favorite things. A typo as awkward as that can make me laugh for a week or two. Also considering the fact that sharing their Facebook page from Blog’s got them a solid 20 likes, I thought Kaboobs and I could be good friends. (They still haven’t added anything to their Facebook page or corrected the typo. Their website also looks like this, so it seemed like they would fit in perfectly with the many odd and dysfunctional Thayer establishments we love).

Unfortunately, Skewers is just not very good. It’s actually kinda bad. My first tip-off was when a fellow blogger, who’d actually fought me for this joy of reviewing Kaboobs Skewers, sent me this screenshot of his newsfeed:

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Calling people out on their shit: The Rackers

People generally fall into two categories after they finish their meals and leave the Ratty. There are “Sorters” and there are “Rackers.” The Sorters clear the leftover trash on their plates, separating paper waste from food waste, and place their dishes, cups, and silverware into the appropriate containers. The Rackers shove their miscellaneous plate-cup-food-trash stacks onto the tray towers adjacent to the sorting system.

During breakfast at the Ratty on Monday I sat near the sorting/racking station and kept track of who racked and who sorted. To my surprise, the split was dead even. As I sorted my own plates, I left the Ratty disappointed that half of Brown students were too lazy to take six seconds to make the jobs of the men and women at Dining Services a little easier.

When I brought up this phenomenon to a friend who happened to be a Racker, he defended himself: If sorting really made life that much easier for kitchen staff, why do they even have racks out in the first place? So after my next meal I went into lazy investigative journalism mode and asked the same question the first conveniently available BDS employee I saw, Arlindo.

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