Holiday food, globally defined

 

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                Thanksgiving in a nutshell

Thanksgiving for a number of college students was a chance to have a bit of familial comfort and a respite from the Ratty/Vdub experiences to instead indulge in pumpkin pie, apple pie, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and everything autumnal and awesome. But of course, not everyone at Brown celebrated Thanksgiving or ate Thanksgiving food; BlogDailyHerald went straight to the source and asked a few international students to share their own favorite holiday foods. We posed a survey to the international community at Brown and here are some of the answers we got:

For those looking to mix up the obscene amount of chocolate eaten during the holiday season (hello, winter break ’15), José Soria ’19 of Madrid, Spain,  has your alternative. Jose loves turrón, which he describes simply as “super Spanish.” Turrón is essentially a blank canvas for your sweet tooth dreams. Any variation of a block of egg whites, sugar, and honey is considered turrón, and add-ins typically include nuts and chocolate. (Side note: when I lived in Spain my host family had a basket of turrón on the table for three months surrounding Christmas and it was beautiful.)

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For Ian Cheung ’16, of Hong Kong, his favorite holiday food is tang yuan, which is “composed of these little balls of glutinous rice filled with black sesame, in a kind of soup broth.” In addition to being delicious, tang yuan has sentimental value for Ian because “‘it’s a very non-Western sweet food that symbolizes family union,” and reminds him of visiting relatives and family gatherings in Taiwan when he was a kid. It also has the added bonus of being hilarious to eat, because according to Ian, tang yuan is super chewy and often leaves lots of black sesame seeds between your teeth.

 

 

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    Does that not look ridiculously fun to eat?

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What’s In a Meal Credit? | The Blue Room

Whether you want to admit it or not, the end of the semester is upon us. For some, their hoard of meal credits has almost dwindled away. For others, the task at hand is almost insurmountable: spend 100+ meal credits in three weeks.

^actual pic of a Brown student during finals

Whatever your situation, VlogDH has you covered. Check out the video below to learn how one can best spend a meal credit in one of the most popular eateries on campus.

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Avec Meal Plan: Ratty Dessert Panini

Step aside soft-serve ice cream. There’s a new dessert game in town.

Inspired by the always iconic Ratty Gourmet, our video team swiped into the Ratty to tackle this week’s subject: the decadent and creative dessert panini.

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Abyssinia is (probably) closed

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BlogDH is sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like Wickenden Street’s staple Ethiopian restaurant is calling it a day. How do we know? Partly because we feel its absence in our hearts, and partly because a) there is a sign that says “We are closed”, b) their phone is disconnected, and c) there is “property for lease” sign outside of the establishment. Every time someone on staff has dropped by during normal open-for-business hours, the lights have been out.

Abyssinia was a love or hate kind of joint– The type of place where you’d either be ecstatic at the prospect of becoming a regular, or dodge in fear of having to request a fork. (The standard utensils were rolls of injera, or Ethiopian sourdough flatbread).

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What we’re reading

President Obama sat down with Bill Keller, Editor in Chief of the Marshall Project, to discuss the death penalty in America. The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization that seeks to inform the public about the injustices of the criminal justice system and incite reform through its work.

The Atlantic‘s “The Exemplary Narcissism of Snoopy” delves into the history of the Peanuts franchise, its author’s indignant nature, and the upcoming 3D animated movie. When the author Charles Schulz passed away in 2000, many thought the comic was done for, seeing as Schulz vowed that no new Peanuts strips would be produced. Fifteen years later, a feature-length movie is set to be released  on November 6th. Follow the evolution of the beloved characters throughout the decades in the piece.

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Listen Up: Farm to table

Hear ye, hear ye! We at Blog present to you Listen Up, a bi-weekly Blogcast that will be bringing you the most sensational news from Brunonia. This week, we cover Providence’s latest hip farm to table restaurant.

Editor’s Note: BlogDailyHerald does not endorse any of the views expressed in the episode and does not condone the fictional actions taken. 

Make sure to follow us on SoundCloud and download each episode for on-the-go listening!

The episode was written by Ari Snider ’18, Allie Tsuchiya ’18, Jackson Cantrell ’18, and Ilan Desai-Geller ’18. It was produced by Ari Snider. 

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