There’s always a sense of anticipation surrounding an empty storefront on College Hill. Sure, we might long for the days when an incredibly useful convenience store occupied the corner of Thayer and Euclid — take the hint, local entrepreneurs — but coupled with that desolation is hope for the future: someday, some new business is coming in there. Eventually.
Brunonians who frequent the eastern end of campus had become used to this feeling while staring at the façade that once was Iron Wok. Luckily, Yan’s Cuisine, a Chinese restaurant reminiscent of its predecessor, opened up a few weeks ago in the once-abandoned storefront on the corner of Brook and Benevolent. The newcomer offers a surprisingly diverse set of options. You can go for dishes typical of Americanized Chinese fare (General Tso’s chicken, steamed pork dumplings, egg rolls, etc.), or you can be brave and try one of an impressive selection of less popular items, like “House Special Neck Bone” and “Lion’s Head Meat Ball.” (Ed. – We’re taking submissions for artistic renderings of the latter dish).
Don’t let the departure of summer produce get you down (RIP tomatoes and berries) – sign up for a Fall Brown Market Share and receive farm fresh fruits and vegetables every week!
This delicious Fall season will run from September 18th through December 4th. The weekly bounty will be available for pickup every Thursday at the Brown/RISD Hillel. The deadline for signups is Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 11:59p.m.
Want to volunteer for Market Shares? Interested students should email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about getting involved with the organization.
As part of its Brown 250+ web site that will be going up soon, the Brown Daily Herald wants images of Brunonia’s favorite meals from the various university eateries. You heard right. The BDH wants your Ratty food porn.
Whether it’s a succulent Spicy With from Jo’s, grilled chicken from the Ratty, or whatever it is they sell at Poppy’s, this is a great opportunity to let your voice be heard on what is sure to be a beautiful new site. To enter your photo, simply post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BrownEats. Once the site goes live, your favorite food will be there for all to see. We haven’t heard anything about whether or not there will be prizes for the top submissions, but know that the person who puts the best filter on an Ivy Room falafel wrap has a special place in my heart. Be sure to post your favorites!
Image via Emily Gilbert ’14.
This academic year, lamentably, has been rather short on new mobile culinary purveyors compared to the famed Food Truck Boom of 2012-2013. Just a year ago, as you may recall, food trucks were sprouting up the Hill like crazy and tweeting at each other all the time. Where was the new generation of Lotus Peppers, Sprouts, and Portu Galos? (Come to think of it, where the hell are Sprout and Portu Galo?)
BUT FEAR NOT. BlogDH presents, for the first time since two more trucks cropped up all the way back in September, a blaring New Food Truck Alert. Citizen Wing opened for business just this month with an array of gourmet chicken wings available for order. The selection includes staples like Southern BBQ, variations on classic flavors like Rosemary Hot (buffalo), and newfangled creations like Habanero Cilantro. The wings are tasty, though some might find them a bit pricey; order in bulk with a friend at 20 for $15 to maximize value. Other selections include fries, a gourmet $5 ice cream sandwich, a chicken and waffle plate, and boneless tenders.
According to the truck’s Facebook page, Citizen Wing chef Nick LeFebvre is a Providence local and Johnson & Wales culinary graduate. A tweet by Plouf Plouf indicates that LeFebvre at one time interned there, so he’s been around the Thayer/George food truck scene for a while. Blog gives Citizen Wing a thumbs-up and recommends it for an earlier night when you might already be feeling a little munchy.
On Saturday, April 26, The Launch Music and Arts Festival will be taking over downtown Providence, and you’re going to want to be a part of it. This enormous outdoor event, open to all ages, will run from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center just down the hill. Various live music acts and DJs, including 3LAU, Kevin Drew, Grand Theft and more, will be playing throughout the afternoon and evening. Guests will also be able to enjoy local performance art such as trapeze and stilt walking, and will be able to participate in live art activities like a graffiti wall, henna tattoos, and paint stations. The Launch is also a completely “GO GREEN” friendly event, and all concession venders will be using biodegradable materials and utensils.
Tickets are $25, all inclusive, and available for purchase here.
BREAKING: here’s an equally important lineup for this weekend. BCA hooked us up with a variety of food vendors to satisfy all of your culinary cravings during the concerts. If you just have to
drunkenly foodstagram, at least use the hashtag #BlogSW. Your body is a temple—nourish, HYDRATE, and have fun!
Ben and Jerry’s -
Del’s Lemonade – A Rhode Island classic, but don’t expect this.
Domino’s Pizza - You can prove your loyalty to Antonio’s or Nice Slice later.
Taste of India - If you’re feeling adventurous.
Tina’s Jamaican Caribbean Restaurant - If you’re really feeling adventurous.
Duck and Bunny – It’s only once a year that Wickenden comes to the Main Green.
Mexico Restaurant – For those looking to spice things up.