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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A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: Happy Blogidays!

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And that’s a wrap, folks. Fall semester has come to a close; the dorms have emptied, your finals are behind you, and the prospect of five weeks of vacation has you feeling blissfully carefree.

Entering our sixth year of production, BlogDailyHerald worked tirelessly to live up to your standards, bringing you anything and everything Brunonia.

We brought you two new episodes of BlogDH’s webseries Brunonia, commemorated Brown’s 250+ years, and asked you to deeply consider: “If the dining halls were rappers, who would they be?” We covered important current events and issues from the People’s Climate March to the 2014 RI elections, and from the Sexual Assault Task Force to Ferguson; we investigated cybersecurity on Brown’s campus, and examined which freshman dorm truly reigns supreme.

This semester, Blog helped Brown welcome Dean Maud Mandel, George R.R. Martin, and Nick Offerman, and say goodbye to Sex Power God and Gourmet Heaven. With our incredible staff, the forces of our Creative Team, and the bolstered efforts of our edit board at the helm, we garnered over 5,000 unique hits on a daily basis this semester.

Though we had to say tearful farewells to our dear Blog writers going abroad, I know next semester’s staff will continue to allow the BlogDH community to grow and prosper. Sixth-Man David Oyer ’16 will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief, while Deena Butt ’16 and Jacob Koffler ’17 will act as the site’s Managing Editors and his trusty right-hand phes.

Three Deputy Managing Editors are also joining the ranks: Edith Young RISD ’16 who will continue to (Art)School us, Zach Fredericks ’17 who is Buddy Cianci’s #1 fan, and Tomas Novia ’16, who returns to Blog from a saucy Spanish semester in Barcelona. Albie Brown ’16 will continue to fearlessly lead our Creative Team, which will be expanding next semester to bring you even more Photoshopped administrators, video content, and of course, Spring Weekend tanks.

Thank you, dear readers, for allowing us to work towards our goal of serving as every Brown student’s go-to resource for campus happenings, news, and friendly irreverence. As one on-campus publication among many, we couldn’t continue to do what we love – namely, bringing you information, procrastination tools, and comic relief – without you.

We sincerely wish you a Happy Blogidays and a wonderful vacation.

See you in the spring!


‘Twas the week before finals

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What makes a classic text “a classic”? In my indisputable, expert opinion it’s when a piece of writing so perfectly encapsulates a feeling that was previously thought to be indescribable. Speaking as a Jew, I can say that “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” is a classic because it is able to instill the feeling of what it is like to be a child on Christmas Eve. Inspired by this work, I have also attempted the impossible with what will soon be declared a classic, no doubt. Behold “‘Twas the Week Before Finals.

’Twas the week before finals, and all through the school,
All the students were freezing, for the SciLi was cool;
The notes were lined up on the laptop with care,
But so was Facebook, so you know they’ll look there.

The children were nestled, all snug in their beds;
But you’re not a child, and you feel almost dead;
Health Services says eat well and sleep tight,
But an Oreo and an Aderall also feels right.

The Naked Donut Run is said and done,
So you’ve nothing to dream of till holidays come.
Your friends, they are leaving and saying goodbye;
So you study alone, and then just get high.

You should have taken that class S/NC,
Relax, you over-achiever, you’ll still get a B.
“I won’t get a job, I won’t do my best!”
Relax, you monster: It’s only a test.

Your home friends take selfies and post them online,
Stop looking and study and you’ll be just fine;
My god, get off Buzzfeed or you’re going to fail,
Stop procrastinating by checking your mail!

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What to do this week: December 8 – 14

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Monday, December 8:

Event: Pricing Carbon Pollution
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Smitty B
The Taubman Center for Public Policy hosts this lecture by Scott Nystorm, economist at Regional Economic Models. Nystrom will speak about a study on the impacts of a national tax on CO2 content of fossil fuels. The lecture is free, plus you know what is more important than your finals? The environment.

Event: PW Presents: Broken Zipper
Time: 8:00 – 10.00 p.m.
Location: PW Downspace

Broken Zipper is an original play, written and directed by Russyan Mark Mabeza ’15. Tonight is the last performance, and although tickets are sold out online, there are tickets available at the door an hour before the performance.

Event: Brown Concert Agency Speakeasy
Time: 7:15 – 10.30 p.m.
Location: McCormack Theatre, 70 Brown St

Featuring three student bands (richard, Sad Family, and Butter), tonight’s speakeasy will previewed more in-depth on Blog later today. But the summary is: cool kids playing cool music in a cool speakeasy-format. Plus, free!

Tuesday, December 9:

Event: Library Pizza Night in the SciLi
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Location: See above

To make spending all night in the library bearable, Brown has a really lovely tradition of giving out FREE PIZZA in both libraries during Reading Period (and let’s not forget, free donuts via naked people, but there’s no FB event for that…). See Rock Night below.

Event: Late Night Waffles in the SciLi
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. (also Wednesday, Dec 10)
Location: Sci Li lobby

Wow, Tuesday night in the Sci Li = a really great food night. While not free, the profits from these waffles (with nutella, whipped cream, maple syrup or chocolate chips!!) will go to GlobeMed‘s partner in Nairobi, Kenya.

Event: Holiday Midnight Organ Concert
Time: 11:55 p.m. – 1.30 a.m. Location: Sayles Hall

Despite the deceptive title of the event, this is actually an a capella concert of epic proportions – fourteen of Brown’s a capella groups will perform, along with a student organist. (Yes, we have more than fourteen a capella groups). Grab a blankey and enjoy a musical study break with your friends.

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Art School(ed): A holiday gift list, brought to you by RISD alumni

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This Friday will mark the first day that it is socially acceptable to listen to holiday music. With Handel’s Messiah and Sevivon, sov, sov, sov come all of the trappings of the holiday season: inflated ornaments at the Providence Place Mall, tents lining the parking lots of Best Buy (no, not that Best Buy),  and family members requesting your own Christmahanakwanza wish list.

Art School(ed) is here to help you with the ever-daunting task of drafting up that Christmahanakwanza gift list, drawing only from the fruits of RISD alumni’s labor. After the jump, check out the products crafted and designed by graduates of Brown’s creative neighbor.

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Why Au Bon Pain is the best place ever

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Imagine a paradise where the sun streams in on all sides, the greatest hits of the late 90’s plays softly in the background, and it always smell likes toast. Where could you possibly find such a magical place? The answer lies on the corner of Thayer Street and Fones Alley. Yes Brunonians, this paradise is Au Bon Pain.

I know what you’re thinking: Au Bon Pain? That grimy yellow awning across from Starbucks that’s pretending to be fancy and French? When I saw it, I was scared too. Then one fateful day, I decided to give it the good-old-fashioned college try. Here’s why ABP is the best place on college hill:

1. The Soundtrack

The first thing I love about ABP is the soundtrack. The greatest hits of the late 90’s/early 2000’s will leave you feeling mellow as can be. Sugar Ray, No Doubt, Sheryl Crow, Feist, the song Gotta Keep Your Head Up (on constant loop). None of this hipster esotericism: you will recognize every song. And ABP doesn’t play from a radio station; they have their own CD. It’s given to them by the company. CHRISTMAS WISH LIST!

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