College Hill is used to food wars, but when the sacred spicy with is involved, people get particularly agitated. For the last few months, the University has been battling popular food delivery startup Crunchbutton about its delivery of the fiery chicken sandwich. Yesterday, Rhode Island local news channel NBC 10 got in on the hype, and has officially dubbed the case “Brown University vs. Food Delivery Startup.” [Read more →]
The semester is not quite done, and neither is Aaron Fitzsenry’s culinary creativity. To send us into Spring Weekend and finals with full stomachs, he has some exciting specials planned that you won’t want to miss.
Tonight there will be a “Sweet Things Special” at Jo’s. Games will be set up in the dining room, and you can expect chocolate-dipped strawberries and pretzels, ice cream floats with Gifford’s L.L. Bean ice creams, candy, some new varieties of fresh baked mini cookies, and grilled pound cake. At the “Three-Burners” station, Aaron will even be whipping up Bananas Foster Blondie sundaes.
Next week in the Blue Room, keep your eyes out for for Iced Coffee Floats on Wednesday, April 24. To kick off Reading Period on Friday, it will be offering Frozen Parfaits with either froyo or sherbert, fresh berries, fancy granola, and whipped cream.
Finally, on Friday, May 3, Dining Services will be throwing a BBQ Picnic on Pembroke field. According to Aaron, they will be “pulling out a grill and doing ribs, BBQ pulled chicken sliders, fresh lemonade punch, and a bunch of other things that I feel like bringing to a picnic.”
Make sure to check out all of these events, and give Aaron a big “THANK YOU” if you happen to see him!
Something special is landing in the Ivy Room tonight. Because Aaron Fitzsenry “felt like Ivy Nights needed a little love in the Fried Rice department,” he decided to “make it a party.” You ready for this?
Existing items at the Fried Rice bar include: Peppers, carrots, tofu, egg.
New items to expect: Pineapple, green peas, mushroom, broccoli, sprouts, water chestnuts, baby corn.
Finishing sauces include: Sriracha, sesame Mirin sauce, sweet chili, wasabi/ginger, hoisin.
In other Brown Dining news, The Gate is going to see a “Gnocchi Gnight” sometime soon. Additionally, many of you may have noticed that Jo’s has started off the semester with a risotto bar. Design your own version—whether you add roasted red pepper coulis, basil pesto olive oil, or just have it straight up, it’s bound to be delicious. Follow-up specials will be loaded waffle fries and the crepe bar. Get excited, I know I am.
How many times have you struggled to place an order for more than one spicy with at Jo’s? Does the word “spicy with” exist in the plural form? It’s hard to determine which way sounds the best or, most importantly, grammatically correct: does the spicy with fall in the exceptional category of the moose or of the goose? Or do we just tack the letter “S” at the end and call it a
day night? Does it even matter? (…not because we’re feeling particularly existential right now, but because it’s usually close to 2 a.m. on a weekend night when we order.)
In what can only be described as an episode of Cops: Brown Edition, a student was arrested on Saturday night after an altercation with police. It seems as though the intoxicated student thought the BDS worker was a little too slow dishing out snacks during an otherwise uneventful impromptu Jo’s rager. The student was pinned to the ground by police officers after he refused to leave Jo’s when asked to do so.
While we were hoping that a DPS crime report would help inform us about what went down, our parent publication has picked up the slack; see this web update by The Herald for more information.
I’ve been here a full semester, and I still cannot gracefully enter or exit a building at this university. This could be a #freshmanproblem (#unncessaryhashtags) but I really don’t think it is. And I really don’t think it’s me. There are serious door problems at this school.
At least twice a day I encounter a door that seems to be “just for show” at this university. And it’s always at legitimately the most inconvenient time to be unable to enter a building.
First of all, the SciLi. This building has probably the most confusing door rules that a building could have. I don’t understand why the revolving doors are the ones you’re supposed to go for, because its obviously natural to want to use the push-y ones, which are just are quicker and simpler. But no, I see people every day go up to push, and then become confused and have to switch to the revolving door. I’ve also seen people get up and push these doors open for fellow Brown students. While that’s lovely, and shows how great we all are, it’s probably the most unnecessary good samaritan act ever. We could just have functioning doors. [Read more →]
Brown Dining Services has a few tricks up its sleeve to keep us chugging along through finals. We’ve learned that proper study fuel is extremely important, so seize every delicious opportunity and keep that brain working.
Working into the wee hours of the night? From now until the end of exams, the Rock and Friedman Cafés are offering free coffee at closing until it’s gone. The Rock Café will be open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.–10 p.m., and Saturdays from 2–10 p.m. For those early risers during the exam period, both the Ratty and the Blue Room will be open at 7 a.m.
Stuffed French toast at Jo’s has made its epic return. Monday through Friday for the next two weeks, the Three Burner station at Jo’s is going to be serving up this campus favorite that’s “cooked in the pan with a lump of butter, the way French toast should be done,” according to Aaron Fitzsenry. If that doesn’t sound indulgent enough, assorted toppings like mango and white chocolate chips will be available to add as well.
If that wasn’t enough to send you running down Thayer Street to Jo’s, here are some other fancy, new specials to look out for: [Read more →]
Tonight, you get an extra hour of partying, so tomorrow, it’ll get dark really, really early. Now waking up with a raging hangover at 1 p.m. now means you have 3-ish hours of good daylight left in your day. And the days are still getting shorter. Yep, winter is coming. However you want to look at it, you’ll experience 1 a.m. twice tonight (we hope this means that we’ll have an extra hour to enjoy a spicy with), because we’re moving to Standard Time for the winter. Don’t forget to move your clocks back an hour — that means your watch, laptop (this should be automatic), alarm clock, cell phone (again, automatic), tablet, and the stopwatch in your desk that you never use — or you might get one less hour of raging post-SPG.
Eastside Marketplace too far? Your pantry emptying at an exponentially quick rate thanks to our friend Sandy? Don’t worry—our friends at dining services have notified us of a few on campus eatery re-openings for today:
Jo’s and the Gate will be opening for their normal hours tonight (6 p.m.–2 a.m,).
Poppy’s, located in the Nelson Fitness Center, will be open at 10 a.m.
The Campus Market will be open at 2 p.m. today.
We all know Sandy Cohen would approve that we’re back on our eating game—he’d hate for you to miss that bagel and schmear. That is if you think you can brave the
As a freshman, the meal plans at Brown can be confusing. Like, really confusing. In the words of wisdom from my senior friend: “Get the Flex460 plan. I could explain it, but I won’t. Just do it.” Though I feel like I have come a long way since my pre-frosh days—I finally know how to stumble back to my dorm on Wednesday nights make it to my classes on time—I, for the life of me, cannot comprehend the multivariable calculus that is the meal plan system.
When I’m coming home in the wee hours of the morning (1 a.m.) and am looking for some pizza from the Gate, I can hardly tell the difference between left and right, let alone credit and points. After starving from studying all day in the Rock, how are you supposed to make a calculated decision about the best meal option? Screw it—say what comes to mind first, and hope for the best.
Once you overcome the first obstacle (or come to terms with never understanding the system), you will realize that you are just embarking on a journey full of choices. What type of food do you really want? You can go to the Ratty, V-Dub (can someone please confirm it’s going to start opening on weekends?!), the Gate, Jo’s, and many others. The possibilities truly are endless (like the lines in the Ratty). Be wary though, each location has different hours of operation and payment methods. Word of advice to fellow frosh: Check out the Brown Dining Services website, Brown Menu, or our sidebar (on left) for details. They’re a godsend.
But for those of you who are too lazy too busy to click on that extra link, fret not, for I have compiled a list of my go to quick and easy ways to most effectively use your meal credits around campus: [Read more →]