New food trucks part one trillion: Buddha Belly

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It’s tough being the new kid on the block, especially when the block is already full of big kids who serve delicious food. But Buddha Belly, a food truck that serves authentic Chinese food, is ready to brave the aroma jam that is Thayer St. between Waterman and Charlesfield.

Buddha Belly popped up on the Providence food truck scene in September. The truck is on College Hill most Saturdays and Sundays for lunch and dinner. It cooks up Chinese “street food,” and though its menu currently consists of only a few items, the truck plans to expand it in the future. The man behind Buddha Belly also has a great sense of humor: he was wearing a shirt that said, “I HAVE THE BODY OF A GOD. Unfortunately, it’s Buddha.”

Buddha Belly’s menu items are more affordable than most of the other food trucks on College Hill, at $5-$6 each, and a friend and I were able to sample most of the items served.

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The Chinese crepe was the star of the menu. I’m not sure what the official definition of a crepe is, but this certainly wasn’t anything like a crepe you’d get at the Creperie. It was a fried masterpiece, consisting of layers of chewy dough and crispy flakes, interspersed with fried egg and sprinkled with fresh herbs. It also comes slathered with a spicy sauce, which the owner kindly watered down for me because my taste buds are wusses. The crepe is definitely worth walking all the way up from the SciLi basement for. Continue Reading


An exclusive interview with the Pembroke Hawk

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Students walking across Pembroke on Monday got a firsthand look at the circle of life in action, and were reminded how much it sucks to be at the bottom of the food chain.

Squirrels have been getting way out of hand lately. Fortunately, there’s a new sheriff in town to keep Brown’s furry denizens in line. A red-tailed hawk has been hanging around Pembroke campus recently, eating squirrels and attracting crowds of interested students. But who is this hawk? Where is it from? What is it doing here? I climbed up the tree to meet the bird behind the feathers.

BlogDailyHerald: Hey there, mind if I share the branch with you?

Hawk: Sure, there’s plenty of room up here! But don’t touch my squirrel [indicates shredded squirrel carcass lying across branch].

BlogDH: Haha.

Hawk: Seriously, if you touch my squirrel I will gouge out your eyeballs.

BlogDH: Okay okay, I understand. So, how’s your day going?

Hawk: Oh you know, typical Monday. Took care of a few things around the nest this morning, then went out hunting. I was still a little groggy from the weekend, so I wasn’t on top of my game. Luckily this sucker [prods squirrel carcass with talon] was wandering around in the middle of the green like he owned the place. Easy money.

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