I had heard of the Blue Room before, but in about the same capacity that I’d heard of Blue Beard. Or Black Beard for that matter. It was something that had been mentioned once or twice in passing; most people didn’t know where it was or how to get there. It was Narnia and dual degree students seemed to be the only ones who knew how to
climb through the wardrobe find it.
It wasn’t until my third year at RISD that I realized it was right in front of me the whole time. There it was, right on the way to Thayer. It wasn’t very blue, but it sold red velvet cupcakes the size of small children, so I was happy. A new place to spend all my income on pastries so close to studio, the Blue Room was a pleasant surprise. But I was a little shocked that it had taken me so long to realize it even existed, and that non-Brown students could go. Then it occurred to me: if I know so little about navigating the Brown greens after three years of living across the street, chances are there are probably a few Brown students who know just as little about RISD. Providence is small community, and yet Brown and RISD, while close in physical proximity, can feel so separate and far away from one another. Food could be a good way to bridge that gap. Because honestly, whats more compelling than a well-made sandwich?
Consider this course in your shopping schedule: a crash course on RISD dining. If you’re looking to return to Providence in the new year with some new places to eat, you probably will find that this course will provide you with invaluable information. Continue Reading