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A Secret Too Good To Keep

Running errands this morning, I stumbled upon a new coffee shop on Thayer Street! While Blue State Coffee very stealthily opened last week, I suspect that Brown students will soon flock to this liberal, eco-friendly coffeeshop. The comfy chairs and big tables provide the perfect environment for chatting with a friend while the free Wi-Fi is sure to entice students. With Democratic ideals in mind, Blue State Coffee donates 10% of their sales to Democratic causes – and each cup of coffee buys you a vote for allocating those funds (Check out the causes they support on the website). Environmentalists will appreciate their 100% compost-able cups and their organic, Fair Trade coffee. To top it all off, their coffee is the best I’ve had in Providence (since Ocean Coffee closed…and sorry, Coffee Exchange) and they stock biscotti and other pastries from Seven Stars Bakery. How convenient for them that Starbucks is currently closed for renovations…

I have a feeling I’ll be spending lots of time here over the next semester.

Providence Restaurant Week

Sunday July 15th – Saturday July 21st

For a relatively small city, Providence has, in my opinion, a lot of great restaurants and, next week, over 50 of them will offer three-course lunch and dinner menus(for $12.95 and $29.95). Have you been dying to check out that super nice restaurant? Well, here’s your chance! For the full list and menus, check out their website.

Some that I already know are good:
Mill’s Tavern, 101 North Main Street
Red Stripe, 465 Angell Street
CAV, 14 Imperial Place

Some that I want to check out:
Caffe Dolce Vita, 59 DePascquale Avenue (Federal Hill)
Rue De L’Espoir, 99 Hope Street
New Rivers, 7 Steeple Street

Now THIS is worthy of a post…


You can imagine my excitement while reading the Brown Daily Herald this morning in class…My stomach started growling right then. Chipotle is planning to build two new locations – one in Warwick, and one in Providence (hopefully on Thayer St?!). Now, if you’ve never had Chipotle before, you’re in for a treat…humongous, 5 pound, 1,000+ calorie burritos – heaven in a tortilla.

See the BDH article and check out the Chipotle website:
OR the Chipotlefan website.

Review: Pakarang

Had a second birthday dinner last night, this time with my friends! We went to Pakarang on South Main Street, which I had been to with my parents once. It was very tasty both times around and lives up to its sign, which advertises “Exquisite Thai Food.” The restaurant itself is really cool- when you first walk in, you feel like you’re in some sort of cave, and then it opens up into the dining room, which has an underwater/ocean theme with coral and shells decorating the walls.

The menu has a large selection of main dishes, including various curries, meats, and noodle dishes. Definitely vegetarian friendly (you can get tofu in anything) but they have alot of different meat and fish dishes too. None of us ordered appetizers, and most of us ordered curry. I had the Choo Chee Curry with tofu, which is a milder curry (well, I think it’s pretty mild) of carrots, summer squash, red peppers, and snow peas in a creamy and slightly spicy, peanutty-curry sauce- very tasty. Other people had Pad Thai, Red Curry, and the Chicken Pineapple. Everyone cleaned their plate, so I’d say we were happy campers! For the huge portions you get, most dishes are reasonably priced in the $8-10 range. The restaurant is nice enough for a date, and casual enough for a weeknight Thai craving. They also do takeout, and their menu is online.

303 South Main Street, Providence, RI

Also, there’s another Thai place that I’ve been too called Sawaddee Thai Restuarant, which is pretty good too. It’s very small though, so get there early or expect to wait.

93 Hope Street, Providence, RI

Review: Kabob & Curry

My parents and I went to Kabob & Curry on Thayer St. this past weekend for an early birthday dinner. I love Indian food, and had never really had it until last year, but now I’m always on the lookout for a good Indian place. I think I found it! Originally, I had heard mixed reviews- usually along the lines of either “It’s not authentic Indian” or “The food is good, but the service sucks.” I can’t really vouche for the first statement, seeing as I can’t tell authentic from non-authentic, but there were some Indian people there so that’s a good sign, I guess? The second statement did hold true though.

I had made a reservation for 4 of us at 6:45pm. It was crowded when we arrived, but there didn’t seem to be a wait. Despite that fact, we had to wait nearly 15 minutes to be seated, while people without reservations were just waltzing in and getting tables. Not cool. We were too hungry to be patient. The service wasn’t that great in general, but whatev. The restaurant was pretty crowded, a good sign, but a bit noisy.

On to the food! The food was great! They have an extensive menu and weekly specials, so you’re sure to find something delicious. I always get garlic naan and vegetable curry, I’m not that adventurous. I had the Goan Vegetable Curry- very tasty and just spicy enough to burn my throat but not chap my lips. That’s the way I like it. Mom had something with “20 spices,” which was ridiculously fragrant and tasty. I don’t remember what everyone else had, but we were all very satisfied. We also shared garlic/cilantro naan and naan stuffed with potato and peas for appetizers. I heard their samosas are the best, but we didn’t get any. The ‘rents got wine, but my friend and I were ignored for drinks (also not cool).

So, all in all, the food is great Indian, authentic or not, but the service isn’t so great. Just be patient, the food is worth the wait! And if you can’t make the trek to Providence, there are recipes on their website!

Kabob & Curry, 261 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02912

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