Hungry As a Bear: Cultural Eats and Treats

BTS Night Market

Hi there Brunonians! My name is Michelle Zabat. I’m your friendly first-year foodie, originally from marvelous Michigan. If you’ve ever wondered what the dining scene is like at Brown University, look no further than Hungry As a Bear. I’m here to share the scoop on all things delicious both at Brown and around Providence. Dig in!

Some of the most exciting things about college are the opportunities to try new things and expose yourself to ideas and traditions you’ve never experienced. On a campus as amazingly diverse as Brown, it’s easy to get to have these new experiences! Familiarizing myself with different cultures and ways of life is something I’m determined to do during my four years at Brown. As a Filipino-American, I’m part of Brown’s Filipino Alliance. There are also a ton of other cultural groups on campus for whatever background you come from or whatever culture you’re interested in. For me, I think one of the easiest, most interesting, and yummiest ways to foster cross-cultural interaction and learning is by sharing traditional cuisine–and luckily, Brown seems to think so too. Learn more about some of the delicious ways you can explore the world by reading more!

First up, the BTS Night Market. This event is hosted by the Brown Taiwanese Society, and this year it was hosted in Sayles Hall in September. Brown’s Asian cultural groups cook up delicious finger foods and small bites to sell throughout the evening. Lines are usually out the door for tickets! Filipino Alliance had delicious lumpia (Filipino-style eggrolls) and fried plantain bananas at our station, and there were a ton of other delicious offerings such as sticky rice pudding with peaches, fish balls, onigiri, and more. Come hungry and be prepared to fill up! For just $5-10 worth of tickets, you can get yourself a full, hearty dinner.

Another amazing event we recently had was the first-ever Around the World in 180 Minutes, hosted by the 2017 Class Coordinating Board in Alumnae Hall. Here, cultural groups representing areas all over the world prepared treats that students got to sample for free. There was an amazing selection of goods, such as Vietnamese spring rolls, samosas from the South Asian Student Association, plantains/empanadas/flan from Latin America, and German chocolate/pretzels/cookies. The event was also punctuated with periodic performances (including bellydancing and the Brown “Poler Bears”!). I absolutely can’t wait to see if there will be another event next year.

Finally, it wouldn’t be fall without a celebration of all the fun things that make fall in New England so exciting! This week SPEC hosted their annual Fall Fest, a huge celebration in a big white tent on Simmons Quad. Dance troupes and a capella groups show off their amazing talents, and there are tons of the yummy treats that come to mind when you think of autumn (pumpkin pie, apple cider, mac and cheese… yum). It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the beauty of fall in the Northeast with all your friends (and a good way to de-stress after midterms!).

Hopefully you guys have a better idea of some of the amazing, delicious opportunities to check out on campus! There are so many more amazing events all the time. Be sure to swing by some of them next time you’re on campus. Until next time!

Michelle

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Just want to chat? Send me an email at michelle_zabat@brown.edu

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