Hungry As a Bear: Hibernating for the Snowpocalypse


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!

Ah, the Ratty. So beautiful, with its vibrant red brick and the lush green lawn in front…

Nope, scratch that. Because right now, it’s January, it’s winter, and it’s snowy. Real snowy. The newscasters are calling it Winter Storm Juno, but me? I’m screaming, “Thank you for the snow day, Mother Nature!

But really, it’s cold, and Providence is currently under a blizzard warning. For me, a Michigander, this isn’t anything new, but I can certainly vouch that for my friends from Texas and California across the hall, it definitely is. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t too bad, once you get used to it–and that when the Ratty hands out snack packs to help us through the blizzard-y mess, you know things are good.

And that’s exactly what happened yesterday evening, before the winter storm really kicked up. The Ratty stayed open late and handed out little bags of hibernation essentials: cereal, peanut butter and jelly, bread, apples, water bottles, even a Hershey’s chocolate bar for good measure. Even though that being on the East Coast means dealing with winter weather and arctic chill sometimes, Brown takes pretty good care of us (and even gives us days off!). The culinary details of the week might not be gourmet, but they’re certainly sweet.

Until next time, lovely future Brunonians. Stay warm, or be glad you don’t have to.


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