The Economista: Snowed In Snacking


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Though the weather outside has been frightful, this recent torrential onslaught of snow has led to two occurrences of what was thought to be a Brown rarity:

Snow days.

Baymax, ready to help us up when we inevitably slip on ice walking to class.

While the glory of missing classes for snow days does make the frigid temperatures seem somewhat less awful, the closing of most dining halls (minus the Ratty) might revert some students back to hunter/gatherer days. Luckily for my friends and I, we were able to rustle up the food that’d been left ignored in the backs of fridges and corners of closets and put our cooking skills to the test to have arguably the Asian food feast of the century!

Here’s the menu:

Disclaimer: This is not meant for cooking instruction. Cooking instruction should be limited to instructions found on boxes or, alternatively from the hit TV show MasterChef Jr.

Appetizers: Frozen edamame, microwaved to steaming perfection, followed by the sizzling semi-well-cooked pork and vegetable gyoza with a dark soy sauce to dip

Entreés: Korean ramen noodles in a hot broth made from a packet of hopefully spices OR Japanese curry with freeze-dried vegetables that were fresh likely years ago served with microwaveable rice

Dessert: Fruit cups and cheddar cheese

Jokes aside, having my friends and I get together and cook all this food was a blast. Especially when the weather was terrible and the Ratty seemed millions of miles away, being prepared with food on hand was, well, handy! Not to mention, it was way more convenient and ultimately cheaper than buying from restaurants on Thayer (not that many were even open).

Ultimately, this feast was a fun, cheap, and soul-satisfying way to eat a meal. I’d highly recommend stocking up on staples, such as these, and having your own Iron Chef: Brown University! Loser (i.e. the person who undercooks the dumplings) washes up!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for any topics you’d like to see covered by The Economista, email me at! See you next week!


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