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Spices from Home

I was raised on an all-Indian diet. That means roti bread on the weekdays with spicy lentils and braised vegetables, and the same on the weekends, except the addition of some sweet mitai dessert squares after dinner to cool the spice off our tongues. It was a bit of an...


Telluride

On the festival circuit, Telluride is the most relaxed, if secretive: think blue jeans, a stark contrast to the dizzying glamour of Cannes or Berlin or Venice. Telluride is a place where the most famous of actors share the two-block Main Street with everyday moviegoers, trusting that no one will...

Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

For a guy who builds global positioning systems, my dad’s not too great with Google Maps. Big thumbs, small iPhone screen — I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. We’re dropped off in Seekonk, Massachusetts, overstuffed bags in hand, with no idea how to hike to Brown University on...

When Food Speaks

Spending a few hours to eat dinner is not a strange thing in China. This meal is regarded as an indispensable activity necessary for a day to be considered complete. There is an old Chinese saying, which translates literally to: “People regard food as their sky, their god.” This saying...

First Semester, First Drag Show

Walking into the club proved to be an experience in and of itself, and opening the door to an array of lights and music resonating through the room only added to the ambiance of Ego. The first thing I saw was the dancer on stage, performing in the early drag...

“Art” Forno

AN ARTISTIC CULINARY CURATION BY JOHANNE KILLEEN + GEORGE GERMON Just as Botticelli’s meticulous brushstrokes in Florence resulted in the world-famous Birth of Venus, chefs Johanne Killeen and George Germon combined their nuanced recipes with unique aesthetics to create an Italian masterpiece of their own in the heart of Providence....

Caving into Wonder

“I did not see to what extent this little adventure was an allegory to my whole life.” -C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy Exploring a cave is wonderful — in the literal sense of the word — for it allows you, in a way, to be born again. Born again, not...

Mongolian Moments

The soft padding of our footsteps echoes down the staircase behind us. Besides the scuffling of our shoes against linoleum, my host mom and I are silent as we reach the second floor of the school. I take a deep breath and see a short, broad-shouldered man in a collared...

Forgotten Thoughts of Forgotten People

Istanbul Ataturk Airport, 06/28/2016 Baklava… NO! Kunefe! All the deserts that people have not yet discovered the beauty of outside of Turkey pass through your mind, as you board your plane taking you back home to Istanbul. And the desserts remind you about all the drinks. As soon as I...