The Foodie: Maine Street vendors provide haven for hot dog gourmands
This week's warmer temperatures inspired the Foodie to dine al fresco in downtown Brunswick. Getting a Cote's cone was a given, but she didn't know which wiener stand to choose! Danny's, Wrappers, and Pop's all look inviting, and one might think they serve equally good fare. The Foodie has discovered, however, that each stand has its own virtues.
The Foodie: Bistro besets buds with blandness
Rest in peace, Benzoni's. Your calzones were great?particularly that "red, white, and green" one. I'm sorry to see you go. Especially because Masque and Gown and the crew team are going to have to find a new place for their annual banquets! Your replacement, Back Street Bistro, has cleaned up and quieted down 11 Town Hall Place, but it seems that your management took all the kitchen's spices with it. Playing it much too safe, Bistro's chef sends out mostly bland dishes that don't live up to expectations the swanky new décor and high prices set. And I couldn't find Nick Carter, Brian Littrel, or A.J. anywhere.
All-inclusive gospel choir sings songs with spirit
Mara Partridge '05 hadn't had much exposure to gospel music growing up, but when she started her freshman year at Georgetown University, she joined a sixty-person gospel choir, and pretty soon she was hooked.
Rivalry put on hold for One Acts theatre festival
Almost 100 years after Peary and MacMillan made their storied trek to the North Pole, another Bowdoinite will journey North in search of a polar bear. Unlike his predecessors, however, he won't poach and stuff his furry friend?he'll fall in love with it. This romance is the subject of The Thing About Hunting Polar Bears, a new play by James Nylund '06, which premieres tonight in Wish Theater as part of the Bates-Bowdoin One Acts festival.
Knitting woven into daily routine
From iPod cozies to leg-warmers, knitting is not just for grandmothers anymore
Ten years ago, it was the domain of doting grandmothers who made baby blankets. Since then, however, knitting has become hip, and young women?and men?are crafting everything from iPod cozies to legwarmers. Eager for stress relief and a creative outlet, college students in particular have taken to knitting in full force, and anecdotal evidence suggests that Bowdoin students are picking up on the trend.
The Foodie: Little Dog has big bite
The first thing you will notice about Maine Street's latest cafe, Little Dog Coffee Shop, is the space. Unlike Bohemian Coffeehouse or Wild Oats, its nearby competitors, Little Dog gives patrons more than ample elbow room, cushy couches, and a nice view (don't tell me you like looking at the Hannaford's parking lot, friends!). There is so much room, in fact, that the place seems almost spare.
Seniors counting down the days
Graduation, applications, and the "real world" loom over the class of '05
We can't stay in the Bowdoin Bubble forever. In 115 days, the class of 2005 will face the "real world," and while some seniors are feeling pressure to figure out their next step, others aren't too concerned about their immediate future. Others still are already employed for the fall.
Maine college activists unite
Maine College Action Network allows campus activists statewide to work together
Eager to influence the election this fall, many Bowdoin students became involved in political activism. For those who don't want to wait another four years to work with their peers for social change, there's the Maine College Action Network, as a coalition among activist groups from colleges and universities around the state of Maine.
This week's Kerry Elson cartoon
The Foodie: Feast for fast-laners at drive-in lobster shack
The Foodie had been avoiding her first lobster roll since she first stepped on Maine turf. "It's mayonnaise!" she cried. "Twill bubble over the fluffy roll and mask every delicate flavor!" Time was running out, though. She is a senior, after all, and part of a Bowdoin education is trying new things. So, just as the Foodie had convinced herself to take Physics 061 way back when, she rustled up enough courage to order what had the potential to be a mayonnaisey mess.
Indonesian puppet show time!
The Bates College Gamelan Mawar Mekar, a four-year-old orchestra specializing in music from the Indonesian island of Java, and Bates's visiting Fulbright scholar Joko Susilo, a master puppeteer, will present the shadow puppet play The Abduction of Sinta tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.
Where do we go from here?
In the days following the election, insecurity plagues Bowdoin students from both parties
Some watched it in Macmillan. Others tuned in at Morrell Lounge. But Ken Akiha '08 watched most of Tuesday's election returns in the "CNN room." "It was a little ridiculous," said the California native of the curious T.V. setup in Hyde, his first-year dorm. Fellow first years thought it would be fun to see what news network called the state results first.
The Foodie: Humble Gourmet makes tasty sandwiches, cookies
To be honest, there's not much to distinguish The Humble Gourmet, a small café and catering establishment on Pleasant Street, from any other sandwich joint in Brunswick. Like Wild Oats and Big Top Deli, which seem to have the Bowdoin market cornered, Humble offers freshly made, vegetarian-friendly sandwiches, soups, and pastries. The staff is spunky (but humble!), the décor eclectic, and the walls are pasted with community announcements.
The Croc culture
What's the point of shoes with holes in them? Devotees explain.
Erin Westaway '05 felt a secret kinship with a mystery man last year. She didn't know his name?only that he also owned a pair of the same squishy, brightly colored shoes she wore every day to class. "I would occasionally see him in the dining hall," she said, "and I felt like I should talk to him." Other students noticed, too. "I'd say at least once a week people would come up to me," Erin recalled, "and [say], 'I've seen someone else with your shoes.'" Erin still hasn't met Andrew Combs '06, the proud owner of the yellow pair she saw around campus, but as of this fall, she has more company. It seems that in ever-increasing numbers, Polar Bears are purchasing Crocs, the featherweight resin clogs full of holes that were once Erin and Andrew's sole domain; a quick glance around Smith Union reveals several pairs in royal blue, fluorescent pink, and bright yellow.
The Foodie: Seek El Camino for the best Mex in town
Students may find this cozy spot to be a refreshing respite from the stale quality of other Brunswick joints, not only because of its funky décor but also because of its high quality food, which, according to the menu, is made with locally-grown, organic ingredients whenever possible. Prices are a bit high for Brunswick?$8.50 for most entrees?but the Foodie is willing to pay such prices for food that doesn't taste like it came out of a can.
The Foodie: Something fishy in Captain Mike?s galley
Carved wooden sculptures of Captain Mike, with his grizzled beard, sun-yellow raincoat and glossy black boots, guard every corner of Captain Mike's Family Restaurant on Bath Road in Brunswick. These totems add a little color to an otherwise drab block of red brick, fake wood, and gravel-colored wall-to-wall carpeting, which might have been a Wendy's in a former life. The Foodie didn't go to Captain Mike's, however, for the atmosphere.
The Foodie: Fat Boy conjures 50s flashback
The waitresses weren't in rollerskates, and Roy Orbison didn't croon from the speakers, but Fat Boy Drive-In on Bath Road still transported the Foodie and Foodie Friends back to the Baby Boom. Amidst the All-American (i.e. greasy) food, inflation-immune pricing and astroturf-green striped awning, the Foodie half expected Howdy Doody and Princess Summerfall Winterspring to pull up next to her in a Chevy Bel-Air.
Star Fish wins with taste, atmosphere
The Foodie may now bring her attention to Star Fish Grill, a pricey seafood restaurant on Pleasant Street where she recently celebrated her entrance into the alcohol-consuming world. The Foodie prefers Star Fish to Brunswick's other upscale establishment, Henry & Marty, because it lacks pretension.
Play offers Glimpses of varied Bowdoinite lives
"How many chances do you really have, aside from in college, to learn about somebody else's life?" asks Eliztaicha Marrero '04. Marrero explains that too often, students can graduate from Bowdoin College not having taken the opportunity to learn from the various experiences of their classmates.
The Foodie: WRC's new Créperie alter ego offers sweet treats
The Foodie followed her nose to the Women's Resource Center last week to find a secret coven of snackers. They had discovered the WRC's alter ego, Créperie de la Lune, which unmasks itself every Friday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
First-year comedy group Ironic T-Shirt earns laughs
Hari Kondabolu '04 didn't expect much from Nikolai von Keller, Tony Handel, Kariyushi Rao, Adam Paltrineri and Dan Yingst. When he enlisted the five first years at the beginning of last semester to make sketches for his comedy show, Laugh Out Loud, he "thought they would be 'okay,' at best."
The Foodie: Would you like munchies with your blueberry beer?
The Foodie had not engaged in culinary combat for two months, and she was feeling a little out of shape. Her tastebuds had dulled and her jaw muscles were weak. The bayonet she attached to her fork had gotten rusty.