• off the hill

    What’s for breakfast?

    Anatomy of the Perfect French Toast

    November 6, 2014
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    It’s ubiquitous. It’s basic. It’s an American breakfast staple, and it’s often boring. Yes, I’m talking about french toast. Stale bread, soaked in a milky-egg batter, seasoned with cinnamon, and thrown on the griddle until crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I learned the art of french toast making from my girlfriend, […]


    writing off the hill

    April 16, 2014
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    I make my way into the classroom but I’m quickly pushed to the side as another large swarm attempts to force its way through the small space. Those who have already snagged a spot through Banner sit at the central table, attempting not to appear too smug amongst the struggling, sweaty mass. But even so, […]

    a new harvest

    bourbon, lattes, and urban renewal in the providence arcade

    March 12, 2014
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    When I heard about a coffee shop in downtown Providence that turns into a whiskey bar after hours, I imagined an artsier, coffee-er version of Paragon/Viva, and wondered how this model—coffee shop by day, raucous whiskey bar by night—could possibly have caught on. Once I actually set out to visit New Harvest Coffee and Spirits, […]

    The Success Kids

    ‘small victories’ monopolize the brown nightclub scene

    February 12, 2014
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    Alex Norocea stands alone on a stage with only his MacBook and trackstar DJ kit, his fans before him. One could say his fans provide him comfort, but to him, they act only as moving scenery. As he turns and mixes EDM tracks on top of his Red Bull platform, Alex, or “Roach” as he […]

    Big Nazo

    marching with the monsters of providence

    November 7, 2013
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    Note: Names have been redacted to protect the identities of Nazo members. Nestled in the shadows of City Hall on the corner of Eddy and Fulton Streets, a scalloped awning reads “BIG NAZO” in sun-faded lettering. The building would be innocuous were it not for the larger-than-life aliens standing in the glass display that lines […]