Evan: Tongue Thai-ed! An Unofficial Thai Food Tour Around BU’s Campus

Tongue Thai-ed: An Unofficial Thai Food Tour Around BU’s Campus

Chicken Pad Thai from the Giggling Rice Thai restaurant, 1009 Beacon St., Brookline. Photo by Maddie Malhotra (COM ’19)
Photo by Maddie Malhotra (COM ‘19)

After leaving Chicago to come to BU last year, I knew there would be a big transition period. But, what I didn’t realize was that the one thing I missed most– after my dog, of course– was all of the great food from home. While there may not be deep dish pizza in Boston, this past semester, I decided to explore another one of my favorite cuisines: Thai food!

From campus favorites, like NudPob, to places I only heard about after moving to South Campus, I knew I had to try it all. And, to keep it consistent, I made sure to order Pad See Ew with tofuat each restaurant. So now, I present to you the unofficial thai food tour around our campus. Let’s dig in!

  1. NudPob

Even before my Freshman year, I’d heard all about Terriers’ favorite Thai food spot on campus! I was super excited to give it a try and see what the hype was all about. While I never got to go inside the store and instead chose a COVID-19-friendly contactless delivery, NudPob’s bright banners are a Comm. Ave. staple. But when I finally grabbed my chopsticks and tried my dish, I was sadly a little disappointed. My noodles were all super greasy, and while that taste may be for some people, it just wasn’t for me. My scallion pancakes were better– those are something I typically expect to be a bit more greasy– but my meal felt really heavy. One perk, however, is that NudPob’s portion sizes are huge! While NudPob is definitely the place to go to after a long night of studying, it just wasn’t exactly the taste of home I had hoped for.

  1. Thai Dish

A lesser-known Thai restaurant near the New Balance Field, I only learned about Thai Dish because of their free Thai Tea promotion at the start of the semester. The inside of the restaurant is super cute and trendy, and they clearly marked social distancing protocols inside. Their Thai tea was super light and refreshing, especially on a hot day, and their Pad See Ew complemented it nicely. Like NudPob, Thai Dish’s noodles were more on the greasy side, but their super soft and pillowy baked tofu helped make the dish less heavy. In the future, I would love to also try some of their many unique dishes which their social media helps to make look so good. If I’m ever looking for a quick meal and a fun place to carry out from, Thai Dish would fit that description perfectly!

  1. Giggling Rice

Until I moved onto Beacon St. this past year, I hadn’t heard about– or even seen– Giggling Rice! Just a few doors down from my favorite cafe and bakery, Tatte, is Giggling Rice, and it really is a hidden gem. Their staff was friendly and made sure to get my order ready super quickly, and while the inside of the restaurant may not have been as aesthetically pleasing as Thai Dish, their noodles really told another story. Giggling Rice had really captured my favorite Thai food tastes from home; the Pad See Ew was perfectly seasoned and there was even enough for me to enjoy it as leftovers the following day. I also really loved knowing that I could support a business that isn’t as central to campus, especially during these hard times. While I may be Learning from Anywhere for the first few weeks of classes, I can’t wait to get back to Boston and order from my new favorite Thai restaurant again!

 

Exploring food around Boston has been such a great way to meet new people and check out new parts of the city. Coming to college is a huge transition for everyone, but there are always ways to help you feel at home, wherever your adventures may take you! Let me know if I missed any of your favorites or what restaurants I should check out next time. 🙂

Evan: Spooky Season, Quarantine Edition!

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‘Tis the season!

Halloween is definitely a favorite amongst most college students, but as this spooky season is quickly approaching, we need to start thinking about how we can celebrate in a more COVID-friendly way! Here are just a few of my favorite festive ideas:

Go to the movies with friends (virtually)

Grab some popcorn and get on Netflix, since there’s no better way to get in the Halloween spirit than to watch some spooky movies! Netflix Party and Disney Plus GroupWatch Parties are two awesome – and COVID-friendly – ways to watch movies from home. Bonus points for creative snacks, like Star Market’s Hocus Pocus-themed cookie dough, and for extra creative picks, like Disney’s Coco on Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead on November 1st).

Decorate pumpkins with your household

Who doesn’t love some fun Halloween decor? Pumpkins are the perfect choice for fall, and you can buy a wide variety of real, plastic, or fabric ones from Target or your favorite grocery store. If you’re not in the mood for pulling out the insides of a real pumpkin, Target has some great DIY kits like this unicorn or spider. Just make sure that, wherever you are, you and your small household are wearing masks and staying 6 feet (or 2 meters) apart!

Get creative with your costumes

Dressing up to stay in is the new trick-or-treating. Who says you can’t dress up in a Cookie Monster onesie and eat cookies at home, or go as a chef and make a five course gourmet meal? Or, you and your friends can get creative with other costumes and makeup and have a virtual costume contest!

Shop the sales online

Arguably, one of the best parts of Halloween is all of the sales that happen on November 1st. Whether you’re eyeing some fun decorations or giant bags of candy, the easiest (and safest) way to shop the sales is online! You know you’ve been wanting that life-size, light up, tap-dancing skeleton 😉

And lastly…

Call voters from home

Whether you’re in or out of costume, a great way to celebrate the season is by texting or calling voters from your dorm, apartment, or home. It’s super easy and a great way to meet other fun people who are phone banking – all while knowing that you’re making a difference for issues you’re passionate about!

Make sure to treat yourself with a Reese’s pumpkin afterwards – you’ve got to take advantage of the best Halloween candy ever while it’s around for such a short time!

That’s all from me! But just because you’ve gotten to the end of this post doesn’t mean that these are the only ways to celebrate spooky season. Whatever you do, though, make sure it’s smart, safe, and socially distant 🙂

Evan: OMG, it’s Second Semester! What I’ve Learned So Far…

Hi! I’m Evan, and I’m totally new at this. COM Ambassadors, BU, Boston, basically everything that is going on in life right now. And, as a planner, it can sometimes be just a *liiiittle* stressful not knowing much at all. Sometimes I wish that people could just teach me how to do the things called “college-ing” and “adulting,” but since that never totally happened (and I am my own strong, independent, and somewhat thriving person!), that’s why I’m here right now. I guess you could call me your freshman-year fairy godmother, or something like that. If you, too, are also a little terrified and a lot excited for your future, this post is just for you.

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Without further adieu, here’s how to be a COM freshman, as Told by a COM freshman…

Don’t be afraid to ask your COM Ambassador for anything!

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Okay, so maybe we won’t all be able to give you the keys to our apartment, but we are always here for you. Our main goal is to make sure your start at COM is incredible, so you can love it as much as we do. Need a brunch buddy? We got that. Want to check out the coolest new independent films at Coolidge Corner? You can count on us. Looking for a friendly face to say hello to during your walk down Comm. Ave? We’re here for that too. Questions about your schedule? Check. But for more about that…

Pick your classes based on what you’re interested, and not on what anyone else wants you to be interested in.

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The HUB seems really confusing, I get it. But with the HUB curriculum comes the opportunity to take so many amazing classes that are completely unique to BU! My math class literally involved making lava cakes, ice cream, and boba (s/o PY 107: Physics of Food) and meeting a bunch of other amazing freshmen who also were a little scared of calculus. BUT, if calculus speaks to you, go for it! There is nothing that can stop you, and with all of the amazing programs at BU, I guarantee that you can complete your HUB credits and have an amazing time while you’re at it.

(I know it’s such a cliche, but) try new things!

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Never in 100,000,000,000 years would I have thought that I’d be acting on a TV show, or that the TV show would just so happen to be the nation’s longest-running college soap opera (…in the history of college soap operas? Shoutout to Bay State and BUTV10!!). And now, this semester, I’m planning on assistant producing a show for one theater group, doing hair and makeup for another, joining a sorority, and more. There are so many opportunities at BU, it’s practically impossible to not find your niche here.

Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone– or into the huge and fantastic city of Boston!

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Boston is an amazing city! Whether you’re coming from a big city– like I did– or you’re from a town with only one stoplight, Boston is the perfect not-huge big city. Especially with the MBTA Green Line that runs straight through campus, you can get to the beautiful parks of Chestnut Hill or the historic North End in minutes. And as your COM Ambassadors, we would all love to introduce you to the city we all call home!

And lastly… Be You!

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I know it’s cheesy, but this had to happen at some point 🙂 There is really no better place to learn and grow, and although I’m still a newbie, I can only imagine what’s to come!

Now that I’m officially 100 words over the word count, I think it’s time to go. But, as you’re COM ambassadors, we’ll still always be here for you!

Until next time 🙂