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Review: Simply Thai

The restaurant is named Simply Thai, but the food you can expect to get there is not so simple at all. It's set up like a fast food place but it serves flavorful, complex Thai dishes I wanted to linger over.
Plain and fancy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 02, 2011
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Playing Thai-alai

The writer Stephen Metcalf recently suggested that the cult of cultural authenticity has reached a tipping point analogous to our desperate search for oil.
Fast-moving small plates engage at Boda
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 18, 2010
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The new gay bars

If I may channel the late, great Estelle Getty for a moment: picture it, Provincetown, 2009, a dashing young man with no discernible tan and an iffy T-Mobile signal languishes bored upon the sprawling patio of the Boatslip Resort.
 Is that a paradigm shift in your pocket?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 04, 2010
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Reality bites

At some point or another, the greatest artists are pegged as oddballs, weirdos, freaks. Being a great artist does mean going out on a limb.
The singular surrealism of Robyn Hitchcock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 04, 2010
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Sweaty Palmes

Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010
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Cheap thrills

They say Dr. Lakra got his pen name from the doctor’s bag he carried around when he first began tattooing, two decades ago. “Lakra” puns on the Spanish word “lacra,” meaning scar or blemish, but it’s also slang for “delinquent” or “scumbag.”
The inky delights of Dr. Lakra
By GREG COOK  |  April 23, 2010


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How to tell the truth

You may never have been so upset about being a twentysomething virgin that you hired a sexual surrogate for professional help, but odds are that if you had you’d just gulp and keep it to yourself.
Phil Goldman has a lot to say
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2010

Sawaddee Thai Restaurant

Sometimes I think back to when there were no Thai restaurants in Providence.
Let a thousand spices bloom
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2010

Music to incite the savage beast

Although your superior correspondents try to avoid situations where we have no alternative but to be totally annoying, there have been times when P+J have agreed to karaoke performances.
‘My Way’ can kill you; Big money quashes ‘Big Money’; and a truly Soopah Bowl
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 12, 2010
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Adventures in pot stickers

My friend from Thailand taught me how to make real pot stickers and pad Thai.
Exploring new worlds of flavor
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 15, 2010
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Ginger Park Kitchen & Bar

One of my frustrations with restaurant criticism is that restaurants do not usually respond to it.
The second time's the charm
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 01, 2010


Spice

You might find it difficult to believe, but at one time there were no Thai restaurants in Providence. I know, I know, it’s sad — no pad Thai, no pik pow sauce, such deprivation, such shamed downward glances in the streets.
A hot and cheap Thai bistro
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 25, 2009

Well, cello there

It can be a bad sign when your story threatens to be more interesting than your album, but Kieran McManus is probably safe.
Kieran McManus flies to the moon (and the Far East)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 25, 2009

Crossword: ''From A to B''

It's a short trip
It's a short trip
By MATT JONES  |  August 21, 2009

Spice Thai

If I tried, I think I could work up a tear recalling the '70s, when there were no Thai restaurants in Rhode Island — a dark age largely devoid of the culinary spice of life. Thank goodness there was Szechuan.
Exceptional and ridiculously inexpensive
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2009

Power through peace

Now is a critical time for democracy's worldwide battle against totalitarianism. Rioters in Iran are disputing the outcome of a possibly stolen presidential election. North Korea has sentenced two American journalists to 12 years of hard labor for alle
In exile, Burmese monks still carry the torch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 19, 2009


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Pixel revolt

Anders Østergaard's Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country is paced and edited with the keen, polished urgency of a thriller — there are frantic, confused phone conversations, along with gloomy music and a healthy amount of ominous foreshadowing —
Burma VJ's heroic dissident journalists
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 19, 2009
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Spring roll work area

In America, you can make your way through life without cooking. My friend is a Warmer Upper. Her meals are hot dogs and other frozen, jarred, or packaged things you heat up. And yet, she was at my house one afternoon for lessons on how to make fresh sp
American people under construction
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 05, 2009
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Thaitation Thai Cuisine

I'm convinced that one of the reasons this restaurant column doesn't get the national readership it deserves is that, I keep raving about owner-chefs like Dusadan Lee Narbanshart.
Brown Sugar gets even sweeter
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 18, 2009
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To tell the truth

Stories. We all have them.
Sharing stories at Live Bait
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 07, 2009

Angkor Restaurant

There is an interesting story behind many of the recipes at Angkor Restaurant.
Cambodian with a Khmer accent
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 29, 2008


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China, Tibet, and the Olympics

It is difficult to imagine an American — perhaps any Westerner — with a greater sympathy for, and understanding of, Tibet than scholar-activist Robert Thurman.
Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman explains the Dalai Lama’s political wisdom, the myopia of the chinese, and the essence of the Olympics
By PETER KADZIS  |  August 06, 2008
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Soccer punch

When Barack Obama arrives in England in a few weeks on his celebrated European tour, he’ll probably disembark assuming that George W. Bush is the most despised American in Britain. If so, he'll be wrong.
There are, believe it or not, more hated Yanks overseas than George W. Bush: the Americans who own European football teams
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 16, 2008
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Booked up

Summertime, and the reading is easy.
Several shelves’ worth of summer reads
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 09, 2008
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Eastern promises


Balkan trends with DeVotchKa and Firewater
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  May 12, 2008
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The trolley Svengali

When the T works, we usually don’t notice. But when it doesn’t, our reaction is swift and severe.
Why Dan Grabauskas might actually fix the T — if he can keep his job
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 30, 2008


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Changing your world view

Real wealth doesn’t have anything to do with having granite countertops.
One Pad Thai at a time
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 12, 2008
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Rambo

Let’s hope the fork has been firmly planted.
Inadvertent camp
By TOM MEEK  |  January 30, 2008
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Doherty dos and don’ts

Not even Pete Doherty’s regular absences were enough to hold back the Libertines.
From the Libertines to Babyshambles
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 22, 2008
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Plunder, pillage, and profit

When Napster, invented by a Northeastern freshman, threw the music industry into chaos in 1999, Steve Jobs didn’t panic. He saw an opportunity.
A provocative new book suggests big business could learn from piracy and youth culture
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 16, 2008