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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
| December 02, 2011
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
| June 18, 2010
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?
| June 04, 2010
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
| June 04, 2010
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
| May 28, 2010
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
| April 23, 2010
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
| March 26, 2010
Sawaddee Thai Restaurant
Sometimes I think back to when there were no Thai restaurants in Providence.
Let a thousand spices bloom
| 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
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| February 12, 2010
Adventures in pot stickers
My friend from Thailand taught me how to make real pot stickers and pad Thai.
Exploring new worlds of flavor
| January 15, 2010
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
| January 01, 2010
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
| 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)
| September 25, 2009
Crossword: ''From A to B''
It's a short trip
It's a short trip
| August 21, 2009
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
| 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
| June 19, 2009
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
| June 19, 2009
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
| June 05, 2009
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
| March 18, 2009
To tell the truth
Stories. We all have them.
Sharing stories at Live Bait
| January 07, 2009
There is an interesting story behind many of the recipes at Angkor Restaurant.
Cambodian with a Khmer accent
| December 29, 2008
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
| August 06, 2008
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
| July 16, 2008
Summertime, and the reading is easy.
Several shelves’ worth of summer reads
| June 09, 2008
Balkan trends with DeVotchKa and Firewater
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| May 12, 2008
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
| April 30, 2008
Changing your world view
Real wealth doesn’t have anything to do with having granite countertops.
One Pad Thai at a time
| March 12, 2008
Let’s hope the fork has been firmly planted.
| January 30, 2008
Doherty dos and don’ts
Not even Pete Doherty’s regular absences were enough to hold back the Libertines.
From the Libertines to Babyshambles
| January 22, 2008
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
| January 16, 2008
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