Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Skinny Pancake, Gregory Douglass, and More

As Thanksgiving break gets closer and closer, things get busier and busier. Professors push to get all that last minute information in, students run like chickens with their heads cut off to keep up with it, etc. etc.

Consequently, this week's post will be a slightly quicker one, encapsulating my ever-so-eventful week, and even more eventful weekend.

At last, the first official snow of the season hit us on Thursday night. Though it didn't yield much, it was still very exciting! It flurried a bit on and off through Friday as well.

Friday night, we made it out to Majestic 10 again to see Interstellar, the new space movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Matt Damon. Though it was long (about three hours), it was undeniably worth it. It was thrilling from start to finish, filled with twists and turns. Very thought-provoking to say the least. Leaving the theater, I described it as an Inception/Armageddon/Apollo 13 hybrid. 

Then, a brisk, however sunny Saturday rolled around, as did our very first trip to The Skinny Pankcake! (If anyone else knew we'd just made our first trip there, we'd probably be severely scolded. So shhhh!)

Yum! I got the "Atlantic Monster", a scallion crepe filled with salmon, spinach, a fried egg, and a spinach-cheese-spread. Jared got the "Garlique Chic", a plain crepe filled with pesto, chicken, carmelized onions, and red peppers. With some coffee and hashbrowns to complete the meal, I'd say it was a very successful and delicious first trip!

Next, we made our way over to L.L. Bean with my freshly ripped slippers that I'd gotten as a gift last year. :( Since the ever-wonderful L.L. Bean promises a lifetime warranty with every purchase, I received a gift card in exchange for my slippers and ordered a new pair! Now that this new store is in the mall, I'm becoming more and more obsessed by the day.

Following a new tradition, we also stopped by Williams Sonoma for a sniff and a sample. They're always cooking up something in there, and on this particular day, they cooked up gravy. Beats the crippling cologne aromas emanating from Abercrombie on any given day by a landslide. Before we left, we made sure to grab a free sample of their peppermint hot cocoa. I didn't think I'd be a fan, but boy, was I wrong. 

Next, I decided to veer away from my usual order at Starbucks (Salted Caramel Mocha), and went with a classic Vanilla Latte instead. I think I may have found a new usual. It was like drinking hot whipped cream the whole way through, which I had no problem with.

Finally, we made our way to the waterfront, and it sure was a beautiful day for the boardwalk.

To finish off the day, we headed back to St. Mike's and ventured to the Roy Room of the Dion Family Student Center for a performance by Gregory Douglass, a Burlington-based singer-songwriter. He was invited by Common Ground last year, and Student Activities this year. Food from Tiny Thai was served, so I loaded up with dumplings and egg rolls, readied my camera, sat back, and enjoyed the show. He was an amazing performer, and such a personable guy...which you can all get further insight into when my next Defender article comes out! Before Saturday night's performance, I was able to connect with him personally via phone interview. He was super nice, super relatable, and to top it off, he had an incredible voice. 
I'll be sure to link when it's published! 

A couple of photos I snagged:

Openers: St. Mike's students D.J. Tetreault and Bailey Jeffko.

Gregory Douglass himself!

Needless to say, I will definitely be seeing him if he comes to campus again!!
Be sure to check this guy out! You'll be glad you did.

Stay tuned next Sunday the 23rd for more!

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