Oh! The Places You’ll Go: My Brigadeiro

Courtesy of Valley News
Courtesy of Valley News

It’s a big deal when a new sweet shop comes to the Upper Valley. Dazzle Cupcakes generated much buzz after opening last winter, often selling out of cupcakes within two hours of opening shop. Students still complain about Ben and Jerry’s closing in Hanover (Morano Gelato is better anyway), and many make regular trips to West Leb for Ice Cream Fore-U.

The recent opening of “My Brigadeiro” is the most exciting new development for those with a strong sweet tooth. What is this mystery confection? Brigadeiros (bree-ga-day-roos) are a traditional Brazilian dessert consisting of mixture of chocolate, milk, sugar and butter. Think of it as a combination between a truffle and fudge — what’s not to like? Brazilian-born Ana Paula Alexandrescu launched the homemade business out of her Norwich home last October and has seen huge success.

Alexandrescu prepares her brigadeiros in the “chocolate studio” in her basement. She uses mostly locally sourced ingredients, though some come from as far as Brazil and Europe. Brigadeiro flavors range from the conventional (milk chocolate, pistachio, cookie) to the unique (ginger, port wine, sake). With 36 flavors to choose from, there’s a brigadeiro for everyone. My personal favorite was the Crunchy Crunch: a white chocolate base rolled in mini chocolate balls.

The bite-size treats have generated a fanbase far beyond the Upper Valley. The My Brigadeiro Facebook page has well over 6,000 likes, and Alexandrescu ships her brigadeiros all over the country. My Brigadeiro treats can be found at Dan and Whit’s General Store in Norwich, The Chocolate Shop in Hanover and the Lebanon Co-op. Rumor has it that My Brigadeiro gelato will even be coming soon to Morano. Customers can handpick flavors for online orders, with boxes ranging from eight to 36 brigadeiros. There are special ordering options for locals, so take advantage of that Hinman Box address and treat yourself.


Oh! The Places You’ll Go: Mount Cardigan

By Alexandra Johnson, The Dartmouth Staff
By Alexandra Johnson, The Dartmouth Staff










Now that Pigstick and Derby have come and gone, by Dartmouth standards it’s officially spring. The trees are budding, the river is calling your name and it’s becoming harder and harder to sit through your 2A. With the long, brutal winter finally behind us, it’s time to embrace the warmer months ahead in the Upper Valley. When you’re too restless to laze on the Green, channel your crunchy DOC Trips self and head out for a hike. Whether you’ve already hiked it or not, Mount Cardigan should be at the top of your end-of-spring bucket list.

Mount Cardigan strikes the perfect middle ground between the Gile firetower and Mount Moosilauke. While Gile is ideal for a quick but rewarding hike and Moosilauke satisfies the craving for a challenging jaunt, Mount Cardigan provides the best of both worlds. Cardigan is a longer trek than Gile — about five miles round-trip — but less of a time commitment and physical endeavor than Moosilauke. The views from Cardigan rival both Gile and Moosilauke, as Cardigan’s bald top allows the eye to see for miles in every direction.

About 45 minutes from campus, Cardigan is close enough for an afternoon hike but far enough to qualify as a true escape from campus. The hike starts about halfway up the mountain, meaning you skip a good portion of the upward incline. The trail leads up through the woods, crossing a few streams and bridges along the way. At the summit, the trail reaches its steepest part. After traversing the granite slabs atop the mountain, you will be rewarded with sweeping, expansive views.

The beauty of Cardigan lies in its ideal ratio of effort to views. When you’re feeling up to a “real” hike and Gile isn’t cutting it but Moosilauke is too daunting, Cardigan is your best bet. You and your friends won’t be too out of breath to talk to each other on the way up, and once at the top you’ll be rewarded with one of the best views around. Pack a picnic, linger at the top of the mountain and enjoy the spring season that is (hopefully) here to stay.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go: Nathan’s Garden

Via mynewenglandphotographs.blogspot.com
Via mynewenglandphotographs.blogspot.com

Spring has finally sprung here in Hanover, which inevitably means that the Green is seeing its fair share of Frisbee games, picnic lunches and adorable local tots who are out to play. If you’re looking to enjoy some fresh air without the facetime, head down Maple Street to Nathan’s Garden. The botanical garden is tucked in a small valley at the intersection of Maple Street and Downing Road.

The garden is dedicated to Nathan Hall, who died while swimming in a nearby quarry in 1991 at the age of 19. After his death, the Hall family built the park in a portion of their backyard in Nathan’s honor. Though small in square footage, the garden is beautifully landscaped with flowers and plants. A small pond rests in the center of the property, dotted with lily pads in the warmer months.

Hidden halfway up a hill in the garden is a gazebo with hanging wind chimes. Inside the gazebo you will find a journal in which many visitors leave notes for others to read and enjoy. In the summertime, those who tend the garden leave sunscreen and bug spray in the gazebo to encourage visitors. There are plenty of spaces throughout the garden to sit and reflect on the meaning of life, my personal favorite being the wooden swing set.

I can think of fewer tranquil places in the Hanover area than Nathan’s Garden. Mere minutes from campus, the serene space feels miles away from the fast-paced Dartmouth bubble. Whether you’re looking to spend an entire afternoon reclining in one of the Adirondack chairs or are just passing through for a quick stroll, a trip to Nathan’s Garden is guaranteed to lift your spirits and make you breathe a little deeper.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go: Ice Cream Fore-U








Reasons to be excited for spring term:

  1. If you’re a ’15, this is most likely the first term since sophomore fall (aside from sophomore summer) where the majority of your class is on campus. Bring on the reunions.
  2. If you’re a ’16, you are one term closer to the famed sophomore summer.
  3. Green Key is mere weeks away.
  4. Though current conditions suggest otherwise, the Green will eventually become visible underneath all that snow and the trees will sprout leaves and bloom.
  5. Most importantly…Ice Cream Fore-U is officially open again for business!

Beloved for its lengthy menu of flavors and hefty serving sizes, Ice Cream Fore-U has become a favorite destination for Dartmouth students. Ice Cream Fore-U is part of the Fore-U complex in West Lebanon that features mini golf, batting cages and a driving range. Upon arrival, the small, wooden complex may not look like much, but don’t be fooled — people line up rain or shine for the locally produced ice cream and soft serve.

A “baby” size will get you what would be considered a small or medium at other ice cream joints, so choose wisely when you order. The prices are dirt cheap, but do bring cash, as Ice Cream Fore-U is cash-only. Flavors range from the traditional (chocolate, vanilla) to the uniquely New England (Maine bear tracks, maple), and the menu also offers shakes, banana splits, brownie sundaes and Fore-U’s version of a McFlurry.

While pilgrimages to West Leb for some scoops are a cherished sophomore summer activity, there’s no wrong time of year to make a trip for the Upper Valley’s best value in ice cream. Given that campus still very much resembles the Arctic tundra, ice cream may not sound like the most appealing treat, but who knows — maybe munching on a cone is exactly the key to getting in the warm-weather mindset.

Maggie Rowland ’14 Captures Dartmouth Street Style for Teen Vogue

How do the most stylish Dartmouth students compare to other Ivy League fashionistas? Maggie Rowland ’14, photo editor of The Dartmouth, recently photographed Dartmouth women for an online Teen Vogue feature titled “The Most Stylish Ivy League Students Show off Their Campus Looks.” The story features photos of four stylish women from each Ivy League institution and allows readers to observe street styles across the different schools.

Teen Vogue contacted Dartmouth student photographers about doing a street style photo shoot and selected Rowland to shoot for the feature after she submitted a resume and portfolio. Teen Vogue requested at least 15 photos of female Dartmouth students in full-body standing shots with relaxed, happy poses. Rowland photographed 30 women total, and scoured campus to find 30 different locations for shooting. Rowland said she tailored the backgrounds for each woman based on what she was wearing.

“If a girl had a modern, edgy style, I would put her somewhere like the [Black Family Visual Arts Center], and for the girls who were dressed as quintessential Dartmouth, I would put them somewhere like Dartmouth Hall,” Rowland said.

To recruit subjects, Rowland personally emailed fashionable women she knew on campus and asked them for additional names of potential subjects. She made efforts to assemble a diverse group of women, with different majors and interests. Interest in the shoot was very high, according to Rowland.

“In the end I got a lot more requests than I could actually accommodate,” Rowland said.

Preparing for the shoot took a great deal of time. The weekend before she began shooting, Rowland organized her subjects, coordinated location scouting and planned a schedule for shooting. Rowland hired a makeup artist from New York City to travel to Hanover to apply makeup to subjects in order to minimize time spent doing touch-ups and editing post-shooting. The shoot itself took place over two days, with Rowland and the makeup team working from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days.

Rowland said she appreciates that there is not a fixed divide between different styles of dressing at Dartmouth.

“We have our own sense of style here, but it seems like many people are up-to-date on what the trends are, or at least are comfortable enough in their own sense of style,” Rowland said.

Rowland came to Dartmouth with experience in nature photography, and joined The Dartmouth hoping to experiment with other types of photography. Through her work with the photography section of The Dartmouth, Rowland developed an interest in photojournalism and, specifically, photographing people.

In 2010, Rowland founded her own photography website and business. Though she has experience with many types of photography, she hopes to focus on fashion editorial photography in the future. Last summer, Rowland interned for New York City-based fashion photographer Kevin Michael Reed. Rowland was able to utilize Reed’s studio for her own shoots, which helped her build the portfolio she eventually sent to Teen Vogue. The internship was Rowland’s first experience with fashion photography.

“The fashion world is really fun because it allows for you to have more creative control,” Rowland said.

Magazine editorials are not usually paid, but the exposure in Teen Vogue will likely prove valuable for Rowland, who hopes to pursue a career in fashion editorial photography. After graduating, Rowland will return to work with Reed as a studio manager and executive editor for his new fashion photography industry website.


Oh, the Places You’ll Go: The Claftin Jewelry Studio

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While most installments of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” are written in efforts to encourage exploration of the Upper Valley beyond Hanover, today’s column focuses on a little gem right here on campus. The Claftin Jewelry Studio, tucked away in the basement of the Hop, provides a creative escape from the world of problem sets and papers. If you’re not looking for the jewelry studio, you probably won’t find it ­­­— it occupies a less-trodden basement space in the Hop opposite the Paddock Music Library, but its relative isolation is a big part of its allure. I first discovered the jewelry studio my freshmen spring through word from a friend, and have been back several times since.


Walk into the jewelry studio and you’ll see a big tabletop workspace and a massive array of tools hanging on the walls. Don’t be overwhelmed — the staff  is unbelievably friendly and will walk you through every step of the jewelry making process. After signing in, check out the various pieces of jewelry on display throughout the studio for ideas. Hallmark items for beginners include metal bangle bracelets and keychains, you can also engrave letters and symbols onto your pieces to add an unique touch.


After planning out your piece, head to the back room where you will channel your midterms-induced stress into the hammering of your future masterpiece. The variety of hammers and tools in the studio mean your jewelry can take on many different textures. If you are stamping letters onto your piece, don’t be like me and hammer multiple letters in backwards, unless you’re really going for the homemade chic look.


I once read a study that said people who work with their hands tend to be happier than people who sit at desks all day. After going to the jewelry studio this seemed rather obvious — of course it was more fun to whack away with a hammer than to type up notes on my laptop. But beyond the fact that venturing to the jewelry studio means time away from the library, it feels so satisfying to make something with your own hands, watching your piece morph and develop from start to finish. I never leave the jewelry studio with real works of art, but the sense of accomplishment achieved by simply producing a piece of jewelry is equally fulfilling. A trip to the jewelry studio isn’t a major time investment either — you can hammer out a bangle in less than an hour. Though centrally located on campus, going to the jewelry studio is a real escape, and one of the best ways to tap into your creative side.


The Claftin Jewelry Studio is open from 1 – 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; and from 1 – 9 pm Wednesday and Thursday.