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Alexandra Johnson

Oh! The Places You’ll Go: My Brigadeiro

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… Read more »

Oh! The Places You’ll Go: Mount Cardigan

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… Read more »

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


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… Read more »

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


          COURTESY OF URBANSPOON Reasons to be excited for spring term: 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. If you’re a ’16, you are one term closer to the famed sophomore summer. Green Key is mere weeks away. Though current conditions suggest otherwise, the Green will eventually become visible underneath all that snow and the trees will sprout leaves and bloom. 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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »