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Wine juice in Providence area?

Hello all,

Anyone know of a good local source (Providence) for California wine juice? Planning to make wine next year and looking for local sources...

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Dec 08, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Providence Pizza

The locals love Caserta's on Federal Hill. I've only tried it once, but don't have fond memories of it. I remember being suspicious when they asked if we "wanted cheese" on it. The fact that it's served on a cafeteria tray was another surprise. That was in my first year in RI though, so it could just have been shock & surprise that ALL pizza wasn't nice, thin, crispy NY Style pizza. I really need to give it another chance. And I'd recommend checking it out if only for some beautiful RI color.

Also on the hill is Bob & Timmy's. They do grilled pizzas which are pretty good http://bobandtimmys.com/. Bit of a strange location, and no frills, but the pizza was pretty good as I recall (haven't been there in a while either).

RI is not a pizza state, that's what it comes down to. If you are just travelling through I'd recommend stopping at a hot wiener place...that is Rhode Island all the way!

Sep 16, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Two Guys from Italy Pizza, Warwick RI

I'm originally a New Yorker (an upstate one, but a New Yorker none-the-less) and I stand by Two Guys as the best New York style pizza in Rhode Island...at least that I've found so far, and believe me I've been looking. It is consistently good, and very reasonably priced.

It never seems to be very busy in there though. We've always wondered why it isn't mobbed all the time!

Thanks for the tip about [now] Just John Pizza in EG. I've always wondered about that place, but never been in. Usually because I'm too full of gingerbread pancakes from Jiggers....

Sep 13, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Ebenezer's Annual Belgian Beer Dinner

That King's Ale was incredible!

It was the small touches that put that meal over the top (the fried rabbit ears for example)...for instance the 30 year old honey with the cheese course, and the truffle salt on one of the other dishes.

A very memorable meal.

Aug 18, 2011
ezra9876 in Northern New England

Ebenezer's Annual Belgian Beer Dinner

As you would expect, their draught list is most impressive. What I like most about Lion's Pride though is that everyone there are fellow beer geeks and know their sh*t! When you order a beer they can tell you all about the beer, the brewers, the style, what else you might like along the same lines, etc.

Their standard menu is, surprisingly, pretty standard bar fare, though it's always well prepared. Their food is quite good in fact. My disappointment is simply in the fact that there aren't more unusual or creative selections. That said, last time I was up (last week) they had a list of specials that seemed a bit more creative. Last time I was there ended up getting the baby back ribs (which were on the "specials" list). They were sous vide, then grilled and toped with a delicious BBQ sauce (which was made with beer, though I can't remember which). They were outstanding!

Anyway, if you've never been it's well worth the trip.

Aug 18, 2011
ezra9876 in Northern New England

Ebenezer's Annual Belgian Beer Dinner

See below for the planned menu for the Belgian Festival kickoff dinner at Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME.

Last year's dinner will be hard to beat, but the menu looks pretty incredible.

Anyone else planning to attend?

Moules Escargot
Prince Edward Island Mussels baked with Trappist cheese, butter
Ebenezers grown Garlic
2004 Drie Fontenein Oude Gueuze Magnums

Charcuterie Plate
Traditional Belgian Head Cheese - Earthmonk infused Sour Cherries,
Duck Confit and Fois Gras Terrine with 2009 OerBier Reserva Reduction
Smoked Pork Tenderloin – Au Poivre
Pickled fiddleheads, Spicy Pickled Green Beans and variuos relishes.
1972 Rodenbach Grand Cru, 2011 Rodenbach Grand Cru

Cream of Tsjeeses
Chicken Stock, Mirepoix, and Jansel Farm Leeks with Tsjeeses Tripel
and Sherman Farm Cream
Served with Locally Baked Trappist Bread
Fantome La Gourmande

Smeus
Butter Poached Lobster Tail, Poached Egg, Green Thumb Pureed Potatoes
served with Caviar and Tsjeeses Hollandaise Sauce.
Val Dieu Triple 6liter

Belgian Frites
White Truffle Oil, Garlic, Parmesan, red pepper and malt vinegar
Stillwater Special Beer

Venison Aux Poivrons Vert a la Moutarde
Served with green peppercorn mustard sauce.
Tsmije 2009 BBB Cask

Framboos Sorbet
Exhibition Course made with Eggs Whites, Fruit, 1983 Drie Fontienen
Framboos and Liquid Nitrogen

Saddle of Rabbit
With Watou Cheese, Ruccola and dried tomatoes in Tripel Karmeliet,
accompanied by crayfish in their gravy and mashed celeriac.
Allagash Special Beer

Country Salad
Veal Kidneys, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Quail Egg and St Louis Kriek
1997 Cantillon Kriek

Cheese Selection
Ruth Miller’s handpicked selection of World Class Cheese!
Orval/Saison Dupont

Chocolate Selection
Truffles by three of the world’s greatest Chocolatier’s: Pierre
Marcolinni, Jospeh Blondeel, and Valentino!
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada/Pannepot Reserva 2008

Goat Cheese White Chocolate Mousse
Served with Sugar Glass Sculpture
1997 Rose De Grambinus

Aug 17, 2011
ezra9876 in Northern New England

One meal in Providence

How about an historic Hot Wiener-athon? Stop at The Original NY System on Smith Street, then hit Olneyville NY System, then head to Sam's on Mineral Spring Avenue. The last one isn't terribly historic, but it is my favorite....and they still have Cabinets on the menu as well I believe, so that's historic.

If you want to go a bit more upscale (which wouldn't be hard), how about doing an app, entree, & dessert each at a different place on Federal Hill? I'd recommend the fried squid at Dolce Vida, entree at Siena, Mediteraneo, or Providence Oyster Bar, then dessert at Pastiche (Banana Creme Pie is outstanding).

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Providence Oyster Bar
283 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

Jun 08, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

NOLA Trip Eating Itinerary

My bride & I were there last week and had an outstanding meal.

We had (2) sazeracs each, my wife had an app, entree & dessert, and I had the 5 course degustation menu; Including tax, the bill was $217.

Our only complaint was that the service was overly formal and stuffy (well, that and there was a fruit fly in one of our sazeracs! All we got from the waiter was an "oh sorry"). We had been to Commanders Palace a few days prior and thought the service there to be pitch perfect.

The food was beyond reproach though.

May 31, 2011
ezra9876 in New Orleans

Best Fresh Fish Source in RI?

I would second the recommendation for Gardner's Wharf.

May 05, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

NYC to BOS Roadtrip TOP TEN

Yes, they are all quite different. I'm a J. Palmieri fan....they are all quite greasy, but some are mostly grease! If you still have a shot give J Palmieri in Johnston a shot. Try the regular & the "old fashioned". It's a great bakery.

Pizza strips in general take a while to acclimate to. It's a very strange food. Same with Hot Wieners actually. I wasn't crazy about them when I first tried them, now I'm a huge fan.

Enjoy!

Apr 25, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

NYC to BOS Roadtrip TOP TEN

I would second Matunuck Oyster Bar. Man that place is awesome. The only way in which it is not superior is price...but you get what you pay for!

Their oysters are incredible, and it really is the perfect setting.... More in on their website here-->http://www.rhodyoysters.com/

I put together a Rhode Island "food based" travel guide which you may find helpful--> http://gourmand4life.com/2011/02/rhod...

For NYC, if you are going to be in Chinatown at all and are in the mood for hand-pulled noodles (as I am at all times!), Xi'an Fine Foods, and Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles (aptly named) are awesome.

In Brooklyn, Bark Hot Dogs is well worth a stop! ...and the peanut butter milkshake is particularly recommended!

...oh, and if you DO make the trip to Fall River (which I would recommend as there is not much of note from PVD -- BOS via 95), don't miss Sam's Bakery for outstanding Lebanese meat pies...

Have fun!

Apr 21, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Foods unique to Rhode Island

Is coffee milk technically a milkshake? What other flavors of Rhode Island milkshakes are there? I can see chocolate, and coffee (which would be coffee milk I guess)....but what other types of flavored syrups are out there?

Apr 08, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Casual/swanky dining in/near Providence

Agree on the Fez. Definitely one of our "go to" places...

How about Cafe Noir? http://www.cafenoirri.com/menu.php

Great atmosphere (might even fit your request for Swanky?!), good food, good service, decent prices.

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Cafe Noir
125 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

Mar 30, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Rhode Island Food

Our crawl ended at our first stop! We headed to Castle Luncheonette in Woonsocket (420 social street) and had a really great meal. The prices were excellent and all the food was fresh and well prepared.

The Dynamite was really good! Not as spicy as I thought it would be, but it was quite tasty. My bride had an excellent burger (their fries are excellent!). They make their own baked beans, and they had several soup options which all sounded good. We tried the seafood chowder and were very happy with it. Because I'm a glutton, I also had a stuffie (to go with the soup & the dynamite) which was quite large, inexpensive, and really quite good (if a bit "bready").

Our waitress was also a lot of fun.

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Castle Luncheonette
420 Social St, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Feb 19, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Foods unique to Rhode Island

Oh it's an option!

Sparky's Coney Island is one of my favorite wiener (weiner) joints! (that just doesn't sound right somehow)

Feb 18, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Rhode Island Food

If anyone is interested I found an article on projo about the Dynamite sandwich: http://www.projo.com/food/content/fd-...

It's a couple years old, but it says you can still get them at the Castle Luncheonette on Social Street. (or at least you could in 2007!).

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Castle Luncheonette
420 Social St, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Feb 17, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Smoking Bacon [split from New England]

Looks awesome....and that's some nice meaty belly!

I've got the Weber Smoky Mountain as well (the smaller one). I've had it for several years now and love it.

I use basically the same recipe minus the pickling spices, then add the maple, chopped ginger, and black pepper...The "problem" is, especially when you first make it, you end up eating bacon for breakfast, lunch & dinner!

Feb 17, 2011
ezra9876 in Home Cooking

Rhode Island Food

According to Quahog.org, "Dynamites: Fried hamburger, peppers, onions, tomato sauce, and crushed red pepper, served on a torpedo roll. Like a sloppy Joe on crack."

Feb 17, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Smoking Bacon [split from New England]

I couldn't agree more! The best bacon is always your own bacon!

It's much easier to make than you would think! Plus, If you don't have the grill, or don't want the hassle of smoking/grilling the final product, you can always just slow roast it in the oven.

I do mine with maple, and lots of ginger and black pepper.

Feb 17, 2011
ezra9876 in Home Cooking

Rhode Island Food

It's funny, I've lived in RI for 10 years now and had never heard of Dynamites until last year. Granted, I live in Cranston, but isn't it funny that in a state this size there would be SUB regional cuisine!

Still never had one, but I think I'll remedy that this weekend. SO, if one were to go on Dynamite Crawl....where would you go?

Thanks as always!

Feb 17, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Rhode Island Food

I guess it's the syrup part that confuses me....is it only coffee milk syrup or chocolate syrup, or are their specialty syrups made for the purpose?

Thanks for the clarification!

Feb 15, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Richmond St., Providence

I'm a little disappointed with the poutine at Red Fez! I'm a huge Fez fan, but part of what makes Poutine so awesome is the melted cheese curds....you lose that awesome melty-ness when the cheese is also fried!

That said, I had the pulled pork plate there a few weeks back, and it was really really good! And their Mac & Cheese is phenomenal...as is their grilled cheese! Hmmm...might have to head back soon....

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Red Fez
49 Peck St, Providence, RI 02903

Feb 14, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Alforno Providence- It Must Be Nice Having Such Great Food That You Can Be Rude

I've had a similar experience there. Gracious they are not! We ended up eating there anyway despite the snobby attitude from both the host AND the wait staff. Seemed like they thought they were doing us a favor by serving us over priced food....

The food was good, but in a town with as many good restaurants as Providence I can't imagine how this place remains successful. It's been a few years, but as I recall the food was pretty standard Northern Italian fare, with a few creative twists, but nothing so inventive that you couldn't find it's equivalent at 10 other restaurants within 2 miles!

I'm all about giving restaurants a few chances before fully making up my mind, but I'm not looking forward to going back!

I'd much rather spend my hard earned money at an establishment that appreciates my patronage.

Feb 14, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Foods unique to Rhode Island

It is a great a great website! (I reference it in the "links" section of the guide)

Thanks!

Feb 14, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Foods unique to Rhode Island

I disagree actually! I'm amazed at how many "unique to RI" foods there are, especially considering the size of the state..

Hot Wiener's (or Hot Weiner's if you prefer)
Dynamites
RI style clear broth clam chowder
pizza strips
RI style calamari
Johnny Cakes
Coffee Milk
Stuffies
Clam Cakes
The Diner!

Etc. I know a lot of "full sized" states that don't have that many things specific only to their state!

Never heard of the Southsider! Sounds delicious though! I'll put that on the list for things to try this summer....

Thanks!

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Johnny Cakes
6 N Water St, Greenwich, CT 06830

Feb 14, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Foods unique to Rhode Island

Hello All,

I'm working on a small travel guide for Rhode Island (see link below):

I'm looking for suggestions for great Stuffies, and New England chowder (or RI style...though I haven't been a fan of it in the past. Admittedly I've only tried it a few times, it's not very wide spread)...

My favorite chowder is at Aiden's in Brisol, with Liberty Elm in Providence a close second!

..and while we're on the topic of unique RI foods, can anyone clear up what a Cabinet really is? It's supposed to be a milkshake (i.e. ice cream, milk, flavorings) , but what does that make a "real" milk shake? I've heard that a milkshake here is just milk blended with flavorings....but I'm not sure I've actually ever seen that anywhere. Can anyone recommend a place that has separate items called cabinets and milkshakes?

Here is the link to the guide I'm working on .....RI food related travel guide: http://gourmand4life.com/2011/02/rhod...

Thanks for the help!

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Liberty Elm
, Providence, RI 02903

Feb 14, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Rhode Island Food

I just finished a RI Travel Guide (mainly food based!), that is a bit too large to post here (see link below).

However, for the purposes of your post I'd say Palmieri's in Johnston has the best pizza stips by far! My favorite are their "old fashions" which are absolutely delicious (if you love garlic). Plus their other bakery items are really good as well. Spinach pies, bruscetta, etc.

Another "local" place is that unique to the area is Hartley's Pork Pies in Lincoln (871 Smithfield Ave). I believe the original was in Fall River as I recall, but the place is Lincoln is awesome! Make sure to show up early though they sell out pretty quickly...and don't plan to eat-in (it's take out only)!

Also, can anyone clear up what a Cabinet actually is? It's a milkshake as I understand it, but what does that make a milkshake?

Cheers!

RI Unique Foods Travel Guide: http://gourmand4life.com/2011/02/rhod...

Feb 14, 2011
ezra9876 in Southern New England

16-course gastronomic Belgian dinner - NH/ME, Aug 19

Well this is pretty funny...to round out this post, my wife & I are the ones who gave Mike a ride to his car the next day!!

And nice work by both of you on the review (and a great review by Keith on BA as well), I couldn't agree more. The only, very minor (in the scale of things), complaint was the heat in the dining room. Everything else was memorable beyond belief! Including the candle lit lecture in Eb's cellar by Yves Panneel the next night where more of that delicious Brabantse Trots was served AND another cheese course.

All in all a very memorable weekend (...and I think we got the last 3 bottles of Victor Francenstein @ Allagash on Friday! which made it even more memorable). And like you guys said, the camaraderie of the participants is definitely another element to the success of this event (and Chris' bar in general)...as it takes a certain type of person to search out a gem like Eb's, take some vacation time for a Thursday night dinner in the middle of nowhere then camp out behind a bar!

...and here's hoping this event does not turn out like BCTC!!! From what I could tell, it's the perfect size as-is!

Oh, and more photos here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid...

Hope to see you guys there next year! ...and Mike, thanks again for breakfast on Friday!!!

Aug 24, 2010
ezra9876 in Northern New England

San Vivaldo Trattoria, Warwick review

I finally made it to San Vivaldo last Friday with my wife and another guest. We had a fantastic meal. We started by ordering a bottle of Malbec, then we were all brought the same appetizer (had 3 components...a stewed tuna of some variety, thinly sliced sopressata, and a bruschetta), 3 mains, shared a dessert, 3 espressos...total bill was $111. including a bottle of Malbec. We walked away VERY happy!

My wife had a rolled, stuffed, veal dish which was really good. She requested something with greens and the meal came with some of the most delicious greens I've had! Garlicky, spicy, just delicious. I had a pork chop which was perfectly cooked and very tasty. It came with fried potatoes, and a rice dish. All excellent. The third main was pasta with chicken, served in a red sauce. Basic Italian cooking, but I have no idea how he got so much flavor into the chicken, but it was outstanding. I never order chicken at restaurants as it is nearly always bland, but this dish was fantastic. I'm glad she didn't eat it all (she asked for a small plate, but received a large one!) because I had it for lunch the next day!

As stated before, the place isn't for everyone, but one thing is for certain, you will get a well prepared meal at a reasonable price. The chef is quite a character! And he's not exactly affable, but if you take him at face value, in all his quirkiness, you will have a great time! He's half the reason we enjoyed the place as much as we did....and he clearly has a passion for cooking!

There was only one other table when we were there, which should have been prime time on a Friday night. It was just the chef and his helper (who was extremely nice and took very good care of us). I was actually surprised to hear he had been in that location for 10 years.

Anyway, we had a very good meal (which he made memorable for both his delicious food and his quirkiness) at a very good price. That combination alone means we will be back as soon as possible. I'd recommend everyone try it at least once and if you like it...go back!

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San Vivaldo Trattoria
570 Providence St, West Warwick, RI 02893

Aug 18, 2010
ezra9876 in Southern New England

Places to stop between Boston and Portland

I agree that Portsmouth NH is a "must stop". For upscale you can't go wrong with the Black Trumpet http://www.blacktrumpetbistro.com/ . For an awesome lunch stop with tons of character and delicious burgers & dogs, Gilly's is it! http://www.gilleyspmlunch.com/

Jul 06, 2010
ezra9876 in Southern New England