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PVD/RI * August '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

I am trying to recall the name of the restaurant that preceded Chez Pascal on Hope Street. Does anyone remember it?

about 20 hours ago
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

A tasty food (or drink) gift between Providence and Stonington CT?

Since you will be in the Summit area, RhodeRedHen's suggestion of Seven Stars Bakery is a good one since is located right in the Summit area on Hope Street (as is Olive del Mondo). Delicious coffee, beans or ground, and excellent pastries. I often buy their small loaf of pumpkin nut bread for a hostess gift when it is available. Not sure how much of a selection there will be, however, late on a Sunday afternoon.

http://sevenstarsbakery.com

Clams047's suggestion of Pastiche is a terrific one too.. While Seven Stars focuses on exceptionally good artisan breads, croissants, scones, cookies, etc., Pastiche is more like a French patisserie with decadent cakes, fruit tarts, and the like in the European tradition.

Aug 14, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Falmouth, Maison Villatte, French Bakery

Amid the hustle and bustle of summertime Falmouth is Maison Villatte, a French bakery, reminiscent of a Parisian patisserie/boulangerie

From the glass cases to the bread racks to the soft lighting it is is oh, so French.

The epicurean fare ranges from the savory to the sweet and I tried both.

On each of my three days in Falmouth I stopped by the bakery: the first day for lunch, a Croque Monsieur; the second day for breakfast, croissant with ham and a flatten croissant-like dough layered with cheeses and bacon; and to take home on the third, two small tarts, a quiche Lorraine and an apricot custard.

The luscious croissants were ever so light and flaky enhanced by cheese and ham/bacon. The apricot tart's almond crust was so buttery and delicious I could have eaten just that and been happy. The filling, too, was delicious: tangy and custardy

I was so excited to try the Croque Monsieur as I have yet to find any in the Providence area. Though it was tasty, it was a bit of a disappointment. For me the bread was too flat and dense with a too-thin layer of ham and cheese.

However, I enjoyed the offerings at Maison Villatte so much I am thinking it would make a wonderful winter time day trip from Providence. (The P B Boulangerie in South Wellfleet is a bit of a hike for a day trip.)

Fortunately for me the patisserie, Pastiche, is located right here in Providence, with its perfectly executed cakes, tarts, and other delectable sweets.

French bakeries this side of Paris. How much better can it get!

Aug 13, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Hourglass Brasserie (Bristol, RI)

I, too, have driven past the Hourglass wondering what it was like.

Thanks for your review and photos. They have been the impetus to add the Hourglass to my list of restaurants to try. Happily that list is growing as several restaurants have opened recently in the Providence area.

Aug 11, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Elis' Kitchen, Warren, Rhode Island

I was at Eli's on the early side of lunch when the restaurant wasn't full.
Service was fine.

Aug 11, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

PVD/RI * August '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Providence has an outdoor rooftop bar: Rooftop at the G.

This terrific new venue is located on the sixth floor of the old Providence Gas building on Dorrance Street. A gigantic G is affixed to the front facade.

The space is quite large. A bar is the centerpiece with large roomy half-moon couches on one side and tables with umbrellas on the other. A stone railing rims the entire space.

We went at 6 p.m. on a Friday night. It was crowded but we got a table within 15 minutes. My proseco was descent. My companion’s Rielsing was fair. Beer and wine are moderately priced. There are no prices for cocktails on the menu but friends have told me they are a tad high for Providence. Food menu ranges from a raw bar to small bites to several entrees. We shared a Margherita pizza made in the outdoor brick oven. I thought it was small for $15.00. and rather unexceptional.

BUT the views were great and were worth a stop at the G.

After we finished our drinks and appetizer we walked the perimeter of the roof and enjoyed looking at the city on three sides and the Route 195 bridge on the fourth. It was fun identifying Providence's various landmarks and we spent as much time talking about the city’s numerous examples of 19th century Federal and Victorian architecture with its detailed moldings, capitols, and windows as we did enjoying our table-side drinks.

When we left around 8 pm there was a long line waiting for the elevator to the roof.

The Rooftop at the G is a lively lovely fun addition to the Providence bar scene.

It is almost like being in New York City …almost..

Aug 06, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Now Eating Vol 1: PVD/RI 8/14

Thanks Wormwood. This thread is a good idea. I'm in!

I went blueberry picking yesterday and considered posting but thought my experience wasn't chowhoundy enough but It fits nicely in a thread like this.

Here goes:

Picked several pounds of blueberries at Rocky Point Farm in Warwick. Quite a large patch, must be hundreds of bushes.

You get a plastic pail lined with a sturdy plastic bag and head for the bushes. Picking was easy. There were amble ripe berries with many on their way. We were able to stay within one row.

To cash out, berries are weighed; the charge is $2.50 per pound. My three-plus pounds, about half a pail-full, were less than $8.00.

The farm is open every day during the summer months from 7 am to noon. On Thursdays from 4 pm to dusk. (The Google map that pops up on the web has inaccurate times.)

http://www.rockypointblueberries.com

Now to do some baking!

Aug 01, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Lasagna... a bit fancy but not too pricey?

Though not what you are searching for, Tutto Italiano is great for take-out/deli.

I frequent the Tutto Italiano in Hyde Park. Excellent selection of cheeses and cured meats. Subs on their homemade rolls are terrific. And, I am addicted to their balsamic vinegar in refillable bottles.

According to their website there other locations in Wellesley and Lexington.

Jul 31, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

sundeck sue

I agree with your sentiments that the Southern New England board needs attention. Some days I find little that attracts me.

I am a Rhode Islander and when I dine outside of Rhode Island I head for Boston (love that board), southeastern Massachusetts, Fall River/New Bedford or the Cape. Consequently, I enjoy the Rhode Island, southern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod posts.

I seldom go to Connecticut to dine and often find the Connecticut posts of little interest. Sometimes when I am scrolling past post after post from Connecticut I get discouraged and think it ought to have its own board.

I really don’t have a solution for the Southern New England board. Perhaps you are right and it encompasses too wide an area, though before New England was split into Southern New England and Northern New England that board was active and vibrant so maybe size isn’t the issue. It may be there is little commonality among some of the geographic areas.

I hope as more people respond to your post, issues will be identified and addressed.

In the meantime, I am trying to be more active, with less lurking, more posting and replying to posts.

Jul 29, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Wellfleet & Other Towns on the Cape

Discovered Sweet Escapes on a visit to the Cape last month. It is a combination ice cream shop and bakery. My coconut ice cream was sweet, creamy delicious. The pastry items in the bakery were tempting so I tried a chocolate chip cookie, heavenly with large chunks of chocolate. Wished I had had room for a piece of fruit pie. Its rather free form crust led me to believe it is made there, not just baked there as with so many places. The menu indicates the bakery goods and ice cream are made on the premises.

There is also a pizza restaurant as part of the complex. Cannot comment as I didn’t try any (not that I didn’t consider it!).

You may need to have ice cream breakfast to avoid the crowds.

316 Route 6, Truro

Jul 28, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Elis' Kitchen, Warren, Rhode Island

Stopped by Eli’s Kitchen in Warren for lunch. It is a comfortable space, nicely laid out with four tables along one wall, a common table for 8/10, and two window banquettes. The ambience is enhanced by soft lighting, “tin ceilings,” eclectic art work on walls.

I chose one of the daily sandwich specials, Tasso ham, romaine lettuce, summer tomato, bread/butter pickles, honey mustard. The spiciness of the Tasso ham and the crunch of the pickles added up to a terrific sandwich. Kacey’s buttery shortbread cookies with a hint of rosemary were a perfect way to finish the meal. Everything was well prepared and delicious!

Eli is the son of Phoebe who owned the renowned Phoebe’s Fish and Chips in Seekonk. Before opening his own restaurant he worked at the Beehive in Bristol, another of Rhode Islands’ wonderful small dining venues.

Eli’s Kitchen is a welcomed addition to the Rhode Island dining scene.

In addition to lunch, Eli’s serves dinner and Sunday brunch.

http://www.eliskitchenwarren.com

Jul 28, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

searching for great ginger ale

I particularly like Fever Tree ginger ale, a dry not-too-sweet product made in the United Kingdom. It is made with cane sugar. Their ginger beer is quite good also. Some Whole Foods carry them.

Jul 13, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

PVD/RI * July '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

FjmArch, A big thank-you for continuing PVD/RI. I love the dining scene here in Rhode Island and find this site so very helpful.

Garris, and a big thank-you to you, too, for keeping PVD/RI going the past years. Best of luck in Boston. It’s a great city.

Jul 09, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Cheap eats in upper cape

Spent a few days on the Cape. Stopped at Sweet Escapes Ice Cream on Route 6 in Truro. The ice cream was excellent with several sizes and lots of fun flavors to choose from. I was the most adventurous with a delicious scoop of salted caramel. Tried a chocolate chip cookie from the attached bakery. Must say it was scrumptious. The delectable cookie dough was studded with chunks of dark chocolate. Would have liked to try a piece of three-berry pie and a pizza. Next time.

Went to Sesuit Café off Route 6A in Dennis for lunch. Not cheap but we wanted a good lobster roll and outdoor seating. The hot dog roll was packed with large chunks of claw meat lightly dressed with mayonnaise accompanied by tasty French fries and very fresh coleslaw. $18.00 seemed reasonable for such a treat. It was fun to sit at the picnic tables and look out at the boats moored in the harbor.

Jun 30, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Pie in RI

Le Favorite Bakery, my favorite in Rhodes Island, makes excellent pastries and bread.

Pies come in traditional size and mini.

It is located just off Warwick Avenue in the Governor Francis section of Warwick. More middle Rhode Island but closer than South County.

http://www.lefavoritebakery.com

Jun 24, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Canton Area lunch options (where I-95 and I-93 meet)

Several places come to mind. None is fine dining but I have enjoyed meeting friends for a bite to eat and a chat.

Centre Deli is about a quarter of a mile from Legacy Place. They make a good sandwich and have a full bar. The comfortable dining area has more of a restaurant feel to it than a deli. http://www.thedeliafterdark.com

The Spring Street Café is a few miles from Legacy Place. 320 Spring Street, intersection of Providence Highway, Spring Street, and VFW Parkway. It, too, is comfortable and casual with a decent eclectic menu and a full bar. I think it closes between lunch and dinner. Same owners as the Baker Baker bakery.

There is also the Chateau on Route 1 in Norwood. It is a large restaurant, part of a small family chain. It is not a foodie destination but it would suit your need for a lunch place to meet and chat.

Jun 23, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area
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Splurge Anniversary Weekend

Newport, Rhode Island, has a wide range of accommodations from motels to hotels to inns; from minimal to luxury. http://www.discovernewport.org

The Chanler in Newport is one such luxury inn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It offers dining at its Spiced Pear restaurant and sumptuous rooms, some with their own verandas and entrances.

http://www.thechanler.com

The Castle Hill Inn is another luxury inn, on Narragansett Bay, that combines fine dining with beautifully appointed rooms.

http://www.castlehillinn.com

According to both websites there are a only few dates that require a minimum two-day stay.

Another option would be to stay at a less luxurious hotel and dine at either inn.

Or, simply cocktails on the lawn of Castle Hill at sunset
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is a divine experience.

http://www.discovernewport.org

Happy Anniversary!

Jun 18, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Breakfast Sausage - RI

PV Farm Stand of North Scituate, Rhode Island, sells its own “all natural grass and grained fed meat products”: beef, pork, boar, lamb, goat, rabbit, chickens and turkeys.

There are several sausages available including a pork breakfast sausage and a boar breakfast sausage. I particularly like the very tasty boar products.

Farmer Frank Martinelli is a vendor at several RI farmers’ markets: Pawtuxet Farmers’ Market at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, Amory Market in Providence, and Fishermen’s Memorial.

http://pvfarmstand.com

Jun 18, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

On the prowl for saltenas

Sure enough! Los Andes, a terrific Providence restaurant that specializes in Bolivian and Peruvian cuisine, lists saltena among its appetizers.

The restaurant is located in the Elmhurst section of Providence not far from Providence College and Rhode Island College. It is lively without being too loud; it is welcoming; and the menu is eclectic Latin American. And it is very popular.

http://losandesri.com/andes/index.php

Jun 16, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

Fresh strawberries. Greater Providence.

Thanks for the update. Salisbury Farm is new to me.
Will give a try.

Jun 16, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Fresh strawberries. Greater Providence.

RhodyRedHen

Fresh strawberry pie is a terrific summer dessert. I also make it with other berries, most often blueberries. It is always a hit.

Haven’t had much success with other fruits. The flesh isn’t the right texture for uncooked fruit.

This recipe from epicurious is similar to the one I make. I use my own pie crust recipe and only water to make the filling as I haven’t found cranberry/raspberry concentrate.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Can’t wait for local strawberries to ripen. They make the best pie.

Thanks for mentioning Narragansett Creamery feta. Hope to try it soon.

Jun 15, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Fresh strawberries. Greater Providence.

Was unable to find local strawberries at the grocery stores but Dave’s Market is having a sale on them, $2.50 per16 oz. container. I was able to snag several Driscoll’s from among the other brands.

Also on sale at Dave’s is Narragansett Creamery yogurt. I have just discovered it and am amazed at the creaminess and body plus it just plain tastes delicious. It is now my absolute favorite. It is a bit expensive but the sale price is four 8-oz containers for $5.00

I am already a fan of their fresh mozzarella.

Jun 11, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Fresh strawberries. Greater Providence.

I am making a fresh strawberry pie this week. My favorite summer pie. Since the berries are not cooked I am hoping to find some tasty sweet fresh strawberries.

Unfortunately I cannot wait for the Saturday farmers' markets.

Has anyone seen locally-grown strawberries in Providence-area grocery stores so far this season?

Jun 09, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Roche Bros Stonewall Kitchens sale > 6/5/14

Greygarious

Thanks for letting us know about the Stonewall Kitchen $2.00 off sale. I love some of their baking mixes, particularly the scone mix.

I just checked their on-line circular and you are right the sale ends on Thursday, June 5

Jun 03, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

Late May Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Narragansett Creamery is a vendor at the Hope Street Market in Providence. It is the biggest outdoor market in Rhode Island, with 40 vendors and several food trucks. If a call to the creamery indicates the yogurt is carried there, a visit is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning.

http://www.hopestreetmarket.com/ourve...

Though the Hope Street Market is located in Providence, it is not in the city center. It is off Route 95, at the Providence/Pawtucket line, a few miles from South Attleboro, an easy ride from Boston.

The Lippitt Park grounds are grassy and tree-lined, with places, sunny and shaded, to sit and enjoy a snack from one of vendors. A children’s playground lies at the far side of the park.

Good luck with your Narragansett Creamery yogurt search!

May 22, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

Late May Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Narragansett Creamery is located in Providence, Rhode Island but its fine products are available throughout New England including the Boston area. A list is provided in this link.

http://www.richeeses.com/markets/

I particularly like their mozzarella.

May 22, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

Providence,RI - Lunch and Dinner recommendations for 'chowmeet' between two serious foodies from Toronto and Singapore

If you do come to Providence this summer, Waterfire, a display of 100 flaming cauldrons lining the Providence River, is a spectacular evening experience not to be missed. Lightings are from May to November.
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http://waterfire.org/schedule/2014-wa...

Newport has more seafood options than Providence but you would need a car. The harbor area and the sumptuously ornate summer mansions, "cottages" to their 19th century industrialist owners, are well worth a visit,

http://www.discovernewport.org

A recent thread on dining in Newport may be helpful.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/973504

Finding dining experiences in the Providence area not common to New York,Toronto or Singapore is the challenge. Several posts in this thread offer suggestions.

May 02, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Providence Dinner

Some good suggestions from RhodyRedHen.

I would add the Waterman Grille in Providence for its Sunday brunch. Perhaps a bit less cool, hip, fun, and trendy but its location on the Seekonk River adds a lovely dimension to the experience, especially on the glassed-in porch overlooking the river. I have enjoyed several brunches there with a well-prepared cocktail. Can’t vouch for the Bloody Marys, though.

http://www.watermangrille.com/main.htm

http://www.watermangrille.com/photos-...

Apr 24, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Wedding venue

Newport, Rhode Island is within two hours of Boston. There are numerous venues ranging from elegant to rustic; from mansions to farms. Some have gorgeous views of Narragansett Bay/Atlantic Ocean. I have attached a site that might prove useful.

http://www.discovernewport.org/weddin...

Apr 22, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

Easter Brunch Providence

Update on Easter brunch in Providence. We went to the Public Kitchen and Bar at the Renaissance Hotel.

It was an excellent choice. The restaurant is quite lovely with its curved staircase, richly decorated dining room and bar, and windows looking out to the Rhode Island State House. The general manager, Michael Texeira, was gracious and accommodating. The staff were courteous and professional.

Executive chef, Willis Stepp, prepared an excellent brunch with all the traditional breakfast and brunch items plus one carving station with a delicious herb-crusted roast beef, garlic mashed potatoes, and caramelized carrots. Mimosas were complimentary.

After brunch we walked across the street to the State House where the children rolled down the slopping lawn (in their Easter finery!) and we then ambled over to Waterplace Park where we sat in the amphitheater and watched the water birds swimming in the basin among the WaterFire cauldrons.

We usually go to a Boston hotel for Easter so my family was happily surprised to find such a lovely restaurant in such a lovely city.

Apr 22, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England