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Easter Brunch Providence

Dave S., Thanks for suggesting CAV, an old-time favorite. Gave them a call. For Easter they are offering their regular weekend brunch with a few additional items, yet to be determined. Brunch items at CAV are listed and priced individually with no special menu or price for children.

We generally have Easter brunch at a hotel or restaurant where there is a multi-course fixed-price buffet, half price for children; sometimes there is a special children’s menu.

Apr 02, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Easter Brunch Providence

Thank you, OOliver

I called the Marriott about their Easter Brunch this year.
The menu is quite extensive and the children can choose from both the brunch items and special ones for kids. And the Easter Bunny will be there!

The one draw back to the Marriott is we like to take a walk after dinner.

So far, it is the best option.

Mar 26, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Easter Brunch Providence

I am looking for an Easter brunch location in Providence, preferably in a hotel and with the Easter Bunny for the little ones. Previously we have celebrated at Aspire in the Hotel Providence (beautiful room, good brunch, Easter Bunny) and Waterman Grille (good food, nice view, no Easter Bunny). There will be 16 of us.

Mar 24, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

60th Wedding Anniversary

West on Centre in West Roxbury has a function room which, according to their website, can accommodate 50 people. I have enjoyed several meals in the restaurant but have not attended a function there.


Mar 18, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

Balsamic Vinegar Refills - Providence

Thank you all for your leads.

Shore's and Olive Tap do refills; Shore's 250 ml, $7.99; Olive Tap, 375 ml, $15.95.

Olive del Mondo: 200 ml, $11.00. Bring bottle back for a 50-cent refund and get a new bottle.

Shore's offers only one balsamic; Olive Tap and Olive del Mondo have a variety to choose from.

On my way to The Original Italian Bakery on Atwood Avenue in Cranston for a zeppole (that could be a separate thread: The Rhode Island Zeppole Hunt) I stopped at Shore’s for their vinegar.

Good to know I have options for balsamic right here in Rhode Island.

Mar 18, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Providence - Saturday night near Columbus Theater?

Not far from the Columbus Theater is Justine’s Cocktail Bar, 11 Olneyville Square. It has the feel of a speakeasy from the outside, no sign, no lights, the clue is the scantily-clad mannequins in the darkened window. Inside is a lively elegant lounge with a beautiful mirrored bar, great cocktails at reasonable prices. It is open until 2 a.m. on the weekends.

Mar 14, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Balsamic Vinegar Refills - Providence

Every few months I drive from Rhode Island up to Tutto Italiano, the terrific Italian grocery store in Hyde Park with its wide selection of local and imported cheeses, cured meats, wines, olives and other sundry Italian specialties. From their large vat, I get my bottles refilled with their oh-so-sweet-yet-tangy balsamic vinegar.

Does anyone know of a source closer to home in the Providence area that provides this option for buying balsamic vinegar?

Mar 13, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Restaurants with a kitchen view ... for children. Rhode Island


Thank you for the suggestions. I had originally thought diners might be the only option but I like that the ones you recommended are all known for their cuisine.

Mar 03, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Paczki, Providence

I stopped by Polonia today and asked about the provenance of their paczkis. The Friday ones come from New York; the Saturday ones from Worcester. Today being Friday I got the New York ones with a choice of rose water or prune filling. I got both. The young counter women were very lovely and accommodating but I don’t speak Polish so I don’t know if I understood everything correctly. I am not sure if the Friday New York ones are available year round or just around Fat Tuesday.

I also bought my first zeppoles of the season today at Le Favorite Bakery in Warwick. They make a particularly good one and I appreciate that they offer two sizes, regular and mini. The minis are just right for a snack.

With all this pastry on hand I am going to save the stellar Silver Star doughnuts for another time.

Feb 28, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

James Beard pays homage to NY System

Thanks for passing on this good news.

What a terrific honor for the Olneyville New York System. Weenies are such Rhode Island fare, aren’t they. It is so hard to explain their appeal to non-natives. Same with clam cakes and D. Palmieri’s pizza strips. Glad the James Beard Foundation has brought this uniquely Rhode Island food to national attention.

Feb 27, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Restaurants with a kitchen view ... for children. Rhode Island

In addition to following the Southern New England board I love checking out the Boston Board. Recently there was a question about bringing young children to restaurants where they would be able to watch chefs in the kitchen. (Tiny Chef) The responses indicated there are several possibilities in the Boston area that would work and I am wondering if there might be restaurants in Rhode Island that would offer the same experience.

Off hand, I can’t think of any place though when I placed an order for a pizza at Fellini’s recently I stood and watched the pizza maker toss the dough. There are other pizza parlors with a view but that’s not what I have in mind. I am thinking of restaurants.

For me eating out is a time to chat and enjoy a wonderful meal not watch someone cook so I have never sought a kitchen-view. There are several youngsters in my life, however, who might enjoy the experience.

Feb 26, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Paczki, Providence

Last year I had my first paczki, the delicious jam-filled doughnut-like Polish pastry that is available on Fat Tuesday, March 4th this year.

I bought it at the Polonia Market on Broadway in Pawtucket where the manager said they were shipped daily from New York City.

Having nothing to compare it to, I don’t know if I should return to Polonia or search for a better source.

Feb 22, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Good Rhode Island chowder in Providence?

I looked at menus of restaurants/shacks I thought might serve the clear Rhode Island clam chowder. Found a few. The nearest to you on College Hill is the Providence Oyster Bar on Atwells Avenue, Federal Hill. I would think you could get there by RIPTA bus. It is a bit of a walk but doable.

The clear chowder is also available at Horton’s Seafood in East Providence.

If you should get down to the southern coast of Rhode Island, stop at the Matunuck Oyster Bar where the clear Rhode Island clam chowder is on the menu. It is a fabulous spot on Potter Pond, the site of their oyster farm. If weather allows, dining on the outdoor deck with its umbrellaed tables and a view of the pond is a treat. Their fresh seafood is exceptionally well-prepared. I can vouch for the succulent whole-belly fried clams, seared scallops and fish and chips. The East Matunuck State Beach on the Atlantic Ocean is just up the road from the restaurant. It is a fine place to swim in warm weather or enjoy the view anytime.




Feb 18, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Best direct from farm artisan bacon and/or sausage in S.E.Mass?

I agree with Rick V. that farmers’ markets may be your best option.

An old mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island called Hope Artiste Village houses the Winters’ Farmers Market every Saturday until the beginning of May. One of the vendors, PV Farm Stand, offers a variety of meat products, including delicious boar. They have sausage and bacon in their product line but to assure they have what you want it may be best to request by e-mail for pick up at the Farmers’ Market. Farmer Frank is very accommodating.


I think this market is the biggest winter one in New England. I get my coffee (New Harvest Coffee roastery, in another section of the mill, is open to the public and worth a visit), cheese (Narragansett Creamery), bread (Seven Stars, Olga’s), honey, apples, chicken (Pat’s Pastured), the above mentioned boar (PV Farm Stand), root vegetables, eggs, nuts (Virginia and Spanish Peanut Company) to mention just a few.

I always have a cup of coffee, freshly baked pastry or lunch: African stew, Caribbean dishes, all-natural hot dogs, and on and on.

The mill is a beautiful cavernous venue. All in all, quite a good time on a Saturday morning.


Feb 14, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

North Bakery (Providence, RI)

Thanks for the good news.

If North Bakery is anything like the restaurant, it will be a fine but quirky addition to the bakery/coffee scene in Providence.

According to North’s website wedding cakes will be among the bakery’s offerings! How exciting is that.

Looking forward to its spring opening.


Feb 10, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

New York-Boston...where else??

Newport, Rhode Island for a day trip or overnight. Boston is about an hour north.

A short jaunt off Route 95 North in Rhode Island, over the bridge that spans the waters of Narragansett Bay, and you’re there.

There is so much to see, do, eat and drink.

Restaurants of every price range, cuisine, and level of formality: breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dinner.
Fabulous funky bars. Fabulous elegant bars
Strolls along the shops on Thames Street and the wharves.
A self-guided walking tour of the harbor.
Visits to the mansions. My favorite is Vanderbilt family’s The Breakers. Marble House, another Vanderbilt “cottage” is also worth a visit. http://www.newportmansions.org
The 10- mile Ocean Drive takes you along the surf-whipped Atlantic Ocean, weaving among gorgeous waterfront homes. If you are on Ocean Drive at sunset, stop at the luxurious Inn at Castle Hill for a drink and watch the sun go down. Glorious.

The website Discover Newport (http://www.discovernewport.org) is a good resource for places to stay, eat, things to do, historic sites to visit..

Check Chowhound threads for very helpful guidance on restaurants and bars.

Being winter, Newport slows down a bit but not much. Best to check for seasonal hours.

And, there is more in neighboring Middletown, Portsmouth and Jamestown but save them for another time.

Feb 06, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Whisky Tasting

Whiskeyri holds whiskey tastings at various bars and restaurants in the Providence area. Depending on where you live, Providence is an easy ride down Route 95 South.

I grew up in Boston and now live in the Providence area.
Some people are aghast that I drive home after a family get together in Boston, especially if it is late at night. I assure them it is only a 45-minlute drive. Something about crossing a state line conjures up great distances.

Whiskyri's next tasting is this month at the lovely Waterman Grille located on the Seekonk River in Providence.


The December Whiskyri tasting was held at the recently opened New Harvest Coffee and Spirits. This elegant little establishment has a fine selection of whiskies. It bills itself as a speakeasy in the evening.


Feb 03, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

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

Justine’s lives!

Stopped by this speakeasy-style lounge Friday night for a cocktail. Loved the drinks (most are $5.00), the lively ambience, the gorgeous sconces, mirrored bar, vases of neon orange lilies.

Justine’s is easy to miss as the storefront window is almost devoid of light and there is no sign. It was only when I caught a glimpse of the lingerie-adorned mannequins in the darkened window that I knew I had found it.

Justine’s is an elegant and fun addition to Providence’s burgeoning bar scene. Great place for a late-night drink as it is opened to 1:00 am weeknights and to 2:00 am Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

Jan 26, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Late Night Cocktails and Small Bites in Providence

Had a cocktail at Justine’s Friday night. It is a speakeasy in Olneyville Square and, like all speakeasies, half the fun is finding it. We drove by several times before spotting two mannequins in a darkened storefront window. You enter into a small dark foyer complete with lingerie and a bouncer who parts a heavy dark curtain through which you pass into another world, far from Olneyville. Owner Michael Sears has created a dim, cozy, lively, elegant establishment not unlike his Lili Marlene’s on Atwells Avenue and the Avery on the West Side.

Some cocktails harken back to the 1930s, Gibson, Ward Eight, for a modest $5.00. There are more contemporary cocktails, a good selection of beer and a fine champagne available by the glass/bottle. Small bites include olives, cheese plate, Marcona almonds. It is open from 4:00 pm to 1:00 am weeknights, to 2:00 am Fridays and Saturdays and closed Sundays.

It’s fun.

Jan 26, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

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

Cranston Winter Farmers' Market - Update

The correct hours are Thursday, 4:30 - 7:00 pm

There were fewer vendors than usual tonight but I got there early for the Bavarian pretzels (which were sold out before I left), lettuce, carrots, boar breakfast sausage and fresh local haddock. Fish chowder tomorrow night!

Jan 16, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

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

In Cranston, the Winter Farmers' Market has opened in the basement of the Edgewood Congregational Church on Broad St. in Edgewood, on Thursdays, 4:30 - 7:30 pm.

Available at the market are greens, winter vegetables, apples, cider, eggs, butter, cheese, locally produced meat products, locally caught fish, jams, honey, peanut butter, Bavarian pretzels, breads, and hot soup, generous cup or bowl, eat-in/take-out. Last week I enjoyed a hardy vegetarian vegetable soup at the market. There is a table complete with table cloth.

I particularly like the pretzels from the bakers of Foremost Bakery (They formerly baked at Seven Stars Bakery). The delicious soft Bavarian pretzels are made with a heavenly croissant dough. They sell out quickly but the baguettes and pastries are equally good. I first enjoyed the pretzels with a cocktail at a great little Providence bar,The Eddy, and was more than delighted to find them at the Cranston Winter Farmers' Market.


The Edgewood Congregational Church is located on Broad Street across from St. Paul's Church near the intersection of Broad Street/ Warwick Avenue/Norwood Avenue in the Edgewood section of Cranston. There is parking in the church parking lot and on-street.

The Cranston Winter Farmers' Market is at the church until mid-April when it returns to its warm weather location in the Shriners/Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet parking lot off Broad Street in Pawtuxet Village.

I love being able to buy directly from the farmers and to show my support I try to do some of my weekly shopping at the farmers' market.

Jan 13, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

White Cornmeal in Boston?(Not $8 lb.)

Kenyon's products can be found in some Shaws, Stop & Shops, and specialty markets in Massachusetts.

Check out Purveyors in the link below for a list of retail stores in Massachusetts/New England.


Jan 04, 2014
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket, South Attleboro?

According to this piece in the Attleboro Patch, the South Attleborough Market Basket may open this month.


Jan 01, 2014
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

What is your favorite place to buy prepared foods for dinner in RI?


The Pasta Patch in Warwick is a small take-out shop with a wide variety of Italian dishes from fresh pasta to soups to sauces to salads to pizza, to entrees.

Some items are frozen; others are fresh and they are all made right there. I particularly like the fresh pasta lasagne and the chicken pot pie. Their pizzas need only 10 minutes in the oven. The pepperoni pizza and the spinach are my favorites.

It is a bit of a ride for me so I stock up when I go. Right now I have a spinach pizza and an eggplant lasagne in my freezer ready to pop in the oven when I don't feel like cooking from scratch.

The shop is located on Old Forge Road in Warwick on the way to Goddard Park.

Pasta Patch
183 Old Forge Road
Warwick, Ri

Dec 14, 2013
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Looking for black treacle and Lyle's Golden Syrup in southern/western anywhere in CT

In Rhode Island, Whole Foods, Shaws, Stop and Shop, and the independent, Dave's, all carry Lyle's Golden Syrup.

Nov 18, 2013
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Sunday Brunch in Providence that's not Nick's or Julian's

Waterman Grille is one of my favorite restaurants in Providence. It is on the East Side overlooking the Seekonk River. I love sitting on the enclosed porch looking out at the river occasionally getting a glimpse of the Brown University crew team. The brunch menu offers a variety of well-prepared dishes ranging from breakfast omelets to lunch lobster mac and cheese.


North is a small funky restaurant with a funky menu tucked away on a side street parallel to Broadway on Providence's West Side. I enjoyed a late Sunday afternoon brunch (noon to 5 pm) there several weeks ago. Loved the Tiny Ham Biscuits and Buckwheat noodles.


Sep 05, 2013
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Walkable restaurants near South St. Providence

There are some great recommendations in the replies below.

I would like to add Hemenway's, with its lovely view of the river if you get a window seat. The menu is eclectic with an emphasis on seafood. It would be fine for couples and older children.

RIPTA, the mass transit system, has a touristy trolley that might be fun to ride.


You can pick it up at Kennedy Plaza, within walking distance of South St. It runs east through Providence's East Side and west to Federal Hill, the Italian section, a great area for walking with restaurants, pizza places, pastry shops, markets, etc.

In the center of "The Hill" is DePasquale Square with its fountain and Italian music. On one corner is Venda Ravioi, a multi-faceted establishment. Its cafe has indoor and outdoor seating. Inside there is a vast array of Italian prepared foods, cheeses, pasta (made there), gelato, pottery, crockery, etc. A good place to explore.

Around the corner is Pastiche, a European style bakery/cafe with exquisite cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, coffee, tea.

For pizza on The Hill, there are Casserta's, thick crust,and Bob and Timmy's, thin crust (my favorite).

The Trolley might get you within a few blocks of Thayer Street, frequented by Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) students. It is lined with shops and eateries from pizza to falafel to souvlaki to hamburgers. Again, a fun place to visit including the Brown University Bookstore.

Aug 16, 2013
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Lucky Garden, Providence, RI [split from SGV thread on Los Angeles board]

There are two Asparas in Providence.

The original, simply Aspara, is located on Public Street in South Providence.

The other, Aspara Palace, a newer institution, is on Hope Street on the East Side. I seem to remember it was opened by a relative of the Aspara owners.

Aspara has a bit more atmosphere than Aspara Palace, not so glaringly bright, but both have a wide selection of excellent pan Asian dishes.

Aug 16, 2013
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Late Night Cocktails and Small Bites in Providence

Went to North late Sunday afternoon. What a gem of a restaurant, like a bistro you might find in New York or Montreal.
Small, dark, understated and edgy.

The Sunday brunch menu was in effect until 5 pm with many of the same items as the dinner menu. We started with a delicious well-crafted cocktail, Old Chap (?), made with Pimm's, ginger beer and Thai basil. Shared the Tiny Ham Biscuits (country ham, raspberry mustard, on the flakiest of biscuits) and Buckwheat Noodles (with cucumber, almond/mint pesto, and turnip). The flavors and textures were well-matched and ever so good.

The only glitch was the service. There were only a few customers and yet we were barely acknowledged by the three waitstaff upon arrival. Service at our table, though efficient, was equally uninspired and put a bit of a damper on our otherwise terrific experience. A more polished attentive demeanor would have gone a long way in making us feel welcomed. I know this hasn't been everyone's experience but it was mine.

That said, I will definitely be returning to North after the theater some evening as it is open late and the Tiny Ham Biscuits are calling. Hope to get a smile or two.

Jul 29, 2013
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

ISO best napoleon, baba rum, sfogliatelle and lobster tails (all desserts)

Guarino's in Norwood is a good south-of-Boston Italian pastry shop option. Their lobster tails (a crunchy shell filled with ricotta pastry cream) have a delectable filling. There is a photo in the slide show on their website.

I drive to Guarino's from Providence around St. Joseph's Day in March to get their zeppoles which are topped with amarena cherry syrup. All the Italian bakeries I have tried in Rhode Island top zeppoles with a single maraschino cherry.



Jul 21, 2013
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area