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PVD/RI * September '13 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Is there any news on this, or an idea of the timeline? I have not been able to find any info about it elsewhere.

Oct 27, 2013
GreenGal in Southern New England

where do PVD folks go for dinner on just an "average night out?"

In addition to strongly appreciating your favorites, our gotos are Not Just Snacks, and Best Eastern (N. Prov Mineral Spring).

We don't really care about so-called ambiance, so nothing fancy, but nice folks and good food. To be honest, Not Just Snacks is actually our fancy night out, but I suspect we are not exactly normal...

Jan 09, 2013
GreenGal in Southern New England

PVD/RI * January '13 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Based upon my Internet research, they are a franchise olive oil / balsamic vinegar / 'gourmet' store. So presumably the fresh bread is for tasting products.

Is there still that franchise olive oil store up on Hope Street in the Rochambeau area? Seems kind of crazy to end up with multiple stores of this type on the East Side in about a one year period (right?). Though I do like my olive oils...

Jan 04, 2013
GreenGal in Southern New England

Looking for Dinner at "old country inn" - good food, roaring fireplace!

I was also going to suggest Sadler's Ordinary. Plus they have excellent baked goods!

Dec 12, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Middle Eastern Providence, 2012 Updates?

Fantastic info! Thanks!

Looks like I have some investigating to do!

Dec 03, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Soy Meat and/or Seitan Dishes in PVD/RI

AS220 always has a bunch of vegan stuff, including seitan, though I have not yet been there. Don't know if that counts as an expected place...

Also haven't been for a long while but Nice Slice pizza on Thayer always had the full range of fake meats. I remember being a fan.

Oct 30, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Cider Syrup

Interestingly, we were rationing our cider so carefully that we waited so long that it has begun turning itself into a fabulous slightly sparkling hard cider. Oh well... ;)

Oct 25, 2012
GreenGal in Home Cooking

What some good books about food production, science and history?

"Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History" by Sidney Mintz is a personal favorite. Mintz discusses the cultural role of sugar globally as it evolved from a key component of the slave trade to its ubiquitous presence in our modern diets. I find this book incredibly readable, a classic in food anthropology. It's probably my favorite non-fiction book.

And of course since it is sugar, there is some discussion of sugar as historic preservative, touching on one of your requested topics.

Oct 24, 2012
GreenGal in Food Media & News

Cider Syrup

King Arthur Flour makes a product called Boiled Cider that is essentially cider syrup. I have not tried it but it appears to be rather popular with lots of ideas from fans as to its use. Sounds pretty great in general, but with local cider prices absolutely through the roof we are doling out shot glasses of the stuff like it is some sort of rare liqueur! So no syrup for me. Alas!

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i...

Oct 20, 2012
GreenGal in Home Cooking

What to do with hardened caramels?

I have just discovered a cache of caramels in my cupboard. I believe that they were once chewy but they are now pretty rock hard. Is there anything that I can do with them? I am worried that if I soften them they will only be consumable while warm before cooling down to teeth-breaking consistency. Can I add fat of some sort to stabilize them in softness, like I would with ganache, for example? For that matter, I don't even know what one would make with caramels in the first place...

Thanks for any suggestions!

Sep 27, 2012
GreenGal in Home Cooking

Freeze-dried corn in central CT? Anyone? Anyone?

I was just at Target today (granted, in North Smithfield , RI) and noticed in passing that they were selling freeze dried sweet corn and peas. It was the Archer Foods brand in the freeze dried fruit/veggies section. Looking briefly online, I think they may sell the corn separately at the store. I just did not really look long enough to notice, sorry.

Aug 27, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Providence #1 in Burgers?!

And we are #2 for pizza?! That is just mind-blowing...

Jun 27, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Brew pubs within one hour drive of Providence

These are all great! Thanks!

Jun 26, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Brew pubs within one hour drive of Providence

Fantastic! If the weather wasn't shaping up to be absolutely terrible tomorrow I would head over immediately. Sounds like you just planned my next day off!

Jun 24, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Brew pubs within one hour drive of Providence

The only brew pubs I know of in the area are Trinity and Union Station (not a huge fan of Trinity and Union Station is just part of the John Harvard's chain) - but there have to be more in Worcester? Southern MA? Newport even?

Specifically, I am interested in brew pubs that are actually linked to local breweries - either the pub brews their own or is in very close association with a local microbrewery. I am not looking for a brew pub in the sense that they just have a large selection of beers. The pub should also serve food (though I don't know if I have been to a brew pub that does not serve something).

Basically I am looking for a place where I can have a meal, try some unique local brews, and then take home a growler at the end of the night.

Thanks

Jun 24, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Cheese curds near Providence?

Reporting back: I still have not made it to the farmer's market to check out Simmons Farm, but we were at Wrights Dairy and noticed some cheese curds in the case.

Apr 18, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Middle Eastern Providence, 2012 Updates?

I have been having some serious cravings for Middle Eastern food lately. Perusing the boards I noticed that there have not been updates to some of these threads for a few years. Yet I know there have been lots of changes lately (openings, closings, relocations, an influx of hookah bars). Was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on the current scene.

I would also love to hear anything about some of the older places. I have been living in the area for about 7 years now, but we don't eat out a lot and have some catching up to do (too many choices!!). Are these places still around? Tasty?

I am looking for sit down restaurants, take out, markets with prepared food. Anything that is tasty. I am willing to drive!

My current top location is North Side Pockets on Mineral Spring. (Though East Side Pockets is my go to for falafel near Brown). A more sit down sort of place might be nice...

Also, I have no interest in hookahs (or overly 'college-y crowds'), but will tolerate a hookah bar if the food is worth it.

Links to older threads:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/490006
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670632

Apr 18, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Xanthan gum: uses besides gluten free baking?

Xanthan gum is used as a gelatin substitute when making vegetarian/vegan marshmallows. You might check out other gelatin-based foods adapted for the veg. world.

Mar 20, 2012
GreenGal in Home Cooking

Sulfer Smell

Some yeasts produce a very sulfurous smell when they are fermenting. If this is a bottle conditioned beer, it could be that that bottle had a higher concentration of yeast (was there yeast residue in the bottom of the bottle at all). Maybe that yeast was either still fermenting out, or had produced more of that sulfurous gas than the other bottles. Just a thought. Of course if we are talking about some big time beer lim Sam Adams, then something else is going on.

Mar 02, 2012
GreenGal in Beer

Cheese curds near Providence?

Thanks, Frobisher, I will check ou Simmons Farm next chance I get.

I have had the A&W cheese curds, though honestly could not really tell the difference between their product and breaded mozzarella stick bites (if that is a thing), which is not necessarily a complaint. Also, would not really work for poutine. Though now I am have a rather silly image of myself showing up at A&W with a thermos of gravy to assemble pseudo-poutine at the picnic tables...I'll check out Simmons first, but the novelty of travel gravy is intriguing...

Feb 14, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Cheese curds near Providence?

Hi folks,

Was wondering if anyone knew of a place to get cheese curds in the Providence area, or within reasonable driving distance. I am looking to make some poutine.

Thanks!

Feb 13, 2012
GreenGal in Southern New England

Wine juice in Providence area?

I do not know for sure since we brew beer, but... You should check out the local home brew shops. Our main spot is Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies. www.blackstonevalleybrewing.com/ in Woonsocket. They sell winemaking supplies. Also, there is Basement Brewhaus off Smith St in Providence www.basementbrewhaus.com, which also sells winemaking supplies. There is also Brew Horizons, I think that is the name, which has multiple locations, one of which is in a hardware store on 44 in Chepachet. apple Valley Hardware I think. They have a website too, if you google it. And finally there is Silver Lake Wine and Brewing supplies, or something like that, in Silver Lake area of PVD. There is a place in Attleboro that I have not been to, and know nothing about. Hope that gets you started. Sorry I don't know for a fact that any of these places have exactly what you need.

Dec 08, 2011
GreenGal in Southern New England

Dinner Tonight? Near PVD, but keep me away from Waterfire!

Reporting back for the record: we ended up going to Los Andes after all. I know it is a far far cry from Mike's, but we did have a really great meal. I cannot remember what anything was called, off the top of my head, but it was all rather good. BF got the massive mixed grill skewer and the beef heart appetizer, both of which showed us that the grill was really the place to be - you could taste the seasoned grill itself in a very good way. The skewer was really just basic grilled meat, but there was something special about it, and we think it was just a really great grill. Also the marinade for the beef heart was veery good. My dinner was some sort of shredded chicken in a walnut cream sauce over fingerling potatoes. Pretty decent but nothing life changing. Serving size was large, an apetizer could reasonably be a meal (lunch definitely) and the prices were great. Overall, it was one of those meals where you spend the whole time excited about the fact that you can come back again and try more. Definitely looking forward to another trip.

Thanks everyone for the advice, will be trying out some of your suggestions when I get the opportunity. Have been wondering about Reali's for a while now...

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Los Andes
903 Chalkstone Ave, Providence, RI 02908

Oct 15, 2011
GreenGal in Southern New England

Dinner Tonight? Near PVD, but keep me away from Waterfire!

Ah, okay, I was thinking the crazy was a little more extensive than it actually is - good to know. We tend to just stay on the edges of the city from about 5pm on! (can you tell that I really don't like crowds).

Oct 08, 2011
GreenGal in Southern New England

Dinner Tonight? Near PVD, but keep me away from Waterfire!

I'm thinking maybe Los Andes, presumably they are still top notch? Any favorites there?

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Los Andes
903 Chalkstone Ave, Providence, RI 02908

Oct 08, 2011
GreenGal in Southern New England

Dinner Tonight? Near PVD, but keep me away from Waterfire!

Thanks, have been meaning to get to Red Fez for a while but parking is definitely an issue.

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Red Fez
49 Peck St, Providence, RI 02903

Oct 08, 2011
GreenGal in Southern New England

August Opening, Closing, and Coming Soon in PVD/RI

Just want to chime in about North Side Pockets. Absolutely amazing! Possibly the best falafel I have ever had (its the spice combo)! The meat samosa are also fantastic, along with the gyros & shawarma. For me it is the falafel and the samosas that keep me coming back. They also have a bunch of great specials and combo deals if you are buying for more than one person. Very nice group of folks too!

Also last time I was there they had really added on to their grocery section. (And I just saw in a quick web search that they are all halal, fyi).

Wow, just realized I have not had lunch yet...wish I was not trapped on the other side of PVD right now...want falafel...

Oct 08, 2011
GreenGal in Southern New England

Dinner Tonight? Near PVD, but keep me away from Waterfire!

So I am a lunch girl, and despite living in Providence for years I still do not know where to have dinner. Nevertheless, we have decided that dinner out must happen tonight and I just don't know where to start, I have been out of the loop for a few years dinner-wise. An added difficulty is that tonight is Waterfire and I just cannot deal with all the crazy happening downtown.

So I was hoping you hounds can help.

We (2 of us) are looking for a casual-ish place for dinner that is on the nice side, but not too expensive. Like I said, we rarely go out to dinner so this is a bit of a treat, but we are used to our standard lunch budget (obviously dinner costs more). To give you a clue, we really wanted to go to Mike's Kitchen in Cranston, but they are closed Saturday nights. So really, the food is what matters, not the experience.

We are in Providence near the N. Providence line and are willing to drive a bit, just want to avoid Waterfire.

Thanks so much!
(would still love suggestions even if it is after tonight)

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Mike's Kitchen
170 Randall St, Cranston, RI 02920

Oct 08, 2011
GreenGal in Southern New England

Trader Joe's Lemon curd in a jar

Crepes with lemon curd and maybe a sprinkle of sugar. So yummy! Ooo, I bet pancakes are great too. Or just eat it straight out of the jar...

Jun 02, 2011
GreenGal in Home Cooking

Ground sumac

I saw some a few hours ago at the little convenience store at the corner of Mount Pleasant ave and Chalkstone in Providence. Cannot think of the name but it is bright yellow and red exterior. They even have a little parking lot.

There is also a Middle Eastern grocery on Mineral Spring in the area of Paulie Penta's deli. You could also try the Indian spice shop on Hope Street across from Not Just Snacks. I think it is called Not Just Spices.

Good luck!

Apr 25, 2011
GreenGal in Southern New England