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A Taste of Syria in Cranston

We chatted about "They've All Come to Look for America," a story on recently resettled Syrians from our October issue, over Syrian cuisine at Mosaic.

Rhode Island Monthly associate editor Casey Nilsson’s recently released story, "They’ve All Come to Look for America," shows the fear, change and hope experienced by recent Syrian refugee families in Rhode Island.  Nilsson sat down with me over Syrian food at the newly opened restaurant Mosaic, in Cranston, to talk a bit about what it was like writing it. The…

The Hard-Pressed Cider Company Crafts a Taste of Fall

The hunt for the perfect cider doughnut led us to an unexpected corner of Jamestown.

I am a bit of a cider doughnut freak. One of my fondest memories as a child was going to Wilson’s Farm in Lexington, Massachusetts. Waxy pumpkins ballooned high over my three-year-old self, but the true attraction was always tucked under a tent with a massive line of people winding underneath: cider doughnuts. Each bite of freshly fried doughnut was…

Five Things We Learned from Oktoberfest Providence

The scoop on flannel season, the best German brews, pretzel necklaces and the inevitable beer brain.

Oktoberfest is a celebration of many things: the coming of fall, lederhosen, bratwurst, dancing and, the main attraction, beer. Here in Providence, we have our own rendition of this famous German day of drunken revelry and we thought it would be fun to see just what goes down. So, without further ado, here are five things we learned at this…

Horsing Around with PVD's Mounted Command

We got up close and personal with the force's newest equine employees — and the human partners who love them.

It’s a soggy day at Roger Williams Park. Rain drips off a large barn that sits across the street from the botanical gardens, puddles forming on the warm asphalt below. The barn and adjacent stable and corrals are home to the Providence Mounted Command Unit, with the stars of the unit quickly making their presence known with the clop of…

Social Movement: Breaking a Sweat Together

Does the group dynamic encourage making working out a habit?

The  relationship between social support and exercise is rather intuitive. Given option one, “zumba class with ripped instructor and a gaggle of friends” versus option two, “solitary run at 5 a.m. before work” and most people’s preference leans toward numero uno. There’s a stronger motivation to work out when you’re with a group. But not for me. I’ve always hated…

Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage

See Trinity Rep's take on the Old English epic, and feel the symbolic whack of Grendel’s severed arm.

Professors are like psychologists. They dissect literature and art, probing and poking and unraveling fantastical stories about what makes a character tick, what subliminal messages the creator made and what it all means. Their essays are full of jargon and undertones of ecstasy, as if they can hardly believe what their fastidious minds have come up with: “The depiction of…

The Dish: Olson and Son Hopyard Helps Family Through Tough Times

Eric Olson started growing hops for a hobby he and son, Liam, could do together, and the endeavor took on a life of its own.

The burly, bearded Eric Olson stands on his front lawn in East Providence, hose in his hands and earbuds in his ears. He wears a blue shirt with “Olson and Son Hopyard” emblazoned on the front and moves about the lawn methodically, spraying into buckets, onto trellises and above dirt plots, all filled with plants of different varietals. Eric Olson…

The Narragansett Boat Club Rows On

The historic club has bounced back with championship talent.

The Seekonk River empties into the Providence River, dotted with wooden pilings and the stuck-up Crook Point Bascule Bridge that slices through the horizon. It is a river that, for a large swath of history, was a dumping ground, swirling with sewage, plastic syringes, even rotting corpses. Today, the dumping ground is slowly becoming fertile ground. Gulls swoop down to…

Saving Superman, One Tour at a Time

A look inside Providence's most iconic — and controversial — vacant building.

  Superman resides in Providence. He towers above us all, providing a watchful eye on the goings-on on Westminster Street, peeking out towards Narragansett Bay, even glimpsing wisps of steam from somewhere in Johnston. Providence’s Superman is the former Industrial Trust Bank building, a domineering presence in our skyline. It is called the Superman building for its resemblance to the…

Rhode Island Monthly's Brew Brawl – We have a Winner!

Announcing the WINNER of our 2016 BREW BRAWL.

Loyalties have been tested, goodies have been distributed and a whole lotta beer has probably been poured. It can only mean one thing… it is time to announce the WINNER of our 2016 BREW BRAWL.   And the champ, the brewery with the last pint standing is…   Crooked Current Brewery With the crown and everlasting glory, CROOKED CURRENT BREWERY…