Orrin Hanratty

Fish and Chips at Enders Island

On Friday evenings during Lent, head to Enders Island in Connecticut for fish n' chips and meditation.

I stared out the car window of our 2001 dusty blue Toyota minivan as pine trees blurred by. My family was taking my sixteen-year-old self to Enders Island in Mystic, Connecticut, for a fish and chips dinner and stations of the cross, and teen me wasn’t having it. “Why are we driving to Connecticut to get fish and chips!?” I…

Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: March 2–8

See Regina Spektor at Lupo's, learn about New England's forgotten farms, sip Napa wines at the Hotel Viking and more.

Regina Spektor at Lupo's  This isn’t just another Lupo’s concert. If you’re unfamiliar with her work, Regina Spektor is the emerging indie-folk star you need to know about. What better introduction than seeing her live? The Moscow-born artist redefines storytelling with her authentic arrangement and delivery, honing the ability to entrance an audience with soothing yet provocative vocals. Some of her…

How to Elevate Your Coffee Game

Master the daily grind with stylish mugs, makers and local beans.

Clockwise from top left: Patterned ceramic mug, $44, Craftland, Providence. White Electric coffee, $15, White Electric, Providence. Dave’s Coffee coffee syrup, $10.99, Dave’s Coffee, Providence and Charlestown. Handmade Mexican pottery striped cake stand, $90, Simple Pleasures, Providence. Polished copper pour-over kettle, $99, Stock Culinary Goods, Providence. Blue and white patterned mug, $12, Stock Culinary Goods.   Clockwise from top left:…

PPL Launches "On The Table" Exhibit

The Providence Public Library kicks off a series of food-related activities, talks and more.

The Providence Public Library presents "On the Table," an exhibition that explores how a simple meal at a table anchors so much of who we are. To celebrate, they are hosting a launch party tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m., which will feature a food art installation by Tony and Marina Balko and music by Mark and Sam Taber. So, what exactly is…

Take a Dive: Chengdu Taste

It might not look like much on the outside, but Chengdu Taste has some of the best Chinese in town.

Dive joints, whether for drink or food, are classics for a reason.  Maybe it's the Aesop fable-like virtue of "appearances can be deceiving" or the thrill of stumbling, sometimes literally, upon a hidden gem.  Either way, Chengdu Taste in Pawtucket is a dive worth diving into.  Unless you're in New York City or some other hot and poppin' culinary mecca,…

Letters: Family Ties, Free Tuition

Rhode Island Monthly readers weigh in.

“Curling Comes to Rhode Island,” January Awesome! It's the only Olympic sport that you can drink beer and play at the same time! John Covey VIA Facebook “Family Ties,” January The original New York System hot wiener restaurant is on Smith Street in Providence and was founded in 1927. When I was a youngster going to junior high school I…

Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Feb. 23–March 1

Hear Bach while you drink beer, learn about Rhode Island's food future and see Blue Oyster Cult live in concert.

Beer and Bach at Foolproof Brewery Beer and Bach brings two very different stimulus together for an evening of frothy libation and musical titillation. Beer and Bach is a project created by world renowned cellist Steuart Pincombe. He started the program in Amsterdam and, after his success there, has taken it to breweries all over the world. Pincombe comes to Rhode…

Beer Lover's Guide: Craft Beer Bars

Local bars pour regional and faraway favorites.

The Wild Colonial This Providence pub’s name turns a derogatory Irish term into something to be celebrated. The historic tavern’s eighteen draft lines fill glasses with an ever-rotating list of classic brews — can you say Guinness? — and the latest trends in craft beer, ranging from selections from Maine Beer Company, AleSmith and Wicked Weed to Sean Larkin’s Dry…