Food & Drink Feature

Wine Daytrips: Southeast Massachusetts

Cross the border and take your tastings to a new level.

The first thing I notice as my husband and I head out to the flagstone patio at Westport Rivers Winery is the bright red Rhode Rage food truck parked a few yards away from the sea of vines blanketing the horizon. I pause for a minute, trying to reconcile the trendy urban vehicle with the bucolic greenery. Before I can…

Wine Daytrips: Western Rhode Island

Head to the country for some under-the-radar pours.

The minute I pull into the secluded lot of Verde Vineyards on Moswansicut Lake in Johnston, I know I’ve arrived somewhere special. I park my car and dodge a family of roaming guinea fowl to see owner and winemaker Giacomo “Jim” Verde puttering around the grounds. Verde, a retired CCRI biology professor who lives on the property and turned his…

Wine Daytrips: Newport and Little Compton

You can vineyard hop without driving far.

Autumn may be too cool for the beach, but the ocean breeze still beckons, especially when the sun is streaming down. What to do, then, when your family is visiting from out of town and you’ve exhausted Newport’s waterfront wonders? We don’t have to venture far from the harbor — fifteen minutes, to be exact — to reach a different…

Picnic Ideas: Al Fresco Romance

Impress your sweetie with an elegant meal.

Portobello and Prosciutto Pate Fig, Thyme and Tarragon Jam Plum Tart with Almond Frangipane Local Additions: Selection of Narragansett Creamery cheeses, Olga’s Cup and Saucer bread, Backyard Food Company Sweet Tomato Jam, Westport Rivers Pinot Noir Rose Portobello and Prosciutto Pate 1lb washed Portobello mushrooms 3 cloves of garlic 2 Tbs of bacon fat or butter (using bacon fat to…

Picnic Ideas: For Vegetarians

Savor the bounty of the season with these healthy recipes.

Roasted Corn Panzanella with Seven Stars’ Olive Bread Cannellini Bean Dip with Crudite Vegan Vanilla Pudding Cups with Strawberry Compote Local Additions: Granny Squibb’s Iced Teas, Seven Stars Bakery Olive Bread Cannellini Bean Dip with Crudite Serves 6 to 8 1 can (15 ½ oz) cannellini beans 4 whole cloves of roasted garlic (Remove cloves from bulb but leave in…

Picnic Ideas: Kid-Friendly Fete

Kids will love these yummy and easy-to-make goodies.

Tropical Fruit Kabobs PB and J Cupcakes Mac and Cheese Pasta Salad Local Additions: Yacht Club sodas   Tropical Fruit Kabobs Serves 8−10 1 pint strawberries 1 pint blueberries 1 pineapple 1 mango 2–3 kiwi  Bamboo skewers A range of fruits give kabobs a mix of colors. Use small cookie cutters (simple shapes like stars and hearts work best) to…

Review: Hang Ten at Chair Five

The Narragansett eatery is all about the view.

1208 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 363-9820, dinechair5.com. Open Mon.–Fri. for lunch; dinner nightly. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Valet and parking lot. Cuisine New England seashore meets Asia. Capacity Fifty. Vibe Surf bunnies whose parents are footing the bill. Prices Appetizers $5–$12; entrees $10–$28; dessert $7–$15. Karen’s picks Burgers and fries, dessert and the cocktail of your choosing. Key  Fair  Good  Very Good  Excellent Half-star   Creamy…

4 Dog-Friendly Restaurants for Summer Dining

Keep your pooch by your side at these spots.

Rhode Island’s dog lovers rejoiced when a bill passed in the House of Representatives to permit furry friends in outdoor areas at restaurants. The bill allows restaurant owners to determine the size and location of dog-friendly areas, as long as they clue patrons in on the fun. There are only a few ruff rules: Clean up after your pup and…

5 Great Spots for Outdoor Dining in Rhode Island

Enjoy these al fresco experiences while the breezes are warm.

Charlestown Rathskeller 489 Old Coach Rd., Charlestown, 792-1000, thecharlestownrathskeller.com The vibe: This patio awaits in the deep woods, calling your name with live music down back, bonfires, cornhole and horseshoe games. Don’t forget your bug spray! Summer eats: Start with shucked oysters from the raw bar, then bite into a lobster roll, fish and chips or a fried flounder sandwich….

Newport Lobster Shack Connects Fishermen and Customers

The co-op allows them to sell their catch to the public.

There’s something about buying directly from a lobsterman. When you wander over to a fishing boat, it feels almost as if you landed the catch yourself. Down at Newport Lobster Shack on Long Wharf pier, you can purchase straight from the source during set business hours, rather than tracking down lobstermen at the end of a work day. The Newport…