Food and Drink

The Young & Unemployed

I came across one of the best headlines I’ve seen in awhile in the May issue of Boston magazine. The Vanity Fair-worthy one-liner? “Generation WTF.” For those un-text savvy few still out there, happily living under their rotary-phone rock, the editors explained further with an asterisk: (As in, “My time to join the real world had to come now? What….

Derby Dress

Reading Lisa’s mint julep post yesterday got me thinking about my own desire to make it to Churchill Downs for the Run for the Roses just once in my lifetime. It’s definitely at the top of my bucket list. I really can’t think of a better way to spend a May day than attending one of the most revered sporting…

Rhode Islanders Away From Home: Bivalve Edition

It probably won’t surprise you that there are 33 different varieties of oysters on the menu at the glamorously retro Oyster Bar in the equally glamorous Grand Central Station in New York City.Our waiter advises us that they serve 5,000 of these babies every day and they hail from such exotic locations as Long Island, Virginia and Prince Edward Island…

Rhode Island Runway

Rhode Island often gets the short end of the stick with it comes to cultural reputation; neither our dining or shopping scenes get many props nationally, or even locally, especially when compared to powerhouses like New York and Los Angeles (although performing arts-wise, we are pretty awesome). So it might come as a surprise to some to discover that our…

French Twist

A creative couple throws an outdoor dinner party at their College Hill home that’s high on drama and feels an ocean away.

THE FIRST HINT that this wasn’t going to be a garden-variety garden party came early on. The hosts, Audrey and Tom Monahan—outside-the-box types at heart (he ran an ad agency for years and is now director of SPEC advertising portfolio school at Johnson & Wales; she’s a former dancer and choreographer; they’re both avid antiques collectors)—were talking logistics.Surveying their just-completed…

All This for Fifty Cents

Well, it’s not the dreamiest weather for Dunkin Donuts’  50-cent Iced Coffee Day, but don’t let that stop you! A nickel of your purchase goes to a fantastic cause, Homes for Our Troops, plus it’s fun to get stuff cheap. (As Courtney here says, there’s something about a bargain that makes you feel like you’re beating the system, really sticking…

Breakfast in Warren Served Sunnyside Up

East Bayers were collectively disappointed when Three Rivers, the breakfast and lunch hot spot on Water Street in Warren, closed its doors late last year. Where else were they going to go for unique breakfast offerings and beautiful waterfront vistas? Plans to re-open the restaurant in another location have since been halted and the former chef is now lending his…

Rhode Island’s Twitterati

It’s pretty clear by now that all the nation — celebs, politicos, the media, even people we wish would keep a little more to themselves — is a-Twitter. But what about Rhode Island? Have we jumped on the here’s-what-I’m-doing-this-very-second bandwagon, or are we the wall flowers of the web world?The answer is overwhelmingly B. In an exhaustive search (okay, I…

Shop Like an Heiress

Tobacco heiress Doris Duke was known for many things –– her pet camels that were said to roam the grounds of her Newport mansion, her tireless philanthropic work –– but perhaps one of her most lasting legacies is that of clotheshorse. The Newport Restoration Foundation –– the organization that now owns Rough Point, Duke’s Newport home –– strives to keep…

And so this is happy hour…

But there’s no two-drinks-for-the-price-of-one in Rhode Island (blame RI General Law 3-7-26 –– they really need to listen to Ted Hawkins up on Capitol Hill). But that doesn’t mean bars and restaurants won’t sweeten the deal to lure customers unwinding after work. It’s just that here, they have to offer discounts on food, not booze, to get people in. Call…