Food and Drink

The House on the Rocks

As part of a story I’m working on for the magazine, I spent a good chunk of last weekend out at Clingstone. The huge house — which got its name because it quite literally clings to an outcropping in Newport Harbor — is legendary. Boaters gawk, tourists marvel, and everybody wants an invite. My story won’t be out until next…

Mojito Mojo

Today’s pop question is: which city in Florida is closer to Havana than it is to Miami? The answer is…drum roll, please… Key West, a colorful, artsy outpost of 30,000 dangling at the end of the Keys, just ninety miles from Cuba. No surprise then, that there’s a sizable ex-pat Cuban population here, and one of its tastiest outposts is…

RI-Made Jewelry Coveted by Hollywood Starlets

You may have seen a stack of their signature expandable bangles on the likes of super starlets such as Jessica Simpson or Miley Cyrus, spotted their earrings in one of your favorite fashion mags (including last month’s Lucky) or seen the jewelry getting props on the blogs. But you probably didn’t know that the increasingly popular Alex and Ani jewelry…

"The Apprentice" in RI

If you’re in Kennedy Plaza or De Pasquale Square this week and see someone decked out in NYLO gear trying desperately to get your attention, show them a little compassion. They’re likely in the midst of their latest “The Apprentice”-style challenge to score a sales job at the Warwick hotel.The six-day competition kicked off Saturday with twenty applicants. By the…

Feeding the Hungry (Hopefully)

Last week I attended an inspiring community meeting in Providence. The aim? To end childhood hunger. Though certainly no easy feat, the folks at Share Our Strength have a pretty good national track record, and now they’re looking to expand their reach to Rhode Island by bringing their Operation Frontline program to the state*. So far Operation Frontline — a…

Excuse Me, Who Are You and Why Do We All Love You So Much?

So, after Lisa posted about last week’s Tweet-Up at Providence Piers, Cheryl Phillips, a.k.a. TheDailyBlonde, wrote in to praise the event and playfully mentioned that Ashton Kutcher now follows her on Twitter (he sought her out after she criticized his recent Twitter publicity-no-wait-it’s-for-charity stunt). Nice: One minute, a Rhode Island mother of five starts blogging about everyday life after a…

Valentino On-Screen

If you’re into fashion –– and even if you’re not –– you must get down to the Jane Pickens in Newport tonight to see Valentino: The Last Emperor. It’s the last night the documentary is playing. I saw it last week and, trust me, you’ll love it. Producer and director Matt Tyrnauer managed to capture an ultra-insidery view of the…

GQ Hearts Providence Pizza

Finally the world knows what we at RIM have known all along: Providence produces some damn good pizza. Well, to be fair, the world has known about the to-die-for free-form grilled pies coming out of Al Forno’s kitchen for decades, but now another smaller star is getting it’s doughy due: Bob & Timmy’s, a twenty-five seater just off Atwells with…