Food and Drink

Miss you Mex

It’s Monday, which is always, always the day that I think I’d like to get a lunchtime huarache from the little Mexican take-out place tucked improbably in a parking lot near where I work. (A huarache is a long, oval shaped cornmeal flatbread topped with yummy stuff like refried beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese and cilantro. It’s sort of the made-to-order…

Tell Us Your Story

A few weeks back, I heard a really interesting interview with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on NPR. I didn’t catch all of it, but the mayor was trying to predict the future of the city’s financial industry. With Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns out of biz and headline (and wallet) grabbing crooks like Bernie Madoff behind bars, how could…

Rhode Trips: Playing Tourist at Home

While immersed in research for Rhode Trips — our soon-to-be-published mini magazine/ travel guide for locals produced in conjunction with the Rhode Island Tourism Division — I was shocked to discover just how many things I (a *native* Rhode Islander) have not yet seen, done, eaten or otherwise experienced in our rather impressive little state. Having grown up in Warren,…

Spring Fashion – Hope You Liked the Eighties

This season, spring fashion is a mixed bag. Open up any magazine, and you’ll spot everything from African tribal accents to sixties mod dresses to seventies jumpsuits. But probably one of the most prominent influences this spring is the eighties, that dreaded era of fashion misses. It’s beyond me why anyone would want to resurrect a time when big shoulder…

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…