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Bliss Natural Grocer & Cafe

Lisel Woods, co-owner (with Alex Hart Nibbrig) of Newport’s Bliss Natural Grocer & Cafe, concedes that just maybe she should have put cafe before grocer for top billing. Undoubtedly, it’s the prepared foods that draw the summer crowds to this small corner eatery. The counter is crammed with flaky ham and cheese twists and breakfast calzones whose insides have oozed…

An Ordinary Guy

Anyone traveling down Woonsocket’s Arnold Street in the afternoon or evening will likely see a few hard-looking women making eye contact with passersby, each hoping a lonely guy will stop to help her collect the freight for one more toke on the pipe. Occasionally a deal is struck, and — seeming oblivious to the risk — a woman rides off…

From Down and Out to Up and Coming

Downcity Providence is poised to take off as the next urban revitalization success story. It’s been on the precipice for years, receiving steady infusions of hope here and there, but this time advocates say it’s really happening. “We’re on the cusp of something extraordinary,” says Mayor David Cicilline. City planners, developers and politicians have been diligently putting the puzzle together…

Julia & Me

Julia Child introduced the art of French cooking to Americans with her popular TV show, “The French Chef,” and her best selling cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. As her executive chef, Nancy Verde Barr worked behind the scenes, prepping for Child’s appearances on “Good Morning America” and “Late Night with David Letterman” as well as a monthly feature…

A Dollar and a Dream

A dollar and a dream Bruno Barata is pacing. A chubby but compact boy, Barata can’t seem to stand still. “If you get nervous,” says theater instructor Karen Carpenter, “just take a minute and reconnect with Willie.” Barata, thirteen, is auditioning to be part of the incoming fall 2006 freshman class at Pawtucket’s Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing…

How to Boil Water

Food, glorious food! With a world-class culinary university and a myriad of renowned restaurants, it’s no surprise that Rhode Island offers plenty of opportunities for those who want to sharpen their kitchen skills. Whether you’re just learning how to hold a chef’s knife or ready to master rolling sushi, there’s a class to teach you how. Schools, restaurants and private…

The Best Places to Live

The Classic Suburbanite Barrington It’s been called Borington, and that’s just fine with the residents of this perfect little suburb. This is the best place to live if you’re into the Scott’s five-step lawn fertilizer program, weekend barbecues and teaching your 2.4 children how to ride their bike on a freshly paved street. Crime is low, 100 percent of the…

Home Port

Fourteen lepers have one of the best views of Cape Cod. Their cemetery on Penikese Island overlooks Buzzard’s Bay, twelve miles off the Cape’s southern tip. The headstones are etched with lichen and barren of details: no mention of wives or husbands, children or parents, they float in the social order. The lepers were quarantined for life and quarantined in…