ridaily blog - ridaily April 2009

 

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…

Drink Like You’re at Churchill Downs

At the Kentucky Derby (held this Saturday), horses and bourbon go together like love and marriage. The official drink of the race — the beloved mint julep — has been sating race watchers for the better part of a century. And for a genteel set, they know how to throw ‘em back — the Derby website boasts they go through…

Rhode Islanders Away From Home; Today Show Edition

Those of us who’ve ever tried on a pile of potential new duds in a store only to discover a) our underwear is disintegrating and b) the lighting makes us look like space aliens, will appreciate "You’d Be So Pretty If…," the new book about women’s body image by Rhode Island Monthly contributor Dara Chadwick, published by Da Capo Lifelong…

Good Stuff from the Sidelines

So, the weather couldn’t have been nicer on Saturday for the Special Olympics Southern Area Games in Warwick. I only caught the track events, but here are some highlights:1) In the 100-meter dash, a kid about seven or eight years old, with Buddy Holly glasses and colt legs, stepped up to the start line and crouched low. You could tell…

Hot weather, Southern food

Connect Providence, the same group that brought us the I HEART PROVIDENCE movie, is holding its April meeting at Mamie Ellen’s Southern Vittles in South Providence on Wednesday, April 29, from 6-8 p.m. Mamie Ellen’s, which opened last fall, is named after Elliott Butcher’s North Carolina-raised mother. When he’s not busy coaching the boys of Moses Brown to basketball championships…

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…

Andrew Losowsky Breaks It to Us Gently

The very engaging Andrew Losowsky is out and about promoting his new book* over the next few weeks, but he’ll be stopping by the Providence Athenaeum on Friday night to give “an over-excited presentation” about the future of books, libraries and storytelling. If you’ve ever been seduced by the Athenaeum—it’s easy to lose half an afternoon browsing inside that old,…

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…

New Store Alert!

We’re always thrilled when a new store is about to fling open its doors. But lately we’ve had such a retail drought that this news makes us literally giddy with anticipation. The source of our excitement? Sue Casa on State Street in Bristol, a fabulous new home décor and furnishings shop run by the owners of Striper Moon. Slated to…

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