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The Dish: Borealis Coffee Brews Up Coffee Culture

Alaska-native Brian Dwiggins roasts beans inside a friendly neighborhood cafe in Riverside.

Brian Dwiggins moves behind the coffee counter. He is tall, dons a gray beanie and a salt-and-pepper beard, and a tattoo snakes its way down his right arm. Dwiggins is the owner of Borealis Coffee in Riverside, one of the newest additions to Rhode Island’s burgeoning coffee scene. His journey to roasting, grinding, selling and brewing coffee in Rhode Island…

Steelers Versus Patriots: A Wager

Pittsburgh Magazine and Rhode Island Monthly are betting the odds against each other, and one writer with a past in the Steel City finds it a tough call.

Steelers versus Patriots: For some reason, the idea of yellow and black clashing with red, white and blue pitches seemingly sane people into a furor worthy of Nordic berserkers. For many of us Rhode Islanders, the choice is simple. The New England Patriots aren’t just Boston’s team, so many of us bleed with 'patriotic' fervor, worship the church of Belichick…

Garden City's Past and Present

The sleek Cranston suburb has a gritty history.

When I think of Garden City in Cranston, I don’t think of acres of farmland or a coal mine belching soot into the air. Yet, they are as integral a part of this neighborhood’s identity as Italian food, upscale shopping and freshly lacquered fingernails. To find out more about what I had always thought of as pure suburbia, I drive…

The Dish: Brown Grads Blend Vietnamese Gac Fruit into X.O.I. Juices

Brown University graduates Myron Lam and Linh Tran are introducing a lesser known superfruit to global markets.

Brown University graduates Myron Lam and Linh Tran had no idea that they’d be making juice after graduation. Their interest in social entrepreneurship and economics took them to the highlands of Vietnam, where they were introduced to Vietnamese gac fruit juice, and later came up with an idea for a new product: X.O.I. "In Vietnam, the gac fruit is used…

The Dish: Meals Made Easy

Three local solutions for healthy dinners at home, including meal pickup and delivery services.

As school is in full swing, and busy family and work lives don’t leave much time for cooking, you might find yourself reaching for grease-stained takeout menus. But there are other options for easy, healthy meals at home in the form of pickup dinners and meal delivery services. Here are three alternative solutions to “What’s for dinner?”   For the…

Five Wines to Try at Newport Vineyards

We taste five brilliant wines at Newport Vineyards— and you should too!

  It feels like only yesterday that our Wine Lover’s Getaways issue was on newsstands (is it just us, or did October fly!?). But it certainly doesn’t mean it’s too late to hit up a vineyard, so that’s what we did this past weekend to much success. Newport Vineyards is like a slice of Napa Valley was taken and airlifted…

A Taste of Syria in Cranston

We chatted about "They've All Come to Look for America," a story on recently resettled Syrians from our October issue, over Syrian cuisine at Mosaic.

Rhode Island Monthly associate editor Casey Nilsson’s recently released story, "They’ve All Come to Look for America," shows the fear, change and hope experienced by recent Syrian refugee families in Rhode Island.  Nilsson sat down with me over Syrian food at the newly opened restaurant Mosaic, in Cranston, to talk a bit about what it was like writing it. The…

The Hard-Pressed Cider Company Crafts a Taste of Fall

The hunt for the perfect cider doughnut led us to an unexpected corner of Jamestown.

I am a bit of a cider doughnut freak. One of my fondest memories as a child was going to Wilson’s Farm in Lexington, Massachusetts. Waxy pumpkins ballooned high over my three-year-old self, but the true attraction was always tucked under a tent with a massive line of people winding underneath: cider doughnuts. Each bite of freshly fried doughnut was…

Five Things We Learned from Oktoberfest Providence

The scoop on flannel season, the best German brews, pretzel necklaces and the inevitable beer brain.

Oktoberfest is a celebration of many things: the coming of fall, lederhosen, bratwurst, dancing and, the main attraction, beer. Here in Providence, we have our own rendition of this famous German day of drunken revelry and we thought it would be fun to see just what goes down. So, without further ado, here are five things we learned at this…

Horsing Around with PVD's Mounted Command

We got up close and personal with the force's newest equine employees — and the human partners who love them.

It’s a soggy day at Roger Williams Park. Rain drips off a large barn that sits across the street from the botanical gardens, puddles forming on the warm asphalt below. The barn and adjacent stable and corrals are home to the Providence Mounted Command Unit, with the stars of the unit quickly making their presence known with the clop of…