Jamie Coelho

Wheeling and Dealing – Food Trucks

Food trucks are gaining more and more popularity in Rhode Island, and while Providence embraces them, there’s an escalating rivalry among some restaurants and trucks, and sometimes even the trucks themselves.

The clock ticks to noon on a late summer Thursday, and six food trucks are lined up in front of Burnside Park across from Kennedy Plaza. Orange, red, yellow and white vehicles are tricked out with kitchens, walk-up windows and modern logos. They serve everything from L.A.-style tacos and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to French and Korean cuisine. The sleekest…

The Making of a Fashion Mogul

StyleWeek Northeast’s Rosanna Ortiz Sinel rocks Providence with runway shows from hot emerging designers, but her dream is to take it national.

It’s StyleWeek PR’s first ever Buyer Collective. Rosanna Ortiz Sinel is front and center in the chic Bullfinch Hotel lounge in Boston on a warm evening in April. She’s surrounded by designers, retail buyers, press and friends. Even though it’s 6 p.m. on a weekday, everyone’s dressed to kill. Cocktail dresses. Four-inch heels. Hair expertly coiffed. For the men, trendy…

"The X Factor" Live Audience Experience

What it was like to be a part of last night’s live taping of "The X Factor" at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Yesterday Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid brought Hollywood to Providence. "The X Factor" reality television talent show is in town, and there are still some free tickets floating around (or, add your name to the wait list) to sit in the live studio audience today at 1 p.m., tonight at 5:45 p.m. or Friday at 1…

Monster Jam Rolls into Providence

Monster trucks are tearing up the dirt pit at Providence's Dunkin' Donuts Center this weekend.

Monster Trucks roared into Providence's Dunkin' Donuts Center this weekend for Monster Jam for four shows, including one on Friday night, two on Saturday and another sold-out show on Sunday. The pit party allowed guests to get up close and personal with the drivers of the massive trucks, including favorites like Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Crushstation, Backdraft, Hurricane Force, Thrasher,…

The Ultimate Guide to Unconditional Love

From pawticures and puppy birthday parties to customized collars and mobile vets, there are countless ways to pamper our pets. Plus, we have the top vets in our area as voted by their peers.

Baby Steps Bringing a new baby home or to the grandparents’ house for the first time may be new to you, but it’s also an adjustment for pets. “Sometimes new parents don’t prepare animals for when the baby comes, but there are a lot of things you can do to plan and think it through,” says Linda Hilliard, a certified…

'Festen' Fascinates

Nothing will be the same for a Danish family when a long-hidden secret is revealed.

Family dinners around the holidays can sometimes be a little touchy, but they’re nothing compared to the drama of Festen, an adaptation of a Danish film that’s now playing at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket. The gripping production centers around the celebration of the sixtieth birthday of Helge, the father of a modern Danish family. As his adult children…

Oh, Mussel Tree! Oh, Mussel Tree!

Rhode Island retired schoolteacher Dale Munsill hand collects mussel shells to create these beautiful Christmas trees.

Dale Munsill was walking along the beach one day when she picked up a mussel shell. The retired Charlestown schoolteacher thought to herself that it had a similar triangular shape to a pinecone. “I thought, why not make a tree out of it?” she says. “I’ve been making things my whole life.” She began collecting mussel shells, first Prince Edward…

True Prep Interview with Preppy Handbook Author Lisa Birnbach

Author Lisa Birnbach talks about The Official Preppy Handbook's updated companion, True Prep, which just came out on paperback last week.

Lisa Birnbach, author of the popular 1980’s prepster manual The Official Preppy Handbook (used copies sell for $249 on Amazon.com) is celebrating the paperback release of its updated companion True Prep ($12.95). She visited Providence last week for an appearance and reading at the Brown Bookstore. I sat down with the Brown University graduate to find out about the new…

Occupy Providence Here to Stay?

If the City of Providence evicts Occupy Providence from Burnside Park, what would happen next?

Note: This blog entry was updated from a previous version. Occupy Providence protesters assembled in Burnside Park yesterday at 3 p.m. and then marched to City Hall to have their voices heard. The City of Providence may opt to take legal action against those who have taken up residence in Burnside Park, but no action has been taken so far….

Creative Costumes for a Cause at the Runway Earth Fashion Show

Rhode Island artists and designers created Halloween costumes out of recycled and reused materials that will be auctioned off Oct. 27 at The Roots Café to benefit Groundwork Providence.

Last year, my husband created a homemade Halloween costume that he thought would be the most creative anyone had ever seen. He bought a yellow hardhat with a light attached to the top. He found a pair of old jeans and a red T-shirt and he took them outside and drove over them with his Ford Escape. He burned coal…