Culture

The Miraculous Homemade Seltzer

I’ve become kind of obsessed with these seltzer-water gadgets.I’m really late to the bandwagon on these, which have been out in the world for years. I just saw one for the first time two weeks ago at my friend Jen’s house when she offered me sparkling water and proceeded to make it. I don’t think I would have been as…

Shooting Star

This is the last week for Trinity Rep’s current production, a short, two-person play clumsily titled Shooting Star. Don’t hold the name against it. If you’re at all interested in theater – even if you’re not –  this is the one to see. It’s the kind of production that proves the whole point of theater – that a good play,…

(Farmers') Market Watch

The Wintertime Farmers’ Market in Pawtucket started last weekend. I didn’t make it over there –– did you? –– but I plan on stopping by this weekend. According to the website, apples, squash, greens and root vegetables are all ripe for the picking, along with the usual locally made cheeses, eggs, maple syrup and baked goods. And with Thanksgiving just…

Still Spooky

I know Halloween’s over, but I didn’t get a single trick or treater, so I feel cheated. And while I was walking around downtown Providence Saturday night, I saw a group of people clustered around an old building on Benefit Street who looked like they were having a fun time. I asked around, and i guess they were doing this….

To Market (Finally)

Lately, Warren has been going through a bit of a rough patch in the food department — we’re talking markets and restaurants. I know, I live there, and I’ve had to rely way too heavily on gas station marts for quick sustenance (this is a problem because I can’t walk past a package of Skittles). First, India closed up shop….

Primetime With a RI Twist

I was flipping through channels the other night when a scene on the Discovery Channel caught my eye. It looked awfully familiar, and I realized I wasn’t imagining things: I had stumbled across “Lobstermen,” a new documentary-style show in the same vein as “Deadliest Catch” with (almost) as much drama. But making this show even more intriguing than the one…

Drop And Give Me Ten

I’ve been working on a short weight loss piece for our (post-holiday-binge) January issue that centers around all things self improvement. While weight loss issues obviously come in all shapes and sizes, I’m most interested in shedding that dreaded last ten (or perhaps fifteen) pounds. To guide our readers through the process, I’ve enlisted the help of Dr. Vincent Pera;…

Let's Shabu

I’ve been hearing about a  new Japanese restaurant that’s near my new work digs and serves hot pot, and serendipitously, it’s where Connect Providence is meeting this month. Prescription for fun! On a Wednesday night, no less.Ebisu is the name of the restaurant, at 38 Pontiac Ave in South Providence near the Cranston line. It’s the brainchild of three former…

Bread Winner

Most chefs have a few trade secrets they’ll never share. Not breadmaker and Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts International Baking and Pastry Institute head Ciril Hitz. "I’d rather pass on to someone else to turn it into a gold mine," he jokes. "My area of expertise is teaching. If I can bake it you can bake it." Hitz’s…

One last look at the dating trenches

The last installment of quotes from real singles about what it’s like to be out there, in Rhode Island, dating. From an early 30s female doctor: In the 30 to 40 age group, most people are having kids. From a 50-year-old divorcee: I really don’t know where to go to meet people. I have a lot of friends in the…