Culture

Mockamole

It’s cold, pouring and the you-know-what is making us turn on each other.  But it’s Cinco de Mayo! And this means guacamole.This morning, I celebrated by scouting around for a good recipe. I should explain that I have a fascination with recipes in which a key ingredient masquerades as something else. Mashed potatoes that are really whipped cauliflower, chocolate cake…

Dirt under my nails

If, like me, you’ve been seized by the desire to grow veggies this year (or, in my case, fruit – I think I’d be happy with nothing but tomatoes) then it’s time to start planning for this weekend’s big event. No, not Mother’s Day, although that’s nice too. Looming large the day before is the URI Spring Festival down at…

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…

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,…

Chicken Soup for the Rhode Island Soul

Every morning, I get a string of local news alerts in my inbox, and this morning they apparently were lifted straight from a David Foster Wallace novel: heartbreak hotels (look at that poor guy, cursing the heavens), death of a local porn legend, fears of gang violence at a supermarket carnival, dogs shunned, and Maine lobster populations gone berserk. In…

Now that the sugar buzz is fading

It’s time to tackle taxes. Tax deadline is Wednesday, and there will be no extended hours for dropping off taxes at any post offices this year (9 p.m. is the latest any are open). If, like me, you require much more than a few hours to complete any kind of form that involves lots of figures, that means getting started…

Roller Girls

Hey, Providence Roller Derby starts up tomorrow night, easily one of the coolest things about the city. I haven’t been to a bout yet, but this is my year. I’m intrigued, if only because roller skating scared. me. to. death. as a little kid. (I did like the plastic roller skates with wheels that didn’t actually roll—you just strapped them…