Food and Drink

How Good Are You With Money?

They say your wallet is a good indicator of your relationship with money. Mine is a disappointing display: a green pouch crammed with bills, receipts, stamps, credit cards, a license, Badger balm (best lip stuff ever), lint and pennies–oh sweet beezus, the pennies. Everything gets stuffed in there and ignored until I need to pay for something, which sums up…

It's Apple-Picking Time!

Today’s one of the first days that the air really has that fallish bite. It’s about time. I know I’ve written about my love of fall before, but today’s weather is really getting me in that autumn state of mind. To me, there is no better way to shepherd in the start of the season than with a trip to…

Trend Watch: Burger Mania

It used to be safe to assume that BYOB meant bring your own booze. These days the acronym is just as likely to mean build-your-own burger.The gourmet burger trend first arrived locally about a year ago, when Todd Rizzo (of Rizzo Ford fame) left the car business to open Ozzi’s Steakburger in Warwick. At Ozzi’s (a Best of Rhode Island…

The September Issue in RI

I first heard about The September Issue almost two years ago when the fashion blogs were reporting that a documentary filmmaker had gained an all-access pass to the hallowed offices of Vogue magazine. Anna Wintour, the fashion magazine’s elusive editrix, reportedly said no at first and then, to the glee of fashion fiends the world over, relented. I’ve been waiting in anticipation…

We're Not Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

There are great white sharks in my hometown of Chatham, Mass. This is making international headlines, and also drawing crowds of fall tourists to the lighthouse parking lot, where people are lining up in the hopes of catching sight of a dorsal fin cutting through the waves. The first I heard of the sharks was a few years ago, having…

Queen of one September night

Last week, I was lucky enough to see a night-blooming cereus. I’d never heard of this desert blooming cactus before, but it has an undeniable romance. The plant had only one bud, which opens into a big, ornate, white and lavishly scented flower for one night only. It’s also called the Queen of the Desert. My neighbors, who have old-fashioned…

Taking the RI/Fla connection too far

Apparently the aquatic mammal world hasn’t heard that this is the time of year Rhode Islanders starting thinking about heading to Florida. Not vice versa. A haplessly white, defenseless, and warm-water loving manatee is currently hanging out in local waters, warns the state Department of Environmental Management. Maybe it’s the clear chowda. In any case, if it doesn’t head south…

New Bedford, Rhode Island

Check out this letter on SouthCoastToday.com.Kind of sweet, really. Especially coming from New Bedford, which manages every year to win "Best of Cape Cod" or "Best of Rhode Island" accolades*, even though it isn’t on Cape Cod or in Rhode Island. You can’t blame everyone for fawning over downtown New Bedford, with its cobblestoned streets and boutiques and eateries and…

The Tent

There’s nothing like a Rhode Island accent in surround sound. I only know this because in the last few years a slew of films documenting local phenomena have opened in art houses and cineplexes alike. Two personal faves are "You Must Be This Tall: The Story of Rocky Point" and "Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Notorious Mayor." And I’m still…