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Our July issue is out with a guide to summer in Rhode Island as the cover story, which, you know, seemed reasonable back when we were planning it, because usually by July it IS summer. Be that as it may, here’s a web-exclusive tie in. (That’s a nice way of saying some info that didn’t make the cut for the…

Please take our Love in RI survey!

It takes about 5 minutes and we’ll be forever grateful. We’re trying to assemble as much information as we can about love and dating in Rhode Island so we can distill it and finally get some dates ourselves, I mean pass all our collective wisdom back to you. So it’s in your own best interest, really. And don’t worry, it’s…

It's summer!

… obviously. That’s why it’s still pouring rain outside. Apparently New England has lost the "New" and become just like the country I grew up in. Which, quite frankly, is not why I moved here. Well, at least there’s hot soup. I tried the Mexican soup menudo for the first time last week, and while I was too chicken to…

Float Your Boat

Bummed about the endless rain we’ve been getting? Try some sweet relief in the form of a free root beer float.In honor of the chain’s 90th birthday, today from 2 to 8 p.m., Rhode Island residents can grab a free small float (served frosty cold and straight from the tap) at the Smithfield A&W restaurant located at 460 Putnam Pike. The only A&W in…

Lunch at the Flats

I’ve always been a fan of Tortilla Flats. It’s the perfect neighborhood hangout — great crowd, super laid back vibe, drink prices even a starving artist can swallow. When I lived on the East Side, I found myself perched on a stool there maybe once a week (with friends, of course). I went through a Pacifico phase, followed by a…

The DOT Wishes Us Luck

Maybe I haven’t lived in Rhode Island long enough, but I’ve never heard a state actually introduce its new highway ramp by calling it a total fiasco. Excerpts from the story in today’s Projo, talking about the newest phase of the $610 million, 195-rerouting project:“I can’t sugar-coat this,” Transportation Director Michael Lewis said. “Westbound traffic will actually get worse.”DOT officials…

Vintage Shopping 101

Whether fashion is a true passion of yours and you just can’t get enough (as it is for me), or the thought of shopping for clothes truly terrifies you, the “In Style” continuing education classes at RISD satisfy all. The school that churned out such design talent as Nicole Miller and puts on a Bryant Park-worthy runway show of senior…

"I'd Love to Meet Someone, I Just Don't Want to Meet Them"

Lately, we’ve been talking with local matchmakers, dating services and daters to see what on earth is really going on with the Rhode Island singles scene, home to what Forbes hailed in 2007 as the Worst City for Singles in the United States of America, only to also name it as one of last year’s best. (Um, helpful. Thanks, Forbes.)What…

The House on the Rocks

As part of a story I’m working on for the magazine, I spent a good chunk of last weekend out at Clingstone. The huge house — which got its name because it quite literally clings to an outcropping in Newport Harbor — is legendary. Boaters gawk, tourists marvel, and everybody wants an invite. My story won’t be out until next…