Rhode Island Monthly - Rhode Island Monthly February 2014

 

BYOB: 22 places for good food, booze sans the big check

The Drinks Are On You! We love going out to eat but then we get the check and — yikes — half of it is for the liquor. That’s why we like places that are BYOB. We can satisfy our craving for good food without going broke.

Flan y Ajo 225a Westminster St., Providence, 432-6656, flanyajo.com The Menu: Tortilla Espanola and gambas al ajillo are straight out of Spain, but these tapas artistas also know what to do with local seafood. Start off with Catalan pa amb tomaquet (bread rubbed with tomato and olive oil), chorizo and some pintxos — small bites served with a sliced baguette — then share as…

The Beauty Mavens

Local salon and spa professionals tell us what’s best for beauty and relaxation.

Rhode Island winters mean bitterly cold temps, howling winds and, of course, snow. Between backbreaking shoveling and ice skating along the highway during the morning commute, you deserve a reprieve. A trip to the spa or salon can be just that, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time than now to schedule an appointment. We…

Succotash: Frickles, DIY Cocktails, Brunch With a Southern Accent

This Jewelry District outpost cooks up Southern dishes as they were meant to be; decadent, delicious and over the top.

Succotash 373 Richmond St., Providence, 228-7222, succotashri.com. Open daily for morning meals, Mon.–Sat. for dinner. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Street parking. Cuisine Backyard Southern picnic. Capacity Seventy-five. Vibe As if Southern Living had redecorated a garage. Prices Breakfast $4–$14; appetizers $4–$8; entrees $9–$21; dessert $7. Karen’s picks Breakfast food, frickles, bbq shrimp, chicken and waffles, sweet tea ribs and a…

At Home: Cottage Industry

Heading North Let’s backtrack: Several years ago, artist Allison Paschke and her husband, computer engineer John Danskin, traded in their large, responsibility-laden house and garden for urban living. With the help of the Providence architecture firm 3six0, the couple transformed a Jewelry District loft into two nests: one for her, one for him (more on that later). It was a…

School for Supernovas

A new charter school gives pregnant, parenting and other at-risk students a shot at a high school diploma.

Kayla Rivera rummages through a pink butterfly folder, eyebrows furrowed, in search of her science homework. “I did it, I swear,” she tells Alissa Becker, her teacher. A few sheets of paper fly loose and land in Kayla’s lap, but one stands out from the rest with a torn and dimpled corner. “Look, miss, my daughter ate my homework,” Kayla…

Concrete Consequences

When will we stop paving paradise?

Everyone who lives here in Rhode Island knows what happens when it rains: Giant plumes of water leap across your path on Route 95, kicked up by every car and truck zooming past. On secondary roads, puddles stretch curb to curb, deep enough to scare you down to a crawl. When you reach a parking spot, daunting lakes sprawl between…

Letters

Political Wreathing Congratulations! I didn’t think I could be more disappointed in a December magazine cover than I was last year. But, by GOD, you outdid yourselves. This December cover is unbelievable. Did it ever occur to anyone that a wreath on a door could be politically correct? This is the last time that I renew my subscription. MaryAnn Weitz…

Ice Time

The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center in Kennedy Plaza sees plenty of spins, jumps and figure-eights, but each year it also boasts a few bended knees. “Guys contact us ahead of time to arrange a little private ice time. They have their game plan set, and we just give them a hand with it,” says general…

The Dean Hotel

The Dean has passed the test. The fifty-two-room boutique hotel in downtown Providence clinched press from The New York Times and Wallpaper magazine for turning a former brothel into the epitome of chic. The historic 1912 building began as a rescue mission for the Episcopal Diocese, but in the 1960s turned into a transient hotel and strip club called the…

From The Publisher

’Tis the season of resolutions (as opposed to the jolly one rapidly vanishing as time marches on). Many folks with good intentions make them — whether they be health-, heart- or mind-focused — and then life sometimes gets in the way. At the gym in January it seems as if the crowds have doubled. Many in their newly gifted workout attire come in with…

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