saturday night vinyl…in Providence!

 

 

Providence!  A few days in Providence means some quality time with Kim, Jere and the Kitty Crew… along with a mini food tour and some snowy good times in the park! This time we tried a few new ( to me ) places… Ogie’s Trailer Park has super fun vintage decor that is a throwback to the 1950’s space age style.  The food situation is an order at the window and they bring it to your table while the drinks come directly from the bar.  The menu is a selection of grilled cheeses along with Tater Tots. Yep. Tots.  It’s pretty straight forward but it is all done well and worth adding to the Kim, Kara and Kerry Providence Food Tour list. Hmmm… maybe that should be a post that gets updated now and then… we’ll get back to that one.  Before the blizzard set in we ran a few errands and stopped at Olga’s Cup & Saucer for brunch.  The donuts!  I know it’s a thing now but they were really good!  Service was great and the food was delish! We’ll be back for sure.  We rounded out the weekend cooking at home while the snow fell outside.  It was Saturday night so of course there was some vinyl on the record player… this time we went with Sinatra to go along with the Italian feast we prepared.  Of course there was frolicking in the snow to follow!

 

old haunts.

Day Two in Boston we ventured up to the North Shore and made a stop in Salem, MA…infamous for witches and my hometown.  It was fun to take Mel around where I had grown up and I learned something new – she is fascinated with the spirit world and was totally into stopping by Pyramid Books for a card reading with Doug.  Of course we followed that up with a round of oysters and lunch at Sea Level to discuss what the cards had held for us…. wouldn’t you like to know lol.

We headed back to town in time to grab a quick cocktail with an industry friend, event planner Tammy Golson, for a catch up and then off to Fenway for the second night of Dead & Co which was a rocking evening and I think my favorite show of the ones I have seen… the energy was electric and the ballpark was packed.

Next door to Fenway is the old Howard Johnson’s now called The Verb after undergoing a sweet reno, we landed here post show for a bite to eat and nightcap before heading back to crash.  Stellar service and really delicious late night menu…totally a hit!  Thank you Hojoko!!

When we got off the elevator there was a bridesmaid’s boquet randomly tossed aside and laying on the floor… it was a funny end to a great weekend for two event professionals who are usually the ones making sure every detail of someone’s big day is attended to… we stepped over the floral and kept on truckin’ … until next time!

 

pvd.

Road trip weekend continued with M up the coast to Providence…we were on a mission to eat a delicious lunch at the Grange, a spot I had taken her to last fall and we have wanted to return.  I am not a vegetarian but many of my dearest friends are and although I enjoy a delicious steak now and then I equally dig eating clean and healthy…this is easy in a town like Providence where the vegetarian options are not only plentiful but incredibly satisfying to the point most carnivores wouldn’t even miss the meat!  As we bookended our drive up and back the coast with stops in pvd for lunch both ways this post is a Quade’s Fave of Vegetarian fare in Rhody.

The Grange – excellent for lunch, brunch and dinner…mocktails as well as cocktails if you are up for imbibing.  this time around i went for breakfast with the egg over rice option however the oyster mushroom po’boy is not to be missed

Garden Grille – there is not a wrong move when it comes to this menu.  i tend to be a create of habit if i find something i like at a restaurant i go to often…for being a non resident of rhody i do frequent this spot just about every time i pass through.  the butternut squash quesidilla, the reggie’s raw heaven, the korean bbQ sietan… seriously people….just go!

and then head next door… Wildflour Bakery is the perfect stop before getting back on the road to pick up a coffee and sweet treat for when the driving gets boring and you’ve sung your heart out and listened to all of the podcasts in your queue.  best vegan baked goods this side of well, hell anywhere I’ve been…

There are other PVD faves that didn’t make it on this trip but they will get an honorable mention here: Julian’s / Seven Stars Bakery / The Elmwood Diner / The West Side Diner

Now get out there and eat your way through this little state that is jam packed with goodness!  Have a favorite spot I should try?

images: The Grange 

mystic.

Road Trippin’ with M. our first stop is Mystic, CT.  Always traffic and a hairy storm shooed us out of NYC and we arrived just in time for our reservation and a scrumptious meal at The Oyster Club.  This is a must stop and dine moment if you find yourself in the area.  We started with local oysters of course and shared several plates from a farm & sea to table daily rotating menu. Although we didn’t actually eat any pizza we did take a stroll through town the next morning before heading out… next stop: providence and lunch!