Friday, December 30, 2011

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Prentice-Tirocchi House, 514 Broadway, Providence
Prentice-Tirocchi House, 514 Broadway, Providence by 1W57thNY

Brown University, Hope College
"Brown University, Hope College by acanyc

Ocean House
Ocean House by Amy Martira Photography

Fire In the Sky
Fire In the Sky by BarbaraS2009

Shooters Nightclub Outside Providence R.I.
Shooters Nightclub Outside Providence R.I. by BlueisCoool

living statue
living statue by boliyou (I {heart} Rhody)

Heritage Tap
Heritage Tap by dadofliz

WaterFire/Gloria Gemma
WaterFire/Gloria Gemma by Dave Amadio Photography

Sunward by DeMars Photography

14 of 111
14 of 111 by doubleagent

colt memorial
colt memorial by dracisk 365/365

Barn by Dragonfly Island

IMG_6106 by E Godfrey

Pizzico, Hope Street
Pizzico, Hope Street by GoProvidenceRI

On a Reach
On a Reach by hbp_pix

Nick's on Broadway, Providence, RI
Nick's on Broadway, Providence, RI by italiangerry

Down by the seashore
Down by the seashore by jpsphoto

082911_121 by jwessel

fireworks73 577
fireworks73 577 by KBPic®

Avon by kobrienjewelry

Sunset in Watch Hill.
Sunset in Watch Hill. by kylenolin

Katia by markv20

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sights ~ Joy Homestead ~ Cranston

Joy Homestead
156 Scituate Ave.
Cranston, RI, 02921

Bear and I took a couple of her besties to the Holiday Open House at Joy Homestead earlier this month. We were all charmed by the place.

Joy Homestead entrance

Colonial man enters Joy Homestead

The girls were delighted to find a real fire going in the hearth (we could smell the woodsmoke as soon as we got out of the car), tended by a woman in period dress. A continental soldier and honored guest George Washington were also in attendance. General Washington was kind enough to pose with Flat Stanley for my nephew.

General Washington told us that he and his troops had marched up what is now Scituate Avenue and past the Joy Homestead with General Rochambeau and his French contingent in 1780. They ultimately arrived in Williamsburg, Va. in 1781.

Minuteman, lady and General Washington with Flat Stanley

The "keeping  room" and second floor above it were, according to our hosts, the oldest part of the house, built in the 1760's. Homestead founder Job Joy, his wife and their 11 children lived in the space. Job was a shoemaker, and traded his services with the other local artisans and farmers. The house may have been a good size, but the Joys weren't particularly wealthy and often fell on hard times, according to the Homestead's site.

Although the house was decked for the holidays, it's still easy to imagine how it must have been, crowded with 13 people. There are fireplaces at both ends of the room, so it was likely relatively warm in the winter.

Great room fireplace

Over time, the house had additions put on, including a parlor which now has dolls of General and Mrs. Washington on the mantel.

Back room fireplace

The parlor also boasted a small tree with some 18th century period-type toys. A local Boy Scout and our friend the continental soldier were very engrossed in those.

Playing with antique toys

Opening off the parlor was a small bedroom.


Another room, accessible from both the parlor and keeping room, called the "inner room" also had a fireplace. This is where the cookies and tea were served, and naturally was the girls' favorite spot.

The girls at the fireplace

We all loved our visit, and will certainly go back again. It's not only entertaining, but historically informative, too.

Friday, December 16, 2011

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Rhode Island Sunset
Rhode Island Sunset by Butch Osborne

Turk's Head, Providence, RI
Turk's Head, Providence, RI by caitsherly

Occupy Providence
Occupy Providence by chloe & ivan

Jamestown Harbor
Jamestown Harbor by dadofliz

The top of the"Superman Building" in Providence, RI
The top of the"Superman Building" in Providence, RI by Dave Amadio Photography

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dining ~ Temple Downtown ~ Providence

Temple Downtown
120 Francis St.
Providence, Rhode Island

update: We were sad to hear today from Peter Karpinski, co-founder and chief operating officer of The Sage Group, that "due to a change of ownership/management environment outside our control," Temple would close for business today, 12/27/12.

Bear and I were delighted to receive an invitation to a wine dinner at Temple Downtown. We joined about 14 other food bloggers and media for a special dinner to introduce the restaurant's new autumn menu.

We'd never been to Temple or the Renaissance before, so we were impressed with the decor, which opulent, with a nod to the building's original purpose, as a Masonic temple.

curved staircase

eye and candle wall
eye wall with candle niches

The evening started out in the lounge with Moet champagne, and passed hors d'oeuvres of wild mushroom and parsnip crostini and pan-roasted lobster and chervil crostini. Both were great, but the lobster and chervil were out of this world! Warm, subtle and delicately flavored. The champagne was excellent. I'm not much of a wine drinker, but I did enjoy it.

Squab, foie gras and seckel pears
The first course was seared squab with pan-roasted seckel pears, caramelized chestnut huoney and foie gras. Bear has a particular weakness (rarely indulged) for foie gras, so she was delighted beyond words, and gratefully accepted donations of foie gras from a couple of our table-mates.

Mackerel, Creamer potatoes and pea shoots
The second course was fennel-crusted mackerel, organic pea shoots and Schartner Farms creamer potatoes. I'm not much of a fish person, but I loved the bright, lemony/earthy flavor of the pea shoots. I'd never had them before. The creamer potatoes were also delicious, tender and well seasoned.

fruit and cheese plate
The final course was fresh fruit and cheese, which included an aged Mahon (delicious!) and Spanish blue cheese (potent!)

Finally, Chef surprised us with some wonderful truffles, both peanut butter and rum. Delicious and rich.

You should see what Temple is cooking up for New Years!


First Course

Saffron Scented Fish Stew of Locally Harvested Shellfish, Saffron Broth,

Grilled Focaccia Bread Roast Quail with Sage Polenta, Dried Cherries, House-Cured Pancetta Crisps

Salt Roasted Beet Salad with Shaved Local Apples, Toasted Walnuts, Creamy Gorgonzola Vinaigrette

Second Course

Roast Long Island Duckling with Valencia Orange Basil Cous Cous,

Seared Winter Greens, Pomegranate Toasted Almond Sauce

Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster with Peeky Toe Crab Stuffing, Saffron Aioli

Grilled Grass-Fed Filet Mignon with Asparagus, Fork Mashed Rhode Island Potato, Cabrales Cheese

Braised Milk-Fed Veal Ossobuco with Creamy Parmesan Risotto, RoastedWinter Vegetables

Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with Tahini, Cilantro, Red Chili Flakes, Farro Wheat Pilaf, Wilted Chard
Tiramisu with Espresso Flavored Mascarpone Cheese, Ladyfingers

Chocolate Lava Cake with Caramel Gelato

Apple Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Bean Gelato

Join us New Year’s Day for our amazing brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
featuring a make-your-own Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar.
The cost is $34 per adult person and $17 for children under 12.

For details on any of our special holiday menus, or to make reservations, please call 401-919-5050

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Events ~ TweetHop at the Holiday Stroll ~ Pawtuxet Village ~ Dec. 10

If you follow @iheartrhody on Twitter, you've probably seen a lot of tweets about the #TweetHop in the last month or so. I {heart} Rhody partnered with Kathie Manchester of NeedFeed and Marta Martinez from the Friends of Pawtuxet Village to organize local businesses to participate.

The Holiday Stroll is the Friends of Pawtuxet Village's baby, and it happens every year, and Kathie and I were asked to organize a TweetHop to coincide. A TweetHop is really an opportunity for social media friends to finally meet face-to-face. Many of the businesses in the Village participated, whether it was to offer prizes for the reception or to have special offers available during the TweetHop.

There were carriage rides with Santa

and the Artist's Exchange sent some of the cast of A Christmas Carol to carol through the Village.

Plus there were so many places in Pawtuxet Village to visit. Bear and C were able to get to every one, though Kathie and I were so busy we didn't get nearly as many of the shops and restaurants as we would have liked.

The weather was a crisp 45 degrees, which after a month in the 70s, made it feel more like Christmas.

The turnout was good, and we were so happy by the great participation from the Village businesses as well as the feedback from the people who came in for the TweetHop and the stroll.

TweetHop prizes

TweetHop prizes and cloud

There were a lot of prizes from the Village businesses for the reception at the end of the TweetHop, and O'Roarke's not only gave us a gift basket and gift certificate, but also fantastic space on their second floor for the reception, with a bar, fireplace and comfy leather chairs, it was almost like a big, cozy living room. I wish my pictures did it justice. I also wish I'd known about the space before we'd booked the hall for Bear's Sweet 16.

Here are the Penny Social prizes:
O’Rourke’s Gift Basket
DoggieDo - $15 Gift Card
Twice Told Tales - $25 Gift Card
River’s Edge - $30 Gift Card
Village Arts and Antiques - $25 Gift Card
Village Arts and Antiques – Mug
Village Arts and Antiques – Antique Plate
Little Falls Café - $15 Gift Card
Cork and Brew – Gift Basket
Village Laundry – Gift Basket
River’s Edge – Gift item
River’s Edge – Gift item
2 Tickets for a Christmas Carol
Amie Plant: Pair of Earrings
Amie Plant: Gift Certificate

There was also a Grand Prize "Pawtuxet Village De-Stress For the Holidays Basket" (oh, how I wanted that one!) full of prizes from around the Village:

A Gift Certificate from Innisfree Bodyworks for a 1 hour massage ($70 value),
a Gift Certificate from Cork and Brew ($50 value),
a Gift Certificate from O’Rourke’s ($25 value),
and gift items from River’s Edge Flowers & Gifts,
Little Birdie Papercrafts, Village Arts & Antiques, and a
Water’s Edge Café Mug from Little Falls Café.

The reception was well-attended, and a great opportunity for everyone to stop after hours of shopping and visit with people they don't get to see in person.


We were so happy to help manage the TweetHop! It was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Marketing Rhody ~ New RIEDC video by (add)venture

via the always in-the-know gang at Greater City: Providence, this video created by (add)ventures for RIEDC.

Personally, I like it. It shows me parts of the city I'm not familiar with, and makes me want to find them. I wish there were labels to tell us what those locations are.  Also, I would have tried to film on a sunnier, less muddy day.

Sunday, December 11, 2011