Monday, December 31, 2012

What we've been talking about


We made this word cloud to illustrate what's been most often on our blog this year.  It's been a lot of fun for us, and we hope you enjoy sharing our adventures!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Holidays from I {heart} Rhody



A warm and happy holiday from Erika and Bear!

This year our holiday celebration includes welcoming a new baby girl into the family, so we'll be taking off from posting for the rest of the holiday season. You may still find us (sporadically) on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

May your days be merry and bright!

Friday, December 14, 2012

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

IMG_8699.2 by Amy Martira Photography
IMG_8699.2 by Amy Martira Photography

Christmas Wickford RI by E Godfrey
Christmas Wickford RI by E Godfrey

Holiday Planter by I {heart} Rhody
Holiday Planter by I {heart} Rhody

Providence RI by provbenson2009
Providence RI by provbenson2009

DSC_3007 by dadofliz
DSC_3007 by dadofliz

Crook Point Railroad Drawbridge by Mr. Ducke
Crook Point Railroad Drawbridge by Mr. Ducke

Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial by ArtFan70
Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial by ArtFan70

and the light was truly magic by wildiris
and the light was truly magic by wildiris

Untitled by Bell7283
Untitled by Bell7283

Untitled by Bellamy Photography
Untitled by Bellamy Photography

First Baptist Church by h ssan
First Baptist Church by h ssan

Ladd Observatory_4a_hdr by sixkings55
Ladd Observatory_4a_hdr by sixkings55

Untitled by Tyler_Elise
Untitled by Tyler_Elise

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul by Mycophagia
Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul by Mycophagia

ODC3 Straight by R Joanne
ODC3 Straight by R Joanne

turbulant seas by enjoiskate8
turbulant seas by enjoiskate8

Beavertail Lighthouse-3 by Royston_Kane
Beavertail Lighthouse-3 by Royston_Kane

Gray's General Store by jimmywayne
Gray's General Store by jimmywayne

Narragansett Bay, RI by Dragonfly Island
Narragansett Bay, RI by Dragonfly Island

From a Guy's Yard in E. Providence, Rhode Island #26 by MyDay247
From a Guy's Yard in E. Providence, Rhode Island #26 by MyDay247

Chair and Tree by Armadillo Commander
Chair and Tree by Armadillo Commander

PC020763_HDR.jpg by MStoeckle
PC020763_HDR.jpg by MStoeckle

Relaxing at India Point Park by GoProvidenceRI
Relaxing at India Point Park by GoProvidenceRI

Salty Brine Beach by mary jane 43
Salty Brine Beach by mary jane 43

Untitled by markv20
Untitled by markv20

Dusk by Jerri Moon Cantone
Dusk by Jerri Moon Cantone

Wood River, Woodville, RI, fall by print57
Wood River, Woodville, RI, fall by print57

Narragansett Bay by mike_dooley
Narragansett Bay by mike_dooley

Hay Bales - North Kingstown, Rhode Island by misterfoto
Hay Bales - North Kingstown, Rhode Island by misterfoto

Dolores Louies in Bristol by beyond providence
Dolores Louies in Bristol by beyond providence

More backwash at high tide, Easton's Beach. Looking SW along the beginning of the Cliff Walk in Newport RhodeIsland, looking towards the point of Ruggles Ave. in the far background. Heavy water!!! by robert.rinkel
More backwash at high tide, Easton's Beach. Looking SW along the beginning of the Cliff Walk in Newport RhodeIsland, looking towards the point of Ruggles Ave. in the far background. Heavy water!!! by robert.rinkel

patience by emiliabright
patience by emiliabright

Glass Factory 2 by Macedo295
Glass Factory 2 by Macedo295

BlackstoneR-04857orton-2 by tomcollinsarc
BlackstoneR-04857orton-2 by tomcollinsarc

Providence at night by leith70
Providence at night by leith70

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dining ~ Plouf Plouf Gastronomie

Plouf Plouf Gastronomie
Food Truck


Plouf Plouf Gastronomie


We finally found ourselves at the same place at the same time as Plouf Plouf, a French Bistro food truck when we went to the Winter Farmer's Market. We'd been wanting to try it for awhile, and were excited to finally have the chance.

Bear is distrustful of food trucks and took a little convincing, but when she saw the menu, it was an easy sell.

We ordered Boeuf Bourguignon for me, and 'Ambuhger de Canard & Frites (duck hamburger with fries).

'Ambuhrger de canard & frites (Duck burger and fries) by I {heart} Rhody

The bun was a little burnt, but the burger was perfectly prepared, with applewood smoked bacon, wild mushrooms and pea greens. The bacon was phenomenal, but duck doesn't make a great hamburger, in my opinion. Then again, I'm not a big fan of duck. Bear loves duck, but the burger didn't quite live up to her expectations. She liked it well enough, but it's unlikely she'd order it again.

The Boeuf Bourguignon was another story entirely. It was amazing.

Boeuf bourguignon by I {heart} Rhody

The sauce was rich, the pasta perfectly cooked, and the beef and carrots tender. Although Bear finished her duck burger, she also shared quite a bit of my stew.

Recently I was at the Starbucks on Thayer Street when someone came in to excitedly tell their friends that Plouf Plouf was around the corner. Those people were gone from Starbucks in moments. The food is that good.

We'll be back to Plouf Plouf again. Maybe not for the duck, but the Boeuf bourguignon. Probably the Steak Frites a L'echalotte or Croque Monsieur. I hear they were at the Hope Street Holiday Stroll selling Filet Mignon. Mmmm....

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Art scene ~ A Christmas Carol ~ Black Box Theater ~ Cranston

Artists' Exchange Black Box Theater
50 Rolfe Square
Cranston, Rhode Island
December 6 - 22, 2012




The Artists' Exchange Black Box Theater is a storefront theater on Rolfe Square in Cranston, just down the street from the Park Theater. We'd heard of them last year, and wanted to check them out.

We went to the opening night of A Christmas Carol, and had a really nice time. The theater is tiny - only 25 seats - which creates a very intimate atmosphere with the performance. Since we had seats on the floor, we were literally sitting on the edge of the stage. And it really is a black box, although there's a nice cafe (with really good cider) attached to the theater.

Black Box Theater, Cranston
Black box set

Just prior to the performance, we learned that the theater will be moving down the street to 82 Rolfe Square and a larger performance space. We also discovered that Bear knows the cellist, Flannery Brown, who gave a beautiful solo of "Patapan" at one point during the show.

I didn't want to take pictures during the play, and unfortunately there are no photos from rehearsals on AE's site, so we're going to be a little short on images.

The play began with Marley as the narrator - a direction I hadn't seen before that was an interesting twist that allowed much more of Dickens' original prose to come out. Tom Chace, who played Marley, was very good. His mournful howls raised the hair on the back of my neck. He also (at least in makeup) bears a striking resemblance to Abraham Lincoln.

Bob Cratchit (Nicholas Viau) was a likable young man with a good voice and a very affable manner. Ebenezer Scrooge (Mark Carter) was not pinched and gaunt, the way I normally think of him, but had a quick and serious, irascible manner that fit the character well.

Between the scenes a chorus of young children sang carols. It was charming to watch, and many of them had very good voices. I'm thinking particularly of the young woman who sang O Holy Night in descant with two others. She also played Fred's sister-in-law in the party scenes, although according to the program it was two different girls. Regardless, she was a real standout.

The Ghost of Christmas Past (Mia Ray) was a sparkly, spinning snow nymph sort of creature, with a knowing tone. And the little boy Scrooge (Richard Soucy) was adorable, despite not having any lines.

Another standout singer was Victoria Soucy, who played Fezziwig's daughter and sang in the same trio. She had a very pretty, operatic, in Bear's words, soprano. In the upper registers, her voice was very mature.

Tiny Tim was adorable and had a good accent. The program lists two names, Katherine Culhane and Samia Nash. I'm not sure which we saw, but she was very good.

Emily Carter gave an impressive performance as the charwoman who sold Scrooge's bedcurtains. She held her accent well, owned the stage but didn't overshadow the other actors.

Also of note was Meg Taylor-Roth's Mrs. Cratchit. Although a bit stiff with the dialog at first, she came right back, and her body language showed a real fondness and affection for her "family."

Bear and I really enjoyed the performance, although we found having Tiny Tim as the boy who gets half a crown for fetching the poulterer to be a small misstep. It made Bob's surprise at Scrooge's changed attitude later less believable, and we would have thought Scrooge would recognize him.

Nevertheless, the ending was uplifting and we left the theater feeling very good.

We had a very good time at the show, and appreciated the casting of child and challenged actors in some of the parts. It was clear they were having a good time, but also taking their roles seriously. I really liked the caroling between the scenes.

They'll be playing weekends for the next couple of weeks, and then at the Park Theater. It's definitely worth the time.

Friday, December 7, 2012

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Jamestown Sun set by E Godfrey
Jamestown Sun set by E Godfrey

Untitled by Bell7283
Untitled by Bell7283

Full moon rising over Sachuest Pt. Middletown R.I. USA by robert.rinkel
Full moon rising over Sachuest Pt. Middletown R.I. USA by robert.rinkel

Untitled by Bellamy Photography
Untitled by Bellamy Photography

Horseshoe Falls, Charlestown, RI by Wilks2010
Horseshoe Falls, Charlestown, RI by Wilks2010

Untitled by abdukted1456
Untitled by abdukted1456

Downtown Providence by Armadillo Commander
Downtown Providence by Armadillo Commander

Snuff Mill, Gilbert Stuart birthplace, Saunderstown RI, late fall by print57
Snuff Mill, Gilbert Stuart birthplace, Saunderstown RI, late fall by print57

Moonlit Clouds

Standing Vestal by ArtFan70
Standing Vestal by ArtFan70

Nightingale-Brown House by h ssan
Nightingale-Brown House by h ssan

Untitled by abdukted1456
Untitled by abdukted1456

DSC_1581 by dadofliz
DSC_1581 by dadofliz

India Point Park Benches by GoProvidenceRI
India Point Park Benches by GoProvidenceRI

Untitled by markv20
Untitled by markv20

bristol fall 2012 0 by jambori39
bristol fall 2012 0 by jambori39

Newport by leith70
Newport by leith70

Reflection by Jerri Moon Cantone
Reflection by Jerri Moon Cantone

King's Beach, Newport, RI by Dragonfly Island
King's Beach, Newport, RI by Dragonfly Island

Industrial Sunset by MStoeckle
Industrial Sunset by MStoeckle

Untitled by provbenson2009
Untitled by provbenson2009

Orion over Beavertail by Royston_Kane
Orion over Beavertail by Royston_Kane

Temple of Music detail by sixkings55
Temple of Music detail by sixkings55

From a Guy's Yard in E. Providence, Rhode Island #27 by MyDay247
From a Guy's Yard in E. Providence, Rhode Island #27 by MyDay247

Closed for the Season - Rustic Drive-In by beyond providence
Closed for the Season - Rustic Drive-In by beyond providence

ODC3 Roll by R Joanne
ODC3 Roll by R Joanne