Friday, December 23, 2011

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Window Snowman
Window Snowman by GoProvidenceRI

christmas in barrington
christmas in barrington by dracisk 365/365

ODC Fence, HFF!
ODC Fence, HFF! by R Joanne

IMG_5664 by E Godfrey

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Christmas surprise in Providence

Savvy observers may recognize Thayer Street as the location.

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

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 . 

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

Doing good ~ Cans for Comments (other blogs)

Candice at The New Modern Momma is participating in Cans for Comments.

For every comment on her blog, Candice will donate 1 can of food to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Friday, December 9, 2011

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Manning Hall, Brown University
Manning Hall, Brown University by acanyc

Ocean House Putting Green
Ocean House Putting Green by Amy Martira Photography

Night Light
Night Light by BarbaraS2009

The Sylvanus Brown House Pawtucket R.I.
The Sylvanus Brown House Pawtucket R.I. by BlueisCoool

Bas relief angel
Bas relief angel by boliyou (I {heart} Rhody)

Providence 1
Providence 1 by WMH Photos

DSC_5568_69_70-Edit-Edit.jpg by Wilks2010

Harvest Moon moonbeam
Harvest Moon moonbeam by wildiris

tallinghast farm, barrington, rhode island [smartphone wallpaper]
tallinghast farm, barrington, rhode island [smartphone wallpaper] by undergroundbastard

Statue, Providence, Rhode Island
Statue, Providence, Rhode Island by Tio Mateo

Pixelated by Tailer Ransom

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Design ~ Providence House Tour on Apartment Therapy

Rachel & David's Historic Seltzer Factory Home

Rachel, David and their son Henry live in Providence's East Side, in a converted seltzer factory.

photo: Apartment Therapy
photo: Apartment Therapy
I love the decorative brickwork (read: craftsmanship) that was so common in the period.

photo: Apartment Therapy

Congratulations to Rachel and David for the feature, and for the great job they did on their home.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rhody in the news ~ the Holiday Tree

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Tree Fighting Ceremony
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

Across the office, I can hear my boss listening to WPRO, so I had a general idea that there was a level of unhappiness with Governor Chafee's decision to refer to the conifer currently occupying the rotunda of the State House as a "holiday tree." Even so, I was surprised last night when my friend from Chicago remarked yesterday, "Well, your governor really stepped in it."

Me: ...what?
Her: "If it's got lights, ornaments and is a pine tree in December, it's a Christmas tree!"
Me: ...okay...

We celebrate Christmas at Chez Boliyou, but I just can't get worked up about what someone else calls the tree at the State House. Even if he is the governor.

Nevertheless, John Stewart was ready with his biting, yet cogent commentary, as above (warning SNSFW: language).

All of which is to say, Rhode Island made the national news this week.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Events ~ Dramatic Reading of "A Christmas Carol" ~ Newport Public Library

Newport Public Library
300 Spring Street
Newport, Rhode Island

Last night I attended a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol by Robb Dimmick, award-winning actor, book dealer and historian. Dimmick's bona fides in theater, musical theater, education and literary conservatorship are impressive. So was his performance.

Dimmick switched characters faster than you can change hats as he related an entertaining version of the story. There was laughter, and applause, and I honestly think I heard some sniffling at the end.

Robb Dimick performs "A Christmas Carol"
(forgive the quality - poor lighting and lots of motion)

He is also a genuinely nice man, who spoke passionately about the importance of reading aloud to adults as well as children. He was so appreciative of the feedback he received, and was kind enough to have his picture taken with Flat Stanley for my nephew. What a great way to start off the holiday season!

Robb Dimmick and Flat Stanley

Below is the Providence Athenaeum's upload of a clip from Dimmick's performance in 2008.