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Natural history is alive and well in Providence


Getting to the bottom of the city’s delicious food truck obsession

This Month 24 Live at the Museum

27 A Movable Feast

Inside the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Food trucks have made their mark on the city’s culinary scene

Every Month 6 Editor’s Note

45 Feast

9 Online Exclusives

Hill-worthy Italian cuisine in the suburbs

Photography (L) by Grace Lentini, (R) by James Jones

13 Providence Pulse

46 Review 49 On The Menu 50 In The Kitchen 53 In The Drink 55 Rhody Bites

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59 Get Out

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60 Calendar 63 Music 64 Theatre 67 Art

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Gourmet To Go Remember those cold, dark days before the food truck boom? Where once you could only get street food late at night on Broad Street, now you can’t walk a block in Providence without finding some kind of mobile deliciousness. The joy of food trucks isn’t just that you can get Portuguese, or Thai, or Mexican food whenever you’d like. It isn’t just that the city’s lunch game has gone up so much that we now have daily access to Turducken sliders and Parisian burgers. It’s the element of discovery, of seeing where the trucks will pop up on a given day, of seeing who’s innovating what cuisine. There’s something about the mobility of a food truck that gives its owners added freedom to have fun

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with their food. And we’re the lucky beneficiaries of that creativity. You could head outside at this very moment and find something delicious and unexpected from one of the city’s mobile kitchens. But don’t take our word for it: go out and taste for yourself.

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James has been shooting our cover stories for years, and this month he got to chase down some of the tastiest food trucks in the city (page 27). His personal favorite is Citizen Wing (“I love a good wing and they gave me a lot of wings on the shoot.”) and though Providence doesn’t lack for food truck options, James thinks a sushi dog food truck would be a novel addition to the local fleet. And yes, a sushi dog is exactly what it sounds like.

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for gamers who are only just coming of drinking age and may not have had the opportunity to spend much time in the arcades of yore, Shelter Arcade Bar owner Mike Maven recommends starting with Revolution X, which is the Aerosmith-themed remake of the Terminator 2 game, complete with a machine gun that shoots CDs at oppressive, antimusic forces (it really doesn’t get much more early ‘90s than that). Other old school favorites include  Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac Man  and The Addams Family  pinball machine. If you’re looking to get your team-up fix, Mike’s pretty proud of the four-player  X-Men cabinet, and before you ask, yes, he has Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Cowabunga at will. The games are the draw, but they aren’t going to keep the lights on, especially since Mike is committed to keeping the

arcade and pinball games at just one quarter and two respectively. “We’ll keep it cheap,” he says. “I want it to be a hangout place.” To pay the bills, Shelter will have craft beers on tap and in bottles, as well as game inspired cocktails (ex: the Donkey Kong cocktail is barrel aged whiskey, peach bitters and Italian vermouth) and personal pizzas, a menu which he’s geekily dubbed Potions and Power Ups. Arcade bars have been popping up all over the place and it’s hard not to get excited about Providence having one to call its own. There’s just something about playing a game in an arcade – the sounds, the stress when someone puts their quarter on the machine to call next game, joysticks and buttons slick with pizza grease – that you just can’t get from playing your PS4 at home. 111 Dike Street, –Tony Pacitti

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Curl Up With A Season For Fireflies Who doesn’t enjoy a little magic in a love story? Rhode Island author Rebecca Maizel has proven to be an expert on this from her several novels for young adults, including her acclaimed Vampire Queen series. According to Kirkus, Between Us and the Moon was “what first love is meant to be” and a “satisfying summer read.” Just in time for summer comes A Season For Fireflies. Penny Berne was starring in plays, loved by her theatre friends and falling for her best friend Wes. It all seems perfect, except at home she deals with her mom’s mental illness and alcoholism. She ends up pushing away everything and everyone she loves in exchange for the popular crowd. She gets struck by lightning and is left with no recollection of how she went from drama queen to mean girl. As she pieces memories together, she finds who she really is. Moved by the magical simplicity of fireflies, the author delivers a heartwarming novel about friendship, love and second chances. In hopes that

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Body Worlds Makes its Providence Debut Body Worlds vital is an immersive, multimedia experience that celebrates the potential of the human body while promoting healthy lifestyle changes. The exhibition – on display at the Providence Museum Gallery at The Rhode Island Convention Center from June 30 through January – features real human bodies, including 200 specimens and 13 complete plastinated bodies, which stem primarily from a body donation program managed by the Institute for Plastination with a roster of more than 14,000 donors. The bodies on display are preserved through the groundbreaking science of plastination invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. Bodily fluids and fat are extracted then replaced with plastic, allowing visitors to see the inside of the human body up close and personal, and learn how their bodies work. The bodies are examined through displays of distress and disease, while offering inspirational insights

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A Local Debut Novel channels Beyoncé’s Wisdom A great philosopher once said, “If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it.” But what if the you in question is, well, yourself? That’s the central question of Dawn Keable’s debut novel Settling Down. Dayna Morrison is 33, smart, successful and – you see where we’re going here – unlucky in love. So she decides to take things into her own hands, literally. Instead of waiting for Mr. Right to give her a ring, she buys one for herself, as a birthday gift. As you can imagine, social scandal and hilarity ensue. The reasons to like this book are numerous, and not just because Dawn Keable is a former PM writer who just so happened to set her book at a magazine in Rhode Island. It’s funny, for one. Really funny. And a lot smarter than a lot of other “chick lit” books that all get grouped together in an unfairly negative way. Dawn has a quick-witted, engaging style that’s easy to move through, on the beach or no. And re-

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The population of New England’s only native rattlesnake currently hovers around 200 in Massachusetts and for Lou Perrotti, director of conservation programs at Roger Williams Park Zoo, that’s unacceptable. In an effort to preserve the population, the zoo is breeding timber rattlesnakes to augment current populations, but what has people worked up is a plan to establish a new population on an island in the Quabbin Reservoir. People aren’t allowed to set foot on the island which, in addition to the ample food sources and appropriate habitat, makes it a perfect place to release the snakes. Most people don’t like snakes. That fear is built into our cultural DNA thanks to association with lies and evil that goes back thousands of years. Throw venomous fangs into the mix – the timber rattlesnake is also one of two native venomous snakes


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in the area – and it’s easy to understand why people don’t want them around. But what Lou, and conservationists in general, are trying to combat is cherry picking in our efforts to protect wildlife. “We can’t selectively choose which species we want to conserve based on peoples’ hatred, fear or lack of education,” Lou explains. As it stands now, the plan to place the snakes in the Quabbin is on hold. In the meantime, the rattlesnakes at Roger Williams Park Zoo are doing their part to keep their species alive. As for Lou, well, he’s a snake guy, and he’s proud of the work the zoo has done with what he calls non-charismatic species. “We need all of these species. I don’t want to see any animals go extinct on my watch.” 1000 Elmwood Avenue. 785-3510, –Tony Pacitti

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Dear reader, allow me a moment to geek out. I’m obsessed with the natural world around me, and was thrilled at the opportunity to get a behindthe-scenes tour of Rhode Island’s only natural history museum. A museum is a place to let your imagination loose, an opportunity to explore history and be immersed in a moment in time. New York City and Chicago come to mind when folks talk about museums. But there’s no reason to travel great lengths to get your history fix. Roger Williams Park is home to the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the only one of its kind in Rhode Island. It contains over one quarter million objects of natural and cultural history, with roughly 5,000 items on display at any time. The rest is kept in the temperature- and humidity-controlled vaults that open to the public twice a year (unless you get a sneak peek like this writer). It’s not all about animals and plants though. Exploring the museum puts you face-to-face with long lost cultures. How they lived, hunted, fished and adorned themselves may be all that remains, but you can put yourself in that moment, that headdress, that necklace. Let your imagination take hold, you may be surprised what you leave the museum with.

what would be the mouth of a whale and into the unknown… or the lobby. Once inside, it’s hard to miss the grand staircase with a bear on the landing, upright, its claws outstretched, beckoning visitors to explore. The lobby is an area curated by the museum’s docents. It includes some history about the Betsey Williams Cottage, the early history of the park, even a little about the zoo. It’s a chance to see how the grounds have changed through the years.

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Upon entering the museum, the jawbone of a right whale greets you. It’s a bit like Pinocchio, walking through

celebrating africa

Through a stately arch and into the next room, a cheetah and lion are preserved in all their glory: strong, magnificent, stunning. Walk up to the mammals, take a long hard stare into their eyes and imagine being on the receiving end of their chase. The teeth, the claws, the perfectly attuned body for the hunt. There are also tapestries and statues, a nod to a time when everything was made by hand. “We highlighted three distinct regions,” explains Renée Gamba, director of the museum. “Africa is not a homogeneous continent, we wanted to make sure we divided it up.” The regions are easily distinguishable by the color of the display, and truly highlights the vibrant cultures.

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room where fossils, minerals and rocks are on display. The back wall highlights the geologic time scale, and explains how Earth is constantly changing, even now. Like global warming, for instance, as shown by the life size polar bears on display, a mother and her cub. If you were to get a foot away from a polar bear in real life, it would most likely be because you’re its meal. In this case, you can admire the fur, the gigantic paws, how tiny a cub truly is and perhaps make a mental note that just because there are no ice caps melting in Rhode Island, these creatures are losing their habitat.

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Walking up a creaky, winding staircase and into the Natural Selections exhibit, a lioness and her three cubs welcome you. Turning the corner is a staged parlor behind a wooden railing. There’s a desk with an antique globe, preserved birds atop a white marble mantle, bookcases filled with animals from around the world and a glass room divider adorned with preserved birds inside it. I would imagine that explorers of yesteryear had a room similar to this while they were discovering new species on extended voyages. Adjacent to the parlor is an active beehive on a desk with a duct leading outside. Sitting and watching the bees in action is better than any Discovery Channel documentary because it’s alive and in front you. Knowing that there’s no risk of being stung certainly helps maintain the excitement. Preserved birds also pepper the room, and are Renée’s favorite. “I love the birds and I love being outside,” she explains. “With the natural selections exhibit, I did all of the cleaning and prepping of the birds.” The museum only has a staff of seven, so everyone does everything.

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The last room to explore looks like the ocean. Polished wooden cases hold treasures on a green background, and the wooden cases along the walls have a vibrant blue interior. It’s the perfect canvas to spotlight island populations. Artifacts from archipelagos like Polynesia, Micronesia, Fiji, Hawaii and Papua New Guinea are showcased. Imagine an entire primitive culture on an island, having only the resources of a very small area, needing to use everything and making sure nothing goes to waste. What you end up with are wooden bowls, jewelry made from shells and hog tusks, headdresses made from cornhusks. In keeping with the rest of the exhibit halls, there is natural history on display here as well. Did you know that albatrosses are the size of a small dog? Or that clamshells can get as big as a small trunk? This world is so big, and contains so many amazing species and cultures that have come and gone. The Museum of Natural History is a fascinating place to explore it.

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arlier this summer, East Side City Councilman Sam Zurier proposed

an ordinance that would require food truck owners operating in Providence to register their vehicles in the city and pay motor vehicle taxes accordingly. “If they’re going to come to our city and they’re going to gain business from our customers and they’re going to park their truck on our streets, it would seem only [right] that they would pay to us their motor vehicle excise tax,” he told WPRI’s Dan McGowan. Fortunately, the idea seemed to generate about as much interest among his colleagues as Lincoln Chafee’s presidential campaign, and Council President Luis Aponte quickly offered a voice of support for the mobile businesses, noting, “What the food trucks and the street food scene offer really has an impact beyond what the revenues may be.” Putting aside the holes in Zurier’s proposed ordinance (couldn’t every city and town in which food trucks do business make the same argument?), it speaks to the level of novelty that still exists around mobile eateries. We regard them as new and exciting, the start-up disruptors of the restaurant industry. But why should food trucks still seem so novel? They’re not exactly a new part of our culinary landscape.

the genesis of food trucks The idea of mobile food peddlers is almost as old as the country itself. New York first began regulating vendors selling food from pushcarts in the 1690s, back when it was still New Amsterdam. In 1866, an enterprising Texas cattleman named Charles Goodnight invented the first chuck wagon as a way to feed traveling cowboys. Of course, we all know mobile restaurants have a long and storied tradition here in Providence, where in 1872 a man named Walter Scott began serving lunch to ProJo employees out of a horse drawn wagon, creating the diner as we know it, and Haven Brothers has been a fixture since 1893. How can a concept so old and ingrained in our culture still generate so much buzz and excitement that only this year did Motif, a local arts and culture newspaper, decide to launch Rhode Island’s first-ever Food Truck Awards? Perhaps it has something to do with the modern reinvention of the mobile eatery – let’s call it the nouveau food truck. Up until very recently, the food truck experience was mostly limited to a basic ham or tuna sandwich purchased from a “roach coach” at a work site, a dirty water hot dog from a cart outside a baseball game or perhaps some carnitas from a mobile taqueria. For most of our food truck loving history, Haven Brothers was about as upscale as it got.

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up your wild game game Open Season has only been open since March, but is already making a name for itself by serving up barbecue and wild game. They make venison chili, wild boar pulled pork quesadillas, elk sausage “corndog” bites and much more.

In the latter part of the previous decade, however, food trucks started to-go gourmet, a trend generally traced back to Los Angeles and chef Roy Choi. In 2008 he hit the streets with Kogi BBQ, his Korean-Mexican fusion taco truck; it quickly became a culinary sensation, with huge crowds following as he shared locations via Twitter. In one fell swoop, he established the blueprint for the nouveau food truck: classic street food reinterpreted with modern, gourmet twists; fast and affordable munchies peddled mostly to nightlife crowds; a hip, chef-driven culinary vision; and a reliance on social media to drive business. From there, a thousand mobile eateries bloomed. The folks behind Hope Street’s Chez Pascal brought the trend here around 2009 when they launched Hewtin’s Dogs Mobile, Providence’s first full-fledged gourmet food truck – which was in itself a spin-off of the Hewtin’s hot dog cart they had previously pushed in Lippitt Park. Their high-end hot dogs and housemade sausages and charcuterie were an immediate hit with hungry diners. While Hewtin’s mostly worked the farmer’s market circuit and weekdays Downcity, many others soon seized upon the opportunities presented by college students and bar patrons. Before long, it was common to see Mama Kim’s peddling Korean barbecue on College Hill at dinnertime or Poco Loco Tacos working the late night shift outside the E&O and the Scurvy Dog. The burgeoning food truck movement had its breakout year in 2010, with a slew of major developments and good news throughout the industry. The California Mobile Food Vendors Association, the first group of its kind, was formed, and the US government added “Tips for Starting Your Own Street Food Business” to its small business resource website. That same year, the National Restaurant Association opened 1,500 square feet of exhibition floor space at its annual convention to food trucks, and Zagat announced they would begin reviewing trucks in their 2011 guide. Locally, InDowncity, the Downtown merchants group run by Cornish Associates, began hosting a weekly lunchtime food truck stop at Grant’s Block. But things really exploded into pop culture in two very big ways that year: in April, Roy Choi was awarded Food & Wine magazine’s coveted “Best New Chef” honors, and in August the Food Network debuted the reality competition show The Great Food Truck Race. The trend was officially in full swing.

regulating regulars These days, food trucks are familiar sights around our urban landscape, but a certain novelty still persists. It’s both a blessing and a curse for the business owners. On the one hand, the sense of casual fun and culinary adventure that has come to define modern food trucks means that chefs can expect legions of hungry diners, particularly at events. EatDrinkRI’s Truck Stop, a benefit for the RI Community Food Bank, has sold out for four consecutive years and Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park proved such a hit last summer that FoodTrucksIn, the local company that organizes it, decided to continue it straight through to Halloween. The flipside is that local governments are still unsure how to deal with mobile

Food Trucks After Dark

Mobile eateries are not immune to debauchery, especially from the late night crowd The real characters always come out at night, usually a bit tipsy and, of course, hungry. After last call comes and goes where does a night crawler looking to soak up some of the booze

end up? A food truck. During our cover shoot, Patricia Natter from Rocket Fine Street Food confirmed that that’s no exaggeration. “Everybody comes out drunk as a skunk,” she said, “and horny for some reason.” (Editor’s note: We’re just as surprised as she is about that. A slurred “Hey baby, you wanna cheeseburger?” lacks a certain je nais se quoi.) Other postbar crawl traits include generous tipping and a habit of trying to pay twice. For her part, Patricia always reminds her customers that yes, they have in fact already paid. Of course the late, late crowd can run the gamut, from humorously hammered to recklessly ripped. “I’ve seen

it all,” said Ivan Giusti, manager of the city’s – nay, the nation’s – oldest food truck, Haven Brothers. “I’ve had customers come by sober and then I see the same customer intoxicated and they’re a totally different person.” He talks about a bit about rowdiness and the occasional fight, but one story in particular earns its keep as one of the craziest things to happen in the legendary food truck’s history: “One thing that will never happen to anybody else was a few years back we had a customer with a Ferrari. They parked pretty much underneath the diner, they came in, ate and left. Then I felt a jolt. The whole truck shook. I looked out the window and I guess

instead of putting it in reverse he put it in drive and the Ferrari got stuck under the diner. They left the scene with a couple of girls that they picked up so I called the cops. They had left their keys and their wallet in the car, and then their phone rang. The cop answered it and it was the guy. They ended up having to tow it.” Remember that the next time your friend tells you you’ve been making a spectacular, drunken ass out of yourself in line for a few tacos outside the bar. No matter how drunk you will ever get, you will never do anything as bonkers as crashing a car that costs more than a house into a local treasure. –Tony Pacitti




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noBle knotS Farm to plate food truck specializing in gourmet sandwiches on pretzel rolls. twitter: @NobleKnots Facebook: NobleKnots

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RHoDieS FooD tRuCk Comfort foods such as hot wings, Texas toast burgers and deep fried oreos twitter: @RhodiesFoodTrk Facebook: Rhodies.FoodTruck

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RHoDe RaGe Global haute cuisine twitter: @RhodeRageTruck Facebook: RhodeRageFoodTruck

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Citizen WinG Gourmet wings and comfort food with a twist twitter: @ CitizenWings Facebook: CitizenWing

tHe SalaD man anD JuiCe BaR Healthy options such as salads, rice bowls, juices and smoothies twitter: @ItsSaladman Facebook: ItsSaladMan

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FooD 4 GooD Combines a traditional food truck with a mobile soup kitchen twitter: @FoodForGood Facebook: Food4GoodRI

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food businesses, and often subject them to outdated regulations or seemingly arbitrary rules. Providence, to its credit, has made great progress over the past year, removing onerous rules that forbade food trucks from being in one location for more than two hours or parking in metered spaces. And there’s been a détente of sorts between bricks-and-mortar restaurants and mobile operators, who are not permitted to park within 200 feet of the front door of a restaurant that’s open. But food truck chefs still must earn their living at the whims of various municipalities and state agencies, all with different and at times unpredictable rules. In Providence, for example, food trucks are still not allowed to park within 300 feet of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center or PPAC during shows, and during WaterFire they’re not allowed to park within 300 feet of the event’s footprint. In Narragansett, the town seems to welcome food trucks for public events and allows them to peddle at the beach twice a week, but there’s no real system in place to govern where and when else they are allowed to operate in one of the state’s most popular summer destinations. Cranston basically remains a no-go zone, as it boasts one of the most restrictive rules in the country, forbidding food trucks from parking within 1,000 feet of any business that sells food – which includes grocery stores and gas stations. In addition, operators must obtain a separate vending license from each municipality in which they want to do business – usually around $150-$300 per town, each with their own process and waiting periods, and some even requiring an appearance before the town council – rather than one statewide permit.

the future of movable feasts What does the future hold for food truck culture? For the most part it’s looking bright. Cities and towns are starting to understand the benefits of their presence as more and more people seek them out and more events welcome them. Will the trend go the way of frozen yogurt, with demand petering out and businesses shuttering, or gourmet cupcakes, which have become ubiquitous to the point of passé. In the end, it may be chefs who leave the food trucks at the curb, following the lead of Matt and Kristin Gennuso from Chez Pascal, who retired Hewtin’s Dogs Mobile and shifted the concept into the brick-and-mortar Wurst Kitchen inside their restaurant. Poco Loco, too, has opened an actual restaurant (though they still operate their truck), and Like No Udder, the vegan ice cream truck, recently moved into a storefront on Ives Street, keeping the truck on reserve for events and catering. Rather than evidence that the food truck trend is slowing down, developments like that are proof of its merits. For some chefs, running a mobile food business is not the end, but rather the means: a small-scale, relatively inexpensive way to test out and refine a culinary vision before making the transition into a full-fledged restaurant. In the meantime, we get to enjoy all this delicious food.

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When we purchased this home four years ago, the kitchen and dining room were very tight closed spaces. We knew we were going to open the kitchen to connect it to the rest of the house. We want to see our kids play, and as they grow, we wanted a space where we could cook dinner while helping with their homework. Our challenge included a load bearing wall and a laundry chute that I refused to do away with. Rich spent years as a builder and has an incredible artistic eye for design and build quality. He designed, with the help of Cole Construction, a warm and open space where we can see through to the playroom and sunlight streams through the house.

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– and for someone who’s been using eye cream religiously since age 13, I find it very hard to understand – there are some people who give themselves the whole summer off from skin care. The thinking goes like this: I’m going to be in the sun anyway, so why bother when I’m just going straight back to the beach? Effectively, you’re giving yourself a pass on taking proper care of yourself for a whole quarter of the year. I get it. I love the beach, too. That’s why I’m so excited about Farmaesthetics’ new summer skincare line. I can have my summer tan, and still have the healthy skin I work so hard to maintain the rest of the year. I’ve been a fan of Farmaesthetics for a long time. The company, based in Portsmouth, was the first in Rhode Island to not only believe that skincare should be as close to nature as possible, but to make world-class products that work as well (or better) than their chemical-filled counterparts. Their Fine Herbal Cleanser has five ingredients, two of which are lavender and geranium essential oils. It’s been a fixture in my shower for years. I love the 30 seconds of aromatherapy it gives me every morning, while gently cleansing and balancing my skin. Because I’m a beach bum – seriously, what else do we live in Rhode Island for? – I get a predictably reliable set of skin issues during the summer. All of the sunscreen gives me clogged pores, and all of the sun gives me inevitable peeling. Apparently I’m not the only person who experiences this, because Farmaesthetics’ new summer line is designed to combat exactly those two things. Their Sweet Milk and Rose Petal Exfoliate is a dry exfoliator, made with (you guessed it) milk proteins and red rose petals. A little bit of that in the palm of your hand, a few pumps of the cleanser to activate the product, and a 30-second scrub before you get in the shower is all you need to brighten and freshen your

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a little bit in your hand, mixed with a little bit of the cleanser, and a quick scrub. It sounds simple, but it’s a total game changer. This product basically gives you equivalent of microdermabrasion, but in your bathroom, and it only takes one minute of your time. I love the results – cell turnover, smaller pores, smoother skin – and I particularly love that I can do it at home, on any given workday morning. It’s the middle of the summer, and I’ve been doing my normal sun worshiping, but you would never know it from how my skin looks. I look like I’ve been living under a giant hat at all season. I believe that’s what they call the best of both worlds. I’ll take it.

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For years I’ve run

down River Road (for fitness, not romance) and felt a bit of jealousy as I passed Narragansett Boat Club (NBC). I always see competitive rowing teams gearing up on the grass across from the building as crews glide swiftly through the Seekonk River off in the distance. It looks like such a pleasant way to spend the day – though, judging by the shoulders and abs on some of these folks, they’re not just enjoying a relaxing paddle on a lazy river. Needless to say, I was excited to receive an invitation to their Open House and finally get out on the water myself. The NBC is one of those under-theradar institutions that everyone recognizes (“Oh yeah, that building over on the river”) but for the most part people don’t know much about. It has a lot of history, dating all the way back to 1838. Its list of founders reads like a who’s who of families things in Providence are named after: William Greene, Rufus Waterman, Henry Lippitt, Charles Arnold, et al. It began in a large boathouse near the intersection of River Road and Angell Street, but a century later moved into its current home after the original was sold to Brown University. For much of its early life, the club

was focused around competitive rowing; at its peak in the 1880s, NBC produced several champion rowers and got itself on the cover of Harper’s for hosting a professional sculling regatta. In the ‘70s, the club launched a learn-to-row program under the direction of Albin Moser. Today it boasts approximately 180 members, with 50-60 rowing more than once a week, who combine to row more than 80,000 cumulative miles per year. And Albin Moser is still the Director of Rowing Programs. The man himself was there to greet us at the Open House. I was placed in a group with several other newbies: mostly women in their 40s, along with a teenage girl and a 20-something guy. Albin gave us a brief overview of rowing, followed by a tour of the facilities and a history lesson. Within minutes we went down to the docks to board “the barge,” which is the largest and most elementary of NBC’s boats. We were going to get an introduction to sweep rowing, in which each rower holds a single oar (as opposed to sculling, which is done with an oar in each hand). The barge provides novices with an entry point to all the basics: the different ways to use the blade to manipulate the motion of

the boat, the anatomy of the stroke, the sliding seats. We were loaded into the boat and pushing off from the dock faster than you might expect. As we quickly learned, rowing is simple, but it’s not easy. The basic technique of the stroke is a testament to the power of our body’s core: while it may look like the shoulders and arms are doing all the work, a surprising amount of the force behind each stroke is drawn from the hips and lower back. Albin helped us piece together the rudiments of the stroke in three phases: we began by simply pushing the oar out to arm’s length then drawing it into our chest to push the boat through the water. Next, we added some upper body movement, beginning in a forward lean with our arms out, then laying back as we again drew the oar towards our chests, adding even more power to the drive. Finally, we worked the legs, with the seat forward and the knees bent in sort of a crouch at the beginning of the stroke, we then thrust ourselves backwards with our legs while we leaned

back and pulled the oars towards our chests to achieve the full force of the drive. Even with 12 complete novices in the boat, the combined power of those movements gave us considerable speed. We managed to get the hang of the basic elements of the stroke fairly quickly. Getting 12 people who didn’t know each other or the sport less than 30 minutes prior in sync for multiple strokes proved to be a bit more of a challenge. While the mechanics were simple, the rhythm was deceptively complex. Before long we had overlapping oars, mistimed strokes, and uneven drives on either side of the boat. We were kind of a mess, but we were rowing, which was more than any of us could have said earlier in the morning. I like to imagine that some runner was passing by at just that moment, jealous of my newfound place on the water. Want to learn to row? The next open house is July 23, and the next six-week, 12-class rowing instruction program begins August 1.

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Nestled just off Route 6 in Johnston, surrounded by a picturesque mossy pond, is nearly 12,000 square feet of the widest variety of vintage and antique goods you could ever ask for. With several spacious rooms and additional seasonal outdoor space, the appropriately named The Find on 6 is brimming with finds of all kinds for your home. The range of items and furniture available is immense. You’ll find all things great and small, as well as everything from casual, tiny trinkets to high-end china, crystal and cabinets. So whether you’re looking for something more laid back or more upscale, you can find something to your taste. They carry furniture for living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms, as well as desks, appliances, chairs, tables, kitchenware, textiles, artwork and other home furnishings. The amount of gorgeous, well-cared-for wood furniture items is particularly eyecatching. There’s a bar packed with fun old mugs and beer glasses, and every surface in the space is packed with toys, records, instruments, books, games

and magazines from all eras. A small clothing section offers various styles and looks. An outdoors section has offbeat lawn furnishings, like fountains and statues, as well as patio furniture and other outdoor needs. There’s an overarching shabby chic and funky vibe to the store, but it really does carry items suited to all kinds of tastes. Owner Adam Wright describes some of the special aspects of the space. “What sets us apart from other consignment stores is that we do a lot of merchandising,” he says, explaining how it’s primarily a consignment store, but they also have spaces set up from 13 Rhode Island area vintage and antique dealers. Another thing that makes The Find unique is the sheer amount of retail space. It’s no exaggeration that you could wander for hours and get lost in it if you wanted. The store boasts several large rooms, each with very high ceilings, packed with all sorts of furniture and shelves with various smaller pieces.

There’s also the outdoor garden space and a cool greenhouse-like room with sunlight pouring in. The store also has a clear emphasis on care and quality. By the checkout counters, you’ll find tools, wood polishing and other restoration supplies to make sure you can keep everything in your home and anything you find at The Find in the best shape possible. There’s also U-Haul rental available, so if you’d like to bring in or bring home something that is very large, or need to transport multiple items, you can easily take care of it right from the store. It’s truly something you have to see to experience, but to get a taste of what you can find you can follow them on Instagram (@thefindon6) or check out the photo gallery on their Facebook page. And if there’s something you’ve been meaning to get rid of or consign, this is certainly somewhere it’ll find a great home.

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A Bit of Italy in the Smithfield We don’t like to drive anywhere. When so much in Providence is in walking distance, why would you? But sometimes there’s something worth the drive, and this month Tavolo has us packing the car for Smithfield. Sautéed shrimp, pancetta, broccolini, cherry tomato and fresh spaghetti in an herb beurre blanc from Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille



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from my 13 years in this state, only non-native Rhode Islanders would travel more than ten miles for dinner. We were taking a friend out to celebrate his 40th birthday and looking for an excuse to try Tavolo, which I’d overheard was “a piece of Federal Hill in Smithfield.” It was a Saturday night, and I didn’t mind trading the traffic for the suburbs. Though Tavolo is in a strip mall, the Ferrari parked outside did deliver the Atwells vibe. Owners Leonard and Sherri Mello owned the restaurant’s predecessor (D Carlo Trattoria) for about a year when they decided to give it their own touch. The significant interior renovation and expanded menu impressed many regulars. Tavolo’s dinner menu has some Italian standards, like Calamari, Caprese salad and Veal Parmesan. It also has a few creative options that caught my eye, like a Pulled Braised Chicken dish with gnocchi, pancetta, mushrooms and escarole. We were seated at a table next to the raised bar area, packed with

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enthusiastic drinkers. Though we were some of the younger diners in the room that night, the restaurant was quite energetic. It was loud, though the volume was appropriate for a Saturday night. A talented pianist played the genre of song that’s somehow simultaneously melancholy and upbeat, epitomized by Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” Black Stallion Pinot Noir was on the specials list that night, and we started a bottle as we browsed the appetizers. Our Fried Risotto Balls came four to an order in a bowl of marinara. They were almost the size of baseballs and exploded with creamy cheesiness as we cut into them. The Grilled Tuscan Provolone Sausage was served over a hearty helping of sautéed broccoli rabe, topped with shavings of parmesan. A pizza sounded good, even if it meant we had to maneuver a stand onto our small table. The Garlic Oil pizza was a fun combination, with broccoli rabe, prosciutto, olives and fresh mozzarella. The crust was thin

Roasted beets with baby arugula, candied pecans, red onion, roasted shallot vinaigrette and goat cheese crostini

but not floppy. Tavolo has an extensive wine list. Luckily, our waitress was enthusiastic about wine and eager to

make recommendations. After we finished our first bottle, we switched to the 2012 Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva, which received a 92-point rating from Wine Spectator. I was excited to try the Prosciutto Wrapped Cod, a creative and delicious dish. The cod filet was wrapped in a giant slice of prosciutto and served in a shallow bowl of mussel chowder with roasted fingerling potatoes. My husband’s Porcini Rubbed Filet Mignon was topped with a sunny-side up egg and hollandaise. Tavolo’s wild mushroom and asparagus hash, also available as a side, comes with this steak, which was cooked perfectly to order. The Porcini Stuffed Purses & Truffle Butter is a good side to add to the steak. This pasta shape, officially known as fiocchi, are adorably rustic. Our friend had the Frutti Di Mare with capellini. If you need a refresher pasta lesson, that’s a little thicker than angel hair but thinner than spaghetti.

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In this classic dish, it was combined with a spicy red sauce and mussels, scallops, shrimp, squid and littlenecks. We coyly asked the waitress if the pianist took requests, and before we knew it he indulged us with not only our friend’s namesake song (“Daniel” by Elton John) but also a round of happy birthday. Our Dessert Sampler emerged with the requisite candle, perfectly timed. The Dessert Sampler is enough for a crowd. The long, slim rectangular

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In an ever-changing dining scene one thing remains the same: an expectation from diners to continuously have their palates challenged. We need more that just a piece of fish, a plate of pasta, a strip of steak. The newest restaurants in town meet the challenge, and are quite delicious. Federal Hill adds a restaurant to its delicious scene with massimo (134 Atwells Avenue. 273-0650,, the newest culinary creation from Pane e Vino Restaurante and Enoteca owners Joseph and Esther DeQuattro. Taking up residence in the space previously occupied by Meditteraneo, the updates are stunning, with warm wood tones throughout and an eclectically modern and hip vibe. Chef Joe oversees Massimo’s menu, in addition to Pane e Vino. His take on Massimo is contemporary Italian cuisine from various regions, as opposed to the rustic Italian quality diners have time to expect at Pane e Vino, which highlights the Campagnia region. Although the menus vary, what remains the same is Chef Joe’s culinary touch, which means thoughtful Italian cuisine that keeps you coming back for more. Persimmon (99 Hope Street. 4327422, is now comfortably situated in the old Rue de L’Espoir locale. With an updated exterior, open kitchen perfect for watching the chefs prepare all the food and a lovely chef’s counter, there are few things besides the bones of this building that give a nod to its previous occupant. In addition to the move, Persimmon is noticeably larger than its former location in Bristol, and so is its menu. Pasta dishes are a new addition to the menu – all of which are made in-house – plus staples of vegetables, meats, fish and dessert. In true Champe Speidel form, all the dishes are works of art, with an array of colors bursting with flavors and textures that dance across your tongue and tantalize your taste buds. There’s a constantly changing

menu, so you’ll have the opportunity to explore the range of Chef Champe’s repertoire as he plays with produce in season. Think of a delicious and simple bouillabaisse, tender lamb, plump gnocchi, seasonal greens and panna cotta for dessert. It’s a feast for both the eyes and the palate. From the same folks who brought us Hemenway’s and Waterman Grille – Newport Restaurant Group – comes the newest addition to Garden City: Avvio (90 Hillside Road, Cranston. 942-2900, This warm and inviting Italian eatery focuses on both locally- and Italiansourced ingredients that come together in their Neapolitan pizzas, wood-fire grilled entrees and classic Italian dishes. Look forward to Shrimp Bruschetta, classic Margherita pizzas, Rigatoni Bolognese, Flat Iron Steak and, of course, delectable desserts like Olive Oil Cake. These mouth-watering dishes only touch upon the diverse and enticing menu at Avvio, so be sure to stop by and try it for yourself. If it’s anything like the Newport Restaurant Groups’ other restaurants, this one is sure to hit all the right notes. It’s no secret Rhode Islanders love Italian food. We probably even have the most Italian restaurants per square mile outside of Italy (not factually accurate but it sure does seem that way). That being said, I don’t think anyone is complaining. Everyone has their favorites, and folks are always willing to experiment with the new restaurant on the block. Cucina rustica (555 Atwood Avenue, Cranston. 944-2500, and is brought to us from the owners of Oceanside at the Pier in Narragansett. With a homey and warm feel, this Italian restaurant features a raw bar, pizzas, freshly made pasta, house specialties and tasty dining deals. Stop by on Mangia Mondays for all-you-caneat salad, pasta, meatballs and garlic bread or on Wednesdays for half price bottles of wine. There’s even live music on Saturday nights.

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The Secret Ingredient Chef Edward Bolus on why Mill’s Tavern is a home for playful and ambitious cooking It’s no secret that Providence houses a prestigious collection of fine-dining destinations. The ones that truly stick out are headed by chefs that take chances and follow their inner passions with each dish. Take, for instance, Mill’s Tavern and the surprising menu elements they bring to the table, all thanks to their Executive Chef Edward Bolus. We stopped by and got the inside scoop on the dishes Chef Ed feels most proud of, and how his artistic freedom at Mill’s is the real secret ingredient in the kitchen. Where did your passion for cooking begin? I attribute where I am today from what I took away from my parents’ cooking when I was a child. One of my strongest memories is waking up in the middle of the night and smelling marinara sauce on the stove. I was on the other end of the house and thinking, “Oh my God, that smells amazing.” My father’s side is 100% Lebanese and my mother’s predominantly German, so I was introduced to a lot of different foods at a young age (like eating raw lamb at three years old). It definitely gave me a different appreciation and perspective than most kids who grew up on Hamburger Helper and Chef Boyardee. You started out shucking oysters for mill’s tavern and now you’re the executive chef. What made you stay with the restaurant for nearly a decade? One of things that I love about Mill’s Tavern, and possibly the reason why I’ve stayed so long, is that nobody tells me what I can or can’t do in the kitchen. I get to teach myself and try new things all the time. We’ve done bison, ostrich, venison – basically whatever we want to do, we take a stab at it. My bosses never question what I do. So long as the restaurant does well, I get to play with anything I want. It’s one of the most amazing aspects of the job. I get to take chances and push the envelope with my dishes. What station on the kitchen line is your “sweet spot”? I love grilling. We have an open wood and charcoal grill in the kitchen. The flavor our steaks get on that open fire

Chef Edward Bolus has free reign in the MIll’s Tavern kitchen

is just incredible. We’ve got a rotisserie on there, too. I just had a single spit manufactured so I can roast a whole suckling pig. That’s the game plan for the summer. We do a major change to the menu each season, and then host a wine dinner to showcase those changes. I’ll engineer it to be themed on the seasonal ingredients available. For summer we’re thinking about a luau theme or anything that will work around an entire rotisserie suckling pig. What’s a stellar item on the menu that you would recommend? The dish I’m most pleased with right now is the Skate, which is stingray, for those who don’t know. It’s made with traditional pan sauce, but with a twist. We dust the skate in rice flour to keep it gluten-free. Then a quick pan sear on the skate with a little garlic, shallots, fennel, caramelized onion and then we deglaze it with Sambuca. A little cream, finished with butter and heirloom cherry tomatoes. That all goes over Vermicelli rice noodles. So there’s a little Asian influence and French style. Can you talk about a dish you feel personally connected to.

The Rabbit Roulade is a dish that I’m particularly proud of. It’s evolved quite a bit from its original form. It’s a whole rabbit saddle, so you de-bone the entire rabbit, take the four legs and hind quarters and grind them to make a forcemeat, then pack that inside the saddle. [Then] put inlays of various ingredients, anything from bacon chorizo to edamame, sun dried tomtates or olives. Since we break down all of our own duck inhouse too, I take the tenderloins and in-lay them within the roulade. When you roll and slice it, you can see the tenderloins throughout each cut. If you had the choice, what would be your last meal? If I had to have my last meal it would be Kibbeh with fried eggs and flat bread. Palate-wise, it’s not something most people would consider a “favorite dish” but I’ve always loved it. It’s basically the Lebanese version of tartar – ground lamb and beef with a few moderate spices, like mint, pepper and onion. The meat my mother always had for this dish was unbelievably fresh, like just-after-the-butcher-cut-it kind of fresh. Hence the reason I was able to eat it raw as a kid.

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Sweltering weather has a way of making kitsch unironically appealing. When it’s 100 degrees on a good day, with 2,000% humidity, who has time for tastefulness and decorum? Who wants to remain a respectable adult? Not a one of us. We all enter an unapologetically warped, regressive state in which more is more, bad choices get a pass and youthful nostalgia mixes with grownup indulgence. There is no more perfect emblem of this phenomenon than the spiked slushie. Both its halves – the spiked half and the slushie half – are all id, even if one hails from middle-aged territory and the other from middle school. And to boot, it’s possibly the utmost democratizing summer drink, capable of felling class and political divides in a single, icy, highproof swoop. At Rick’s Roadhouse, Providence’s unapologetic bastion of Americana, spiked slushies are king all season long. One in particular, the Grapefruit Slushie, comes with a side of Rhode Island pride – since it pays homage to Del’s, the state’s most iconic iced lemonade. “A couple of years ago they came out with a grapefruit version that blew me away,” says Harrison Elkhay, who directs beverages for Rick’s and its sister restaurants. He began

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to think about a NSFW version to serve, and soon a citrusy, vodka-soused, Snookie-approved slushie was born. Alright, alright. There’s a little class involved. Rick’s uses only fresh-squeezed juices, never the concentrated stuff or high-fructose whatchamacalit laced with red dye #47. The slushies come with perfectly textured ice in a highball glass, with no plastic cup or neon straw in sight.

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bartender can still wind up with a passable version. • 1.5 oz of Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka (a Texan brand, natch) • 3 oz fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice • .5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice • Approximately 1.5 cups of crushed ice • Fresh grapefruit slice Add the vodka, fresh juices and ice to a blender and pulse lightly until blended but not pureed. Serve in a tall hurricane glass with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

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Red Stripe established in 2005, Red Stripe is a neighborhood restaurant that serves refined comfort food with casual finesse. The menu features dishes typically found in a traditional French brasserie such as steak frites and short rib Bourguignon.   American and Rhode Island favorites like burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, calamari, grilled seafood and pasta round out a diverse menu that appeals to many tastes.  Everything is made from scratch at Red Stripe, so you know you’re getting fresh, quality food at every meal.   Red Stripe Providence has been

expanded to include a 70 seat private dining room in addition to a main dining room that accommodates 100 diners. The restaurant sports a red outdoor awning, dark wood walls, high tin ceiling and striking black-and-white floor pattern. In true brasserie style, the eateries are a convivial spot where the bar is located right in the middle of the restaurant, creating a buzz and energy level that permeates the space. No matter what the occasion, Red Stripe will prepare a delicious and affordable meal in an inviting setting for you, your family and friends.

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465 Angell St, Providence • 401-437-6950 455 Main St, East Greenwich • 401-398-2900 10 Prime Steak & Sushi Gourmet steaks and sushi. 55 Pine St, Providence, 4532333. LD $$$

Breachway Grill Classic New England fare, plus NY-style pizza. 1 Charlestown Beach Rd, Charlestown, 213-6615. LD $$

Angelo’s Civita Farnese restaurant Italian American comfort food classics. 141 Atwells Ave, Providence, 621-8171. LD $-$$

Café nuovo Contemporary New World cuisine. 1 Citizens Plz, Providence, 4212525. LD $-$$$

AQuA Poolside cocktails with seasonal American cuisine. 1 Orms St, Providence, 272-2400. LD $-$$

Capriccio Upscale international food with a northern Italian/Mediterranean accent. 2 Pine St, Providence, 421-1320. LD $-$$$

Besos Kitchen & Cocktails Tapas and eclectic cuisine and cocktails. 378 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-8855. BrLD $$$ Bistro 22 New American rustic cuisine in Garden City. 22 Midway Rd, Cranston, 383-6400. LD $-$$

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Black Bass Grille Classic seafood, historic waterfront setting. 3 Water St, South Dartmouth, MA, 508-999-6975. LD $$ Bluefin Grille at the Providence marriott Downtown Seasonal and sustainable seafood in an elegant atmosphere. 1 Orms St, Providence, 272-5852. LD $-$$

Carriage Inn & Saloon Regional comfort food accompanied by a whiskey bar. 1065 Tower Hill Rd, North Kingstown, 294-8466. D $-$$ CAV Eclectic cuisine and art in an historic setting. 14 Imperial Pl, Providence, 7519164. BrLD $$-$$$ Celestial Café Organic farm-to-table fine dining. Oak Harbor Village, 567 S County Tr, Exeter, 295-5559. BrLD $-$$$ Centro restaurant & Lounge Contemporary cuisine and cocktails. 1 W Exchange St, Providence, 228-6802. BLD $$$

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Champlins Seafood Dockside fresh seafood serving easy breezy cocktails. 256 Great Island Rd, Narragansett, 783-3152. LD $-$$ Chez Pascal/the Wurst Kitchen Seasonal farm-to-table cuisine with a French accent. House-made sausages, hot dogs and accoutrements. 960 Hope St, Providence, 421-4422. LD $-$$$

DeWolf tavern Gourmet American/Indian fusion. 259 Thames St, Bristol, 2542005. BLD $$-$$$ the Dorrance Fine dining with exquisite cocktails. 60 Dorrance St, Providence, 521-6000. D $$$ eleven Forty nine City sophistication in the suburbs. 1149 Division St, Warwick, 884-1149. LD $$$

Chapel Grille Gourmet food overlooking the Providence skyline. 3000 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, 944-4900. BrLD $$$

ella’s Fine Food & Drink Elegant dining meets international cuisine. 2 Tower St, Westerly, 315-0606. D $-$$$

Circe restaurant & Bar South Beach meets New England seafood favorites. 50 Weybosset St, Providence, 437-8991. BrLD $-$$$

Flatbread Company Artisanal pizza, local ingredients. 161 Cushing St, Providence, 273-2737. LD $-$$

Clean Plate Delicious comfort food in a casual setting. 345 S. Water St, Providence, 621-8888. BBrLD $$

Fresco Italian American comfort food with international inspirations. 301 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-0027; 140 Comstock Pkwy, Cranston, 228-3901. D $-$$

Cucina rustica Rustic, Italian-style dining combining comfort food and sophistication. 555 Atwood Ave, Cranston, 944-2500. LD $-$$

George’s of Galilee Fresh caught seafood in an upscale pub atmosphere. 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, 783-2306. LD $-$$

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harry’s Bar & Burger Handcrafted sliders, brews and pub games. 121 N Main St, Providence, 228-7437; 301 Atwells Ave, 228-3336. LD $-$$ haruki Japanese cuisine and a la carte selections with casual ambiance. Locations in Cranston and Providence. LD $-$$ Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder house Classic clam shack fare, plus famous doughboys. 889 Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick, 737-9459; 1157 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 783-5608. LD $ Iron Works tavern A wide variety of signature American dishes in the historic Thomas Jefferson Hill Mill. 697 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, 739-5111. LD $-$$$ Jacky’s Galaxie Local Pan-Asian chain offering sushi and classic entrees in a modern atmosphere. Locations in Providence, North Providence, Bristol and Cumberland, LD $-$$$ Jigger’s Diner Classic ‘50s diner serving breakfast all day. 145 Main St, East Greenwich, 884-6060. BL $-$$ Julian’s A must-taste Providence staple celebrating 20 years. 318 Broadway, Providence, 861-1770. BBrLD $$ Kartabar Mediterranean-style cuisine, chic setting. 284 Thayer St, Providence, 331-8111. LD $-$$ KitchenBar Contemporary comfort cuisine. 771 Hope St, Providence, 331-4100. BrLD $$ Laurel Lane Country Club Upscale pub cuisine overlooking a picturesque golf course. 309 Laurel Ln, West Kingston, 783-3844. LD $-$$ Lim’s restaurant Upscale Thai and fresh sushi. 18 South Angell St, Providence, 383-8830. LD $$ Luxe Burger Bar Build your own creative burger. 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, 621-5893. LD $ maharaja Indian restaurant Indian cuisine and traditional curries in a warm setting. 1 Beach St, Narragansett, 363-9988. LD $-$$ malted Barley American craft beer, gourmet pretzels and creative

sandwiches in downtown Westerly. 42 High St, Westerly, 315-2184; 334 Westminster St, Providence, 490-0300. LD $$ mcBride’s Pub Traditional Irish pub fare in Wayland Square. 161 Wayland Ave, Providence, 751-3000. LD $$ mcCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steak Mixed grill selections and signature fish dishes sourced locally and seasonally. 11 Dorrance St, Providence, 351-4500. BLD $$-$$$ mia’s Prime time Café Upscale café cuisine by the Pawcatuck River. 1 West Broad St, Pawcatuck, CT, 860-5993840. BLD $$

Pho horn’s Fresh, authentic Vietnamese dishes in a colorful setting. 50 Ann Mary St #403, Pawtucket, 365-6278. LD $-$$ Pizza J A fun, upbeat atmosphere with thin crust pizza, pub fare and gluten-free options. 967 Westminster St, Providence, 632-0555. LD $-$$ Pizzico Diverse Italian and fusion cuisine in a rustic yet eclectic atmosphere. 762 Hope St, Providence, 421-4114; 308 County Rd, Barrington, 247-0303. LD $-$$$

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Public Kitchen & Bar American food with changing daily inspirations. 120 Francis St, Providence, 919-5050. BrLD $-$$ rasa Authentic and contemporary Indian. 149 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2822. LD $$ rasoi Vegetarian-friendly Indian cuisine.

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mill’s tavern Historic setting for New American gourmet. 101 N Main St, Providence, 272-3331. D $$$ napolitano’s Brooklyn Pizza Classic Italian fare and traditional New Yorkstyle pizzas. 100 East St, Cranston, 383-7722; 380 Atwells Ave, Providence, 273-2400. LD $-$$ nordic Lodge Surf and turf buffet selections perfect for family gatherings. 178 E Pasquisett Trl, Charlestown, 7834515. LD $$$ ocean State Sandwich Company Craft sandwiches and hearty sides. 1345 Hartford Ave, Johnston. 155 Westminster St, Providence, 282-6772. BL $-$$ the olive tap Extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and gourmet food and gift selections. 485 Angell St, Providence, 272-8200. $$-$$$ opa the Phoenician Authentic Lebanese food served in a fun atmosphere with hookahs. 230 Atwells Ave, Providence, 351-8282. D $-$$$ Parkside rotisserie & Bar American bistro specializing in rotisserie meats. 76 South Main St, Providence, 3310003. LD $-$$ Pat’s Italian Fine Italian favorites, natural steaks and handcrafted cocktails. 1200 Hartford Ave, Johnston, 2731444. LD $-$$$ Phil’s main Street Grille Classic comfort food; great rooftop patio. 323 Main St, Wakefield, 783-4073. BBrLD $

DeWolf Tavern the DeWolf tavern, overlooking picturesque Bristol Harbor, is housed in a 200-year-old warehouse built by the infamous DeWolf family. Amber hues, wooden beams and exposed original stonewalls immediately welcome you upon entering the restaurant. Two floors of dining rooms, along with a dockside patio, offer an inviting gourmet experience like no other. Chef Sai Viswanath, an internationally trained master chef, is at the helm of the kitchen that creatively combines the art of slow cooking with the high heat of a tandoor oven. Chicken, lamb and

Expect fine dining with Indian flair at Dewolf Tavern

seafood are infused with modern flavors that are intensified when finished off in the tandoor, a primitive cooking method that can reach up to 900 degrees. The results are always succulent and tender, abounding in intense natural flavors. The innovative cuisine has been nationally acclaimed with praises in Esquire magazine and Conde Nast Traveler, and Chef Sai was a 2012 semifinalist for the James Beard “Best Chef in the Northeast” award. A sensory experience complete with striking sunsets over the harbor, the DeWolf Tavern is a Rhode Island treasure.

Insider tip: DeWolf offers a three-course prix-fixe menu Monday through Thursday for only $22, and a Super Sunday Special three-course prix-fixe menu for $32.

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Providence Coal Fired Pizza Old world coal-fired pizzas, appetizers and entrees made from scratch. 385 Westminster St, Providence, 454-7499; 6105 Post Rd, North Kingstown, 885-7499. LD $-$$

727 East Ave, Pawtucket, 728-5500. LD $$ red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 4376950; 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. BrLD $$ rick’s roadhouse House-smoked barbecue. 370 Richmond St, Providence, 272-7675. LD $-$$ roberto’s Italian fine dining and large wine selection in the scenic East Bay. 450 Hope St, Bristol, 254-9732. D $$-$$$ rosmarin and tarragon Bar An elegant upscale restaurant featuring classic European-style cuisine with modern flair in addition to their sister bar offering handcrafted drinks and light fare. 225A Westminster St, Providence, 400-5773. BLD $$$ Sa-tang Fine Thai and Asian fusion cuisine with gluten-free selections. 402 Main St, Wakefield, 284-4220. LD $-$$ Siena Impeccable Italian cuisine. Locations in Providence, East Greenwich, Smithfield, 521-3311. D $$-$$$ Simone’s Gourmet brunch followed by upscale Mediterranean cuisine. 275 Child St, Warren, 247-1200. BBrLD $$-$$$ Sophia’s tuscan Grille BYOB eatery with classic Tuscan dishes and homemade desserts. 1729 Warwick Ave, Warwick, 732-6656. BLD $-$$$ t’s restaurant Plentiful breakfast and lunch. Locations in Cranston, East Greenwich, Narragansett, BL $ taullulah on thames Farm-driven, a la carte and prix fixe menus in a simply decorated setting. 464 Thames St, Newport, 849-2433. BrD $$$ tavern by the Sea Waterfront European/American bistro. 16 W Main St, Wickford, 294-5771. LD $$ tavern on the Water A fusion of Portuguese and French cuisine in an upscale American atmosphere. 743 Putnam Pk, Smithfield, 349-3888. LD $-$$$ tavolo Wine Bar and tuscan Grille Classic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine and beer list. 970 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 349-4979. LD $-$$ ten rocks tapas Bar Cape Verdeaninspired small plates, handcrafted cocktails and frequent live music. 1091 Main St, Pawtucket, 728-0800. BrLD $-$$


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Vanille Boulangerie French-inspired bakery teeming with cookies, pastries and breakfast and lunch specialties. 311 Westminster St, Providence. 521-3333 BL $-$$ Vanuatu Coffee roasters Artisan-crafted, single origin coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches. 294 Atwells Ave, Providence, 273-1586. BL $-$$ the Village Casual dining and live entertainment. 373 Richmond St, Providence, 228-7222. BrLD $$ Vinya Locally sourced small plates with Spanish flair reminiscent of the season. 225a Westminster St, Providence. D $-$$ Wes’ rib house Missouri-style barbecue, open late. 38 Dike St, Providence, 421-9090. LD $$

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Live at WaterpLace park Throughout July: There’s no better way to unwind on a Friday after a busy workweek than with WBRU’s Summer Concert Series. Co-sponsored by the City of Providence and Dunkin’ Donuts, this summer’s performers include Rock Hunt winners Le Roxy Pro with the Blue Album (7/8), Mainland with Eric and the Nothing (7/15), Lucius with Math the Band (7/22) and Aurora with Young Lincoln (7/29). Free admission. 7pm. Waterplace Park.

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throughout July: Every Thursday night, don’t miss performances by Duke Robillard, The Becky Chace Band, Neal and the Vipers and Pendragon in the 20th season of the rhode island Historical Society concerts Under the elms on the lawn of the historic John Brown House. Show up hungry, because Citizen Wing, Mijos Tacos and Fugo Food Truck will take turns serving the events. RIHS members and all children under 12: Free. Non-member adults and children over 12: $10. 6:30-8pm. 52 Power Street. 3318575,

Magnolias, which featured Julia Roberts in the Hollywood version of this comedic story about friendship, family and love. Jenks Auditorium, Division Street, Pawtucket. 726-6860,

throughout July: Every Thursday at dusk, Movies on the Block will be showing popular movies to the public for free. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or some beach chairs and your favorite snacks, of course. This month’s movies include: Pink Floyd - The Wall (7/7), Spaceballs (7/14), The Silence of the Lambs (7/21) and The Hunger Games (7/28). 8pm. Grant’s Block, 260 Westminster Street.

July 9, 23: All summer long WaterFire lights up the city with over 80 braziers down the Providence River. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset but the festivities continue well into the night. Downtown along Memorial Boulevard and South Main Street.

throughout July: Every Sunday from 10am-4pm, treasure hunters, hipsters, families and anyone interested in vintage finds head to the providence Flea. In addition to scoping out some unique finds, there is also art, fashion, crafts, food trucks and more. Free admission. Providence River Greenway. 484-7783, July 6-24: Ocean State Theatre Company presents the Broadway mega-hit Damn Yankees. This clever musical based on Douglass Wallop’s novel, The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant, brings the story of a middle-aged baseball fanatic trading his soul to the Devil in order for his team to win the pennant to the stage. Performances start at 7:30pm, with a 2pm matinee on Sundays. 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. 921-8262, July 8-17: The Community Players will be performing Robert Harling’s Steel

July 9-10: The rhode island indian council hosts their 25th Pow Wow. This historical event celebrates Native American heritage with food, crafts and jewelry, as well as singers and dancers. Warwick City Park, 185 Asylum Road, Warwick. 781-1098,

July 10: The rhode island cape verdean independence Day Festival is the oldest celebration of the Cape Verdean community in the US. Experience the culture and heritage of the Cape Verdean community through traditional music, dance, food and fun activities for the whole family. $2. 12-7pm. India Point Park. 218-0276, July 12: Care for a blend of Celtic folk romance and the rhythms of contemporary dance? Acclaimed electronic violinist and New York Times Best Selling author Lindsey Stirling will be bringing her unique style of music to The Vets for a mesmerizing night of the arts that is bound to defy more than one genre. 7:30pm. 220 Weybosset Street. 4212787, July 13: Support local artists as they compete in Move the crowd hosted by Spocka Summa. This three-round contest will showcase local artists for their chance to win various prizes. Seats are first come, first serve, starting at $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the

July 4: Fireworks and the Fourth of July. It’s a no brainer. Sure you could pile into India Point Park like you always do, or you could get out on the water. Hop on one of the Providence River Boat Company’s boats, head out from the Hot Club and be the envy of all your friends on Instagram with the best views of the fireworks in town. Reservations required; $50. 21-plus. 8:30pm. 575 South Water Street. 580-2628, show. 7pm. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. July 14: Are you ready? Because being “almost ready” won’t be enough when Dinosaur Jr. rocks their way to The Met. Don’t miss these elder statesmen of fuzzed out rock. $25 in advance; $30 day of. Doors 8pm; Show 9pm. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. July 17: The colombian independence Festival will kick off with a parade through the streets of Central Falls. The parade will end at Higginson Park but

the fun continues with cultural performances, food, drinks and more in this family-friendly environment. 10am-7pm. 16 Higginson Avenue, Central Falls. July 18: Returning to Providence after over two years is WWe Monday Night raw. Come out and see your favorite WWE superstars – including the return of the legendary John Cena. 7:30pm. Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Square. 331-0700, July 21: 92 PRO-FM presents Melanie Martinez at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

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for her “Cry Baby” Tour. Formerly on The Voice, Melanie’s stunning voice will make this a night to remember. $29-$35. 8pm. 79 Washington Street. 331-5876, July 22: “Stop! In The Name Of Love” for Diana Ross and watch as the glamorous Jackie collins pays tribute to the star. Miss Collins has been entertaining for the past three decades in Boston, New York and Provincetown, and now she’s coming to RI. $21. 8pm. 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. July 23: Foreigners Journey welcomes you with “Open Arms” as they perform a Journey and Foreigner tribute. They’ll perform all your favorite ballads from

two of rock’s greatest arena bands. $21$26. 8pm. 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. July 23-24: Music and motorcycles will rock the Block at the Pierce Stadium. The event will feature a battle of the bands, food trucks, beer and wine pavilions, games, rides and more! $20-$85. 11am-11pm. 210 Mercer Street, East Providence.

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July 28: the Unknown Mortal Orchestra is coming to the Fete Ballroom. Come out for a night of great rock music and hear the popular band perform their newest album, Multi-Love. $17 advance; $20 day of. 7-10pm. 103 Dike Street. 3831112,


July 28: Dunkin’ Donuts Center will be presenting Nobel Peace Prize recipient and worldwide education advocate, Malala Yousafzai. Malala refuses to be silent as she continues to fight for the right of everyone to receive an education worldwide. You will not want to miss this exclusive Northeast appearance by this brave, inspiring young woman. 7:30pm. Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Square. 331-0700,

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The Quahogs offer up good ol’ rock and roll If one was in search of what the “Providence sound” is, I’d point them in the direction of The Quahogs. Tweedquality, reverb-soaked, twangy Fender guitars laid over and folded into songs for the people that can be turned way up, stripped way down and sung along to in any venue from the full college basement to the few regulars half listening at a local dive. Like other hometown notables Deer Tick and Atlantic Thrills, The Quahogs embrace the guitar solo, distorted honky-tonk, ripped jeans, growled vocals and spilled beer that make rock n’ roll timeless and something worth discovering over and over again through a new pair of sunglasses. Steve DelMonico comes out swinging with a solid set of songs on The Quahog’s latest release, Sunny Waste. Fixed atop this album is a need to rock in the classic rock n’ roll sense. No need to reinvent the wheel, just a need to ride the shit out of it. “Fight or Flight” and “Hangover Day” kick off the album as a sort of mission statement for everything The Quahog’s stand for, complete with regret, too many drinks, piano and a confession thrown out to an invisible listener before introducing a wonderful little duet written by and performed with Natale Tsipori called “Autumn Leaves.”

The lead guitar playing of Steve Donovan brings the thought of an orchestra to mind when hearing him fill out The Quahog’s crunchy folk pickin’ and strummin’ sound. The chaos of Highway 61-era Dylan is present as the guitars bracket verses with snippets and solos of both urgency and grace. Whether it’s Donovan or DelMonico interluding between words and barroom chorus refrains, the playing is precise with intentional and well-worn guitar sounds that keep the music in a recognizable place with slight renovations. The bass work by Ryan Gould frames the context of each song, offering at times a rumbling underneath the surface and at other moments a time clock that keeps things on-point and dressed up for the occasion. John Faraone uses enough rolls and swung eighth notes to keep the rhythm-keeping purpose of drums in folk interesting and inventive without losing sight of his foundational roll on each and every track. The up-tempo beat on “Go Forth” along with the swung minor rhythm chords bring a welcome surprise with a throwback to the

minor folk sound usually reserved for fires on the side of railway tracks or gypsy camps. Steve DelMonico sings with a world-weary voice that I won’t say reminds me of John McCauley. Let’s just say it sounds like he’s hopped a train or two. Backup vocals, strings, horns and piano round out tracks when they should and shine without being overused in a way that throws back to the studio magic of the late 1960s and early 1970s. A small medley of Providence notables jump on the record; Armand Aromin on fiddle, Florence Wallis of The Low Anthem lending some fiddle and backup vocals on “Autumn Leaves” along with Sugar Honey Iced Tea’s Emily Shaw, even a saw solo by The Low Anthem’s Ben Knox Miller on “Won’t Make a Sound.” Sunny Waste is what an album should be. It is a personality with swagger and earnestness. There are no stand-out singles that act like pillars between filler tracks, rather, each track sounds like it was written in a notebook and kept in a guitar case waiting to become what it is.

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Empire Revue, celebrating ten years of variety shows, will be performing in this year’s FringePVD

From the Fringe to the Forefront What do puppetry, honky-tonk, Western pioneers and spoons have in common? In addition to being generally awesome (try eating a bowl of ice cream with a fork), each plays a part in this year’s FringePVD. Otherwise known as the Providence Fringe Festival, the third annual installment of the theater arts extravaganza opens July 26 and offers something for everyone. Founded by the Wilbury Theatre Group’s artistic director Josh Short, FringePVD gives artists the opportunity to create and share original works. The festival is unjuried and open to all who apply, with participants chosen by lottery. FringePVD provides the artists with performance venues, technical and promotional assistance, and the full proceeds from ticket sales. Such support paves the way for a rich di-


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versity of creative expression. While the benefits to artists at FringePVD abound, the treats for audience members do, too. Expect the chance to see over 50 performers at a mix of traditional and unexpected venues like AS220, the Dean Hotel and the Steel Yard. Anticipate cutting-edge new works by luminaries of the local arts scene, as well as visual and performing artists from the national stage. The festival lasts just five days, with most shows running under an hour and ticket prices ranging from $5-$10 (cash only). Challenge yourself to catch as much of it as you can. “A first time attendee should know that it’s impossible to see everything,” reveals festival director Kate Kataja. “So I encourage everyone who’s interested to visit the Fringe website ( and check out the

artists. Go see what piques your curiosity, and find a couple of things that make you go, ‘Huh?’ Sometimes those are the very best experiences.” If intrigued by the aforementioned puppetry, head to Dan Ruppel’s Herakles. Enjoy country-style crooning and love stories in Meg Sullivan’s multi-media solo act, Veja Doolittle: Bake in Town. Cheer pioneers from the 1840s as they attempt to navigate a video game in Ruts! The Oregon Trail Experience. And, if you’re still thinking about spoons, make sure to watch mentalist Rory Raven bend a few with the power of his mind. Other highlights from this year’s line-up include Julia Bartoletti’s Bard

the Band, exploring relationships in the Shakespeare’s canon, and Sylvia Ann Soares’ Silvy Tory Stories, depicting male and female Africans in 17th–18th century Rhode Island. To encourage budding talent, the free, kid-friendly “Family Fringe” on July 30 involves an afternoon of theater games, performances and workshops, too. Like the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and similar events held worldwide, FringePVD helps to bring experimental, contemporary work in a variety of genres from the edge to the foreground. It’s inclusive, accessible, affordable, exciting – and growing every year. Happy third birthday, FringePVD, and here’s to many more.

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