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18 RHODY GEM: Wakefield yoga

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52 IN THE KITCHEN: Valentine’s

hot drinks from The Nook

Day is a labor of love at

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Life & Style

15 South County cigar lounges

winter wardrobe with jewelry

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preserve an age-old pastime

from Newport-based Loren Hope

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37 SHOP: Add luster to your

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55 RESTAURANT GUIDE

16 Get lost in history at the WWII

38 HOME: An East Matunuck

South County Scenes

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58 Peaceful winter scenery

renovation

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ETERNAL LOVE Gina Caramadre transforms flowers into beads, preserving favorite moments for a lifetime It started with a bouquet of red roses on Valentine’s Day two years ago. Gina Caramadre wanted to preserve the flowers from her boyfriend – her “true love” – in a meaningful way, not just pressed and framed or stowed inside an album. After much research, plus lots of rolling, sealing, and stringing, she transformed the plucked petals into a 108-bead mala necklace. “Mala is a symbol of peace, used as a tool to meditate and ground the mind, encouraging healing,” explains Caramadre, who describes the necklace also as a symbol of her relationship, which she defines as grounded in peace and “divinely eternal” – the very essence of what is now her jewelry business. Caramadre, while a project manager for Alex and Ani, had no formal training as a jeweler before starting Eternal in October of 2018, but she was both passionate and determined; she learned the right wire and strings to use, the different components like beads and clasps, and

taught herself how to crimp, knot, and source materials. “It seems I can preserve any flower that has a substantial petal,” Caramadre says, listing gerbera daisies, magnolias, peonies, and carnations as examples. Then, the magic happens. Through a chemical process, she breaks the petals down and waits for them to curate into flower clay, a process that takes several weeks. That clay is then rolled into beads, sealed, and strung onto wire. While the operation is small, Caramadre’s dreams are big. She’s looking into elevated materials, such as sterling silver and 14 karat gold, and partnering with local florists, wedding venues, celebration planners, and funeral parlors. “I want to continue telling people’s stories and sharing these special moments in time,” she says. “This craft has been the most beautiful way to connect with humanity, and my hope is to keep connecting.” DivinelyEternal.com, @divinelyeternal -Megan Schmit

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It’s A Dog’s World

Spacious rooms, trained coaches, and a menu of spa services. At first read, you might envision some sort of state-of-theart health resort, but in fact, you’re glancing over just a few of the features of Warwick’s newest doggie daycare, Dogtopia. “We understand that dogs are a member of the family,” say owners Jennifer and David Giardino. “Dogtopia provides pet parents with more than just a place to leave their dog for the day.” The first Dogtopia opened in Virginia in 2002, when the concept of dog daycare was still new and the idea of modeling it after a children’s daycare – and in their case, creating “indoor dog parks” – was unheard of. Today, there are more than 120 Dogtopia daycare centers in North America and

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a goal of 400 by 2023. The Giardinos open the first in Rhode Island this month. Dogtopia is exactly what it sounds like – a utopia for dogs. There are four indoor, climate-controlled playrooms lined with compressed rubber flooring (for your pup’s paw health) that are routinely sanitized with pet-friendly cleaners. Certified canine coaches, trained to recognize even subtle changes in a dog’s body language, supervise each room, where dogs are matched with furry friends of similar size, temperament, and play styles. There’s even a fully equipped spa that promises to leave your pup “looking like a million bones!” and web cams for “pet parents” to check in through a mobile app, which also acts as an interface to request appointments and boarding

and keep you up-to-date. “Our favorite part is not only making a difference in the dog’s life while they are in our facility,” says Jennifer, “but also we are excited to ‘fetch it forward’.” She’s referencing The Dogtopia Foundation, a nonprofit connecting dogs with organizations that support causes like service dogs for veterans, youth literacy programs, and employment initiatives for adults with autism. “We hope to fund at least one service dog with our efforts in year one!” Says the couple, as they gear up for the grand opening March 9, “Our hopes for the future are to make a difference in the lives of as many dogs – and pet parents – as we can in Rhode Island.” Dogtopia.com/ Warwick -Megan Schmit

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Warwick welcomes a new dog daycare with all the amenities


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Behind the Smokescreen South County cigar lounges preserve an age-old pastime Cigars are one of those old-school pleasures, the last vestige of a carefree era. Cigars are macho but unpretentious, hand-crafted yet affordable. There’s nothing as satisfying as chopping off a tip. Blowing rings is the ultimate party trick. Cigars are symbols of celebration and joie de vivre – or it’s just an excuse to hang out. Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar. South County is home to several cigar lounges, the kind of comfortable, ventilated social settings that enthusiasts love. Each offers a unique environment, merchandise, and membership program. For a true cigarista, they’re all worth a gander. -Robert Isenberg

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Cigar Box The Cigar Box has sold stogies for years, and owner Bob Lauro has traveled across Latin America to research his product. The shop is now located in Mariner Square, and the cozy space has armchairs and a wall-mounted TV. The Cigar Box doesn’t have much of an online presence – and so much the better, because it’s far more rewarding to visit in person, describe what you want, and spend an hour or two taking in the atmosphere. Narragansett, Facebook: Cigar Box Vintage Cigar Lounge & Club The Westerly location of Vintage Cigar may be the lap of luxury: The lounge measures 2,000 square feet, and there’s a full bar. Built into an attractive stone building, Vintage looks like a Roaring Twenties movie set, and the interior is voluminous. The walk-in humidor offers around 400 varieties, and there’s even a fireplace room for puffing by the hearth. Any aficionado will tell you that cigars are best paired with spirits, and the combinations are nearly infinite. But there’s more: Vintage Cigar recently opened a second location on Charlestown Beach Road – equally huge and hospitable, with a deck for warm weather. Westerly and Charlestown, VintageCigarLounge.com Richmond Smoke Not every cigar lounge has its own fire pit. Or hookahs. Or horseshoe games. This is part of the reason Richmond Smoke is

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a destination unto itself, and worth frequenting all afternoon. Many of Richmond Smoke’s amenities, such as the outdoor bar, are best enjoyed in the warmer months, but you can still browse a wide range of cigars, sample shisha flavors, and grab a drink or two. Richmond’s rustic setting and out-ofthe-way location make it especially popular among bikers and sportsmen. Richmond, RichmondSmoke.com Hill & Harbor Cigar Lounge Firmly planted in the middle of the East Greenwich dining district, Hill & Harbor is a great place to spend the evening or punctuate a more expansive night out. Under the same ownership as

Richmond Smoke, Hill & Harbor boasts a cultivated atmosphere and tasty selection of spirits. There’s also a patio in the back, a safe distance from Main Street foot traffic. East Greenwich, HillAndHarborCigarLounge.com Regency Cigar Emporium The website for Regency Cigar is a virtual catalogue of cigar products, from elegant boxes to cutters and humidor systems, and you can order anything you want without leaving the comfort of your den. But Regency also hosts its own lounge in East Greenwich, where you can share conversation and find ultra-rare brands from around the world. East Greenwich, RegencyCigar.com

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War Stories

Inside the World War II Foundation, you will see helmets pecked with bullet holes. You’ll see bayonets of every shape and sharpness. You’ll see medals, machine guns, and flags of all stripes. Quietly stationed on Main Street in Wakefield, the museum is deceptively large, its collection startling. It’s rare to see an authentic “brown shirt” uniform from the early days of German fascism. Nowhere else in the world can you see John Wayne’s costume from The Longest Day. And if you’ve always yearned to touch a rusted slice of metal from the USS Arizona, the destroyer ambushed and sunk at Pearl Harbor, this is your chance to touch it. “We also emphasize that all the artifacts in the education center were used by someone in the war,” says Tim Gray, a historian, filmmaker, and South Kingstown native. “Some of the stories we know, many we don’t, but they all have a personal story behind them.” The WWII Foundation started as a documentary film series. After Gray studied

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journalism at URI, he worked for 15 years as a news and sports anchor. Starting with D-Day: The Price of Freedom in 2006, Gray has produced 23 films to date, covering the gamut of World War II-related subjects, in the hopes of documenting – and humanizing – the Greatest Generation. The films themselves have been a raging success: Gray has traveled around the world, from Normandy to Guadalcanal, interviewing veterans and investigating every niche of the global conflict. His films air regularly on Public Television, and they are among the network’s most requested programs. Celebrity narrators include Gary Sinise and Damian Lewis, and Gray has been a guest on TV and at the White House. And there is far more to come. “I’d say 75 percent of the interviews, people haven’t seen yet,” says Gray. “This enables us to have a huge library of interviews with veterans, survivors, people on the homefront, etc., to draw on for the next

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20 years of our films, even when the last World War II veteran eventually passes away in the next 10 to 15 years.” The museum is full of surprises, but the biggest surprise is its international collection: You can see Japanese banners and uniforms, a doll crafted in a concentration camp, German ephemera covered in swastikas, and place settings from Hitler’s own dining room. Hundreds of young students have made their way through the museum, and Gray has been deeply satisfied with these interchanges. “You need to personalize it for them,” Gray says. “Explain to them the significance of the event and, based on their age group, tell them what someone their age would have been doing to support the war effort. The students are just fascinated to see these objects up close and in color, and some of the artifacts they can hold – or, in the case of the air raid siren, make some noise.” WWIIFoundation.org. -Robert Isenberg

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Yoga and Holistic Health We’re on the hunt for Rhody Gems! Every neighborhood has that secret, hidden, cool and unusual, or hole-in-the-wall spot that locals love. Email or tag us on social media using #RhodyGem to suggest yours, and we might just feature it! What it is: The retail store at Wakefield’s All That Matters Yoga and Holistic Health Center offers yoga and meditation essentials that complement their health offerings, which include weekly classes, workshops, and services like acupuncture and massage. Name-brand clothing and accessories, as well as all the gear you’ll need – from mats and blocks to meditation cushions – can be found in their shop. The casual enthusiast can also enjoy all-natural personal care products, jewelry, books, and more.

What makes it a Rhody Gem? The store opened back in the day when a yoga mat was a bit more difficult to come by, and while that’s changed, the little shop still fills a holistic health niche in the community. Whether you’re shopping for a friend or seeking to outfit a healthy lifestyle for yourself, All That Matters is the place to start, featuring well-known brands like Prana and Beyond Yoga and gifts made by local vendors.

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Where to find it: The shop, which adjoins the yoga center, is located at 311 Main Street in Wakefield, conveniently along the South County Bike Path. A second center is located in downtown East Greenwich.

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February 7: Misquamicut Aloha Luau 2020 feels like a trek to the tropics with a pig roast, food from local restaurants, and a silent auction – all supporting beloved beach activities. Westerly, EventBrite.com

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Whether or not you’re a plantbased eater, the inaugural VegFest RI introduces veggie-geared vendors, organizations, local celebs, and more to a broader food community. Providence, ArtsCenter.WaterFire.org

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Spotlighting family-forward filmmakers, Providence Children’s Film Festival presents 10 days of curated cinema screened at various venues, along with postfilm conversations and activities. Providence, ProvidenceChildrensFilmFestival.org

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MUSIC COURTHOUSE CENTER FOR THE ARTS February 1: The Bon Jovi Experience - Bon Jersey. February 7: The Journey Show. February 8: Moondance - A Tribute to Van Morrison. February 15: A Tribute to the Music of Billy Joel - New York State of Mind. February 22: Prince Tribute - Dean Ford and the Beautiful Ones. 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston. CourthouseArts.org

GREENWICH ODEUM February 13: Marc Cohn. February 15: Odeum Classic Films - Harold and Maude. February 23: Pure Prairie League. February 29: Odeum Comedy Presents Caroline Rhea. 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. GreenwichOdeum.com KNICKERBOCKER MUSIC CENTER February 1: The Collective Presents the Music of John Mayer. February 5: Cherry

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SOUTH COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION Through February 15: Open Juried Print, Paint, and Drawing Annual Exhibition. February 20-March 14: Open Juried Photography Annual Exhibition. 2587 Kingstown Road, Kingston. SouthCountyArt.org WICKFORD ART ASSOCIATION Through February 2: Anything Goes Exhibition. February 7-March 1: Seeing Red Exhibition. February 21-28: Scholarship Program Exhibit and Awards Ceremony. 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown. WickfordArt.org

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Desserts that look as good as they taste are all in a day’s work for bakery cafes

by Elyse Major photography by Mackenzie Bremges

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lame it on childhood but for many of us, there is an ingrained delight in dessert. There’s the expectation and anticipation. We finish our broccoli for the promise of a wedge of cake, a scoop of ice cream, heck, a pile of cookies. Birthday cakes are presented to us via waltz and song, with candles or sparklers. What other type of food has its own pedestal, after all? And what goes better with designer cakes than a cup of fresh coffee? Enter the bakery cafe, the modern construct that invites you to stop and smell the royal icing roses, then sit and relax, and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, too.


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baked goods have always been a treat for the eyes, today with our smartphone cameras at the ready, the setting, packaging, experience, and presentation are more important than ever. For many of us, the chance to play amateur food stylist is part of the fun, and savvy business owners do the same, luring us in with images of smiling patrons and bouquets of cake pops, knowing that a picture is worth a thousand words. Around South County there are many charming places where you can delight in glass cases and counters stocked with colorful confections, and of course stage and snap a quick pic before savoring each bite. What better month than February to chat with a few proprietors – each with “sweet” in their business’s name – who make their bread and butter with flour and sugar.

Kim Curtis & Sweet Althea’s


Kim Curtis has owned Sweet Althea’s Coffee House and Cakery for eight years. Located in Wakefield, the flourishing enterprise relocated in July of 2018 from Main Street to the Quo Vadis Plaza on Kingstown Road to increase its footprint; it was the second move for the popular spot named for a Grateful Dead song. As with her previous locations, Curtis has created a “laidback and comfy vibe” inside with plenty of seating – perfect for pairing a treat with a hot cup of a custom blend of Dave’s Coffee, roasted in nearby Narragansett, taste-tested and picked by Curtis herself. Trained at JWU, Curtis explains that her specialty is custom cakes, evident by a peek at her Instagram feed, but one item in particular has become quite popular. “Scones. Scones have taken over!” she exclaims. “We offer seven to nine varieties of scones made from scratch every day, as well as other assorted pastries and cookies depending on what’s in season.” Fans of Curtis’s cake artistry need not worry – Sweet Althea’s has a lengthy menu from which to choose, including gluten-free and vegan options.

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In addition to their popular offering s, h e re ’ s w h at these three spots are busy m ak ing this m ont h :

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Swe et C a ke s B a ke r y & C a f é

Sweet Indulgence

Chocolate-dipped boxes, cake pops, pretzels, and strawberries, heart-shaped brownies

Cakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, dessert platters, truffles

Cakes, cupcakes, French macarons, gourmet chocolate-covered strawberries

542 Kingstown Road, Wakefield. Instagram: @sweetaltheas

1227 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, Instagram: @sweetcakes_ri; Facebook: SweetCakesBakeryRI

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Glazed & Confused

In today’s foodie caffe latte society, there are so many choices of frostings and fillings. There’s even a bit of confusion over macarons and macaroons, so we’re here to clear things up to make your next trip to the display case as enjoyable as possible. B u t t e rc re a m

C h o co l a te G a n a c h e

Also known as Traditional and deemed Snow White if prepared with all shortening, it’s not exactly a health food, but it’s the frosting of childhood – and weddings – before fondant stole the show.

Ganache is a decadent combo of equal weights chocolate and cream. Pronounced gahn-AHSH, it can be whipped into a frosting or used as a filling for things like truffles. The addition of corn syrup makes it very pourable to drip over cakes.

C re a m C h e e s e F ro s t i n g

Fo n d a n t

Delicious on carrot and pumpkin baked goods and red velvet cupcakes, this frosting is very much like buttercream but gets its consistency from cream cheese instead of shortening or butter.

When you see a cake swathed in a layer as smooth as can be, that’s fondant. Also known as sugar paste or ready roll icing, it’s like the baker’s version of PlayDoh, ready to be colored and shaped into a variety of forms for edible toppers.

Mascarpone

M a c a ro o n s a n d M a c a ro n s

If you’re a fan of tiramisu, you’re a fan of mascarpone. Like an Italian version of cream cheese frosting, this version uses a cheese that gets its flavor from coagulating cream with lemon juice or vinegar.

A macaroon is a small drop-biscuit type of cookie that is generally flourless, chewy, and made with coconut. A macaron is a smooth and spongy round sandwich cookie with a creamy filling not be confused with Macron, the current President of France.

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Roya l I c i n g

A chilled mixing bowl, whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla is all it takes to create this concoction found stored in tubs and cans at the supermarket.

Simply made by whipping egg whites with icing sugar, this is the stuff of birthday cake roses. Too stiff to frost a cake but perfect to use to affix confectionary elements together.

White Icing / Glaze

S co n e s

This two-ingredient glaze of powdered sugar and milk or lemon juice is commonly found blanketing loaf cakes and taking on various flavors on decorated sugar cookies.

Unlike the similarly shaped biscuit, scones are made with eggs, which gives them a dense quality. While they can be flavored, they’re meant to be served with butter and jam.


“When people walk through the door, I want to make them feel like they are on vacation or a place they can feel happy,” says Kerri “Cupcake” Fusco, of her business Sweet Indulgence. Even on a dreary February afternoon, the interior is bright and welcoming in a colorway of ballet slipper pink and white, with modern frilly touches. “The reason I chose the color pink is because no matter if you are a man or a woman, pink is a very happy and soothing color that will help drop all of your troubles at the door,” says Fusco of her Parisian-themed cafe, adding that “pink champagne is one of our most sought after original cakes.” In the bakery world, Fusco is a bit of a sugar-coated rock star with nearly 40,000 followers on Facebook and 17.2k on Instagram. Her newsfeed is a pastel grid of whimsical cakes, rows of sprinkled cookies, and even shots of local Influencers like Laura Afonso of Buns & Bites. Anyone who visits Sweet Indulgence can tell you that there’s substance behind all of that style, and everything from soup to cake pops are as delectable as they are photo-worthy. While currently located in Pawtuxet Village, the cafe will soon be moving to Warwick.

Kerri Fusco & Sweet Indulgence


Other Spots to Satisfy Your

Sweet Tooth Matteo’s Bakery and Custom Cakes North Kingstown

Scrumptions East Greenwich

Slice of Heaven Jamestown

Sophie’s Brewhouse Exeter

Vesta Bakery Westerly


It was a slice of carrot cake whoopie pie that transformed self-described “longtime coffee shop fan” James Creighton into the owner of Sweet Cakes in Peace Dale. The caliber of that very item stopped him in his tracks. “It was delicious and of a quality that I hadn’t found in many other cafes. I was hooked,” he says. Creighton learned that difference was that everything was made from scratch, a tradition he’s continued since taking ownership in 2011. “We measure and weigh and mix and bake what we sell. It is time consuming and more costly to do this, but it shows in the results.” With its red shingles and window boxes, Sweet Cakes is picture-perfect New England. Originally, Jim was going to rename the business Sad and Beautiful World Cafe but took the advice of the previous owners to continue on the branding they had built. “We have a small, cozy front room with seating for eight and a covered patio that gets a lot of seasonal use. We have regulars every morning for coffee and breakfast baking and we have some fans of our soups, salads and sandwiches at lunch time. There are also students who’ll use the free WiFi and have a tea or coffee with us. Our aim is to be a casual, comfortable place that offers a good value to our customers,” says Creighton. “I think we’re pretty good at doing that.”

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Sparkle & Shine If a month had a personality, February could be described as flirtatious. Slightly longer days hint at spring, but in reality the forecast is filled with snow. Stores start to display lighter-weight clothing, but temperatures generally settle around freezing. Flirt back at the calendar by adding some luster to your look with eye-catching pieces from Loren Hope. Headquartered in Newport with a flagship store and studio, this

1. small-batch company was founded by Loren Barham, a southerner drawn to the former “Jewelry Capital of the World” and on a mission to be part of reviving that standing. Pieces have an heirloom vibe, often made with vintage supplies and always exuding timeless glamour. Perfect for watching the Oscars from your couch or braving the elements to heat up a cold night out on the town.

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Dianna Normanton grew up spending summers in a small flat-roofed beach cottage along the Jerusalem waterfront owned by her grandfather. His name was Chauncey Allard and he was an avid fisherman who could be found fishing off the rocks at sun-up and dusk. He bought the house back in 1954 when the area was a small sleepy fishing village with seasonal dwellings on leased land. In the 1990s, the land was made available for each owner to buy and Allard did just that. Soon after, he added an (unfinished) attic, and Normanton’s grandparents resided at the beach full time for the rest of their lives. Nearly six years ago, Normanton and her grown children inherited the cottage and just

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with a small footprint

like her grandfather, decided to make some modifications. While the location was ideal, the house was a bit cramped and sleeping in the hot attic was as uncomfortable as it sounds. An interior designer, Normanton got to work. “I renovated the entire house,” she says. The attic was finished, adding dormers and stairs. On the main level, she had all inside walls removed to create an entirely new open floor plan.

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GET RHODY STYLE Love the cool yet cozy feel of Dianna Normanton’s beach house? It all starts with a sense of place.

Want your home featured in So Rhode Island? Email Elyse@ProvidenceOnline.com to learn more “There were two large long dark bedrooms and one small bathroom, a very small galley kitchen with no real place to eat, and an equally small long living room that barely fit two chairs,” she says with a laugh. What she did keep were the large picture windows facing Point Judith Channel. Because the footprint is small, Normanton keeps the decor light and bright. The open concept kitchen, dining, and living spaces are all painted bright white. “The walls and ceiling blend together to give the illusion of height and seamless lines,” she explains, offering a designer’s tip. “I brought in color via the rugs, pillows, and accent pieces, with shades of blue and

orange and natural wood tones in the woven shades, coffee table, bookcase, dining table, and shells from the beach. A sectional sofa in off-white offers the most seating while keeping the compact space open.” “The location has always carried the same appeal – it is a blessing to have a place at the beach. There is always a beautiful view!” Inside, Normanton outfitted rooms taking her cue from the seaside while being conscious of avoiding an overt kitsch factor. “It’s about beautiful but comfy furnishings with colors that mimic the sunrises, sunsets, the ocean, sand, sea grass, and natural elements. It is very soothing and peaceful.”

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SCAVENGER HUNT Normanton suggests drawing inspiration from your surroundings and that includes displays of local art. Also, include elements from the ocean, the beach, and nature. SHOP MAIN STREET Favorite Wakefield small businesses include Dove & Distaff for upholstery, rugs, pillows, and other soft furnishings; and Finishing Touches for picture framing. For clothes, accessories, and gifts: Spangles. EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY “Caf Bar is the best coffee shop with unique and healthy drinks, smoothies, sandwiches, and small bites,” says Normanton, who also cites Whalers Brewing Company for its craft beer and casual hangout vibe with games, Sons of Liberty Spirits Co., and, “of course, Matunuck Oyster Bar.”

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The Nook’s signature hot chocolate is the base for its other inventive takes

CHOCOLATE, SPICE, AND EVERYTHING NICE Get cozy with hot drinks that bring the heat this winter at the Nook Sanctuary, Haven, Cozy, Comfortable. These were the names that

explains. “Instead of just adding cayenne, we began playing around

owner Shannon Wylie considered when opening The Nook Coffee

with cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg until we had the perfect reci-

House in East Greenwich four years ago. “I wanted it to be a sanc-

pe.” The result is a delicious blend of sweetness and spice.

tuary, a safe spot for people,” she says. And with an assortment

Victoria, a local sitting across the way, recommends the Red Chili Tea

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nuts from KNEAD, croissants from Iggy’s Breads, and even their

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everything you would want when holing up in the middle of winter

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to stay warm.

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Love on the “Roch’s” For some people, Valentine’s Day is a reason to splurge on a romantic meal with their beloved. For others, who’ve foregone the joys and labors of romantic love, or whose love may be on the rocks, a quiet night with delicious takeout may be just the ticket for this saintly holiday. If you’re the latter (cue up Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”), or if you have found “the one,” (Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”) and want to spend a relaxed evening at home, Roch’s Fresh Foods wants you to be their Valentine. Three generations of Roch’s have been feeding hungry Rhode Islanders for nearly a century, and any business that has lasted that long must be doing something right. Most prepared foods, artisanal breads, and sweets are made on site. Get there before 3pm for the hot bar, where you’ll find hearty soups, pizza, and savory entrees, or choose from rotisserie chickens, veggies, salads, pastas, fish, chicken, vegetable, and beef entrees. If you have a special request, say, for a grilled ribeye, twice-baked potato, and roasted veggies, call or email the day before, and Sue Lamelin, catering and kitchen manager for 15 years, will prepare and deliver it for you. “We try to accommodate everyone,” she says. “Feeding people is an act of love. Ask my kids. They haven’t left yet.” Victor Hugo wrote in 1866, “Food comforts.” So, if you like macaroni with your misery, here’s a remedy. Pour a glass of your favorite beverage, light a candle, cue up Neil Diamond’s soppy

“Love on the Rocks,” and enjoy some tasty mac and cheese, piquant tricolored pasta, or tasty tortellini. And, if marriage eluded you, a steaming bowl of Sue’s Italian Wedding Soup with garlicky mini-meatballs, escarole, celery, carrots, and pasta may lead you to flights of fancy. Before long you’ll be dancing the Tarantella.

Roch’s entrees like the silky baked salmon with sesame garlic sauce, paired with buttery, mashed Yukon potatoes and crunchy string beans with toasted almonds, is sure to warm your heart. The yakiniku chicken thighs are tender and delicious, paired with orzo with roasted vegetables, lemon balsamic, basil, feta cheese, and a side of seafood salad. I could go on with all the wonderful options for tasty take-out from Roch’s, but let’s talk about dessert. What is February 14 without chocolate? I can’t think of a better way to complete your meal than with Roch’s chocolate ganache brownie: a fudgy, frosted confection that leaves a sweet finish in the throat, or the crispy cannoli splattered with chocolate and packed with chocolate chips on either end. Rumor has it that Roch’s will also be offering chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate raspberry heart-shaped cakes.

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Celebrated finds a sweet spot in Warwick Celebrated desserts are edible art: Encased in sprinkles, adorned with sugared (and real!) flowers, topped with fruit, and frosted in bold, colorful icing. There are cakes, cupcakes, and cake jars; cookies and cookie dough; pop tarts, brownies, and – most famously – macarons. And – they’re all vegan. Since 2017, pastry chef Becky Morris has been operating remotely, churning out “plant-based indulgences” for special events, popping up at local markets and shops, and baking macarons for Plant City in Providence. Now, she’s opening a brickand-mortar in Warwick. “It’s been a dream of mine ever since starting the business to open a little shop,” says Morris. “We want a place where wedding couples can come for tastings and guests can pick up desserts to-go.” This month, customers will be able to sample her eco-conscious confections in a brandnew home at 901 Warwick Avenue. Now that’s a reason to celebrate! Celebrated.co, @celebrated.co -Megan Schmit

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Martucci Group expands EG restaurant portfolio with Kai Bar This winter, The Martucci Group (TMG) added Kai Bar to its portfolio of East Greenwich eateries, including Safehouse Modern Neighborhood Eatery, Besos Kitchen and Cocktails, The Trap Brew Pub & Grill, and Chianti’s Catering. Many things will remain the same: Award-winning mixologist Jason Kindness will continue to lead the team, bringing a “southern Cali feel to Main Street,” and remain “a great spot for craft cocktails, poke bowls,

interactive games, and live music every night of the week,” says T.J. Martucci, president. However, he reveals, they have some “fun new ideas in the works.” Bonus: For those who enjoy getting rewarded for their dining choices, Kai Bar will fall under TMG’s loyalty program, where patrons can receive reward points for purchases, make reservations, and view current wait times from their mobile app. KaiBarEG.com, TheMartucciGroup.com -Michael Pennacchia

At The Impressed Olive 1, reopened last May, owners Bill and Jeannie Ronci will ply you with shots of exotic oils and aged vinegars from rows of stainless steel “fustis” or decanters lining the walls. There’s sweet almond crème, a white balsamic that can be drizzled on ice cream, or the glazed onion balsamic that Jeannie combines with lean beef to make savory burgers. An extensive line of hot sauces, including Middletown’s Rhed’s and Mad Dog 357, which packs six million Scoville Heat Units (the measure of pungency and heat of chile peppers), are also available. Starting this month, the Olive is hosting free cooking demos with local chefs. First up is Raymond Montaquila, formerly the executive chef at Coast Guard House, who’ll be preparing local specialties using the Olive’s oils and vinegars. Seating is limited so check out ImpressedOlive1.com for details and reserve early. -Michael Pennacchia

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Food & Drink | in the kitchen •

by Karen Greco

How Sweet It Is Valentine’s Day is a labor of love at Sweenor’s Chocolates ployed by Kibbe Brothers Candy in Springfield, Massachusetts. Walt sold his confections wholesale to department stores like The Outlet and Gladdings. Then, in 1955, Walt retired from teaching and moved his kitchen into a retail store in the fledgling Garden City development. While much has changed over the past 65 years, Sweenor’s retains its small-batch, preservative-free tradition. For Valentine’s Day, their biggest sellers are assortments of filled chocolates from the candy case. The decadent middles (think: coconut, buttercream, raspberry) are batchcooked. Then small mounds are placed on the “enrober,” a machine used to coat candy. As the candy moves down the conveyor belt, they get a wash of chocolate from below. A chocolate waterfall covers the entire confection from above. Once coated, decorations are hand-piped onto the individual candies before they move through a cooling tunnel.

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“Valentine’s Day is not your typical holiday,” says Lisa Sweenor Dunham. “The Christmas season will run for several weeks. But Valentine’s Day is a four-day madhouse.” “It’s more spontaneous,” adds her brother Brian Sweenor. As the fourth generation to run Sweenor’s Chocolates, Lisa and Brian know that Valentine’s Day is a holiday where candy reigns supreme. Rhode Island’s home-spun confectionery features plenty of sweet novelties geared towards love. South County residents are in the choicest spot for Sweenor’s hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries. “Those are only available in Wakefield,” says Lisa. Because they are perishable, there are only two days to get them: February 13 and 14. Brian and Lisa’s grandfather, Walt, was a school teacher in Cranston who started a side hustle making candy out of his basement. He learned the craft from his father, who was em-


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“It’s a slow process,” says Brian. The cooling tunnel alone takes 15 minutes. “Candy is very temperature sensitive.” Underscoring that the most important tool in a candymaker’s toolbox is a thermometer, Walt’s neat handwriting shares precise temperature instructions on his original recipe cards. While some of Walt’s recipes evolved to meet changing consumer tastes, plenty remain the same, including his famous Peanut Brittle. Brian’s eyes light up. “That’s so much fun to make. And I’ve got the burns to prove it.” A mixture of sugar, corn syrup, water, and peanuts is cooked in a copper kettle over an open flame to over 300 degrees. The molten mix is poured out and spread to cover a three-foot-by-six-foot greased metal table. The sheet is cut in half and then, in an act of daring, Brian shoves his forearms under the still-scorching confection and flips one half onto a second table. Then both halves are stretched by hand until they cover their respective tables. “The idea is to increase the space between the peanuts and the candy,” Brian explains. “You don’t want the peanuts to clump up in one area.” It’s this sort of hand-crafted tradition that makes candy from Sweenor’s a real sweet treat for your Valentine.

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