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Proven procedures. Proven outcomes. Proven experience. Do you have joint replacement surgery in your near future? Whether it’s hip, knee, ankle, shoulder or any other joint, West Bay Orthopaedics offers you the experience of major surgical centers like Boston, New York, Chicago, or Philadelphia right here in Rhode Island. Our group is made up of eight highly experienced surgeons, specialists who have performed thousands of surgeries with proven results. We’ve been nationally ranked by an independent healthcare survey as one of the BEST orthopaedic practices for two years running. Let us put our experience and training to work for you. At West Bay, that’s what it’s all about.

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South County NARRAGANSETT – PIER AREA Located off Gibson Avenue in the heart of the Pier is this pristine, spacious shingle style home offering over 4000 sq. ft. of quality craftsmanship. Open, flowing floor plan for entertaining throughout the year. ½ acre of privacy on cul de sac. $999,000 Nanci, ext. 123

NORTH KINGSTOWN – PLUM BEACH Cozy home privately nestled on ½ acre surrounded by stone walls and mature plantings is ideal for vacation or year round use. Spacious island kitchen, great room with fireplace, sun filled entry. Steps to private tennis/beach club. $399,000 Jack, ext. 102

NARRAGANSETT – PETTAQUAMSCUTT TERRACE Well maintained 3 bedroom ranch within walking distance to Narrow River. New windows, updated kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Hardwoods, Mahogany deck, new roof, new red cedar shingles, finished basement. $264,900 Andy, ext. 101

NARRAGANSETT – WESQUAGE Like new contemporary with views of ocean and Newport Bridge. Features 3+ bedrooms, 3 full baths, central air, gas heat, granite, stainless appliances. Finished walkout lower level. Deeded access to Wesquage Beach. $899,000 Karen, ext. 111

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – ALMOST 2 ACRES Private setting down winding driveway is this picturesque and spacious cape set on almost 2 wooded acres. Ideal layout with first floor master bedroom and bath, hardwoods throughout, 2 fireplaces, 3 season room and more. $393,000 Randall, ext. 104

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – PEACE DALE Unique opportunity to own this four bedroom, 2 bath home with CD zoning. Ideal for artisan or home office. The home is a joy to see, the yard is lovely, and the home is a visual delight. Priced to sell at $259,900 Shirley, ext. 124


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Contents Illustration: Alli Coate; Photography: Hilary Block Couturier

January 2011

18 This Month 18 Winter Guide We’ve got so many reasons not to hibernate this season

41 27 So Stylish Colonial charm meets European flair in East Greenwich 29 Whole Body 31 Life Style 33 What’s in Store 34 Tastemaker

37 So Delicious Updating a South County classic

Every Month 10 Letters

39 Tastemaker 41 Review 42 Foodie Journal 44 Dining Guide

51 So Entertaining Sniff, swirl, sip the month away 52 Calendar 55 On Stage 56 Art View

13 So Happening Are you ready to take the plunge? 15 So & So

60 So Approved Not too hot, not too cold, just right

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Alli Coate Illustrator Alli Coate is a RISD graduate and the assistant art director for SO Rhode Island (and our three sister publications). In addition to her work on the overall look and feel of the magazine, this

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ter Guide and the cover of this issue. She also works as a freelance illustrator, taking on projects for New Orleans magazine

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Publishers Barry Fain Richard Fleischer John Howell

and Harry N. Abrams publishing, and is in the process of finishing a children’s book. Some of her prints, as well as her crafts, like pillows and clutch purses, are available at her Etsy store,, and at Craftland

Account Managers Danielle Claro Louann DiMuccio-Darwich Ann Gallagher Nicole Greenspun Nellie Lima Elizabeth Riel Dan Schwartz Jessica Webb Illustrators Ruth Chung Alli Coate Photographers Amy Amerantes Hilary Block Couturier Mike Braca Marylou Butler Janice Lee Kelly Tom Stio Contributing Writers Linda Beaulieu Molly Lederer Marylou Butler Michael Madden Bob Cipriano Andrea E. McHugh Meagan Gann Alyssa Smith Rudi Hempe Bethany Vaccaro Dawn Keable Interns Jennifer Liedke Lauren Knight Whitney Smith

in Providence.

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Letters Baby, It’s Cold Outside It may be January, but that doesn’t mean that you should spend the entire month bundled up in a blanket and cozying up to a mug of hot chocolate on your couch. Sure, you need some time to recover from the holidays – and for the first week or weekand-a-half of the month, luxuriating with your DVR and your finest sweatpants feels great. But really, you can’t hibernate for the whole month; there are too many fun things to do, even

in January. Our Winter Guide brings you the best of what the cold weather has to offer: outdoor activities, funducational learning opportunities with your kids, evening entertainment for adults, and, because your wallet needs time to recover, too, great things to do on the cheap. All of this means that you don’t have any excuse – or any time – for cabin fever. Get out there and enjoy! Your DVR will be waiting when you get home. -Julie

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I just wanted to tell you how excited I was to find that I could read SO and [sister publication] The Bay online. I live in New York, but have a house in Westerly. I would move to Rhode Island in a heartbeat, but can’t due to this thing called a job – go figure. Our normal Friday night routine after the 2 1/2 hour drive has us stopping at McQuade’s Market in Westerly in hopes of finding a copy of SO left in the rack. If you ever had any concern that putting the magazine on line would dilute your customer base, rest assured. We use SO to find interesting places to go, like museums and restaurants, as well as for the calendar to find parades and celebrations that our four-year-old may enjoy. By having the magazine online and archived, we can research our weekend activities from our home in New York, so come the weekend, we are all set for our Rhode Island adventures.   Again, thanks and keep up the good work.

On page 78 of the November issue of SO Rhode Island there is an advertisement for The Little Cupcake Cafe on Franklin Street in Westerly. We were very excited to hear about this new place.  So, on Saturday, November 27, we decided to take the drive from North Kingstown to find this new establishment and have a gourmet cupcake.  We are avid readers of your magazine and we are avid cupcake lovers after experiencing Sprinkles cupcakes in Arizona.  We searched high and low for this new cupcake cafe and we did not find it.  After driving 40 minutes and searching for 20 minutes, we were all  disappointed – especially my daughter – as we had been looking forward to going to this place since your November issue came out. I think it is quite a shame that a business advertised falsely in your magazine.   Thanks, Mary Anne Clarke A faithful SO reader

Dan, Michelle, and Finn Harden Cornwall on Hudson, NY / Westerly, RI

Editor’s Note: The Little Cupcake Café’s opening was unexpectedly canceled. We regret the confusion.

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So Happening | So & So CERTIFIED GENIUS

A Local Stone Carver Needs New Business Cards

Photograpy: Marylou Butler

The word genius is often bandied about just a bit too freely, but how do we know who is truly worth of the superlative? How does one’s genius become official, and gain that elusive capital ‘G’ that certifies one as an undisputed Genius? In the case of stone carver Nicholas Benson, the MacArthur Foundation comes along and hands you half-a-million dollars in the form of their annual fellowships, also known as the MacArther Genius Grants. At that point, you can pretty much consider it official and add the title “Genius” to your business cards. Working at his family’s John Stevens Shop in Newport, where he began at age 15 under his father John Benson, the craftsman meticulously inscribes letters and decorative reliefs for family

memorials and buildings throughout the country. His interest in the history of letterforms and creating work that spans generations dovetails nicely with the family business: the Benson family acquired the John Stevens Shop in the 1920s, but it was established in 1705. The newly minted genius’ work appears in some appropriately prestigious places, such as the National World War II Memorial, the National Gallery of Art and Yale University. Over the next five years, the MacArthur Foundation will award him $500,000 to further his work, and ensure that he has an irrefutable answer to the rhetorical question, “What do you think you’re some kind of genius?” 29 Thames Street, Newport. 846-0566, -John Taraborelli

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Make a Splash Calling all you winter sports fanatics and crazies out there who thrive on the excitement of exploring the unknown. Oh, and who can also tackle extreme conditions, such as freezing temperatures because Newport’s Polar Bear Plunge and Jamestown’s Penguin Plunge are just around the corner. It is time to unpack those bikinis and swim trunks (but you can leave the Speedos and wet suits behind), get up off of your comfy couch and just plunge right into the Atlantic Ocean…ok, so you don’t really have to plunge, but you’d be crazy to pass up on this event whose proceeds go to benefit the children of A Wish

Comes True. This yearly tradition occurs on January 1 at Easton’s beach, Newport and at Mackerel Cove, Jamestown, when at exactly noon gatherers walk right up to the waters edge, put on a quivering smile and dive into the deep blue sea for kids who could use some post-holiday cheer. Afterwards, you can warm up and enjoy music, food, raffle prizes and more at the Atlantic Beach Swim Club. So bring in this New Year with an icy bang – or swim in this case – and help a child’s wish come true. For more information visit or call (401) 846-0028. –Lauren Knight

The technology at our fingertips just keeps making life easier and easier. For those with iPhones, the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce has created a free app perfect for the hesitant consumer in Narragansett: the Narragansett Mobile Guide. It’s not only a great resource for vacationing tourists, but also for locals. The app features guides to dining, lodging, amusements, theaters, business services, home repairs and more. The main attractions include detailed local beach information, things to do around town, upcoming events, the history of ‘Gansett, and even surprising opportunities such as whale watching. All information is kept current

and very user-friendly through maps, guides and suggestions, with the added value of special offers, coupons and daily deals. Download the application on your iPhone today with the keyword “gansettcoc.” Blackberries and Androids will also gain access starting this month. –Lauren Knight

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If our state had a Photographer Laureate for capturing nature and cityscapes, then Stephanie Izzo would be on the short list. Her book Rhode Island: Ocean Sites & City Lights displays iconic images we’ve seen many times, yet her photography captures these scenes with unique poetry: Providence City Hall besieged by a snowstorm while the Haven Brothers truck sits illuminated on the corner; the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge lit up in a ghostly night fog; the Manchester Street Power Station

in Providence looking majestic in all its industrial cathedral splendor. Izzo has created a beautiful book of panoramic postcards in the best sense of the word – this is an idealized Rhode Island. If we have any criticism it would be that the pictures are almost surreal in their perfection, which may be a sign that we take for granted how magical this state is. Do we really look this good? Izzo’s book reminds us that, yes, indeed, we do. Available on www. –Dan Schwartz



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Make a date for the Snow Angel Ball at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick on January 29, when the Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation holds an elegant social event that includes dinner, dancing, live music and more. Both live and silent auctions will be featured, along with a special guest appearance by Allison Alexander from ABC6. The “Matty Fund” is an epilepsy awareness foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children with the disease. $75 per ticket; 789-7330,    

Volunteer Bridges, Inc. in Jamestown is looking for volunteers to fulfill a variety of different needs for their group homes, which are located throughout southern Rhode Island. Whether it’s light office work, teaching arts or computer skills, carpentry, or simply being a friend to the clients, your help is always appreciated. Bridges, Inc. provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities. 423-3879, The South County Habitat for Humanity’s “ReStore,” which provides good quality building materials and home goods at low prices, needs salespeople, cashiers and drivers to help out a few times each week. Retail experience and knowledge of building materials is helpful for those volunteering for the cashier or sales assistant positions, but not required. Money generated from “ReStore” sales provides extra funding for Habitat for Humanity’s house-building missions. 2136716, -Meagan Gann

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Fun This Winter! 31 great ways to enjoy the season – indoors or outside Illustrations by Alli Coate

Learn a Thing or Two Fun and educational activities for the whole family Get creative and make yourself a vase, bowl, or sculpture at Clayground’s Pottery and Glass Fusing Studio. Select a piece of pottery and paint a design or get more advanced by taking part in a glass fusing project. For a non-traditional girls’ night out, bring a bottle of wine and stop by the first Friday of the month for an adults-only pottery painting party. 5600 Post Road, East Greenwich. 884-4888, Learn to blow just the right way and make a beautiful creation at a glassblowing class at Thames Glass. Mold your molten hot blob to make a paperweight, vase or ornament fit for the stores. After the lesson, pick up your fancy invention or have Thames Glass ship your item. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring sunglasses to shield your eyes from the light. 688 Thames Street, Newport. 846-0576, Get a glimpse at some of the richest aviation history at the Quonset Air Museum. Housed on three acres of an original Naval Air Station Quonset Point hangar built in 1945, the facility now houses aircrafts, aircraft parts, and other historical artifacts dating from 1944 to 1983. See civilian, military and prototype aircrafts in addition to the last aircraft to fly from Quonset, a one of a kind Twin Tail Navy transport. 488 Ecceleston Avenue, North Kingstown. 294-9540, Take a gander at a meager two million years of culture at Peace Dale’s Museum of Primitive Art and Culture. The museum, which sees over 10,000 visitors annu-

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ally, offers educational programs to both adults and children and houses 15,000 archeological and ethnological objects from around the world. Sign up for a brown bag luncheon program or attend a walking tour with the museum’s docents. 1058 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale. 783-5711,

Find your inner Pollock or Rembrandt and attend one of the many painting classes offered at ▲Voila Gallery. Whether you enjoy watercolors or oil paints, these classes are for all levels and will allow students to learn basic techniques or improve current methods to create a masterpiece fit for the wall or gallery. 31 West Main Street, Wickford. 667-5911, See how your seafood is grown and caught at the Matunuck Oyster Bar and farm. Try crisp cherrystones, littlenecks and chilled lobsters along with several varieties of oysters. Then take a tour on the farm to see how shellfish are cultivated. Each visitor is given a pair of waders and gets an up-close view of the species and different ages of the shellfish. 629 Succotash Road, East Matunuck. 783-4202, www.rhodyoyster. com -Alyssa Smith

Take it Outside Outdoor fun for hardy souls

Always wanted to learn how to surf but just couldn’t find time this summer to hit the beach for a lesson? Before you book that trip to Maui, try a less expensive local alternative with the Peter Pan Surfing Academy, based out of ‘Gansett Juice Surf Shop. A nationally accredited program open seven days a week all year long, Peter Pan’s Surf School can get you on a board riding a wave in less than two hours. 74 Narragansett Avenue, Narragansett. 575-0003, www. Get up-close and personal with some winter visitors during Save The Bay’s Seal Watch Tour aboard the M/V Alletta Morris. Depart from Bowen’s Ferry Landing in Newport and see a variety of seals at different haul-out sites as you take a cruise throughout the bay. Remember to bundle up and bring binoculars. For prime sealwatching time, check a tide chart for low tide – it’s the ideal time to spot a pack of (sea) lions. For tour reservations, call the Exploration Center at 324-6020 or email So you told that hot guy or girl from work you could shred some gnarly powder, but really you’ve never been on a snowboard in your life. Before you’re caught in a lie, enroll in Yawgoo Valley’s five-week learn to ski/ ride program. Beginning the week of January 3, these classes give you a chance to learn the basics so you can get down the mountain without embarrassing yourself. 160 Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter. 294-3802, www. Get outdoors to spot and identify Rhode Island’s local and migratory birds with a guided tour provided by the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Every other Sunday, the 325-acre wildlife refuge is open to the public. If you’d prefer a non-guided tour, you can also hike to the top of the Hanging Rock, a site that promises to offer breathtaking views. 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown. 846-2577, www. Think Block Island is just a summer destination? Guess again. The Block is still a feasible getaway in winter months with a round-trip airplane ride from Westerly that takes about as much time as getting a coffee at the drive-through at Dunkin Donuts

(12 minutes – no, really). Walk the 17 miles of beaches and see the sights in a winter light or shop at the many stores on Dodge and Water Streets. To make reservations, call New England Airlines at 800-243-2460 or email, and find flight information at

Need a bargaining chip to convince your kids not to complain while you hit the casino for a while? Now at the ▲ MGM Grand at Foxwoods, you can gamble and ice skate. The new rink, with a capacity of 200, is open to the public Sunday through Thursday from 2 to 10pm, and Saturdays, noon to midnight. It’s free for Dream Card holders on Tuesdays. 240 MGM Grand Drive, Mashantucket, CT. www. Visit South County’s version of a petting zoo and keep warm in the process at the Shadow Pines Alpaca Farm. Tour a working farm of alpacas, learn and buy different fibers for knitting, and buy genuine fleece products from a local family of new farmers in South County. 181 Purgatory Road, Exeter. 295-7859, www. Visit one of the quirkiest staples tucked away in South County, The Fantastic Umbrella Factory, for a personalized selection of shops and gardens. Established in 1968 by local artisan Robert Palmer Bankel, the site still offers one-of-a-kind jewelry, artwork and other assorted knickknacks. While you’re there, visit the farm animals that reside along the perimeters of the property. 4820 Old Post Road, Charlestown. 364-6616 -Alyssa Smith

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A little bit of old South County, unchanged in nearly 60 years...

peter pots pottery handcrafted in south county since 1954 494 glen rock rd., west kingston, RI (off rt. 138 1.5 miles west of rt. 2) 401-783-2350 路 路 open daily 10-4, Sundays 1-4

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Fun on the Cheap

Because a good time doesn’t have to cost a lot Every Friday night you can gaze at the stars through a big lens by visiting the Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown. Located in Ninigret Park, the telescope opens for business shortly after dusk to ensure good viewing of the planets, stars, comets and whatever you can find. Free. 62 Park Lane, Ninigret Park, Charlestown. 364-9508, Join Audubon RI for bird walks every Tuesday morning in Charlestown. Join Phil Budlong as he shows you the best winter bird-watching spots. After all, nature is beautiful in every season, not just the warm ones. Meet at the Charlestown Mini-Super, 4071 Old Post Road, Charlestown and drive to various sites. 949-5454, Head over to the Ryan Center at URI in Kingston and take in a Women’s Basketball game. These talented athletes have a full winter schedule and provide great inspiration for young fans. Tickets are $9 for adults or $6 for seniors and kids. 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston. 874-RAMS, Explore your artistic side for free during Westerly’s Art Stroll. Every first Wednesday of the month, head downtown to see where the creativity happens. Start at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, and pick up a map of all the artist studios open to visit. Stop along the way for a bite to eat or a coffee at all the wonderful downtown Westerly establishments. 7 Canal Street, Westerly. 596-2221, Don’t tap the glass, but do observe the fish and other marine animals at the Biomes Marine Biology Center at Shady Lea Mill. This is southern New England’s only private aquarium and education center, and it’s open to the public every Sunday 12-4pm. You can pet the sharks, hand feed the horseshoe crabs, see Darwin the Tortoise and check out

the puffer fish. Admission is only $7.50 per person 3 and over. 225 Shady Lea Road, North Kingstown. 295-4690,

Hike out to Rome Point to see the ▲ Atlantic Harbor Seals that call the area home during winter. They are fun to watch as they splash and swim, or photograph them as they sun themselves on the rocks. The parking lot is on Boston Neck Road in North Kingstown, across from Gilbert Stuart Road. Park there and hike three-quarters of a mile to the shore. Hang out at Java Madness on the weekends and catch free live music every Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Sit back with a cup of terrific coffee or a smoothie and groove to the sounds of local musicians. Even in winter, there is a terrific view of Salt Pond. 134 Salt Pond Road, South Kingstown. 788-0088, www. If you are so inclined, leave South County for a terrific exhibition of artifacts from the vaults of the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium at Roger Williams Park in Providence. For $2 admission you can view Curiouser: New Encounters with the Victorian Natural History Collection. Six artists have created installations that draw from rarelyseen Victorian era curiosities in the museum’s vault. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 785-9457, www. -Marylou Butler

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Adult Entertainment No, not that kind – just good, clean fun for grown-ups Every first and third Thursday you can catch the Coastline Swing Band at Venice Restaurant from 7:30-9:30pm. The Coastline Swing Band has 18 musicians, heavy on the brass. Dancing is encouraged with music from the ‘40s to current funk and rock. The restaurant has great food and drinks, and a nice dance floor to kick up your heels during the winter months. No cover charge, but reservations are recommended. 165 Shore Road (Rt. 1A), Westerly. 348-0055, Newport Storm Brewery hosts tours every day except Tuesdays from 125pm. You can stop by the visitor’s center and tasting room for a tour and sample their beer selection, a combination of year-round beers, seasonal and limited release selections for $7, or their rum choices, including Thomas Tew (named after the famous RI pirate) for $9. 293 J.T. Connell Road, Newport. 849-5232, While away your Sunday afternoons and early evenings at Blues Sundays at the Narragansett Cafe, every Sunday from 4-7pm until February 6, when the time changes to 1-4pm for Blues, Bloodies and Brunch. There is also live music every Friday and Saturday from 9:30pm-1am, including Steve Smith and the Nakeds on January 7 and Brass Attack on January 28. No cover charge ever for the music. 25 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown. 423-2150, Swing into Gillian’s Ale House on Wednesday and Saturday nights for rousing karaoke. This singer friendly spot is heavy on acceptance and appreciation. Sit around the bar and make some new friends or bring down the house with a rendition of your favorite song. Showtime is 9pm–1am. 7835 Post Road, North Kingstown. 667-0900 On January 29 from 3-5pm, the Kettle Pond Visitor Center will host Master Gardener and US Fish and Wildlife volunteer Jenifer LoVetere who will teach you how to plant native species to attract more wildlife to your garden. Free. 50 Bend Road, Charlestown. Put your money where your mouth is – or rather, their money. Show off

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your fantastic knowledge of the arcane on Trivia Night at O’Brien’s Pub every Tuesday night at 9:30pm. Throw your brain in the ring for the first place cash prize or the gift certificates given for second and third. 501 Thames Street, Newport. 849-6623, Unwind every Friday night at Liliana’s. The house band, Los Gatos, performs from 8-11pm, mixing it up with jazz and soft rock. Comfy couches and chairs in the bar make it seem like you are in your living room entertaining friends. 3009 Tower Hill Road, South Kingstown. 789-4200,

Swirl, sniff and sip your way to ▲ Langworthy Farms, South County’s beloved winery, whose tasting room is open Friday-Sunday through the winter. The Westerly vineyard is also a bed and breakfast. If you’re looking for a great weekend away that’s still close to home, arrange a Wine Lovers Weekend, complete with a private tour of where the magic happens - in the bottle, that is. 308 Shore Road, Westerly. 322-7791. Westerly residents already know that the place for great live music is their beloved Knickerbocker Cafe. If you’ve never been, this month is a great time for a visit. Ring in the new year with The Duke Robillard Band on New Year’s Eve and Soul Shot on January 1. January 8 brings rockabilly and blues from Neil Vitullo & the Vipers, while Hope Road will celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday on the 29th. 35 Railroad Avenue, Westerly. 315-5070, www.theknickerbockercafe. com -Marylou Butler SO

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When Jeremy and his family left the comforts of home back in Ireland just four years ago, a new adventure awaited them across the pond. The Dublin-based family of five set forth, trading the hustle-bustle of the Emerald Isle’s capital city for the quiet streets of their West Bay neighborhood. Jeremy says that adjusting to their new environs has taken time, more so for he and his wife than the children (now ages 10, 9 and 5), but not terribly so. “You still work and pay taxes and feed your family; you have a mortgage and have to deal with those normal things in life,” he explains. “It wasn’t so much Rhode Island or America that was the problem, it was where we chose to live.” The challenge, he explains, was adapting from city life to suburban life. The family has bid adieu to living on a busy city street for the tranquility of a sidewalk-less subdivision and having to hop in the car for daily chores. But that would have been hard anywhere in the world, says Jeremy. As he and his wife have slowly become accustomed to life in the ‘burbs, the children have gotten along seamlessly, riding bicycles with neighborhood pals and running around in the ample backyard. “We kind of figured if we’re going to America we better do American properly and live in a suburban home,” he laughs. The family decided to make the move to accommodate Jeremy’s position as managing partner at Nail,

an award-winning advertising and communications agency based in Providence, known most recently for the highly buzzed about “Nothing” campaign for the Rhode Island Food Bank. (Perhaps you’ve seen one of the 40,000 cans of “Nothing” used to collect donations.) Their window to look at potential abodes was small – about 48 hours of serious house hunting to be exact. Of course, with significantly lower home prices stateside than in Ireland, the couple was faced with another problem, the good kind. “The options were just so huge for us. Property is so much cheaper here,” Jeremy enthuses. “We were able to double our size [compared to] Dublin for about half the price.” They stumbled upon a white, hilltop Colonial punctuated with black shutters, a clematis-covered trellised entrance and semi-circular drive. Beyond the ‘70s era low-hung light fixtures, outdated details and not-quite-their-taste wall colors, the West Bay home gave off a welcoming vibe. “We walked in the door and it kind of really grabbed us, and felt like a real home. It was lived in, but in a nice way,” recalls Jeremy. “The people who lived here brought up a family and you could feel that – that it was a family home and we liked the way out was laid out.” They signed the deed and were soon packing their belongings to ship to the U.S. “We went from 2000 square feet to 4000 square feet,” he notes. “We were moving to this

palatial mansion, as far as we were concerned, with an acre of garden versus a little stamp at the back of the house. From the kids’ point of view, it was heaven.” The family moved in, as the luck of the Irish would have it, on St. Patrick’s Day, and after a month-long delay in customs, found just the right place for their existing furnishings. The kitchen had been updated with granite countertops in recent years, but the couple modernized the dark, solid wood cabinetry by opening up the space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling and by adding new hardware. They redefined what was once a casual space perpendicular to the kitchen that had couches and the television into the formal dining area, where white walls surround the ample windows, which allow natural light to pour in and offer 180-degree views of the rolling backyard. A shabby chic dining table for eight is welcoming, while family heirlooms, including a 19th century loveseat, a wooden buffet and pair of weathered chairs from Jeremy’s parents’ home, add authentic charm. The once formal dining room has been made into a study, where treasured books and farmed photos line the shelves, a computer is accessible and a roll top desk fuses traditional elegance and practical function. In the family room, off-white walls allow the pair of rust colored couches to accentuate the room with visual interest. Art from the couple’s travels hangs on the walls, an

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doors in 1996, Store Four in Wakefield has brought a distinct sense of style to South County — and it’s no fluke. With a background in art and business, proprietress Ellen Cesario gained her by-the-book know-how to create, design and launch her shop, officially described as a “lifestyle experience,” but it was her afternoons spent in her grandparents’ adjoining store, Wakefield Liquors, where she really learned her business savvy. (“Store Four” was named to mark the fourth store in Cesario’s family history.) Today, Store Four inspires you to walk in, you relax, and secretly imagine your kitchen and living space looked much the same. It’s less store and more destination. While the square footage isn’t exorbitant, there is a lot to see and shop for, and more importantly, it

lends a cohesive, simply exquisite feel. Shelves stock a hostess’s soup-tonuts needs (Martha Stewart would have a field day here), with dinner table accessories including table linens, place-cards, candles, napkin rings, candlesticks, serving platters and utensils, chargers, stemware, ceramics and more. Elegant pieces by Vietri, Juliska and Casafina, and lovely glassware by Annieglass is meshed with fun and funky dinnerware from Love Plates and luxe candles by Voluspa. Of course, Cesario’s finely-tuned eye for design lets presentation take center stage, and pieces are showcased on antiques from her own mother’s dining room. The everyday cook can appreciate the cookware, quality aprons, tea towels and gourmet foodstuffs like Italian breadsticks and olive oil. Aspiring cooks will appreciate the other remarkable component of

Store Four — the expansive demonstration kitchen, where experienced gourmands work their magic and show you the way. Cooking classes at Store Four are step-by-step howto’s where every seat is a good one and you walk away with a new sense of culinary confidence. Classes often complement the flavors of the season, are themed with regions of the world, celebrate local flavor or tackle an element like working with puff pastry or pasta making. Needless to say, whether you show off your skills at you next dinner party or simply sit back and relax to savor the flavors is up to you. Many dishes are paired with wine suggestions from Wakefield Liquors for an evening that’s one part Food Network, one part chef’s tasting menu. Store Four is a one-stop spot where anyone can sip, savor and shop. 673 Kingstown Road, Wakefield. 7837388.

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Tell me a little about the volunteer work you do with cancer patients. I’ve been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for over 20 years, with the Look Good Feel Better Foundation. I became a breast cancer survivor myself nine years ago and then volunteered with Reach to Recovery, which lines patients up with people who have been through what they’re going through. I used the service myself and it did a world of good for me, and I wanted to give back. I have a very good relationship with South County Hospital, RI Hospital and Women and Infants. I do a lot of one on one consultations with patients to teach them to style wigs. I also have a wig bank in my salon called the Hope Chest, for people in need, with what people have donated back and also with brand new products. I started that when I went through treatment myself - I wanted to give my wigs to someone who needed them. What effect does looking better have for a patient? When you’re first diagnosed, you feel very out of control. To know that you can look like yourself during treatment, I think it makes them feel very much at

ease. Often women will choose something very similar to their usual style, but then they’ll come back to get a second style and have more fun with it. It really becomes a fun experience. Do you have any sales or special events coming up that we should know about? I have a very economical collection – most of my price range is between $99 to $350 for really nice wigs. Rather than running specials, I go out looking for specials and deals that I stock up on. I’ve had other people come to be who have been to other places who say these are nicer than what they’ve seen, and for half the price. Also, starting in January, I’m doing a once-a-month Survivors After Hours for anybody who wants to come and talk and socialize. It’s not a support group – often the family members are affected as well and want a place to talk to other survivors. Jeannine owns Advanced Hair Designs, 140 Point Judith Road in Narragansett. 789-4247. www.advancedhairandwigs. com. Also, check out her new business, If you’re interested in donating to or taking from the Hope Chest, give her a call anytime.

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What was the inspiration behind Centro Martini Bar? Chef Wagner: Our idea was to bring big city style to downtown East Greenwich, and to have a place where people can enjoy great food and lounge atmosphere until 1am.

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What makes a great martini? Logan: Using premium liquors with the freshest ingredients. All of our fruit juices are fresh and made that day, every day. You have an extensive martini list, complete with seasonal selections like S’mores and Carrot Cake. How much experimentation is involved in concocting these outrageous flavors? Logan: We did have a few long nights trying the martinis to make sure they were perfect, but we got through it. Is there a way to pair a specific variation of a martini with a certain dish? Logan: Our Filthy Martini has kalamata olives and banana pepper juice, which goes perfectly with our

calamari, which has the same ingredients. It’s a tasty combo. Chef: Try a citrus cocktail with a spicy appetizer. So if spicy food with light refreshing cocktails works, then the opposite is true as well. You can pair a light, refreshing appetizer with a spicy cocktail, it’s a very popular trend. What was the inspiration for the menu? Chef: I enjoy exploring different kinds of cuisine. I created this menu from my belief in the importance of fresh ingredients and bold flavors, and by applying classic techniques with a modern twist. Tell us a bit about your background. Logan: I’ve been working in the restaurant industry for over 10 years, helping open several restaurants in my native Maine. I’ve helped create some really fun drink menus throughout the years. Chef: I’m originally from Germany, and trained in Europe. I’ve worked in hotels and restaurants on the East and West Coast and in Europe – notably, at The Cellar in the Sky at

the World Trade Center, The View restaurant in Times Square, two Michelin starred restaurant Le Carnard, and Café des Artistes in Germany. Any personal favorites? Logan: I really love the clean taste of our Sake Martini, and the Wasabi Pea-Encrusted Ahi Tuna. Chef: The cod entrée with lobster home fries and charred tomato compote, paired with a nice glass of white wine. Centro is brand new to East Greenwich. What sets your place apart from other nearby restaurants and watering holes? Logan: It has a fun, contemporary feel. You step in and you feel like you’re in New York or Miami. How are you celebrating New Year’s Eve at Centro? Logan: There’s no cover, and we’ll be here until 2am. It’s going to be a great time. Centro Martini Bar is located at 149 Main Street in East Greenwich. 8858580.

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I have to admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for the Coast Guard House. Years ago, Brian and I eloped to California. After a honeymoon in Malibu (we were so cool back then), we returned home and hosted a post-nuptial wedding reception for our families and friends at the Coast Guard House. It was a perfect summer day in late June. Before dinner, we had cocktails and appetizers on the deck with its spectacular ocean view that stretches from Newport to Point Judith. Even back then, the Coast Guard House was a summer hot spot. Since then, we’ve been back to the Coast Guard House for dinner every now and then, and it always brings back warm memories of a very special day. Usually we are there in the summer – this is the restaurant to show off to visiting family and friends. You just can’t beat drinks on the deck, followed by a casual al fresco lunch or dinner inside. No matter where you sit, there are sweeping views of the ocean. The food has always been good, but on our most recent visit, dinner was better than ever – it is now more refined and more creative. I have to think there are some extraordinary chefs at work in the kitchen there. Don’t wait until the summer to experience the

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food at the Coast Guard House. So many appetizers tempted me: Blue Hill Bay Mussels, Pizza di Patate and Beef Short Rib Dumplings, to name just three. I finally gave in to the Vanilla Scented Lobster Bisque ($5.50 for a cup, $7.50 for a bowl). Just a touch of cream turned a basic lobster broth into a velvety concoction, with a single chunk of fresh lobster meat in my last spoonful. The menu said the bisque was made with acorn squash, smoked paprika and lobster butter. All those exotic flavors combined to deliver a rich, but not cloying taste with a hint of sweetness. Brian loves beets as much as I love lobster, so he ordered the Three Beet Salad ($9), a delicate presentation of red, yellow and candy cane beets with peppery arugula and paper-thin slices of fresh apple, drizzled with fig balsamic vinegar. This salad was garnished with crostini smeared with tangy goat cheese, which provided a nice bit of crunch. We were quite hungry so we opted for a pasta course to share before our entrees arrived. Of the six pasta dishes available, the Lamb Pappardelle ($20) grabbed our attention. As much as we like lobster ravioli and a good Bolognese, how often do you see lamb pappardelle on a menu? The extra wide

ribbons of fresh pasta were draped into a deep bowl and bathed in a savory sauce of braised lamb, olives, grape tomatoes, mint and basil. Once again, we were dazzled with intricate and unusual flavors that worked beautifully together. For our main course, we were both in the mood for seafood (although the Apple Cider Braised Pork Shank was mighty tempting). Brian was totally pleased with his Pan Roasted Cod ($24), as I was with my Baked Shrimp and Crab Casserole ($23). The cod was a generous serving of glistening white fish served over potatoes that had been braised in butter and herbs. The fish was garnished with about a dozen plump mussels, still in their shells, in a verjus mussel broth. (Verjus is the pressed juice of unripened grapes.) Delicate strips of red pepper gave the dish a pop of color. I rarely order casserole-type dishes, but on that cold winter night it seemed like the right thing to do. The shrimp had just the correct texture, with a slight crunch in every bite. The crabmeat practically melted into the bed of Yukon gold potatoes that were kept nicely moist with a crab and leek veloute (that’s a fancy word for a stockbased white sauce). Served in an au gratin dish, this casserole had a light crust of parsley and breadcrumbs. Our dinner at the Coast Guard House took place on a quiet Sunday night. There was no demand for our table, so we were able to linger. With our dinner nicely digested, we found we had room for dessert ($7 each). The Berry Tart was a fine end to our meal with

a flaky crust on the bottom, a sweet custard-like center, and a moist topping of mixed berries. But the Flourless Chocolate Cake was spectacular, a delicious work of art. A slab of moist chocolate cake was topped with an ultra rich chocolate mousse, and that was topped with a thin sheet of very good chocolate. This was a fun dessert, cracking the sheet of chocolate into bite-size pieces and then tasting the three different chocolates in a single bite – quite memorable. We had arrived at the Coast Guard House just before sunset. The ocean was amazingly flat and calm, and almost pink in color. As it grew dark, we could see the Beavertail Lighthouse blinking brightly and the Pell Bridge in Newport twinkling in the distance. The ocean turned black as ink, and waves lapped gently at the rocks that surround this seaside restaurant. It was time to go. It was also good to know that the Coast Guard House is better than ever and a wonderful winter destination. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state.

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that Tara’s Joyce Family Pub in Matunuck has been crowned the best Irish bar in Rhode Island in a nationwide competition to find the best in each state. More than 11,000 votes were cast in the contest conducted by and the Strangford Lough Brewing Company in Ireland. About 20 Irish pubs in Rhode Island are listed on the website, including Pancho O’Malley’s in Narragansett. Tara’s Joyce Family Pub was the top vote getter for little Rhody. The highest vote getter overall was an Irish pub in Ohio, which was declared the best Irish bar in the United States. I first went to this Matunuck bar when it was known simply as the Joyce Family Pub, but way back in the 1930s it was called Cavanaugh’s. The oldest Irish pub in the state, this oceanfront joint is believed to have been a speakeasy during Prohibition and has been visited by celebrities (such as Marlon Brando) appearing at the nearby Theater by the Sea. The alwayspopular pub was eventually sold to the Joyce family and more recently to Tara Mulroy, who was born and raised in Ireland. Her father operated his own pub on the first floor of the family home. Tara is the real deal – she’s been in the pub business her entire life. Tara’s pub is open every day of the year and now offers a full menu, including chowder and clamcakes, traditional Irish fish and chips, and an authentic Irish breakfast menu every Sunday morning. A true Irish breakfast consists of two eggs, bangers (sausage), rashers (bacon), hash, baked beans, fried tomato, home fries and toast, and that’s just what Tara serves. You can find Tara’s at 907 Matunuck Beach Road. For more info call 284-1901 or visit

WHAT’S HAPPENING >> Cool Beans Café has opened at 14 Kingstown Road in Narragansett. The business is a community-oriented coffee shop serving a wide variety of fair trade and organic coffee and tea, breakfast items, panini, gelato, sorbetto and pastries, with free WiFi for customers. They are open seven days a week and offer entertainment on selected evenings. For more info, call 789-9500. Paul DiBiase and Wendy Elsasser have opened the Great Harvest Bread Company, a bakery at 6670 Post Road in North Kingstown. Their specialty is 100% whole wheat breads made with premium wheat that they stone grind on site, blended with pure and simple ingredients (locally grown whenever possible), without additives, dough conditioners or preservatives. Once wheat is milled, it begins to lose flavor and nutrients.  By grinding their own wheat and using the flour within two days, the baked goods are fresher, more nutritious and better tasting. The bakery also offers coffee, soup, sandwiches, muffins and other sweets. All the baked goods are made from scratch on site.   Richard Mignanelli, owner of Richard’s Pub on South County Trail, has purchased the former Conversations restaurant at 1050 Main Street in East Greenwich. He plans to reopen as Ritrovo, an Italian pub and grill. A new kitchen is being installed, and the restaurant will have an entirely new look. Ritrovo will open at 4pm during the week, and lunch will be served on weekends. Mignanelli and his wife Janice opened Richard’s Pub in 1976. Bistro 9 at 1646 Division Street in East Greenwich now offers a “ladies’ night” every Wednesday, when women can order half-price entrees after 4pm. The Winter Coastal Market has reopened at Lafayette Mill, 640 Ten Rod

Road in North Kingstown. Now through April 23, this indoor farmer’s market will be open to the public from 10am to 1pm. The vendors include Barden Family Orchard, Bravo Wood-Fired Pizza, Farmstead Cheese, Matunuck Oyster Company, Narragansett Creamery, Olga’s Cup and Saucer, Seven Stars Bakery and Zephyr Farm. For more info, contact the market manager, Bevan Linsley, at or visit SUN WINEFEST 2011 >> It’s that time of year again. If you’re into celebrity chefs and elite wine tastings, then Sun WineFest 2011 is this winter’s big event at the Mohegan Sun. The Grand Tasting main event will take place on January 29 and 30 from noon to 5pm with more than 1000 wines, spirits and beers on hand for tasting as well as food from some of the area’s finest restaurants. Tickets for this weekend attraction are $70 for a one-day pass and $110 for a weekend pass. New events this year include a whiskey and bourbon tasting, as well as “Bubbles and Bon Bons” with Jacques Torres, one of the most highly regarded pastry chefs and chocolatiers in the world. Food Network chef Robert Irvine will also be in attendance for that event, which will give foodies an opportunity to sample champagnes, chocolates and gourmet cheeses. Tickets are $95 per person.    For more info, visit or  Facebook and Twitter at facebook. com/sunwinefest and If you have news dealing with food, restaurants or chefs, feed it to Linda Beaulieu at 

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ELEVEN FORTY NINE RESTAURANT 1149 Division Street (Warwick-East Greenwich line); 884-1149; also 965 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk; 508-3361149. Metropolitan chic comes to the suburbs at this super stylish restaurant. With their raw bar, outstanding


menu, and some of the best cocktails around, the problem of where to go on a Friday night is solved. LD $$-$$$ GRILLE ON MAIN 50 Main Street; 8852200. With an eclectic menu offering such surprises as the sesame tuna martini and indulgent pear and gorgonzola pizza, this Marra restaurant is famous for their fusion of classic American favorites and playful flavor combinations. LD $-$$ HARBOURSIDE LOBSTERMANIA 38 Water Street; 884-6363. Harbourside is classic Rhode Island seafood in a classic Rhode Island setting. Their gorgeous view of Greenwich Cove is the perfect backdrop for favorites like New England clam chowder, fish and chips, and baked scrod, or their famous Lobstermania with seafood stuffing, a tradition for over 30 years. LD $-$$$

POST OFFICE CAFÉ 11 Main Street; 885-4444. Housed in an old post office, it’s easy to see where this charming café gets its name and breezy atmosphere. The menu is filled with Italian favorites, including pan fried polenta topped with a spinach and gorgonzola cream sauce that you’ll want to write home about. BrD $$-$$$ SIENA CUCINA 5600 Post Road; 8858850. Siena Cucina features authentic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere. The extensive menu includes a wide variety of grilled veal, steak and seafood entrees, along with numerous signature pasta and sauté dishes. In addition, Siena Cucina features over 20 wines by the glass and an Italian “tapas” menu. D $$-$$$

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CHOPMIST CHARLIE’S 40 Narragansett Avenue; 423-1020. This nauticalthemed restaurant more than earns the honor of referring to itself as the “home of seaworthy fare,” with its special Rhode Island chowder, award-winning stuffies and selection of both traditional and inventive seafood dishes. LD $-$$ TRATTORIA SIMPATICO 13 Narragansett Avenue; 423-3731. Jamestown’s signature restaurant offers casual fine dining in a relaxed al fresco setting. Enjoy a raw bar, small plate menu and seafood with regional flair in a classic Victorian building. LD $$-$$$

Narragansett ARTURO JOE’S 140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett; 789-3230. This full-service restaurant includes a martini lounge and private function room and features Italian food ranging from bruschetta and wood grilled pizzas to pastas, veal and fish dishes, along with an extensive wine and cocktail list. LD $-$$ BASIL’S RESTAURANT 22 Kingstown Road; 789-3743. Basil’s has been providing South County with fine, upscale French dining since 1984. Their menu features all the classics like coq au vin and escargots bourguignonne, and their wine list is the stuff of legend. D $$-$$$ Coast Guard House 40 Ocean Road; 789-0700. This historic landmark doubles as an elegant restaurant overlooking Narragansett Beach. Start with clam chowder and move on to shrimp scampi or a lobster roll. Bring the kids for brunch on Sundays. LD $$-$$$ Colvitto’s Pizza & Bakery 90 Point Judith Road; 783-8086. For a great selection of fresh calzones, breads, and pastries visit Colvitto’s. They also offer fresh hot pizza with your choice of 13 toppings made to order along with pizza strips and party pans. BL $ CHARLIE O’S TAVERN 2 Sand Hill Cove Road; 782-2002. Charlie O’s hits the spot! Kick back at this happening restaurant and tavern, which offers a full menu and extensive wine and cocktail lists from Simon’s Martini Lounge. Both venues are

open every day, with a rotating list of special events and functions. LD $-$$ DIVOZZI ITALIAN BAKERY 1014 Boston Neck Road; 284-4333; also 1183 Kingstown Road; 284-4511. DiVozzi Bakery serves up the best in Italian pastries – from cookies to cannolis, Elephant Ears to éclairs. DiVozzi also makes custom cakes and caters to special orders seven days a week. BLD $ GEORGE’S OF GALILEE 250 Sand Hill Cove Road; 783-2306. What’s better than indulging in award-winning seafood and watching the sun set over the Sound? At George’s you can dine al fresco, take food to-go, or simply enjoy one of the five dining rooms indoors. LD $-$$ MARINER GRILLE 140 Point Judith Road; 284-3282. Not to be missed by seafood lovers, the Mariner Grille is the perfect place to unwind at the end of a long week, with an extensive wine list, a hearty lunch menu, and an endless array of delicious seafood offerings. LD $-$$

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Wickford, Tavern by the Sea offers a relaxed yet romantic atmosphere and an array of dishes such as seafood, burgers and a complete kid’s menu. LD $$

Spain Of Narragansett 1144 Ocean Road; 783-9770. The exceptional wait staff and wide array of authentic Spanish seafood, veal and chicken dishes make Spain of Narragansett the perfect place to dine. The romantic setting and extensive wine list will keep you coming back for more. D $$-$$$

TRINI’S TACOS 7669 Post Road; 2954111. Get a taste of Mexico, just like Abuelita Trini used to make. Enjoy classic tacos, burritos, enchiladas, flautas, tostadas and quesadillas – even Mexican desserts like sopapillas. LD $

TRIO 15 Kingstown Road; 792-4333. A Newport Harbor Corporation restaurant, Trio is a triple-threat restaurant with its innovative menu, inviting European décor and warm, attentive service. Enjoying a meal of chops, seafood, or pasta is the order of the day. Also rave-worthy are the Artisan Pizzas, which come in a variety of flavors and preparations. LD $$-$$$

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TWIN WILLOWS 865 Boston Neck Road; 789-8153. Twin Willows is a sports pub and family restaurant with a menu of grilled dinners and seafood. It promises an evening of “high spirits and good times.” LD $-$$

Newport NEWPORT TOKYO HOUSE 6 Equality Park Place; 847-8888. For fine Japanese cuisine in the City by the Sea, this is the place. Their menu includes all your favorites, including a sushi bar and hibachi grill. LD $-$$

North Kingstown BEACH ROSE CAFÉ 85 Brown Street; 295-2800. For casual waterfront dining on historic Wickford Harbor, visit the Beach Rose Café. Enjoy breakfast or lunch while you admire the views or the local art. Serving beer and wine. BL $-$$ SERGIO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE 1814 Boston Neck Road; 667-4999. Legendary husband and wife team Pat and Terry Orlando continue their tradition of culinary excellence at this Saunderstown eatery. Try their classic Italian, including homemade pasta with San Marzano tomato sauce. LD $$-$$$ TAVERN BY THE SEA 16 West Main Street; 294-5771. Located in historic


Providence CAV 14 Imperial Place; 751-9164. The New York Times’ choice as one of Providence’s five best restaurants, CAV’s contemporary upscale cuisine is available al fresco for lunch and dinner daily. They also feature weekend brunch. BrLD $$-$$$ RUE DE L’ESPOIR 99 Hope Street; 751-8890. In business for over 30 years, the Rue has only gotten better. Beautifully prepared with the freshest ingredients, the innovative, constantly changing menu keeps diners on their toes. Superb brunch. BBrLD $$-$$$ SIENA 238 Atwells Avenue; 521-3311. Federal Hill’s Siena features authentic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere. The extensive menu includes wood grilled veal, steak and seafood entrees along with signature pasta and sauté dishes. D $$-$$$

Richmond DRAGON PALACE 1210 Main Street; 539-1112. Whether you’re in the mood for Chinese or Japanese, Dragon Palace has you covered. From classic Chinese like General Tso’s Chicken to fresh sushi and sashimi, they’ve got it all. LD $-$$

South Kingstown BAGELZ 99 Fortin Road, Kingston Emporium, South Kingstown; 7822295. 90 Pershing Avenue, Wakefield; 783-9700; and 21 West Main Street, Wickford; 294-6366. This artsy bakery offers a wide variety of special bagel spreads and flavors. Even better, they also offer delicious desserts, Fair Trade coffee blends and drinks, and “Soupz, Saladz & Sandwichez.” BL $

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So Delicious | Dining Guide Cap’n Jack’s 706 Succotash Road; 789-4556. For traditional New England fare in a family friendly atmosphere, Cap’n Jack’s is the place – and has been since 1972. Be sure to try their famous chowder or fish and chips. LD $-$$$ CUCINA TWIST 2095 Kingstown Road; 789-5300. With its lengthy wine list and unpretentious menu, Cucina Twist, owned by the Marra group, is a lovely place to relax for a great Italian dinner. Guests love the lobster ravioli or vitello valdostano. Mangia! D $-$$$ LILIANA’S 3009 Tower Hill Road; 789-4200. Serving authentic Italian at affordable prices, Liliana’s offers great service in a family atmosphere. Owner Dino Passeretta brings over 15 years of experience in Boston, New York and Miami to South County. LD $-$$$ PANERA BREAD 160 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield; 788-0102. This famous café provides hearty sandwiches on fresh-baked artisan bread, along with a wide selection of soups, salads, pastries, coffees, specialty beverages and more. BLD $ PICK POCKETS DELI 231 Old Tower Hill Road; 792-3360. A fun, healthconscious deli, Pick Pockets serves up lamb and beef kabobs, specialty falafel, deli wraps, and vegetarian and chicken dishes. LD $

Warwick Chelo’s Waterfront 1 Masthead Drive, Warwick; 884-3000. Everybody’s favorite chain of Rhode Island family restaurants also provides great waterfront dining overlooking Greenwich Bay. Enjoy all the classics, plus deck and lawn seating, fire pits and live entertainment. LD $-$$

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PINELLI’S CAFÉ AT NIGHT 701 Quaker Lane; 821-8828. This BYOB deli by day, café by night serves traditional Italianstyle deli food for the lunch crowd, and offers a wide array of appetizers, entrees, pastas and steaks for dinner. LD $-$$

West Greenwich DAN’S PLACE 880 Victory Highway; 392-3092. For some good ol’ pizza, pasta, steak and ale, pay a visit to Dan’s Place. It’s a full restaurant and bar, with a family friendly atmosphere and weekly entertainment. LD $$

Westerly 84 HIGH STREET CAFÉ 84 High Street; 596-7871. Under the guidance of executive chef Chris Champagne, both regional American and Mediterranean-inspired food become fun and flavorful creations. The trend-setting layout includes an open kitchen, where guests can watch the experienced and passionate chefs at work. BrLD $-$$$

RHODY JOE’S SALOON 515 Kingstown Road; 783-0008. Rhody Joe is a legendary Rhode Islander, and his namesake saloon does right by his good name, serving up mammoth burgers, grilled pizzas and lots of classic pub fare. LD $-$$

FRA’S ITALIAN GOURMET 57 Shore Road; 596-2888. It’s a pizza parlor, café and deli all rolled into one. Try one of their famous focaccia sandwiches or a classic Margherita pizza – or customize one with your choice of toppings. BL $-$$

TRATTORIA ROMANA 71 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown; 7924933. This authentic trattoria is the work of founder Luciano Canova, who grew up on a farm outside Rome, fulfilling his dream of offering great, homestyle Italian at reasonable prices. D $$

GUYTANNO’S CAFÉ 62 Franklin Street; 348-6221. Guytanno’s Café is casual dining with an upscale flair. The contemporary setting, intimate atmosphere, and the sweet aroma of freshly cooked food circulating from the open kitchen make it one of Westerly’s premier evening destinations. LD $$

Varanasi Indian Restaurant 99 Fortin Road; 782-0111. Taste the flavors of India with fabulous curries, Madras Chicken, Veggie Biryani, samosas and lentil soup, plus great vegan and vegetarian options. Open daily for take-out or eat-in. LD $

PHIL’S MARKETPLACE 114 Granite Street; 637-4885. This Westerly marketplace makes for an inexpensive and quick meal with sandwiches, soups and full entrees. Phil’s caters all occasions and is known for its gift baskets and Italian imports. LD $

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t may be winter, but there are still plenty of good reasons to spend a little while doing some local exploring. If you’re looking for a place that has plenty to do, but very little exposure to the cold walking between buildings, then head to Wickford Village. It’s a local gem that’s worth a visit. While there are plenty of things to take in – the water, the outdoor spaces, the food – an afternoon shopping in Wickford is an afternoon well spent. First, there are the clothes. The cozy streets of Wickford are home to some long-established Rhode Island institutions. Green Ink, a boutique for Different Drummer the ladies, has been in business for decades and is still a popular local shop. Gossip seasonal displays are always one-ofoffers the best of what you’ll see in a-kind. At Kitchen and Table of Wickfashion magazines, but for a lot less ford, get all of the kitchen supplies you (be sure to check out their selection never knew you needed. of consigned designer jeans). For kids, When it comes to gifts, you can get the selection of adorable dressy and that shopping done in Wickford, too. casual clothing at Teddy Bearskins is J.W. Graham and the Yes! Gallery have unmatched. a high-end selection of artful gifts that If you’re more interested in decoratare perfect keepsakes for a couple ing your home than decorating your- starting a home together. Voila, in self, there is no shortage of options in addition to being a community art cenWickford. The only problem is deciding ter, has a fine art gallery featuring the where to start. work of local artists. Different DrumThe Wickford Collection is a home mer also specializes in memorable, furnishings store gorgeously styled by unique gifts. owner Deb Mehringer, whose talent for If you’re looking to give to yourself, interior design definitely shows. The Beauty and the Bath is chock-full of yard of the store opens up directly cosmetics, bath and body products onto the water, where you can sit in and cute bath accessories – including their outdoor furniture and take in their own line of body creams, shower the sights. The Porch offers beautiful gels and body scrubs. Feed your knithome and garden décor, most of which ting hobby at the Mermaid’s Purl. No is carefully hand painted by owner matter where you choose to shop in Jules Macher. Find the perfect finishing Wickford, you definitely won’t leave touches at Blue Hydrangea, where the empty handed.


Beach Rose Cafe • 85 Brown St, 295-2800, Casual waterfront dining featuring seafood, salads, sandwiches and grilled items. Enjoy breakfast or lunch on the deck overlooking Wickford Harbor or sit inside to enjoy local artwork. Beauty and The Bath • 11 West Main St, 294-3576, Visit for a wonderful array of bath and beauty products, including Thymes body products and candles, pajamas, robes and perfumes. A Pine Cone Hill partner store. Blue Hydrangea • 2 Main St, 295-2583, Fun and fabulous gifts for you and your home, including festive seasonal décor, beautiful stationery and candles. Different Drummer • 7 West Main St, 294-4867, Whimsical to sophisticated, offering American handcrafts, RI artists, fabulous cards, pottery, jewelry, and South County’s largest Trollbeads collection. Foodies • 25 W. Main St., 294-4775 Stop in for a delectable assortment of gourmet chocolate, homemade fudge, and international cheeses. Gardners Wharf Seafood • 170 Main St, 295-4600, Stop by for the area’s finest selection of fresh fish and quality seafood, bought directly from local fisherman in Wickford, Galilee and New Bedford. Gossip • 16 Main St, 294-7333, Gossip fans flock to get the first pick at one-of-a-kind designer clothing, and accessories. Shop with us and find out why some don’t want to share this secret! Green Ink • 89 Brown St, 294-6266, Green Ink is a women’s lifestyle boutique offering unique clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, gifts and more. Kitchen and Table of Wickford • 68 Brown St., 295-1105 The finest quality kitchen ware, gadgets and accessories. The Mermaids Purl • 1 Main St, 268-3899, Featuring a great selection of specialty yarns and beads. Also offering classes on knitting and beading. The Porch • 24 Brown St., 294-3230 Offering a beautiful selection of hand-painted décor for your home and garden. Design services are also available. Tavern By The Sea • 16 West Main St, 294-5771, This romantic restaurant and tavern serves great food along with the great views. Alfresco dining overlooking the Harbor. Teddy Bearskins • 17 Brown St., 295-0282 This boutique carries the finest in infant, toddler and children’s clothing as well as accessories. Voila • 31 W. Main St, 667-5911, Voila is a fine art gallery, art supply store and community art center that offers top quality artists’ materials and classes to inspire both children and adults. Wickford Collection • 30 West Main St, 295-7222, Come and experience The Wickford Collection. Distinctive furnishings for the home and garden. Located at the most picturesque site in all of South County.

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January FROM PREVIOUS PAGE January 28-30 Thank you, Mohegan Sun Casino. Because of your annual Sun Winefest, we never have to drink alone – or at least not during the last weekend of January. Hiccup. On Friday night, there’s the Whiskey and Bourbon Tasting. Saturday and Sunday bring two afternoons of Grand Tastings, with over 1000 wines and beers to sample, along with celebrity chef demos by the likes of Bobby Flay and Todd English. Saturday also has a chance to branch off to taste the best-of-the-best vintages and meet their makers during the exclusive Elite Cru Tasting. Bubbles and Bon Bons wraps things up on Sunday with high end champagnes, desserts and cheeses. Now if you could only do something to help us out with that pesky gambling addiction. Individual ticketed events: $70-$200. Mohegan Sun Casino, One Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT. 1-888-226-7711, January 1 Don’t panic if you start hearing that voice of an angel again – it’s just the ethereal Sarah McLachlan, doing her alternative poetic pop thing with Laws of Illusion, her first studio album of new material in seven years. 8pm. $50-$80. MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Ledyard, CT. 866-MGM-0050, www. January 2 Save your sharing for Readers’ First Sunday, where you can read a passage no more than five minutes long to an audience that wants to hear it, instead of the usual unlucky soul within shouting distance. 2-3pm. Free, registration as reader or listener required. North Kingstown Free Library, 100 Boone Street, North Kingstown. 294-3306, January 2 Enter into the theatre of basketball, where The Harlem Globetrotters com-

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bine comedy, magic, athleticism and the whistled tune of “Sweet Georgia Brown,” in a continued attempt to try to keep their winning record hovering around 98 percent. 2pm. $13-$65. Mohegan Sun Arena, One Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT. 1-888-2267711, January 4 Consider all the basic necessities of life that set you back more than six greenbacks these days – like a sandwich, a bottle of nail polish or two gallons of gas – then hightail it over to URI as the grossly underappreciated Women’s Basketball team takes on Dartmouth. 7pm. $6. Ryan Center, One Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston. 7883200, January 7-8 Eat Pray Do Yoga at a mini-retreat to help you recommit to your health via meditation and good food, way before you hit that pesky breakdown point that started actress Julia Roberts on her movie version journey. Friday: 6-8pm, Saturday: 8am-6pm. $125, includes lunch and dinner. All That Matters, 315 Main Street, Wakefield. 782-2126, www.allthatmatters. com.

Start Your Engines January 27-30: Kick a tire or two at the Northeast International Auto Show. Okay, maybe not literally. Those steel-toed winter boots you’re sporting could do a bit of fender damage if your accuracy were slightly off. You certainly don’t want to be asked to leave before you gather enough information from each of the major auto manufacturers, spread out over two levels, to help in your decision. While these parked prospects can assist in narrowing the field quickly, without trudging through snow banks from lot to lot, you’re not going to be able to get a highway type test drive inside the Convention Center. But nothing says that you can’t ask one of the sales reps to get in the backseat and recreate the experience. January 27-28: noon-10pm, January 29: 10am10pm, January 30: 10am-6pm. $9, $6 seniors, $4 ages 7-12. Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence. 458-6000,

January 8 Vote for the best production during the 6th Annual 24-Hour Play Festival, as teams of playwrights, directors and actors raise the curtains on work that they spent a large part of their lives perfecting – or at least a portion of their Saturday. 8pm. $12. South Kingstown High School, 215 Columbia Street, Wakefield. 218-0282,

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January 9 Lend your pipes to the Hallelujah Chorus during a Community Sing of Handel’s Messiah, with soloists Phyllis L. Spiece, Ann MacDonald, Tony Grelle, Joe Thompson, conductor Eric W. VanDervort and organist Phillip Martorella promising not to point and giggle at your efforts, whatever they

January 16 Putting a ring on it, as Beyonce knows, is the easy part; it’s the coordination of details like venues, flowers, limos, catering, dresses, and faking out the paparazzi that, if not for the help of the South County Bridal Show, might make you want to give it back. 11am4pm. $10, $12 at door. The Towers, 35

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January 19 Discover if the craziness you often experience in your world this time of the month extends to woodland creatures, during a Full Moon Owl Prowl on their turf. 7-9pm. $12, $6 child; Audubon Society members: $8, $4 child; ages 6+. Bring a flashlight. Nature Center, Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter. 949-5454, January 20 Accompany Seattle pilots Mark Schoening and Dough DeVries on The Great Arctic Air Adventure, as they talk about their attempt to circumnavigate Canada via the Northwest Passage. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT. 860-5725315, January 20 Reap the Natural Health Benefits of Plants, as University of Rhode Island professor Navindra Seeram provides the results of his research, showcasing the medicinal properties of all those things you know you should eat, but still lie to your doctor about. 7-8:30pm. Free. Kingston Free Library, Potter Hall, 2605 Kingstown Road, Kingston. 7838254, January 21 Sign up for The B-52s fan club to score a concert Platinum VIP package with an opportunity to compare “Rock Lobster” moves with Fred Schneider, and booty like a t-shirt, tote bag, key chain and plate, so you’ll remember the danceoff forever. 8pm. $25-$45. MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Ledyard, CT. 866-MGM-0050, January 22 Uncover, with the help of psychic Beth Ann Fisher, What’s The New Year Bringing You, so that if Publishers Clearing House shows up on your doorstep, you can be appropriately attired for live TV, or if the next 365 days are going to suck, you can opt to stay in bed. 6-8:30pm. $45. The Grateful Heart, 17 West Main Street, Wickford. 294-3981,

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Think the holiday season is over? Think again. After Hanukkah, Christmas, Christmukkah, and New Year’s, another cause for celebration awaits. It’s time for Twelfth Night! In Christianity, Twelfth Night marks the official end of the Christmas season and the eve of Epiphany. But, ever since ancient times, the period of the winter solstice has given rise to frolic and feasting, spirits and song. Here in RI, if not all of New England, the best Twelfth Night party in town can be found at the Chorus of Westerly. Now a treasured annual tradition, the Chorus’ A Celebration of Twelfth Night developed in the early 1970s. That was when members helped to put on a Christmas Revels production helmed by the late John Langstaff of Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. From there, the Chorus created their own show. What began as a carol-based service with poetry intertwined grew to incorporate a plot, dancers, court jesters, acrobats, puppets, and more. By the mid-‘80s, it had become a winter pageant, a magical spectacle, and a musical play all rolled into one, featuring hundreds of performers. The script for Twelfth Night changes every year, but some aspects of the show remain the same. The setting tends to evoke a medieval court. Certain songs and soliloquies, and a horn dance involving antlers, find a place in the story each year. And there is always a scene in which audience members are given pieces of cake. In keeping with European tradition, the man who finds the hidden bean and the woman who finds the hidden pea inside the cake become king and queen for the evening. Bagpipers guide them

to the throne, where they are crowned, and they watch the performance from this new, regal vantage point. Beloved chorus member Anne Utter crafted an original Twelfth Night script each year for thirty or so years, until her passing. Member Harvey Blanchette is in charge of the task now, and tackles it with vigor. This month’s show takes place in the middle of a five-year story arc; it follows a character, born in the first year, on travels through five different kingdoms. Each kingdom is based around an element and, this year, it’s fire. In depicting the fire kingdom, Blanchette drew inspiration from Asia – a new twist for the production. But, if you missed the past two years of shows, fear not. Each Twelfth Night show also stands on it own, promising a dazzling night of entertainment. Chorus founder and music director George Kent conducts the show, with choreography by Robin Rice and direction by Derron Wood. Their job is a challenging one, with a breakneck pace. Between the musicians, actors, dancers, and Chorus members, the creative team behind Twelfth Night oversees nearly 350 performers. Most of the cast and crew are volunteers. Almost a third of the cast is comprised of children, many of them untrained and unfamiliar with being onstage. Rehearsals begin on December 26; the show opens January 7. As executive director Ryan Saunders jokes, “We go rapid fire with this sucker!” Saunders himself joined the Chorus just before his eighth birthday. Born in Westerly, he grew up in Pawcatuck, CT and sang with the group for the next ten years — formative years in which

he performed great works like Handel’s Messiah and discovered a passion for arts and culture. As an adult, his career in arts management led him away from the RI area, but he remained involved and served on the board of the Chorus. Last year he returned as executive director, a role he considers both an opportunity and a responsibility to ensure that other members enjoy as rich an experience as he did. As he puts it, “How often do you get a chance to work for an organization that literally changed your life?” Saunders credits the talent of the community with Twelfth Night’s consistent, time-tested and overwhelming appeal. He points out that many of the same children who step on stage for the first time in a Twelfth Night production go on to pursue theater and music in college and beyond. Nurturing children’s appreciation of the arts is an important part of the mission of the Chorus of Westerly, renowned as one of the only intergenerational choruses in the country. “With everything the Chorus does, it’s amazing how it can change people’s lives and impact them,” Saunders says. “When you see somebody onstage or in the audience smiling at the end of a production, it makes it all worth it.”

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