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NARRAGANSETT – Comfortable and completely updated beach cottage on dreamy Pocono Road. This charmer speaks beach with bead board ceilings and tons of natural light. Nothing to do but move in and enjoy the sound of the waves and the scent of ocean breezes. $399,000 Fran Bidell 401-864-1308

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WESTERLY – Bright & Spacious 3++ bed ranch near beaches. Perfect for year round or seasonal. Lower level rooms have multiple uses. Open floor plan/ huge deck/pretty yard newer mechanical, near beaches & town amenities, best of both worlds! Not a drive by! $309,000 Cheryl Woodmansee 241-8427

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South County Hills! 3 Bed 2.5 bath Colonial on private 1 acre home site. Very open layout, large family room with fireplace, oversized kitchen, laundry on 1st floor, lofted foyer. Brisk Walk from Matunuck Oyster Bar and state beach. $511,000 Barry Gross 401-284-4407

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – First opportunity in over 50 years – The “Carriage House at 1 Post Road.” Unbelievable, unique 7 bedroom estate on 13 protected acres. Blend of old and new. First floor master suite, indoor lap pool, and great period detail. Ideal for equestrian or gentleman farmer w/rolling hills & 2 minutes from Historic Wakefield. $990,000 Barry Gross 401-284-4407

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17 The House That Horror Movies Built

9 Editor’s Note

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20 Stay Sporty This Season

How to enjoy the great wintery outdoors

23 Global Dining

Experience a world of flavor without having to leave South County

10 Online Exclusives 11 So Happening

T-T-Take an icy plunge on January 1 12 So & So 14 Social Network

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A new you for a new year at Aqua Salon 32 Life/Style 35 Tastemaker 36 What’s In Store 39 Whole Body

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43 So Delicious

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57 So Entertaining

Your guide to South County entertainment 66 Calendar

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Editor’s Note

Think Globally, Eat Locally With such a whirlwind month of eating, drinking, gifting and merrymaking behind you, you can’t help but feel a little bit of a letdown when the calendar turns to January. You get exactly one weekend to recover (and, let’s face it, wallow). Then, it’s time to shake it off – by which I mean, that blanket over your lap as you’re reading this – and get to the fun stuff. There’s a whole world of flavor to explore in South County, and this month, you actually have the time to get out there and try it. This year, resolve to expand your culinary palate. From some of

the state’s best-Yelped noodles in Westerly to worth-the-drive tacos in Wakefield, we’ve got tons of ideas for global cuisine in this issue. So find something with an elastic waistband and get out of the house. And, Happy New Year. May your resolutions make it past January 3.

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THIS IS RAMS COUNTRY Basketball fans looking for an exciting game should turn off the TV and get to the Ryan Center where the University of Rhode Island Rams are heating up the court. The women’s team is looking to follow up a 2015-2016 season that saw a number of program records broken, including most three pointers scored by an individual player and by the team overall. Put on the team colors and catch one of four home games this month on January 1, 9, 18 and 25. GoRhody.com The URI Rams women’s basketball team take it to the hoop at the Ryan Center for four home games this month January 2017 | SO RHODE ISLAND

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Loren Barham's Loren Hope line of East Greenwich-made jewelry is being carried in Nordstrom locations across the US

we profiled Loren Barham and her sparkly line of chic, colorful high-end costume jewelry designed and created here in Rhode Island, Loren Hope. Her hard work and talent have paid off in a big way; the brand was approached by Nordstrom seeking to carry its lines in 2016. We caught up with Loren and her husband, company CEO Aaron Barham, at their bright, airy converted mill space in East Greenwich, where all design, shipping, quality control, customer service and sales take place. What started as a kitchen table hobby in 2005 now necessitates six full time and three temporary employees including a second designer, Abby. Beautiful vintage pieces adorn a table in the studio – classic names now highly sought after, like Coro and Miriam Haskell. Loren’s appreciation for Rhode Island’s history as the jewelry manufacturing capital of the US led the Barhams to relocate from North Carolina in 2012. She strives to blend antique and modern vibes in metal cuffs, sparkly drop earrings and studs, pendants

and statement necklaces housing colorful gemstones. “I want my pieces to be collectible in 40 years,” Loren says. Nordstrom approached the brand in 2016 requesting samples. In July, an initial line was tested in a few stores. By the fall, they had decided to carry Loren Hope in all 112 locations. Loren’s team had only a few weeks to fulfill the massive order. Now, replenishment orders arrive weekly, allowing the company to track which styles and colors are most popular. The Barhams are taking their sudden success in stride. “We want to scale responsibly,” says Aaron. “Fast fashion sales models devalue a brand, and we want to maintain our integrity over time. It’s a delicate balance; if we start taking on more than we can handle, the quality will deteriorate. The ethical side is also really important. We have profit share and bonus programs for all of our employees. Making everything here allows us to make art first and then figure out how to sell it, rather than cater to trends.” LorenHope.com –Amanda M. Grosvenor

Where to Take That Icy New Year’s Day Dip Take the Plunge on January 1 2nd Annual Frozen Clam Obstaplunge, Goddard State Park LaidBackFitness.com/Events Polar Plunge, Block Island BlockIslandInfo.com Start 2017 with a chilly splash at one of these South County polar plunges

No matter where you end up crashing after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, there’s a good chance there’s a polar plunge close by. Here in New England, where the ocean only ever gets “warm enough,” a New Year’s Day dip can be an arctic nightmare or a mildly unseasonable folly depending on how Mother Nature decides to play 12

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it (last year’s plunge was on a balmy, low-40s kind of day). Never taken the dive yourself? Here are a few things to know: the worst part is actually standing in freezing cold sand while barefoot, the actual plunge is way more fun than it sounds and the icy water will shock that New Year’s Eve hangover right out of you.

Get psyched, take the plunge and be ready for a fresh new year – and a hot cup of coffee or three – when you emerge from the waves. An added bonus? Most of these plunges raise money for great local causes, so let the knowledge that you’re doing something crazy for your fellow man warm your from the inside out. –Tony Pacitti

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The “People’s Poet,” Tina Cane, is the new State Poet Laureate Grab your literature textbooks;

Rumford’s Tina Cane has been named RI’s sixth Poet Laureate

Rhode Island has a new poet laureate. Appointed by Gina Raimondo after our last state poet, Rick Benjamin, resigned to take a position in California, Tina Cane of Rumford is the new state poet laureate. Established by law in 1989, the Rhode Island poet laureate serves as an advocate for poetry and the arts in Rhode Island. Tina will be the sixth poet laureate since its initial inception. Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and English from the University of Vermont and the University of Paris, and a Master’s Degree in French Literature from Middlebury College. She has had her work featured in many publications including Barrow Street and The Literary Review. Her book-length poem, The Fifth Thought, was published in 2008. She is also the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools RI, a

program that brings professional writers into schools to help students write, revise and even perform their own imaginative writing. Tina says of her new position, “During my tenure, I hope every Rhode Islander gets a chance to develop a love of literature, to explore self-expression and to understand that poetry, because it is such a flexible form, truly belongs to everyone.” Governor Raimondo says of Tina’s appointment: “I am thrilled to have Tina serve as our new state poet laureate. She is a people’s poet. Throughout her career, she has worked tirelessly to make the arts more accessible, bringing poetry and a spirit of creative self-expression to Rhode Island schools. Tina truly embodies the powerful role art will play in Rhode Island’s future, and I can’t wait to see what she will achieve.” –Caitlin Howle

SO BLOCK ISLAND

The Fifth Grade Farmer Bailey Payne keeps Block Island eating farm fresh all winter

Photos courtesy of (top) Mary Beth Meehan, Photography by (bottom) Tracy Finn

It’s quite a lot of work, managing 17 acres of animals and a small business while staying focused on your education. Bailey Payne does all of that while playing two instruments and three sports, collecting and delivering eggs from her hundreds of chickens and, most importantly, being the sweetest fifth grader. At just ten years young, she’s an athlete who plays baseball, basketball and soccer on teams that regularly travel to compete with mainland schools, practices the piano and trumpet and loves anything associated with the ocean, especially surfing. Bailey has a passion for her farm animals, which she has grown into a family business. She faithfully cares for two horses, Patty and Baby Doll, four hair sheep, three pigs and a boar named Raylinda. And then there is her favorite, her special pet, a miniature donkey named Star. Star’s not really a fan of carrying people on his back, “He doesn’t really move when you try to ride him,” Bailey says, but “he’s gentle with me and he pulls me in a cart. He’s about three feet tall and I named him.” Her words fall from a giant, beaming smile. Right through the winter she feeds and cleans all those animals along with several hundred chickens who lay about 100 eggs a day. When she’s off-island for sports, her father Tristan, who could not be more proud of her, takes the reins and covers the chores. Come summertime, Bailey increases her fold to 300 chickens so she must sell even more eggs. Orders are placed with her grandmother, Cathy, and together they travel the island to deliver dozens of dozens twice a week. “Well, we sell them to the grocery store and we deliver them with our car,” Bailey says. They sell to inns including The Seabreeze, The Darius, The Bellevue and occasionally some lucky individual customers. “She’s very polite, she’s very sweet,” says Seabreeze Inn Manager Jenn Frued, adding, “She is

Fifth grader Bailey Payne is keeping Block Island farming traditions alive for a new generation

definitely helpful, she brings them to the door and leaves a ticket if we’re not here.” Raising chickens and keeping promises, that’s Bailey. Summertime on Block Island is busy. While grownups and kids play along shorelines or snorkel for quahogs, Bailey works five days a week peddling her Payne Farm Eggs, learning to be responsible and organized, to manage money and time. When the work is done, she listens to an iPod purchased with money she earned and saved, rides her horses with friends

or takes to the waves on a hot pink surfboard. Bailey Payne is a peach. “Our eggs taste better, because they’re farm fresh,” she says with a smile, rightfully proud of her ambition and growing business. Bailey is the best of the island’s old and new worlds: she’s working her family’s land, raising animals for love and money earned partially from tourism while saving what she’s earned, ensuring one more generation of smart, hardworking independent Block Islanders. –Todd Corayer January 2017 | SO RHODE ISLAND

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So Happening Social Network

Nothing says “December” like a brisk run on the beach. On December 4, runners of all ages bundled up and met at the North Beach Club house for the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce’s annual Jingle Bell Run. Brian McNeice and Kalista Bremer, both of Narragansett, were the top men and women’s finishers. NarragansettCOC.com Photography by Blink of an Eye Photography

Left to right in front: Sue Henderson, Kellie Armstrong, Denise Pappa Left to right in the back: Paula Skowron, Lisa Poncin and Linda Smith

Jesse Kleckner, Belle Buroker, Ben Buroker, Owen Buroker, Perry Buroker and Darby Buroker

Kalie and Valerie Bremer

Danielle Cuoco and Christine Allen

Michele McNeiece and Lisa Garzilli

Holly Converse and Barbara Converse

Members of Narragansett Chamber of Commerce Christine Quigley, Bethany Lardarl, Megan Moran and Jill Lawler, Richard Fuka and Men’s firstplace finisher Brian McNeiece

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A church on Main Street in a small New England town hides a house of horrors. This could be the elevator pitch for a horror movie, but in this case it’s an accurate description of the offices of Woodhaven Media, the independent film production company housed in a former church in downtown East Greenwich. The company made a name for itself producing low budget, locally shot horror flicks featuring cult movie icons like Tony Todd (Candyman), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) and Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street). At the same time, Rhode Island born-and-raised filmmaker Tommy DeNucci was making a name for himself. Between 2013 and 2015 he served as writer, director and producer on three horror features for Woodhaven – the most recent, 2015’s Almost Mercy, is currently streaming on Netflix. Now DeNucci’s branching out from horror, helping a new generation of local filmmakers get the opportunity to bring their vision to life and even getting called up to the big leagues in Hollywood. A jack-of-all-trades behind the camera, and an actor to boot, Tommy DeNucci is putting the grind in grindhouse. East Greenwich is far and away from the center of the movie-making universe, but it’s where producer Chad Verdi has set up shop. Verdi, who most recently produced the locally-shot Vinny Paz biopic Bleed For This and Martin Scorsese’s long in development passion project Silence, is the founder of Verdi Productions and Woodhaven Media. Last year, DeNucci and his longtime partner Sam Eilertsen took over as president and CTO of Woodhaven, having both come up as interns working for Verdi. The house that horror built, Woodhaven has been under going a rebranding under DeNucci’s direction, taking on commercial projects and working with bands like Godsmack. It had been a busy month when I caught up with DeNucci just before Thanksgiving. Bleed For This had just opened nationwide, landing in the top ten its first weekend, an accomplishment all the more impressive

when you look at the competition: Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. “We’re up against some heavyweights,” he says, apologizing for the boxing pun. DeNucci had a small role in the film and assembled the film’s electronic press kit, consisting of behind the scenes videos and interviews. He also used his being on set as an opportunity to observe and absorb, taking note of how things work on a bigger production. He even earned the invitation from director Ben Younger to wear a pair of headphones one day on set. “What people don’t realize is that when you’re making a movie you can’t really hear what’s going on,” he says. “Ben looked at me holding a pair of headphones and says ‘You wanna listen?’ I felt like he let me behind the curtain a bit.”

Everything he picked up from being a fly on the wall during the shooting of Bleed For This was put into practice on the set of Woodhaven’s latest feature, Anders Manor, which was shot in October. With a budget around $100,000 and 13 days to shoot, DeNucci was applying all of his acquired experience on and off camera to someone else’s dream project. For the first time, he found himself on set strictly in a producer’s capacity. Written by Glenn Jeffrey and Matt O’Connor, two cousins from Narragansett and Cranston, Anders Manor stars Christina Robinson (Dexter) as a young woman who, after releasing herself from a mental institution and the custody of the state, embarks on what DeNucci describes as a “vacation gone horribly wrong. A family reunion from hell.” This is the first feature for the two cousins – that’s both the name of their production

Top: The cast and crew of Anders Manor poses for a crew shot on the final day of principal photography. Bottom: Actor Kevin Nash and producer Tommy DeNucci gear up for a take.

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company and the way they were addressed on set – who had approached DeNucci in a bar with their script. After a few meetings and a successful fundraiser, the cousins convinced DeNucci that they were willing to give their all for the project. To helm the film, he tapped his longtime assistant director Jon Schermerhorn of Warwick. This would be Schermerhorn’s first at bat directing a feature film, but he and DeNucci have a long history. “When I tell you there’s not a more deserving guy to get an opportunity like that… he’s the guy,” DeNucci says. “I went to New England Tech with him. We made zombie movies when we were teenagers. Twelve years later, to be on an actual movie set with real cameras and real makeup artists… it was a really surreal feeling. It was fun to feel like we were still a couple of kids just playing in the backyard making our movies.” The production came together with a mostly local crew, and has a cast consisting of Christina Robinson – a regular on Showtime’s Dexter – in the lead, WWE’s Kevin Nash playing against type as the leader of a “hippy cult of positivity” and Godsmack frontman Sully Erna as a redneck up north on a hunting trip. DeNucci used connections he’s made over the years, including a frequent working relationship with Erna and Godsmack on entrance videos for the band’s live shows, to continue in Woodhaven’s tradition of bringing recognizable cult figures to their productions. DeNucci, who cut his teeth on making scrappy, low-budget horror flicks is taking that next big career step and becoming a producer in his own right. Just as his mentor had seen the potential in him as a writer-director, giving him opportunities tomake a name for himself in Rhode Island’s small but vibrant independent filmmaking world, DeNucci is in a position to recognize that potential in others and help bring up another crop of local talent. “Chad Verdi is very inspiring. I wanted to take a page out of his book and just concentrate on producing this to be the best movie it could be,” says DeNucci. “I wanted something different and I wanted to see what it was


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Exeter’s Yawgoo Valley Ski Area’s (160 Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter. 2943802, Yawgoo.com) 300-foot vertical drop and 14 trails would barely register as a mogul bump up north or out west, but here in Little Rhody it’s the king of the mountain when it comes to alpine (downhill) skiing and snowboarding. Generations of Rhode Islanders have learned to ski on Max de Wardener’s charmingly low-key hill, and while keeping the snow on the slopes can be a challenge in our unpredictable coastal climate, Yawgoo Valley’s snowmaking operation ensures that local skiers and boarders squeeze every possible run out of each winter, day and night

(every trail is lit for after-dark skiing). Ready for a bigger challenge? Local ski shops like Anderson’s Ski and Dive (5865 Post Road, East Greenwich. 8841310, Ski-Dive.com) in East Greenwich, Warwick’s Alpine Ski and Sport (105 Chestnut Street, Warwick. 781-4444, RISkiShop.com), Avie’s Ski/Sport (100 Main Street, Westerly. 596-0375, AviesSkiSport.com) and New England Action Sports (200 Bald Hill Road, Warwick. 738-0411, SkiTrip.net) run weekly bus trips to a variety of mountains in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, and beer lovers look forward to the Mews Tavern’s (456 Main Street, Wakefield. 783-9370, MewsTavern.com) annual ski trip, a 25-year tradition. For cameraderie and cost savings, look to local ski clubs: the Newport Ski Club (NewportSkiClub.org) has been around for 50 years and has a lodge at Okemo Mountain in Vermont that can sleep up to 46 people in bunkstyle rooms: members get meals and discounted lift tickets. Rhode Island Ski Runners (RISkiRunners.com) has a lodge in North Conway, New Hampshire.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING

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The Brandon Boss Ice Arena (One Keaney Road, Kingston. 874-4988, BossIceArena.com) on the campus of the University of Rhode Island in Kingston is not only the finest facility of its kind

in the state, it also offers skating lessons and a wide variety of public skating options year-round. Open skating is available MondayFriday from 11am to 1pm, and you can kick up your blades to a lively Rock N’ Skate program on Saturday nights from 8-10pm. A slower-paced adult skate session takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-10am. Time is also set aside for figure skaters on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am10pm. At just $6 for the public and $3 for URI students (skate rentals are an additional $5), these programs are the entertainment bargain of the season. Fancy carving a few turns outdoors? The Newport Skating Center (4 Commercial Wharf, Newport. 846-3018, NewportSkatingCenter.com) has public skating ($7 adults, $5 seniors and kids ages 3-12) from 5-9pm Monday to Friday, with free admission on Mondays, and 10am-11pm on Saturdays and 126pm on Sundays, plus an adults-only skate ($5) from 9-11pm on Friday nights. The Washington Trust Ice Rink (61 Main Street, Westerly. 637-7902) in Westerly has learn-to-skate programs for various skill levels as well as publicskating sessions. The rink is outdoors, so schedules are heavily dependent upon the weather.

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It’s easy to stay fit and healthy when the weather is pleasantly warm and sunny, but let’s face it: if we wanted easy, we’d all be living in Florida or California, not New England. So if you find the idea of hibernating for the winter and giving back all those gains you made at the gym last summer, well, unbearable, these South County cold-weather sports can help keep your body toned and warm until the inevitable return of bathing-suit season (and we don’t mean the Polar Plunge).


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Channel your inner Bobby Orr or Patrice Bergeron by joining a hockey league or one of the many pickup games played at the ice rinks located in Kingston, Westerly, Warwick and Cranston. The ExeterWest-Greenwich Hockey Club (4473605, EWGHC.com) offers family co-ed, adult co-ed and women’s league play in Kingston. The Cranston Senior Hockey League (900 Phenix Avenue, Cranston. 944-8690, TheCSHL.com), with games played at the rinks in both Cranston and West Warwick, has leagues catering to experienced players of varied skill levels – teams in the lower divisions tend to attract all ages from late teens to 50-somethings, while higher level leagues skew younger and faster. Not ready to commit to a league, or just looking to sharpen your hockey skills? Hook up with a pickup game that suits your schedule, whether you want to get in an early morning skate before work, an afternoon workout or some late-night competition. The Boss Arena is home to Hockey Night in Kingston, a highly organized group of skaters that occasionally needs extra skaters to play on a per-game basis (you can also inquire about signing up as a weekly regular). The weekday afternoon pickup game at Boss (1pm-2:50pm) is the best hockey value in the state ($6) and is typically well attended – including by goalies. Westerly’s Washington Trust Ice Rink is ideal for beginners who want to quickly jump into league play: programs include hockey group lessons, and the smaller rink makes the game more accessible for less-experienced skaters. Youth, teen, adult and women’s leagues compete throughout the winter, and there also are scheduled pickup and “pond hockey” style games at the rink.

SNOW TUBING AND SLEDDING

Yawgoo Valley has Rhode Island’s only snow-tubing park, with seven lanes served by rope tows. Tickets are

$15 and sold for 50-minute sessions: you can expect big crowds of kids and families on weekends, so buying tickets in advance is highly recommended. After any decent snowfall you’ll find families bundling up and heading down Division Street in West Greenwich to the sand dunes known as the “Big River Desert.” The dunes are part of the Big River Management Area and have multiple slopes to choose from, so they never seem too crowded even when scores of people are attacking the hills on sleds, saucers, toboggans – even big sheets of cardboard. Generations of kids have also tested their courage on the snowy hills of the former Wickford Elementary School (99 Phillips Street, Wickford).

WINTER HIKING AND SNOWSHOEING

Winter hiking in South County can be as simple as putting on some warm boots and heading to your local park or joining up with an organized group. Meetup (Meetup.com) is a great resource: you can find group hikes nearly any day of the week led by the Narragansett chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMCNarragansett.org), Outdoor Adventurers of New England, and the Rhode Island Hiking Club. Both the AMC and the Rhode Island Hiking Club offer winter-hiking instruction. The REI Outdoor School (REI.com/Learn.html), available through the company’s Cranston store, has classes on winter wilderness survival skills and cold-weather gear and photography. Trudging through heavy snow isn’t particularly fun, but the aftermath of a big winter storm is the ideal time to strap on some snowshoes and trek into the woods. REI has a good selection of premium snowshoes, while Ocean State Job Lot (OceanStateJobLot.com) typically carries lowcost, entry-level snowshoes that are fine for beginners.

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The noodle is a staple food throughout the world.  So much so, that many cultures claim it as their own creation and have gone to great lengths to defend it.  Dating back over 4,000 years, this sought after food is finally having an uprising of its own. There’s plenty of cultural fusion at Noodle Revolution, which means that no matter what you order, it’s sure to have some basis in the familiar (there’s even calamari that can be added if you don’t want to stray too far from that Rhode Island standard). In their noodle bowls you get to pick the noodle shape and texture as well as one of three sauces: Drunken, which means you determine the level of spice; Black Noodle, which has a soy sauce base; and Bangkok Street Pad Thai, which features a beautiful peanut sauce. Don’t be shy about experimenting; the Beef Pho – a noodle soup with just the right amount of lime – is also front and center. And fear not, there’s also the Revolution Burger waiting on the menu just in case you need a little more comfort food while you decide on noodles for your next visit. 87 Oak Street, Westerly. 596-9559 When entering the small storefront noodle bar of  Boru  you immediately feel a sense of rebellion; maybe because it’s literally painted on the walls as noodle related riffs on the art of Banksy and Shepard Fairey. Chefs Casey Shea and Steve Lucier serve up as much style as flavor with their signature ramen

bowls. That’s right. Ramen noodles, no longer confined to the brick-like packets of college dorms, have once again garnered culinary legitimacy. The Boru House Ramen is completed with pork belly, napa cabbage and a fried egg; perfect fare for lunch or to sustain a night out on “The Island.” 36 Broadway, Newport. 846-4200, BoruNoodlebar.com

Sushi Stopover Sushi isn’t raw fish. Well, it’s not exclusively raw fish; that’s sashimi. This definitive Japanese creation can have veggies or meats (cooked or uncooked) of almost any type. The key is really the vinegar rice that makes it just sticky enough to serve as a foundation for the whole thing. Note: The best thing about sushi is its fresh ingredients, which is why we do not buy it from gas stations on road trips.  One of Shogun Steak and Seafood House’s two locations can be found tucked away in South County Commons. Sure, there are great hibachi tables in the back, but up front is a marvelous sushi bar where you can watch the artistry that chefs put into each piece and roll. Aki rolls are affordable and a great way to mix, match and share with your travelling companions. 59 South County Commons Way, Wakefield. 284-1311; 76 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. 2703608, ShogunRI.com   Westerly’s  Koi  is elegant without the high price tag or stuffiness.  If you’re the slightest bit

Bangkok Street Pad Thai with shrimp from Noodle Revolution

hesitant about ordering a big dinner without knowing what you’re doing, try stopping in at lunch for a Bento Box (it’s the Japanese version of partitioned lunchbox); it’s a great chance to try small samples of a few different items without the big commitment. 65 High Street, Westerly. 348-8886, KoiJapaneseRestaurantRI.com Over at Raku Sakura, both the atmosphere and the sushi are contemporary turns of classic styles. However, if you’re having one of those nights when you want the world to come to you, try their very popular (and prompt) delivery service that doesn’t skimp on the care or fresh ingredients. They even offer online ordering. 148 Main Street, East Greenwich. 885-0777,  RakuSakuraEastGreenwich.com

The Meandering Meatball We’ve all had bad meatballs, whether they be from an aluminum chafing tray at a work luncheon or from a buddy who brings them to every tailgate party and tells you his secret ingredient is actually ketchup. Those meat-based ping-pong balls should not be the standard bearer for this deceptively nuanced morsel. Instead, head to these Italian restaurants for the juiciest, most flavorful meatballs you can get your hands on. At  Pasquale’s Pizzeria  Napoletana,  owner and chef Pasquale Illiano takes his meatballs seriously.  Whether they ride atop one of his hand-crafted

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pizzas or travel solo covered in ricotta and parmesan, Pasquale and his crew pride themselves on their attention to detail; like the fact that their cheeses are all artisan made. 60 South County Commons Way, Wakefield. 783-2900, PasqualesPizzeriaRI.com It’s the best of both worlds at Chianti’s. The restaurant proper offers Rhode Island’s classic Italian dining atmosphere, while their adjacent The Trap is a casual pub. Both of which boast their signature Pulpettini (the formal Italian is “polpettini”), which are little pan-fried meatballs in a tomato-basil sauce and served with a kicker of cheese fondue for dunking. 195 Old Forge Road, East Greenwich. 885-4999,  ChiantisRI.com

Finding Falafel

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If there were a hierarchy of street food, then falafel would definitely be up there with royalty. A long standing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern meal, falafel is a deep-fried ball of mashed and spiced chickpeas or fava beans. Generally served in a pita or on taboon flatbread for easy handling, this vegetarian charm goes great with sauces that have either tahini or yogurt as their base. If you find yourself in South Kingstown for lunch, then swing by  Pick Pockets Deli. There, find culinary bliss in the form of The Works.  The Works  is Pick Pockets’ fan-favored falafel along with hummus and tabbouleh in the pita. It

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travels well if you’re taking it on the road and the tahini has just enough tomato in it to make it distinct. 231 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield. 792-3360, PickPocketsDeli.com Twenty miles away, interestingly enough, is  Pick Pockets Deli – no relation to the Wakefield Pick Pockets or Smithfield Pick Pockets. Order The Works here and you’re in for another mouth full of paradise. Hummus and tabbouleh along with a sweet tahini that cools your palate. 160 Granite Street, Westerly.  637-7900,  PickPocketsWesterly.com Now, the Veggie Falafel Wrap at Markos Restaurant has the added bonus of stuffed grape leaves and fresh cucumbers inside it.  It’s a labor of love at this comfortable diner a few blocks from the water.  Take the time to relax and enjoy the homestyle ambiance. 126 Boon Street, Narragansett. 7839083, MarkosNarragansett.com

Don’t Fear the Curry It is only natural that we are sometimes suspicious of what we do not understand.  And, there’s a lot to understand about curries.  But, as with any new experience, there’s a certain amount of trust intrinsic in the adventure. There are sweet curries, savory curries, hot curries, wet curries and dry curries. In addition, since curries are traditional fare throughout the Indian subcontinent, many can be prepared vegetarian. As first timers, we might want to stay away

from the heat and look for flavor combinations that we like. Most Indian restaurants will have pretty extensive descriptions detailing what’s in their dishes listed on their menus.  Take time to read those and ask questions for further clarification.  After finding great success with Kabob and Curry on Providence’s Thayer Street and Rasoi just across the border into Pawtucket, Chef Sanjiv Dhar decided to expand his reach about three years ago into southern Rhode Island.    With  Rasa, Chef Dhar continues to deliver regional flavors in a bright and inviting atmosphere.  While technically not a strict curry, the Chicken Tikki Masala is a solid jumping on point.  Masala is a spice used in many curries, so this meal has flavor throughout, both in the chicken and the tomato-cream sauce. 149 Main Street, East Greenwich. 398-2822,  IndianRestaurantsRI.com/Rasa If you’re in the mood to dine down by the beach, then try Maharaja inside the impressively appointed The Village Inn Hotel. The Vegetable Curry has a base of chickpeas in a spiced tomato and garlic sauce. Couple that with a side of garlic-cilantro Naan (a thin bread delicious on its own, but also helpful with the curry sauce) and those might just be the perfect things to warm you up after a winter afternoon spent wandering along the sea wall. 1 Beach Street, Narragansett. 363-9988,  MaharajaRI.com


Much like the noodle, the dumpling seems to have questionable parentage, with almost every culture claiming responsibility for its conception. That makes sense, it’s meat or vegetable encased in either a dough or pasta wrapping; then boiled, steamed, fried or baked.  That takes care of ravioli, matzo balls, knish, pierogi, as well as gnocchi.  For our purposes let’s stick with the Asian versions of which, fortunately, there are plenty. The Pork Ravioli appetizer at  Tong-D is prepared either pan-fried in the Japanese gyoza style or steamed.  The daily Happy Hour provides a terrific excuse to get a drink and sample the appetizer menu which is full of both classic Thai dishes and spins on standard fare from other Asian cultures. 50 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown. 783-4445, TongDSK.com   Not too far down the road,  Sa-Tang  offers traditional Thai Kamon Jeeb steamed dumplings on the menu with either chicken or shrimp. They really take pride in their diverse menu, so if it looks good, give it a shot. 402 A-B Main Street, Wakefield. 2844220, Sa-Tang.com Seven Moons offers us a Japanese menu as well as a Chinese one (the latter has a few Thai and Vietnamese items too). Use this opportunity to taste dumplings fully fried from the Chinese fare. They’re served with a thick oyster sauce that manages to penetrate that golden crust in the best way. 6900

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Post Road, North Kingstown. 885-8383, SevenMoonsOnline.com  If it’s wonton you’re wanting, try the soups at Beijing Dumpling.  They have a straight-up pork wonton soup or, for the more adventurous, a wonton egg-drop soup, in which an egg is beaten into the broth, cooking the egg and creating wonderful ribbons throughout the soup.    The stand-alone pork dumplings also have quite the fanbase for their price, quantity and quality. Merchant Square, 55 Beach Street, Westerly. 348-8883 In the same complex is the Corner Thai Cafe. Their chicken Kamon Jeeb is topped with garlic and cilantro, adding even more flavor to this well prepared bundle of deliciousness. Merchant Square, 55 Beach Street, Westerly. 348-0009.

A Taco Worth Traveling For The taco is a puzzle box; it seems simple, yet it can be deconstructed and reassembled in so many ways.  Even in its original home of Mexico, the shape can change from the usual folded shell to more of an open-face bowl.  The consistency may differ from a hard to a soft shell; a flour to a corn base.    And the contents can slide from a simple bit of meat, a dash of cilantro and a squeeze of lime all the way over to steak tips, salsa and scoops of cheese. The important thing is to voyage outside of what you know. With an open mind, the result is sure to be an appetizing endeavor.

Amigos Taqueria y Tequila serves really good tequila. Plan accordingly. These friends will welcome you with their American Taco (meat of your choice with shredded cheese and sour cream); get you to come back with their Traditional Taco (your choice of meat with a little cilantro, lime and tomatillo); and surprise you with their Cabo San Lucas Taco (shrimp or scallops with mango papaya slaw).    2 Canal Street, Westerly. 315-5800, AmigosRI.com Tortuga Restaurant has a variety of tacos that can really make you appreciate the importance of flavor combinations; the Carnitas (pork) is topped with pickled onions, while the Pollo (chicken) is seasoned with chipotle (a smoke-dried jalapeño sauce) and a corn salsa. The Pescado (Mahi) is finished with cilantro and lime, and the Carne Asada (steak) has queso fresco (a soft, white cheese).  It’s the thoughtfulness that really distinguishes this menu. 21 Pier Market Place, Narragansett.  363-9930, TortugaRestaurantRI.com Down at  El Fuego  they kind of do things their own way.  For example, they make a taco with Caribbean jerk-seasoned codfish and put a chipotle aioli slaw on top of it; that’s tasty, outside-the-box thinking.  Their Aguacate (avocado) is a taco layered with beans, cheese and the house guacamole.  You can mix and match your order to sample these unexpected twists on what we often consider the simple taco. 344 Main Street, Wakefield. 284-3353,  ElFuegoMexicanGrill.com

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BUILDING UP A Warwick couple’s weekend escape on Potter Pond quickly turned into a gathering place for their ever-expanding family. Built on the footprint of the smaller, original home, the new beach house can comfortably fit everyone. Now that it’s accessible for all, they make new memories weekend after weekend.


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a Warwick couple decided a small beach cottage would be the perfect escape for their family during the summer months. More than 50 years old, the cottage they purchased on Potter Pond in East Matunuck was everything a typical summertime pied-a-terre should be: no frills, full of salty air and complete with a dock and little boat. And all within walking distance to the beach. But after some time, the charming quirks started to become irksome flaws, and the family had also had some growing pains – literally. “It was perfect for our family at the time, but [our] family started to grow in leaps and bounds,” says the homeowner. “Plus, nothing had been done to it and it was starting to fall apart.” The four

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children in the family started families of their own, and suddenly, grandma and grandpa’s beach house wasn’t big enough for even the most basic campstyle overnight. By 2010, the couple decided to build an entirely new home on the property, one where they, their children and their six grandchildren could relax and spend time together. But there were challenges. First, any new construction on the water is subject to a host of rules, regulations and time-consuming permits and permissions. As anyone who has built in coastal zone management classifications  can tell you, patience, determination and organization are particularly handy when undertaking such a project. Second, the homeowners only had  .09 acres

of land to work with –  and they were required to stay within the cottage’s original footprint. So instead of building out, they built up. Having never renovated or built a home, they enlisted the help of local residential architect Laura Krekorian. With more than two decades’ experience designing homes in southern Rhode Island and specializing in well-designed beach cottages, Laura was the obvious choice for the homeowner’s needs and challenging circumstances. “The property is in such a special location,  it really needed  a specially designed  house,” says Laura. “The biggest challenge on the house was the site constraints.  We had a pretty small house footprint to work within because of the lot size and the proximity to Potter

Pond, and the [homeowners] have a very large family they need to accommodate on a regular summer day.” But where some see challenges, others see solutions. “The property is in a flood zone subject to wave action, so it had to be built up on piers, a whole story above grade. “Connecting the living space to the yard is tough with this setup, and keeping the house from looking too tall proportionally is another,” explains Laura. “With the house lifted up so high, I had to work hard to bring down the scale through the shape and proportion of the body of the house and roofline, materials selection, and adding roof overhang – and details like the shingled flared skirt along the first floor and exposed rafter tails along the roof.” She also

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Email Julie@ProvidenceOnline.com to learn more designed a large deck on the first floor open to the living area for outdoor gatherings, connected to the yard with an outdoor stair. Adding stones to the supportive piers also added a more natural aesthetic. “My ultimate goal is always to create a house with simple lines and natural materials that fits in its surroundings: that looks like it belongs there, that feels good to be in and that fulfills the client’s wish list.” “She had a lot of great ideas to match our great ideas,” says the homeowner. Laura crafted a design that granted all their wishes –  and then some. The architect fashioned a two-story coastal enclave, executed by builder Nate Holloway, that’s raised 13

feet above ground with a contemporary kitchen, open flow, two bedrooms and a custom built “bunk room” that’s perfect for the grandchildren to pile in after sun-soaked days with the sand between their toes. The room isn’t considered a bedroom as there is no door and could easily be considered multi-functional. “If you had a door, it would be considered a bedroom, but we did want as much sleeping space as possible,” says the homeowner. “Plus, the bunkroom provides plenty of storage.” Laura and the homeowners both also wanted to fill the home with natural light and plenty of windows to take advantage of the coveted views. When it came to décor, the

homeowner admits that while she had an affinity toward certain colors, the idea of choosing differing but coordinating hues for each space was a bit overwhelming. She turned to Monique Sabatino of Balanced Interiors based in nearby Narragansett for guidance. Though a comprehensive interior design company, Sabatino specifically worked with the homeowner on wall color and window treatments.“I had a good idea what I wanted: beachy, soft and light gray, whites and blues. We did it together,” says the homeowner. “The house is small but doesn’t feel small,” Monique says. The layout is efficient and there are views of the pond from every room. It’s cozy enough for

two, yet can expand to accommodate a large family of guests. She adds, “Designing in details like the timber truss above the upper  deck, large double hung windows,  exposed  rafter tails,  the flared shingle skirt,  stainless steel railings that you see right through, even the stone piers and arches, give the house its character and help make it that special destination that if you’re lucky, you get invited to enjoy.” Though it took about a year to build, the experience, and most of all the result, was well worth it, say the homeowners.   Today, they are enjoying an entirely new home with an entirely new outlook –  all while creating new memories. January 2017 | SO RHODE ISLAND

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How did you get into the jewelry business? I got into the jewelry business because of my passion for crafting and designing. I grew up in Europe where there is a great amount jewelry-making history. The field had always interested me and I found myself studying under a few of the best in this business while in Wroclaw, Poland. What is your favorite kind of project to work on? My favorite projects to work on for customers are personalized designs. I enjoy the whole process from start to finish. I start by creating the design idea and then translate that idea into carving the wax for the mold. Next I begin to cast the metals and set the stones and move on to

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seen. The entire interior is thoroughly dressed down from its tablecloth and wineglass days, but it’s sharp, clean and fun. Black and white letter board gives a vintage feel, while milk crate bench seating is perfect for splitting a six-pack and a bucket of chicken. Yes, there is still BYOB.

All of these touches are fun, but the chicken has to be good, and it is. Consistency is the hardest thing to ensure at a restaurant that produces a lot of the same thing; I’ve been there a half-dozen times at this point and it has never disappointed. The menu is so simple it fits in a sentence: fried chicken sandwiches, fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, biscuits and sides. If you are a vegetarian, don’t bother; this is a place to satisfy your urge for bird. I think the fried chicken edges the rotisserie ($16 for half a chicken, biscuit and side) for me, but both are good depending on your mood and taste. If you’re new, the fried chicken sandwich ($8.50) is a foolproof recommendation and while it’s punctuated with a little pickle and sauce, it’s great because the chicken is great; well spiced dark meat, with lots of flavor and just a little heat. The texture is perfect, from crunchy crust, to juicy interior. The sides are where we start to see that there’s extra culinary horsepower under the hood. This is not the stodgy potato salad ($3.50) of your sad work function; it has texture and is nicely herbed and bright. The black-eyed peas and ham ($4) aren’t mush, they have a little bite and fantastic depth of flavor. All the straight up staples are dead on. The biscuits ($3 for 2) deserve

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my favorite Newport restaurant. Like many others, when I heard it was closing I marked my mourning process with a farewell eat. My disappointed conversation over dessert with one of the owners wasn’t unique. Still, I could understand. Farm-to-table menus that change every week are exhausting, especially in a family-owned restaurant where the owners cook, wait tables and host as well. When Winner Winner emerged last April at the same location, a chicken rising from the ashes, I wasn’t shocked. It would seem that their sister restaurant, Mission, was proof of concept enough. If gourmet hamburgers and hot dogs are an off-Broadway hit, why not chicken on the other side of town? The logic is sound. Winner Winner does one thing, chicken and fixings, and it does it very well. There is great attention to detail at Winner Winner. There’s not just a pinball machine in the entrance, there’s a milk crate underneath to stand on so your kid can get some analog in their life. They have a basket of wet wipes at the counter. You will need them. Embroidered chicken décor? Yep! A painting of two cocks


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sauces, with no packets in sight. At the end of my hibiscus sweet tea ($2.50), I noticed there was a whole hibiscus flower steeped at the bottom. I don’t know what speaks to Winner Winner more, the fact that this is the sort of extra detail and quality you should expect all over, or whether I didn’t notice it, sitting right in front of me for half an hour. I was trying to notice things too, for this piece, honestly, but then came the fried chicken and biscuits.

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So Delicious Foodie Journal |

By Grace Lentini

Ready, Set, Grab and Go

Photo courtesy of (top) The Breachway Gourmet, (bottom left) Coast Guard House, (bottom right) Pizza Way

Take away a tasty, prepared meal at the Breachway Gourmet Let’s be honest. There aren’t too many places in Charlestown where you can go to pick up prepared foods. Yes, the Charlestown Mini Super does a great job of filling some market needs, but otherwise the pickings are slim. Enter The Breachway Gourmet, and offshoot of The Breachway Grill that recently celebrated its five year anniversary. Owner Craig Marr saw an opportunity to tap into the prepared foods market, and since he already had a full kitchen and a restaurant to utilize, the pieces quickly fell into place. “We make [the prepared foods] next door in the restaurant kitchen,” Craig explains. “Deli Manager Donnie Mattera, thankfully more of a morning person than me, arrives around 7am and prepares the food.” While the items change with the season, there are a number of comfort food staples they consistently carry such as lasagna, sausage and peppers, meatballs, and grilled and fried chicken cutlets. This time of year they’ll serve several soups and a few hot items like pot roast or shepherd’s pie. They also have some more interesting dishes like sesame crusted tuna, sauteed broccoli rabe and an antipasto bar. Then there’s the deli where you have your choice of a number of sandwiches. There’s hot Italian beef, chicken cutlet

The latest deli in Charlestown, Breachway Gourmet, serves up fresh sandwiches and an array of prepared foods

Parmesan and hot pastrami, to name a few. What’s special though is that he brings in his grinder rolls from A&M Bronx Bakery everyday, a must for him to build an incredible sandwich. Craig says that The Breachway Gourmet can even provide some

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catering needs, with a few days notice. He can put together a cheese platter with imported Provolone or some aged English cheddar in flavors like black truffle, garlic and onion and Cabernet. He also carries some RImade products, like Fox Point Pickling

Company, Richard Alan Coffee and Tito’s chips and salsa. Overall he’s excited to fill this niche in Charlestown, and hopes that everyone enjoys the food and comes back for more. 1 Charlestown Beach Road, Charlestown. 364-9000, BreachwayGourmet.com

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Opened this past fall, Pizza Way has a different approach to making pizzas. They don’t have any set pizza choices, like a supreme or meat lovers. Instead, they’re a strictly build-your-own pie place. Start with one of their two sizes (personal or large), then choose from

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A Spanish Infusion Besos Kitchen and Cocktails has a new chef, and some new flavors Besos means kisses in Spanish, but there’s only a peck on the cheek of Spanish cuisine at Besos Kitchen and Cocktails, so don’t let the name fool you. The restaurant has changed considerably over the past few years, including a beautiful remodel, but it’s the most recent addition of Chef Joseph Caldarone that will most excite diners. He’s been refocusing the restaurant to be laid-back while still maintaining an upscale farm-to-table approach. Chef Joseph has been in the kitchen since he was 13 and has a long resume, highlighted by his work under the acclaimed Jeanie Roland at Ella’s in Westerly. He has a genuine enthusiasm for showcasing well-sourced ingredients, without being stuffy about it. Whether it’s tacos heading out of the kitchen or squid ink pasta, his approach remians the same.

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Most chefs either grew up in the industry or go the culinary school route. Which way did you go? I didn’t really like school, but I liked cooking. So that’s what I did. I would go home, read cookbooks and make recipes in my spare time. But they pay me to do it here, so it’s pretty awesome. I get to work with ingredients I wouldn’t even think about if I weren’t in a place like this.

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What dish are you most excited about putting on Besos’ menu? Paella. With the [restaurant’s] name being Besos, people want to see some sort of Spanish flair. We serve it in a 12-inch paella pan, so you get that rustic Spanish feel. I order my rice from Spain and make a saffron sofrito, so it’s a totally Spanish composition but with all local seafood. We add Georges Bank scallops, white gulf shrimp and local calamari from Point Judith. There’s a little aioli on top just to round it out and make it creamy. Is there an ingredient you’re really excited to work with? [Recently I’ve beenworking with] Stonington red shrimp. They’re a deep

water shrimp, so not many boats go for them because they’re very hard to catch. They’re bright red when you get them and stay that way when you cook them. They have the texture of shrimp, but taste like lobster.

like, “what are you talking about?” So I cured some salmon skin, he infused gin with it and we tried it today. It’s actually really good. I don’t know why, or how he’s going to use it, but whatever he puts it in, I know it will be good.

I’m feeling a little parched. What’s behind the bar? Josh Nault is our head mixologist and he’s been here for a long time. When I say every single drink is crafted, every single drink is crafted. He makes his own bitters, vodkas, barrel-aged bourbons and aged stouts. I’m pretty impressed by him. He asked me if I’ve cured salmon before because he wanted to make a cocktail from it. I’m

There are wine pairings and then there’s your Flavors of New England pairing you hold afew times a year. What makes this different? We’re ordering from all local farms and doing a four-course cocktail and dinner pairing. The cocktails and the food are all going to be New England ingredients, but not necessarily New England dishes. For example, I’m doing a dashi [a Japanese seafood soup base], but I’m doing it with New England flavors. I’m also going to do Parker House rolls, maybe baked beans with a house sausage, and a play on shrimp and grits with shrimp and Johnny Cakes. It’s going to be really fun.

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Dante’s Kitchen You won’t find another restaurant like Dante’s Kitchen in Rhode Island. The breakfast and lunch hotspot in East Greenwich serves up delicious and authentic Southern comfort food, the kind you can really only get done well in the South. “In my previous career I had an amazing opportunity to travel and experience the Southern culture,” owner Lisa Altieri says. “It just so happened my favorite foods came out of Southern cities like New Orleans, Houston and Atlanta.” She decided to bring that cuisine back North with her. “We have great food in this state,” she says. “East Greenwich in particular has an incredible selection of food from around the world, but Southern food seemed to be missing. It was this niche that I wanted to fill here in the Ocean State. I felt like Main Street was the perfect place to blend those flavors.” 315 Main St, East Greenwich 398-7798 • DantesKitchenRI.com

SOUTHERN RI Besos Kitchen & Cocktails Tapas and eclectic cuisine and cocktails. 378 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-8855. BrLD $$$ Blu On The Water Home to Rhode Island’s largest waterfront deck and three outdoor bars, with a wide menu and full raw bar. 20 Water St, East Greenwich, 885-3700. LD $-$$$ Breachway Grill Classic New England fare, plus NY-style pizza. 1 Charlestown Beach Rd, Charlestown, 2136615. LD $$ Chair 5 Locally sourced and seasonally inspired menus with a main restaurant and rooftop lounge. 1208 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, 363-9820. BrLD $-$$$

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Dragon Palace Chinese cuisine, sushi and bar. Locations in Coventry, Wakefield and Wyoming. DragonPalaceRI. com. LD $-$$ Eleven Forty Nine City sophistication in the suburbs. 1149 Division St, Warwick, 884-1149. LD $$$ Frankie’s Italian Bistro Fine dining with imported wines from around the world. 1051 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, 295-2500. D $-$$$ Fresco Italian American comfort food with international inspirations. 301 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-0027; 140 Comstock Pkwy, Cranston, 2283901. D $-$$ George’s of Galilee Fresh caught seafood in an upscale pub atmosphere. 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, 783-2306. LD $-$$

Champlin’s Seafood Dockside fresh seafood serving easy breezy cocktails. 256 Great Island Rd, Narragansett, 783-3152. LD $-$$

Jigger’s Diner Classic ‘50s diner serving breakfast all day. 145 Main St, East Greenwich, 884-6060. BL $-$$

Dante’s Kitchen American food with Southern flair. 315 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-7798. BL $-$$

La Masseria Upscale Italian cuisine served in a chic setting with a rustic, countryside vibe. 223 Main St, East

Greenwich, 398-0693. LD $$-$$$ Maharaja Indian Restaurant Indian cuisine and traditional curries in a warm setting. 1 Beach St, Narragansett, 363-9988. LD $-$$ Matunuck Oyster Bar Destination dining enhanced by a raw bar sourced onsite and a water view. 629 Succotash Rd, South Kingstown, 7834202. LD $-$$$ Ocean House/Weekapaug Inn Multiple dining room options offer comfortably elegant dishes that highlight the best in seasonal, local produce. 1 Bluff Ave, Watch Hill, 5847000; 25 Spray Rock Rd, Westerly, 637-7600. BLD $-$$$ Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletana Authentic Neapolitan wood fired pizza with exclusive ingredients imported from Naples. 60 S County Commons Way, South Kingstown, 783-2900. LD $-$$ Phil’s Main Street Grille Classic comfort food with a great rooftop patio. 323 Main St, Wakefield, 7834073. BBrLD $

Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 4376950; 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. BrLD $$ Sa-Tang Fine Thai and Asian fusion cuisine with gluten-free selections. 402 Main St, Wakefield, 284-4220. LD $-$$ Siena Impeccable Italian cuisine. Locations in Providence, East Greenwich and Smithfield, 521-3311. D $$$$$ Starbucks Coffee, tea, bakery items and lunch options. Multiple locations. Starbucks.com BL$-$$ T’s Restaurant Plentiful breakfast and lunch. Locations in Cranston, East Greenwich, Narragansett, TsRestaurantRI.com. BL $ Tavern by the Sea Waterfront European/American bistro. 16 W Main St, Wickford, 294-5771. LD $$ The Coast Guard House A New American menu with a seafood emphasis and extensive wine list 40 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, 789-0700. BrLD $$$

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DINING GUIDE The Nordic Surf and turf buffet selections perfect for family gatherings. 178 E Pasquisett Trl, Charlestown, 783-4515. LD $$$

Tong-D Fine Thai cuisine in a casual setting. 156 County Rd, Barrington, 2892998; 50 South County Common Way, South Kingstown, 783-4445. LD $-$$

Twin Willows Fresh seafood and water views in a family-friendly atmosphere. 865 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, 789-8153. LD $-$$

TwoTen Oyster Bar and Grill Local oysters and upmarket seafood dishes with a full bar menu. 210 Salt Pond Rd, South Kingstown, 782-0100. BrLD $-$$$

PROVIDENCE COUNTY 10 Prime Steak & Sushi Gourmet steaks and sushi. 55 Pine St, Providence, 453-2333. LD $$$ Cafe di Panni Italian American dining with an available banquet facility. 187 Pocasset Ave, Providence, 944-0840. LD $-$$ Capri Swedish-influenced Mediterranean cuisine. 58 De Pasquale Ave, Providence, 274-2107. LD $$-$$$ Catering Gourmet Premiere catering company providing food made from scratch. 333 Strawberry Field Rd, Warwick, 773-7925. $-$$$ CAV Eclectic cuisine and art in an historic setting. 14 Imperial Pl, Providence, 751-9164. BrLD $$-$$$ Centro Restaurant & Lounge Contemporary cuisine and cocktails. 1 W Exchange St, Providence, 228-6802. BLD $$$ Chapel Grille Gourmet food overlooking the Providence skyline. 3000 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, 9444900. BrLD $$$ Character’s Cafe & Theatre 82 Hybrid art space with all day breakfast, coffee and theatre-inspired entrees. 82 Rolfe Sq, Cranston, 490-9475. BL $

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DINING GUIDE Iron Works Tavern A wide variety of signature American dishes in the historic Thomas Jefferson Hill Mill. 697 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, 739-5111. LD $-$$$ Jacky’s Galaxie Local Pan-Asian chain offering sushi and classic entrees in a modern atmosphere. Locations in Providence, North Providence, Bristol and Cumberland, JackysGalaxie.com. LD $-$$$

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Julian’s A must-taste Providence staple celebrating 20 years. 318 Broadway, Providence, 861-1770. BBrLD $$ Luxe Burger Bar Build your own creative burger. 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, 621-5893. LD $ McBride’s Pub Traditional Irish pub fare in Wayland Square. 161 Wayland Ave, Providence, 751-3000. LD $$ McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steak Mixed grill selections and signature fish dishes sourced locally and seasonally. 11 Dorrance St, Providence, 351-4500. BLD $$-$$$ Meeting Street Cafe BYOB eatery with large menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner served all day. 220 Meeting St, Providence, 273-1066. BLD $-$$ Mill’s Tavern Historic setting for New American gourmet. 101 N Main St, Providence, 272-3331. D $$$ Momo Dessert restaurant with crepes, home-made stir fry ice cream and bubble tea. 100 Washington St, Providence, 521-6666. BLD $ Mosaic Restaurant Syrian cuisine served in an intimate setting. 91 Rolfe Sq, Cranston, 808-6512. BLD $-$$$ Napolitano’s Brooklyn Pizza Classic Italian fare and traditional New York-style pizzas. 100 East St, Cranston, 383-7722; 380 Atwells Ave, Providence, 273-2400. LD $-$$ Ocean State Sandwich Company Craft sandwiches and hearty sides. 1345 Hartford Ave, Johnston. 155 Westminster St, Providence, 2826772. BL $-$$ Opa the Phoenician Lebanese food served

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atmosphere with hookahs. 230 Atwells Ave, Providence, 351-8282. D $-$$$ Parkside Rotisserie & Bar American bistro specializing in rotisserie meats. 76 South Main St, Providence, 331-0003. LD $-$$ Pat’s Italian Fine Italian favorites, natural steaks and handcrafted cocktails. 1200 Hartford Ave, Johnston, 273-1444. LD $-$$$ Pizza J A fun, upbeat atmosphere with thin crust pizza, pub fare and gluten-free options. 967 Westminster St, Providence, 632-0555. LD $-$$ Red Ginger Traditional Chinese restaurant and bar with a relaxed environment. 560 Killingly St, Johnston, 861-7878; 1852 Smith St, North Providence, 353-6688. LD $-$$ Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 437-6950; 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. BrLD $$ Rick’s Roadhouse House-smoked barbecue. 370 Richmond St, Providence, 272-7675. LD $-$$ Rocco’s Pub & Grub Five-star menu in an intimate, pub-like atmosphere. 55 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 3492250. LD $-$$ Rosmarin at Hotel Providence Swiss-inspired small plates, craft cocktails and an eclectic wine list. 311 Westminster Street, Providence, 521-3333. BLD $$$ Siena Impeccable Italian cuisine. Locations in Providence, East Greenwich and Smithfield, 521-3311. D $$$$$ Spirito’s Restaurant Italian fare served in a stately Victorian home. 477 Broadway, Providence, 4344435. LD $-$$$ Starbucks Coffee, tea, bakery items and lunch options. Multiple locations. Starbucks.com BL$-$$ T’s Restaurant Plentiful breakfast and lunch. Locations in Cranston, East Greenwich and Narragansett, TsRestaurantRI.com. BL $

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DINING GUIDE Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille Classic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine and beer list. 970 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 349-4979; 289 Atwells Ave, Providence, 2746000, LD $-$$ The Crossings New American favorites in a chic, urban setting. 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick, 732-6000. BLD $-$$$ The Dorrance Fine dining with exquisite cocktails. 60 Dorrance St, Providence, 521-6000. D $$$ The Grange Vegetarian restaurant serving seasonal dishes with a juice bar, vegan bakery and cocktail bar. 166 Broadway, Providence, 831-0600. BrLD $-$$ The Pizza Gourmet/ The Catering Gourmet From scratch woodgrilled pizzas and Italian American favorites. 357 Hope St, Providence, 751-0355. LD $-$$$ The Rosendale Bar and grill with welcoming atmosphere and creative menu. 55 Union St, Providence, 4213253. LD $-$$ The Salted Slate An agri-driven American restaurant with global influences. 186 Wayland Ave, Providence, 270-3737. BrLD $$-$$$ The Villa Restaurant & Banquet Facility Family Italian restaurant with live music and entertainment. 272 Cowesett Ave, West Warwick, 8210060. D $-$$ The Village Lively bar and grill with comfort fare, bar bites and beer. 373 Richmond St, Providence, 228-7222. BrLD $-$$ Tortilla Flats Fresh Mexican, Cajun and Southwestern fare, cocktails and over 70 tequilas. 355 Hope St, Providence, 751-6777. LD $-$$ Trattoria Del Mare Traditional Italian cuisine with a focus on seafood in an elegant yet relaxing atmosphere. 145 Spruce St, Providence, 273-7070. LD $$-$$$ Trinity Brewhouse Rhode Island’s original brewpub. 186 Fountain St, Providence, 453-2337. LD $-$$ Tony’s

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Vinya Test Kitchen Vegan cuisine accompanied by creative mocktails (BYOB). 225A Westminster St, Providence, 500-5189. D $-$$ Whiskey Republic Delicious dockside pub fare. 515 South Water St, Providence, 588-5158. LD $-$$ XO Cafe Creative cocktails and New American fare. 125 N Main St, Providence, 273-9090. BrD $$

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EAST BAY / NEWPORT Black Bass Grille Classic seafood, historic waterfront setting. 3 Water St, South Dartmouth, 508-999-6975. LD $$ Bluewater Bar and Grill Casual restaurant with modern seafood dishes, patio seating and live music. 32 Barton Ave, Barrington, 247-0017. LD $$-$$$ DeWolf Tavern Gourmet American/ Indian fusion. 259 Thames St, Bristol, 254-2005. BLD $$-$$$

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Ichigo Ichie Traditional Japanese cuisine, creative sushi and hibachi. 5 Catamore Blvd, East Providence, 435-5511. LD $-$$$ Jacky’s Galaxie Local Pan-Asian chain offering sushi and classic entrees in a modern atmosphere. Locations in Providence, North Providence, Bristol and Cumberland, JackysGalaxie.com. LD $-$$$ Starbucks Coffee, tea, bakery items and lunch options. Multiple locations. Starbucks.com BL$-$$ The Old Grist Mill Tavern Fine dining located over the Runnins River. 390 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, 508-3368460. LD $-$$$ The Wharf Tavern Serves fresh seafood and steak with bay views from almost every table. 215 Water St, Warren, 289-2524. BrLD $-$$$

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Events • Arts • Theatre • Music

Photo courtesy of Scott MacNeill, Frosty Drew Observatory

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TWINKLE, TWINKLE If you’re in need of some cosmic perspective or looking to get a glimpse of our celestial neighbors, make sure to take some time to stargaze this month. Every Friday night the Frosty Drew Observatory hosts their Stargazing Nights. They’re open until midnight so you can make sure you get the best view of the night sky. 61 Park Lane, Charlestown. 859-1450, FrostyDrew.org See the Milky Way and other celestial objects from the Frosty Drew Observatory


So Entertaining Calendar

January

January 1-24: Get to the Coastal Living Gallery for their Little Picture Show, which is a collaboration with the Wickford Art Association. The exhibition features over 35 different artists. 83 Brown Street, North Kingstown. 6126121, CoastalLivingGallery.com January 4-25: Take your dancing shoes and get on over to The Towers. There are Ballroom Dance Lessons every Wednesday night so you can chacha your heart out all month long. 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. 782-2597, TheTowersRI.com January 4-29: Get to the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly for their new show Evolving, featuring artist Nancy Gardner. There will be an opening reception on January 6. 7 Canal Street, Westerly. 596-2221, WesterlyArts.com January 7: Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an All Ages Hike and Park Rx. The hike is three miles but can be shortened to one mile if desired. 779 Shannock Road, South Kingstown. 789-0962, SKLT.org January 7: Come out and celebrate Elvis’ birthday at the Courthouse Center for the Arts with Rex and the Rockabilly Kings. They will perform authentic Elvis classics at the Happy Birthday Elvis Party and have you thinking about the good ol’ days. 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston. 782-1018, CourthouseArts.org January 7-28: Join the Newport Art Museum for their Annual Winter Speaker Series. Every Saturday will feature a different topic and speaker based in the world art or preservation. 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 8488200, NewportArtMuseum.org

January 14: Head to the Greenwich Odeum and see Echoes of Sinatra, a show based on the American icon, Frank himself. You’re sure to have your toes tapping as you enjoy being transported to the Rat Pack days. 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. 855-4000, GreenwichOdeum.com January 14: Let the 24 Hour Play Festival commence. With writers beginning to craft new productions at midnight, actors, directors and technicians work all day to make shows come to life at South Kingstown High School. 215 Columbia Street, South Kingstown. 218-0282, ContemporaryTheaterCompany.com

to compete with 64 local singers and see who wins the $1,500 cash prize. It’ll be music to your ears. 327 Main Street, South Kingstown. 218-0282, ContemporaryTheaterCompany.com January 25: Get ready to Light Up the Quad. Join the University of Rhode Island community including alumni and friends for the official kickoff of URI’s 125th anniversary. 5 Lippitt Road, South Kingstown. 874-9455, Events. URI.edu January 27: Head out with the Audubon

Society to hit the trails for Owling at Fisherville Brook to find out what makes owls in their natural habitat so special. Registration is required and very limited. 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter. 949-5454, ASRI.org January 27: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, who first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s, will take over the Greenwich Odeum. This New Jersey native will bring his blend of hardcore R&B and street-level rock. 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. 8854000, GreenwichOdeum.com

January 14: The Audubon Society of Rhode Island celebrates its Winter Big Day. A daylong trip of looking for feathered winter residents, including short-eared owls and snow buntings. Registration required. 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter. 949-5454, ASRI.org January 15: See the newest show at the Wickford Art Association, Cooler and Warmer. The show opens January 14 but there will be a reception on the 15th to celebrate these artists. 36 Beach Street, Wickford. 294-6840, WickfordArt.org January 15: It’s time for a lovely afternoon of music. Get to the Jamestown Philomenian Library for their Sunday Afternoon Music Series featuring Matt Bolles. 26 North Road, Jamestown. 423-7280, JamestownPhilomenianLibrary.org January 18: Join former state poet laureates Lisa Starr and Tom Chandler at the North Kingstown Library for Poetry with the Two Amigos and Friends. Listen to their poetry, enjoy conversation on the art and be immersed in words. 100 Boone Street, North Kingstown. 294-3306. NKLibrary.org January 19 and 26: Think you’ve got a singing voice? Join Wakefield Idol at the Contemporary Theater Company

CURTAINS UP

One Brilliant Show January 12-13, 20, 22: The Contemporary Theater Company debuts their new show for winter, Every Brilliant Thing. The show sums up all of the small brilliant things in life, like falling in love. This interactive one-person show is one you can’t miss. 327 Main Street, South Kingstown. 218-0282, ContemporaryTheaterCompany.com

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January 1: Get ready to take the plunge. The 11th Annual Penguin Plunge, that is. Dive into the icy ocean to benefit the Warm Center. 89 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 596-9276, WarmCenter.org


So Entertaining Calendar

January 28: Get to the beach! (Yes, in January) Naturalist Bob Kenney will lead an afternoon walk along Moonstone Beach. The visit is timed to low tide, which is perfect for beachcombing and bird watching. Moonstone Beach Road, South Kingstown. 949-5454, ASRI.org January 28: It’s cold outside, so find some fun indoors with the Jonnycake Center of Westerly’s Annual Bowlathon. You know you wanna show off your sick bowling skills. 116 Granite Street,

Westerly. 596-7474, Jonnycake.org January 29: Join the Pettaquamscutt Winter Speaker Series at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library as you learn about Improving the Health of the Narrow River Estuary. This talk will feature URI Emeritus Dr. Malcolm Spaulding and Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Dr. Jennifer White. 35 Kingstown Road, Narragansett. 783-5344, NARLib.org

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Old School Jams January 28: Slide on down to the Ocean Mist to see Hey Nineteen, a Steely Dan cover band complete with a horn section and three Danettes singing killer backup harmonies. 895 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown. 7823740, OceanMist.net

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So Approved Soup’s On As the temps go down it only makes sense to find ways to warm up. Eating piping hot soup is a great way to do that. We’ve sampled soups from around South County that warmed us from the inside out. –Grace Lentini

Vegan Vittles

After a gluttonous holiday season, the Vegetable Butternut Apple Bisque from Belmont Market was a welcome treat. We could readily taste the crisp apple and savory squash. Because it was light, this bisque would make a lovely lunch. 600 Kingstown Road, Wakefield. 783-4656, BelmontMarket.com

We took a walk on the healthy side with the Vegan Vegetable Chili from the Picnic Basket. With bright tomatoes, soft beans and tons of flavor, this lighter option would hold its own at any tailgating party. 20 Kingstown Road, Narragansett. 782-2284.

Savory Spoonfuls

Soup For The Soul

The hearty Beef Barley soup from Fresh Ground Garden Cafe was a meal all on its own. The beef was fall-apart tender, the carrots added just enough sweetness and the barley didn’t overwhelm the soup. 93 Kingstown Road, Richmond. 491-9035, Facebook.com/FreshGroundGardenCafe.com

It’s not too often Turkey Noodle Soup is on the menu, but we were pleasantly surprised by the version from Brick Oven Restaurant of Ashaway. It was full of nice big pieces of al dente noodles, a rich broth and savory pieces of turkey. 209 Main Street, Ashaway. 377-2230.

Photography by Katie Leclerc

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AVONDALE – Recently renovated 4 Bedroom, 3 bath year round cottage on the Pawcatuck River with water views from nearly every window. Highest quality materials used throughout. Private dock and beautiful sunsets. Minutes to Watch Hill. $3,200,000 Deniose Daukas. 301-434-4730

WESTERLY -Watch Hill. Built in 1888, the “Folly” is a classic Watch Hill cottage.This 5 BR, 3.5 bath home has been totally restored with modern amenities while maintaining the character & charm of old.$3,800,000. Dottie Nigrelli. 401-258-7684

WESTERLY - Gracious estate property near Westerly Yacht Club on 1.3 acres with matuure trees & gardens. Huge master bedroom suite includes full bath and sitting room w/fireplace. Formal dining room, living room w/FP, in-law suite on lower level. $885,000. Serene. 401-348-0700 EXT 1602

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Quintessential New England beach cottage on Green Hill Pond. 2 BR & loft. Private dock, panoramic pond views. Private deeded access to Green Hill Beach. Excellent second home or investment property. $549,000. Call Travis Justice. 401-369-0458

CHARLESTOWN – Mint Condition 3 bedroom, 2 bath Ranch located less than a mile to the best beaches and salt ponds this state has to offer! Picture yourself stopping at the bakery and being in the water before tourists even hit Rte 95!Open floor plan w/deck and porch! $425,000. Chris. 401-364-3388 EXT 1222

CHARLESTOWN – New custom built home within walking distance to the ocean in Charlestown By The Sea Assoc.. Offers private beach parking & boating. 2 MBR’s w/more sleeping venues. Ideal floor plan, hardwood floors, Kraftmaid white kitchen & ultra efficient heat/cool system. $695,000. Patrice Fenton. 401-212-6166

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Immaculate home in very nice condition, located between Wakefield & URI. 3 BR, 2 Bath, Great room encompassing kitchen with breakfast bar, dining area with sliders to deck. Nice lot on cul de sac.$315,000. 401-529-4111.Jo-Anne Feeney

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett Pier. Seaside Luxury located in the heart of the Pier. Walk to the town beach, stroll to the shops and restaurants. This 2 BR, 2 bath ,well kept unit has an open floor plan with all the amenities. $499,800. 401-265-5044. John Sheil

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – New construction to be built 2017. Quiet location-close proximity to URI. 3 beds, 2.5 bath, living room w/fireplace, 2 car garage. Water/sewer. Nice deep lot. Taxes and assessment TBD. Scot Hallberg. 401-447-5897

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Harbour Ridge! Popular neighborhood close to marinas, schools, shops. Spacious 4 bed, 3 bath custom built home offers 1st floor master, cathedral ceilings/sky lights, huge walkout basement, private office or playroom, oversixzed garage. $895,000. 401-294-4000. Sue Moore EXT 1508

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Classic Colonial on cul-de-sac in Mt. Laurel near highways, Wickford & shopping! Family room w/fireplace, kitchen with plenty of dining space, DR or office, 2nd floor laundry, finished rooms in basement, deck, garages, central air. $439,000.401-294-4000. Sue Moore EXT 1508

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