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29 This Month 29 Mobile Menus The food truck craze hits Southern Rhode Island

33 Fashion 101 Get schooled in style by these stylish URI professors

Every Month 11 Letters 12 So List 13 Web List

17 So Happening A delicious day in Exeter

33 45 So Stylish This historic Charlestown home built to withstand the test of time 47 Whole Body 48 What’s in Store 51 Tastemaker 53 Lifestyle

59 So Delicious East meets West at this dining spot in Wakefield 61 Foodie Journal 62 Tastemaker 65 Review 67 Dining Guide

77 So Entertaining October is the perfect month for food, festivals and spooky fun 78 Calendar 82 Art View 81 On Stage

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Letters Getting Schooled in Fashion Thanks to Project Runway – and on a more local scale, to StyleWeek Northeast, the twice-yearly fashion week in Providence, design schools are getting more attention than ever. The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York gets lots of attention, the design program at the Rhode Island School of Design garners its fair share, too. What’s easy to overlook is

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The Newport Art Museum’s Centennial Festivities The founding members of the Newport Art Museum believed that art mattered in 1912, and the powers that be today couldn’t agree more. The museum presents a year of special centennial exhibitions in recognition of its success. Currently, there are many fun events and exhibits taking place. On October 6, 20 and

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Farm Braised Pack a blanket and join in the picnic Rhode Island is on a quest to educate its public about the availability of local foods and their ingredients, as a means of providing the state with a longer lasting food supply. Chef’s Collaborative, a nonprofit organization in Rhode Island, is teaming up with “farm-to-fork” chefs across the state as they host the 3rd annual Rhode Island Farm Picnic

autumn harvest festival on Sunday, October 14, to help promote their cause. The fundraiser will take place from 4-7pm. at Schartner Farms in Exeter. Star chefs from across the state will host the event, serving locally sourced, homestyle barbeque-themed items along with locally made beer and wine. Chef Derek Wagner of Nick’s on Broad-

way in Providence says, it’s “an event that truly celebrates all of the things that we as cooks, farmers, artisans and food lovers are so passionate about: hand-crafted food and drink, the farm, the fall harvest in New England and our sense of community.” The picnic is part of a larger, nationwide movement called National

Food Day, an effort to promote locally based food consumption. Attendees of the Rhode Island Farm Picnic are encouraged to bring a blanket. The event is $55 for adults and $25 for children ages 8-18. Children ages eight and under get in for free. Tickets can be purchased online at http://ri-bbq. eventbrite.com/. –Nick Cantor

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Charming Carousel-Inspired Jewelry for the Kid In All of Us Take a stroll down Bay Street in Watch Hill and you may find that your eye is drawn to the window of James Gerrad Co., a jewelry store that has been a fixture in the exclusive seaside community for over a quarter of a century. Owner James Gerrad McNamara has both a skilled hand and an imagination to rival any other. In fact, he’s the brains behind the ever-so-charming carousel jewelry residing in that very window display. “The Watch Hill carousel is the oldest flying horse carousel in the country,” McNamara states with pride in his voice. The landmark is said to have been built in 1876 and holds a unique history, including time spent traversing the country as part of a traveling carnival. “I thought it would be nice for people to have a me-

mento [of the carousel] so I sat down with some master jewelers and figured out how to make something that would spin.” That was 30 years ago; the carousel charms, pendants and earrings are still selling strong. “It was a tedious process – polishing and sanding and grinding and soldering – but all necessary, as it’s not just a generic carousel,” he says. “It’s an exact replica of our carousel and it’s a collector’s item that we ship all over the country and overseas.” The carousel-inspired jewelry comes in three sizes with either a pendant or a charm mount and is available in sterling silver and 14k gold – yellow, white and rose. 92 Bay Street, Watch Hill. 596-6530, www.jamesgerrad.com. –Erin Swanson

The 3rd Annual Westerly Pawcatuck Area Restaurant Week is in full swing through October 7 for eight days of affordable (and delicious) dining. Organized by the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce, the event will allow patrons both new and old to experience fine dining at a reasonable cost. During the week, more than a dozen of the area’s finest restaurants are offering up price fixed menus – $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner. Each dining establishment will offer its own unique dishes.

There are no tickets, coupons or passes required – just hop online for a list of menus, along with recipes and event listings. Participants include Basil’s, Bridge, Casa Della Luce, The Cooked Goose, Dylan’s Seafood and Steakhouse, Ella’s Fine Food and Drink, The Fisherman Restaurant, 84 High Street Café, Markos Restaurant & Catering, Prime Time Café, Shelter Harbor Inn, The Haversham Tavern, Venice Restaurant and WB Cody’s. There’s no better time to treat yourself. www.westerly chamber.org. –Erin Swanson

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vices. $35 per ticket; 848-9867, www. pawswatch.org. Be a part of the Amazing Wish Race, held on October 20 for the Children’s Wish Group of Rhode Island. Teams of four can be registered to participate in the race and scavenger hunt, which will begin at 11am. Food, prizes, local celebrity appearances and live entertainment also make an appearance on this fun-filled day. The Children’s Wish Group grants the wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. $25 per person; 921-1300, www.cwishesri.com.

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Start the autumn off with a clean slate at the Save the Bay Fall Cleanup at Rocky Point in Warwick on October 13, from 11am-1pm. Volunteers are encouraged to wear longsleeved clothing and sturdy closedtoe shoes (to protect from the elements and poison ivy), and will be expected to do some bending and heavy lifting. Volunteers should also bring their own work gloves, water bottles, sunscreen and bug spray. An excellent volunteer opportunity for the whole family, the Save the Bay Cleanup accepts adults, teenagers, and children as young as 8 years old to help participate. 2723540, www.savebay.org.


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So Happening | Social Network We celebrated our five-year anniversary at the Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farms in September. Wildwood Caterers provided delicious food, and dessert was courtesy of Patticakes. Susan McLeod entertained us with her musical stylings. Proceeds went to the Matty Fund.

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Earlier this year, readers

Photography: Hilary Block

of Travel + Leisure magazine voted in the annual America’s Favorite Cities survey, ranking 35 U.S. cities on features such as food and drink. According to those participating in the survey, pretty much everything tastes great in Providence/Rhode Island. Due to size, the city and state were grouped together and ranked fifth nationwide for fine dining, second for both pizza and overall dining and, deservedly, first for best burgers. We may be the smallest state, but our refined culinary skills demand national attention. The newest food trend in the state is food trucks: outstanding, creative food that can be found any given day roving the streets of our towns. Pizza By Fire (www.PizzaByFireRI. com) is a food truck specializing in wood oven pizza creations. Yes, this mobile truck contains a brick oven heated by wood – it’s incredible to see. Established in 2011, Pizza By Fire cooks up thin crust pizzas infused

Eddie’s BBQ

with subtle flavors that hint to the pizza’s wood-fired origin, a true old world experience that leaves an eater both satisfied and satiated. The quality ingredients, method of cooking and originality all come together to create a unique eating opportunity that beats out the plethora of franchises spread across the state. For the current location of Pizza By Fire, call 447-9481. One of the reasons for the wide array of fine dining options here may be attributed to Johnson and Wales’s culinary program. Although some chefs leave the state after school, others decide to put down roots such as Steven McLaughlin, owner and executive chef of the food truck Eddie’s BBQ (on Twitter: @EddiesBBQ). McLaughlin began his culinary career 10 years ago, working in local pubs and restaurants. Fast forward to today – he’s hoping to start a “BBQ revolution in South County,” with a BBQ food truck that’s as appetizing as it is affordable. Eddie’s menu

features such items as a pulled pork sandwich, half or full racks of ribs and a chicken or pulled pork quesadilla. The menu also has vegetarian and fish options, including BBQ eggplant bites with avocado-chipotle-ranch dipping sauce and fish tacos. If you’re wondering why the food truck is named after Eddie when the owner is named Steven, that’s all the more reason to visit the truck and ask. 499-9337, www.EddiesBBQRI.com. One cannot talk Ocean State food without at least giving a nod to the outstanding seafood selection. There are two food trucks in South County specializing in this delectable culinary genre. First, there’s Roxy’s Lobster (@RoxysLobster). Owner Matt Combs, who also owns Monahan’s Clam Shack in Narragansett, combines his love of food, music and atmosphere to provide eaters with an unforgettable experience. From whole belly clams to fish sandwiches featuring fresh local flounder, Roxy’s Lobster ensures no one walks away disappointed. Try Roxy’s Famous Lobster Roll – it will blow your taste buds away with its rich texture, flavor and high quality lobster meat. Roxy’s also serves seafood staples such as clam cakes, clam chowder and lobster bisque. Stay on top of Roxy’s location and updates at www.Facebook.com/RoxysLobster. The second mobile restaurant specializing in seafood is the Shuckin’ Truck (www.ShuckinTruck.com), which offers raw bar options such as fresh oysters and littlenecks. All seafood served on the Shuckin’ Truck comes directly from the Roebuck family fishing vessels, Salt

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Pizza by Fire

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Truck Night hosted at the Narragansett Town Beach (79 Boston Neck Road), finding all of your must-eat options has never been easier. Every Wednesday at 4:30pm, food trucks gather at the beach’s northern parking lot, offering folks an opportunity to try as many food truck offerings that their appetite can handle. Warm up with clam chowder from either the Shuckin’ Truck or Roxy’s Lobster, snag a BBQ tofu sandwich from Eddie’s BBQ and finish off the meal with a wood-fired slice from Pizza By Fire, all while watching the sun set over soft beach sands. If you simply cannot get enough of the food truck experience, keep Saturday, October 20, open for the Newport Food Truck Festival. From 11am to 4pm, over 26 food trucks from all over the New England region will meet at the Newport Yachting Center (4 Commercial Wharf, Newport) for food options ranging from grilled cheese to lobster, hot dogs to ice cream. Since the festival offers such advice as “go belt-less” and “wear machine washable attire,” expect to arrive hungry and leave plump. Tickets are currently available for purchase at www.FoodTruckFestivalsOfNE.com. With so many outstanding food truck options within South County alone, it’s no wonder that Rhode Island ranks so high in several food categories. Whether you want to taste local flavors or crave an all-around unique eating experience, these mobile restaurants encompass the state’s nationwide popularity. All you have to do is find them.

Tallulah’s Tacos

Roch’s & Roll

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Pond Oyster Company and other local fishermen in the Point Judith area. The local origins of the seafood is evident in the truck’s menu choices: Georges Bank Sea Scallop Roll, Block Island Lobster Roll, Point Judith Calamari and more. Since the Shuckin’ Truck is dedicated to providing the freshest seafood available, the current menu changes with what the local boats catch. Keep current at www. Facebook.com/ShuckinTruck. Unless you were to travel to, say, Yuma, Arizona, finding an authentic taco within the US can be difficult. However, the Ocean State definitely has a contender with Tallulah’s Tacos (@TallulahsTacos). Designed as a “farm to taco” mobile cart, Tallulah’s Tacos provides eaters with traditional Mexican style tacos using ingredients sourced from local Rhode Island farmers. Taco menu options include Carne Asada made with beef from Blackbird Farm in Smithfield and Roasted Chicken from Pat’s Pastured in Jamestown. Co-owners Chef Jake Rojas and Kelly Ann Maurice ensure each taco is expertly crafted by skilled culinary hands, giving both your eyes and stomach a feast remembered long after the last bite. One glance at any of Tallulah’s Tacos, and you’ll know these creations are far from the massproduced Americanized versions seen plastered on billboards. 849-2433, www.TallulahOnThames.com. Some may argue that the same convenience offered by a mobile food truck is also its ultimate downfall, as it can be difficult to eat at a restaurant that’s always on the move. However, thanks to the weekly Food


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Fashion

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There’s much more to the fashion world than catwalking. The Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design Department (TMD) at the University of Rhode Island represents the breadth of it, with internationally known faculty specializing in diverse areas that go way beyond a room filled with mannequins and leggy models. This past spring, the program graduated 95 TMD majors and 10 Textile Marketing majors, many of whom had taken advantage of the exciting internship program that sends students to places such as Giorgio Armani or Gucci in New York City or the study abroad option with a focus on a “fashion” language (Italian or French, of course). Some students intern at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA as well. The faculty in this program work overtime, not only to expand their own research but to catapult their students to international success. Meet four of the department’s key players. By BeThany VaccaRo PhoTogRaPhy By MelIssa sTIMPson

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The science

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Dr. Martin Bide understands the chemistry of textiles

“People don’t usually realize just how far the world of fashion and textiles extends beyond clothing.” course design of the program also incorporates a broad focus on the industry. “This degree lets students experience fashion through multiple lenses,” he says. “Art and Design, History, Business, Sociology and Science. The interdisciplinary nature of it is what equips them with academic skills that extend beyond the world of fashion.” Dr. Bide remains an active member of his professional community as well, serving as the president of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists for two years. He has represented the Association at meetings in India, China and the UK. This past March, he was awarded the association’s 2011 Olney Medal for achievement in textile chemistry. Although he’s more likely to be found in a lab than on a runway, Dr. Bide’s contributions to the fashion world have been no less interesting. “People in the US consume about 90 pounds of textile stuff each year,” he points out. “One hundred years ago, it was about five pounds.” None of this would be possible without scientists like Dr. Bide, working on our clothing at the chemical and fiber level. October 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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one-oF-a-kind design

Dr. susan hannel teaches students how to create looks all their own

some of Dr. hannel’s earliest memories center on textiles. “I remember being deeply concerned about what I was going to wear every day in kindergarten,” she says with a laugh. However, sewing seemed relegated to a hobby as she earned a B.S. in zoology and made plans to become a veterinarian. Fast forward a few years and Dr. Hannel is a 13-year veteran of URI’s TMD department, and their resident apparel design and dress/textile history expert. Before joining the faculty at URI, she worked as a pattern maker for a custom-design clothing boutique and as a production manager for a design studio. Now, over the course of her day, she teaches classes on flat pattern making, draping and computer assisted pattern making, and lectures on the apparel production industry. Under her guidance, the apparel lab at URI has had major upgrades. In 2006, Dr. Hannel was awarded a $130,000 grant from the Champlin Foundation to purchase an industry standard CAD system for apparel design and manufacture. Last year, the Foundation awarded her an additional $82,000 for an inkjet fabric printing system. She is currently on a fall sabbatical to concentrate on getting the new system up and running. “It will allow our students to design original textile prints that will be sewn into their original garment designs,” she explains. Dr. Hannel’s latest apparel creation, Pahoehoe Kikepa, has been accepted into a major juried competition held by The International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) and is up for judging at the annual conference in Hawaii this November. “The design is inspired by rope lava in Hawaii where the cooler grey lava is interspersed with rivulets of molten orange lava,” Dr. Hannel explains. “‘Pahoehoe’ means rope lava in Hawaiian. ‘Kikepa’ is the term for a traditional Hawaiian garment that wraps over the shoulder.”

“Designers work in teams and must be able to manage people. If you’re not a people person, fashion design is going to be a tough slog for you.” “I think people see fashion designers as leading very glamorous lives,” says Dr. Hannel. “That view is a mirage. Fashion designers work very, very hard and if they’re doing their job well, they have little time for parties and other social events. Also, I think there is this conception that a designer is alone in a room creating new designs. Designers work in teams and must be able to manage people. If you’re not a people person, fashion design is going to be a tough slog for you.” Recently, Dr. Hannel was named the 2011 “Apparel All-Star” by the ITAA, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions in teaching/curricular development, research and service activities in the textile and apparel field. This dedication to her field provides the best lesson to her students: “A career in the fashion industry requires hard work – more than just great shopping skills.”

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“Think about how much of your identity is involved in your textile choices,” states Dr. Karl Aspelund. We are surrounded by textiles, not just the clothes we are wearing, but carpets, couches, car seats, bandages, curtains, etc. “It’s touching your life always, everywhere,” says Dr. Aspelund. “It’s tens of thousands of years of culture with a constant presence in your life.” The newest full-time member of the TMD department, Dr. Aspelund recently shifted from part-time teacher to faculty assistant professor after completing his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Material Culture. A native of Iceland, his current research focuses on the creation of national identity in a culture through dress. “It’s branched out into some pretty large cultural and political research I’m still working on with other professors in Iceland. We’re looking at how national identity is actually created, at what the effects of the design profession are on society. What does design do to us as a society, as a specific group? How do artists, poets, writers and clothing designers not only affect national culture, but actually create it?” Dr. Aspelund is able to allow his students to ask

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“a student can come here and study with faculty who are anthropologists, historians, textile scientists, designers – all on one floor.” these questions as well. They can participate in his cultural investigations via the classroom, and their discussions often help illuminate the idea or question in his research. “My teaching and research really dovetail,” he says. “You always hope that what you’re doing in research is something you can bring into the classroom.” Dr. Aspelund is continually thinking of ways to involve his students in real-life experiences. Last year, students in one of his classes created ideas for jackets for the Women’s Rowing Team for the Henley Regatta in England. The chosen jacket style was actually put into production and worn by the team during their competition. The interest in textiles traces back up his family tree. “My grandfather was a tailor and my grandmother was a seamstress,” says Dr. Aspelund with a laugh. “It goes way back.” He got into the design field via an interest in theatre. He earned an undergraduate degree in 3-D design for theatre in London, with his credits including over 40 theatrical productions, four films, two works of public art, and numerous commissions for sets and costumes, couture, exhibitions, graphic design, murals, lighting, installations, art direction and production design. He began teaching part-time at URI while working as a studio designer for Providence artist Brower Hatcher at Mid-Ocean Studio. “I was like an extension of his creativity,” Dr. Aspelund explains. He created models and computerized animations for Hatcher’s artwork for eight years. Dr. Aspelund acknowledges the uniqueness of his background and points to this as the strength of URI’s TMD department. “We have such a wide spectrum of talent and so many different fields that we address. A student can come here and study with faculty who are anthropologists, historians, textile scientists, designers – all on one floor.” October 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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Learning WiTh sTyLe

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In the 23 years that Dr. Yvette Harps-Logan has been a member of the TMD faculty at URI, the thing that first attracted her to the department has remained the same. “We have a potpourri of everything!” she says. “We cover all the different components of the fashion industry and blend into other disciplines as well. It’s not just about learning to be a buyer for stores, or be a store manager. We are truly interdisciplinary.” When Dr. Harps-Logan was going through college, she thought she was going to be a German interpreter for the U.N. She was sewing a lot of her own clothes and her friends were always telling her that she had a great fashion sense. When her language studies failed to challenge her in the way she wanted, she began to cast around for a career change. Drawing on her love of putting different clothing articles together to create a signature look, she decided maybe she could become a designer. Back then, studying fashion fell under the purview of “home economics.” Dr. Harps-Logan knew she wasn’t interested in the cooking side of that specialty. “I still don’t want to learn how to cook!” she laughs. “But the fashion side of home economics really grabbed me and held my interest.” Her intuition proved correct, when her career change has led to a fruitful career at URI, and thousands of meaningful connections with students over the years. Her role in the department includes student advising and internship coordination. “I love seeing students bloom. I share information with them and they find a life-long commitment and passion in their careers.” Dr. Harps-Logan is the retailing expert on the faculty team. “It’s the business component in fashion mer-

“People buy apparel depending on their cultural values, their ethnicity, their gender, their religion, and so on.” chandising and design,” she explains. She specializes in clothing buying preference and consumer behavior. This includes topics such as visual merchandising and window displays. But it’s not as straightforward as it might sound. “We take more chemistry than the nursing students,” Dr. Harps-Logan says. “We study psychology. And we really encourage all our students to do internships. That way they have the book theory and also the hands-on experience.” The hands-on emphasis is something Dr. HarpsLogan models in her own research projects. She has recently teamed up with the psychology department, working with their behavioral scientists to look at consumer actions. “People buy apparel depending on their cultural values, their ethnicity, their gender, their religion, and so on,” she explains. “We are looking at the reasons why people make certain purchases.” This year, Dr. Harps-Logan was honored with two different awards. She was declared APAW Professional Woman of the Year and also received the Faculty Excellence Award from the Multicultural Center.

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Nestled inside the OneWay Gallery off Ocean Road in Narragansett, jewelry maker Amber Bettez has set up a boutique called Silver Tides Jewelry where she and other local artists display and sell their work. Bettez makes anything from necklaces to earrings, bracelets to rings – and she does it all by hand. She primarily works with sterling silver wire, wrapping it around various gemstones, sea glass, fossils and shells to create elegant designs. “I let the stone dictate the piece. I don’t go in with a preconceived notion, I just kind of go with the flow,” Bettez says of her creative process. She learned the craft from a friend and began making her own jewelry and selling it at local art shows and coffee shops. Bettez is strongly influenced by her surroundings. “I’ve lived in Narragansett for 15 years, so I’m inspired by the ocean,” she says. It shows as

clearly in her commitment to using local resources (all of the sterling silver she uses comes directly from a manufacturer in Providence) as it does in her oceanic creations. “I support the community that supports me,” she explains. A trained reiki practitioner, she feels a special connection to her rocks and gems. “They were a part of the Earth at one point, so they have a natural energy to them,” says Bettez. “I’m putting positive energy into the jewelry as I’m making it.” Her materials range from coral and turquoise to fossilized shark’s teeth and lapis lazuli, all of which she handpicks at an annual gem and mineral show in Arizona. Each piece she sells includes an informational card about the stone, its history and its healing properties. Another way in which Bettez stays connected to the community is through Gallery Night. On the

last Saturday of every month, OneWay and Silver Tides host a public in-store event to showcase new artwork. “There’s about 40 artists, so we rotate the work,” she said, “We have food from local vendors, drinks and music.” She’s also thinking of starting up a ladies’ night later this year with tarot card readings and mini facials. “I’m still doing a lot of jewelry shows, but I want to bring people in during the colder months.” Silver Tides also sells hand-blown glasswork, pottery and apparel. Bettez is in the process of setting up an online shop either through Etsy (an online marketplace for artists and artisans) or through Silver Tides’s own site, and she hopes to have it up and running by November. Until then Bettez says, “I just want to make sure I can keep people interested.” It seems like that won’t be a problem. 140 Boon Street, Narragansett. 284-4390.

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Tell me about your jewelry and accessory line. I created LuniacStyle, a collection of jewelry and accessories based on my love for old Hollywood glamour icons – think Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren.

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What’s trending for fall? As the season changes, we tend to see a richness in color – jewel tones and mixed metallics. We’re in love with mixing and matching fabrics, texture and color. Studded vintage distressed shorts with patterned or darker tights and a cute blazer or short, fitted leather jacket is a great look for fall. Also, saturated colors in fringe – both jewelry and clothing – is the perfect embellishment to any outfit.

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There’s appreciating American history, and then there’s living in American history. Bob and Valarie Westnedge of Charlestown are part of just a lucky few for which the latter is possible. Looking to ensure coastal defenses in World War II, the US Coast Guard built strategically placed “lookout stations” along the coastline, including one perched atop a hill on Route 1 in Charlestown not far from Ninigret Pond. Located behind a historic Baptist church but with panoramic views of Block Island Sound, the lookout contained four bedrooms that could accommodate up to 18 men and also included a mess hall. The Westnedges came

across the unique property 12 years ago when they picked up a real estate magazine, flipped through the pages haphazardly and became intrigued. A family friend soon took them to what was functionally a bunker, which 90-year-old Maureen Summerfield had called home. “She was a strong lady,” Bob recalls. “She used to go up and down the hill to get the mail.” Steel hatches and small entry crevices were standard throughout the lookout. Bob also notes the property was linked via communication cables to a second, similar bunker located at the end of nearby East Beach Road. Both were linked to a communications station on Block Island, about 13 miles

from the mainland coast and in clear view from Bob’s bunker. While the history is an interesting look at America’s wartime past, Bob saw the home’s posh potential. “It was live-in condition, just not what you wanted – not as nice as we wanted things,” he explains. “It was all red, had an all-cement front, the back was shingles and there were fake windows on the side. They were called spy shacks.” With outdated features like linoleum floors and “more function than fashion” construction, the home wasn’t exactly turn-key, but it had great bones and huge possibility. “I brought [my wife] up there. I said, ‘What do you think?’ and she just said, ‘Ugh!’” Now surrounded by warm furnishings and an elegant design motif, Va-

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and Bob strolled through the house and easily agreed on what to do and where, how many bedrooms to build out and how large the kitchen would be; as avid entertainers, the kitchen and flow were priorities. “In three weeks, I had it stripped, sandblasted and gutted,” notes Bob, who oversaw the project from beginning to end. Having both grown up spending summers in Matunuck, the couple already felt at home in South County, but having a custom house built to suit their needs made it official. Within a year, Bob and Valarie were welcoming friends and family into their three-bedroom home (while there was room for four, two of the former bedrooms were merged to create an elegant master suite). The décor was completely done by Valarie, who approached the project room-byroom and introduced a warm, inviting aesthetic throughout with interesting

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but comfortable furnishings and eyecatching accessories. “It has ocean views from all levels, views of East Beach and Block Island, and we’re private. It’s a comfortable home,” says Bob. And one that hasn’t gone unnoticed. “You never have any shortage of friends when you live near the ocean. Isn’t that how the saying goes?” Valarie says with a laugh. The more the merrier seems to be the theme at the lookout. With the beach just down the road and a stunning inground pool at the house, Bob and Valarie have the best of both worlds. Valarie says waking up and walking around the property each day feels like being at a resort. She sums it up with glee: “We have it all!”

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So Delicious | Foodie Journal

By Linda Beaulieu

A Whirlwind of Possibility Flavors and toppings and sauces, oh my Distinguished, huh? All we need is a cigar. 855 Point Judith Road Narragansett • 792.9309

We said goodbye to

summer this year with a family dinner at our little beach house near Scarborough, followed by a trip to FroYo Fix, a frozen yogurt shop in the Salt Pond Shopping Center in Narragansett. Such fun. Unlike your typical ice cream parlor, FroYo Fix is more of an ultramodern lounge with bright lime green walls, all-white furniture and wild chandeliers – very striking. And it’s totally self-service. You grab a sturdy paper bowl and walk up to the wall of yogurt, where you help yourself to the flavor (or flavors) of your choice, as much as you want. The flavors rotate weekly, but at any given time you might have red velvet cake, peanut butter, cable car chocolate, coffee, sweet coconut, strawberry banana, cappuccino or mango tango, to name a few. The flavors are either low in fat or nonfat, and some have no sugar added. Sorbets are also offered. The nutritional facts for various flavors are on listed their Facebook page. Then you head over to the topping area, where there are more than 70 possibilities from crushed candy bars to chocolate sprinkles, from there stands another 10 sauces to consider, from caramel to whipped cream. Once you’ve satisfied all your sweet cravings, you head over to the checkout area where your bowl of fancy frozen yogurt gets weighed, and you are charged 49 cents per ounce. Our party of six had a feast for less than $30. We were an adventuresome group, especially the three teenagers. Elizabeth chose the New York cheesecake frozen yogurt, topped with white chocolate chips and a crumbled Nestle’s Crunch Bar. John opted for a mix of cookies and cream with cake batter frozen yogurt, dusted with crushed graham crackers and another Nestle’s Crunch Bar. Michael also combined cookies and cream with cake batter frozen yogurt, topped with gummy worms, a crushed Snickers bar and cheesecake bites. The adults in our party were more health conscious. Jack went for a combination bowl of pomegranate-raspberry and cheesecake frozen yogurts, topped with fresh blueberries and Raisinettes. Brian kept it simple – Alpine vanilla frozen yogurt topped with lots of fresh blueberries. I absolutely loved my bowl

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Jigger’s famous pancakes will still be offered, especially the gingerbread pancakes I love so much. The diner will be open for breakfast and lunch. Eventually the new owners also hope to open for dinner on a limited basis. A NEW RHODE ISLAND PRODUCT Omega-3 Salad Dressings are now being produced in Peace Dale by Carder Starr and Gary Ranaldi. The dressings are an alternative to fishy Omega-3 capsules that people take to help prevent heart disease. One serving of the salad dressing is equal to two Omega-3 fish oil capsules. The dressing flavors celebrate Rhode Island – Newport Honey Mustard, Plum Beach Ginger Plum, Rose Island Raspberry Vinaigrette and Block Island Balsamic Vinaigrette. The new line of salad dressings can be found in health food stores, specialty food stores and independent supermarkets, or online at www.omega3dressings.com.

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TIME FOR WINE A five-course wine dinner will take place on Thursday, October 25, at the Coast Guard House, 40 Ocean Road, Narragansett. Wines from K Vintners and Charles Smith Wines will be paired with the food. The event begins at 6:30pm. The cost is $45 per person. For reservations, call 789-0700. If you have news dealing with food, restaurants or chefs, feed it to Linda Beaulieu at Lindab2720@aol.com. Follow Linda on Twitter @LindaBeaulieu3. October 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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How would you describe The Olde Lighthouse Diner? It’s a quaint, casual establishment with a comfortable nautical feel. We have expanded breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, each with diner fare plus additional offerings you wouldn’t necessarily expect. We serve huge omelets and burgers but also lobster Benedict and sesame ahi tuna over rice and surrounded by Asian vegetables with sliced almonds, teriyaki glaze and a honey wasabi. I hear you draw a crowd. Our guests are very loyal and range from URI students, tourists and daytrippers to many long time residents from Narragansett and all over South County. More and more we are seeing people travel from all over just to eat here after having heard about us. What makes the diner unique? The relationships we have with our guests. We spend as much time as we can thanking them for choosing us, getting to know them and building a relationship with them. We feel it is important to put a face to the food coming out of the kitchen. How long have you both been working in the kitchen? We have a combined 40 years of experience in the restaurant business. We have worked together as a team for 18 years and started The Olde Lighthouse Diner almost three years ago. This long friendship and partnership between the two of us enables us to combine as one fine-tuned team, ensuring we always have the same goal in mind: using the best local high quality ingredients, prepared with love and served with pride. Can you walk me through the process for creating a new menu item? Everything is taken into account, from the texture, aroma, taste and presenta-

tion on the plate. Sometimes it means taking a classic dish and putting our own personal touch on it by changing a few key ingredients – a wine, different spices or even the method of cooking. When creating a signature dish, it will become a labor of love; our chefs and wait staff will sample new creations giving valuable input. Then when perfected, we let our guests enjoy. What dish would you recommend everyone try? For breakfast we would suggest our lobster Benedict (scrambled eggs instead of poached, infused with fresh basil, fresh lobster and mozzarella cheese, served on a toasted English muffin and topped with Hollandaise sauce). For lunch, our awesome Steak Bomb sandwich with sliced sirloin steak, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, fire roasted red peppers, hot peppers, garlic and mozzarella cheese on a buttered toasted torpedo roll. Dinner is even tougher to choose, maybe our Black Jack Sirloin – choice sirloin pressed and seared with cracked black pepper then broiled to perfection, sliced

on a bias and served on seasoned toasted Italian and topped with a Jack Daniels Bourbon demi glace with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese and red Bermuda onion slices. For starters, we would definitely suggest our Rocky Point Style Clam Cakes or our awardwinning Jumbo Stuffed Clams. Any upcoming specials for fall? We have a lot of new ideas for our autumn menu. To name a few: pumpkin pancakes with a sweet butter frosting, apple walnut stuffed pork roast, slowcooked Yankee pot roast, meatloaf of course and absolutely the best Roast Turkey Dinner anywhere, or so we’ve been told. What is the best thing about living and working in South County? The people here are real, friendly and very community-oriented, which is exactly what we strive to be: A neighbor, not just a diner. William Crossen owns The Olde Lighthouse Diner and Neil White is the head chef. 120 Knowlesway Extension, Narragansett. 284-3883.

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So Delicious | Review

By Linda Beaulieu

Enter the Dining Dragon Elegant Chinese and Japanese cuisine hits the spot in Wakefield Have you ever wondered

Photograpgy: Hilary Block

why the word “dragon” is a part of so many Asian restaurant names? The dragon is an important part of Chinese mythology, and the Chinese people often consider themselves descendants of the dragon. It is a symbol of power, strength and good luck. So now in Wakefield, we have the Dragon Palace, the newest Chinese restaurant in town. It serves the Americanized Chinese food we’ve all grown up on, and as a bonus it also serves wildly colorful Japanese cuisine including sushi. (A second Dragon Palace with the same owners can be found at 1210 Main Street in Wyoming.) The building that houses Dragon Palace has been transformed from a rock n roll bar into an understated Asian eatery, unlike so many others with their fire engine red color schemes. Instead, there is a subdued atmosphere with a gentle waterfall cascading over the wall that separates the main dining area from the bar and lounge area. While you wait for a table (and that can happen on busy nights), you can watch the sushi masters create their impeccably fresh, hand-rolled sushi and sashimi. On our most recent visit, we were a gang of seven with the majority in the mood for good old Chinese food – I’m talking pu pu platters and pork fried rice. I, on the other hand, was craving sushi and eager to get my companions to give it a try. The back of the menu at Dragon Palace features Japanese ap-

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petizers, sushi and sashimi by the piece, sushi rolls, and Japanese dinners. We started off with the very simple Green Roll ($4.50) of deep fried broccoli, which had a pleasing crunch, and the American Dream ($6), a roll of shrimp tempura, avocado and massago – that’s the bright orange fish roe that garnishes so many sushi rolls. Again, the tempura offered a slight crunch against the softness of the sticky rice that held the roll together. The next round of sushi got decidedly more exotic. One of my faves, the Spider Roll ($9.50), was done correctly with the rice wrapped around a delicate deep-fried soft-shell crab. My only complaint – not enough wasabi was served with these rolls. The most popular sushi roll was the refreshing Mango Lobster ($14.95), which almost everyone at our table was willing to try. Inside was lobster tail meat, and juicy mango slices were draped over the top of each slice of this extraordinary roll. No wasabi was needed here. From the Japanese dinner selection, we ordered the Scallop Teriyaki ($19.50), which we shared as another appetizer. There were more than enough huge sea scallops for our small crowd. The glistening scallops were perfect, cooked to just the right temperature, with just enough teriyaki flavor, not the least bit overpowering. Then we shifted over to the Chinese portion of the menu, ordering Vegetable Dumplings ($6 for eight dumplings). At first we were a little put off by

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their drab green color and the way they stuck to one another, but with a dip into some soy sauce, these dumplings were delicate and delicious. We had to order the Pu Pu Platter ($21) and Roast Pork Fried Rice ($8.25 for a large order) for a certain someone at our table who never orders anything but this very basic combination of all-time Chinese favorites. Everything you’d expect to see in a pu pu platter was there – boneless chicken fingers, chicken wings, egg rolls, beef teriyaki, fried shrimp, crab Rangoon and more boneless ribs than anyone could ever eat. I felt like a kid again, dipping the chicken fingers into the duck sauce. I found the pork-fried rice a bit dry, but a sprinkling of soy sauce solved that minor problem. We also tried the House Special Fried Rice ($9 for a large order), loaded with green peppers and chunks of beef, which I thought was far more interesting than the basic pork flavored dish. To satisfy one teenager’s cravings, we ordered the Sweet & Sour Chicken ($8.50 for a large order), a dish I hadn’t had since I was a teenager myself. That, too, brought back a lot of memories of eating Chinese food with my parents on Sunday nights, and I tried my best not to think about the calorie count and fat content. To satisfy my cravings, we also had an order of Sesame Chicken ($9.50) delivered to our table. This is a dish I like to prepare at home, and Dragon

Palace did an excellent job using high-quality boneless chicken with just the right amount of slightly sweet seasonings. Totally satisfied, all we could manage for dessert was a Chinese fortune cookie or two. Did you know that for good luck you should always select the fortune cookie that is farthest away from you? It’s always fun for each one of us to read our fortunes out loud. With this hungry crowd that included three teenagers, we had had plenty of food so we could all go back and have second helpings of the dishes that pleased us the most. For me, that was just about everything. We took home the leftovers, and I woke up the next morning craving some of that Mango Lobster. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state. Follow Linda on Twitter @ LindaBeaulieu3.

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for its expert preparation of lobster and other fine seafood. All their fish is purchased daily from local fishermen. Indoor and outdoor dining. LD $$ SIENA CUCINA 5600 Post Road; 8858850. Siena Cucina features authentic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere. The extensive menu includes a wide variety of grilled veal, steak and seafood entrees, along with numerous signature pasta and sauté dishes. In addition, Siena Cucina features over 20 wines by the glass and an Italian “tapas” menu. D $$-$$$

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Ella’s Fine Food and Drink 2 Tower Street; 315-0606. Featuring locally sourced seafood, certified all-natural meat and fresh vegetables, Ella’s packs passion into each portion. Chef Jeanie’s signature Asian-Fusion and French foods will have you returning time and time again. D $$-$$$

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BREACHWAY GRILL 1 Charlestown Beach Road; 213-6615. The emphasis of Breachway Grill’s menu is on fresh, local ingredients and classic comfort food. Try their NY-style rustic pizza or enjoy one of the nightly specials, including the raw bar. LD $-$$$

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HUNGRY HAVEN 5000 South County Trail; 364-3609. This country-style restaurant serves quality food at affordable prices in a family-friendly atmosphere seven days a week. Head for the junction of Routes 1 and 2, where good food awaits. BLD $ SMALL AXE CAFÉ 4820 Old Post Road; 364-3638. Nestled in the gardens of the Fantastic Umbrella Factory, this cozy café focuses on seasonally-inspired dishes with farm fresh ingredients. Be sure to stroll the grounds after dinner. LD $-$$ THE GENTLEMAN FARMER 4349 South County Trail; 364-6202. Serving

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BESOS TEA HOUSE 378 Main Street; 398-8855. With a breathtaking interior, this hip spot offers delicious food and a unique tapas menu. Stay for an after dinner drink as the restaurant morphs to a lounge each Thursday night. BrLD $$-$$$ CAPRICE 455 Main Street; 398-2900. Indulge your senses at this stylish restaurant and martini lounge. Enjoy pasta, steak, wood grilled pizzas and more, or choose from over 20 elegant cocktails on their martini menu. D $$-$$$ HARBOURSIDE LOBSTERMANIA 38 Water Street; 884-6363. Fresh seafood, fine dining and hot nightlife combine in this downtown spot known

Jamestown

BAY VOYAGE 150 Conanicus Avenue; 423-2100. Since 1889, this fine establishment has been serving delicious food that varies with the season. Check out the breathtaking waterfront view and impeccable service. Try their Grilled Bone-In Pork Loin Chop or come for their award-winning brunch. BrLD $$-$$$

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CHOPMIST CHARLIE’S 40 Narragansett Avenue; 423-1020. This nautical-themed 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 $-$$

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So Delicious | Dining Guide NARRAGANSETT CAFE 25 Narragansett Avenue; 423-2150. The famed Blues, Bloodies and Brunch is back: every Sunday, enjoy live music, a variety of bloody mary’s and a great brunch menu. Come in any day for soup and a sandwich or burgers and delicious apps, hot off the grill. BrLD $-$$ TRATTORIA SIMPATICO 13 Narragansett Avenue; 423-3731. Jamestown’s signature restaurant offers casual fine dining in a relaxed al fresco setting. Enjoy a raw bar, small plate menu and seafood with regional flair in a classic Victorian building. LD $$-$$$

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ALMAFI OCEANSIDE 1 Beach Street; 792-3999. Open year round, fall specials include 2 entrees and a bottle of wine for $22, $7 burger and beer Monday-Friday and $10 pizza and wine Monday-Friday. Daily weekday happy hour from 4-6pm sees half price apps; $2 lobster claws daily. Come in for live music on Thursday nights or brunch on Sunday. BLD $-$$ AUNT CARRIE’S 1240 Ocean Road; 783-7930. For over 85 years this summer staple has been serving up their famous chowder and clam cakes. Grab a quick lunch outdoors or head into the dining room for a full dinner. LD $-$$$ ARTURO JOE’S 140 Point Judith Road; 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 $-$$ BASIL’S RESTAURANT 22 Kingstown Road; 789-3743. Basil’s has been providing South County with fine, upscale French dining since 1984. Their menu features all the classics like coq au vin and escargots bourguignonne, and their wine list is the stuff of legend. D $$-$$$ COAST GUARD HOUSE 40 Ocean Road; 789-0700. This historic waterfront landmark doubles as an upscale restaurant where you are sure to find something to call your favorite. Bring the family for a great dining experience or brunch on Sunday. LD $$-$$$

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COLVITTO’S PIZZA & BAKERY 91 Point Judith Road; 783-8086. 60 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown 782-2285. 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 $ 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 $-$$ IGGY’S DOUGHBOYS 1157 Point Judith Road; 783-5608. 889 Oakland Beach Avenue, Warwick; 737-9439. Clam cakes and a cup of chowder – it’s not South County without ‘em and Iggy’s has the best around. Enjoy it all al fresco, and don’t forget the doughboys. LD $-$$ LUNCH LADY 22 Pier Market Place; 284-1504. This great sandwich shop is located right across from the ocean. Open everyday, they use Boar’s Head meats and make their own dressings. Delivery is available all day. 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 $-$$ OCEAN VIEW CHINESE RESTAURANT 140 Point Judith Road; 7839070. Serving authentic Szechuan and Mandarin cuisine, plus the chef’s own recipes, Ocean View is one of South County’s best. They also offer a separate vegetarian menu. Gluten free menu available. D $-$$ OLDE LIGHTHOUSE DINER 120 Knowles Way; 284-3883. You can BYOB to this charming diner, which serves large portions at a great price. Stop in before work for some bacon, eggs and pancakes or come in for dinner and try some of their creative dishes. BLD $-$$

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PJ’S PUB 135 Boon Street; 789-3200. In the heart of Narragansett’s historic district is a charming pub serving Mediterranean cuisine. Stop in for exceptional quality, reasonably priced seafood, veal, chicken, steak, pizza and pastas. Have a cocktail with your meal, then stroll three blocks to the ocean. LD $-$$. SPAIN OF NARRAGANSETT 1144 Ocean Road; 783-9770. The exceptional waitstaff and wide array of authentic Spanish seafood, veal and chicken dishes make Spain of Narragansett the perfect place to dine. The romantic setting and extensive wine list will keep you coming back for more. D $$-$$$ T’S RESTAURANT 91 Pt. Judith Road; 284-3981. With a menu that is creative yet traditional, T’s serves up farm fresh eggs, whole cheeses and homemade corned beef hash and other healthy and delicious bites. Breakfast and brunch is served all day long. BBrL $-$$ 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. 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 $$-$$$ 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 $-$$ WEST BAY GOURMET 889 Boston Neck Road; 789-9229. Answering the call for fresh, creative and artfully prepared food in South County, West Bay Gourmet provides gourmet food and sandwiches on the go – perfect for picnics. BLD $-$$

North Kingstown

GREAT HARVEST BREAD CO. 6670 Post Road; 885-0580. From its first location in Great Falls, Montana in 1975, Great Harvest has been serving unique breads made from wholesome ingredients. They also do sweet treats and classic sandwiches. BLD $

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TAVERN BY THE SEA 16 West Main Street; 294-5771. Located in historic 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 $$

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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. Now open in Wakefield too. LD $-$$

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South Kingstown

BAGELZ 99 Fortin Road, Kingston Emporium, South Kingstown; 782-2295. 90 Pershing Avenue, Wakefield; 783-9700. 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.” www. bagelzthebagelbakery.com BL $ 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 $-$$$ JAVA MADNESS 134 Salt Pond Road; 788-0088. Pair your gourmet coffee or espresso with fresh baked goods, hearty breakfast sandwiches, or tasty salads and panini for lunch. Don’t forget about a pastry, brownie or cookie after. BL $ LA STRADA PIZZA 920 Matunuck Beach Road; 533-2019. Using fresh, local ingredients and a wood-fired oven, La Strada prepares impeccable pizza from a generations-old recipe brought to Rhode Island from the Bronx. Come and taste the best. LD $-$$

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So Delicious | Dining Guide MATUNUCK OYSTER BAR 629 Succotash Road; 783-4202. This restaurant, which maintains its own oyster farm, prides itself on combining local produce with farm raised and wild caught seafood to make the freshest, most delicious dishes around. LD $$-$$$ PICK POCKETS DELI 231 Old Tower Hill Road; 792-3360. A fun, health-conscious deli, Pick Pockets serves up lamb and beef kabobs, specialty falafel, deli wraps, and vegetarian and chicken dishes. LD $ TARA’S TIPPERARY TAVERN 907 Matunuck Beach Road; 284-1901. For one of the most authentic Irish pub experiences in the state, along with spectacular ocean views, Tara’s is the place. Sample classic Irish fare and delicious pub favorites. BLD $

Wakefield

BLUEBIRD CAFE 554 Kingstown Road; 792-8940. New Orleans-style neighborhood pub offering Cajun, Creole, Mexican, Southwestern and Caribbean cuisine in a comfortable, friendly setting. Breakfast served anytime; dinner served on Friday nights only. BYOB please. BLD $ TRATTORIA ROMANA 71 South County Commons Way; 792-4933. Italianborn Chef Luciano Canova brings the cuisine of his homeland to the shores of Rhode Island. With comfortable dining at a reasonable price, you’ll think you’re in a Roman cafe. D $$

Warwick

NYLO’S THE LOFT RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 400 Knight Street; 734-4460. Gourmet dining meets urban chic at this spot, offering regional comfort cuisine served either indoors or out, on their mahogany terrace overhanging the Pawtuxet River. BLD $-$$$

Westerly

C.C. O’BRIEN’S 8 Mechanic Street; 860599-2034. This Irish sports bar serves up homemade comfort foods and beer until midnight in a casual environment that features 20 high-def televisions and live entertainment. 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 –

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Wyoming

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narragansett: Oceanfront in a quiet, established area on elevated site in Saunderstown, 2900 sq.ft 3 bed, 2.5 bath contemporary w/ ocean & bay views in a private setting. Oceanside deck. $2,275,000. Judy Chace Ext. 7004

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so entertaining | Calendar

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october from previous page October 1-28 Catch Delamorte’s Haunted Hayride at the Trails to Terror, now in its 16th year of operation. This time around, the folks at Highland Farms have cooked up an alien encounter that’s been spiced up “with a slathering of steampunk” for 30 minutes of hair-raising fun set to a thematic story. With a screaming state-of-theart sound system, it’s sure to be terrifying. If you’d rather walk, enjoy the 15-acre Forest of Fear. If you survive the evening, grab some relief, and some goodies, at the Monsta Café or bakery. New this year is a free shuttle service from the Oliver Stedman Government Center. $13-30. 7pmclose. Highland Farms, 4235 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield. 792-8188, www. trailsttoterror.com. October 5-7 Dust off your boots for the Cowboy Rendezvous at Stepping Stone Ranch. Line dancing will kick off one of the coolest events of the year. Think you’ve got a fast horse? Prove it by entering a horse race. Last year’s winner took home a cash prize of over $200. Live country music, a steak fry, tack vendors, cash bar and a saloon girl show round out the weekend-long event, which will go on rain or shine. $35. 201 Escoheag Hill Road, West Greenwich. 397-3725, www.steppingstoneranch.com. October 1-31 Fall Cod Fishing proves that this is the best time of year to catch a “steak-er” cod (over 20 pounds). Monday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday. 6am-3:30pm. $50-95. 33 State Street, Narragansett. 800-662-2824, www.francesfleet.com. October 3-31 See up-and-coming artists at the 7th Annual All Members Show at the

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Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. Free. Tuesday-Saturday 10am5pm. 7 Canal Street, Westerly. 5962221, www.westerlyarts.com. October 4 Indulge in free snacks and good company at the Crafters Circle, where crafters can join together to work. 1-3pm. Fayerweather House, 1859 Moorefield Road, Kingston. 789-9072, www.fayerweathercraftguild.com. October 4-21 Try a Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise and Newport Harbor Tour. This 90-minute cruise  showcases 10 lighthouses and 10 islands. $15-30. Departs from Quonset Point, North Kingstown. 295-4040, www.rhodeislandbaycruises.com. October 4-25 Stock up on local produce, herbs, flowers, garden plants, kettle corn and baked goods at the Westerly Farmer’s Market every Thursday. 10am-2pm. 85 Main Street, Westerly. 596-2054, www.westerlychamber.org. October 5 & 12 Mix up your Friday night plans with a visit to the Frosty Drew Observatory to observe the crisp autumn night sky and pick the brains of astrologers. Free. 62 Park Lane, Charlestown. 364-9508, www.frostydrew.org. October 6-31 Let your little ones run wild at the Monster Party, a gallery featuring artwork, games and a 30-foot monster mural. Opening reception October 6, 5-8pm. Regular gallery hours 10-2pm. Jamestown Art Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown. 560-0979, www.jamestownartcenter.org. October 7 History and humor combine at the Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, where you can see a comedic re-enactment

good old fashioned fun October 20-21: Celebrate the New England autumn season at the 2012 Harvest Johnny Cake Festival, to be held at Kenyon’s Grist Mill in West Kingston. The annual celebration of all things quintessentially fall will feature free samples of food, sweets and drinks; sample delicious Johnny cakes and wash them down with some local beer or wine. Purchase a variety of local art and products from over 85 vendors including farms, artisans and restaurants. Take a tour of the local mill and visit with the adorable alpacas and sheep. Live music and historic demonstrations add to the charming event. Free parking is available at the Washington County Fairgrounds – 78 Richmond Townhouse Road in Richmond – with free shuttle service to the mill. Food and clothing donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the Jonnycake Center. $2. 10am-5pm. Kenyon’s Grist Mill, 21 Glen Rock Road, West Kingston. 800-7-KENYON, www. johnnycakefestival.com.


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of the 1605 trial and execution of Guy Fawkes. Free. 7pm. Andrea Hotel, 89 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut. 3221026, www.misquamicut.org. October 12-31 The Renaissance City Theatre presents Godspell, a musical experience that has been called a “groundbreaking and unique reflection on the message of kindness, tolerance and love.” $15-22. 1 Granite Street, Westerly. 596-2341, www.granitetheatre.com. October 13 Smith’s Castle’s Colonial Harvest Festival transports you back to the days of the 18th century, offering live entertainment and homemade seasonal treats. 12-4pm. 55 Richard Smith Drive, North Kingstown. 2943521, www.smithscastle.org. October 13, 19-20, 25-27 See William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a tale mocking power and greed while celebrating our ability to forgive. $15-20. 7pm. 327 Main Street, Wakefield. 218-0282, www.thecontemporarytheater.com. October 15, 22 & 29 Join the Peace Dale Library for their Movie Series, showing Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, All the King‘s Men and The Candidate. Free popcorn. Free. 2pm. 1057 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale. 789-1555, www.skpl.org. October 17 Savor your sweet tooth at In the Kitchen: Chocolate with Chef Adam. The evening features menu items centered on chocolate, with wine pairings. $85. 7pm. Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue, Westerly. 584-7000,

www.oceanhouseevents.com. October 20-21 Artists across Southern RI are participating in the West Bay Open Studios Artists’ Tour, a self guided tour that features 22 artists. Free. 11am-5pm. North Kingstown, East Greenwich and Warwick. www.westbayopenstudios.com. October 25 Enjoy hors d’ouvres, music and a silent auction benefiting the Jonnycake Center at the HOPE Café Fundraiser at the Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. $45 advance, $50 door. 5:30-8pm. 1425 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown. 789-1559, www.jonnycakecenter.org.

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Carve up some fall fun October 13: Friends of Ballard Park will hold its 10th Annual Ballard Park Pumpkin Tour on Saturday, October 13. Over 1,000 jack-o-lanterns will be on display, all of which were carved by local community groups and the general public. Teachers at Rogers High School and the Newport Area Career & Techbical Center use the tour as a chance to teach kids about marketing and graphic design as all event sponsors receive a pumpkin with their logo carved by a student. Last year’s pumpkin designs ranged from simple smiling faces to intricate masterpieces. Event goers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight as the paths are dimly lit and uneven. The event will go on rain or shine with parking available in the Rogers High School lot on Wickham Road. On October 14 stop back by as the public is invited to take leftover pumpkins home. 4:30-9:00pm. Ballard Park, Hazard at Wickham, Newport. 6193377, www.ballardpark.org.


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By Patti McAlpine

a Haunting Ballet Dracula dances his way through an iconic Newport mansion Vampires have never been more visible in pop culture, with the popularity of Twilight, Vampire Diaries and True Blood. However, the quintessential vampire is the debonair, charismatic and hauntingly seductive Count Dracula, from which all the fictional vampires - from Barnabas Collins to Edward Cullen - take shape. Dracula, the fictional character created from myths and legends and written by Bram Stoker in 1897 in the novel of the same name, spawned not only movies and stage plays but also other interpretations. This month’s ballet performance by Island Moving Company, Newport’s premier dance troupe, is just one beautiful example of the latter. Continuing its 30th anniversary season, Island Moving Company will reprise artistic director Miki Ohlsen’s site specific Dracula, A Dangerously Close Dance, which premiered in 2009 at Belcourt Castle. It’s being reimagined at a new location – Seaview Terrace – to be presented from October 17-21. If you, like me, were a fan of the cult classic ‘60s TV series Dark Shadows (featuring the aforementioned Barnabas Collins), then this turreted location may be familiar to you as it was the backdrop for the series. Working a site-specific ballet includes paying attention to the piece, the music and the location. Ohlson enjoyed collaborating with composer Felex Ventouras. “Most of it was done over the phone as he would play a piece of music,” she says. Ventouras will also tweak some the music composition to work with the new setting. Ohlsen explains that a site-specific ballet is more of an experience for the audience as they move from room to room with the dancers and musicians. There is no need for a set, as they work within the mansion. The rooms used at Seaview fit within Stoker’s description of the rooms in Dracula’s castle. Of course, they will remove more modern furniture in cooperation with the site coordinator. Like Dracula, who relocated his coffin from his castle in Transylvania to a new abode in London, the Seaview

Dracula, A Dangerously Close Dance

moved to Newport in 1923 from Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. The largest home to be relocated by road and rail, the event was immortalized in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Inspired by Stoker’s novel, Dracula the ballet features new cast member Jason Stoltz in the title role of the suave vampire. Stoltz recently moved to the East Coast and performed with the company during this season’s Great Friend’s Dance Festival. It also features company regulars Christine Sandorfi (as one of Dracula’s brides) and Shane Farrell (as Jonathan Harker) as well as several members of the Junior Dance Company as succubbi and gypsies. Sandorfi, in her sixth season with Island Moving Company, says “We’re excited to be in a new location to rework the ballet to fit the nuances of the place.” She continues, “For a dancer, a site-specific ballet is very different from doing a ballet set on a stage. There are always a lot of challenges, as well as opportunities, to take advantage of things that wouldn’t be available in a traditional theater setting. An

old Newport mansion such as Seaview already contributes a lot to the atmosphere just by way of its architecture.” In addition to dance, this multi-faceted ballet also incorporates film and trapeze work. Ohlsen explains: “The film is used to allow the audience to see what is happening outside of the mansion, as when Harker arrives at the castle.” The trapeze work involves silks hanging from the ceiling. Sandorfi explains the scene: “There will be four succubi and two of us [brides], myself and Meredith Baer, who will start by coming down from the ceiling above Harker’s bed.” This in itself presents several challenges. “Silks are obviously very different than ballet. We can be dancing full-time but still not be ‘in shape’ enough for them as they use completely different muscle groups.” The other challenge is the aesthetic. “The aerial work is difficult, but in ballet we always try to make things look easy,” says Sandorfi. So that the ballet is an intimate experience, guests are limited to 85 for each of the seven performances. There are also some special opportunities to

dine and dance with the count, including a gala Masked Ball on Friday, October 20 and a post-show supper with the count on October 21. Coincidentally, 2012 is the centenary celebration of Stoker’s death. As some of you may know, a few Rhode Island vampire legends are said to have provided some inspiration to Stoker’s Dracula. How appropriate to reprise this ballet within such a fitting setting. While start doning their capes for Halloween parties this month, Dracula, A Dangerously Close Dance may be the perfect seasonal treat for adults this month.

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Tour de arts Hop around from studio to studio at this unique art event Most artists, by their nature, prefer seclusion, which is why so many hole up to paint, sculpt or do their craft work in old barns or garages converted to workshops. This month, however, many of the privacy-loving artists of Richmond and Hopkinton will welcome visitors into their studios and homes for HopArts, an annual open house tour that not only boosts public awareness about the artists in our midst, but has also created lasting bonds in the local arts community. Now in its seventh year, the HopArts Studio Trail features stops at 18 studios and galleries (including the Alpaca and Farm Store at Hannah’s Farm, Shaw Pottery, the Carolina Fiber and Fiction Center and Angel and Anchor Woodworks, among others), each marked with a yellow and blue banner so they can be easily spotted as you travel around rural South County. Navigation is aided by the fact that many of the stops are clustered in the villages of Hope Valley and Carolina, where you can stroll from one location to the next; others require a drive into the countryside, but organizers have produced a helpful map to guide you along your way. With 34 participating artists, the free event is an opportunity for visitors to “come see firsthand how art is created,” says HopArts coordinator and skilled weaver Jan Bertwell, who owns Finishing Touches in Richmond. “Many of these artists are very well known nationally, but if you live in the area, you don’t necessarily know about them.” Artists typically give talks or perform demonstrations of their craft during the HopArts weekend; some even serve refreshments. Hand weaver Jan Doyle of the Carolina Fiber and Fiction Center sees HopArts as an opportunity not only to show off her work and “educate people about the fiber arts,” but also to “justify the prices asked” for handmade products by demonstrating how laborintensive such traditional crafts can be. HopArts was the brainchild of Hopkinton’s Leah Grear, who launched the program in 2006 with fellow artists Beth Drainville and Michelle

Fiber Artist Jan Doyle

Walker. Over the years, participation and attendance have grown along with the list of program sponsors; in 2011, about 1,000 people visited with local artists over the course of the two-day event. The Carolina Fiber and Fiction Center alone hosted 300-400 guests last year, according to Doyle – far more than would visit on a one-off open house or during regular business hours. “I think most people are more interested in seeing a number of artists together rather than just one,” says Doyle. “HopArts has brought a lot of people into the neighborhood,” she says. “Initially, many of them were interested in seeing what’s inside the Octagon House (the historic home where the Fiber and Fiction Center is located), but it has led to getting more students into the school.” In its relatively brief history, HopArts has nurtured deep local roots, rounded up nearly 20 sponsors (Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shop, West’s Bakery, Bliss Coffee House

and Wildwood Liquors, to name a few) and forged an alliance with the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association, which Bertwell says shares HopArts’ “strong desire to preserve our rural character and the resources that we have” in Richmond and Hopkinton. HopArts has also helped foster a sense of community among local artists themselves “out of necessity, because we’re not all in one place,” notes Doyle. Carolina-based pottery artist Jay Lacouture agrees: “It has been successful in bringing the community of artists together, most of whom I didn’t know existed.” This year, HopArts is being celebrated on October 13 and 14 from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. You can visit the participating studios in any order, but URE Outfitters or the Clark Library - both serving as event hospitality centers - are good places to pick up maps and begin your tour. For more information, visit www. HopArts.org or call 539-3009.

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Fresh Ground Oh my word, these cupcakes were amazing. Fresh out of the fridge, the cream cheese frosting was smooth and oh-so-satisfying, its sweetness the perfect complement to the dense pumpkin cake. We agreed that the cake tasted more like pumpkin bread – sort of like a muffin with frosting. With whimsical piping (and perfectly suited to an Alice in Wonderland tea party table), this cupcake is definitely worth the calorie splurge. 93 Kingstown Road, Richmond. 491-9035, fresh-ground.com.

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If there is one thing our readers should know about us, it’s that we know how to eat. We certainly knew how to eat the pumpkin pancakes sent to us by T’s. They were eight-inch rounds, a golden pumpkin color, topped with homemade pumpkin butter, pure maple syrup and powdered sugar. Moist, light and not overly “pumpkiny,” kudos need to be given to the spiced, sweet butter in particular. As one staffer said, “I want to put that butter on everything.” 91 Pt. Judith Road, Narragansett 284-3981 and 5600 Post Road, East Greenwich 398-7877. www.tsrestaurantri.com.

Felicia’s Coffee This coffee shop sent us pumpkin muffins drizzled with a white icing that was yummy and not overly sweet. The muffin was moist and had hints of cinnamon and spice. It reminded us of coffee cake. We enjoyed the texture, the grains and the simplicity of the breakfast treat, which left us wanting more. As one staffer put it: “I could eat a lot of these. They taste healthy – in a good way.” 5757 Post Road, East Greenwich. 886-4141, www.feliciascoffee.com.

Great Harvest Bread Co. We were hoping that somebody would send us something with chocolate in it and Great Harvest met our expectations with their chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. They reminded us of chocolate chip pancakes, with a dense cake and dark chocolate chips. (Dark chocolate means healthy, right?) There was a pleasant balance between the pumpkin and the chocolate, the savory and the sweet. 6670 Post Road, North Kingstown. 885-0580, www. greatharvestnk.com.

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