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Café Nuovo

A celebratory eating adventure
Café Nuovo is one of those places you go to celebrate.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 21, 2010

The Sunnyside

Delicious ‘daytime dining’ in Warren
One of the wonderful things about Rhode Island is that new restaurants pop up to fill empty spaces and that amazing chefs find their way home again.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2010


People gather to read a book about people who gather to read a book

 ‘One Book. One State. Literally’
Now in its eighth year, Reading Across Rhode Island is a three-month project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library. Its goal is to encourage readers across the state to read the same book and to engage in lively discussions about their reading.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 31, 2010

Tallulah on Thames

World-class dining in Newport
The buzz about any new restaurant often takes a few months to circulate. For Tallulah on Thames, it took just a few days.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2010

Seduction and submission

Island Moving Co.’s Dracula has bite
Take one spooky story. Add one spooky castle. Stir in suspenseful music and dance movement. What you get is Island Moving Co.’s Dracula.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 23, 2010

Review: The Melting Pot

Fabulous fondue for you
The first impression from our visit to the Melting Pot was wending our way through the maze of the mall's parking lot.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 10, 2010

Review: India restaurant

A Feast for the Senses
At one time in the mid-'90s, India had branched out to three or four restaurants in Providence and the East Bay.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2010

Dad’s Place

Father knows best
Sometimes it's hard to assess the quality of a small diner-like place, in a small tourist-type town, but when you notice the cook-owner, Jean Pion, snipping fresh herbs for his omelets from pots he grows behind the eatery three seasons of the year, then your curiosity is piqued. At least mine was.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 17, 2010

The Village Haven

Traditional (and bountiful) fare in Forestdale
We were headed to a concert in Cumberland and we thought we'd make a slight detour to North Smithfield — the village of Forestdale, to be precise.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 26, 2010

Midtown Café

A cut above the rest in Wakefield
In this economy and in downtown Wakefield, it's a tough task to keep a restaurant going.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 13, 2010

Becky’s BBQ

Savoring slow-cooked goodness
It was a snowy New Year's Eve lunchtime when we stopped in at Becky's BBQ, located in an unassuming brown clapboard house across from the Shaw's/Christmas Tree Shop mall.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 06, 2010


Good and evil

Wicked is a grand spectacle of sights and sound
From L. Frank Baum's 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz came the 1939 film; from Gregory Maguire's 1995 book Wicked came the 2003 Broadway hit of the same name.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 30, 2009

Kelley’s Deli

Breakfast and lunch with an Irish accent
Kelley's Deli has a new home: after 14 years in downtown Westerly, the space was getting tight (lines out the door in the summer), the customers' hike to the restrooms in the historic multi-use building was circuitous (to the say the least), and regulars had been begging for years for Sunday hours.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 02, 2009


The human condition

Fusionworks’ probing fall concert
In the ambitious program they will perform this weekend (November 20 and 21 at Rhode Island College), members of Fusionworks Dance Company will premiere three pieces that look at the human condition from several perspectives.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 17, 2009


Plugging in

Festival Ballet move to Metallica and Radiohead
For the past six years, Festival Ballet Providence has presented an evening of short works, Up Close on Hope , in their Black Box Theater on Hope Street.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 18, 2009

The Beehive Café

Keep an eye on the pie
When Three Rivers Café closed last year, fans of chef Eli Dunn eagerly awaited his reappearance.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 11, 2009


Man and machine

Cirque Mechanics finds the balance
For anyone fascinated with wheels and gears, circus stunts, or political satire, a troupe of performers called Cirque Mechanics bring all that and more.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2009

FRA’s Italian Gourmet

 Beyond wonderful
Ever have that kind of day when you need to start your lunch with a chocolate chip cookie?
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2009


Culture and choreography

Horse and Yellow Bird Dancers at FirstWorks
Not only is the FirstWorks organization devoted to presenting “first-time-in-Rhode Island” performances throughout their seven-week fall festival (through November 15), but the staff is also always seeking diversity of cultures, media, and experiences.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 15, 2009

Kabob and Curry

So many choices! So many flavors!!
You know you've come to the right neighborhood when you can smell Indian spices in the air instead of over-used French fry oil!
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 07, 2009

The Village Restaurant

Savoring the taste of Nigeria
I remember my click of recognition when I first saw a West African recipe for black-eyed-pea fritters with hot sauce, since my family in the South had always doused black-eyed peas with hot pepper sauce.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 23, 2009

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