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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


Must-see moves

Flying feet and acrobatic hijinks
Two of this fall's dance performances will tell Halloween-style stories — a reprise of Viktor Plotnikov's THE WIDOW'S BROOM , by Festival Ballet Providence, and a premiere of Miki Ohlsen's DRACULA , by Island Moving Co.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 16, 2009

Junction Trattoria and Bistro

Peerless pizza and much more
On a recent rainy Friday evening, we were calling around for a place to eat dinner. One restaurant had no reservations till 9 pm (it's still tourist season); another was farther away than we'd realized, and we might end up eating at that same hour.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 09, 2009

DeWolf Tavern

 wholly satisfying experience
Our previous visit to DeWolf Tavern was on a wintry December eve, and I had been yearning to take in the setting in the summer. Thus we recently perched ourselves on a balcony overlooking Bristol Harbor, cooled by the constant sea breeze that set the moored sailboats a-bobbing.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 25, 2009

Franklin Spa

Friendly and flavorful by the sea
You know how some places just seem like they have a story behind them and you keep meaning to stop over the years but somehow it's never the right time of day (diner-type places mostly close by 2 pm)? That's been my relationship with Franklin Spa until I finally placed it squarely in my sights for a trip to Newport last week.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 11, 2009

Matunuck Oyster Bar

Stellar servings from the sea
Oyster and clam farmer Perry Raso, whose harvests have become quite popular over the past three years, has taken his livelihood one step further and opened his own eatery: the Matunuck Oyster Bar. It sits on a beautiful cove just north of East Matunuck State Beach, where many a restaurant has come and gone.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 29, 2009

Blount Clam Shack

The Taste of Summer in Warren
The scene at Blount Clam Shack on a Sunday summer afternoon is like a well-orchestrated block party: large white tent for keeping out rain or providing shade; long, family-style picnic tables; outside the tent, more picnic tables and beach chairs; a large cooler with bottles of water; and live music from 3-7 pm, often provided by Warren resident Otis Read and friends.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 22, 2009


Time to Dance? Dance. Dance!

Island Moving Co. Takes It Inside
Although Island Moving Co. has moved their summer dance concerts inside, after 20 years of battling the elements at outdoor venues around Newport, they have chosen an unusual and historic site — the 1699 Great Friends Meeting House, the oldest surviving house of worship (Quaker) in the city — for Dance? Dance. Dance! (through July 26).
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 21, 2009

United BBQ

The pull of the pork, and so much more
Reviewing the dishes at a barbecue eatery feels a bit like judging a family dinner. Most of us have specific expectations of what the meats and the sides should taste like — sensory memories that grabbed us the first time we ate pulled pork or collard greens, and they won't let go.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 08, 2009

St. Clair Annex

Seasonal delights in Watch Hill
Seasonal delights in Watch Hill
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 24, 2009



Michael Stein Examines The Addict
Providence author and physician Michael Stein has an uncanny ability to make a medical case history read like a novel in his newest book, The Addict (William Morrow, 288 pages, $26). It's not only that he makes us care about the patients whose lives he describes; it's also that he puts himself into the narrative.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 16, 2009

Review: Chez Pascal

Regional fare, boundless pleasures
Everything about Chez Pascal, beginning with Monday Market Menus and ending with a gallery show for a Rhody painter, emphasizes co-owners Matt and Kristin Gennuso's support for local talent, be it farmers or artists.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 10, 2009

Maria's Seaside Café

The place to be in Misquamicut
The recent mini-heat-wave that made us all optimistic that summer really would roll around again set us to thinking about seasonal restaurants along Rhode Island's shore.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 27, 2009

kelly list

Making a connection

Island Moving Co.'s Passions Collide
"Everything old is new again" never seems more true than with the evanescent art form of dance.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2009

Rue De L'Espoir

So much to savor!
Perhaps the first thing to explain about the Rue's hours is that they represent breakfast, lunch, and dinner times and, on the weekends, brunch and dinner, with a "late lunch" on Sundays. The menu, like the weekly schedule, seems designed for an indecisive Gemini, a genus of which I'm a member.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 06, 2009

Cosmic Steak, Pizza and Weiners

A Rhody landmark since 1977
A Rhody landmark since 1977
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 29, 2009


The true taste of Rhode Island
When the history of Rhode Island in the 21st century is documented 50 years from now, it's a good bet that prominent figures will include the restaurateurs, chefs, and restaurant designers who continue to make Providence such an exciting city.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 16, 2009

Wiley's Night Shift at Phil's

Culinary creativity, two nights a week
It's one thing when you live in an urban area, and you follow a favorite chef when he or she moves from place to place. But down in the boonies of South County, a lot of restaurant news is word of mouth.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2009


Southern Exposure

Fusionworks gets 'Unwrapped'
Since Fusionworks Dance Company has maintained a studio in East Greenwich for almost five years, artistic director Deb Meunier decided it was time to bring dance to South County.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 31, 2009


A taste of Florida

Culinary delights along the coastal corridor
On a recent road trip down the coastal corridor to Key West, I was reminded that one of the best ways to explore the "culture" of a different region is through its food.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 11, 2009


More new than old

Hope gets its close-up at Festival Ballet
Artistic director Mihailo "Misha" Djuric has a polished ensemble of dancers and impressive choreographers at the Festival Ballet Providence.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 11, 2009

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