The Classic Cafe Review – Providence, RI

The Classic Cafe Review – Providence, RI

While hunting for somewhere to grab a quick breakfast in Providence and oddly finding so many of our usual haunts closed, my wife and I decided to visit the Classic Cafe. She had been there before, but it was my first time visiting this diner-like restaurant and I’m glad I did. The Classic Cafe 865 … Continue reading

Camelia of Istanbul Review – East Providence, RI

Camelia of Istanbul Review – East Providence, RI

On the same day by sheer coincidence my wife and I both received recommendations from colleagues at work to try Camelia of Istanbul in East Providence, RI for kabobs. Prior to becoming Camelia of Istanbul, the restaurant was owned by a Lebanese family that called it “La Camelia Restaurant.” With the changing of hands to … Continue reading

Mango Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Mango Pineapple Salsa Recipe

It took some time for mango salsa to grow on me because in the past I just didn’t enjoy the cloyingly sweet flavor that often accompanies many fruit salsas. What turned me around on the whole thing was trying a store-bought mango pineapple salsa that had a really spicy kick to it. There was just … Continue reading

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

I’ve always wanted to make my own barbecue sauce and about a year ago, I finally got around to it. I came up with this recipe that creates a sweet, spicy, and smoky barbecue sauce that is surprisingly well balanced. I chose to use tomato paste as the base rather than something like ketchup because I … Continue reading

Townsman Review – Boston, MA

Townsman Review – Boston, MA

I have been waiting for Townsman to open in Boston ever since hearing the sad news that Chef Matthew Jennings was closing up his incredible restaurant, Farmstead, in Providence, RI. Two friends invited my wife and I to join them for dinner when they secured a rare weekend reservation. We all couldn’t wait to see if … Continue reading

Fresh Squeezed Old Timey Lemonade

Fresh Squeezed Old Timey Lemonade

Once I get a glimpse of summer approaching, I tend to start having these fantasies where I’m sitting in a rocking chair on a wrap-around porch attached to some country home. In my hand is, naturally, a mason jar filled with fresh squeezed lemonade that I sip in between nostalgic mutterings about how when I … Continue reading

How to Make Spam Musubi with Bacon and Egg

How to Make Spam Musubi with Bacon and Egg

The Hawaiian love of Spam is legendary. So much so, that the first “Hawaiian” thing I ate when I visited Oahu was a Spam musubi from Musubi Cafe Iyasume in Waikiki. For those of you that are familiar with Spam, you know that this typically pink, highly processed, canned meat product sits on shelves in … Continue reading

Enoteca Umberto – Providence, RI

Enoteca Umberto – Providence, RI

I’ve said it before that despite its reputation, it’s actually hard to find great food on Federal Hill aside from a few restaurants. Luckily, a relatively new addition to Federal Hill in Providence, makes me eat those words (pun intended)! A friend who ate at Enoteca Umberto before suggested that my wife and I meet her … Continue reading

Broadway Bistro – Providence, RI

Broadway Bistro – Providence, RI

It took about 12 years for me to reconnect with a friend from high school because she happened to coincidentally befriend my girlfriend at the time (now my wife) during their medical residency. As a result of these new connections made and old connections revitalized, we’ve had the benefit of dining out from time to time … Continue reading

Ichigo Ichie – East Providence, RI

Ichigo Ichie – East Providence, RI

There are a lot of mixed reviews about Ichigo Ichie. I’ve been there a few times and I am also unsure of how I feel about this restaurant. There are some excellent parts of it and you can easily go to the restaurant two times in a row, but still get a completely different experience … Continue reading

Every Beet of My Heart – Tequila Cocktail

Every Beet of My Heart – Tequila Cocktail

A little while ago, my wife and I went out with a couple of friends to a restaurant in Providence, RI called Broadway Bistro (review coming soon). At that restaurant I tried a drink that they called the “Just Beet It,” which is a great pun using the refrain from the immensely famous Michael Jackson … Continue reading