Food Truck Sundays at Hot Club

Idk how the weather was where you live yesterday, but over here on the East Coast it was a BEAUTIFUL Sunday. 60 degrees and sunshine in February – what more could you ask for?

I decided to take this opportunity to go to one of my favorite summer spots in Providence – Hot Club. I have so many memories at this little place, and I am looking forward to many many more. Did you know that Hot Club was also featured in the movie Something About Mary? #famous.

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Yesterday was Hot Club’s first Sunday Funday of the year – a day where they have awesome food trucks, live music, and good times. You can get your food from the trucks and then head inside for a beer, or you can get yourself a beer first drink it while you stand on line at one of the busy trucks. Whatever floats your boat. Yesterday the trucks were FanCheezicalSoulFullPrestoStrangeOHaven Brothers Mobile Truck, and Sarcastic Sweets. I had never been to Haven Brothers before so I knew I wanted to get a bacon cheeseburger from there. Did you know that Haven Brothers was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives? SO many fun Rhode Island tidbits in this post! My boyfriend got the Short Rib Grilled Cheese from FanCheezical which was pretty awesome as well.

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So I got my burger, ordered a Corona, and sat outside listening to the awesome tunes of acoustic musician Pat Lowell. Check out his Facebook page Here. He performed an awesome mix of different genres that appealed to everyone. My personal favorite was the Bob Marley/Matisyahu mash up he did. It totally set the vibe for the afternoon and I was loving it.

It almost felt like a spring afternoon.. minus the pile of snow on the deck. Be sure to check out one of Hot Clubs upcoming Sunday Fundays!

xx Casey

 

Book Club: “I Didn’t Come to Make Friends”

How many of you are fans of the Bachelor? I have been a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan since 2010. So yes I did miss about 10 seasons of the show but I started my love for the Bachelor with Jake’s season and the drama that was his and Vienna’s relationship. From there I watched almost every Bachelorette season (other than Andi’s and Kaitlyn’s… so I guess that’s why I had no idea who Nick Viall was until Bachelor in Paradise). Which brings me to this season, which has turned into an even bigger mistake than Juan Pablo was. Nick Viall has no personality, and unfortunately most of the girls don’t have much to bring to the table either (other than my girl dolphin/shark #missyou). I stopped watching about two episodes ago because I just could not take two hours a week of this anymore. However I am living for meeting Raquel during the hometown dates… I may have to start watching again just for that.

But I digress… this post is not about this season of the Bachelor. This is about a past Bachelor and a past contestant/winner that was hated almost as much as Nick.That is until I read her book..

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Courtney Robertson was the villain and winner on Ben Flajnik’s season. Everyone loved to hate her and was shocked when she took home the final rose. Things however didn’t pan out so great for Courtney and Ben’s relationship and they soon called it off. Courtney then wrote a tell-all book about how much of an asshole Ben was to her and I instantly started to like the girl. The book is well written, has tons of personality, and will keep you engaged.

I loved every minute of Courtney’s book “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends..” She totally redeemed her villain persona. And Ben… well now he is hanging out with Kris Jenner/Kardashian, so there’s that.

If you are a Bachelor fan you are going to love this book! Not only is it about their relationship, but an inside look into what it is like to audition and live through filming the show.Definitely worth the read!

xx Casey

Tilly’s Cheesesteaks, West Kingston

I am trying really hard right now to come up with the words to express how much I love the cheesesteaks at Tilly’s. Living in Jersey I made the drive down to Philly to visit my cousins and get some awesome cheesesteaks many times. We would argue who was king, either Pat or Gino’s, and then decide neither was and go to Jim’s on South Street or Tony Luke’s instead. But then I moved up to Rhode Island and have been cheesteak-less for quite some time.. until now.

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Tilly’s is doing EVERYTHING right, and there is a reason they have a five star rating on Yelp. First of all the vibe of the place is awesome. From the welcoming staff to the old wood and beams of the building, this spot makes you feel comfortable and at home. This is a very good thing because you are about to chow down on a giant cheesesteak, and I promise you will not be able to put it down. Yes I ate the entire thing, chips and all.

When you look at the menu Tilly’s has a couple signature steaks and a customize option. The coolest thing about Tilly’s? Their bread selection. Either go for the sesame hoagie or the local fry bread. Since it was my first time I went the traditional route, but you can bet that I will be trying that fry bread on my next visit. I went with the Signature Tilly’s Philly which was served with “tortilly” chips and pickles.

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The Philly Cheesesteak itself was incredible. It was juicy, cheesy, and incredibly flavorful. When I say I could not stop eating it.. I literal could not put it down. My mouth is watering just writing this. The tortilly chips were a play on Doritos and were also packed with flavor. The pickles had a little kick to them and balanced out the savoriness of the sandwich very well. Wash the whole thing down with a Mexican Coke, and you have yourself an incredible meal.

My boyfriend went with another Signature sandwich, The Anchor, because he is a huge buffalo chicken fan and loved it as well. The chicken was cooked perfectly, and was still good later on in the night for leftovers. How he had leftovers idk.. but I almost bit his hand off trying to get a bite of that sandwich later on that night.

Tilly’s is worth every minute of that drive from Providence, I am so incredibly excited to go back and try even more of their menu – that jalapeno queso is calling my name!

xx Casey

A Little Love Playlist

Happy Valentines Day my friends! Whether you celebrate Valentines Day, Galentines Day, or are throwing yourself an “I hate Valentines Day party” a la Jessica Biel, you need an awesome playlist to get you through the day. And you guys know by now I never pass up an opportunity to make a situational appropriate soundtrack to the day.

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You can listen to my A Little Love Playlist Here. No matter if you are spending the day alone, with friends, with a significant other, or your cat.. I hope it is full of tons and tons of chocolate. And wine.

xx Casey

 

Knead Donuts, Providence

Hello my name is Casey and I have a problem. A big, sweet, fluffy, delicious, problem. I am addicted to donuts. Yes this is my second donut post in two weeks but hey, I am not ashamed. My weekend “treat yoself” attitude is definitely to blame.

Today I am here to talk about some of the fluffiest donuts I have ever had. Knead Donuts is located on Custom House Street in the Financial District of Providence. I have to note..does the parking suck over there? Absolutely. But do not let that deter you.These donuts are worth it. And if you are one of the lucky ones that live Downtown, they deliver. How awesome is that?

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After eyeing their Instagram for a while, I knew I was going into Knead for two specific things: A Brioche donut and a Popover. I had seen pictures of these delicious little popovers online and knew I had to try one for myself.

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Knead’s style is very minimal with wooden counter tops and sleek wooden tables & chairs. My favorite element is the beautifully tiled floors that spell out Knead as you walk in. A warm welcome almost as sweet as the treats inside.

Looking at these pictures is making it really hard to commit to staying on track this week. For now, I will live vicariously through their Instagram feed until the weekend.

xx Casey

Valentines Day Gift Ideas For Him

Happy Friday everyone! Did all you East Coasters make it through the snow storm yesterday? I stuck it out at work until it started getting pretty bad around 2pm and then took the very slow drive home. For the rest of the day I ate Jalapeno Kettle Cooked Chips, drank some wine, and watched Naked and Afraid (my current obsession!). I even took a nice relaxing bath.. in the middle of the day.. on a Thursday. Now that’s living. Fast forward to this morning when I went to leave for work and my front door was frozen shut. I was literally trapped in my own home. Thank God for my awesome neighbor who was there to help bail me out. TGIF right?

Anyway.. Valentines Day is coming up quickly, so today I am here to share with you my gift ideas of the man in your life. Now I know there are so many Valentines Day haters out there thinking “But Casey.. why do we need one day a year to prove to someone you care about them? We should do that everyday.” Well my answer to that is, why not? With all the hate in the world right now, why not have one day when we forget about it all and remind the people in our lives that they are important to us. All we need is love right?

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Beer Greetings custom Six Pack. What better gift than a six pack for the beer lover in your life. This is definitely one way to let them know you are “hoppy” to have them in your life. (see what I did there…)

Custom Calendar. Put all those Instagram pics you made him pose for to good use with a custom wall calendar of your favorite memories together.

Whiskey Wedge. If your guy is a whiskey drinker then he will love this gift. The jumbo ice cube chills your whiskey without watering it down. Because there’s nothing you need less than whiskey watered down..

Echo Dot. For the tech guy in your life, the Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more.

Letterpress Map Print. Go on your first trip together to Martha’s Vineyard over the summer? Vacationed in Hawaii? These maps are a great way to display some of your favorite memories together while adding an awesome decorative piece for your home.

xx Casey

Honey, Google Chrome Extension

Good Morning friends and Happy Thursday! Or should I say happy snow day for many of you? Working at a hotel has it’s advantages and disadvantages. One being that it never closes, so no snow days for me. But that’s okay because the morning commute was on point this morning. Let’s just see how the drive home is..

Anyway, today I am here to talk to you about something AMAZING and life changing I discovered – and just in time for that Valentines Day shopping! It is called Honey, and is a Google Chrome Extension that links up to your search bar. Honey searches the internet for discount codes, free shipping deals, and promotions that you can apply to purchases as you shop online. Before you check out, press the little Honey button and the deals will be automatically added to your cart. This was a total lifesaver during Christmas time let me tell ya.

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You can download Honey Here at the Chrome web store. Happy Shopping!

xx Casey