Weekend Recap: NJ Food Guide

I spent this past weekend with my family back home in Jersey to see my little sisters spring musical. It was The Little Mermaid and she was one of the eels. Despite being sick she killed it – awesome job Nina!

Besides going to see the play we had another thing on the agenda: hit up as many of my favorite North Jersey food stops in 24 hours as possible. It is safe to say I officially feel gross and I am ready to get back on track today – after I finish this bagel.

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When we arrived we started off having lunch at my all time favorite pizza place – Rose’s Pizza in Garfield. They have THE BEST Sicilian pie you will ever have. Also their Eggplant Parm is incredible and their sandwiches are so fresh and so big. If you are in the area you have to stop in. Order a Sicilian Pie – well done, sixteen slices. And don’t worry the leftovers are just as good.

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After the play we had to hit up White Castle. My boyfriend had never been so for his first time in North Jersey I skipped out on White Manna and went for some Murder Burgers. Fries, Onion Rings, Chicken Rings, Sliders, Chicken Breast Sliders, Mozzarella Sticks… OH. MY. GOD. Do I regret it? Maybe. Would I do it again? Probably.

The next morning we had to take a quick trip before breakfast to get a dozen bagels from Fairlawn Bagel to bring back to Jersey. I got a mix of Everything, Sesame, and a couple Cinnamon Raisin. Next time I am taking a page out of my cousins book and getting a dozen Everything Bagels.

After the bagel pit stop we had to hit up a Jersey Diner for Breakfast. We hit up the Cit Chat Diner in Lodi, and had some awesome breakfast food and even more laughs. I absolutely love when all of my cousins are together. After the diner we had to stop in at a Wawa and get some beverages for the road.

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The last stop on the way home was at Shake Shack for lunch. Now I have never had In and Out and I know there is a big debate between which one is better, but Shake Shack burgers are so incredibly flavorful. And the cheese fries are on point. Oh, and the shakes. My burger was a little too rare for my liking, but by the time I finished my fries I was so full I could not move.

We finished the journey home half dead in a food coma, and then immediately got into bed. I am very VERY ready for some lemon water and a nice salad for lunch today. How was your weekend?

xx Casey

Best RI Bars for St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day friends! This is the one day a year that everyone gets to be Irish for a day! Being Irish myself I can attest that we like to have a good time which is why it is no surprise that everyone loves to partake in this day of celebrating. So grab your Guinness, your shot of Jameson, a plate of Corned Beef and Cabbage and have a good time! And I know just the places to do it…

01 Murphy’s Providence which is half pub/half New York style deli. Pick up one of the most amazing Corned Beef Sandwiches right here! You might just see a certain someone here tonight… Website Here

02 McBride’s Pub is another one of my favorites. They have some great bartenders who are always good for a laugh and an all-around awesome vibe Website Here

03 Fat Belly’s – any of their five locations are bound to be a good time! Be careful – some locations are smaller than others. My suggestion? Head to the Warwick location which is a little bigger. Same great food and atmosphere without the “standing room only” feel of the smaller locations Website Here

04 Mc Kinley’s Pub in East Greenwich is sure to be a good time! Head over here late night for some cheap drinks and a lot of excitement. This place will definitely be packed!     Check it Out Here!

05 Doherty’s Ale House is the place to go for Beer lovers. With 100+ beers on tap you are bound to find something that you like Check it Out Here!

06 O’Brien’s Pub is the perfect place to go if you are from the Newport Area. Great food and great vibes all around. Patiently waiting for it to be summer time so I can spend my days on their patio outside Website Here

Of course there are tons of other bars and restaurants that are holding St. Patrick’s Day festivities, but if you pick one of these awesome Irish Pubs you are definitely bound for a good time!

xx Casey

Providence Oyster Bar, Federal Hill

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I want to start this post by saying I am kind of upset that I did not take any pictures during my Birthday Dinner at Providence Oyster Bar. But, with that said I think that is a testament to how wonderful the food and the service is here. I was having such a wonderful experience that I completely forgot to take a photo. I did not pick up my phone once, and that ladies and gentleman made for an even better evening. Put down the phones, enjoy your food, and enjoy your company.

Anyway, let’s get on to the good stuff. First of all or waiter was one of the most hospitable and engaging waiters I have ever had the pleasure of meeting at any restaurant I have been to. And it is such a shame I cannot remember his name because he was wonderful. I will definitely be back and I will update this post with his name for sure! He is a big reason that I will keep coming back.

We started our meal with a couple of different types of oysters. The Savage Blonde oysters from Prince Edward Island were my favorite of the ones that we tried. I paired the oysters with a glass of Domaine Chandon Rose, a sparkling Rose which is one of my favorites.

For my entrée I knew I wanted to treat myself with one of my favorite things – lobster. And boy was I eyeing the Lobster Saute. The dish consisted of fresh lobster meat, spinach, oven roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, saffron cream, and linguini pasta. This dish was incredible. Packed with so much flavor and SO MUCH lobster. I was in literal heaven. My boyfriend went with the special which was a Dijon Crusted Filet with truffle mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. That steak was cooked to perfection and I was in love with the creamy mashed potatoes.

To end the evening our incredible waiter surprised me with a scoop of their homemade fudge ripple ice cream with a candle to top it off. It was the perfect end to a perfect meal.

I cannot end this post without telling you about their incredible “Appy Hour”. On Monday’s from 4 – 6:30 and Tuesday through Sunday from 3 – 6:30 you can order from their Appy Hour menu that literally has everything you could ever want including dollar oysters, littlenecks, and cherrystones, as well as two dollar (giant) shrimp.

Providence Oyster Bar is located in the heart of Federal Hill, and is a must when visiting Providence!

xx Casey

The Shop, Fox Point

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I don’t know what it is about coffee shops, but they are probably some of my favorite places in the world. The sounds, the smells, the tastes, everything about them is so comforting. So this past Friday I visited one I have been wanting to go to for a while now, and that is The Shop on Wickenden Street in the East Side of Providence.

The place was busy for a late Friday morning, but I found myself a nice window seat in the corner of the shop. I walked up to the counter and was greeted by the incredibly welcoming staff. No stuffy baristas here… these guys were happy to help make suggestions, and made you feel at home. I ordered a Nitro Cold Brew which was served in the cutest mason jar for my beverage. For food I ordered the item I had been eyeing on Instagram for weeks- the avocado sprinkled with lime, red pepper flakes, and sea salt served with two slices of fresh ciabatta bread. The whole thing was served on the cutest wooden boards making for a perfect presentation.

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As I enjoyed my meal and worked on my bullet journal and blog content I was surrounded by the sounds of some of my favorite bands, The Head and The Heart & The Lumineers.  I wound up spending over an hour in the little shop enjoying my time, never wanting to leave.

This is one of the cozy shops that I will definitely be returning to often, and I suggest you stop by if you haven’t yet.

xx Casey

Eight Seas Pop-Up at The Dean

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The thing I love most about living in Providence is that there is always something new and exciting popping up throughout the city. Last night in particular my friends and I headed over to The Dean Hotel on Fountain Street for a taste of summer. It has been in the 50s the past couple days so that must mean it’s almost summer right? The Dean hosted their second Eight Seas Pop-Up Tiki Bar at the Bolt Coffee counter located in their lobby. After missing the first one I was very excited to finally get to go and taste the delicious drinks on their menu.

If you have never been to The Dean there is only one way I can describe it and that’s “cool”. Like really cool. Almost too cool.. I like to think of myself as hip, but these guys at The Dean take it to a whole other level. From the dim lights, to the neon signs, to the indie music playing in the background, I was loving the vibe. I have a whole post coming up about the different outlets located in The Dean (if you haven’t been to Faust yet – go!).

I went up to the counter and ordered the Lei Lani Volcano which was a mix of pineapple rum, coconut cream, lime, and guava soda. The bartender topped the drink with a flower and two bendy straws and I instantly felt like it was the middle of July. The drink was awesome. It was sweet without being too sweet, and the guava soda was an unexpected but very pleasant touch.

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Side note.. please don’t mind the drink picture – the moody atmosphere did not make for the best pictures!

Catch Eight Seas popping up at The Dean every third Monday of the month.  I am definitely looking forward to the next one.

xx Casey

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

 

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