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

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

PVD Donuts, Providence

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Happy Monday after the Superbowl everyone! How ya feeling? Tired? Yeah me too. I may or may not have hit the snooze button a minimum of 10 times this morning. And it’s not like I can even ride the adrenaline of an exciting game because well.. it didn’t really turn out the way I wanted. But I digress. Today I am talking about something we can all agree on. Donuts.

PVD Donuts was one of the first specialty donut shops to pop up in Providence. At first they were pumping out donuts from the Sin bakery kitchen, but have since moved to their own location on Ives Street. They have been open for a couple of months now but hungry people still line up down the street for a sweet treat. Oh, and a Nitro Cold Brew of course from the incredibly delicious Nitro Cart.

I arrived at PVD around noon, and although there wasn’t much of a line there were about three types of donuts left. I had been dying to try the Rosewater and Pistachio donut however they were sold out. Instead, I went for the Lemon Grapefruit glazed donut. My boyfriend also got some jelly munchkins with a lemon liquor pipette. As sad as I was that I did not get to try the Rosewater donut, these donuts did not disappoint. The lemon/grapefruit glaze was refreshing and the poppy seeds baked into the donut gave it a nice texture.

Now the one thing I need to point out about these donuts is the texture. If you are looking for a fluffy and airy donut this is not the place for you. These donuts are dense, almost like a cake donut. They are heavy and will keep you full all morning long.

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Definitely give PVD Donuts a try the next time you are on the East Side.

xx Casey

Felicia’s Coffee, East Greenwich

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Hello Friends! I am back again with another coffee shop recommendation because as we all know by now, coffee shops are my thing. Lucky for me Rhode Island is full of incredible ones, and today I am here to talk about one of my all time favorites. Felicia’s is located in East Greenwich and was a staple for me when I lived there for a year. But living in Providence now has not stopped me from driving the 20 minutes to get a cup of coffee. Go ahead, call me crazy.

Felicia’s is truly everything you could ever want in a coffee shop.  First off the coffee is incredible. Each time I go I always order the Iced Flavor of the day is. This varies by day and they always have a flavor of the day for Decaf, Regular, Iced, and Hot coffee options. They also have incredible baked goods (try one of their muffins!), pastries, bagels, and my favorite.. the homemade cream cheeses. They have a ton to choose from but I am partial to the garlic & herb. Jalapeno is a close second. Get that on a toasted poppy seed or everything bagel and I am golden.

Besides their incredible coffee & food items, the atmosphere at Felicia’s is second to none. They have plenty of tables for everyone, both inside and outside, as well as some soft seating near the fireplace. Still need a place to sit? They have some seating options at the counter as well. Throughout the day there are people gathering to chat, work, and read in Felicia’s comfortable setting. I love going there to work on upcoming blog posts, write in my bullet journal, and just relax outside of the house.

If you haven’t been to Felicia’s yet you are missing out. And I know how you Rhode Islanders are.. do not be intimidated by the drive. Every sip of that coffee will be worth it.

xx Casey

Rebelle Artisan Bagels Pop-Up

As a girl from northern New Jersey I like to think of myself as a bagel connoisseur. Every time I visit the fam I ditch the diet and have a bagel sandwich almost everyday…and then get a dozen to bring back with me for my freezer. Since the day I moved up to Providence I have been on the hunt for some amazing quality bagels and to tell you the truth.. it’s been hard. There really is a lack of homemade bagel shops up here in little Rhode Island. The struggle. But when a friend of mine told me about Rebelle Artisan Bagels I was intrigued. I immediately started following their Instagram and smiled at the sight of those everything bagels. So when I heard they were hosting a Pop Up Bagel Shop with Laughing Gorilla Catering (currently located inside Kitchen on Carpenter Street) I knew I had to go.

And boy am I happy I did..

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I knew going into it that there was going to be a line. Kitchen is small and only has three larger booths and two two-person booths. So despite it being a little chilly outside I was ready for the wait. After about an hour and a half it was finally my turn to go in, and sat down in a cozy two-seater booth. With a cup of warm coffee in hand I was ready to order the grilled cheese with thick cut bacon on the everything bagel I had been dreaming about. The sandwich consisted of three types of cheese – American, Sharp Cheddar, and Gouda, as well as the thickest bacon I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. But the star of the show? The bagel of course, which was cooked perfectly, and made to order. A welcome addition to the everything bagel spice mix? The caraway seeds that brought a different level of flavor to the game. The homemade chips and pickled vegetables that came with the sandwich were the perfect side pieces to the main event. I left full and happy. It also helped that everyone was so friendly and really knew how to make you feel welcome.

I am so excited to see where Rebelle Artisan Bagels owner & chef Milena Pagan takes these bagels next. Wherever it is i’ll be there, and so should you.

xx Casey