Tuesday, April 28, 2015

CAREFULLY CRAFTED SANDWICHES AT NEWPORT'S ROSEMARY & THYME CAFE

Rosemary & Thyme Artisan Cafe is a hidden gem of Newport, Rhode Island. This cozy spot is tucked in, but just close enough to all of the hustle and bustle of Thames Street. For breakfast, choose from a variety of pastries (muffins, turnovers, bagels) and hot/iced coffees. The pastries go quick!

Rosemary & Thyme offers a variety of tasty sandwiches for lunch. I enjoyed "The Ultimate Grilled Cheese" with bacon, cheddar and caramelized onions on sour dough bread. It was very flavorful and filling. There are several pork sandwiches on the menu, along with the "Verona Chicken" which includes marinated grilled chicken, smoked bacon, caramelized onions and Gorgonzola cheese. There are several salads and flatbread pizzettes on the menu with funky toppings like sweet potato mash and even poached pears. Rosemary & Thyme has several vegetarian selections including a vegetarian grilled cheese with spinach, leeks and oven roasted tomatoes and a "Tuscan Sandwich" with mozzarella and tomatoes.

Rosemary & Thyme is open for breakfast and lunch. They have been voted "Best in Rhode Island" for "Best Sandwich & Grilled Cheese."

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Monday, April 27, 2015

LOBSTER TOUR 2015: THE FIRST LOBSTER ROLL OF THE SEASON!

After the winter we just experienced, I'm ready for the summer. This summer, I'm going to sample as many lobster rolls around New England as possible. It's Eat Up New England's Lobster Tour 2015!

This weekend, I enjoyed my first lobster roll of the season. This warm lobster roll with melted butter is from the Bonefish Grill in Newington, Connecticut. It came with fries and coleslaw as any good lobster roll should. You can also order it cold. I kept the summer trend going, enjoying strawberry shortcake for dessert. The lobster roll is always on the menu, but the shortcake is a special right now. , , ,

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TEMPTING TOTS AT THE WHARF PUB IN NEWPORT

The beer is flowing and some unique and tasty menu items are coming out of the kitchen at The Wharf Pub in Newport, Rhode Island. The Wharf offers a bunch of local and non-local beers on tap and by the can. I was happy to order a Wachusett Blueberry draft. There are also many wines to choose from.

You've got to order some tater tots at the Wharf. These aren't your ordinary tots. The Big Pen tots are wrapped in bacon with cheese sauce, scallions and BBQ sauce. Mmm. We enjoyed the Truffle Tots, which are tossed with herbs and truffle oil and served with black garlic crema for dipping. They are so good. Other apps include friend pickles, beef sliders, shrimp, wings and calamari. The Wharf also has a raw bar and seafood chowder.

There are several salads and burgers for lunch and dinner. Their grilled cheese made with Texas toast looks quite tempting. Some of their more unique entrees include BBQ pork mac & cheese, friend chicken & waffles, shrimp grits, and their Big Hoss Pork Chop. I ordered some pasta during this visit,  their Capellini al Fresca. It's served with a generous portion of shrimp, capellini pasta topped with shredded romano. Very tasty and filling.

Cheesecake and panna cotta are among the desserts. There are also several vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu. 

The Wharf Pub is one of the newer restaurants in downtown Newport and Eat Up New England is already a fan! I'm looking forward to sitting out on their back deck when the weather warms up.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

FREE GRILLED CHEESE!

Roxy's Grilled Cheese is giving away free grilled cheeses until 3pm by The Lenox Hotel in Boston! You can choose from their classic melt or Green Muenster. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BEN & JERRY'S BEER IS COMING

Ben & Jerry's is getting into the beer business. The Vermont-based ice cream maker announced they are working with New Belgium Brewing to bottle Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale. The beer will hit shelves this fall. Both companies hope to use the money made to raise awareness about global warming. Will chocolate chip cookie dough beer be next? Let's hope so.

THE MAYOR'S MARINARA SAUCE!

Buddy Cianci is a legend in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the mayor for many years, and yes he even did a little time behind bars. As a proud Italian, Cianci has been selling his own spaghetti sauce for years. I was surprised to see you can still buy it at a shop called Only in Rhode Island in Newport, Rhode Island. This must be some good stuff because one jar is $7.95. ,

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

IT'S FREE CONE DAY!

Ben & Jerry's is rewarding its customers with free ice cream today. It's their annual "Free Cone Day." You get a free scoop in a cone or a cup. I was at their Newport, Rhode Island location on Thames Street. There were lots of people but the line moved very fast. 
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