Eno is hands down the best place to buy wine, and they even have a whole wall filled with $11 and under fine wines. They taste amazing and the price is even better. Stop in to shop around and join their wine tastings. Find out more about when and what they serve for the tastings here.
1. Balnea – Imported from Spain and pair it with Asturian beans with clams 2. Petite Crau – Goes great with Beef Stew 3. Adega De Pegoes – Pairs well with Salmon Wellington 4. Flying Solo – a blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier 5. Lechuza Garnacha 6. Follies – Works well with Salmon Crochet 7. Les Heretiques
Enjoy these great finds and so many more at Eno.
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Have you ever had a great meal and wondered who was behind that tasty creation? We decided to take all that guesswork out and show you the mind behind the dish. Our first interview was with Executive Chef Dave Johnson, of Local 121. It was so awesome to get to know his background, cooking process and all the fun that goes into working there.
If you haven’t tried Local 121 yet, you need to! It’s a must for those who are enthusiastic about organic, fresh and locally grown dishes. Their menu is fantastic and there’s always something delicious to try.
Where did you learn to cook?
I never went to culinary school, I learned in the kitchen. I’m a very hands on learner, so it was the easiest for me. To come up through all these different kitchens and really pick the Chef’s brains and learn different techniques.
You said you’ve worked through different kitchens, what’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in that process?
I’ve always gone by the value of keeping it simple. Just the idea of keeping food simple. All these farmers produce the most amazing vegetables, herbs, greens all that stuff. It’s really tough as a chef to take an ingredient like that and fuss with it too much. What we try to do at here Local 121, is showcase what all the farmers are doing. So you don’t want to overplay it, you don’t want to overdo it.
Would you say that the main difference from Local 121 and other restaurants, is the local, fresh, farmer’s market vibe?
Yeah I would say there is that difference to a lot of restaurants, but there are a lot of other restaurants that are doing similar things to what we’re doing. We just have the title Local 121.
Do you like to listen to music while you cook?
Yeah the radio is always on here. Anything rock or folk, it all depends on the mood that you’re in. I was talking to my wife about being really tired and working your 6th or 7th day in a row and putting something really obscure on, like free jazz, or something that has a lot of different movements. Something that you normally wouldn’t listen to on an everyday basis but you really get into it because you’re mind is so tired that you zone into it. It helps you get through the day.
Salty or Sweet?
I’m a big advocate of salty and sweet. I do tend to go towards those flavors. You start with that one particular ingredient and grow from there. There’s so many aspects that go into it. There’s got to be a crunch to it, there’s got to be some acid to it, there has to be visual appearance to it. There are so many different elements that go into it.
If you were a dish, what would you be?
I think it would be like pork belly, or bacon. We were doing this whole thing, and playing around with the menu. It’s a play on oysters, pork and beer. We’ve always joked in the Kitchen that we would name a band Oysters, Pork and Beer. We just thought that the idea of all those ingredients going together was kind of fun. We’ve been doing this dish where we have a beer battered oyster and we added pickles. Oysters, pork, pickles and beer. Because we all love pickles. So it’s beer battered, fried oyster on top of dill pickles with bacon lardons.
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The best part about living in a city, there’s always something fun to do after work. Getting together with friends and going out for a few drinks is always the best way to end the day.
Doesn’t that sound like an awesome week. $1 tacos? Add a sangria to that and I’m sold. So mark your calendars, grab your friends, and open up a tab.
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Movies on the Block is back for it’s 6th season! Grab some food and drink at Tazza Caffe, bring a beach blanket and chairs, tell your friends, and head down to Westminster St. to watch your favorite movies under the stars! Always FREE! Movies start at dusk.
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If you didn’t already know, Providence Restaurant Weeks is a major event that lasts from July 8 to the 21st. Your favorite restaurants participate and set up a special menus for it. Three-Course, Prix Fixe Lunch $14.95 and Three-Course, Prix Fixe Dinner $29.95. Just to name a few, Aspire, Bravo, Gracie’s, Hewtin’s Dogs, Local 121 and Tazza will be participating. If you want to know more about what’s in store for these tasty weeks, check out Go Providence.
We also found a few menu’s for you to get excited about. So take a look, get your apetite ready, and enjoy the culinary-filled weeks ahead.
Gracie’s will be closed from Sunday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 11th. They will be participating during the following dates: Thursday 7/12 – Saturday 7/14. Tuesday 7/17 – Saturday 7/21. Tuesday 7/24 – Saturday 7/28. To find out the hours of all the participating restaurants and more info, visit Go Providence.
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Happy 4th of July everyone from your friends at In Downcity!
7. Small Point Cafe
8. Queen of Hearts & Modern Love
We couldn’t get all our members in on this photo-op but keep up with your favorites here on our blog.
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RI PrideFest & 36th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 – 8:00 pm: South Water Street, Providence
New England’s second largest pride celebration features the largest GLBT Marketplace and Business Exposition in the region with a mix of national and local entertainment. The RI PrideFest also features the Kidz Pride Zone, an area specifically created for children, kids and families. The diverse offerings at the PrideFest draw a mix of individuals and families of all ages.
RI Pride is pleased to announce headlining PrideFest 2012, Top Finalist from The Voice, American Idol, Grammy Nominee and a Broadway Star, Ms. FRENCHIE DAVIS! Logon to prideri.com for more information about the entertainers!.
8:30pm: RI Pride’s Illuminated Night-Time Pride Parade
Begins at Dorrance and Fountain Streets – New England’s only night pride parade is one of the highlights of RI PrideFest. The RI Pride Night Parade is a dazzling display of floats, performing artists, marching groups and spectators that wind through downtown Providence and culminate at the RI Pride Reviewing Stand at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Weybosset Street. Logon to www.prideri.com for more information or to download a parade application.
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Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, so we thought this shopping guide might come in handy. On top of all these great gift options, you can always treat him to a nice meal. Grab a cold beer at Trinity Brewhouse or get chicken wings at Cuban Revolution. Click here to find more great places to take dad out to eat!
1| Red Dreamy Oxfod HOBD – Wharf 2| Bit & Little Bit Tie – Craftland 3| Cheap Monday V-neck T-Shirts – only $16 at Wharf 4| Big Varisty French Terry Cardigan – Wharf 5| Maiden Noir shorts – Clover 6| Maiden Noir Sweater – Clover 7| Concorde Sunglasses – Wharf 8| Rhode Island Map Cufflinks and Letterpress Type Cufflinks – Crafland 9| Handcrafted Pocket Notebooks – Crafland 10| Boot Co. Counterpane Chukka – Wharf 11| Sock It To Me, men’s socks – Homestyle 12| Father’s Day Cards – Homestyle 13| Baxter Travel Kit – Wharf – TSA approved 2oz. tubes. The kit includes : Daily Face Wash, oil free moisturizer, super close shave formula, after shave balm, daily protein shampoo, two cleansing bars, and custom travel bag. 14| Specialty books – Homestyle 15| Bifold Card case – Wharf 16| Shara Porter Hand Printed Fine Leather Wallet – Craftland
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Food and Drink
Industry Night @ Aspire,311 Westminster St.
1/2 price apps,$8 martinis and 10 minute “readings” by Mother Mystic for those who work in the service industry
5pm,Complimentary valet parking
Margarita Monday @ Viva Mexico. $5 Margaritas(however you like it). 131 Washington st.
After work Raw Bar @ Tazza. $1 Oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail & 50 cent littlenecks. Mon-Fri from 4-6pm. 250 Westminster st.
Happy Hour @ McCormick & Schmick’s. 11 Dorrance Street. $3.95 1/2 pound Cheeseburger,$3 120z Coors Light Draught. Check out the rest of the menu which includes Arugula Pesto Pizza & Black Mussels. Everything between $2.95-$5.95. Everyday:3:30-6pm and 10-midnight
40 cent Wings, $3 drafts & Imports,$2 all domestic @ Cuban Revolution. 50 Aborn St.
Weekly Dance and Fitness Classes Starting @ 95 Empire Street/AS220
Drop-in Dance classes $13/6 Class Package $60
Yoga and kickboxing, $6
Check Sight for Schedule
DJ Nook @ Local 121,121 Washington St.
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Food and Drink
Complimentary Wine Tasting @ ENO Fine Wines
Every Saturday, 3-5pm.
Flan Y Ajo,225 Westminster St, is BYOB and has really cheap,delicious tapas and deserts.Also this is a really good place to go on a date because you can sit in the cozy window booth, and there are little trays for your food and bottle of wine.
Happy Hour @ McCormick & Schmick’s. Everything between $2.95-$5.95. Everyday:3:30-6pm and 10-midnight. 11 Dorrance Street.
4-7pm-FREE Irish Traditional Music,Every Saturday @AS220.115 Empire st.
Pop Up Gallery-FREE
ISN’T NUTHIN @Salon, 57 Eddy ST.
FREE, 21+, 10pm
Tallahassee/The Way Home/Castle/Tall Tall Trees/Christopher Paul Stelling @ Local 121,121 Washington St.
$3-$5,10pm,21+ in the Taproom
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