Local Restaurants

Actually, the band’s name is Big Head Todd and the Monsters. But we dined at Red Stripe restaurant in East Greenwich, RI before the show and the mussels were, well, monsters. My cousin Claudia and her husband John invited us to the show. John had been a fan of Big Head Todd’s since he experienced […]


The second recipe I wanted to try from the new 177 Milk Street magazine was a chocolate-rum-prune cake that the author of the article about Claire Ptak’s Violet bakery in East London raved about. Ptak used whiskey and almond flour in hers but the author felt adjustments were required in order to make it easier […]

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Greasy Luck

December 13, 2016

Say what? There are many terms in everyday speech that are nautical in nature. Some are more common than others: A loose cannon refers to the damage that was done when a cannon became unbolted from it’s spot on a wooden war ship; fits the bill refers to items on a ship’s bill of lading […]


Hell Has Frozen Over

February 22, 2015

We have shoveled and blown snow and salted and just when we think we’re done we have to do it again. The never-ending winter onslaught has been so much in the news that I’m sure you’re all just as sick of hearing about it as we are of experiencing it. So I’ll stop the kvetching […]


Is All Irie, Mon

August 28, 2014

I have had the great fortune to see some of my favorite Reggae artists over the years, like Burning Spear in Providence, Jimmy Cliff in Hampton, NH, Bankie Banx in Anguilla, and Anthony B. in Negril. I missed the late, great Gregory Isaacs by one day, he was performing the night we were leaving Jamaica, […]


Espanol On My Mind

August 13, 2014

My oldest friend Teresa lives in Leeds, England and has a studio space in a building with many artists, writers, and other assorted creative folk. She has befriended a couple of young women who are embarking on an arts project that explores human relationships with the sea; curioseaty.wordpress.com. They are very interested in whales and […]


An Asian Inspired Week

May 21, 2014

We needed a post boat launch celebratory dinner, and opted to keep the calories somewhat under control with another sushi night, this time at A-Kitchen, a tiny hole in the wall on Rt. 6 in Fairhaven. It’s BYOB, which helps keep the prices down as well. We, our bottle of Chardonnay and us, that is, […]

The Five-Hour Dinner

May 19, 2014

I am never happier than when I get word that I get to spend time with one of my “brothers”. Mark and Dan Russell are that, and more, to me. This time Dan was going to be in Providence on business but unfortunately sans vehicle, or he would have spent his nights with us here […]