Monday, July 22, 2019

Sailing On The Adirondack III

Despite the oppressive heat it was a beautiful day for a cruise aboard the Adirondack III, The Classic Harbor Line's 80 foot schooner out of Rowe's Wharf.  

It was the Saturday morning Mimosa Cruise.  We joined about a dozen or so other guests, mostly young professionals, to enjoy the cool breeze, sunny skies, great views of the Boston Harbor and ice cold mimosas or whatever drink one wants.

We've been on other cruises where drinking was basically the name of the game.  This one is more the classy one.  Maybe it's the wooden schooner or the hoisting of sails, the lack of a dance floor and disco ball but everyone here was just relaxing, sipping, chatting and laughing, a perfect venue for a birthday celebration, a special weekend or a nice surprise before lunch reservations.

So, yes, we give a two thumbs up, way up, if you've graduated from the standard booze cruise and are looking for a great morning with friends or family.  You can't go wrong.

Classic Harbor Line
60 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
Telephone:  617.951.2460


We were invited on this cruise as members of the press/media with no promise of any editorial consideration.  

Friday, July 12, 2019

Karma Pizza Company In Newport

Another one of our favorite stops on the Newport Foodies Stroll was Karma Pizza Company on Thames.  Formerly Crazy Doughs, the place has been totally revamped and the menu now features some great thin crust offerings.  What was funny was that we had actually visited the place a few days earlier for a quick, delicious slice of the Balsamic And Ricotta which we highly recommend.  It's also a great late night stop when one has the munchies after a long day on the boat or at the beach.  They are open until 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Owner Paul Duffy (a Charlestown native) was there to greet us and could not have been more thrilled that I happened to be sporting my Karma Club hoodie that I picked up in Galway.

446 Thames Street
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.619.3343


We were invited on this food tour as members of the media with no promise of any editorial consideration.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Winner Winner In Newport

Next up on our Newport Foodies Stroll was Winner Winner.  Let's just say right at the outstart that this new spot in town is a TOTAL winner.  Even before this post we already had friends visiting here and raving about it.  Thank you, Dawn!  Our tour guides also informed us of several Newport resident Jay Leno sightings here.  

The Fried Chicken is incredible and so are those biscuits.  We also sampled the Mac 'N Cheese and a very good cole slaw.  If you're in Newport and love fried chicken, white or dark meat, you absolutely cannot go wrong at Winner Winner.

Winner Winner
677 Thames Street
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.848.CHIX


We were invited on this food tour as members of the media with no promise of any editorial consideration.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Harry's Bar And Burger Newport

Our second food tour in Newport was the Newport Foodies Stroll which also brought us to some new restaurants with great food.

First up was the Cheeseburger Slider at Harry's Bar And Burger and this was a great way to begin.  It was delicious and about half of those joining us on the tour voted it as their favorite.  It was a tough choice.  This was an excellent burger.  they also have locations in Providence and Lincoln, RI.

Harry's Bar And Burger
464 Thames Street
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.619.3617


We were invited on this tour as members of the media with no promise of any editorial consideration.

Friday, July 5, 2019


We stopped by MooYah recently, visiting the Boston Common location for a couple of burgers.  It's a quick, easy fix when you are out and about enjoying the city on these great summer days,  

We sampled the Mushroom Swiss Burger and the Cheddar Bacon Burger, both good.  All of the burgers are made with 100% Angus Beef and they also have Paleo and Gluten-Free options.  New on the menu are Turkey and Veggie burgers, too.

The Fries are good and the shakes are great.  What more could you ask for?

140 Tremont Street
Boston, MA  02111
Telephone:  857.277.0176


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Roots In Newport

Root Vegan Juice Bar and Eatery

Our tour of Newport continued this time with a stop for vegan options at Root on Broadway.  We enjoyed these very colorful smoothies called Green With Envy:  Avocado, Kale, Mango, Orange, Lime and Mint.  A very refreshing sip on a warm day.

6 Broadway
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.847.2727


Monday, July 1, 2019

Perro Salado In Newport

Funky Perro Salado served us up some very nice Mexican food and refreshing Margaritas while on the RI Red Food Tour.  There are two levels and outdoor seating which makes it fun in the warm weather and the place always seems full no matter when you go.

We enjoyed those succulent, melt-in-your-mouth ribs pictured above as we people-watched what seemed like a surprisingly international crowd.  It's also one of the few places where you will see Lobster Tacos on the menu.

19 Charles Street
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.619.4777


We were invited on this tour as members of the media whith no promise of any editorial consideration.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Flo's Clam Shack In Newport

The Clam Roll Plate at Flo's Clam Shack.

It's your classic clam shack:  popular, reasonable, consistent quality and within a very short walk from the beach.  What could be more New-Englandish?  Flo's Clam Shack.  Since 1936.

We stopped in for a late lunch on an overcast day and leisurely enjoyed the fried clams, scallops and, of course, chicken fingers and burgers for the kids.  It was all good.  The price is as expected.  What more can one say except that it embodies all of what one would expect?  The tables are picnic like, the plates paper, the trays red plastic and it has that funky sort of tiki bar feel that I am sure turns quite sudsy after dark.

Don't miss the seating on the upper floor for the better view and, yes, they have take out boxes but watch out for the sea gulls.

Flo's Clam Shack
4 Wave Avenue
Middleton, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.847.8141


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Nitro Bar in Newport

Nitro Vanilla Latte, Lemonade and Avocado Toast at Nitro Bar.

On our first full day in Newport we were lucky enough to be guests on a food tour hosted by RI Red Food Tours.  You may recall that we took one of these last year but this time around some new and very exciting restaurants have been added.  We were on the Newport Neighborhood Food Tour.

One of these turned out to be an instant favorite and a very cool place to hang out:  Nitro Bar.  Plus, the food and drink was great.  We sampled the excellent Nitro Vanilla Latte and the Avocado Toast, which now seems a bit of a cliche since we've had it so much, had a very flavorful addition of herbs and spices which hit all the right notes.  Unquestionably the best we've had in a sea of mundane, flat-tasting and even boring avocado toasts.  The coffee is cold brew, baby, and the snacks and sandwiches are served for breakfast and lunch.

We also liked the ambiance here with a clean, airy, light-filled space that was both comforting and modern.  It was also the best-looking crowd in town!  Call it a hipster meets classic, young preppy vibe where everyone is welcome

Morgan was our tour host.  With a flair for the theatrical, both amusing and informative, we have since made it a vow to refer to her from now on as "our favorite millennial."  Her jaunty, humorous, entertaining style made the tour very fun.

Did we like it?  Of course we did.  Will we go back?  You bet we will.

Given it was Pride Month it was great to see so many Newport businesses celebrating the diversity.  Congrats to all of you.

2 Pond Avenue
Newport, RI  02840


We were invited by Rhode Island Red Food Tours to enjoy this tour as members of the press/media with no promise of any editorial consideration.  Loved this tour and this place y'all.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tavern On Broadway In Newport

The Belle Ambiance Pinot Grigio would typically retail for about $10.00

The "Date Night" deal at Tavern On Broadway in the funkier, more hipsterish part of town, includes a bottle of wine, appetizer, main course and dessert all for $45.00 per COUPLE!  A great value.

We chose the appetizer from the "share" menu - fried calamari or tavern wings and the wings we have to say were good.

My dining companion went with the Grilled Sirloin and I had the French Dip(not pictured).  Both were okay but they were just that, certainly nothing that was a big standout but okay.  

Yes, it's a fairly good value for dining out on a Tuesday evening and the big draw seems to be an entire bottle of wine but the food was all-around mediocre.  If you can go into it without high expectations you'll be fine.  However, if you do your homework and can live with just a glass of wine there are other choices that will more fully satisfy you.  Or, if you want to do a bit more upscale and head out for just an appetizer and a glass or a cappuccino after dinner with a lot more ambiance you could do so in beautiful Newport for just a little less.  It all depends on what you consider a better value.

Tavern On Broadway
16 Broadway
Newport, RI
Telephone:  401.619.5675


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Jo's American Bistro In Newport

One of the many new restaurants we visited in Newport this year was Jo's American Bistro.  The two-level eatery with an airy, modern design just off Bellevue Avenue instantly became a hit with us.

We visited on a Wednesday evening and took advantage of the prix fixe dinner special.  This included a glass of wine, salad or soup and a main entree.  I had the Leek And Potato Soup (not pictured) which was excellent.  Companion diners chose the House Salad, a super fresh mix of greens with gorgonzola cheese.

The Shrimp And Pasta, made with cavatappi pasta, was a colorful and delectable hit.

I joined a fellow diner in ordering Chicken Piccatta.  It was served on a bed of delicious mashed potato and crispy green beans.  This was truly one of the best meals we had all week and the price of $20.95 made it the best value as well.  Truly a memorable meal.

We can really say that if you'll be in the Newport area soon this will be a great dinner destination.  The prix fixe special runs Sunday through Wednesday.  The service is excellent all around.  Don't forget to tell them that The Boston Foodie sent you.

Jo's American Bistro
24 Memorial Boulevard
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.847.5506


Monday, June 24, 2019

The Newport Food Tour 2019

We kicked off our week-long food tour of Newport, Rhode Island, last week visiting over fifteen restaurants, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and discovering lots of foodie and cultural finds.

We sipped prosecco at The Vanderbilt, overlooking the Harbor, enjoyed the view of Castle Hill from our balcony perch high atop Ocean Cliff, visited churches and galleries, strolled the mansions and Cliff Walk, had a day at the beach, spent time with friends and family, watched a Regatta and generally enjoyed every moment.

Over the next week we will be posting about our many dining experiences, from great to mediocre, with lots of new places to write about that are new this season.  Stay tuned for the adventure.  It's a must if you'll be visiting Newport soon or haven't been in years and want a refresher.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Visiting Portland, Maine

It had been at least twenty years since I last stepped inside Portland's city limits and all I could think of was what a difference two decades make. Ha!

It's a very nautical, seaside town, easily walkable and very, very cool.  There are actually very few chain restaurants here and refreshingly so.  Lots of small, indie shops with local flair and endless, great dining options.  Sure, it can be a bit hipsterish with the gaggles of bearded guys sporting suspenders and coiffed pompadours with ladies decked out head-to-toe in vintage clothing both filling the craft breweries.  I'll take colorful over bland any day.

The odd mix of mod and traditional, progressive yet measured gives the city a quirky yet likable feel, eccentric and classic at the same time and, yes, we can't wait to go back and explore the area more.