Gray’s Ice Cream: Coffee Chip

A cup of coffee chip at Gray's Ice Cream.

After last fall’s botched attempt to try Gray’s Ice Cream, I decided to give it another try this spring. Their Bristol location officially opened for the season on May 8, and I arrived the next day despite the cold and windy weather. I had to sit in my car waiting for them to open for the day, since apparently they don’t expect people to want ice cream before noon.

I tried their chocolate, which was quite tasty — more of a light malt chocolate than a rich dark flavor. But I ultimately opted for their coffee chip since the coffee is their specialty, along with a scoop of regular chocolate chip for comparison. The woman working there told me they had just brought in the batch of coffee chip that day, and you could tell — the texture was perfectly soft and creamy. I guess ice cream is more like bagels than I thought — the fresher, the better. The chocolate chip was fine, but nothing special. Overall, it’s no Handel’s, but it’s a much shorter drive to Bristol than Ohio, and that’s not to be overlooked.

Gray’s Ice Cream
16 East Road
Tiverton, RI 02878

259 Thames Street
Bristol, RI 02809

RISD Art Sale

There was ideal weather for an outdoor art show this past Saturday.

This past Saturday, the RISD Alumni Spring Art Sale brought together dozens of artists for an outdoor showcase of paintings, photographs, glass and ceramics, jewelry, and clothing. Although many of the artists are local, the alumni come from all over the world to sell their art at the RISD sales. As you browse through the diverse collection, you might find some unique gifts — or like us, something for yourself. We purchased from three local artists — a collage from Carolina Arentsen, two small original paintings from Ann Rozhon, and a sketch from RISD student Jesen Tanadi (as part of the student art silent auction).

If you missed the sale, catch the next one — there’s three in Providence each year.

Upcoming Rhode Island School of Design Art Sales:

Alumni & Student Fall Art Sale 2010
on October 9, 2010 from 10am-4pm
on Benefit Street (rain or shine)

Alumni Holiday Art Sale 2010
on December 4, 2010 from 10am-5pm,
at Rhode Island Convention Center

For more information:

Related Artists:

Carolina Arentsen

Ann Rozhon

Jesen Tanadi

The Giant Meatball of Federal Hill

Polpette Grande, the Giant Meatball, at Siena Restaurant on Atwells Ave.

As a pisan, I love Federal Hill.  I love the little start-up espresso shops, the abundance of Italian grocery items at Venda Ravioli, and the tasty treats at Pastiche. But perhaps most of all, I love the giant meatball, or as they say in Italian “Polpette Grande.” This appetizer at Siena Restaurant on Atwells Ave consists of an enormous meatball made from ground sirloin, veal and pork, topped with San Marzano marinara and a large scoop of a homemade ricotta cheese. My phone camera photo truly doesn’t do it justice — you’ll have to go and see (and taste) for yourself. Overall, the food at Siena is quite good. But it’s that giant meatball that keeps me coming back.

Siena Restaurant
238 Atwells Avenue
Providence, RI
(401) 521-3311
5600 Post Road
East Greenwich, RI
(401) 885-8850

Venda Ravioli
265 Atwells Avenue
Providence RI 02903

Pastiche Fine Desserts
92 Spruce Street
Providence, RI
(401) 861-5190‎