Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 report with pics

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22-updated 5/20 final head count - Sat, 05/22/10 10:24 PM
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It was a great day. Can't wait to do it again soon!

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22-updated 5/20 final head count - Sun, 05/23/10 8:40 AM
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The weather was certainly in our favor yesterday and a great time was had by all...

We had 14 folks altogether in attendance.

Also missing from the 1st group photo  posted Miami Don are Waltpiii who had to leave a little early as well as Paulde who also couldn't make it to the last stop...



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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Sun, 05/23/10 10:23 AM
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Great to meet the Roadfood gang.  The food was fabulous!  I had the Hash Benedict at Modern and Veal with Peppers at Angelo’s.  They were both Scrumptdidellyumptious!!!  Looking forward to the next get together.

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Sun, 05/23/10 11:58 AM
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To Dale and Beth . . . a big thank you for planning this event.  To everyone else who joined in, nice to see you again or nice to meet you . . . I enjoyed myself immensely!  Heading out to eat . . . ciao

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Mon, 05/24/10 1:34 PM
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It was a great day.  I enjoyed meeting new friends and seeing old friends.

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Thu, 05/27/10 1:20 PM
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Here are the photos that I took, along with a bit of narrative:

I missed breakfast at the Modern Diner, so my first meet-up was at Angelo’s Civita Farnese on Federal Hill in Providence.
Some of the folks that I was seated with were:
Waltpiii (I think…)

 
Paulde (I think…)
 

 
 
Our host, wanderingjew:

 
One-half of ayersian:

 
A couple of folks at my table opted for the house grinder.  It looks to me like it needs a little oil and vinegar!

 
Waltpiii, I believe, had this veal sub:

 
Wanderingjew had an antipasto salad:

 
Ayersian and I had the snail salad.  I believe this is scungilli, or sea-snail – sort of like conch.

 
I felt that the vinegar, hot peppers and oregano were the prominent flavors, and they sort of masked the “snail”.
After finishing at Angelo’s, we walked to DePasquale square, which is lined with small restaurants and shops.  Our destination was Palmieri’s Bakery and Caffe.

Here's the entrance to DePasquale Square on Federal Hill:


Palmieri's Bakery & Caffe 
 

The bakery had attractive wall paintings and décor (as well as pastries!).
 
Palmieri’s Counter

 
Here are some of the pastries:

 
And the delicious-looking gelato:

 
Here are some of the purchases by the group:
Red Velvet Cupcake

 
"Hostess" Cake

 
Some sort of rolled Italian Pastry with Cheese
 

By the way, that wild ring is on karilyn's hand!
 
Tomato Pizza Strip

  I got to taste the pizza strip, which is a local specialty.  It tasted like a nice thick-crust, tomato-sauce only pizza.  I wonder how it compares to the NJ tomato pies?

 
Foodosaurus immediately started disassembling his cupcake

 
Wanderingjew sent photos of pastry off to buffetbuster, I believe:

 
Bethgrd and an outstanding license plate! ( I don’t know whose car it is)

 
Our next stop was supposed to be Wein-o-Rama, but we got Travelin’-Manned, and it was closed.  We headed, instead, to Olneyville NY System, for Rhode Island Hot Weiners and Coffee Milk.

Hot Weiners and Coffee Milk
 

The greek meat sauce seemed a bit dry to me, and the “all the way” version with celery salt was very salty.  If you can imagine a coffee Yoo-Hoo, that’s what the coffee milk was like.  I’d have to try the hot weiner a few more times to figure out what would be my favorite way to order it.

 
Before we all departed, wanderingjew  whipped out some treats for the drive home:

Allie’s Doughnuts

 
I think that a good time was had by all, and I’d like to thank wanderingjew for taking the time to organize and host this event!
 
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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Thu, 05/27/10 9:29 PM
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Hello all ,

Great pics from what looks like a great meet , hope everyone had a good time .

Benzee

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Sat, 05/29/10 3:34 PM
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I think there should be a caption contest for this shot of Waltpiii.  My vote is this: "Whaddaya mean, no dessert?!?"  Chris

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Sat, 05/29/10 3:43 PM
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Great, great pics, Don!  Sorry I couldn't make it.  Those hot weiners and pizza strips look great.  If had known there was Allie's Donuts I would've blown off my friend (not really).  I think the pastry Karilyn is holding is a sfogliatelle, one of my all-time favorite Italian desserts!  

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Sat, 05/29/10 4:08 PM
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Just for you, billyboy - more Allie's Doughnuts courtesy of wanderingjew:


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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Sat, 05/29/10 4:19 PM
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You are a cruel, cruel man!!  

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22-updated 5/20 final head count - Sat, 05/29/10 9:00 PM
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Billyboy

You are SOOOOO correct that is very cruel punishment, I wanted to lick the screen.

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Sun, 05/30/10 3:43 PM
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Poor MiamiDon.  He did not have a good subject to photo.  In spite of my puss, i had a great time.
 
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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Sun, 05/30/10 3:49 PM
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This iis my face when I realized that i had missed the donuts!!

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Sun, 05/30/10 3:51 PM
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MiamiDon



I think there should be a caption contest for this shot of Waltpiii.  My vote is this: "Whaddaya mean, no dessert?!?"  Chris

This iis my face when I realized that I had missed the donuts!!
 
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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Mon, 05/31/10 8:15 AM
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We're sorry we missed this one! Looks like a great time was had by all.

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Tue, 06/1/10 9:37 AM
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My friend Terri and I had a great time.  Thanks, Beth and Dale, for all your work in putting this together.  The place I liked best was the Modern Diner.  Breakfast is my favorite meal and they make a wonderful breakfast.  My eggs over medium and corned beef hash (with a side order of linguica hash to taste and share with the table) were great.  The lobster grits were also tasty. 

The company was fun, the food was good and the weather was beautiful.  It was a great day!

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Tue, 06/1/10 1:49 PM
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Karen!  I'm so sorry I put the wrong name (Irisarbor) in the RFD post.  I have since changed it to your name, Ivyhouse, and added Terri, too.  It was so nice to hang out with you, though I did commit a cardinal RF sin at Angelo's: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's escarole in broth!    Chris

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Mon, 06/7/10 11:49 AM
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Here are some links to the web sites for some of the restaurants, etc, visited on the meet-up:
 
Modern Diner
 
Culinary Arts Museum
 
Angelo's Civita Farnese 
  
Palmieri's Bakery  (This review is of the other location)
 
Roadfood.com Review of Olneyville New York System
 
Olneyville New York System
 
Allie's Donuts
 
Ayersian's Photos and Comments in Roadfood Digest
 
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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Mon, 06/7/10 12:39 PM
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Karen!  I'm so sorry I put the wrong name (Irisarbor) in the RFD post.  I have since changed it to your name, Ivyhouse, and added Terri, too.  It was so nice to hang out with you, though I did commit a cardinal RF sin at Angelo's: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's escarole in broth!    Chris


Chris,  That's ok -- I saw the name change.  Irisarbor, I was proud to be known as you for a while!
 
How could I have forgotten about the escarole in broth?   You're right, Chris, it was delicious -- I finished the whole bowl!

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Mon, 06/7/10 12:55 PM
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A couple of folks at my table opted for the house grinder.  It looks to me like it needs a little oil and vinegar!
 
 

It needed more than oil and vinegar.  I got the grinder and was disappointed.  I am used to Italian heroes such as those at Casapulla's (sorry, no photo), with no boiled ham and substantially more and varied Italian cold cuts, and yes, a bit of oil and I believe they also sprinkle some oregano.  Also, the bread was very soft and I prefer a crustier roll.
 
However, the escarole and broth was great, and I tried Chris' snail (scungilli) salad and it was very tasty.  That might be because of the dressing on the salad, but nevertheless I liked it.  And the pizza strips at Palmieri's rounded out the Italian lunch very nicely!
 
This was my first meet 'n greet and what made the day for me was the enjoyable company.  I think I could have skipped, though, the glimpse behind the scenes of the shop next to Palmieri's.......!

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Mon, 06/7/10 12:59 PM
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Yes, some of the Italian oil+vinegar+oregano sub/hero/grinder dressing.  Perhaps that type of roll is customary in Providence?

After you mentioned the butcher shop back room, I was glad to have skipped it!

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Mon, 06/7/10 1:15 PM
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Smart move, Don.  After what I saw I will never look at bunny rabbits the same way again!

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Mon, 06/7/10 1:30 PM
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MiamiDon


Yes, some of the Italian oil+vinegar+oregano sub/hero/grinder dressing.  Perhaps that type of roll is customary in Providence?

After you mentioned the butcher shop back room, I was glad to have skipped it!

 
Not at all. Most of the Italian Rolls here are  crusty and glutinous very similiar if not identical to what I used to enjoy back in NY.
 
Although I've been to Angelo's only a handful of times (probably less) it's the most casual restaurant on the hill, and I usually stick to the typical "red sauce" traditional items since that is what they do best., in fact if I hadn't had so much for breakfast, I would have, although the antipasta salad was still pretty decent.
 
 

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Mon, 06/7/10 1:43 PM
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My friend Terri enjoyed her lasagna.  My first instinct was to go for a small serving of pasta with sauce, but then I saw the escarole and broth on the menu, and the grinder, and I thought "soup and sandwich" and I would take most of the sandwich back to the hotel, etc.

It was a very small miss in a day of many hits, as far as I am concerned.  And, it really is a matter of individual taste -- the young man across from me (I can't remember his name) also got the grinder and he really enjoyed it.

So, to each his own, and thanks to everyone for sharing so I could taste what you got! 
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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 - Mon, 06/7/10 2:14 PM
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 -- the young man across from me (I can't remember his name) also got the grinder and he really enjoyed it.

So, to each his own, and thanks to everyone for sharing so I could taste what you got! 



That was my friend Brian.  He has been raving about the Grinder since then.

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Re:Central Rhode Island Meet-n-Greet - May 22 report with pics - Tue, 06/8/10 7:09 PM
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I had the veal and peppers with a side of linguine.  I expected it to be a sauté but it was actually braised veal with green bell peppers.  The resulting sauce was fabulous.  Each bite of veal had the pronounced taste of the peppers.  A really great dish.
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