Archive | April, 2017

What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Looking to eat out?

26 Apr

Looking for some dining out adventures and recommendations?

Welcome to a slightly different version of What’s for Dinner Wednesday. Normally I provide you with a recipe or a two week menu plan to help inspire your home-cooked meals.

Not this week.

It’s been some time since I’ve done a blog post, and a big part of the reason why has been work-related. I have had several big projects that I have been working on for The Providence Journal, and I can now share two of those three projects with you!

Take some advice from those who have been there and visit some of our great local restaurants with your family!

The first is a piece that I did about dining out as a family in Rhode Island. If you are a Rhode Islander or live close to the state, or maybe you’ll be visiting the state, I have gathered together some family dining recommendations for you that are great for eating out as a family. You can find that link here.

Looking for meal deals when dining with kids? Check out a few ideas here.

In addition to that piece, I also compiled a list of restaurants both local and chain, that offer kids’ meal deals. Sometimes it’s on a certain day of the week, sometimes there is a required adult meal purchase, but every time there is some sort of deal for kids. Kids can often dine for free or at least dine for less, if you explore your options. This piece will start you off on the right foot, finding out who’s got great deals for kids.

Sharing their love for Syria, the owners of Mosaic hope to introduce many to the traditions and culture of their home country.

Locally, I’ve had the great fortune of being able to explore a wonderful Syrian restaurant that recently opened in Cranston, RI, and that is the second project that I’m sharing with you today. The name of the restaurant is Mosaic, and it’s located in a great part of our city with lots of international dining spots on the same street. Over time I’ve not only gotten to try some delicious new foods, but I’ve also gotten to learn a lot about the Syrian culture and traditions. For example, Ramadan is coming up, and I learned about many of the traditional foods and beverages that are used to break the fast, which takes place from sunrise to sunset.

The decor in Mosaic is stunning, and you feel as if you are there in Syria, enjoying your food among the lovely Syrian people.

Mosaic will be specializing in traditional Ramadan offerings during May and June, when the holiday will take place this year. I’ve truly enjoyed meeting the owners and family members at Mosaic and I am looking forward to visiting them again soon. You can read my dining review of Mosaic here, and learn more about the Syrian culture by reading my feature piece here. Thanks to my friend Shelley for the photos of the Mosaic pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next project I was working on over the past few weeks’ time will be running at the end of May, and I will be sure to share it with you then. I’ve been busy, busy, busy and you won’t be disappointed!

Until that time however, be sure to be on the lookout for my next post. I promise to give you some meal inspiration for eating in, with a special twist.

How’s that for a teaser?!

 

What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Two weeks of meals

5 Apr

Ready for another two weeks of dinners?

Has two weeks already gone by?
I can’t believe it’s already time for a two-week menu list for you. The weeks are flying. We have made it through February and March, which tend to be rough, so onward to and through April!

Here are two weeks of menu inspiration for you from our last meal cycle. We did have to make some on-the-spot changes and revisions, but this was our original list:

Sunday: Eggplant Parmesan

Monday: Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Tuesday: Antipasto

Wednesday: BBQ Ribs and Cole Slaw

Thursday: Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Friday: Taco in a Bag (this was a birthday party dinner)

Saturday: Shaved steak sandwiches with cheese, onions, peppers and mushrooms

Homemade pizza is the best and we like to mix up the varieties from time to time. Here are our ingredients for the Hawaiian and veggie pizzas.

Sunday: Whole chicken dinner

Monday: Grilled Kielbasa

Tuesday: Chicken Marsala

Wednesday: Pork Chops

Thursday: London Broil

Friday: Homemade pizzas (This week we made one Hawaiian pizza, one veggie pizza, and one cheese pizza.)