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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

1 Mar
Ready for another two weeks of dinners?

Ready for another two weeks of dinners?

It’s Wednesday! We are officially halfway through the first week back to school after our February vacation week, and what a busy week that was! I think I needed a vacation from the vacation. We had visits from family and lots of appointments all week long, and the week flew by. Because we had family in from out of state, our menu was reflective of that, and we ate a few things we don’t always have, special items our guests can’t always get to eat where they live. We also took a ride down to the beach one afternoon, and even though it was too chilly to actually be IN the ocean, it was certainly a beautiful sight to see and reminded me that summer isn’t too far away!

With that thought in mind, here is our two week menu for you with links to the recipes if I have them.

SUNDAY: Chicken with garlic wine sauce and mushrooms. Recipe is here.

MONDAY: President’s Day holiday and the day our first guest arrived. We opted to eat dinner out that night. We ordered in, and everyone got what they wanted at the various restaurants on this particular street. One restaurant, Mosaic, is new to our area and offers Middle Eastern fare, so that was our gift to our guest, and something she doesn’t get to have very often. Those who didn’t want that option ordered in Chinese and Mexican. It was a very culturally diverse dinner table for sure!

TUESDAY: Chourico and peppers. There are many different versions of this Portuguese recipe. My husband’s recipe is made with peppers and tomato sauce. This is great in a sandwich or on the plate. It is something we don’t get to have often so it was a treat for us too!

WEDNESDAY: Hot dogs, chicken burgers, tater tots

THURSDAY: Baked fish with crabmeat and crumb topping, gluten free

A special dessert to cap off a week filled with special meals

A special dessert to cap off a week filled with special meals

FRIDAY: Our second guest arrived. We had a big family dinner of pasta, meatballs and Chicken Parmesan,  with both sides of the family at the table, and we got a special dessert from a local ice cream restaurant, Newport Creamery, which is unique to our area. The dessert was a Jimmy Roll. Jimmies are chocolate sprinkles and the ice cream roll is made out of French Vanilla and Chocolate ice cream.

SATURDAY: Marinated London Broil with red roasted potatoes, coleslaw and broccoli. Marinade recipe is here.

SUNDAY: Lasagna, both gluten free and regular versions were made

MONDAY: Grilled kielbasa with a potato and egg omelet. The omelet used the leftover potatoes from Saturday’s dinner.

TUESDAY: Teriyaki Chicken breasts cooked on the grill with rice and salad using a gluten free sauce

WEDNESDAY: Leftover lasagna

THURSDAY: Honey Sesame Chicken in the crock pot. Recipe can be found here.

FRIDAY: Liz’s Meatloaf Burgers. Recipe here

SATURDAY: Dinner out on the way to a weekend event. Time to plan another two weeks of meals!

Just seeing it reminds me that summer is almost here!

Just seeing it reminds me that summer is almost here!