When sitting down to eat inside the Bay Voyage Inn's waterfront dining room, the view of Narragansett Bay expands to the horizons, the waters calm and blue beneath a cordial sky visible through the wall-spanning windows. The Victorian-style house feels so rooted here that it's hard to believe it was actually built across the bay on Aquidneck Island and was floated on a raft to its current roost. Ever since that day in 1889, the classic Victorian beach house has rested no more than 40 feet from the shore on Conanicut Island, with its myriad windows forever turned toward the bay. No longer a house, it now contains a traditional New England inn and gourmet restaurant.
In the Bay Voyage's kitchen, head chef Casey Shea whips up American dishes with local and organic fish and produce to form recipes of his own invention. During the resort's holiday brunches, which have earned the title of the state's best brunch from Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, he lays out eggs benedict, carving meats, and house-made pastries. Servers ferry these plates, and those of lunch and dinner services, to white-clothed tables throughout the nautical-themed dining rooms. An 1890s-style lounge area with a bar finished in dark mahogany stands toward the front of the house to welcome patrons and confuse visiting time travelers.
From balconies in any of the inn's 33 one-bedroom suites, guests can peer out at sailboats cavorting by the bridge and along the bay. Each room contains Victorian furniture and all the modern creature comforts of home. Outside the rooms, a host of amenities such as a fitness center, outdoor pool, and hot tub let guests exercise or relax. With just a short walk along the harbor, guests can explore Jamestown's historic buildings or take on an afternoon of windsurfing and parasailing.
When you stay at The Hotel Viking - A Noble House Hotel in Newport, you'll be in the historical district and minutes from Redwood Library and Athenauem and Touro Synagogue. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Touro Synagogue and White Horse Tavern.
Make yourself at home in one of the 209 air-conditioned rooms featuring CD players and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and body treatments. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a health club, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and wedding services.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a ballroom and banquet facilities. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Fans of Nikolas Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this Newport hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this pizzeria has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Wifi is on the house at Nikolas Pizza, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Nikolas Pizza.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Nikolas Pizza, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times.
Casual dining at its best, Nikolas Pizza customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
You can also serve food from Nikolas Pizza at your next party — the pizzeria offers catering.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria and enjoy!
Drivers will be happy to know that Nikolas Pizza is located near many street and lot parking options.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Nikolas Pizza is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Feeling hungry? Get the best bang for your buck at Nikolas Pizza, a local restaurant.
Nikolas Pizza accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Nikolas Pizza.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Nikolas Pizza.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Nikolas Pizza, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
Nikolas Pizza serves up great pieces of pizza in an even better atmosphere for entertaining you and your gang.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Nikolas Pizza and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Newport's Mama Leone's, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Mama Leone's has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this pizzeria won't disappoint.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
Mama Leone's is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Mama Leone's' low-key style is the perfect match.
Choose wisely. Wait at home for delivery or come into this pizzeria for carryout.
Call Mama Leone's for catering if you have a big event coming up.
At Mama Leone's, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
Mama Leone's is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
Convenience is essential at Mama Leone's, and food is served from morning until night.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Mama Leone's come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Mama Leone's' pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
So grab a group of friends and head to Mama Leone's, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Mama Leone's and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Mama Leone's is well worth every penny!
So pay the highly-rated Mama Leone's a visit today and enjoy some tasty and classic Italian dishes.
Whether you prefer white or red, 22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille has a large selection of the finest wines.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille offers a wide selection of wines, as well as multiple TVs for viewing sports.
Plan your next big gathering at 22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions.
For comfortable outdoor service, 22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille sets up a seasonal patio.
Reserve your table ahead of time if you're heading over to the bar on a Friday and Saturday — it can get quite crowded during the weekend.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and 22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille will ensure that it is delicious.
At 22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille, you can easily find street parking just steps away from the door.
At 22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Supper is exceptional, though the bar also offers breakfast and lunch.
So grab your friends and head to 22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille, where you can expect only the best flavor out of every glass.
You don't have to be a meat-lover to enjoy this steakhouse (though it can't hurt). Come to 22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille and see what the highly-rated menu is all about.
22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille serves up steaks that are filled with endless flavor notes, so head on over today and see what the buzz is all about.
Buon appetito! Eat your heart out at Newport's Sardella's, where the freshest, five-star fare will fill any Italian appetite.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Sardella's.
At Sardella's, you can enjoy a bite to eat and bring your own beverages to wash your meal down.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Worried about taking a big group out for a night on the town? Sardella's has you covered with private rooms made for loud parties.
At Sardella's, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Reservations are available for those who prefer to skip the waiting game.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Sardella's — it's strictly casual.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Call Sardella's for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Drivers rejoice! Sardella's offers validation for those who park in the lot next door.
Travel by bike to Sardella's and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Meals at Sardella's are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Sardella's.
So get ready to discover all the best flavors of Italy under one roof at Sardella's.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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