ladies who l u n c h

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On Saturday M gave me my first taste of Olga’s Cup and Saucer.  I was blown away by the extensive menu and peaceful garden outside, but a warm May morning and a secret spot by the river beckoned (as they do).  So we ordered brown bag breakfasts and went dockside.  Of course this meant returning to experience the outdoor dining area as soon as possible was nonnegotiable…

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It was quite serendipitous, then, when Duck & Bunny‘s Monday hours (or rather, lack thereof) called for a quick change of location for the tea/bridal party duty date my mother and I had planned.  We scooted from Fox Point to Point Street in search of fresh salads and a quiet patio.  From one bunny to another!

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I’m happy to report that our food completely lived up to the expectations set by my wandering eyes a few days prior (I had the teriyaki salmon salad, my mom had the chicken caesar), and the sun drenched patio was every bit as serene as I had hoped it would be.  With vibrant basil and scallion plants thriving from banks all around us, I had to keep reminding myself we were still in downtown Providence.

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Bravo, Olga.  I raise my English breakfast-filled cup (+ saucer) to you.

a girly weekend

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It was a very girly-girl weekend here in Providence.  Our friend, Emilee, was in town from NYC for a few days, and boy did we take advantage!  We made a trip to Newport to check out the nightlife, brunched at The Beehive in Bristol (one of my all-time FAVORITES) as well as The Grange on Providence’s west end (next time we’re going back for those make-your-own mimosas!), spent Sunday afternoon picking apples at Sweet berry Farm in Middletown, then capped off the weekend with a picnic in Prospect Park.  Emilee is quickly becoming one of our favorite guests to host; She always knows how to make us laugh until we’re crying, and having a fun-loving, non-New-Englander friend in tow creates the perfect opportunity to indulge in those lovely seasonal activities we may have otherwise overlooked.  Rhode Island is home to some wonderful hidden gems.  Staycations are underrated.  Stay tuned for more…

Duck & Bunny

Okay, okay guys I know you’re sick of hearing about my birthday…this is the last post I swear!  I just needed to share my brunch at the ahdorable Duck & Bunny.  Located on the bustling East Side of Providence, Duck & Bunny is a “snuggery” (apparently this is a word that refers to a cute and cozy old colonial home where breakfast is eaten), fully adorned with sparkling little chandeliers and decorated fireplace mantles.  With the floors and architecture of the old home still in tact, but embellished with modern accents, Duck & Bunny really does deserve its own word to describe the ambiance.  I had the most delicious crêpe filled with honey-smoked ham and gruyere cheese and drizzled with caramelized mustard. YUM.  As for the proper tea party attire, I wore my new Jack Wills dress, Isabel Marant boots, and of course a birthday girl crown.  Duck & Bunny is such a unique spot to have brunch because everything has a really well executed, springy theme- even the paintings (reproductions of famous works) have been altered to include one of the two Easter-related animals (see “Duck with a Pearl Earring” above).  Can’t wait for my next excuse to have brunch with the ducks and bunnies!