Summer is back and so is newport food mood

As you have probably noticed, Newport Food Mood has been on hold for the past few months.  With the stress of finals, moving out of an apartment and starting a new job, blogging has made itself very comfortable on the back burner.

This summer, I decided to say goodbye to Cape Cod and stay in Newport.  I am working for the university and living back on campus while discovering the craziness that has invaded my college town.  Although my budget is tight, I am comitted to exploring the summer food scene in Newport.  From farmers markets, to bakeries, to seasonal restaurants on the wharf, I don’t think I am going to have a problem finding some new places to enjoy great food.

So stay tuned, Newport Food Mood is back and ready to take on its first Newport summer!



Nothing says spring like restaurant week

Restaurant WeekMark your calendars! Newport Restaurant Week is back this spring and will run from April 5th-14th.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this event!  Restaurant week is the perfect excuse to try out a new restaurant, or grab an affordable meal at one of your favorite eateries.

I caught up with Andrea McHugh at Discover Newport to find out what Newport Restaurant Week is all about. Below she lets us know what to expect next week!

NFM: How did Newport Restaurant week originate?

Newport Restaurant Week began in the fall of 2006. The concept was based on the nationwide trend to create Restaurant Weeks as an avenue for restaurants to attract new clientele and to create a positive economic impact throughout the destination. Today, Newport Restaurant Week is held twice annually, both in the spring and in the fall. The event spans 10 days, usually has more than 50 participating restaurants, and includes culinary lodging packages and food-related events like festivals, cooking classes, culinary walking tours and more. Participants include restaurants in the City of Newport and as well as Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren.

NFM: Are there any special events that are specific to Newport Restaurant Week this spring?

We feature chefs from participating restaurants on Tuesday mornings on The Rhode Show, a morning show on the local CBS affiliate airs in southeastern Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island, leading up to and throughout Newport Restaurant Week. This year’s event roster includes cooking classes, a chocolate and wine pairing, and a wine class and tasting.

NFM: Are there any restaurants that you are looking forward to trying?

Yes! I like to try a variety for lunch and dinner. I’d like to get to Persimmon and DeWolf Tavern, both in Bristol—the chef at DeWolf serves contemporary American cuisine but with his Indian heritage, it often has an interesting twist. I’d also like to get to Tallulah in Thames as Chef Jake Rojas will be doing a dinner at NYC’s prestigious James Beard House on April 23 (details here). Café Zelda and Malt, and Buskers are on my wish list too—I love good pub food. There’s too many to choose from. I’ll also be increasing my gym workout to keep up!

How to solve a hunger meltdown

meltdownA hunger meltdown equals a bad mood. It happens to the best of us. You’re sitting in class, at work or on your way to the gym when you realize you have been SO busy that you accidently skipped your last meal.  Suddenly, hunger overwhelms you and food is all you can think about.  At this point, it is important to stop and realize what is actually taking over your body: a hunger meltdown.

There are several key steps that you need to follow before you waste your money and empty calories trying to figure out what it is that you actually want to eat.

1. EAT A SNACK! Even if it’s string cheese or a handful of almonds, this is key to clearing your head and solving your food meltdown. Otherwise, you are going to make a large purchase that your wallet and waistline will probably regret.

2. Avoid the grocery store. Stepping into a giant supermarket is going to be too overwhelming at this stage of your hunger. If you need to go grocery shopping, wait until you have eaten lunch, dinner or whatever meal you skipped. You will avoid spending a lot of extra money on groceries that you probably won’t end up eating.

3. Purchase one food item. Whether you go to a sit down restaurant, take-out eatery or sandwich shop, be realistic about what you are ordering.  Even though you may think you can eat an appetizer, salad and entrée, chances are you probably won’t finish them. Order one item, and if you are still hungry you can always get something else.

4. The quickest option may not be the best option. Fast food and take-out windows are tempting, but you’re probably going to regret your decision after the fact. There are obviously times when this is the only way to go, but try and take a moment to decide if its going to be worth it in the long run of your day.

The best way to avoid a hunger meltdown is to not let it happen in the first place. That, however, is just not always realistic. This semester, I have starting keeping granola bars, trail mix and bags of almonds in my backpack, purse and car. That way, if I do find myself having a hunger meltdown, I can eat a snack and clear my head before I decide what it is that I really want to spend my money on.

Change your mood, change your food

IMG_0044Hello from Newport, R.I.! My name is Meredith, and I am currently a food obsessed college student studying at Salve Regina University.  “Change your mood, change your food,” is a motto that I have created for myself to live by everyday.  I strongly believe that what I eat greatly affects how I feel for the rest of the day.

During my freshman year at Salve, I fell in love with Newport for all of the unique food options that the city has to offer.  From sandwich shops to take out to sit down restaurants, Newport has everything a college student needs to enjoy a great meal.

I will post a variety of my personal favorite places to get fabulous food in Newport, as well as tips on how to make sure that food your eating is making you feel the best you can be!