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!

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Spice up your weeknights with diego’s

IMG_0314Located on Bowen’s Wharf in downtown Newport, Diego’s is a must try.  Not only do they have a great atmosphere and delicious food, but they also host a number of weeknight, off-season specials!

Monday: TRIVIA NIGHT
Now that I am 21, I will be at Diego’s Trivia every week.  The categories are anything but traditional and every team gets a free order of nachos (that’s right, FREE!).  The teams get to create their own names and everyone gets really competitive.  The winning team also receives a $50 dollar gift card! How fun is that?

Tuesday: NACHO NIGHT
On Tuesday nights, Diego’s offers specialty nacho plates starting at just $7!  I tried the BBQ pork nachos and the grilled chicken nachos. Both were delicious and big enough to share! On occasion, Diego’s also brings in live music on Tuesdays! They are always updating events on their Facebook page, so I would recommend following them for weekly updates.

Thursday: TACO THURSDAY
This is one of the best deals in Newport.  Diego’s offers taco plates starting at just $5! These are not just your traditional Mexican tacos. Diego’s takes pride in being “an atypical Mexican gourmet restaurant.” I recommend the fish tacos! The ingredients are always fresh, and you can get the fish sautéed or fried depending on your preference.

I don’t know if it’s the fresh quality of the food, the extensive margarita list or the off-season deals, but Diego’s has me walking through their doors at least once a week!

The off season specials will start to wind down as the summer season approaches, so take advantage while you can! But don’t worry; we have the open patio to look forward to once that warm weather finally decides to make its debut.

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!

Where the healthy breakfast foods are hiding in Newport

As a full time student, finding the time to fit a healthy breakfast into my busy schedule is not always easy.  Regardless, I have made more of an effort to make sure I am eating a morning meal everyday (well, almost everyday). MSN’s 20 best foods to eat for breakfast provides a wide variety of the “best foods” to include in your daily breakfast to start the day off right.

Although most of the foods were pretty self explanatory, I was surprised to see some of the items. The entire list includes:

breakfast

1. Oatmeal
2. Greek yogurt
3. Wheat germ
4. Grapefruit
5. Bananas
6. Eggs
7. Almond butter
8. Watermelon
9. Flaxseed
10. Blueberries
11. Strawberries
12. Coffee
13. Tea
14. Cantaloupe
15. Kiwi
16. Orange juice
17. Cranberry juice
18. Cereal (no Fruit Loops!)
19. Raspberries
20. Whole wheat bread

I don’t know about you, but flaxseed, wheat germ and almond butter are not in my cupboards or at average to-go breakfast spots.  Thankfully, the Keenwah super food eatery on Broadway in Newport provides customers with almost all of the foods on MSN’s healthy living post.
keenwah
Keenwah is my go-to spot if I am feeling particularly unhealthy and in need of someone else to make my nutritious breakfast. The staff is always knowledgeable and willing to make suggestions if I am not quite sure what something is.  Trying Keenwah at least once is must, especially if you are trying to stick to MSN’s healthy living suggestions.

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!