Burgers, Breakfast Or Brunching It At Elmwood Diner

In search of a new spot for burgers, breakfast or brunch? We discovered one ...with a little help from our friends over at RI Food Fights. (For the record, we like to give credit where it's due.) After seeing a few of their Tweets and Instagrams from Elmwood Diner (where the original dining car actually dates back to 1947), we figured why not give it a go?

So glad we did because we've had brunch there several times this year and every time - and detail - has been delightful, from the wait staff and the vintage vibe to the coffee (Many cups were poured and enjoyed last Sunday.) and the actual food #nomnom. One of our personal favs? Their pancakes. Light and not-at-all dried out (aka, moist, a word we loathe unless it applies to pancakes or maybe choc cake and brownies), and they do indeed give the option of real maple syrup as your condiment (Can we get a hells yeah over here?), we could've chowed down on a dozen, but with it currently being swim suit season, we decided to exercise some serious self-control. If you're a burger fan, all theirs are made with grass fed beef, not something you'd typically find in a diner in RI or elsewhere. They also do biz with a long list of local vendors (like Narragansett Creamery and Wayland Bakery for starters) and give to several worthy Rhody charities. And don't despair if you're vegan, vegetarian or gluten free because they got you! (Find more deets on their menu.)

The crowd is a mix of families, couples, and street style conscious millennials rocking oversized black glasses or chunky footwear and vintage logo tees (In case you're wondering, anything from the 1980's is now officially considered retro.). That being said, feel free to sport either your best mom - or dad - jeans, a tee, and a pair of oversized sunnies (especially for Sunday brunch when comfort is key!) or whatever your go-to signature look is this season. In addition, if you're feeling photogenic, remember to get your brunch or lunch date to snap your pic in front of the RI-themed mural that runs along the side. (Photo above.)

Find the Elmwood Diner at 777 Elmwood Ave. It's open Wednesday thru Sunday, so if you want to find out what all the fuss is about, you could totally go today.

Team Patty J

 

Photo Credits: All pics courtesy of us; for more cool pics, click over to the PattyJDotCom Instagram.

 

My RI Life: Meet Shanna Molina, RN & All Around Awesome Individual

I've been an RN for 3 1/2 years, working at TMH. Before that, I was a CNA since the age of 17 and worked in a nursing home, home care, landmark hospital, and RIH. This year, I'm transitioning into a brand new job as a school nurse. 

Food & Restaurants

I love eating out. Food is my obsession. Although I love branching out and trying new restaurants, I'm ok with simple. One of my everyday on the go grab a bite fast, or after a long night, is Baja's on Thayer Street, where I get a taco salad or a steak & shrimp burrito. It's small on the inside and filled with tons of Brown students, but they have seats and umbrellas outside to enjoy the fun filled ambiance. Shanghai also on Thayer is a nice eat in for sushi and lo mein. I like River Falls in Woonsocket too. It's a hidden gem - Restaurant by day, City side bar at night. The best part is sitting by the water for some drinks and seafood. (Photo above.) For ice cream, hands down it's The Ice Cream Machine in Cumberlanda small but well known shop that attracts everyone!

My Wedding Year

So excited for my wedding coming up on in October. [Photos above of Shanna and her fiance Gerardo.] I'm getting married in Conneticut, but all my vendors are from Rhode Island. We have the best videographer, Mike Picard. For flowers, we chose Golden Gate Studios on Broad Street in Cranston. They also did David Blaine's wedding and he's not even from RI. His fiance was in town, saw a wedding they had done, and had to have them for hers!

 

Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of Shanna Molina, except for the ice cream (used by Patty J Style, LLC with permission) and additional restaurant related pics found on Google Images.

The Lazy Person's Guide To Brunching Like A Boss

Ah, Sundays – the final “Hurrah!” of the weekend. If you have a pulse and aren’t currently living under a rock, you know the best way to close out your weekend is with BRUNCH.

Recently, the brunch scene has been ramping up, but you know what hasn’t - my desire to wake up at 10am on a Sunday.

Well guess what, for those of you who share this sentiment, I am here to provide you with a foolproof guide to looking like you give a shit when you have no shits to give.

First things first, let's address that face of yours. Whether you’ve been out partying or staying up until 1am watching Netflix (guilty!), tired face happens. You know what I’m talking about: puffy eyes, dull skin, and a possible scowl. But remember, you have to be downtown in like 30 minutes to meet friends; you don’t have time to shower or attempt at being your “best self.” Let's take a look at some products essential to helping you look like a fresh-faced/decent human:

·      Face Wash: Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, by Origins. With Bergamot, Spearmint, and Lavender, this face wash really wakes you up and helps brighten your visage.

·      Face Wipes: If you’re in a pinch, Burt’s Bees has a great set of pre-moistened wipes – their Sensitive Facial Towelettes has Rice Extract and Aloe to sooth the skin while removing any excess dirt or make up.

·      SPF/ Skin Corrector: Smashbox’s CC Cream is, hands down, my favorite “cover up.” I use that term loosely because it does provide good coverage, but it’ll leave you with a dewy look, versus other foundation options. Also, it has a 30 SPF rating – perfect for those summer days!   

·      Good Smells: Can you believe this is the last step? Smelling good is essential, especially if you’re waiting until you get home to shower and retire to your couch and PJ’s for the day. Perfume oils are a light and effective way to give off good smelling vibes without coming off like you dipped yourself in a bottle of perfume. I love brands like Elizabeth and James’ NIRVANA Black perfume oil. With notes of Violet, Sandalwood, and Vanilla, you’re sure to give people the sudden urge to hug you into oblivion.

 But what to wear? Let’s be real, we all want to be comfortable. I mean, you could show up in sweatpants and a t-shirt (aka, whatever you wore to bed), but you’ve already come so far with your grooming routine. Let’s kick it up a notch, but not too far up, right? Hey, its summertime, so lets pull out a pair of comfy shorts, a soft tee, and some sneaks – OH, and lets not forget the shades; the ultimate accessory.

For my summer brunch adventures, my go-to items are: a cotton tee from Madewell, Talula shorts I scored (on sale!) at Aritzia, Nike tennis shoes, and a pair of rounded tortoise shell sunglasses.

If you have any say in where you’ll be attending brunch, be sure to suggest a spot that provides good lighting, good vibes, and a slamming menu. Keep in mind; the likelihood that you’ll be putting in minimal effort when getting ready is at an all time high, so choosing a place with a “lax” dress code is key!

Yesterday, I had a brunch for one, don’t feel bad for me – eating alone is always therapeutic. It’s also a great opportunity to people watch and eavesdrop. So for my Sunday out, I decided to head to the South End of Boston and hit up the Beehive

The Beehive is great; they have a multi level location that features live music throughout the day, this mornings delight was some smooth jazz. Not only does The Beehive boast an artisanal take on brunch favorites (eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, waffles with fruit AND chocolate sauce), the atmosphere is the epitome of “fresh-retro.” Lots of good lighting, cute furniture, and a quaint outdoor dining spot. 

More About Samantha 

Name: Samantha Rei Medeiros 

From: Native RI'er now calling Boston, MA home

Social Media: Find her on Instagram and Twitter @samantha_rei. (Check out her beauty blog SamanthaSays.com.)

Likes: Puppies, everything chocolate, candles, spinning, and coffee scented anything

Dislikes: Rude people, bad haircuts, “recreational jogging” (I only run when its for my life.), and indecisiveness

Zodiac Sign: Libra (I’m terribly indecisive.)

 

Photo Credits: All pics courtesy of Samantha Rei