4 Things That Will Have You Rethinking Your Next Night Out To Eat In The OS

Resist the urge to plant yourself at a random table, hunch over your screen, and stalk your feeds for the duration of the meal next time you're out for eats and drinkies alone. Scratch that fall back response and scroll this short-ish list of exactly why you should be sitting at the bar instead of a table.

1. Face Time

At such close proximity to the bartender, you won't be forgotten about. (Location, location, location!) And who feels like waiting on that waiter or waitress? It all adds up to more drinks, and attention, without the annoying down time. Also, more face time if your bartender happens to be cute.

2. The Mixology Factor

You get to see your drinks being made, and see just how much alcohol is going into them. In other words, should I order my normal vodka soda or is their pour weak? If that's the case, maybe it's martini time after all. 

3. Picky Bits

Get first dibs on all the best snacks and small bites. Because those chips and cashews taste that much better when paired back to a cold (adult) beverage.

4. People Watching

What's more entertaining? Not much, except for maybe the celeb gossip from our friends over at the Daily Mail. Or didn't you know that the Daily Mail on Snapchat is THE guilty pleasure of everyone from actual Hollywood power players and PR people to so many of your fam, frenemies, and neighbors. More than a few have actually admitted it's the very first thing they look at in the am after reaching for their phones. 

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They're Helping So Many Dogs & Cats In The OS - You Probably Haven't Heard Of This Organization Yet Tho

Sad stories about animal cruelty and abandonment seem at times to abound on Facebook and Twitter. And don't even get me started about those heart wrenchingly painful to watch ASPCA ads with Sarah McLachlan.

A fantastic time then to talk good news, more specifically about a local, Rhody-based non-profit helping pet parents in need when their cat or dog becomes ill or injured. Now, until I sat down with the co-founder of this organization, I had absolutely no idea how many local people in that situation are faced with having to either surrender or euthanize their dog or cat because they not simply cannot afford to pay for treatment and/or meds.

In some cases people choose abandonment...I really want to rant and curse about that, but instead I'll share a story about my brother and his wife taking in a beagle who, it turned out, had cancer. They suspected he had been abandoned by previous owners who couldn't provide treatment. For the record, bro and wife not only got the dog medical care, they went so far as to drive him to Worcestor for chemo on a regular basis, extending his life for many (happy) years.

Enter Friend Of Animals In Need (RI), or FAN.

The North Kingstown based np, co-founded by retiree Russ Sabo, is on a mission to help pet parents on fixed or limited incomes pay vet bills, ultimately keeping pet families in tact and more dogs or cats out of the shelters. They also partner with other local animal charities and retailers to get pet food out to pets and owners who might be struggling financially and simply don't have funds to cover food for Fido or Trixie - another pressing issue here in the Ocean State btw.

Having met with Russ in the past, and stalked the FAN web site and FB PageI can tell you he works diligently to assist as many people and pets as possible - all with virtually no overhead of any kind. So, rest assured your donations, and the grants they receive, go toward life saving treatments and/or meds and definitely NOT salaries (Everyone is strictly volunteer status.), office space (He works out of his house.), or even a company cell phone. Good to know, right? I mean we've all heard those stories about charities where a huge chunk of the donations don't end up ever reaching those that the money was intended for.

Here's a sampling of a few of the success stories about animals and their families who've been recipients of a helping hand from FAN:

One Of FAN's Fav Quotes: "Saving one pet won't change the world, but surely the world will change for that one pet..."

May Initiative: Paint Night at The Upper Room on Main St in West Warwick on Friday, May 11th at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person, and benefit Friends Of Animals In Need RI.

Find Them Online: FriendsOfAnimalsInNeedRI.com 

Like Them On Facebook: Facebook.com/animalsinneedri




This Local Meal Delivery Service Is Next Level & You'll Want To Loop In Your Foodie Friends

I'll watch a cooking show. Truthfully, I find them relaxing. And during the last storm, I actually baked some sweet potatoes that somewhat surprisingly, turned out pretty well (*pats self on back*). Beyond that, not much of a fan of cooking, or standing at the sink scrubbing pans, on the reg. But I never really fancied myself a 'meal delivery person' either. 

Until our collaboration this month with the folks over at Feast & Fettle. (By all means, scroll ahead for a discount code and special offer. Wink-y face.)

 Photo by Stacey Doyle

Photo by Stacey Doyle

I'd first discovered them via Instagram, pretty much the norm these days. When we started chatting about Stacey, my go-to photog (That's her photo, and one of her Feast & Fettle dinners above.), and I teaming up with them this Spring to try their meals, I was fairly certain that after telling them I only eat vegetarian these days, they'd say, "See ya!" (If there's a 2018 version of Bye Felicia, that might work here too.)

Anywho, when they told me they had beaucoup (my word) vegetarian options, I was excited but also skeptical. After all, there are only a few restaurants in the OS that offer any extensive plant based options. 

For the record, and in case you were wondering, Feast & Fettle also offers gluten free, mediterranean, paleo eats as well. Something for everyone in your life.

Curried Lentil, Tomato & Coconut Soup, Black Bean Enchiladas, and Stewed Chickpeas with Spinach all sounded (and tasted) delish to me! And those were just the mains (aka, main dishes). The sides were fresh and scrumptious too. I wouldn't be blogging about them otherwise. (Full disclosure: about a year and a half after launching the blog, a Bean Town Marketing agency reached out about promoting a menu item from a fast food restaurant you're probably acquainted with on some level. Ultimately, I turned down the opportunity because it wasn't something I loved or even liked very much. Jus sayin.)

Also, unlike the situation with a lot of other (national) meal kits or delivery services, there's #NoCookingRequired. It's heat and eat all the way! Plus, all the food is locally sourced and prepared by their chef led team in Warren, RI. 

I feel like it's also worth adding that the portions are generous and that I shared my food with some of the pickiest eaters in my extended fam, including one of my 20-something nieces who does not give out complimemts easily (for real tho...you might call her a foodie.). Long story short, she adored all of the Feast & Fettle food. 

Are You Curious?

Use the discount code PATTYJEATS to get $50 off your first Feast & Fettle order, and a FREE loaf of Seven Stars Bakery bread. 

Photo Diary

Oh yeah, one more thing...Stacey took so many beautiful photos, what else could I do but create a mini photo diary of her trip to their kitchen in Warren? Feast your eyes. (Get it FEAST? Lolololol)