The RI Premiere Of This Award Winning Band's Latest Song & Video

Our guest men's style blogger, David Santos of Dress Like a Man, is also the singer and songwriter with the Boston-based band Eddie Japan. As a former PVD resident, David felt a Rhode Island premiere for the band's new video would be more than apropos. And where better than PattyJ.com?

David gives us some background on the song and video: The first single from our forthcoming record Golden Age (releasing 7/18) is "1 a.m." – an ode to the nocturnal, and a call to resist the urge to 'Netflix and chill.' The video is a love letter to Boston, and was shot in about four hours on a beautiful summer evening in the historic North End – a section of the city with a distinctly European vibe, where the laid-back locals have a definite appreciation for nighttime revelry. To wit, we set up in an alley – without permission or disturbance – with a giant old television and the headlights of a Honda Fit illuminating our makeshift set. Shot by Rhode Islanders William Smyth and Paul Tierney. Edited by Rhode Islander Jon Downs, of the Providence band The Brother Kite

Spa Day: The Treatment For Getting Summer Ready

I was feeling icky. Not in a tv commercial for feminine hygiene products kinda way. It was more of an "I devoured a whole cheesecake the other night and now I can't zip up my jeans" vibe. Yup, it happened to me...Too much over-indulging, in things like cookies, cakes, wines, and cheese, and not nearly enough sweating. And suddenly none of my clothes from last summer were fitting. (Did the cleaner's shrink this navy linen jacket? The army green cargos? Nope. All me.)

That's how I discovered something called Infrared Sauna. 

After reading online about how, with temps in the 110-125 degree range, it could help me ramp up my metabolism, lose a few pounds of that cheesecake and wine weight, and generally improve my quality of life significantly, I wasn't afraid and was actually super psyched. I mean at one point in my life, I'd taken as many as six Bikram classes a week, so some extreme temps weren't going to deter me or dampen my enthusiasm.

After Googling benefits of Infrared Sauna (What the heck did we even do before Google?), I found that unlike traditional saunas, an infrared one heats the body, NOT the air, which causes the heat to go deeper, into the cells and organs, helping to detoxify, strengthen the immune system, heal injuries quicker, promote minor weight loss (Hooray!), and more. It's also promoted as anti-aging (another obsession of mine), anti-cellulite, and anti-cancer. Check, check, and check. I was ready to sweat!

The only real issue then was where to find one in Rhode Island. My first stop originally had been Urban Sweat at Raffa Yoga in Cranston, where you can definitely unplug (No scrolling or selfies! I definitely would not attempt to take your smart phone in with you. It's a recipe for DIY diasaster.) and unwind in their Infrared. Other local spots include The Spa at The Biltmore in PVD (They got one last Spring.), Spa Fjor at The Viking (I tried theirs out during a Spa Day celebration for my sister's birthday.), and finally, The Bodhi Spa on Thames in Newport (We signed up for their Hydro Therapy, which includes time in the Infrared, and it was absolutely incredible, borderline life changing in fact. Highly recommending if you've never been.)

A Few Tips To Keep In Mind

  1. I'd definitely say to experience this alone and not with a BFF. Especially at first. After all, your hair is probably going to be up in a half-assed ponytail, you're 1/2 naked, and you're effectively sweating your butt off. Take advantage of the solitary time to maybe meditate on all the positive things the Infrared is doing for your bod. 
  2. Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of H20 before, during, and after because broken record time, you're sweating your *ss off.
  3. Infrared will help if you've fallen off the healthy food + drink wagon, but take note, you'll also need to cut out most sweets (including cocktails) and ramp up the cardio if you want to get back into your 'skinny' summer pants and shorts sooner. 

 

Photo Credits: Photos above are from our day at The Bodhi Spa and are courtesy of PattyJ.com.

 

 

 

The Restaurant The Locals Def Don't Want You Finding Out About

When's the best time to inhale a huge plate of pasta and local scallops? Anytime, but most especially after you've pedaled 12 miles without having eaten even a proper lunch. The other day, after trying out those brand-y new Rail Explorers in Portsmouth, we (my good friend S. and I) were badly in need of a delish, and substantial, dinner. Salads (Bite your tongue!) or drinks and apps were just not going to cut it. #Starving After searching my phone, I came across a place I'd never ever heard of before called 15 Point Road and within a few minutes, the WAZE app (You do use WAZE, don't you?) was guiding us over. 

To tell you the truth, we weren't really sure what to expect once we arrived. From what I'd glimpsed online, it sounded fancy and we were dressed down in sneakers, t-shirts, and windblown hair. (Egads!) Thankfully, none of that was an issue. We were seated, and greeted by our server, quickly and with smiles all around. The views were classic RI waterfront circa this time of year. And I had a cuppa hot coffee in front of me befoe you could say Summer Fridays.

Our entire meal, from the caprese salad we split to our entrees (Block Island scallops for her and scallops and pasta for me, photos above), was outstanding and we pretty much inhaled everything. Except for those edible flowers. A unique detail, their signature that had been added to both our plates. Kind of neat and noteworthy. (I. Know. Don't see that on the reg.) We actually didn't eat the flowers tho, but I think it was more because it was something so completely unexpected.

Now, I have nothing but compliments for 15 Point Road, which strikes me as the type of restaurant that the locals flock to and want to keep secret because it's such an oasis (those views, that menu which for the record includes lots of locally sourced dishes, including of course seafood). Definitely an outstanding reason to motor over the bridge (Sakonnet? Mt Hope? I know we drove over one of those on the way the other day...) for your next night out.

 

Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of PattyJ.com