Beer Review: Narragansett Del’s Shandy


Beer: Narragansett Del’s Shandy Brewer: Narragansett Brewing Co. Source: 1 pint can Rating: * (5.1 of 10) Comments: Two of Rhode Island’s favorites, ‘Gansett Lager and Del’s frozen lemonade come together for a little bit of summer in a can.  The beer is straw-colored with little carbonation.  The aroma is a bit off-putting, kind of a mix…

Book Review: Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry


Author: Dan Barry Title: Bottom of the 33rd Narrator: Dan Barry Publication Info: [New York] : Harper Audio, 2011. Summary/Review: I’ve long been aware that Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium hosted the longest professional baseball game in history, a 33-inning affair between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in 1981.  I knew that the game featured two…

“A Place Called Space” by The Juan Maclean


This weeks track is “A Place Called Space” by The Juan Maclean, stage name for electronic musician John Maclean This song may be have some of the bassiest bass notes I’ve ever heard and is reminiscent of Big Audio Dynamite mixed with 1980s Doctor Who soundtracks, with some klassik rawk guitar riffs on top. What are you…

15 New England Municipal Place Names That Are Fun To Say


Belchertown, MA Bozrah, CT Effingham, NH Groton, CT Hooksett, NH Isle au Haut, ME Mashpee, MA Ogunquit, ME Seekonk, MA Tewksbury, MA Thetford, VT Tiverton, RI Wethersfield, CT Winooski, VT Woonsocket, RI Previously: Words That Are Fun To Say

Book Review: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri


Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Title: The Lowland Publication Info: Knopf (2013) ISBN: 9780385367431 Summary/Review: Lahiri’s novel, like many of her works, deals with Indian expatriates assimilating to life in the United States and coming to terms with their past in India.  The Lowland tells the story of two brothers Subhash and Udayan.  While Subash leaves for America to study in Rhode Island,…

Song of the Week: “Don’t Wait” by Mapei


This week’s song “Don’t Wait,” is by Rhode Island-born Stockholm-raised sing Mapei (and who can resist a Rhode Island/Sweden connection).  I learned of the song through NPR’s All Song’s Considered.  Mapei describes her music as “21st-century gospel or doo-wop.”  

Photopost: Providence


Today I took my toddler son Peter on a day trip to Providence, RI.  The main appeal of the outing was for Peter to finally get a chance to ride the double-decker commuter rail trains but I’ve been wanting to explore Providence for some time.  Despite living a combined 27-years in the neighboring states of…