PVD…Providence, RI….The only place I know that willingly calls themselves by their airport code. I never would have imagined that Providence, RI would have such a food culture when I made my move to the ocean state. While there are tons of restaurants  that are worth mentioning, these are the top five that I suggest when anyone makes it to good ol’ PVD!

1. Broadway Bistro
Broadway Bistro is one of my favorite places to grab a drink after work or dinner any night of the week! This is a perfect date spot with great lighting, delicious drink options (best cosmo I have ever had!), and a rotating menu bursting with flavor. You will be sure to not be disappointed by anything you pick off the menu. The hanger steak served with summer succotash, polenta cake,  and roasted garlic scape butter is by far my favorite (pictured below)

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2. Los Andes
This restaurant is owned by two brothers from Cochabamba, Bolivia and over the years has become one of the busiest restaurants in the city! If you like meat, potatoes, rice, eggs, or fish,  this place is for you; but make sure you call in advance for a reservation because it gets packed on every day of the week!  Start your meal off with a Saltena or Ceviche Martini and then order one of the entrees! The dishes are large, so if you are open to share I would suggest it. My favorite dish is the Chorellana, which is a pan seared top sirloin, sauteed with tomatoes and onions, served with white rice, roasted potatoes and topped with fried eggs.  Wednesdays and Thursday there is a live band.

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3.   Loie Fullers
If you head to the west side on a Monday night in hopes of getting seated quickly, be prepared to order a drink and wait! Monday nights are packed to the brim due to the $5 mussel special. Moules Frites are served in a white wine cream sauce with mussels and hand cut fries.  Grab a glass of red wine or a cold beer and it will be the best dinner to start the week!

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4. El Rancho Grande
Rancho Grande is by far the best Mexican food that I have found since moving to RI, and having lived in Mexico for some time, I can be quite picky! This place has their margarita recipe down (no lame sour mix!), their portions are perfect, and its a price you cant beat! Oscar and I can get an entire meal for about $20, including drinks! The place is small, so depending on the time of day you head over you might have to wait a bit, but trust me when I say its worth it!

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5. White Electric
Providence has a lot of coffee shops available and I am not a huge coffee drinker in general, but their drinks are delicious! Their avocado cream cheesed bagel will  fix your  morning hangover and their chicken salad sandwich will satisfy you for lunch! Stop by if you are on the west side and check out the different artwork they feature monthly on their walls and meet the friendly staff!

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I have moved around quite a bit in my life and due to my constant need to travel, I find myself answering the question “Where are you from” quite a bit. This question can be a bit complicated because I was born and raised in Kansas, but have since lived in Florida, Vermont, and Rhode Island.  (Nomad status!) I have been answering this question for years now and it always results in an instant comment of “Oh, you’re not in Kansas anymore, dorthy” (I even once had a woman in Spain say it to me).  So here it is, the five most common (and dumbest) questions I have had to answer

1. Did you grow up on a farm?

No, not everyone who lives in Kansas grows up on a farm. Contrary to what you have seen in the oh so famous movie Wizard of Oz, there are actual cities and suburbs where people live.

Does this look like a farm to you?

Does this look like a farm to you?

2. Have you ever seen a tornado?

Yes, I actually have. I was camping with my mom and sister and a tornado arrived in the middle of the night. We had to take shelter in the outside bathrooms and when we came back our tents and belongings had been blown away never to be found again.  Tornado’s for Kansans are like hurricanes for Floridians- just a part of daily life. I can’t begin to say how many times in my life work/school has been interrupted and completely stopped for a tornado warning and we all had to run for cover- it certainly made the day go by faster!

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3. Do you have cars there?

I was legit asked this question once when I was visiting a friend in Ohio. First of all, of all the places I would even think to be asked this I never thought it would be from someone in OHIO ( I mean really, you are only a few states away?!).  Answer: Yes, of course we have cars. Not everyone who lives here is Amish and chillin’ in their horse and buggy.

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4. What do you even do out there?

Check out this video and see just how boring Kansas is…

5. Why don’t you have an accent?

Oh, you sound surprised that when I opened my mouth and a slew of redneck did not come out?? Yes, sometimes I will slip up and say ya’ll or use a slang word from the midwest, but for the most part I have a pretty neutral accent and way of speaking. Yeehaw!

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 Bonus: “Well Dorthy, it looks like you’re not in Kansas, anymore huh?”

Congratulations. You have seen the one movie about Kansas, just like everyone else.

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