Month: October 2015

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular | Roger Williams Park Zoo

Fall Date Ideas: Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack O’Lantern Spectacular

One of the biggest Halloween traditions in Rhode Island is the Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. People come from far and wide to marvel at pumpkin art that rivals great Greek sculptors. This is a great date idea if you’re looking for a place to stroll and take in the sights. It is almost like going to an art gallery that is outside, Halloween inspired and generally cold. Make sure to bring a sweater and hold your significant other close. It is important to note that this is a very popular event that will have a lot of people in attendance. Make sure to arrive earlier as opposed to later as you could end up in line for quite some time. Also keep in mind that weekdays are usually have lower attendance versus a weekend. You can also buy your tickets online to circumvent the long wait. Roger Williams Park Zoo is located in the southern end of Providence. The parking situation can be a bit tricky with the mob of pumpkin gazers …

Fall Date Ideas: Corn Maze and Cider Mill

Fall Date Ideas: Cider and Corn Mazes

It is fall and sadly it will be gone too soon as winter slowly marches towards us. However we’re not there yet so take heart that there are some great date nights to be had. We took advantage of our day off on Columbus Day and decided to go get some fresh pressed apple cider and adventure through a corn maze. For the seasoned New Englander this should be almost habitual, but for those of us that hail from other places, this was magical. We decided that we should get our fresh pressed apple cider first before going and spending hours wandering the corn maze. We took the recommendation of a friend and made the drive down to Mystic, CT where Clyde’s Cider House resides. This place does not take apple cider lightly and has been that way for over 100 years. This is a public service announcement: there is a healthy population of bees in this area and given that apples are full of sugar, wait to get your apple cider products and check …

Perfect Date Night Dinner: Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce, Portabella Mushrooms and Vegetable Gratin

Special Date Night Recipe: Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce, Portobella Mushrooms and Vegetable Gratin

Some nights call for dressing up, making reservations and going out for a movie. Others call for a quiet night together with no distractions, candlelight dinner and fun talking in the kitchen. Food always has a special way of bringing people together and creating conversation. As usual, we made our usual Saturday morning trek to the Lippett Park farmers market in Providence. First stop coffee to function like a normal human being, second stop Humble Pie for their mini pies to get rid of the hangry then off to mix and mingle, hem and ha over veggies and finally leave with a heavy bag of fresh produce loot. We grabbed the last of the summer squash as fall is finally here and we knew it wouldn’t be long until the root veggies make their 6 month appearance. I’m usually a fan of steak and potatoes, but this time we did something a little lighter and cough, cough healthier.  And like I said, who can turn down the last of the local summer vegetables? Easy Vegetable …

Fall Date Ideas: Apple Picking

Fall Date Ideas: Apple Picking

It’s that time of the year again! After a sweltering summer, it’s finally here. Sweater weather, apple cider and colorful foliage – hello fall! Apple picking is a must when it comes to fall activities and is also a great idea for a day date. It’s a little different than your typical go-out-for-dinner-date as it’s a fun outdoor activity together before the winter months settle in. You can also continue the date fun by making apple pies together after the picking has been done. Although we experienced our first fall in New England last year, we never actually made time to go apple picking. Boy, was that a mistake. Now that we know what to expect this year, we put apple picking on the top of our list. After much research and a valued recommendation from a local Rhody friend, we ended up driving out to Aquidneck Island to pick apples at Rocky Brook Orchard in Middleton, RI. Rocky Brook Orchard is a family run farm and specializes in the largest collection of apples types …