Jet Setting doesn't always have to be about getting on an airplane to do fun things. Sometimes, it's fun to hop in the car and go...and that's what I just did! The week before New Year's, I took a quick road trip with one of my really good friends, her baby boy and mine up to Rhode Island. We went to visit one of her really good friends and her two nieces. We had a lot of awesome girl time, which included shopping at Providence Place Mall, and eating some traditional Rhody food.
Our first stop was to Olneyville N.Y. System. I had it on my list of places to check out...remember???
Olneyville N.Y. System is home to Rhode Island's best hot weiners. Hot Weiners are a staple of the food culture in Rhode Island, and the only way to order them is "All The Way." What will you get when you order it that way? Well...a thin hotdog (made of veal and pork), that is served in a steamed bun, and topped with meat sauce, diced onions, celery salt and yellow mustard...it is oh so good! I washed it down with a cup of coffee milk (Rhode Island's official state drink). What's that? Rhode Island has an official state drink? I know! That's exactly what I said. I never had heard of such a thing, but it's true. Coffee Milk is a drink similar to chocolate milk, but instead of chocolate syrup, it's made with coffee syrup. Coffee Milk was first introduced to Rhode Islanders in the 1920's, and became so popular that it was named the official state drink in 1993. (I didn't try a "coffee cabinet"- coffee milk and ice cream...gotta have it next time!)
We then went to Newport Creamery for dessert and I tried one of their Awful Awful's. Awful Awful stands for "Awful Big, Awful Good!" And that so was the case. I got the chocolate- basically one of the BEST chocolate milkshakes I have ever had!
What a fun little delicious "Rhode Trip!"
I still have to go back and try Bob and Timmy's and Haven Brothers Diner.
Any other good places to try...let me know.