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Day of Fun

Day of Fun

One of the first people I met when I moved to Rhode Island was Jeremy. During our first year of being friends, he declared one of the days we planned to hang out as "Jenny and Jeremy's DAY OF FUN!"

(This is a reference to an episode of Friends, where Joey and Janice spend a day together. It was "Joey and Janice's DAY OF FUN!") 

Jeremy lives in Worcester, so it's nice for him to make the trip to Providence when there are worthwhile things to do. Therefore, we've had many a day of fun. Today--in my opinion--was one of those days. 

First of all, the true friend that he is, he took all of my almond containing products, including the brand new carton of almond milk I recently bought, and some homemade granola, so they wouldn't go to waste. He did his part to help save me from hospitalization.  

Next, we took our work to a new coffee shop in Riverside. I discovered this place, called Borealis, during a Yelp event, and it's owned by a young couple who are supreme coffee roasters. In fact, they roast their own beans in house and will offer tours to interested folks. Today I was redeeming my "surprise" sealed envelope, which contained a free coffee with a bakery item. 

We chose a gluten free carrot cake that was better than most gluten containing versions I've ever had--gone in two minutes! Not to mention I was over the moon with my Nutella latte macchiato...

This was our pre-game before dinner. Jeremy graded papers and I worked on Greek homework, and we made acquaintances with a sweet dog named Grady who sealed the deal for our plans to later see A Dog's Purpose.

Dinner. We ate an early bird dinner at Gracie's, my last nod to restaurant week, and I'd say I saved the best for last. Gracie's is just unbelievable. The service is unmatched in teamwork and knowledge and absolute friendliness--and our waitress, Erin, was the best. She gave excellent recommendations and could say unpronounceable wine names and could describe each of them to help us with our pairings. Her smile was genuine and constant, and I feel like we are now friends because of this experience.

But everyone made us feel welcome, from the woman who handed out an assortment of breads (their infamous honey glazed beer bread and garlic biscuits were my favorites) to the guy who brought us wine glasses. At one point, Jeremy left to wash his hands and as soon as he got up, a woman swooped in and re-folded his cloth napkin into an origami triangle. It was service like I've rarely seen before. 

Then there was the food. As a rule, this is a restaurant that serves only three or five course meals, and they are phenomenal. The food we ate tonight would normally cost twice what they charge during restaurant week, and I couldn't have been happier. The quality, the portions--it was a steal. Not only did we have our three courses, but they also gave us an amousbush, a palate cleansing orange and ginger sorbet, and a post-dessert dessert (a macaroon for Jeremy, and a giant raspberry gummie for me due to my allergy, which they were on top of!)

I went a little crazy with the food photos, but at least I stopped before taking photos of the wine, too.  (I won't share all of them. But I will make mention of those not pictured, the gnocchi appetizer, the Arctic char, and the banana rum cake, because if you ever go, you need to order at least one of them.) 

Before our first course.  

Before our first course.  

Beet salad  

Beet salad  

This rigatoni was so good, I will have dreams about it  

This rigatoni was so good, I will have dreams about it  

Cheesecake with pistachio ice cream

Cheesecake with pistachio ice cream

I contemplated giving the manager a high five, but I chose the more mature route and shook his hand. This was the best dinner/experience I've had in a long time! 

After dining, we went to the movies, as I mentioned, to see A Dog's Purpose, and it was such a sweet movie! Dog Lovers: it does not end with a dog dying, so you can see the movie without fear!) We finished the nigh with drinks at The Eddy.  

I realize that I've had a heavily food-centric week of thankfulness, but I know that not all weeks can be so indulgent, and I am truly grateful for the food and friendship I've gotten to share these last few days.  

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