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It’s a “Mad” Mad World…

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Newport Winter Festival, grown ups may want to make note of tonight’s Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at The Mooring (reservations required, 401-846-2260) and the 11th Annual Martini Contest at Newport Grand.

Funny how a drink holds a certain panache, a signature swagger. The Cosmo clearly has the fictional Carrie Bradshaw and her gaggle of galpals to tank for making the ubiquitous pink potion the official cocktail of Girls Night Out, and while the martini has never really gone out of style, we have Mad Men’s Don and Betty Draper to thank for it’s soaring popularity. (Frankly, Betty is being blamed, in the best of ways, for a lot of trends recently, including full, flirty skirts paired with belted waists, and coifed, flipped ‘dos. Wanna get the Portsmouth’s own Cynthia Bogart of TheDailyBasics.com got the fashion scoop from Janie Bryant, the costume designer behind Mad Men. CLICK HERE to read the story).

I must confess, I have Christie’s to thank for reuniting me with the legendary libation. Five dollar martinis seven days a week? It’s no wonder I finally broke down. Their gateway martini was the bevy of fresh and fruity concoctions, but one evening the bartender convinced me to try a standard, shaken not stirred, Beefeater gin martini with a twist, and it was lovely.

They continue to make a great martini, and I adore a Fifth Element gin martini,  and espresso renditions from Asterisk, the Clarke Cooke House and the Brick Alley Pub. But we’ll have to wait to tonight to see who Newport thinks does it best…

Mad Men photo courtesy AMC, Sex and the City photo courtesy HBO

February 23, 2011 at 9:48 am 2 comments

Newport Restaurant Week: A Tutorial

Newport Restaurant Week (NRW) returns today (running through November 14th) featuring three-course prix fixe lunches for $16 and dinners for $30 (beverages, gratuity and tax not included). With nearly 50 participating restaurants, it’s best to take a strategic approach to try and land reservations at some of Newport County and Bristol’s hottest eateries. It’s also an ideal time to experiment with a restaurant you’ve never been to but have been tempted to give a whirl. Here’s a few tips to navigating this delicious 10-day event:

1. Start by picking up the official NRW insert that has the complete listing and brief descriptions of participating restaurants, web sites with menus, etc. There’s a copy in all East Bay Newspapers, all RING newspapers, this week’s edition of Newport This Week, in the Newport Daily News and available at the Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau and area hotels. Grab your trusty highlighter to create a “favorites” list and start prioritizing.

2. Fine dining/upscale restaurants are often the first to book solid for

Cold Water Salmon brushed with a caper, olive oil and lemon marinade, served with aromatic rice and house vegetables from The Pier

dinner reservations (Spiced Pear, The White Horse Tavern, The Clarke Cooke House, Tallulah on Thames, Persimmon in Bristol). You’ll have better luck trying for a weeknight, and when you call to make a reservation, be sure to let the maître d’ or hostess how flexible you are in terms of day or time.

3. This is the perfect promotion to go out with a group as there won’t be any awkward check splitting at the end of the night (“Um, who had the surf n’ turf and the bottle of Château Pétrus…?”) Ok, maybe not quite Château Pétrus, but with every selection the same cost, penny pinchers and American Express Black Card holders can dine side by side with ease.

4. Most restaurants offer a special NRW menu, which many make available on their web site. If you have a food allergy or someone in our party does, you may want to call ahead and inform the restaurant so they can make accommodations.

Bon appétit!

November 5, 2010 at 10:21 am Leave a comment


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