Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 New Year Resolution ... Eat in more diners.

Tonight,we're ringing in the New Year in .... home with good friends and a Family Game Night!  On the menus:

Food:  family fav - Nana's Italian Cookies (always lead with dessert) and Denise's Eclairs, Eveready Diner's Mac 'n Cheese and trying out MoGridder's Dry Rub on ribs.

Games: Left-Right-Center, Texas Hold 'Em, Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It,  Funglish, Scribblish or and Catchphrase (I'm a Hasbro girl, after all!)

Style: Slippers or cozy socks, pajama's or stretchy pants for all that food. Of course, no comfy New Year's is complete with out paper tiaras and glasses to view 2011 in style.

Drinks: In addition to the bubbly and beer, we're trying out Hot Buttered Rum and Winter White Sangria.

Need a resolution that you can keep? Support your local community - visit a diner, farmer's market, hardware store or library. (Mine is to do all that ... and blog about it!)

Happy and healthy New Year wishes to everyone.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Will Santa be stopping at Haven Brothers?


Christmas at The Modern

Let me know - I couldn't find their hours.  But, here's when your other fav RI diners will be open on Christmas Eve.

Hope Diner 742 Hope St., Bristol, Friday hours:
Snoopy’s Diner 4001 Quaker Lane, No. Kingstown Friday hours:
Modern Diner 364 East Avenue, Pawtucket, Friday hours:
Right Spot 200 South Bend Street, Pawtucket, Friday hours:
Seaplane Diner 307Allens Ave, Providence, Friday hours:
Liberty Elm Diner 777 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, Friday hours:
Bishop’s Fourth Street Diner 184 Admiral Kalbfus Rd., Newport Friday hours:
Denny’s Diner 444 Quaker Lane, Warwick, Open 24 hours. Friday hours: closing at

Patriot’s Diner 65 Founders Drive, Woonsocket, Open 24 hrs – closing at Christmas Day

Rumor has it:
Jigger’s Diner 145 Main St in East Greenwich reopened a few weeks ago. Does anyone know for sure? Also, what’s the status of the State Line Diner, 195 Danielson Pike, Foster, RI? Is the Denny’s Diner in Coventry a diner? What’s the scoop with a Russell’s Diner in CF?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Merry

The Liberty Elm Diner,
Providence, RI 2010
The week leading up to Christmas is always hectic ... and I love it. 

I'm one of those holiday geeks: love the music, love buying gifts, REALLY love wrapping the gifts (in front of the tree, with music in the background or maybe 'The Year Without A Santa Claus' in on the TV).

I love getting together with friends and I love visiting family or having people over to our house. 

Love The Season. And love those diners that do too. Check back Wednesday for a list of local diners and their holiday schedule.

In the meantime, enjoy Heatmizer by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Model Train Exhibit This Weekend

My husband has a few Lionel trains so we're going to check out the National Heritage Museum in Lexington this weekend. The HUB Division of the National Railroad Association will be setting up a display this Saturday (December 11) and Sunday (December 12).

Stuff you need to know:

Address: National Heritage Museum is located at 33 Marrett Road (at the intersection of
Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue), Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: (781) 861-6559
Cost: $5/family (members); $7/family (non-members)

Deluxe Town Diner, 2008

Since I don't have good luck getting to Wilson's Diner (Main Street Waltham) when it is open, maybe we'll try the Deluxe Town Diner (Mount Auburn Street, Watertown) for lunch.

Any other suggestions?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Is It A Diner - Nantucket, Massachusetts?

On the heels of Friday's post, I have a question .... does anyone know if this building is a diner or a dining car?

We were in Nantucket for the weekend for their Christmas Stroll. The Island has hosted it for the past 37 years, but this was my first 'Stroll'. Lots of fun!

The Coast Guard helps Santa out by giving him a ride to the Island on one of their boats. (Evidently reindeers can't swim.)

The restaurant was closed for the winter, so I guess I'll have to head back for Daffy Days in April. A weekend dedicated to yellow. Anyone interested?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Diners in Music Videos .. Are There Any?

After my Springsteen post, I started to wonder, how many other diners have been in music videos. There has to be more than a few, right? Well, that may be true - I'm just having a hard time finding them. Sure, there are many that feature a uniformed waitresses in either a coffee shop or restaurant ... but actual diners?

The answer depends on how you describe a diner. As with most things, the response varies depending on who you ask. While the local cafe may have the same spirit, a diner has been defined by aficionados as a self-contained restaurant built by either the Worcester Lunch Car Company, Swingle, DeRaffle or any of the other manufacturers of the time. It was then transported in one (maybe two) pieces to its location.

A quick search turned up these:

Brass in Pocket by the Pretenders.
Happy Days by Weezer
Tom's Diner by Susanne Vega

They're cool videos (check them out on YouTube) but they're just weren't filmed in diners.  Do you know of any?

A screen grab from "Girls in
their Summer Clothes"

And of course, it clearly is just another reason why Springsteen rocks.