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The Lobster Pot, 119-121 Hope Street, Bristol
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A Taste Of India
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The Purple Cat Restaurant
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Cardiovascular Disease and Vegetarianism
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Kabob and Cur
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Portabel
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Café Nuo
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Haruki Ea
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Helpful Hints For Valentine's Day
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The Capital Gril
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Trinity Brewhouse
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The Many Faces of a Leek
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The Providence Oyster B
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Great Asparagus Ideas
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Jack’s Family Restaura
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What You Didn't Know About Parsnips
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Redlefsen’s Rotisserie & Gri
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Farmstead Fine Cheeses and Unique Edibles
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All About Artichokes
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The Canfield Hou
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Amy’s Place
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Mustard Greens
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Kartab
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Glorious Greens
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Le Bistro Newpo
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A Great Time For Kale
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Providence Pri
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Ruffuls
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Watercress, a healthy treat
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The Downstairs Bist
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A Favorite Green- Spinach
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Caffe It
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3 Steeple Street
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The Mystery of a Melon
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Lot 4
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Chelo’s Hometown Bar and Grille
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The Blue Fin Gril
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Tofu
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The King’s Fea
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Peas in Springtime
by Alica London

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Upcoming Events
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Lighthouse Diner
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Olga’s Cup and Saucer
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Royal Vegetarianism
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Trattoria Simpati
by Bob Mariani

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Soy, Anyway You Like It!
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The Sideb
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Bolivian Restaurant
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The Mystery of a Melon
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Ind
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Quorn
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Chez Pasc
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The List Goes On and On
by Alica London

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Renaissan
by Bob Mariani

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Puppy Picnic by the Shore
by Alica London

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McCormick & Schmick
by Bob Mariani

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What's Your Pleasure!
by Alica London

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Feast or Fami
by Bob Mariani

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Julian’s Restaurant
by Brian J. Lowney

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Salads That Make A Meal: Tofu
by Alica London

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Pakara
by Bob Mariani

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Via Via Brick Oven Pizza
by Brian J. Lowney

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Food & Frolic
by Alica London

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Summer Round-up
by Bob Mariani

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Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old Country Store
by Brian J. Lowney

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What's for Dinner
by Alica London

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The Oyster Bar & Gri
by Bob Mariani

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A Sweet Ending with Famous Vegetarians
by Alica London

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Mo
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Fellini Pizzeria
by Brian J. Lowney

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Sushi-Go, we hope they stay!
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Café de V
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Why Vegan
by Alica London

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The Cheeky Monkey Ca
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The Longhorn Steakhou
by Bob Mariani

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Chili’s
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Wonderful Cheese of Great Britain
by Alica London

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Union Station Brewery
by Brian J. Lowney

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by Alica London
The Best Cheese In the World - France

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Mc Fadden
by Bob Mariani

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Life Is Great On Broadway
by Alica London

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Ind
by Bob Mariani

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Celebrating the Holy Cheese, Swiss
by Alica London

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Kabob & Cur
by Bob Mariani

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Andreas Restaurant
by Brian J. Lowney

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Enjoying the Good Potato
by Alica London

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The Downstairs Bistro at Second Story Theat
by Bob Mariani

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Brussels Sprouts, One of Fall's Special Treats
by Alica London

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Big Fi
by Bob Mariani

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It's Cranberry Time
by Alica London

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The Fine Fruits of Fall
by Alica London

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Faux Turkey
by Alica London

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Chiazza Trattori
by Bob Mariani

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Chinese Snacks
by Alica London

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Ask The Expert
by Chris Gasbarro

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10 Steak & Sus
by Bob Mariani

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving
by Alica London

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Cilantro Mexican Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Holiday Entertaining
by Alica London

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DeWolf Tave
by Bob Mariani

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Vegetarian Happenings
by Alica London

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XO Steak Hou
by Bob Mariani

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Pizzeria Uno – Chicago Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Holiday Pleasures
by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Instant Cocktail Party
by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate
by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Geoff's Superlative Sandwiches
by Brian J. Lowney

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Succulent Morsels
by Alica London

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Best of ’04 Best New Restaurant
DeWolf Tave

by Bob Mariani

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Lucky Gard
by Bob Mariani

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Bertucci’s Brick Oven Ristorante
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Lobster P
by Bob Mariani

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Lei’s Bar & Grill (formerly The Catfish Gril
by Bob Mariani

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Urban Kitchen Café
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Sakonnet Fish C
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Viola
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The Ivy Tave
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Brick Alley P
by Bob Mariani

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Tito’s Cantina Mexican Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Table
by Bob Mariani

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Banana Pudding
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Caffe Dolce Vi
by Bob Mariani

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Coconut Cookie Nests
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Rob's Corner Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Geppetto
by Bob Mariani

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Banana Cream Cheesecake
by Ann Castle

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Mediterran
by Bob Mariani

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Cappuccino Brownies with White Chocolate Sauce
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The Mooring Restaura
by Bob Mariani

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Waffles for Dessert
by Ann Castle

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Napa Valley Gril
by Bob Mariani

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Delicious Dilemma
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Quick Guide to German Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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Cherryston
by Bob Mariani

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Creamy Caramel Treasure Brownies
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Wines from Israel
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Glass Oni
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate-Cinnamon Angel Cake
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Gin is Back In
by Chris Gasbarro

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Zooma Bar Ristoran
by Bob Mariani

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Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Ann Castle

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Kosher Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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L’Epicureo at The Hotel Providen
by Bob Mariani

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The Lobster Pot
119 Hope Street
Bristol, RI

by Rob Mariani

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Lemon Nut White Chip Cookies
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French Regional Wine Class/Tasti
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate Crumb Bars
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Ask the Expert
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Hi-H
by Bob Mariani

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Cookie and Ice Cream Frozen Dessert
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Summer Wines from Rodney Strong Vineyards
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Nat. Porter I
by Bob Mariani

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White Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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Pane E Vi
by Bob Mariani

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Custard Tart with Fresh Berries
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Paraduxx Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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Lot 4
by Bob Mariani

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Brownies with Coconut Frosting
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Unoaked Chardonnays
by Chris Gasbarro

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Persimmon Restaura
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
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New Sauvignon Blanc
by Chris Gasbarro

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Oak Restaurant and B
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate Decadence with Sweet Cream
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Dr. Loosen Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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DeWolf Tave
by Bob Mariani

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Rich Raspberry Swirl Brownies
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The Margarita!
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Gatehouse Restaura
by Bob Mariani

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Squares
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White Rum
by Chris Gasbarro

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Raphael Bar Ris
by Bob Mariani

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Banana Caramel Fluff
by DesiRey

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Rhone Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Downstairs Bist
by Bob Mariani

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Bananas Foster
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Burgundy Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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Shogun Steak & Seafood Hou
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
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Austrian Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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Bella Vis
by Bob Mariani

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Dessert Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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Jacky’s Galaxie & Sushi B
by Bob Mariani

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Café Four
by Bob Mariani

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Ask the Expert
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Grille On Ma
by Bob Mariani

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Amazing Coconut Pie
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Dry Rose

by Chris Gasbarro

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The Longhorn Steakhouse
400 Bald Hill Road
Warwick Mall, Warwick

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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McCormick & Schmic
by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Twist
336 Baldhill Road
Warwick, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Audrey’s at the Johnson & Wales Inn
213 Taunton Avenue
Seekonk, MA

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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The Blue Plate Diner
665 West Main Road
Middletown, RI

by Bob Mariani

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The Salvation Café
140 Broadway
Newport, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Lot 401
44 Hospital Street
Providence Jewelry District

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Blaze
776 Hope Street
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Red Stripe
465 Angell Street
Providence

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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The Hi-Hat
3 Davol Square
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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A Very Good Year
by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Most Memorable Dishes of the Year
by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Bella Vista
One Finance Way
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Gracie’s
194 Washington Street
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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La Luna
272 Thayer Street
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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The Napa Valley Grille
Providence Place Mall
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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McCormick & Schmick’s
Providence Biltmore Hotel
11 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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French Regional Wine Class/Tasting
Seekonk Liquors
Rt. 6 Seekonk, MA


I’ve always shied away from "wine classes," I guess because I feel something as delightfully diverting as wine shouldn’t be turned into a plodding academic pursuit. But in the hands of the entertaining and knowledgeable Ms. Dellie Rex from Boston’s Wine Experiences, Inc., a wine class can be a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

The Thursday evening class I attended was one of a continuing series offered by local wine and spirits merchant Chris Gasbarro. The subject was "French Regional Wines," and it explored the six regions that are responsible for all of France’s world-class wines: Alsace, Champagne, The Loire Valley, Bordeaux, The Cotes du Rhone, and Burgundy. As Ms. Rex explained, these six regions account for less than 15% of France’s total wine production, but they are the regions whose wines are (justifiably) the best known.

The grapes produced in these areas comprise nine of what are called "The Ten Noble Varietals." These are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, Gerwurztraminer, Channon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah.

One of the first points Ms. Rex makes is that wine was meant to be drunk with food and that very often, wine that’s consumed by itself can taste quite different than wine that accompanies a meal. To illustrate this, Chef Ken from Johnson & Wales’s Seekonk restaurant Audrey’s, was also present to prepare some victuals to go with our varietals.

We began with a glass of 2003 Riesling, Leon Beyer from Alsace. Using the typical sensual metaphors, Ms. Rex described the taste as a combination of "green apples and slate." I had to struggle a bit to get it, but the more I drank, the more accurate her descriptions grew.

Next we had a 2003 Sancerre, Michel Redde from the Loire Valley, famed for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes. "Dill and grapefruit" were the nuances that sprang to Ms. Rex’s practice lips for this one. I found this wine, by itself, a bit one dimensional. That changed for the better later when I had it with some of Chef Ken’s pasta in a heavy cream sauce.

Then there was a 2002 Chateau L’Etoile, Graves from Bordeaux, which drew a nice response from the class, followed by a slightly more interesting 2002 Gewurztraminer, Leon Beyer from Alsace.

The tasting of the whites concluded on a very high note with a sampling of an absolutely seductive, buttery, full-bodied 2002 Meursault Charmes Premier Cru from Louis Jadot of Burgundy, which had the whole class rolling its eyes with delight.

After cleansing our pallets and glasses, we proceeded to the evening’s "flight of reds," which began with a nicely balanced 2002 Cotes de Nuits-Villages "la Vaucrain" by Louis Jadot of Burgundy made from Pinon Noir grapes. This was followed by a slightly more complex 2001 Cotes de Rhone-Villages, "Melodie d’Amour," by Chateau Signac also from Burgundy. I discovered that the longer these wines were swirled in the glass and were allowed to "breathe," the more complex and flavorful they became.

The finishing touch was a truly spectacular 2001 Chateau Laplagnotte Bellevue from the vineyards of St. Emilion in Bordeaux. Made from a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes, this wine began with a seductive, flowery "nose" that blossomed on the tongue into an elegant bouquet of cherry, cinnamon, and dark mushroom-y flavors that made it practically a meal in itself.

While we were sampling, Chef Ken had rustled up some lovely sautéed salmon with wilted baby spinach leaves. He finished it with a hefty dash of the "Melody d’Amour," which complemented the dish perfectly. The big, full-bodied Chateau Laplagnotte Bellevue, however was just too powerful for the fish and was obviously created to go with stronger flavored, red meat type dishes like lamb or venison.

Gasbarro’s wine classes are held once a month throughout the year. They cost $25 per person and include a 15% discount on all featured wines. Classes are held in the upstairs tasting room of Gasbarro’s Liquors on Rt. 6 in Seekonk. For more information call 401-331-WINE or go to www.chrisgasbarro.com.

Bob Mariani is a Southeastern New England freelance author. Besides his "Your Table is Ready" restaurant reviews found here, he also writes jazz articles on allaboutjazz.com.

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