Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Trip to Newport

My cousin's wedding in Newport, RI provided the perfect excuse to take a mini-vacation. We roamed, photographed, celebrated and, of course, dined.

Speaking of dining, on Saturday I shouted out to my Twitter friends for suggestions on where to go for lunch. All I can say is, I wish we were in Newport longer to take advantage of all the tasty suggestions. Thanks everyone!

The top suggestion was Tallulah on Thames. I don't think there could have been a more perfect choice for me. It's a farm to table restaurant! The menu features seasonal, market-driven ingredients highlighting local farms and artisans. We happily headed down Thames St., all the while contemplating the deliciousness that would be in store for us. But then ... denied! Tallulah's hours had changed. They are only open for dinner and Sunday brunch. Darn it. Darn it. That evening we had the wedding and we were leaving the next morning. Darn it. Darn it. This place looks amazing and the menu on the window sounded delightful.

So a little bit bummed, we searched people's recommendations and thanks to a link from Top 10 Fresh to the Local Food Guide to Rhode Island, we decided on a new lunch destination: The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar. The guide gave a description of the restaurant as well as a list of the local farms/artisans it supports.

According to the guide, The Mooring has some guiding principles:

"Maximum attention is given to cuisine quality, as defined by the source of the ingredients, the method of procurement from the environment, and the organic purity of habitat and growth. We purchase only the freshest fish delivered from regional and international fishmongers. Speed to market, ‘Top of the Catch’ selection and packaging techniques are scrutinized when purchasing from fish purveyors. When possible we support ‘Day Boat Fishermen.’ We acknowledge that there are unsustainable fishing practices taking place around the world. We aim to support sustainable harvesting methods when possible, to help ensure the health of our food sources for future generations. We believe that utilizing locally grown, organic produce in our dishes supports the local farming industry, enhances the connection between the plate and its source, and ultimately increases the quality of the culinary experience. Therefore, maximum effort is made to integrate local, organic produce into our menus whenever possible ... To help mitigate negative environmental consequences of our business, and to preserve local farmlands, we are committed to local groups that educate and practice sustainable development. Supporting those who provide for us is part of our dedication to a quality culinary experience."

Sounded like they are trying to be responsible in their menu selections. We decided to give it a try.

We sat outside overlooking boats in the harbor. I sipped a Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale and snacked on the "Bag of Doughnuts." Holy fried goodness! The doughnuts are actually lobster, crab and shrimp fritters served with a chipotle-maple aioli. My taste-buds were happy. Our lunch choice worked out well.

As a side note, I would bet this restaurant is especially nice for dinner at sunset.

Overall our mini-vacation to Newport was a restful, beautiful way to wrap up the summer.

And, Tallulah, I'll see you next time!
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