A Quick Night in Providence, RI

As mentioned in Friday’s Happy Weekend post, we were celebrating Christa’s boyfriend Curtis’s 30th birthday with a big surprise on Friday night! That surprise was getting 8 other good friends together for a night at The Dean Hotel in Providence, RI. We dined at the Providence Flatbread (we’re making the rounds to get to as many New England Flatbread’s as possible), hung out in our penthouse suite (we rented the whole top floor, which had 4 connected rooms with 2 living rooms!) and spend the remainder of the evening down in the karaoke bar before venturing out for 1am french fries 🙂 It was perfect! Check out some pictures from our brief trip to Providence…

// The Dean Hotel

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{photo 6 provided by Lauren Kodiak, photos 8 & 9 by Brittany Gauthier}

// Flatbread Providence


^ The birthday boy himself 🙂

// North Bakery

This is one of our friend Lauren’s favorite spots in Providence. We got breakfast sammies and so many treats between us all – including the miso & brown butter cookie, the meringue with dark chocolate chips, a cinnamon roll and a regular chocolate chip cookie.

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We had a lovely lovely time and can’t wait to visit again. It was a super easy trip for Reg coming in from Boston on the commuter line, and it’s a quick 1.5 hours from Hartford. We also noticed that Providence is a foodie town and we plan on coming back soon to eat our way through 🙂

Have you been to Providence? What is your favorite place to go when you visit?

Flourless Peanut Butter Blondies

A few weekends ago I had another fun baking sesh with our good friend Lauren! We’ve baked together before (Gluten-Free Rosewater Cupcakes) and it’s always a pleasure to learn about the amazing food blogs she follows and the gluten free tips and tricks she passes along. While I don’t usually eat gluten free, I’m always interested in bringing it back to the basics, and these blondies do just that! It was also a nice surprise that they weren’t made with nuts, so Curtis was able to snack on some (he’s allergic to tree nuts).
Flourless Peanut Butter Blondies adapted from My New Roots
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted peanut butter (ingredients should just be peanuts)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
3.5oz dark chocolate (70% or higher), roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 325°F. In a small bowl whisk eggs and vanilla extract together, and set aside. In a measuring cup, combine sugar, salt, and baking soda. Measure out the peanut butter and place in a large bowl. Add the egg mixture to the peanut butter and stir thoroughly to combine. Add the sugar mixture and fold together (the dough will be very thick). Add about half of the chopped chocolate and stir to combine.
Press the dough into a parchment-lined 8×8″ brownie pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate over top and press each piece slightly into the dough. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the blondies are golden-brown. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan completely before cutting.
Also – how cute is her Jadeite cake stand?? Here are some similar options 1, 2 & 3.