The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

The title of this post is the official name of Rhode Island, or at least I think it is. Last fall, there was a ballot initiative to shorten it to just “Rhode Island,” but I don’t know if it passed. The safety certificate in the elevator at the Downtown Providence Hampton Inn had the full name. Our trip to Providence for the Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island was short, a little more than 24 hours, but fun. Providence is only 80 minutes from our house and we get there a couple of times a year for different events.

Since I grew up in Connecticut, I’m a fan of Hartford, despite its downtrodden image. Providence is another former industrial city that has lost its luster, though it has done a better job than Hartford at getting its mojo back. At least the center city has been spruced up. The Hampton Inn was in the Financial District, right next to Textron World Headquarters and near many other historic buildings. The hotel itself was in an old bank. We explored the Downcity Arts District, had dinner at the very cool Foo(d) Restaurant at ASA220, and visited a street festival. Foo(d) had a dedicated vegan chef and robust portions. The neighborhood was a bit sketchy and the restaurant was cramped, but the food was worth it.

Whenever we visit another place, we seek out great vegetarian and vegan fare by searching Happy Cow. That is how we found ASA220 and also how we found Like No Udder, a very cool vegan ice cream truck. Debbie had read about the mobile unit and we just happened upon it at the street festival. We enjoyed dessert on the curb after dining al fresco at Foo(d).

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