Day trip to Providence with C + A! First stop, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. This is a cool little museum right in RISD’s campus. We got lucky and were able to get in for free thanks to a special event. They passed out quizzes that tell you which exhibits fit best with your personality. My answers were all over the place.
I’m not really into contemporary art but their eclectic collections featured some really cool designs.
Looking at the guide, my Mr. saw a hippo that was featured as a collection highlight. As we made our way over to the exhibit, we all joked about how guide books often make a big fuss over an item and it raises your expectations only to find that the piece is itty bitty. We couldn’t find the hippo so we asked a staff member to point us in the right direction. He told us we had passed it?? We turn around and realized that we had missed it because it was TINY! We were picturing a large statue. This guy could fit in the palm of our hands! People were probably wondering why there were four Asians laughing hysterically at a little blue hippo.
It was nice to get out of the heat and humidity for a bit. The RISD Museum is definitely worth checking out if you’re a design junky.
For dinner, we decided to check out Los Andes Restaurant. It has incredible reviews on Yelp and several people had recommended it to us, including C+A. Could it really be that good It’s a pretty unassuming looking place in a residential area but it’s much bigger than it looks from the outside!
This is the beef heart appetizer, anticuchos. It smelled amazing. I’m not big on beef so I didn’t try it but apparently it’s a hidden gem on their menu. And that’s it! This is the only photo I took of the food. We were crazy hungry at this point and I completely forgot about my camera once the food started coming out. Their bread was so good (warm, soft inside, perfect crunch on the outside) and I liked that their olive oil had a little heat to it. In addition to the beef heart, we also had ceviche and I had a chicken empanada. I wasn’t thrilled with my empanada which bummed me out a bit. It was pretty dry but the flavors were good. I was so happy to see that their menu had so many chicken options! I had the pollada, “fresh boneless chicken thigh marinated in aji panca, pan seared, topped with medallions of purple potatoes and finished with crema de rocoto, served with white rice”. C+A recommended upgrading to cheesy rice which was totally worth it. I don’t even remember what everyone else got but we were all SO FULL at the end of it. The portions are enormous. Our friends can really eat but they said that the plates were big even by their standards so we did family style instead of ordering an entree per person. The food was heavy and rich but so delicious. Even though we were stuffed, we somehow got talked into ordering a passion fruit cheesecake. Why do we do this to ourselves?? It’s cheesecake! How good can it be? It was amazing. The cheesecake was smooth and creamy and was topped with a passion fruit whipped cream, the perfect balance of sweet and fruity tartness with just a hint of coconut. We were speechless.
Now for the main event, WaterFire.
I couldn’t believe how crowded it was. We didn’t catch much of the lighting ceremony but we still enjoyed walking along the riverwalk, listening to the music. There’s not much to see but it was fun being in such a festive atmosphere.
And then, because we have no self control whatsoever, we had dessert. Again. C+A really liked this place when they visited Providence last summer. Pastiche is a cute little place filled with tiny cafe tables and chairs. It was almost 11:00PM but it was packed! And there’s a good reason why.
Oh silky smooth chocolate mousse cake. You are so very rich and decadent.
I know this doesn’t look like much but this was the star of the night. Blueberry cobbler! The blueberries were so summery fresh and perfectly sweetened. The pastry on top was like a shortcake/muffin top. I was obsessed. I kept taking little bites, trying to make it last and figure out what made it so dang good. Such a perfectly balanced dessert! I was tempted to ask if they sold just the biscuit. I wanted to take a big bag home with me and eat them with strawberries, blueberries, anything really.
So that ends our three dessert day. We went for the WaterFire but what we’ll remember most are the mind-blowing desserts. What are the chances of having three perfect desserts in one day? Since this trip, I’ve been googling blueberry cobbler recipes trying to find something that can replicate the Pastiche cobbler. If you have a good recipe, please share it in the comments!
92 Spruce St
Providence, RI 02903
Los Andes Restaurant
903 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI 02908