Recently our own DJ Psycho Eddie had a chance to check out the new Half Way Tree location in Providence, RI , here are his thoughts...
While venturing out one night, I was looking for some dinner options before an event I was attending. After searching an app for local restaurants, I happened upon Half Way Tree, located at 150 Chestnut St in Providence. (They share a space with "The Fat Squirrel")
Half Way Tree serves authentic Jamaican food. Looking at the menu, It has the the typical Beef Patties and Jerk Chicken. It also has Caribbean staples like Calliloo, Jerk Chicken and Ackee and Saltfish.
Their menu also features several other authentic Jamaican dishes, such as, Curried Goat Chicken and Shrimp, Jerk Chicken Pork and Shrimp, Pepper Shrimp, and Ten Varieties of Patties.
We started the meal off with a Beef Patty and a Jerk Chicken Patty, which were both spicy (but not too Spicy) fillings wrapped in a flaky crust. Delicious!
For our entrees, it was the Stewed Oxtail and the Fish Escovich.
The Oxtail came with rice with pigeon peas and plantains. The meat was tender and flavorful, with a little of the sauce it was cooked in.
The Fish Escovich was a whole fried Red Snapper, topped with onions, peppers and a vinegar sauce. Also served with rice with peas and plantains.
Having actually been to Jamaican, I have eaten some very good Jamaican cuisine and Half Way Tree is by far the best place I have been.
DJ Psycho Eddie is the co-host MyNightOut Radio on RI Free Radio
Recently we sent our own DJ Psycho Eddie to scope out the new Greenwich Cove Meadery, here are his thoughts...
Today I took a trip to the Greenwich Cove Meadery. I have to say, I was highly impressed, and I think you will be too!
Currently still in the soft open stage (open on limited days for tastings and sales only) they have 5 different offerings to sample, buy by the glass to enjoy on premise, or purchase to take home in 500ml and 1Liter grolsch bottles.
They also have raw unfiltered honey, in different size containers.
If you have not been exposed to mead, it is a wine made from honey instead of grapes. It usually
has more body due to the honey it's made from, also the alcohol content is higher due to the
fermenting sugars. They do not boil the honey before the fermentation or filter it afterward.
This is a 100% natural product.
Upon my visit I was able to sample:
Pyment - made with wine grapes. This had a great flavor!
Golden Good - #1 and #2 Made with cinnamon spices and apple there were two
batches available. #2 had more cinnamon. (Like drinking apple pie.)
Cranberry - Cranberry flavor was pronounced with a tart, dry flavor.
Berry Bliss - mixed berry flavor, also surprisingly tart.
These 5 are all for sale, but I was also able to try some experimental batches like Pineapple and
Ghost Pepper!!! Both were fabulous even though the Ghost Pepper was a bit too spicy for some that tried it.
All of the honey used here is 100% raw, unfiltered, locally sourced, and hand gathered. As I talked
to the staff during the tasting, I found out how knowledgeable they are about the products they make and sell and the processes in getting raw ingredients to finished product.This would make a great stop for anyone to learn about mead and its history.
Hopefully they have a long future!
DJ Psycho Eddie is part of the new MyNightOut Radio (coming soon to RI Free Radio) which will also feature the Providence Night Out team.
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