Coastal Cooking: Chicken or Shrimp Mozambique

Today’s Coastal Cooking recipe is courtesy of Chef Kyle Carlos of Portsmouth Publick House via our weekly Rhode Show segments, which premiere Tuesday’s at 9am.

What You’ll Need:

2 lbs of Chicken Breast or 2lbs Shrimp
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp garlic
2 cups of White or Brown Rice
4 Cup Water

For Mozambique Sauce:

½ lb Butter
5 oz Minced Garlic
36 oz Budweiser or Heavy Lager
2 -3 packets of Sazon Goya
2 – 4 tbsp Pimenta Moida (Portuguese Red Pepper Sauce) for spicy use 4tbsp
1 cup Franks hot sauce
2 oz Lemon Juice
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper

How To Make It:

1.) In small pot add rice and water. Bring to a boil then shut off burner, keep covered until rice is fluffy. Approximately 15 minutes.

2.) Dice chicken into cubes. If using shrimp, peel and de-vain shrimp. In saucepan add butter, garlic and chicken or shrimp. Sauté until browned, not fully cooked through. Approximately 5-6 minutes on medium/high heat depending on burner.

3.) For Mozambique sauce, add butter and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes on high heat or until garlic is translucent. Add Sazon seasoning and beer and let cook for 2-4 minutes on high heat. Add Pimenta Moida, hot sauce and lemon juice and let cook for 2-4 minutes. Add chicken or shrimp, and let simmer on low heat for 5 minutes or until cooked through.

4.) Once rice is cooked, place rice on bottom of bowl or large plate. Put chicken or shrimp over rice, and top with Mozambique sauce.

5 Last Minute Island Getaway Packages

Our latest Stay & Save packages are just what you need to fuel your next island getaway.
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The Hotel Viking | Breakfast on Bellevue

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast for two in the historic yet elegant Hotel Viking after a night of strolling area wharves and embracing local attractions. This package includes an overnight stay for two, breakfast for two and complimentary parking.
Rate Offer: Rates start at $114 per night plus tax. Based on availability. Use promo code: BED.
Offer Valid: April – October, 2015. Based on availability.

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Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa | Girls Getaway

Your Girls Getaway island retreat just minutes from downtown Newport includes: deluxe guestroom accommodations with panoramic water views, one 50-minute Stillwater Spa treatment (massage or facial), one tea-infused cocktail (MoTeajo, Citron Mimosa, SpaTeani), wine tasting (with optional tour) at Newport Vineyards, admission to tour one of the historical Gilded Age Newport mansions, coffee and dessert of your choice in the Windward Restaurant, Godiva Chocolate and turn down service.
Rate Offer: Starting at $297
Offer Valid: Ongoing package. Subject to availability.

King Room Harbor

Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina | Romance by the Sea

An overnight stay in historic downtown with picturesque harbor views, champagne and chocolates delivered to your room, indoor or outdoor waterfront dinner for two ($85 dinner voucher), breakfast for two the next morning and two attraction vouchers are everything you need to fuel your romance by the sea.
Rate Offer: Starting at $310 – $660. Based on availability and room type.
Offer Valid: April 1 – June 30, 2015.

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Homewood Suites by Hilton | Enjoy the Tastes of the Town

Located just two miles from downtown Newport, your stay in one of Homewood Suites by Hilton’s spacious studio suite includes a full breakfast buffet, evening dinner with beer and wine, and $75.00 gift certificate to the Newport Restaurant Group, valid at The Mooring, Castle Hill, Boathouse and 22 Bowen’s.
Rate Offer: $174 – $284
Offer Valid: April 1 – December 31, 2015.

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Residence Inn by Marriott | Wine & Tasting Tour

Spend a relaxing three days and two nights visiting some of Newport County’s culinary treasures. Enjoy a wine tasting for two at Newport Vineyards, followed by shopping in Newport with your $20 voucher at The Spice & Tea Exchange. Indulge in two picnic lunches including cheese, french bread and seasonal fruit from Fatulli’s Gourmet Bakery & Deli located next to Newport Vineyards. Visit Greenvale Vineyards for a wine tasting for two and tour overlooking Sakonnett River. Start every morning with a full hot breakfast buffet. Retreat in the evenings to a spacious suite with a fully equipped kitchen and living room offering you all the comforts of home. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings be treated to a complimentary evening meal from 6pm-7:30pm.
Rate Offer: $121 – $411. Use promotional code ES7
Offer Valid: Valid 7 days a week Through December 31, 2015.

Can you SIT IN A GARDEN this June?

Discover Newport welcomes guest blogger Katie Dyer of Newport Secret Garden Tour

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Become A Newport Secret Garden Tours Volunteer.

Imagine yourself sitting in a very stunning colorful garden with a variety of trees and flowers, the sun shining down, a cool breeze grazing your face and the sound of birds happily chirping away. Sounds delightful, right?

The Newport Secret Garden Tour is looking for volunteers for the upcoming June Tours which will take place in the city’s historic Point Section on June 26-28, from 10 am to 5 pm. These beautiful gardens, genuine labors of love that are primarily maintained by the owners, are shared with the community to help raise funds for the arts education programs in the Island’s public schools. As a thank you for volunteering, you will receive a free ticket for the tour that is valid all weekend long to visit the 12-14 lovely gardens on the tour. And who doesn’t love free tickets? If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have questions, please email us: info@secretgardentour.org.

We generally assign two host/hostesses per garden, for each 3 to 4 hour shift. Volunteer with a friend and make a day of it.

Since 1984, the organizers and supporters of The Secret Garden Tour have been dedicated to enhancing art education and cultural programs in Aquidneck Island’s Public Schools, funding dozens of programs in music, theater and fine arts for local schoolchildren. To date, The Secret Garden Tour has given more than $1 million to these programs.

In Spring 2014, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named Newport, Rhode Island “one of the best walking cities in the U.S.” and specifically named the spring Secret Garden Tour through the city’s historic Point section as one of the highlights.

For additional information, be sure to visit the website: www.secretgardentours.org

Coastal Cooking: Eggs Poached in Red Wine

Today’s Coastal Cooking recipe is courtesy of Matthew MacCartney of Jamestown Fish via our weekly Rhode Show segments, which premiere Tuesday’s at 9am.

Side note! Chef MacCartney has been nominated for Food & Wine’s 2015 The People’s Best New Chef.

What You’ll Need

8 Fresh Farm Eggs
½ Bottle Red Wine
½ Cup Ruby Port
2 Shallots (chopped)
½ lb Bacon (ground)
½ lb Exotic Mushrooms (sliced)
1 oz Butter
1 oz Flour
4 Country Bread slices

How to make it:

Bring the red wine to a simmer and poach the eggs for 2 minutes then transfer into an ice bath to cool.

Sweat the shallots in a touch of oil for 2 minutes then add the bacon and cook 2 minutes more until some of the fat renders out. Add the mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes until they wilt. Add the strained wine and port and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. With a fork, mix the flour and butter (beurre maniere) and add to the sauce. Cook gently for 5 additional minutes as the sauce thickens.

Adjust seasoning and hold warm.

Toast the bread in olive oil and place the eggs on the bread and put in oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes to reheat the eggs. Place the bread and eggs on a plate, spoon over the sauce and serve.

Sauteed Spinach and Roasted Potatoes are a nice accompaniment.

Street Eats: Food Trucks Arrive in Newport

A phenomenon that originated on the streets of Los Angeles around 2008, the food truck industry has since sprouted up in cities across the country from Portland to NYC. Serving as a culinary oasis for a population of hungry locavores in search of an inexpensive meal that also upholds gourmet standards, the food truck industry is continually on the rise, serving an estimated 2.5 billion people daily. Starting today, that trend makes its way to the City by the Sea for a six-month street-food haven.

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Local food trucks (one per week) from across Rhode Island will station outside the award-winning Residence Inn by Marriott Newport/Middletown every other Wednesday from 6-9pm. Serving up everything from gourmet grilled cheese to authentic Chinese cuisine, they are sure to please the palate of every local foodie.

The Schedule:
April 8, 2015 Eddie’s BBQ
April 22, 2015 Mijos Tacos
May 6, 2015 Rocket Fine Street Food
May 20, 2015 Buddha Belly
June 3, 2015 Championship Melt
June 17, 2015 Citizen Wing
July 1, 2015 Acacia Cafe
July 15, 2015 Rocket Fine Street Food
July 29, 2015 Mijos Tacos
August 12, 2015 Buddha Belly
August 26, 2015 Championship Melt
September 9, 2015 Citizen Wing
September 23, 2015 Eddie’s BBQ
The Trucks:
Acacia Cafe Food Truck touts itself as a chic green food truck. Based in Little Compton RI, their cuisine is made from the best natural, local and organic ingredients for the most delicious gourmet sandwiches with international flavor.
Acacia Cafe Food Truck touts itself as a chic green food truck. Based in Little Compton RI, their cuisine is made from the best natural, local and organic ingredients for the most delicious gourmet sandwiches with international flavor.
Buddha Belly serves authentic Chinese "street food" along with non-authentic offerings such as chicken wings, fried zucchini sticks and fried corn clusters. Their food is made to order so you can specify your preference on level of heat or likes and dislikes of seasonings.
Buddha Belly serves authentic Chinese “street food” along with non-authentic offerings such as chicken wings, fried zucchini sticks and fried corn clusters. Their food is made to order so you can specify your preference on level of heat or likes and dislikes of seasonings.
hampionship Melts the only wrestling-themed, gourmet grilled cheese food truck in the world offering variations on the American classic while also providing vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options.
Championship Melt is the only wrestling-themed, gourmet grilled cheese food truck in the world offering variations on the American classic while also providing vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options.
The Citizen Wing Food Truck offers gourmet wings and comfort food with a twist.
The Citizen Wing Food Truck offers gourmet wings and comfort food with a twist.
Eddie's BBQ serves up pulled pork and ribs, offering traditional favorites as well as vegetarian options.
Eddie’s BBQ serves up pulled pork and ribs, offering traditional favorites as well as vegetarian options.
Mijos Tacos, LA style taqueria serving Mexican street food, offers traditional Mexican fare like tacos, tostadas, burritos and quesadillas filled with carnitas, chicken,  steak and house made salsas.
Mijos Tacos, LA style taqueria serving Mexican street food, offers traditional Mexican fare like tacos, tostadas, burritos and quesadillas filled with carnitas, chicken, steak and house made salsas.
Rocket Street Food specializes in out-of-this-world hamburgers prepared with pride and care using naturally-Raised Black Angus Beef, meaning their burgers are free of hormones or antibiotics and are primarily grass fed on family-owned sustainable ranches.
Rocket Street Food specializes in out-of-this-world hamburgers prepared with pride and care using naturally-Raised Black Angus Beef, meaning their burgers are free of hormones or antibiotics and are primarily grass fed on family-owned sustainable ranches.

The Newport Craft Beer Festival Returns

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The 4th Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival returns for two days of taste-testing, live music and “local flavors” from area breweries and restaurants starting Friday, May 8. The festival, which continues to support the RI Brewers Guild, features carefully crafted brews from 35 of the nation’s top breweries, including local favorites like Newport Storm Brewery and Coddington Brewing Co.

The Details

Friday, May 8
Time: 8-10pm
Location: Newport Storm Brewery
Info: Friday evening’s session – referred to as the VIB (Very Important Beers) Event – serves as a smaller, more intimate setting, featuring beers from festival brewers not available on Saturday.

Saturday, May 9
Time: Noon-3pm and 4-7pm
Location: Great Friends Meeting House, Newport
Info: Saturday’s sessions will feature craft breweries from all over the country on the lawn of Great Friends Meeting House on Farewell Street. Each brewery is required to send their own staff members so that attendees have the opportunity to learn first-hand about each beer from people who help make, market, design and taste-test each brew.  The festival also features a “Guild Row,” a special area under the festival tent emphasizing local Rhode Island beers, easily accessible in one spot.

Featured Breweries: (full listing here)

Guests will have the opportunity to sample beers from all the breweries present, keep the commemorative tasting glass, and declare their favorite brewery by voting for the 2nd Annual Fan Favorite Award, as well as get a taste of the ‘local flavor’ from Newport restaurants offering their best plates while listening to live bands at each session.

The annual festival benefits the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, a not-for-profit organization that supports Ocean State craft breweries. Over the last three years, the Festival has raised an estimated $30,000 for the Guild.

As is the case with most alcohol-related events, the festival is a 21+ event. Friday VIB tickets are $35, and Saturday tickets are $45. Space is limited to 75 tickets on Friday, and 550 for each session on Saturday.  Tickets include admission, unlimited beer samples, live music and a souvenir glass.

For more information:
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Coastal Cooking: Raspberry ‘Craisin’ Chicken Ciabattas

Today’s Coastal Cooking recipe is courtesy of Scott Cowell of Melville Grille in Portsmouth via our weekly Rhode Show segments, which premiere Tuesday’s at 9am.

For The Creamy Goat Cheese Dressing

2 cups Raspberry Vinegar
1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pinch Kosher Salt
Pinch Black Pepper
8 oz Goat Cheese

In a mixing bowl add vinegar, salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle olive oil  into mixture, whisking until thoroughly incorporated and ever-so thick. Add goat cheese and whisk until smooth. Chill until ready to assemble sandwiches.

For The Sandwiches

4 – 8 oz boneless Chicken Breasts, trimmed even (butterflied)
2 cups Baby Arugula
½ cup Dried Cranberries
4 – 2×6 Fresh Ciabattas
2 oz Olive Oil
Pinch Salt
Pinch Pepper

how to make it

Rub chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill on medium heat. Split ciabattas and toast on grill until lightly browned and remove. Generously brush both sides of the ciabatta with the Creamy Goat Cheese Dressing and distribute “craisins” evenly between the sandwiches. When chicken is thoroughly cooked place on the bottom side of the ciabatta. Top with the baby arugula and other side of the ciabatta, cut in half and serve.