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The World’s Biggest Doughnut, I Found It

There are two things I seem genetically and possibly geographically disposed to like: potato chips and doughnuts.  I cannot reasonably incorporate either of these things into my regular diet but I like to treat vacation as a guilt-free zone.  We are currently in Rhode Island, just off the coast and near a saltwater river having a very relaxing time.  I have made the most of my downtime, googling things like “best doughnuts in Rhode Island” and voila!  The doughnut cake:

I experienced this culinary gem at Allie’s Doughnut Shop and had to ask them to take it out of the case so I could photograph it properly.  I left my feet in there for scale.  It was already spoken for (apparently to secure one you do need to order several weeks in advance) but I did sample Allie’s regular sized doughnuts and I can honestly say as far as good old-fashioned doughnuts go they are the best I’ve had.  It is well worth the trip, probably about 30 minutes from larger cities like Newport and Providence.

We also spent Father’s Day at a great seafood spot called “Champlin’s“.  I’ve tried a lot of places like this in Rhode Island and a lot of them are pretty touristy and only decent.  But there are a few real gems and Champlin’s, pictured below (along with their perfect lobster salad roll) is one of them:

They also sell these ridiculously adorable felt lobster hats.  Daphne snatched one off the rack as we were waiting in line and we couldn’t get it off her head the rest of the night.  Future Halloween costume?

Also, conveniently located just below the restaurant is The Sweet Spot, a perfect way to sate your after-dinner sugar craving (fudge, ice cream, etc.) without having to make another stop.  The Block Island Ferry terminal is just steps away so it is worth eating here even if you are just passing through on your way there.

Since we are staying just outside Narragansett, we ventured into town for a drink at this waterfront bar/restaurant – The Coast Guard House .  We just had a drink on the upper deck and did not sample the food, but a sunset view doesn’t get much better than this.  And once it got dark, you could see the bridge into Newport glittering in the distance.  Pretty magical!

Thursday night my husband I will head into Providence to spend a night at The Dean Hotel which I am really looking forward to.  And I can’t mention Providence without acknowledging it’s rich history as the costume jewelry capital of the U.S.  Pre-1980 almost all costume jewelry sold in America was made there and Providence still has a neighborhood called The Jewelry District where old jewelry factories have since been converted into lofts.  And speaking of jewelry, my Charleston Rice Beads were just the right amount of the South to bring along with me up North:

It’s already been a great (and much-needed) vacation and we still have exactly seven days left, which makes me feel kind of like this:

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