Tuesday, June 24, 2014

my rhode island state secret for country living

Philadelphia-based writer Catherine Strawn
Through my publisher I was approached by Country Living to share a Rhode Island "state secret" for their Country Living Across America series. I was so excited not only for the opportunity to contribute to the esteemed publication but to promote my beloved Ocean State.

Visit link for information or Visit Rhode Island
I tried to think of a destination that would appeal to almost anyone, not be a niche, be easy to access and have nearby places to discover en route. After much consideration I landed on The Duck and Bunny, a cozy restaurant in Providence that calls itself a snuggery.

Marisa in action!
First step: Ask my talented photographer pal Marisa Bettencourt (Marisa Pictures and M Studios) what her schedule looked like because I wanted this submission to shine! Next, contact The Duck and Bunny to see if they were interested and schedule the shoot.

Baker Brandy Schwalbe, whipped up a beautiful cake garnished with fresh flowers, along with a few signature dishes and drinks to highlight.

Marisa and I enjoyed a morning of styling (me) and shooting (her) in the pretty rooms of the snuggery. Afterwards we stayed for a yummy lunch!

The glass-topped cupcake drawer
Fun fact: See those strawberry-topped cupcakes? I surprised Fifi (also in RI for a photo shoot at the home of my friend) with them for her birthday! Her photographer Mark Lohman became an instant-fan.

As it turned out, I kind of blended in with the surroundings so Marisa took a photo of me just for fun.


Despite the elegant decor, the upbeat music and nice staff keep the D&B feeling relaxed and not at all stuffy, and of course the menu offerings are delish!

The selected image
Photo credit: Unknown/Google
I also gave a shout-out to nearby Wayland Bakery, one of the suppliers of JFK’s wedding cake. I should call and let them know because I have a hunch they're not very active online.

Snippet from the Country Living page on Facebook
The result!
Where to find the best dessert in Providence, Rhode Island

Related: Providence's Duck and Bunny featured on Country Living Website

And meanwhile ...

The SEASIDE SUMMER TOUR continues:
June 29 at 12:30 p.m.: Curiosity & Mischief, Narragansett, RI
June 30 at 6 p.m.: Greenville Public Library, Greenville, RI
July 5 at 1 p.m.: Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
July 14 at 7 p.m.: East Smithfield Public Library, Smithfield, RI
July 21 at 7 p.m.: Mohr Memorial Library, Johnston, RI
July 26 at 2 p.m.: Island Books, Newport, RI

Happy June!

xo
elyse

3 comments:

Theresa said...

Happy June to you too sweet Elyse! I hope to visit your beautiful state some day:) Sending hugs your way!

Into Vintage said...

Elyse, it's so fun to read along and see your writing and styling career blossom. So happy all your lovely talents are being recognized. xo

Stacey@ Cottage Industry said...

oh i would love this sweet place! "Duck and Bunny"...are you kidding me with that name?! Too Cute.
XO