I love Providence, Rhode Island! When life gets to be a bit too much and I'm craving a quick adventure there is no better place to explore. A friend of mine lives in this artsy mecca and she's a gal in-the-know when it comes to the hot happenings about town. "Adventures with Jen" are always new, interesting and loads of fun!
I had less than 24 hours to kill before I was back on duty as Mom to my three babies so Jen had her work cut out for her. She never disappoints! We started the the evening at The Arcade, the nation's oldest indoor shopping mall. This historic site is a three story building that includes a first floor filled with interesting shops and restaurants while the second and third floors are a series of efficiently designed micro-loft residences. We browsed the retail shops filled with vintage wares, designer clothing and jewelry originals from local art school RISD (Rhode Island School of Design).
With our thirst for the arts quenched it was time to eat! Food is not just food in Providence. Food is art, food is, in and of itself, an adventure. There would be no burger and a beer, no no no, tonight it was authentic ramen at Ken's Ramen on Washington Street. The wait was a bit long to get into this hotspot but it was well worth it. After taking our seats and briefly scanning the menu, I had no idea what to expect or how to even order a meal. I wasn't at all sold on it at first because to me it was just soup, right? Well, yes and no.
The waiter came to the table and took our drink orders. We both ordered a beer. Sapporo for me and a Hoegaarden for Jen. Both the waiter and Jen were quick to make suggestions on what I should order and I followed each and every one of them.
We started with a "Pork Bun"..... tender pork with a hint of sweet and smoke, peppery arugula and a spongy soft bun. Not too big and not too small. A perfect few bites to get things started.
Then the main course, a steaming bowl of Ken's Paitan Ramen with scallions, beansprouts, nori and chicken. Eating this hearty bowl of soup was a true test of my chopsticks skills!