The Rhode Show

Holiday DIY

December 9th, 2012 at 12:14 am by under The Rhode Show

Yesterday on the show, my guest was Professional Organizer Stasia Steele and she showed us ways to get organized around the holidays. Missed it? Watch it here.

Something Stasia didn’t get a chance to touch on was how important she believes it is to keep your entry way clean and clear during the holidays and why. So, I got the scoop for you!

With all the hustle and bustle, get a table top organizer that keeps the following things compartmentalized: incoming mail and catalogs (which you’re getting a lot of this time of year!), outgoing mail, keys, loose change, and cell phone. Sometimes the littlest things make a big difference!

Also, to make returning or exchanging items easier, keep things in separate bags with the receipt. Then store them in a container that lives in your entry way. That way, whenever you’re on your way out to do various errands, you’ll never forget to bring those items.

Lastly, around this time of year, you typically get a lot more traffic coming in/out of the house. De-clutter the entry way to give friends and family a nice first impression of your home as soon as they enter.  Also, have a place for them to hang their coats and take off their boots.

Stasia brings up good points and offers helpful ideas. Even if you’re not planning to host a party at your home, you’re still likely to have some kind of company during the holidays. So whether you have a few colleagues over before the work party or your neighbor drops by with a tray of cookies to wish you happy holidays, you want your place to look clean.

Not only that, a festive home tends to make a nice impression and it can be easy, inexpensive, and fun to add some holiday decor this holiday season.

Near the entry way, I transformed a space into a holiday display area for my visitors to “ooh” and “aah” at! Check out my quick and budget friendly ideas on how to do this by watching my

HOW TO VIDEO


Themed Zumba

December 8th, 2012 at 4:07 pm by under The Rhode Show

The dance crazed workout called “Zumba” has been sweeping the nation, and I experienced why. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International dance themes, rhythms and music. It combines high energy dance moves and music, that works your body to the core—friends, families, and strangers of all ages can enjoy.

I experienced an intense workout, with Zumba instructor Krissy of Krissy’s Dance & Fitness Studio in Providence. This “PC” graduate, fell in love with Zumba in college, and it’s been a match made in heaven ever since. Not only does Krissy teach Zumba, she teaches “Themed Zumba,” and I experienced the magic.

I ventured down to KDF Studio for themed Zumba, which I heard so much about, and the place was packed with women of all ages, dressed in their most adorable Christmas attire.

Instructor Krissy waisted no time, and started working us quick with Christmas songs and high energy moves. About 30 minutes into the workout, I was ready to throw the towel in, but I had to tough it out and show my “Rhodey” side…meaning you never give up! So, I continued giving it my all. From hip shaking moves, to a core intense workout; I left feeling like a brand new women with tighter glutes!

Overall, I had a great time working out with Krissy and all the ladies. They were all phenomenal and extremely fun!

If you would like more information on Krissy, visit her website.
www.kdfstudio.com

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Rhode Island = Awesome. Me = Grateful.

December 6th, 2012 at 11:17 pm by under The Rhode Show

Todd Stewart Laughing and Loving Life.

A lot of things have happened this past week.  Every road of my life evidently started coming to an end.  While I do use the term, “end,” I do not mean “end” in the sense of “conclusion” and “expiration.”  Rather, I use it in the sense of “new beginnings.”  You see, everything in life has endings.  Movies have endings, books have endings, and even tangible items have endings. Every plant begins with a seed and then after time, turns back to the earth.  Everything in life has a beginning and an end.  There is a sense of peace in this idea, if one takes time to understand and accept it, in that if you understand that things in life will eventually come to an end or break (a favorite plate for example) then you won’t be disappointed when it does and will feel gratitude and thankfulness toward the time that you had with it.

This week has been a week full of “endings.”  On Monday I finished my first graduate class on Organization Communication.  Tuesday I finished my wonderful opportunity with The Search for a Star Contest. And just yesterday I finished my other graduate class in Human Communication Theories.  Endings have been churning around me like a hasty hurricane. However, my outlook on life is similar to the life lesson stated above in that as opposed to getting sad, I begin to reflect feelings of gratitude.

So just like every swan song, last hurrah, and final curtain call, I say thank you.  Thank you to the Rhode Show for all the wonderful opportunities that have been presented to me.  Thank you for the infinite laughs, the adoring relationships and the ability to explore the nuances of what it means to be a Rhode Islander. I will take this gratitude with me wherever I go in life and I thank you for instilling it.

Life is not about what you accomplish or what you gain, it’s about the people you affect along the way and I know that this wonderful experience has made me love and cherish the human spirit even more.

Thank you Rhode Island for letting me be a part of your family.

Once again, CHEERS!

Todd Stewart


See You Soon

December 6th, 2012 at 6:25 pm by under The Rhode Show

Stephanie on The Rhode Show couch with Will and Michaela.

Today was my last day in the office at The Rhode Show. I snuck out without good-byes, opting instead for “See you soon.”

In the several weeks of auditions, I swore that the audience and everyone at The Rhode Show would know all there was to about me! With every assignment or appearance we had another opportunity to show more of ourselves. It became a challenge each day: share, learn and improve. When I looked at my footage for our final assignment and thought of how much I still wanted to say, I realized the process was not long enough.

I have much more to learn about all of you, our state and myself. I have much more to share whether its laughs (at myself, of course!), Hope (Rhode Island’s motto) or adventure! And finally, there’s always room to improve.

At 5’3″ I know first hand that GREAT things come in small packages, but I also know that two is better than one. (Get it? Small girl, small state, Rhode Show!)

While this may be the end for my cheesy cliches, I hope it’s only the beginning for me and The Rhode Show.

….”See you soon.”


A T-Stew Adventure

December 1st, 2012 at 5:51 pm by under The Rhode Show

I have to say, our third assignment was by far my most favorite assignment to film.  The general story idea was to encompass what it means to live a day full of fun in Rhode Island yet still staying on a budget.  For me I thought that would be pretty easy…until it was time to think of ideas.  So many thoughts came to mind, yet with me being both the camera man and interviewer, some of my ideas were, shall I say, hard to film with a one man show.  I first thought about going swimming and strapping a GoPro to my head, but then I realized it was almost December and a tad bit nippy for my taste. Then the thought of maple syrup came to mind, and I figured I could get a maple syrup tour…if that sounds like a good idea to you that’s okay, I was totally in the same boat as you! One problem…they make syrup later in the winter…scratch that. Then I thought I could go rock climbing…Yeah I like that idea, rocks, chalk, heights…sounds pretty adrenaline packed! Only problem, if I wanted to get the shots I wanted then that would mean I would have to hold the camera while climbing…I can hear the conversation now, “So, let’s go over this again…how did you brake the camera Todd?” Yeah.  No rock climbing, sorry.  Finally in the midst of my brain storming session, I decided to take the viewers on what I like to call, “A good ole’ fashion T-Stew Adventure!”  I liked the idea, and I stuck with it!

SO! Here are the requirements that you must have in order to have a good adventure.

  1. You need a full tank of gas because you never know where the road may take you.
  2. You need a good mix CD. For this story, I had a killer one that I was be-bopping and scatting all over to Here it is…

My Mix CD

  1. Finally, you need an open mind and adventurous spirit.  This, above all, is the most important aspect to any adventure in life.  If you have the right mindset, you can find the good out of any scenario life has in store for you. Life likes SPEED. Don’t delay, don’t second-guess and most importantly, don’t doubt…

 


     Now that those three items are checked off, you’re officially ready to hit the road. For my third package I took my “T-Stew adventure” to the East Bay Bike Path.  Why? Simply because where else can you get fresh air like that? Well yes, a lot of places, but this is different.  Getting to ride, run or walk from Providence to Bristol is a special journey.   You have it all, the city, the woods, and the ocean, what more could an adventurist ask for? NADA!I have to let you in on a little secret.  You ready? Want to know? Okay, I cave, here it is.  The stretch from the Audubon Society to Independence Park in Bristol is hands down the best part.  Something about those tall grasses near the Audubon Society gets me every time.  I guess I have a thing for tall grass.  Weird?… Naaaaa!  For this reason, when there is a light breeze you can hear it rustling through the trees and tall grass…it’s pretty blissful if you ask me! 

Anyways, enough of my hooting and hollering…I hope you enjoy the package! And next time your looking for a fun, family friendly, healthy, AND FREE adventure, I highly advocate hitting up the East Bay Bike path!

Until next time….CHEERS!

 

Todd Stewart

 


Farm Fresh Fajitas

November 30th, 2012 at 11:19 am by under The Rhode Show

Happy Friday!!

I’m so excited, because my package aired today on “Eating Well.”
I made Farm Fresh Steak Fajitas, that were pasture-raised from Black Bird Farm, with Chef David Dadekian of Eat Drink Rhode Island.

He’s an excellent cook! I love how he breaks down the ingredients and procedure in simple language, so novice cooks can follow along!

Steak Fajitas is a great dish to make on a Friday or just about any-day, because it’s super quick & easy!

Below is the recipe.

Steak Fajitas

Ingredients:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
juice of 4 freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately 4 tablespoons total)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 scallions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 pounds skirt or flank steak
1 cup green pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup onion, thinly sliced
kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
flour tortillas, grated cheese, lime wedges

Procedure:
Puree oil, soy sauce, juice, sugar, scallions, garlic, pepper flakes and cumim in a blender. Cut the steak into two to four pieces (making it manageable for your sauté pan). Combine marinade and skirt steak in a resealable bag and marinate overnight or at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Remove steak from marinade, drip-drying the meat as much as possible. In a sauté pan over medium-high heat cook the steak approximately 3-4 minutes each side. Let the meat rest for at least 15 minutes. While the steak is resting, sauté peppers and onions until soft. Salt & pepper to taste.

Thinly slice the steak across the grain of the meat. Serve on warmed flour tortillas with peppers and onions. Other options are a light sprinkle of grated cheese and a wedge of lime.

ENJOY!!!

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The Season Of Love

November 28th, 2012 at 10:38 am by under The Rhode Show

Early morning docks on the East Bay. A sneak peek!

No matter what kind of love (friend, family or romance), ’tis the season.

The latest SFAS assignment was to create a budget-concious Rhode Island adventure. After spending time with family for Thanksgiving and experiencing the charm of the season’s first snow, I planned a day to share with someone you love: A “date-on-a-dime!”

Rhode Island has those Grease-worthy summer nights (tell me more tell me more…) but winter is equally magical. The water is serene, the docks are quiet and the streets glisten with bows and twinkling lights. The colder temperatures are a perfect excuse to head indoors and cuddle up by a fire. And what would a day be without a feast!

Watch next Wednesday to see the day I planned for a total of $33! Whether you are a Mom with her children, two sisters or a couple (new and old!), spend a day away from the busy malls to share your love for one another and for Rhode Island’s simple treasures.

 


Gift of Giving

November 25th, 2012 at 10:24 am by under The Rhode Show

Throughout my Rhode Show journey, I’ve had various opportunities to give back and get involved in my home state of RI.

For my first assignment, I filmed and edited a package about something that represents “Living Life” in RI to me.  I covered The Thanksgiving Home Makeover, an annual program that a local painting company, DMP, conceptualized in an an effort to help families in need of home repairs during the holiday season. It showcased an example of the true spirit of giving that Rhode Islanders live by.

The program’s 2nd annual winner was Adam Aref, a young boy from SK with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He had difficulty getting around his own home in his wheel chair, but DMP changed all of that.

Adam is a friend of my friend, Courtney, so Adam and his mom, Maria generously opened their doors to me and my camera crew (again, me) one evening. I’ve spent time with Adam before, but not like how I did that night. So not only did I highlight Adam’s story as part of mine about Rhode Islander’s giving spirit, I also have a special memory of hanging out in Adam’s new suite, sharing laughs and stories with Adam, Maria, and Courtney.

This journey has also afforded me the opportunity to spend more time at home. Not only have I visited with friends and family during some times in need, I was also able to lend a helping hand to my old boss at FlowerThyme, raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts (w/ The Rhode Show & Dunkin’ Donuts), and volunteer on Thanksgiving.

It’s so important to give the gift of giving and I’m so fortunate for my experiences throughout this entire Rhode Show journey.  So what’s next you ask? Collecting toys for Toys for Tots. And you can help!

Watch my short (under 2 min) vlog!  See where I served Thanksgiving Day meals and find out details on where to meet me and drop off a toy for a great cause!

 

ANSWERS to my game from my blog post: How Well Do You Know RI

1)F,   2)P,   3)E,   4)C,   5)O,   6)M,   7)L,   8)D,   9)H,   10)J,   11)G,   12)N,   13)B,   14)K,   15)I,   16)A

 


A Stewart Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2012 at 6:42 pm by under The Rhode Show

In my family, Thanksgiving, and any other holiday for that matter, usually means that from the moment everyone arrives, bellowing laughter rushes through the whole house until the day is over.  This isn’t the type of laughter that consists of a few Ha-Ha and He-He’s, no, this is the laughter that sends pains to my stomach, buckles my knees, and causes the back of my head to hurt because my grin is so wide.   This is the laughter that makes people live until age 100 while still looking only 50.  This is what I like to call…raw laughter.

The Stew Crew!

This year specifically I have noticed that as all the siblings and cousins get older and embark on new chapters in their lives, getting together becomes harder and harder. That is why this thanksgiving I developed a new found respect and admiration for “facetime.”

After dinner was over and before we all started to develop our tryptophan and wine comas, someone yelled, “HEY! Let’s facetime Laura!”  As we all gathered round the kitchen table with the Ipad propped up on a stand, all seven of us crunched and squished together.  “Connecting…” the Ipad read.  Once that connection was established, our laughter went from a 50 to a 100…We were off the charts laughter wise.  We facetimed with brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles and each branch on conversations consisted on three things, laughter, showing what was “the drink of choice” for the night, and giving our best turkey call.  I’m sure the neighbors, were curious to all the strange noises coming from our house and why our turkey was not cooked yet…little did they know that us Stewart’s know how to make one mean turkey call!

Now, I know my thanksgiving sounds outrageous and crazy…and while it is, my family is truly the best…we like to have fun, laugh and love. And In the midst of all this silliness and goofiness, I realized on thing…I am the luckiest kid alive.  To have a family where everyone adores each other and loves spending an endless amount of time together is truly a blessing.  Every holiday, as we all gather together, I am always reminded that I am beyond blessed to have abundant happiness, raw joy, and everlasting love in my life that is solely provided by my family.  They are the real reason why I can honestly say, “I hit the family lottery!”

I hope all of you had just as wonderful of a thanksgiving as I did.  We are all blessed in our own ways which makes this world such an amazing place to be a part of.  Say thank you for having the ability to be grateful.  Gratefulness is the gateway to love and love is the gateway to a happy and healthy life.

Cheers!

Todd Stewart


Holiday Shopping- Spotlight on Small Business

November 24th, 2012 at 6:29 pm by under The Rhode Show

The holidays are a time for giving to family, friends, and the community. By shopping for gifts locally we can help our community thrive. For Small Business Saturday I headed to Main Street in East Greenwich. Main Street is perfect for your holiday shopping because there is something for everyone- shops ranging from high-end boutiques, to consignment shops; book stores to home decor; there’s even a doggie bakery! And if you need a break for a pick-me-up there are plenty of coffee shops, fantastic restaurants and more!

I’ve mapped out the day of shopping I had to give you an idea of all EG has to offer.

Stop 1- Raise the Bar Nutrition

Raise the Bar is a meal-replacement shake bar that uses Herbalife products to make healthy – and TASTY- shakes. My favorite flavor is Birthday Cake, but today I tried Chunky Monkey. I knew this would provide the nutrients I would need to keep me shopping all day long!

 

Stop 2- Frills

Next door to Raise the Bar is Frill’s of East Greenwich, a trendy and affordable shop that’s one of my favorites. Owner Paige had a great promotion- you chose your discount from a fishbowl. It could range from 15% off to 35% off – I got 35% off my purchase! The shop was buzzing with customers looking for fashionable jewelry and accessories and unique, stylish clothes. Everyone loved the great selection of colorful pashminas. I shopped using stylist Jill Marinelli’s tips – I bought a thin belt to emphasize my waist creating an hourglass figure, and to help me look a little taller.

 

Stop 3- Chocolate Delicacy

Owner Marie, left, with her friendly staff, Lauren.

 

I continued my walk down Main Street when I was greeted by the irresistable smell of Chocolate Delicacy, a family-owned chocolate store. Owner Marie greeted me with a warm-hearted smile. As a chocolate lover this store is a dream-come-true. There are plenty of gift items and an unbelievable assortment of chocolates. They even sell many sugar-free options. I indulged in a dark-chocolate covered oreo and it was AMAZING.

 

 

 

Stop 4- Luniac Glamour

 

Luniac Glamour doubles as both a full service salon and shop. All of the beautiful items Luniac Glamour offers are made by someone who lives or has lived in Rhode Island. The jewelry is unique and the store also sells fragrances, clothing and accessories. Co-owner Jaclyn will even make custom jewelry items!

 

Stop 5- Silver Spoon Bakery

Owner Kelly, left, with baker Becky.

 

When I walked into the new Silver Spoon Bakery I began to drool. The bakery is absolutely beautiful. There is a Parisian-style seating area where you can enjoy your cupcake, macaroon, coffee or tea in style. The shop is so elegant and the service is so exceptional that you can’t help but feel calm and relaxed- like royalty! Despite my indulgent day I had to try one of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes that baker Becky had made. The cookie-dough filled vanilla cupcake with brown sugar frosting and a cookie to top it off was, by far, the best cupcake I have EVER had.

 

 

Stop 6- Bone Appetit

I have a small 5 lb. Yorkie named Peanut, and after a day of treating myself I decided I had better bring something home for him. Bone Appetit is an eco-friendly dog store where you can shop and your pup is welcome to shop with you! Owner Cara welcomed us and showed us some of the wonderful gift items for your dog to enjoy. The treats even looked appetizing to me… looks like I’ll be getting a lot of my holiday shopping done here!

 

If you missed out on Small Business Saturday it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your holiday shopping done locally!

Every Thursday, starting this week and through December, the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Merchants Association will be sponsoring a Holiday Stoll from 5-8 PM on Main Street.

Share your local shopping suggestions by commenting here.

 

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next time.
Cassandra


Thankful…

November 23rd, 2012 at 5:36 pm by under General Talk, The Rhode Show

This Thanksgiving was amazing!

I always enjoy time with my family, but this year was extremely memorable. I’m not sure, if it’s the fact that we’re getting older, and the time spent together is extra special, but this Thanksgiving meant the world to me. My family and I had so much exciting news to share with each other. From job opportunities, a couple cousins becoming homeowners, and sharing my journey about the Rhode Show, there wasn’t a dull moment; besides when it was time to wash dishes!

We shared great laughs, even better food & great family time.

I’m thankful for the blessings of my family, health & the endless possibilities the future holds!

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving as well!

*And Kudos to those who braved the Black Friday crazed shoppers, like my cousin Shima. She stood in line at Best Buy for 8hours, even leaving Thanksgiving dinner early to buy all her electronics, as a result, she got everything she wanted!

Black Friday shoppers rock. You guys are dedicated!!!

 

 


A Holiday Well Spent

November 23rd, 2012 at 2:32 pm by under The Rhode Show

Autumn is by far my favorite season, and a big part of that is Thanksgiving! We were blessed with warmer than usual weather yesterday, which allowed my family to spend some quality time outdoors!

Of course, the food was plentiful and delicious! Everyone contributed their favorite dishes- Grandpa David brought the stuffing, I made my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, Uncle Terry made asparagus and Auntie Crisi made a plethora of to-die-for dishes!

The food wasn’t the best part of the day, though. It was all the fun we had together as a family! We spent some time around the fire with the football game on screen, and then took advantage of the 57 degree weather in Johnston to play outside! We played some basketball (yes, I played in my heels!), and even spent some time in the treehouse! It felt good to get moving, and we had to make room for dessert after an indulgent dinner!

 

Once the sun began to set we headed inside for some family-fun board games- Apples to Apples and Luck of the Draw (two that I would highly suggest you play, if you haven’t already!)

When I finally got home for the evening and sat down I immediately FELL ASLEEP! Boy, was I tired… thankful, joyous, and very tired.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday as much as I did! Let me know how you spent your day by commenting below!

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next time.
Cassandra


My Big Fat Italian Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2012 at 11:13 am by under The Rhode Show

Scenes from Tony Colonial’s, Federal Hill.

Mangano. It’s Italian.

There’s a lot of us in my family (27 to be exact) and we’re loud and sometimes obnoxious but it’s my family. My family is deeply rooted in tradition, from the foods we eat, to the grace we say and even to who does the dishes while the men watch football. Ok, that’s one point I do NOT love!

Wednesday night is the “kids” turn, though many of us are no longer kids. “Next generation dinner” is a time for all the cousins to cook for our parents. It started out small with salads and sides (and often with a lot of adult direction) but has turned into more, the more capable we all became. Without a recipe in hand, my cousin and I churned out over 5 dozen meatballs and stewed gravy (that’s Italian for sauce).

Today, my dad will make his famed Antipasto. While some families are particular where their turkeys come from or where they cut their Christmas trees, for my dad it all hinges on the very best charcuterie. With his secret list in hand, he sent me to Tony Colonial’s in Federal Hill. He says the capocollo is second to none. Maybe he’ll let me share the recipe in the future,  although us Italians can be quite protective!

So today, on this day of thanks I am thankful for food, football (Go Pats!) and tradition but I am most thankful for all the love my family shares. Happy Thanksgiving all!


Hostess… Who Can Eat the Mostest?

November 20th, 2012 at 5:32 pm by under The Rhode Show

 

In the spirit of Eating Well and Having Fun I decided to use a little bit of precious free time to keep up with current events.

We’re all very aware of the recent Twinkie shortage thanks to Hostess going out of business. What better way to pay tribute to Hostess than by having a Hostess Eating Competition?

The first step of my journey involved a hunt for any Hostess Products I could get my hands on. As you can imagine, this was not an easy task! I called all the local grocery stores I could think of, and eventually realized I would need to stop at convenience stores, gas stations, and vending machines if I wanted to find anything at all. It took 10 stops to find everything I needed!

The next step was to find some elite competitors, and what better place to look than the University of Rhode Island’s Men’s Track Team? Sam, 6’5 245lbs, and Anthony, 6’5 180lbs joined me to compete for bragging rights.

We had so much fun competing to see who could finish the most Hostess products in just 2 minutes! We even caught the competition on camera! Take a look- click here!

 

 

And on an optimistic note,  check out the latest news on the Hostess situation here.

http://www.foxprovidence.com/dpps/entertainment/dining/judge-orders-hostess-to-mediate-with-union-nd12-jgr_4998731

 

 

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next time!

 

Cassandra


On The Rhode

November 18th, 2012 at 5:56 pm by under The Rhode Show

My time on the “Rhode” in D.C.

This past week I was traveling for other work but still had Rhode Island on my mind. I was in Washington, D.C for the week and coincidence have you, my hotel was on Rhode Island Avenue! I didn’t get to sightsee but I did manage to snap some pictures of landmarks I passed. It feels as though there’s patriotism and history everywhere you walk. I could not tell you who these statues are of, but I may or may not have pretended I did and told other tourists that the one is Paul Revere and the other Einstein ….Close enough right?

By the end of the week I was very excited to get back home for more reasons than just my own, oversized bed. I wanted to come home. Someone tried to sell me that D.C has “the best” seafood and I politely (but snidely) reminded them I was from The Ocean State. Another tried to tell me that D.C has the best restaurants “ever”. Again, I reminded them I was from Providence, just named as the #1 City for Foodies according to Travel+Leisure magazine.

I have been fortunate to live all over the U.S and travel often. It has allowed me to appreciate different areas for all they offer and to take full advantage of what others may overlook. Trust me, we’ve got it good here in Rhode Island. Glad to be home!


How Well Do YOU Know RI?

November 18th, 2012 at 2:25 pm by under The Rhode Show

Last week, my knowledge of good ‘ol Rhody was put to the test when Michaela and Will hosted a Trivia Game and the Top 5 were the contestants.

Each of us were given a chance to answer questions about Rhode Island. The hosts read each question from a card and they made sure we knew they were shuffled!  I’m not going to give anything away, but what I will say is once the questions started, I hoped there was no slowing down.

Maybe it’s my pride for how much RI knowledge I think I have or the rush I get when participating in trivia games (at a bar event or when Jeopardy is on!). But one thing is for sure, with a little competitiveness and a lot of fun came the desire for more!

I know I can’t be the only one who can get into a game that puts my familiarity with my home state to the test.  So, inspired by this (tRIvia) experience, I thought it’d be fun to create my own RI-themed game and put others in the hot seat!

Below, find a collection of personal photos I took around RI from the start of my SFAS journey.  I also included a list of places that match up to these photos (some are cropped to make it more of a challenge!). The photos are numbered 1-16, while the names of places are listed A-P. Match each number with a letter and have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you love going to these places, too? Or maybe you discovered a cool new spot to check out?  Tell us about it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now you can watch the SFAS Trivia segment on wpri.com. Click on the photo.

 

 

 

 


Black Bird Farm

November 16th, 2012 at 1:51 pm by under The Rhode Show

I filmed my 2nd package for “Eating Well” at Black Bird Farm in Smithfield, Rhode Island, with chef David Dadekian of “Eat Drink Rhode Island.”
I’ve been to a farm twice, in my 20+ yrs of living. What can I say, I’m a City Girl with Country Flair, which I quickly realized! I had a blasts on the farm, probably more than the animals. From walking in mud, rubbing the noses of some of the animals, to receiving the full tour of the farm by owner Ann Marie Bouthillette; whose family has owned the farm for decades. It was quite an experience.
I can’t wait for my piece to air.

Stay tuned for scheduling!

The farm offers cooking classes, in addition to produce for sale.

Black Bird Farm is located at 122 Limerock Rd. Smithfield, Rhode Island


It’s All Fun and Games… and Food!

November 15th, 2012 at 5:42 pm by under General Talk, The Rhode Show

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and for me it feels like the holiday has become a week-long celebration!

The week began with a fun-filled day of fun and games at Dave and Busters with the other Top 5 contestants and co-hosts Will and Michaela and editor Nick, followed by an array of appetizers- we had worked up an appetite competing to win the games at D&B’s!

But that was only the beginning of my food-filled week; our assignment was “Eating Well” in the Ocean State and I ate VERY well. What’s even more exciting is that everything I ate was grown, raised or made RIGHT HERE in Rhode Island! I can’t wait to share my experience with you when my piece airs next week!

Today was my first full day back in my office and the “food theme” continued! A friend from Eastern Bank dropped off a whole bushel of apples – I guess I’ll be baking pies for the holidays! Next, Great Harvest Bread Co. from North Kingstown stopped by with the BEST pumpkin bread I have ever had! It was still warm and had cranberries baked right in. The East Greenwich Chamber brought over T’s muffins, Tio Mateo’s sandwiches and cookies! WOW!

 

 

Since food seems to be the theme of the week I thought I would share a recipe that I am VERY excited to make for Thanksgiving this year.

 

 

 

 


He’s a Pinball Wizard

November 15th, 2012 at 1:49 pm by under The Rhode Show

“On your mark.  Get set.  GO!”

This past Tuesday, Will, Michaela and the Search for a Start Top 5 got to put their arcade gaming skills to the test at Dave and Busters.

“I’ll be back!”

Knees bent, hands up, and eyes ready.  As I stand on what looks like a Dance Dance Revolution board (yes, I do know that game) I suddenly realize that there will be no need for doing the moonwalk, YMCA, Charleston or Macarena…the only thing that will be necessary are my CAT LIGHT REACTIONS!  The object of the game was to tap the multiple buttons as they light up in front of you as fast as you could.  Whoever taps the most buttons in the allotted amount of time wins!  Who knew that tapping buttons as they light up would be so entertaining?  Well…now that I think about it….this is me I’m talking about…I love these mildly athletic, speed appropriate, and somewhat mindless games…so this “wacky light tapping game” was right up my alley.

Speed of Light

So far this experience has been absolutely amazing! From the people that I have met on assignments, to the knowledge that I have gained…I have to say that I am loving each and every moment of this competition.  There has not been a day (and I can’t see it happening in the future) where I am not FIRED UP to take part in whatever the Rhode Show has in store for me.  That seems to be the staple of my life, where I enjoy and love everything I do.  I attribute the reason to why this is because of the people and places I surround my life with.  Everyone and everything in my life I have chosen because I know it will make me happy.  Seems logical right?

In the light of this month being November Gratitude Month, I say thank you to the four finalists and Rhode Show cast and crew for making this experience so enjoyable.  I have to say that you all are some of the most genuine, kind, and accepting people I have ever met and I am honored to be in this competition with you all.  Thank you….thank you for everything!

Everyone, enjoy your week and I wish you all a thanksgiving full of gratitude.

 

Cheers!

 

Todd Stewart


The Rhode Show Lifestyle

November 11th, 2012 at 9:30 pm by under General Talk, The Rhode Show

From Left: Me with Santa; Lucy Amat, WWII Vet; Me with Erika Van Pelt

Being the next co-host for The Rhode Show isn’t just a job or a career- it’s a lifestyle! This weekend I consciously embodied The Rhode Show motto- “Living Life, Eating Well, and Having Fun”- and I enjoyed every second of it!

It all started with a whole lot eating well at The Dorrance in Providence. The restaurant features exquisite French cuisine and the service was out of this world! Next came the fun part- a short walk over to the Providence Performing Arts Center to see Elf the Musical! It was snowing outside PPAC, and Santa greeted me at the door with a candy cane. What better way to kick off the holiday season?

The next morning I continued to eat well with a trip to Athena’s breakfast restaurant in Cranston. The menu featured every kind of pancake you could imagine- from cheesecake to reese’s ! I had an oreo pancake that actually had oreo cookie pieces in the batter AND a pancake topped with Nutella and hazelnuts- I was in HEAVEN!

Eating Well All Weekend!

 

In honor of Veteran’s Day I took a drive to East Greenwich to meet my good friend and World War II Veteran Lucy Amat. She invited me to the Legion for a fundraiser to raise money for a local boy suffering with VHL. It was a wonderful event, and I even ran into fellow South Kingstown native and American Idol Contestant Erika Van Pelt, a Rhode Show regular.

I had a blast all weekend long! Now I’m back at my office catching up on some work before heading home for the night. Living Life, Eating Well, Having Fun, and Working Hard! (Yes, I added that fourth part, making The Rhode Show slogan my own! )

 

I hope you’ll watch the Rhode Show tomorrow at 9AM- my very special Veteran’s Day piece will be airing! And I would like to invite you all to meet The Rhode Show Top 5 as well as Co-hosts Will and Michaela at Dave and Busters Tuesday from noon to 2:30. It’s going to be a blast!

 

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next time.
Cassandra


Dressing The Part

November 11th, 2012 at 5:37 pm by under The Rhode Show

Before my initial interview for The Rhode Show’s SFAS contest, I’d been educated on how to dress for on-camera — don’t wear small patterns, white or all black. Instead, wear bright colors and simple jewelry. So, I’ve been taking that into consideration this whole time, but I’ve also still been wearing what you might find me in on any given day.

I felt confident in what I wore because after all, I work in the world of fashion, I get complimented on my outfits, and I’m following what I know already about on-camera dressing. Well, after watching myself on-camera a few times, those credentials quickly went out the window and instead of compliments, I received suggestions on what I could wear next time! The reason being, I wasn’t truly dressing the part of an on-camera co-host. I needed to shift gears and think about it from the perspective of The Rhode Show viewers. They should be less distracted by what I’m wearing and more interested in what I’m saying.

So, it was perfect timing meeting with stylist Jill Marinelli last week at the new Nordstrom Rack at the Warwick Mall.  I learned a lot from Jill as she put her own spin on what I thought I knew all about already in regards to dressing for on-camera. But the big take away was that she emphasized the importance of dressing by body type.

After determining I am an hourglass shape, Jill reminded me that I needed to wear clothes that accentuate my natural waist and enhance my curvy figure. Now, for someone who finds flowy and blousy looks far more attractive than fitted, figure flattering looks, I knew I had my work cut out for me! Not only that, I love experimenting with ever-changing fashion trends.

My outfits are a reflection of my personal style, and to me, style is about enhancing who I am, not trying to be someone I’m not. For instance, I’m most confident when my curves aren’t on full display and I’m so attracted to chunky fabrics, eye grabbing patterns, and fun accessories.

But like I said, I’ve got work ahead of me because not only am I serious about dressing the part, I also want an on-camera style that’s in keeping with who I am.

WATCH my short video to see how I took an outfit I’d wear normally and made it more appealing for on-camera. What do you think? What would you wear if you were in my shoes (no pun intended!)?

Dressing The Part VLOG


A Day Dedicated to Giving Back

November 10th, 2012 at 11:07 am by under The Rhode Show

Yesterday was one of the most heartwarming and inspiring days I have had in a while.

It all began with an appearance on The Rhode Show with the other Top 5 contestants. We had some very interesting discussions about the controversial nursing babydoll both on the show AND behind the scenes Click here to check out our discussion.

Next it was a trip to the studio to edit my assignment. I wasn’t 100% confident that I had obtained the appropriate footage- I’m an amateur and filming was a challenge - the wind was relentless and it even started to rain!

After a couple of hours of work with help from Will and editor Nick I was SO HAPPY with the outcome. When I saw the finished product  I felt so fulfilled because the story is so close to my heart and I got to meet some incredible local heroes and listen to their stories which ranged from funny to inspiring! My assignment will be aired on Veteran’s Day on The Rhode Show, so please let me know what you think!

After completing the video I headed straight to my office in East Greenwich to catch up on some things and then darted over to Dunkin Donuts to work behind the counter- something I’m very familiar with because I used to work at Dunkin Donuts! The turnout was INCREDIBLE and it made for a fun-filled afternoon.

 

 

I want to send a very sincere thank you to everyone who came by and donated. The half hour shift went by in the blink of an eye! So many of my friends, loved ones, family and supporters came out to work together to aid in the Hurricane Sandy Relief fund. Plus, it was fun to be back behind the counter at Dunkin- it sure brought back a lot of memories!

The final heartwarming event of the day was the Sargent Rehabilitation Center ’Dinner is Served’ Gala. Sargent Center is a fantastic organization which offers rehabilitative care to disabled Rhode Islanders and support to their families. At the event I worked as a Celebrity Server to help raise money for the organization.

 

From left: Michael Naylor, The Amazing Race Season 16; Me; Lynn Hall, President of BoldRDash Obstacle Course 5K; Louie Stravato, The Amazing Race Season 16

I even ran into Louie Stravato from the Amazing Race who I had interviewed for my audition when I was in the Top 20! I was so excited to see him again, and even discovered he has a hidden talent.. check it out here !

Louie shares his talent to help raise money.

Now that I’m well rested after a busy week I’m so excited for my evening tonight because I get to take a little break to go see Elf, the musical at PPAC! Check out a few clips from the show!

 

‘Elf the Musical’ premieres at PPAC

 

 

The first week as a Top 5 Finalist has been the experience of a lifetime. It feels good to work towards something I’m so passionate about- I’m overcome with joy!

 The best part was helping to tell others’ stories – Watch the Rhode Show on Monday to see for yourself.

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next time.

 

Cassandra

 

For more information on Sargent Rehabilitation Center visit www.SargentCenter.org

For more information on the Rhode Island Red Cross visit www.redcross.org/ri


Sharing Laughs, Serving Coffee

November 9th, 2012 at 7:50 pm by under The Rhode Show

Stephanie with Marissa and Alexandria behind the counter, collecting donations and with a Rhode Show fan!

 

This afternoon the Top 5 finalists of The Rhode Show jumped behind the counter at Dunkin’ Donuts to help raise money for the Rhode Island Red Cross. I shared a lot of laughs with my co-workers Marissa and Alexandria as they showed me the ropes. They were very patient (I may have messed up some orders…) and both were quick to laugh along with (read: at) me! Before my shift ended I poured myself a hot chocolate with gingerbread swirl, it was “Christmas-In-A-Cup”!

Throughout my shift I was fortunate to meet a lot of fans including the tiny blonde pictured. All five of us raised over $450 dollars for the Red Cross Rhode Island chapter, which will directly help those affected by Hurricane Sandy here in Rhode Island. If you were unable to make it you can still donate to the Red Cross and pick up your very own “Christmas-In-A-Cup” at Dunkin’ Donuts.


Dunkin Donuts

November 9th, 2012 at 7:43 pm by under The Rhode Show

I had a blasts today at Dunkin Donuts in Cranston, RI., for the top 5 #SFAS appearance.

We were there to collect tips,  in an effort to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims, injunction with the Red Cross.

If you follow me on twitter, I’m sure you saw ALL my tweets, promoting the event.

For those that unfortunately missed out, you missed a good time, but here’s a run down!

The customers were all extremely friendly and welcoming.

Not to mention, the employees were funny, helpful, and a pleasure to work with.

I left with a one of a kind coffee drink. It had so many ingredients, I couldn’t event start to tell you what it consisted of, but it was deelish!

A great day overall!!!

Thanks to those who came out to support…We truly appreciated it. People affected by Hurricane Sandy will benefit from our efforts today!!

Follow me on twitter to stay in the loop…https://twitter.com/TSWHITLOW

xoxo…Thanks for Reading!

Enjoy your weekend:)

 

 


Friday’s Style-Over

November 9th, 2012 at 11:22 am by under The Rhode Show

Stephanie’s look on The Rhode Show SFAS style-over.

 

Today on The Rhode Show, myself along with the other finalists showed off our style-overs. Earlier in the week the Top 5 finalists met with personal stylist Jill Martin to perfect our television look at the Warwick Nordstrom Rack. I have a petite 5′ 3″ frame (good things come in small packages!) and Jill advised me to work on lengthening my look with proportions and lines.

I selected a black and tan colorblock dress from my closet and black suede booties. To emphasize my waist I selected a thin black suede belt to achieve the coveted hourglass shape. Hope everyone caught the show this morning! I recommend making a trip to the Nordstrom Rack at the Warwick Mall if you haven’t already. It’s perfect for a frugal fashionista like myself!


Filming 1st Package

November 8th, 2012 at 8:18 pm by under The Rhode Show

Yesterday was very eventful, it truly was. It was one of those days you wished someone besides you, witnessed the hilarity that you experienced.

Let’s start from the beginning of the day, which was normal. I had the pleasure of experiencing a different side of Rhode Island, much different from my childhood memories.

Unfortunately, I can’t reveal the location…as of yet, because the piece is still unfinished. Once finished, I’ll discuss the adventures of my location at a later date.

Okay, back to my adventures of filming in the rain with a wind gust of over 40mph. So I’m wrapping up my piece, but I still need a couple of exterior shots of my location.

The rain starts…couldn’t have started at a better time lol. To obtain my shots, I proceed to the middle of a field to film.

So here I am in the middle of a field, filming against high winds, rain, while holding an umbrella that’s now turned inside out, and I’m freezing lol (laugh out loud).

I was being blown in every direction, soaked from the rain. In addition, to wiping my lens so my shots were clear and use-able, and keeping the camera dry, which wasn’t an easy task, I couldn’t stop laughing.

I know your probably thinking “Why are you laughing…odds are against you & why are you filming in the rain?”

If I wasn’t resilient and wanted this opportunity as bad as I do, I would probably agree, but that moment brought me closer to my dream.

I realized at that moment, showbiz is the hardest working business that looks so seamless!

From the outside, all we see is the finished project, but from the inside, we know the hard work and grit that’s involved to make the picture look seamless.

But with anything, the more you practice and perform, the easier it gets.

I wish I took a picture of myself blowing in the wind, it truly was a funny site, but I’m sure some passer by who thought I was crazy took one.

I guess I’ll have to wait for it to surface on twitter or instagram…with my luck, it’ll be both!

 

Here’s a little hint of my location for inquiring minds… :)

 

 


A Day In The Office

November 8th, 2012 at 7:29 pm by under The Rhode Show

Control Room, Will enjoying his water and the “Water Bar”.

Today I was able to go even more behind the scenes to complete my first Top 5 assignment. While we have all been on set already, there’s nothing like watching The Rhode Show Control Room in action!

After the show it was time for me to script and edit with Michaela and Nick. I had a lot of fun filming my package and think it captures a different spirit of Rhode Island. I always find the editing process to challenge my creativity. My adrenalin was abuzz when Nick and I put on the finishing touches and I watched the final product. Hope everyone enjoys it when it airs next week! I’ll give you a hint: there’s music and booty shaking!

I also got to experience a lively day in the office as it was “Health Day”. All of WPRI was encouraged to try an open pilates class (heck yea!), infused waters at “The Water Bar” and have a free health screening with the chance to win a $50 dollar raffle. You don’t have to bribe me with $50 dollars to take advantage of the goodies! Along with cucumber water, a granola bar and a product I was proud of, I went home a happy lady.


Newport and I

November 8th, 2012 at 2:56 pm by under The Rhode Show

Captains log…

In the midst of the bone chilling cold and skin piercing wind that has relentlessly swept through Rhode Island over the past few hours, I have managed to reflect on the past few days.  This reflecting has summoned one thought into my mind…grateful.  Perhaps, incredible, amazing, and marvelous would describe this week quite fine but I felt that grateful was the best word to conclude on.  The reason being because of the people I met along the way and the friendships I made.

It’s Monday morning and the skies are clear! Driving southbound on 295 I have my window open and my arm out. There is nothing better than knowing that the reason why I am driving southbound on 295 is because of my destination…and on this day, my destination was Newport!

The reason why I was there was because this was my destination for my first Rhode Show assignment.  This week’s assignment was, “Living Life,” which means encapsulating Rhode Island in a single story.  While I racked my brain the whole week prior to this shoot, I couldn’t come up with a single idea that represented Rhode Island.  Simply because Rhode Island is a culmination of its citizens and towns that when all come together, create the true essence of what Rhode Island represents.  My thinking in making this package was that I could highlight one town and hopefully turn it into a series where each town gets their own turn being highlighted and then before we know it, the whole series gives the true definition of what Rhode Island is!

I park my car and hit the town in style with my tripod in one arm and the camera in the other! First stop, the water front.  I need my ocean fix. After enjoying the sights and smell I head to my ritual stop…the Coffee Grinder.  One of my hobbies in life is coffee brewing.  I like to consider myself the character from Saving Private Ryan who thoroughly enjoys and takes pride is brewing a perfect cup of coffee…”It’s all in the grinds Sergeant.”

Once the caffeine has hit my blood stream, I head out to see what I truly appreciate Newport for…its architecture.  In my opinion, there is nothing better than being engulfed in history.  I go to the houses built in the 1700’s, I see the mansions, the cobble stone, the old cemeteries, the historical churches…I entrench myself with what, “colonial” means.  Call me a nerd, but I love it!

After my own personal history tour that was guided by yours truly, I head out to Brenton Point to witness one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts to us.  While most of the time this daily gift goes unrecognized, I seize every opportunity to never miss it…that’s right, a perfect sunset.  There is something peaceful and calming about witnessing it and if I have the opportunity to be there, I will never miss it.

Overall, my first Rhode Show assignment was a pleasure.  For the first time, Newport served as a classroom where I experimented what worked with a package and what didn’t.  I learned how to shoot and report all while being unassisted.  I tripped a few times but quickly got up, brushed myself off and pressed on.  As always, this was an experience I will never forget.

Cheers

- Todd Stewart

 


Nordstrom Rack Grand Opening

November 8th, 2012 at 9:29 am by under The Rhode Show

When my alarm went off at 6 AM this morning something CRAZY happened- I was actually excited to jump out of bed and brave the snowy weather! That’s because this morning the brand new Nordstrom Rack in Warwick Mall opens, and I wanted to be one of the first in line at 7 am.

I had to to have some of these fantastic donuts!

I put on my snow boots and headed over to the Warwick Mall. There was a buzz in the air and gourmet donuts and coffee were being served for those waiting in line. YUM!

I knew what to expect because I had visited the new store earlier this week with the Top 5 to meet stylist Jill Marinelli. She gave us tips on dressing for television and how to dress for our body types. I learned so much!  Tomorrow we will be live on The Rhode Show at 9 am to show you what we learned. I’m challenging myself to take the tips Jill gave me and use items I already have in my closet to create a look inspired by her suggestions. Tune in tomorrow to see!

Unfortunately I had to be at work this morning so I could not stay for the entire event, but I got to meet some great Rhode Islanders who were ready to find one of the 20 golden hangers that would win them $100 to shop with! I even ran into Sara Faella, the owner of Fashion RI who often shares her fashion expertise on The Rhode Show! Visit my YouTube page for some videos of the wonderful people I met at the mall this morning, sharing their excitement about the new store. Don’t forget to watch The Rhode Show tomorrow at 9 am to see our fashion transformations!

 

To see the videos click here: http://www.youtube.com/candicassandra


The Journey Begins

November 7th, 2012 at 5:16 pm by under The Rhode Show

 

The Top 5 Announcement …
Last Friday was the big day … The Top 5 Finalists for the Search for a Star Competition were going to be announced!

As I pulled up to the Providence Performing Arts Center I reminded myself that I had given it my all up to that point. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my hopes were high. My nerves were buzzing throughout the entire hour leading to the big announcment – and when I found out that I was in the Top 5 I was so happy I didn’t even notice the confetti cannon go off! Tears of joy were certainly shed by me- and, as I later found out, by my Mom too!

After the show we all headed back to the studio to go over our schedule for the upcoming weeks. We got lots of Rhode Show goodies including a mug, tee shirt, back pack and even our own studio ID Card to get in!

As soon as I got back to my office at my current job at Coleman Realtors in East Greenwich I made a pot of coffee and poured it into my new Rhode Show mug! Luckily, my coworkers were very supportive and were so excited for me! I knew juggling the SFAS Assignments with my full time job would be a challenge, but knowing the ladies at work had my back gave me even more confidence I could handle it all!

The excitement has not died down at all since the big day. Just yesterday we got a sneak peak at the new Nordstrom Rack in Warwick Mall. We received our cameras for our assignments which will air on the show next week! Now it’s on to taping and editing up until Friday!

Friday we will be at Dunkin Donuts in Cranston working at the counter!  Luckily for me, my first job out of college was managing a Dunkin Donuts! I’m excited to show you my coffee making expertise and I’m even more excited that all the tips that we receive will go to the RI Red Cross to help with Hurricane Sandy relief.

My shift on Friday is from 4 – 4:30 PM, so be sure to come by and say hello!The Dunkin Donuts is located at:

1288 Oaklawn in Cranston

 

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next time!

Cassandra