For years now, whenever someone emails me with questions about Providence- where to shop, eat and explore- I direct them to the guide that I wrote for Design*Sponge. In my mind it was still current, but a few months ago I realized that it had been five years! Needless to say, it was time for an update. As with any relationship, the one I have with my city is full of ups and downs. I love the vibrant food scene, the fact that we can afford a lovely house yet are in walking distance of everything. I love my community garden and farmer’s market, and the coffee shop where they know just how I like my iced latte. I love our neighbors and the fact the kids run back and forth between yards to play with each other. But the public schools are not great, we deal with high crime rates, and occasionally I yearn for more space and the beauty of nature out my back window. I’m learning as I get older that nothing is perfect- there is no perfect place to call home. That being said, I’m pretty darn happy with Providence (for the moment!). I’d love for you to pop over to Design*Sponge and see the guide that I put together. It is chock full of all my favorite spots around the city. We’re lucky to call this vibrant, creative, design-savvy, food-obsessed city home.