Keepin' It Real

                 Fox Point. Photo credit: we_are_PVD. No filtah.

                Fox Point. Photo credit: we_are_PVD. No filtah.

One of the best discoveries that I've made in recent months has been a gaggle of bloggers and instagrammers and fellow lovers of all things Rhody. Folks who live here, work here, and play and eat here (this last part is an understatement)--and who want to tell others about it. If you are not reading or following these people, you're missing something cool (and by "something cool," I don't mean a click-bait headline from some dubious Social Media Mart, which leads to a bunch of ads and a photo of a cup of Del's*). 

Here are some of them--check them out asap!

Broke & Bougie RI are two fabulous young college students who love to live La Vie RI, and know how to do it on a budget. I loved their Instagram from the moment I saw it, and their Insta handle is my favorite--they are smart, spirited, and very cool, and I can't wait to see where they're going to go next (spoiler: it was Block Island, as of their last post).      

Find them on Instagram @brokeandbougieri

Who: Camila and Soleil

Where From: Warwick and Da Bucket (and both now at URI)

Last Seen: Paddle boarding in East Greenwich

Favorite RI Food/Drink: They cannot choose just one food, omg the pressure. Because they love so many things, and in RI, you can have everything from the best clam chowder to a bandeja paisa (typical Colombian plate). They were, however, unanimous about their favorite drink--MR. LEMON.

Fun Fact: Both young women are first generation Americans. Soleil’s current favorite artist is SZA, and Camila loves to watch DIY videos on YouTube

 

 @brokeandbougieri

@brokeandbougieri

 @providencemomsblog   

@providencemomsblog   

I can’t get enough of Providence Moms Blog right now. This team of dyna-moms are writing about everything a RI parent wants to read--from pregnancy and babyhood through parenting young adults (and all of the magic and mayhem in between) in the Ocean State. And doing it interactively, with humor and real information.

Find them at http://providence.citymomsblog.com and @providencemomsblog on Instagram

Who: Tracy Slater, Brooke Rainville and Lindsey Galvao

Where From: Attleboro Falls (wah wah wahhh---but she’s all about RI!), RI, and RI

Last Seen:  Coaxing children down from the spiderweb climber at Slater Park

Favorite RI Food/Cocktail:  Clamcakes and DEL'S

Fun Fact:  With 8 collective offspring, aged 4 months thru 22 years, the blog is pretty G- rated, however, the ongoing group text between them is often riddled with profanities

How many of us can say that their teenage son would agree to go all over RI with us and be a part of our blog? I {Heart} Rhody can. The son is now grown, but the passion project continues. This is a terrific guide to the Ocean State, from the perspective of a non-native who wants to see and do it all. I {Heart} Rhody’s Pinterest world is especially good--you want some real RI things to do, all categorized and curated? Check it out.

Find them at http://www.iheartrhody.com, on Instagram @iheartrhody and on Pinterest http://www.iheartrhody.com/

Who: Erika S.

Where From: NJ, Long Island, later Chicago, and RI since 2008

Last Seen:  foraging at the Hope St. Farmers Market

Favorite RI Food and Drink:   Iggy's Clamcakes and DEL'S

Fun Fact:  She does all of this RI stuff without a car. After her PT Cruiser "Tralfaz" was stolen from her driveway in 2012, she didn't replace the car and doesn't miss it. Between RIPTA and Zipcar, she Does It in the Rhode, car-free.

 

    iheartrhody.com/@iheartrhody

   iheartrhody.com/@iheartrhody

Pride in RI's food and farming scenes, and commitment to supporting small businesses is what drives Rhody Eats. She knows what is good and where it all came from, and she shows us all how to #buylocalri. 

Find her on Instagram @rhodyeats

Who: Tori H.

Where From: New Mexico, but Scituate, RI since childhood

Last Seen:   shoving many, MANY s'mores pies from Providence Pie Co. into her face

Favorite RI Food/Drink:   Ken's Ramen/gin and tonic from Matunuck Oyster Bar

Fun Fact:     won the "Sesquipedalian" Award in 8th grade

 @rhodyeats

@rhodyeats

I’ve actually gotten lost down the rabbit hole when browsing We Are PVD. Beyond food and drinks and things to do, it’s just real, boots-on-the-ground photos--all Providence, from the perspective of someone who so clearly loves this city. He is not a professional photographer, but damn, he captures it.

Find him on Instagram at @we_are_pvd

Who: Matt R.

Where From: East Providence/now Providence

Last Seen:  Snapping original pics in Fox Point, downtown and beyond, sharing his perspective on the city he loves

Favorite RI Food/Drink:  Knead Donuts/anything at The Eddy

Fun Fact: (Almost) no one knows that he does this Instagram account. He toils in anonymity. 

 

 @we_are_pvd

@we_are_pvd

 @rhode_eats

@rhode_eats

Rhode Eats were the first Instagrammers who caught my eye when I started blogging about RI. A professional, millennial couple, born and raised right here, they must have a couple of clones, because they work full time and also get everywhere and do everything, snapping pics along the way. They know RI inside and out, and they are all about bringing it to a larger audience and getting outsiders here to visit. They are all passion and no pretense, and this makes us want to see what they're up to next.

Find them on Instagram at @rhode_eats

Who: Brandon & Cristina

Where From: Cumberland (Brandon) & Westerly (Cristina)

Last Seen: Running off all those calories (B) & Soaking up the rays at Westerly Town Beach (C)

Favorite RI Food/Drink:   Tacos (B)/Allie’s Donuts (C); 

 

Are you finding yourself feeling hangry while reading this? Well, who wouldn't? This 2017 winner of the Best of RI Instagram account is eating and Instagramming, and taking us with her all the way. HangryGirlRI gets around, and is sometimes seen outside RI as well. If I'm looking for a dinner-out idea, I might look to her for inspiration.

Find her on Instagram at @hangrygirl_ri

Who: HangryGirlRI

Where From: California, and RI since 2009

Last Seen: Eating, eating, eating (see fun fact below)

Favorite RI Food/Drink:    Oysters/Cocktails from The Dorrance

Fun Fact:  She is expecting her first baby in October--welcome to the HangryBabyRI! 

 @hangrygirl_ri

@hangrygirl_ri

Here's the only time I'm going to boss RI's awesome readers around (yeah, that's a lie): you know how it is when you're driving up rt. 2, or rt. 1, or the other part of rt. 2, and you get an urge to stop into a Wal-Mart and see what's new, and your friend (or your own better judgement) slaps some sense into you and you keep on driving? 

Well, the same goes for our RI social media. 

Just channel that Independent Man (or lady) and keep it real. Because the very best Ocean State love is all around us, local style. And there is no substitute.

 

*Not that there's anything wrong with Del's! Del's IS Rhode Island.