The Pennypinchers aka (also known as) Mr. & Mrs. Pennypinchers loves to dine and travel. They are not however a big fan of spending beyond their means. In this economy there is a gigantic need to stretch your money without sacrificing the quality of a product.
Join us, as we traverse the frugal-land.
Establishment: Castle Hill Inn
Address: 590 Ocean Drive, Newport 02840 RI
Mr. P and I were very excited of the Newport Restaurant Week 2012. We actually wanted to try all the restaurants participating however, Mr. P is a hardworking man hence we only tried one and we picked the “preppiest” place.
When Mr. P proposed I moved to USA from United Arab Emirates. I was working as a Guest Relations Supervisor in a luxury hotel. I am obsessed with “preppies” and wanted to be one. Or at least dress like one. But, I cant. My idea of a preppy is a skinny girl with a stepford wife attitude. And, as I moved here I gained a lot of weight. I love eating. That’s why.
It was a rainy Saturday and I hate the rain. No offense to farmers. But I really do. When I was a kid in a small town in the Philippines, everytime it rains there is also a leak in our roof. It just makes me sad. Sometimes mad. But whatever the case may be, I just got a bit cranky on that specific Saturday.
Here’s a confession. As I googled their website I thought to myself, I think I would like to work there. As we pulled to the parking area (while it was drizzling) Mr. P wanted to strike a conversation. I snapped and asked him if he wants to have a talk in the rain. So I went ahead and he followed.
The Doorman/Bellman greeted us with a smile. I asked for the restaurant and he immediately escorted us to the Hostess’ desk. The Hostess (or whatever her position may be) was wearing a black suit/skirt and a red 3 inch heels, asked us if we have a reservation to which I replied NO and she told us of a 45 minute wait (perhaps because we do not exude the old money or perhaps because I am Asian) and as I see it, there were not a lot of people when we arrived. In all fairness, she suggested we dine at the Lounge instead of the 45 minute wait. Which was also convenient. Perhaps, I should have dressed in a cocktail and wore a hat like the one the Duchess of Cambridge wear.
Anyway, Mr. P and I calmly went to the Lounge and the Bartender got a little confused as we were discussing if we can sit on the bar and further opted for a small table. The bartender was very helpful and appears to be professional. He took our orders and came back to ask if the food is fine.
There was a Manager who approached us as we are enjoying our appetizers and asked if we needed anything. He further offered a toast with Hawaiian butter.
(Smoked seaweed, garlic, red chiles, parsley, Vinho Verde broth)
Mr. P and I decided to order the same appetizer and we loved it. It was tasty and not as filling as a the clam chowder. Whenever I order a chowder I seem to be full and cant finish my main course. So the littleneck was a smart choice for me.
For our Main course:
Mr. P had the Reuben
(House brined & cooked Hereford brisket, sauerkraut, Jarlsberg cheese, marble rye)
I had the Scottish Salmon
(English pea risotto, pancetta, winter greens, bouillabaisse sauce)
We both love what we ordered. I specifically like the salmon which was cooked perfectly. Mr. P finished the plate which should be a kudos to the chef.
We both had German Chocolate Cake
(Pecan-coconut caramel, vanilla ice cream, toffee crunch)
Now this dessert is phenomenal. I love it. I love the explosion of coconut in my mouth. It was almost delirious!
After much thought of how far I need to walk, bike or drive from our crib to this establishment, I decided not to pursue working in here. Not that I am already hired but I think there is a long list of the inconvenience it will bring plus the fact that the next hotel/resort called the Oceancliff looks way bigger.
To sum it up, its a great place and the food was amazing. The service provided by the staff is above average (minus the red shoes which was really distracting) and I guess if I have my “hoity toity” friend from Canada visits I can recommend this place.
I am a bit obsessed of net-a-porter website which my sister (Sugar) introduced me to a few days ago. And because of that obsession plus the fact that its SPRING (or almost!) I decided to share some of my “finds” waiting patiently on my closet to finally be worn for SPRING and summer.
To those who know me well, I am not a big fan of flats. I’d rather strut wearing stilettos. I feel sexier that way. But I still have to own a few, just in case a “look” calls for a flat. And according to net-a-porter flats are essential this SPRING/SUMMER.
This Steve Madden flat was abused last year. I wore it almost everyday. I love it. I forgot how much this cost but this will stay in my wardrobe this year.
This Fergie flat was worn once last year. I bought it because 1st I love Fergie and 2nd because I just want to. I also forgot how much it costs. And yes, it will also stay this year.
I bought this BOHO/BEACH-y flat is a ZIGI SOHO. The original costs is http://ziginy.com/zigi-soho/flats.html but I bought it for I think half the price at Marshalls. Love Love Love.
I bought this RAMPAGE Grecian flat last month. I love how it can be classy and I think it costs like $25 from Marshalls.
The purpose of this blog to share some experiences, circumstances and tips where you can actually enjoy life without breaking the bank. On my previous entry about the Castle Hill Inn a friend asked me why do we need to dine at a “hoity toity” place if we are trying save. I apologize because I omitted the price of the lunch. It was Newport Restaurant Week and those high-end restaurants are offering a 3 course meal for $16 per person (drinks, tips and tax excluded) and I kid you not, it was a good deal and it was a lunch worth every penny.
Mr. P is a stingy man. For a reason. The main reason will be the economic crisis in this country. Why should we buy things we cant afford just to please people we dont really like?
I have a confession, I took the photos of my flats because I am organizing my shoes. I will have the photos developed at WALMART (cheap but good quality) and then paste it on the boxes for easy access. Now I dont need to check which flats are on the box because I just have to look at the photos and imagine which flat will suit my dress.
As I have stated that my friend is going on an exotic vacation, she asked me to look for two dinner outfit.
As pleats is “IN” this year 2012, I decided to go with that direction.
Sonia Rykiel, $1395
Jones New York, $60 (I bought this with tag at a vintage shop for my Farm Wedding but was never photographed.)
I call this the Marilyn Monroe dress because it has the same charm. This will most definitely look good in a black skyscraper stilettos and a black clutch as well. I envision a wavy curly hair with massive earrings.
This is another option for my friend who will have her exotic vacation soon.
A year and a half ago I was working in a luxurious 5* hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. And I noticed that almost of our guests bring one LBD (Little black Dress) to save the day (or night out).
So I will suggest a simple black dress for another romantic or formal dinner:
My alternative for the above dress is a strapless Max and Cleo dress I bought at Wheeler Boutique. Last month I blogged about Wheeler School annual clothing sale held at their gym. They have a high end corner which they call a boutique. And I got this one for $40.
I envision a straight flat ironed hair with massive earrings. This should be paired with giant clutch and another skyscraper stilettos. If you are brave enough, red strappy heels and sequined clutch.
Oh, yes! I am a big fan of CLUTCH.
I was first introduced to a Chinese Buffet in New Jersey where it was bountiful. Mr. P love the idea so we decided to visit Hong Kong Buffet in Cranston.
The above photos are proof of what I have ingested for the duration of an hour. The smorgasbord was a delight. It was a feast. It was not as massive as I experienced in New Jersey but it was something you should try at least once in your visit to Rhode Island.
Mr. P and I will most probably come back. He was not a big fan of the wanton soup but he devoured most of the food. My favorite varied from the dough boy, sesame balls, beef steak and beef broccoli.
For $8.50 per adult (for lunch without drinks) it was worth every single penny.
I would suggest you come prepared in here. And I do mean with your tummy.
My friend’s little sister is a photographer and she asked me to look for some “finds” for her as well.
My alternative for the above look will be this “Merona” leopard cardigan which I bought for $8 in a vintage store somewhere in New Jersey.
While I was under the instruction that they will be vacationing in an exotic location in South America, hence summer clothes are of great essence, when I saw this leopard cardigan I thought to myself, she can be seen on this upon checking-in.
I envision a beige one colored dress under this cardigan. Pony tail, loop earrings and flats. Oh, and massive sunglasses. So CHIC!
I am actually amazed how people splurge a lot of money on a dress they may wear once or twice. And because of this amusement I decided to blog about how I can look for something cheap. Cheaper. As an alternative to a high end brand.
Express Design Studio, $12
A shirt dress is something you can wear during day or night. All you have to play with will be the accessories to go with it.
I envision this shirt dress with a closed black shoes and black/gold accessories. Clutch is a must. As I am a big fan of clutches.
Any suggestion of a good vintage store in Connecticut?
A dress during SUMMER is of great essence. If it’s hot, we girls need to be HOT!
One thing I love about fashion is that it recycles by itself. Look at the MC Hammer pants. So for me, vintage shopping is a MUST!
Old Navy, $10 at a Vintage Store in Paramus, New Jersey
This is best worn with flip flops during walks in the town center. Bring a one colored scarf and huge sunglasses. It will be a plus if you carry a straw-bag.
I am so envious of my friend who will go somewhere exotic. I am living vicariously through her.
So, Mr. P… When will you bring me to Turks and Caicos?
A romper is something I have been dreaming to don this summer. As all summer before this. The thing is, I have a “muffin top” or what my brother calls, a belt bag. Yes. I have a big tummy. Unfortunately, I am not pregnant.
That is why a romper is for someone who may have a tummy to conceal but not as big as mine. Hahahaha!
Papaya romper, $21.99 from Marshalls
Wear this with a flip-flop and head-scarf with ginormas (gigantic, enormous, massive) sunglasses.
I love summer!