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A New England Easter

Last year we celebrated a New England Thanksgiving, so this year it seemed only fitting to also celebrate a New England Easter!

We took the train from NYC to Connecticut and spent the weekend at my cousin Marisa’s house. On Saturday we undertook the most famous of Easter traditions: dying Easter eggs.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We pretended we were doing it for little J’s benefit, but really I think the adults had more fun!

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then that evening, Blair, Marisa, Greg and I decided to do a cousin’s dinner at Ella’s Fine Food & Drink in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Were there closer restaurants? Yes, of course. But we drove over to Ella’s for a reason.

If you remember from this post, this past summer our friends Liam and Yibei hosted Greg and me for a weekend at their Rhode Island beach house. While we were there, Liam suggested eating at his aunt’s restaurant, Ella’s Fine Food & Drink. Greg and I agreed, and planned on politely complimenting the food no matter what it tasted like.

As it turns out, our politeness wasn’t necessary at all. We were blown away at how delicious everything was! Every dish was phenomenal, and Ella’s quickly soared to becoming one of my absolute favorite restaurants! Ever since then, Greg and I had really been missing the food and raving about it to anyone traveling to Rhode Island. So when we were within driving distance of Ella’s, we made it a point to dine there again.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We started with some fun cocktails.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And some fun starters!

We shared the Ultimate Grilled Cheese with house made cheddar bread, cheddar-Swiss cheese and tomato apple jam.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We also nibbled on the House Cut Truffle Frites.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As well as the Parisian salad with frisee, arugula, and shaved aged gouda cheese with a toasted hazelnut black truffle vinaigrette.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

For her main course, Marisa dined on the Crabby Scallops which were jumbo lump crab topped grilled scallops with coconut-cilantro infused black rice, bok choy, and mirin-yuzu-apricot buerre blanc.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I had the halibut, one of the evening’s specials.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Blair ordered one of my favorite dishes at Ella’s, the Short Rib Gnocchi with braised rib, mushrooms, and house made gnocchi with a parmesan finish.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Greg enjoyed the Seasonal Scallops which were pan-seared scallops with seasonal squash, risotto, toasted hazelnut-apple brown butter pan sauce and topped with an apple-brussels garnish.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Our dinner was so delicious that we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to also order dessert!

Blair had my favorite dessert at Ella’s, the Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I selected one of the dessert specials, the Beignets.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Marisa had the Just Chocolate cake with layers of chocolate torte, chocolate ganache, and white chocolate cheesecake with chocolate sauce.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And Greg enjoyed the evening’s Apple Pie special.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Throughout the meal, Jeanie Roland, the chef (and Liam’s aunt!), kept coming out to our table to make sure everything was perfect. She did this with all of the tables, which was incredibly thoughtful (but also, because the food was so good, unnecessary)!

We were so impressed, that both Greg and Blair decided to get copies of Jeanie’s new cookbook, Butter, Love & Cream.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And just to be clear, neither Jeanie nor Liam asked me to blog about the restaurant. I’m doing it solely because I absolutely love the food, and think everyone should try it!

The next morning, we woke up, dressed in our Easter best, and headed down to the beach for a photo shoot (much to Marisa and Blair’s dismay).

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then we headed over to my aunt’s house for Easter dinner. After we ate, we engaged in another family tradition: Chickenese!

This is what we call egg tapping, where you tap the pointy ends of hardboiled eggs together, and then the round ends. The goal is to crack other people’s eggs without cracking your own.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Uncle Michael was doing well…

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Until Blair came from behind and ended up being the last man standing with an un-cracked egg.

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Here it is, this year’s winner:

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We had a great weekend escaping the city and spending time with family. Here’s hoping your Easter was just as happy!

Easter in New England - Connecticut and Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

~A

For all of my Connecticut travel posts, click here.

For all of my Rhode Island travel posts, click here.

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