NYLO Hotel’s “The Loft” restaurant – Warwick, RI

The restaurant inside NYLO (Warwick Location) is similar to a European electronica club at night and isn’t very kid friendly inside. Luckily, there’s a library in the hotel lobby with comfortable benches and pod swings that children love. The restaurant is happy to sit patrons uncomfortable with the atmosphere in the library or bring the food up to the hotel rooms.

The food has a local flair (they call it “regional comfort cuisine”) with dinner items like the fish and chips special with a sweet kick of cinnamon in the batter. The cilantro lime chicken sandwich with avocado cream and sprouts is simple yet delicious. It’s the fries that will keep patrons begging for more.

During the morning and afternoon hours, the restaurant turns into a very kid friendly brunch area. No continental breakfast, but plenty of menu items that are inexpensive and filling. The Belgium waffles with strawberries are just the right size for a full grown man, while the fruit cup is more than enough for a child. There’s a Maine lobster and goat cheese scramble that’s just as delicious as it sounds. The chef’s specialty (not on the menu) is French toast stuffed with hot capicola, balsamic vinegar marinated portabella mushrooms and spinach. Isn’t that to die for?

The best part of the restaurant is the décor designed by Stephane Dupoux of Budha Bar NYC fame. Marina inspired stools that look like pilings, acrylic tables filled with shells, blue vinyl floor, light fixtures that look like conch sells, and a bar curved like a wave all attribute to the New England feel. The décor is artsy and classy – posh and comfortable. There’s even a 3,000- square-foot mahogany terrace overhanging the Pawtuxet River. The decor translates well to show out of town guests the maritime history of Rhode Island and the surrounding region.

NYLO Warwick “The Loft” Restaurant offers an extensive to-go menu available 24 hours a day – ideal for in-room dining, breakfast on the run, or an outdoor picnic. The to-go option is desirable for familys with loud, active, or rambunctios children. Even if you have a perfect angel, dinner is better to-go.

Definately a place to bring the in-laws for Sunday brunch, but leave the kids at home if you’re local. If you have the kids on a trip, order room service!

400 Knight Street
Warwick, RI 02886
866.391.NYLO
401.734.4460


A Rave Review of the hotel will be posted soon, but I want to give you a heads up on this awesome deal:
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Family Game Night Fun at Mommas Review

Family Game Nights are important to us here at Mommas Review. We are always trying to find new and fun games to enjoy during our nights together. I find it important to play games with my children, it’s a good opportunity on those rainy days to turn off the television and interact with each other. As a family, we try to do this at least once a month.

Sometimes a new game is needed to kick start game night in your household. There are so many games on the market right now that it is difficult to find a new one that will entertain everyone. Our family pick for this month? Pictureka.

Pictureka is all about finding things fast, and finding them first. The game challenges it’s players to find objects on the ever-changing game board in an allotted amount of time. It is like the I Spy books or even Where’s Waldo but in a fast paced game format.

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Try out this Hasbro game with the online trial version.

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How to do Family Game Night at your house

Pick a set day / time each month

Picking a day each month to have family game night is the most important factor. If you don’t set this in stone it won’t end up happening. Put it on your calendar. Post a bulletin on the fridge. Remind your family a few days before. You want everyone there and everyone excited. Pick a time when the kids won’t be tired or grumpy. I know it can be difficult when everyone has conflicting schedules but it’s important for all the family to be there.

Rotate who picks the game

We love doing this at our personal family game night and also at the Mommas Review team game night (where all of our families get together for fun). By changing up who is choosing the game it is never monotonous and everyone gets the chance to have their voices heard.

Choose games that will suit all the family

If you are worried about what games your child will pick, give them options. Let them pick from say three games that you know are suitable for the children and the rest of the family.

Turn off distractions

The hardest thing you have to do. Turn off the television, shut down the computer, and turn off the phones (yes, even your cell phone). Now, this doesn’t count if you will be playing games using the television or playing gaming systems like the Wii as a family. Our family gets distracted so easily that if we do not take this important step, Family Game Night will be a failure.

Start a collection

If you only have a few games and they are ancient you all will lose interest instantly. It’s important to build a collection of games that the whole family can enjoy! We find that games by Hasbro are great for the whole family. Be sure to look at the age ranges on the box! Some recommendations we at Mommas Review would like to make are:

partini

Partini– This game is a fun one for adult family game nights! We occasionally have adults in one room gaming and the children in the other room running around like crazy and playing with each other. Partini is a mixture of a 6 games and is for sure a game that does not bring boredom.  It is a party in a box! It feels like Cranium but more light weight and easy for a quick play. A minimum of four players is needed.

are-you-smarter

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader– Jeff Foxworthy hosts this DVD interactive game. For ages 8 and up, the game is for 1-2 players or more if you do teams. This game is probably the best for your children ages 8-14 to try with their friends.

A few other recommendations for your gaming shelves: Clue, Cranium, Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Pictionary, Scrabble, Sorry & Sorry Sliders, and the Game of Life.

Family game night promotes family fun and learning for everyone. It helps build good communication skills and teaches everyone how to be good sports (especially in winning and losing). Most importantly it brings the family together without all of the normal distractions to be just be together and enjoy each others company.

Book Review: Here’s The Story by Maureen McCormick

Grade: A

I originally decided to read Here’s The Story, a memoir by Maureen McCormick, simply because it was the ‘memoir of Marcia Brady’ or rather the actress who played her. I was curious about her life, liked the book cover and thought the Brady references would be fun – a nice, light read. Yeah right. I ended up loving this memoir because it wasn’t just those things at all – it was so much more, far from light and because of that, much more satisfying and riveting to read. You forget sometimes that these celebrities are more than the characters they play – and where Maureen McCormick is concerned I had no idea. It was like finding out that the pretty, seemingly perfect girl from high school has real feelings, a real story, a real life – that in some ways, she’s just like you.

Now, I’ve never suffered from an eating disorder, I’ve never been a drug addict, I haven’t suffered from depression – I’ve had a much easier go if it than Maureen McCormick, but still I can relate to all these shocking things and more. It’ the bits and pieces that made her human, that make me human, too – and those I think are universally relateable. McCormick’s memoir is long in the sense that a lot of stuff happens, seemingly each chapter becomes worlds different from the chapter before, as her life was a roller coaster of new things, new places, new people and new experiences and all of it was fascinating to me.

The “story” has a relatively happy ending, although being her real life and the fact that it’s still going – not everything is resolved by the end and of course it isn’t really an ending at all, just a stopping point. This memoir has everything – you’ll want to laugh and cry along with her throughout her tale and by the end of it, I was truly sorry to finish the book and move onto something new. I’d consider it a must read.

Did you watch the Brady Bunch growing up? Who was your favorite character? Have you heard of Maureen McCormick’s memoir or the life she’s led post Brady?

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