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“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made”*…


For a few blessed days, Lura Cafe was the hottest new restaurant in Providence. The bright, cozy farm-to-table joint hid in plain sight next to a downtown parking lot, steps away from the Rhode Island Convention Center. Lura would be a refuge for diners in the know, serving modern takes on cafe classics—all local, all organic, all certified GMO-free. It was upscale and casual, timeless and avant-garde. It had a vaguely Nordic air of refinement.

It announced itself—as all similarly accoutred restaurants must—with a social media blitz, featuring sans serif lettering, sunny high-angle shots of brunch dishes, even a breathless write-up in the New York Times.

It was also totally fake…

Read more about the art project (“lura” a Swedish word for “fool, trick, deceive, lure, cheat, befool”) that aimed to deflate “the elitist subculture of foodies” at “The Hippest Cafe in Providence Was Totally Fake.”

* Groucho Marx (among others)


As we muse over the menu, we might pause to recall that today is National Vinegar Day– a moment to celebrate a fermented liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid (CH3COOH) and water that is used as a condiment, a preservative, a balm, a wart treatment, an herbicide, a cleaner, and a brass polish.



Written by (Roughly) Daily

November 1, 2015 at 1:01 am

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