an egg is an egg...meditating at the Museo Miró in Barcelona

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Max Downtown

Had to go back to Max Downtown to see the redecoration [finally] and found it to be bright and clean. We started with Negronis; one up in a martini glass and mine on the rocks. They were mixed and poured together but one had a lot more drink than the other. Poor planning. My second drink came out just fine!

Opted for the Today's Crudo [$13.95] which featured Hawai'ian Marlin with togorashi, yuzu soy, radish and puffed rice. The puffed rice must have lost their puff because this ingredient was sparsely used. My drinking partner had the Tuna Tartare which was delightful.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


Had my New Year's Eve meal at Shish Kebab House and ended the year on a culinary high note.

Started with an order of Samosas [$5] for five delicious tastes; one for each at the table. I ordered the Kabeli Palow [$19] on the recommendation of a table mate and she did not steer me wrong. The choice of pumpkin purée was perfect. The lamb was tender and the rice tasty. Shared a side order of spinach [$6] and shared a table sized side  yoghurt salad [$7]. The kabeli palow with chicken shish kebab look great also.  What a great way to end the year!

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Had a Lamb Gyro with the best fries and tried a small order of Felafel. I am really trying to like felafel but it is always a little too dry for me even with the cup of tzatziki sauce. By the time I get finished introducing my guest to this place I should become Greek ambassador to Cromwell.

December 18, 2017

Went back again and again. First for Champion's Crepe with lamb gyro meat and now for a Lamb Gyro grinder. Both were delicious and addictive.

Reblogging this from August 29, 2015 as they seem to be doing a great business.

Suggestion: Get to Ambrosia on Main Street in Cromwell, CT before it gets so popular the line is out the door! I had the Gyro Wrap [$7.50] made from pork chops broiled on a döner machine. This is served in the authentic Greek street food fashion with fries inside the pita. The tzatziki sauce was one of the best yet. 

Anyone who reads this blog knows my penchant for street food. My two favorites are currywurst and döner kebab done with lamb. I just have to add this to the mix and not even have to travel but a mile or so. The Greek coffee frappe was out of this world.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Barb's Pizza

Trying to finish up my Kitchen Quarterly with a column on places to eat in Cromwell. Stopped into Barb's Pizza after a rave review in a discussion at the gym today. Great surprise!

This piece of Chicago pizza [$3] was just about the best I have eaten in a very long time. There was a great selection of pieces to choose from and it was a truly difficult choice. Their lunch specials look great.

Will definitely be back there sampling some other items on their extensive menu! 

bloginfo: eat in or out...nice dining room with wifi and charging stations

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Saybrook Fish House

Early Bird Dinner tonight at Saybrook Fish House for my monthly neighbor dinner. She had the stuffed Salmon [$16] and I had the Petit Bouillabaise [$18]. Of course all of this came with a great salad with their two famous dressings: Champagne Vinaigrette and Creamy Garlic [great to mix them]. Decent bread before and fresh fruit plate after.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Ruby Tuesday

Airport transport...that was me on Monday. Stopped at Ruby Tuesday near the airport for an extended lunch waiting for flight time. This is not my favorite place but it was close by my destination and I knew the menu. What a surprise to get such a good meal. We were a little creative with the menu but it worked. I had Salad Bar [love those dark rye croutons], Roasted Tomato Soup and the Thai Phoon Shrimp appetizer. The waitstaff also creatively worked the bill and it came out just fine.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cafe Mangia

Another successful meal at Café Mangia on a cold and wintry day. We had a need for comfort food and found it here! Wish this place wasn't so far from my cottage.

The three of us all ordered pasta dishes: two specials of the day were Carbonara [one with added grilled shrimp] and my Basil Pesto Rigatoni with sweet Italian sausage [$13.90]. The other dishes looked great but mine was super delicious. A nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc [$7.95] added nicely to the meal.

Dessert was a shared order of house made Cannoli [$6.95] for two gargantuan pieces...super.

blognote: Alexandra was our super server.

July 31, 2017

Went back today and had a super brunch with the same person. Still had a bit of trouble finding it but there we were. This time my guest had the Mangia Salad with an addition of Grilled Salmon [$12.45] and she loved it. Ate every bit! The Mimosa [$7.95] to start made this a memorable meal. I had the Grilled Polenta with sautéed vegetables and a marinara sauce plus I added the Grilled Sweet Italian Sausage. The addition of the protein took it up a notch. The Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc [$7.95] was a nice pour. For dessert we shared the Cannoli plate [$6.95] one for each of us. The shells were a bit tough and she had a bit of difficulty breaking hers up.

Aside from the food, a strength of this establishment as I mentioned in my first review is the service. Kayla was excellent! Mom said the same thing as last visit, 'this is one of the best meals ever' and that makes me happy.

Birthday Brunch today at Cafe Mangia [someone else's birthday!]. The GPS took us for a 'scenic' ride as I did not follow a spoken command. Have passed this place a few times but never really noticed it. Mistake! What a great meal.

Both tried the Corn Chowder [$3.95] and it was fine with bacon and thyme. The birthday girl had the brunch selection of Chicken Marsala [$9.95] over Mushroom Risotto and asparagus. This was labeled delicious. I had a Mediterranean Salad [$13.90] with an interesting white balsamic vinaigrette and added a 4oz. piece of Salmon grilled to perfection and was very pleased. The salad was a little underdressed so added some more of the delicious dressing. The olives were real olives and don't say this sarcastically as I hate canned olives with my feta cheese. We shared an order of Cannoli [$6.95] which consisted of two huge pieces. The shell was much too thick but the filling was very good. The coffee is excellent and very freshly brewed.

The strength of this Cafe is not just the great food but the superb service. We were both very impressed with our servers, especially John. These people truly like what they are doing and it shows! Mom said this was one of the best meals she has had in a long time. I will definitely be back for dinner.