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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Blind Pig Pizza Company

Got lunch at The Blind Pig and this was only the first or second day open. They had a soft opening and the pictures were super. So we sure got in on the excitement!

Started with an order of Blistered Shushito [$8] with preserved lemon, smoked salt and garlic oil AND super delicious.

Then we split a SHROOM Pizza [$12] with mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, parmesan and roasted garlic and an egg [+$1]

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Savoy Pizzeria

Quick visit to the new MAX' Savoy Pizzeria after Open Tech Rehearsal at HSC. Great welcome at the door and a booth was available!

Very pleased with the meal. Started with a Negroni Spaliato [$9 my favorite but with a splash of Prosecco. Then we split a Roasted Beet Burrata [$13] with pistachio,|beet vinaigrette and arugula. Then on to the Flower Power pizza [$13] with cauliflower, garlic oil, caramelized onions and fontina. Both were delicious.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Taste of Hawai'i 2016/7

Spent Christmas and New Year's Eve and Day in Hawai'i at the home of friends. They have a teahouse set up for guests so I lived the real good life for two weeks.

Five places of note and off the tourist track were:

L & L where I had my annual dose of Moko Loko. I have eaten here before and Moko Loko is savory hamburger patties over rice, topped with brown gravy and 2 fresh fried eggs

7-11 for Spam Musubi and yes the 'mo bettah' is found on the counter at your local 7-11

Viet Pho9 for New Year's Eve lunch for a typical bowl of PHO

fixings for my PHO
Tempura Ichida for a Japanese prix-fixe New Year's dinner: Yose Nabe (Chinese cabbage, shrimp, shimeji, shiitake, enoki, tofu, snapper, chicken, carrot), Donburi Trio (tuna, unagi, tempura), Zouni (mochi, chicken, rape blossoms, shimeji, green onion, fu, seaweed, carrot), Chawanmushi, Yuzu sorbet

Aiea Bowl for my lunch before getting on the plane: sesame crusted Furikake Ahi (tuna) with mac salad and white rice

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol for a Holiday Dinner turned out so well...we had a fantastic time. Started with two apps: Pulpo la Gallega [$12] octopus so beautifully spiced and grilled and Piquillos Rellenos de enslada de txanguro [$12] stuffed with crab salad.

Piquillos Rellonos
Pulpo a la Gallega

Then on to the three entrées: Braised pork brisket [$12] with home made barbeque sauce over San Simón cheese mashed potatoes, Trout stuffed with Jamon Serrano [$25] and my Bistec con salsa churrasco [$24] grilled flap steak with churrasco sauce a Spanish grilling sauce of herbs, spices and pureed tomato.

Dessert was a Tarta Santiago with lemon cream...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Prospect Café

Aside from the snow squall/17 degree weather drive home on I91, we had a very nice dinner after Creative Cocktail at Real Art Ways.

I had been drinking a very nice Chilean Cab at RAW but theirs here was not available so I ended up with a Greystone Cab [$8] that just didn't do it for me. Split two excellent apps: Baby Arugula salad [$9] with goat cheese and pecans also Calamari [$12] ordered without the banana peppers.

On to Pesto Crusted Cod [$12] over risotto which looked good and my Eggplant Napoletano [$14] stack stuffed with mushrooms and cheese over linguine. This was large enough for two more meals at home.

Split a Pumpkin Bread Pudding [$7] with superb Chantilly cream and a drizzle of dulce de leche. Decadent!

September 16, 2016

This has become my go to place after any event. Weather was nice so we sat on the patio. Same guest so same Prosecco [$8] but a glass of Sauvignon Blanc [$9 New Zealand Crossings - my new favorite] for me. Unfortunately there was no Chicken Liver Mousse on the menu tonight, ordered the Maine Mussels [$12] from the app menu and they were super especially with extra bread to soak up the broth. From the Happy Hour menu got the Calamari [$5] and they were good but the jalalpeño caused the 'gates of hell' a problem for the evening.

June 23, 20016

Wine and snack after open live streamed rehearsal for Black Boy Jungle by Arien Wilkerson's company TNMOT AZTRO at EBK Gallery in Hartford. A glass of Prosecco [$8] for my friend, a glass of vin rosé [$8] for me and the BEST starter of Chicken Liver Mousse [$7] with pickled endive, pickled mustard seeds, pickled onion and greens with terrific toasted bread. On the patio for a super nice evening chat! Love it here at Prospect Café!

May 14, 20016

Stopped in again after the Trash Fashion Soirée with three other people. We started with the Fried Calamari [much to many jalapeño for us] the Fried Fiddle Heads [very small portion]. Then on to the Carnitas, a special of Cioppino which drew a rave review and two BBQ Chicken Sandwiches [mine needed salt and some other help] but the fried egg saved the day.


Third time to Prospect Café...didn't post entry on Valentine's Day with my Steak Frites but they were wonderful. Tonight after a rousing Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways, we stopped for some good 'vittles' and our server, Jodie, helped us pick out the best. She had the chef make up individual Caesar Salads and then we ordered the Salmon Pastrami [$10] with Meyer Lemon Crème Fraiche, Mache, Pine Nuts, Crostini and  the Crispy Brussel Sprouts [$10] with Bosc Pears, Green Apples, Pomegranate, Gorgonzola, Sunny Side Egg, Honey-Cider Vinaigrette. Both of these were totally delicious. Ended with coffe [no room for dessert].

Salmon Pastrami
Another after theater venture...this one successfully to Prospect Café newly reopened under the great concept of 'eclectic SCRATCH kitchen and craft bar'.

Their three orders of Carnitas [$18] looked [and tasted great] but my order of Fried Chicken [$18] was super. Three beautifully crispily fried thighs with a slice of jalapeño cheddar cornbread, ranch dressing and the very best bacon braised collard greens around town! The great pour of Malbec [$7] helped make this meal memorable.

We split the Chocolate Pot de crème [$8] which was delicious with blood orange zest in the chocolate. And as you can see didn't get its picture taken!

blognote: Jared was our server and he is excellent and put up with dietary restrictions [not mine!], an oxygen tank and a bill split 3 or 4 ways. Spoke with Paul, the owner, and this is definitely a place to which I will return.


Stopped in for an after dance performance snack. Had the Artisanal Cheese Plate [$12] with 4 cheeses: Manchego, Minnie Mae 'brie', Double Sharp Cheddar and Bleu with grapes, almonds and honey with toasty bread...

Friday, December 09, 2016

Cora Cora

As you can see, it's been a long time since my last visit to Cora Cora. The original intention was to go to SHU across the parking lot but it was full tonight. This turned out to be a good problem! I had the Chicharrones de Pescado [$12.95] with the delicious Onion Salad and I chose the Yuca Fries over the French Fries. We split the Crema Volteada for dessert. Always a great meal here with fast service with a smile. The place was packed with many happy diners. It won't be long before I go back!
April 5, 2013

Knew I had to go back to Cora Cora after the great NYT review [see hyperlink below]. Started with an order of Shrimp and Fish Sebiche [$14.75] and was as good as I remembered it from last time. Tried the Tacos de Lomo Saltado as reported in the review and they were great. Even spread some of the guacamole on them to further sweeten the deal.

Tacos de Lomo Saltado

Tamal Peruano
The Tamal de Pollo Peruano was drier than the tamales that I am used do but good. The Cau Cau de Mariscos [$15.99] next to me looked wonderful and was pronounced delicious.
Cau Cau de Mariscos

Great review in today's New York Times Metropolitan section. Read it here!


Tried my first Groupon Coupon at Cora Cora in West Hartford.

Had eaten here before and liked it  and came back armed with my $20 for $10 coupon.

Had a good meal from the roasted corn 'amuse bouche' to the coffee to end the meal. We had two entrées and shared.
Ceviche Mixto: Octopus, mussels and clams marinated with freshly squeezed lime juice with onions and cilantro, and garnished with toasted Peruvian corn and sweet potato served over a bed of lettuce. [$13.50] and a Chicken/Potato Stew with a catchy name that didn't catch. This dish is not on their menu on the website. Check that out here. The menu in the restaurant has much more to choose from.

The ceviche, ordered mild, was great; fresh and tangy. The stew was a little bland but offset the ceviche which I would order a bit more spicy next time. The coffee was served in huge cups and good and strong. A very nice meal [especially with the $10 off.]

bloginfo: Restaurant is on Shield Street and the GPS tries to get you there the long way around. It is actually just off New Britain Avenue next to A Dong Market and Pho Boston.
blognote: I will research the name of the stew and update the blog even if it means eating there again soon!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

O.C. Kitchen Bar

And here we go again...Sunday dinner hosted by a good friend before we went to an art show in Hartford. Everyone enjoyed but especially me with a Negroni, the best fries around with two dips [chipotle and pesto mayo] and the red Norma sauce with fried eggplant over tagliatelle...choco/coco tiramisu for dessert. You can't get more holiday than that.

November 26, 2016

Had to share the wealth so brought a guest from Hartford to see what is good in my neighborhood. Here we are at  O.C. Kitchen Bar again. This has become my home away from home. Started with a Negroni and for me a glass of Vermentino [$9] [and another one later on] and split a Caesar Salad [$9 with a surcharge of $2 for anchovies...hey, it's not a caesar salad without anchovies!!!]. Then three antipasti: Tagliere di Salumi e Formaggio [$12] which was a great selection of meat and a bit of cheeseand a saucer of giardiniera;

a terrific serving of Crudo [proscuiutto] and great Burrata [$14]

and 4 super Gamberi Gratinati [$12] sesame crusted shrimp over balsamic drizzled greens.

Great night, great food and I think I did Rocky Hill fine for my Hartford guest.

blognote: Terrific service from Lana!!!

October 31, 2016
Saturday night stopped for a Negroni at the O.C. Kitchen Bar and had lunch there today also. YES!

Had the Carne Sandwich [$11] which was full of prosciutto crudo, capicollo, mortadella and salami with Italian dressing and topped with romaine/heirloom tomatoes on a home made ciabatta roll. This came with a side of fries or a small salad [which is a large salad] with a balsamic vinaigrette. I opted for the salad and ended up taking half of the sandwich home.

Dining partner had the Kale Salad [$11] and was very pleased. The breadsticks are the best! Lots to try on the menu and I will be back soon![p