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

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

Saturday, December 03, 2016

PHO 99

Wasn't going to eat lunch today but out shopping I saw this new place PHO99 and decided to stop. Glad I did! Had a bowl of Pho Tái [medium beef $14.25] with hot tea. All the basic ingredients plated and served nicely. The beef was tender and plentiful and the bean sprouts and basil leaves were fresh. There was a multitude of sauces on the table. Very fast service and the in-house TV gave instructions how to eat it.

blognote: They also have a restaurant in East Hartford and plan to open one in Manchester.
bloginfo: They do not have a website but there are reviews on YELP.

Friday, December 02, 2016

MERCADO Truck [Span-ish Food]

Glad I caught you tonight on your last night can't get a better meal than the Pork Belly Slider [$5], Crispy Brussel Sprouts [$5] and a bowl of Butternut Bisque [$3 (but comped, thanks)]...have a profitable winter season and will see you as soon as you are out and you can see there is no picture to show; ate it too soon and it was still hot when I got it home...delicious as always!

Friday, November 11, 2016


Another successful visit today to Heirloom for a lunch after visiting the British Museum at Yale. One had the Smoked Maine Trout Sandwich Melt [$18] with a Kale Salad and the other of us had the CT Grass Fed Beef Burger [$18] Grafton Cheddar, Horseradish Jam, House Pickles, Heirloom Fries. We also split a half bottle of Pinot Blanc [$24] Coffee and the Cookie Plate Sampler [$10] with a cup of frosting!

Between gallery and museum visits we stopped at Heirloom for a very nice lunch. The restaurant is located in the The Study at Yale Hotel. We started with the WHIPPED CHICKEN LIVER PATE [$10] Bacon Jam, Sea Salt & Toast  and it was delicious!

Then I proceeded [as did my guest] to the CRACKLING CALAMARI SALAD Napa Cabbage, Greens, Cilantro, Cucumber & Carrots, Yuzu-Ginger Dressing [$16] which came with ginger dressing for the greens and a spicy dressing for the calamari. This was a filling bowl of fantastic flavors with the calamari perfectly fried and very tender. This was enhanced by a glass of Pinot Blanc [$14].

Finished with a scoop Salted Caramel Gelato [order split for the two of us $8] and the Heirloom Cookie Plate of four different flavor freshly cooked cookies with a little crock filled with buttercream icing!

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

ICHIBAN Restaurant

After two art gallery openings and a shopping spree, we stopped for dinner at a restaurant I have frequented in the past. Our meal at ICHIBAN was very good. We started with the Golden Calamari ]$9.95] which was really more tempura than deep fried. Then two orders of Sushi Regular Dinner [$16.95] which came with salad/ginger dressing or an excellent miso soup. These came with eight pieces of sushi [the unagi was terrific] and a California Roll.  Two beer Kirin Ichiban [$4.50/6.00] helped out with the meal.

The other diner had the Stone Pot Bibim Bop [$14.95] beef, rice and vegetables with an egg to mix it all up and be yummy.

blognote: There was a Groupon for $40 [$17] so we made out quite well.
bloginfo: Our server was terrific but didn't get his name [born in India of Tibetan descent].

Monday, November 07, 2016

SHU Restaurant

Serendipity [hate that word] but ended up here at SHU as Fire and Spice [new location] and East West Grille were both closed on Mondays. What a blessing that turned out to be. Tucked away between A Dong Market and Pho Boston is this little gem. It specializes in Authentic Chinese Szechuan Cuisine. Also has a superb Vegetable and Vegetarian menu.

tomato fried egg soup
I started with the Tomato Fried Egg Soup [$5.99] mainly because of the name. It was a super broth with sliced fresh tomatoes and a 'pancake' of fried egg on top. Super sized portion [we ordered the small] which was more than enough for two. Then I was having a noodle attack so ordered the Vegetable Lo Mein [$8.99] [my dining partner is vegetarian]. This was one of the best orders of lo mein that stands on its own merits and is not confused with the addition of lots of 'stuff'. The other entrée was Pork with Garlic Sauce [$12.99] whereas the 'pork' was a bean product and resembled noodles. The dish included wood ear mushrooms, bamboo shoots and red pepper. It had a slight zing to it and was delicious. 

vegetable lo mein


Another post HSC matinée dinner at Sorella. Very successful dinner for two. After reading the review from two years ago, I realize that we had the same Roasted Pepper Salad [$8] split between us and just as delicious as before. My guest had the Rigatoni Saltimbocca [$20 which was $2 more this year] described below and my taste of it was fine. On the other hand, this time, I had the Rigatoni Vitello [$20] chianti braised veal, veal glace, arrabiata, spinach. Some things just get better with time!

September 27, 2014
Ate this dinner this late afternoon at Sorella after a wonderful matinée at Hartford Stage Company's 'SOMEWHERE'. Had 5:00 reservations and found they had a Sunday Dinner special. This consisted of any salad, an entrée or pizza and a glass of wine.

Three of us chose that option with the same Roasted Pepper Salad [$8]  of arugula, charred eggplant, pine nuts, garlic aioli. It was delicious and one of the best salads I have had in a restaurant in a very long time. The bread served with it was fresh and warm, the aioli was pungent. The three different pasta choices were: Rigatoni Saltimbocca [$18] ground veal, prosciutto, fresh sage, pecorino cheese, Potato Gnocchi [$18] winter squash, chicken paillard, pancetta, cream and my Chianti Papparadelle [$20] braised veal osso buco ragu. All three dishes were excellent and mine was just luscious. Each also had a glass of Chianti. If you add up the three parts of the meal, you can see the fantastic saving by ordering this $25 masterpiece.

The other diner made a meal of three seafood antipasti [$20]: Shrimp Scampi lemon, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, Manilla Clams lemon, garlic oil and Baccala Salad salt cod, capers, olives, tomato. She also added a serving of Poached Baby Artichokes pecorino, lemon, mint [$6].

blognote: We did not take advantage of the Sunday Supper Special the second time but used our HSC tickets to get 20% off of each entrée.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

King and I Thai Restaurant

Serendipity calls! I was in Hartford at a Photo Exhibit and got a text from someone who was also in Hartford and hungry. We ambled over to the restaurant and both had great meals. Each one was the Chinese Long Eggplant [$16.95]; hers with salmon and mine with duck, hers with brown rice and mine with jasmine. The crispy duck slices were delicious but hers looked good also. Only my second time here but this is a winner.

September 6. 2016

How many times have I driven by this restaurant and said that I have to visit it. Well I finally did!. The King and  I Thai restaurant is set back from the street on upper Park Street in a little house. That's where the little ends...the flavor is big.

I had the best Pad Se Ew ever [including Bangkok] this time with beef and Chinese broccoli [$9.95] The noodles are big and rustic holding the flavor which is just sublime. Will visit again and again.

blognote: BYOB