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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

HEIRLOOM

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!


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tapas Restaurant

In between movies at Real Art Ways with a two hour interval [poor planning on my part!], I slipped out to Tapas. I haven't been there for years but remembered their good food.

Started with the daily soup du jour of Gazpacho [$5 bowl] which was delicious and cooling on such a sunny and hot afternoon.


Completing the meal I ordered my old favorite Mediterranean Platter [$9 small]. This was chock full of hummus, baba ghanoush, two tabouli, stuffed grape leaf and greek olives. Delicious. Both the platter and soup were served with warm pita triangles.


This was all accompanied by a nice glass of Pinot Blanc [$9] and then a cup of coffee.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Rockin Chicken

What I look for in a new neighborhood restaurant is quality food, good prices, friendly people and cleanliness. I found that today at Rockin Chicken in Hartford; a new Peruvian restaurant.


Passion Fruit drink [which I know as parcha was $3] as fresh as could be started my meal of Mostrito: a quarter rotisserie chicken with vegetable fried rice and french fries [9.99]. I asked for fried ripe plantain instead of the fries but the chef wanted me to try the fries so there was no extra charge. I now see the reason why and it was because these are the best fries ever of freshly cut potatoes. There are three different sauces and they are all good with varying degrees of 'calor'.

bloginfo: no website running yet but on FaceBook 
blognote: parking in front of restaurant or on street

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Know Good Food Pop-up Market

On the third Thursday of each summer month there is a gathering of food trucks, food, drink samples, desserts, music and just plain good fun. This happens on Bartholomew Street just after the corner of Park Street in front of the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner offices.  KNOW GOOD MARKET is on the sign so just look for it.


This last time I had a Pork Belly Slider [$5] from the Span-ish Mercado Truck and it was the best ever with pickled onions on a super bun with salsa verde.



There were several other food offerings. As they change from time to time, these were some of them here this week: La Petite France and...



Yardbird Chicken while...


next month there will be some of the old and probably something new!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Piccolo Arancio

After a stunning Opening Reception of Ben Parker's Tessellated Paper Work at the EBK Gallery, we headed to Piccolo Arancio in Farmington. We had an excellent meal with great art convo...

Scamorza ai Ferri
The Scamorza Ai Ferri [$10] Pan seared aged mozzarella topped with smoked Prosciutto and garnished with arugula was rich and delicious and paired well with the Fried Calamari [$10] [the fried lemon slices were superb].

I had the Insalata di Barbateole [$10] Brick oven roasted red beets, Gala apple, asparagus and gorgonzola over Field greens, dressed with walnut vinaigrette and a Pizza Asparagi to which I ordered Shrimp for extra topping [$13+]



For dessert we shared the Chocolate Bread Pudding which is a deconstructed plate of chocolate square, whipped cream, vanilla gelato and a strawberry. YUM!

blognote: excellent service by Kendra

Friday, July 08, 2016

Wang Palace

Birthday/Anniversary Celebration tonight at the 'birthday boy's' favorite restaurant Wang Palace. Haven't been here for a while but always the place for a good meal.


I had the Dynasty Dinner Special of Moo Shu Pork with pancakes [$16.95]. This included my Sweet/Sour Soup, brown rice, Eggroll, Chicken Finger, deep fried Jumbo Shrimp and ice cream sampler for desssert. There are two packages of food in the refrigerator for a dinner or two this coming week. Everything was delicious and fresh.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

MAX Fish

Surprise visit long story but happy ending! Had an early Fourth of July dinner at MAX Fish. Prix Fixe at $19.95 for three courses. Started with the Dzen Farms Blueberry Salad of arugula, Liuzzi Ricotta, almonds and a honey lemon dressing. Very nice and light. Guest had the Clam 'Chowda'.

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Entrée was the Grilled Tavern Steak [perfectly medium rare] with fingerling potato salad, local beans and blue cheese butter. Had a glass of Max Cuvée Red blend [$12.50]. Guest had the Hot Shrimp Roll, CT style with shrimp butter, corn on the cob, coleslaw, toasted brioche roll. 


For dessert we both had  Pell Farm Strawberry Shortcake with macerated strawberries, house made whipped cream and coffee.