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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen

Another successful meal at Zohara with some of the same little plates and apps but added the Lamb Casserole [$19]. I actually like the Lamb Ragu Hummus better. The Feta with pickled Ramps was a new one and it was delicious. Also a special Eggplant with raisins that was super. Guess I will stick to the Salatim Beginnings for a while. Choices, choices...

June 5, 2017
Got here early at Zohara after theater matinée and the hungry hordes. Luckily got a terrific booth in the bar. Everything from that point was up, up and upper. Started with the 3/$10 selection of Carrots, Charred Broccoli and Muhammara [puréed red peppers and walnuts]. Then on to the Shug variety of the Hummus followed by the Lamb Kofta.Split a Baklava for dessert but wanted coffee not espresso/latte/cappuccino! I can't pick out my favorite as each dish was unique, tasty and gorgeously plated. Kudos to the chef and to the waitstaff that kept up with this hungry twosome. Worth every cent...will be back soon to try out more of the interesting menu.

Monday, July 10, 2017

PHO 88

Working lunch today at PHO 88 which turned out to be very productive and quite tasty. We shared an order of Shrimp Spring Rolls which were very fresh. They each had a Pho Bowl. I opted for the Vietnamese Pancake, my favorite, with tofu instead of meat [$10]. The Jasmine Iced Tea rocks...sweet but nice!

Sunday, July 09, 2017


Wonderful Brunch today at Max Fish to send off a family member back home to Tampa. There are no pictures of the food as everything was so good it got attacked at it reached the table. As much as I would like to share the pictures with you...just go there and see for yourself! From the pomegranate shooters and beignets to start to the fabulous desserts we were all in heaven.

Three of us made good use of the Bloody Mary Bar [$10 for the first, $3 for the next one]. Mine was perfect with the added Spanish anchovies and the Shrimp was great. I had the best Steak and Eggs [$18] ever with perfectly cooked steak and super poached eggs and can't forget that gravy. Ended with a cup of strong coffee and a dish of strawberry/rhubarb sorbet [$7].

Others dined very happily on Crab Benedict [$16], Cobb Salad with Chicken [15]. The Fish Special [$16] was Haddock with Achiote Rice and Vegetable Hash. Desserts also included a magnificently rich S'mores plate [$8], Tiramisu Gelato [$7] and a Key Lime Tart [$8]. What a meal, what a family!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Max a Mia

Happy Hour today at Max a Mia and it was a happy one. Just look at the menu! There were some hard choices but we were up to the test.

Started with compimentary grilled bread, great tomato based spread, roasted garlic and a dish of olives. With a Yuengling draft [$4] I first had the Mini Lobster Rolls [$7] and then the Wood Fired Oysters [$4]. The lobster rolls were good especially the brioche rolls. The oysters were super. Then shared one of the Oak Grilled Pork Ribs [$5] which splendidly delicious. 

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Pond House Café

Beautiful day for lunch at the Pond House Café and a ride in Elizabeth Park. The roses were a little passé but still as glamorous as the 'ladies who lunch' sitting all around us.

My California Grilled Cheese [$11.19] with apple wood smoked bacon, avocado, havarti cheese, chili lime aïoli and arugula on country bread was especially delicious! The side salad was moist and flavorful and the side of sweet potato fries [$3.96] was the perfect accompaniment. 

blognote: parking was very easy today with a space very close to the restaurant

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Butchers and Bakers

After a great matinée of FADE at Theater Works Hartford, we went out to the new [to me] Butchers and Bakers restaurant. Glad we were there early as it filled up quite quickly. We decided to not sit on the patio as there were too many families and the tables were a bit close. They gave the four of us a nice booth with a view. Good bread with a super tomato spread on the table and then replenished!

Two of us had the ANGRY ORCHARD BRINED PORK CHOP with smoked sweet potato puree + cardamom sautéed Brussels sprouts [$22] which was very tasty and moist with the sweet potato puree winning on the veg list. The sprouts needed a touch more oven. The Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc [$8] was a little sweet for me but worked well with the food.

The Butcher's Board [$20] which the other two guests ordered is the meat cut of the day and accompaniments. Today's offering was a skirt steak with asparagus and fingerling potatoes with a kebab of shrimp and swordfish. Looked good and was enjoyed by the guests.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bar Bouchée

My second and very successful visit to Bar Bouchée since I have found it with another name in another location. It is also called Bar Bouchon as it is fashioned like the 'bar bouchon' in Lyon.

I started with an excellent Negroni [$11] with great bread and butter. For a starter we shared a luscious Beet Salad [$10.75].

We both ordered the Hangar Steak [$28.50] mine with frites and sauce bearnaise and hers medium with roasted shallot sauce and gratin Dauphinois. Both were superb. This was accompanied with a glass of Macon Pierre Burgundy [$11.75]

Dessert was a difficult choice with the Profiteroles coming in second as we chose the  Pavé chocolate, hazelnut-caramel crunch [$9.50] with a French press coffee.