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

Sunday, August 12, 2018

V's Trattoria

As you can see, I haven't been here for a while and missed it. So when four of us were volunteering in the food kitchen next door we dropped in after. Since it was a Sunday, the small plates were only $6 each. We each had a salad [Panzanella for me} and then the entire list of six available plates: Homemade Burrata with Fig, Sausage and Peppers, Shrimp, Fried Artichokes, Meatballs, Ahi Tuna. All were delicious!

November 16, 2017

Here again on a Thursday night but too late for our oyster fest [only 6 left so we each got 3]. Awarded an amuse bouche [just put your V's card on the table]. Had the Panzanella salad and it was excellent. Ordered Calamari and good but I am getting to not like the cherry peppers fried into the order. Primavera Pizza ended up being dessert.

September 21, 2017

It's Thursday evening and I'm bored at my present gathering and I'm hungry. So I ended up at V's Trattoria again and it's Buck-a-Shuck! Yes!

We each ordered a dozen Blue Point oysters [$12] and a nice pour of Sauvignon Blanc [$12]. Followed this with the Pesca Salad [$9] with the grilled peaches and it was just the right ending to a successful evening meal. NOT! Got creative with a 'Craft Your Own' and split a small pizza with sausage, spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms [$18] and it was super. However, most of it took the ride home to be part of a meal on another day.

blognote: Got to talk with Rob the owner. Great service by Ian and will ask for him next time in.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

First and Last Tavern

After the play the same three theater-goers went out for something to eat. Didn't have much luck until we remembered First and Last Tavern, the original, close by. What a great reunion as I had not been back here in years. What a Hartford original! I had a Rosé Sangria [$10] and Zuppa de Mussels [$14.95]. This made for a great debriefing after a truly hilarious play.

blognote: park in back or park on street

Thursday, August 09, 2018

The Tavern at Keney Park

Went back to explore the possibility of using this place for one of my mystery lunches. Yes! Will be back with a big table full of elders soon. Had the Grilled Cheese Dog and it was powerful and the onion rings were perfect.

July 7, 2018

Took my stepmother, a Hartford oldie, and my sister from Florida to lunch during out tour of our city of birth. Stopped at The Tavern at Keney Park for a very nice lunch on a gorgeous summer day. It had been quite hot during the week and this was the cool-off day. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Mom had the Par 3 Dog with sweet potato fries and sister had the Kitchen Sink Salad with grilled chicken so they were pretty satisfied. I had The Local’s Only Salad [$11] with Keney park arugula & roasted beets + creamy goat cheese vinaigrette basil + sea salt + locally sourced berries + mark’s apiary farm of glastonbury honey. I added some avocado [$2] [they were out of grilled shrimp]. Thought the salad was a little underdressed but I ended up perfect. We each had a Good Humor ice cream bar so mine was Toasted Almond [$2.50] and they each had the Chocolate Eclair version. All in all, a fantastic day!

July 22, 2017

Went for a Hartford Restaurant Week adventure and found a restaurant that needs more than one stop to fully enjoy a terrific menu. This is a place you want to call home!  The Tavern at Keney Park is set within the beautifully kept Keney Park Golf Course. Never having played golf [I caddied and that ended that pastime] this was only my second visit to the park. Last year I performed there as the Great Blue Heron in Night Fall.

Started with the Bayou Catfish Bites with Bayou ketchup and my dining partner had the Fried Green Tomatoes with a Romesco dipping sauce. I like mine better than hers and visa versa. Her choice for entrée was the Carolina Hickory Smoked BBQ Brisket with Jalapeño-Bacon Cornbread and Corn on the Cob. She is a real judge of brisket and rated this one of the best ever. My 'tiny' taste agreed with her. My half a bird of Sweet Tea Fried Chicken was luscious. This included corn on the cob and a buttermilk biscuit. Some of that chicken came home with me and I am anxiously awaiting tonight's leftovers.

blognote: We sat outside under the tent with great service. ALSO they are one of the few to offer the deal for $20.17 to reflect the present year. So many of the other restaurants got lost in their calendars and skipped to $30.17.

Thursday, July 26, 2018


Came back to FLORA today with a group of 12 senior citizens on my Mystery Lunch Tour. Everyone enjoyed themselves! I had the Avocado Bowl for the first time and it was superb. Best thing ever! Served on a base of faro in a 'creamy' tomato sauce with extra veggies and just the right amount of bite. The kale salad was good and the corn chowder was hotter the last time. Will have to go back for Happy Hour!

July 17, 2018
This restaurant has blown me away...FLORA has the best vegan/vegetarian food around. You can even order other non-vegetarian items to add to your entrée but they are not needed. The word here is flavor!

Today I had the Lunch Combo which included Corn Chowder, salad of arugula, cucumber and radish with a lemon vinaigrette, and tantalizing dish of MAC &  NO-CHEESE.

The place is beautiful, spare and sleek. The service is caring. The food, again, is delicious. Sitting at a two-top looking out the second floor window at the still to be finished sometime Whole Foods parking lot, I surveyed a different world and enjoyed!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kaliubon Ramen

Stopped for a late lunch in the new Kaliubon Ramen in Wethersfield.  This place is so much larger than I expected with excellent booth seating. We enjoyed several apps and two different ramen dishes and a Poke bowl. The Lamb Bao [$6] was very tasty and the wrapper was so delicate that I could make a whole meal out of an order or two. The Beef Spring Roll [$7] was much different than your typical spring roll but very fresh and tasty. The two luncheon sized ramens [$11] were both received with great praise: Kaliubon a bit spicy with both ground pork and pork belly and the Tokyo Chicken a bit milder. My Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl[$11+$2 for added avocado] was excellent. The poke was fresh and flavorful and the side accoutrements were all welcome additions. It was a reminder of the poke in Hawai'i and next time I will venture into the spicy tuna or the salmon.

blognote: Amelia was our server and she was both so pleasant and knowledgable of the menu!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Costa del Sol

Sometimes Taste of Hartford can be wonderful and sometimes it doesn't make it. Tonight it was wonderful! Both started with the Salpicón, their version of potato salad, and it was delicious and so well plated. My entrée was the Bistec with chimichurri and this is one of my favorites. The steak was just the right amount of rare and the chimichurri was fresh and lighter than the usual preparation. The potatoes were superb and the timbal of vegetables fresh and tender. The other diner had the Codillo, osso bucco, and was definitely the winner! It fell off the bone. The potatoes were a bit gummy but the same timbal was excellent. Desserts of Arroz con Leche was declared the best ever but my Flan was perfect. Latte, as usual, was not hot enough for me. All in all, a very good meal at a decent price! I think I may have to go back for the Gazpacho and Codillo...a good excuse!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mondo Pizza

On the way back from theater in New Haven we stopped off at Mondo for a quick supper. Haven't been here for years and didn't realize how popular it had become. Started with a splitting a Beet Salad. I opted for an app of Meatball Bruschetta for my entrée which was really a full meal. My dining partner had the Italian Sausage and Pistachio Pizza. This was on the specialty menu and was quite good but the thin crust was a bit burnt around the edges.