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

Friday, March 24, 2017

21 OAK

Despedida dinner tonight at 21 OAK  for a good friend who is going on to bigger and better on the West Coast.

Brussels Sprouts
Started with two apps to share: Brussels Sprouts [$7] which were sumptuous and Mac Chz [$7] which was very tasty with a cashew 'cheese'. Then on to the main courses: my Banh Mi sandwich special [$12] with seitan for protein and a VERY spicy spread! This included a side and I chose the Bean/Kale soup of the day. I used the broth as a dipping liquid to calm down the spicy spread on the bread. The other main was the Pattymelt [$9] with a pan seared tempeh patty, caramelized onions, swiss, black garlic cashew crema, artisan roll. Tasted this and it will be my choice next time! Dessert was a delicious and filling chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake [$6] to split. 

Mac Chz
Bahn Mi

blognote: They were packed so we went to the MCC Dehn Gallery just across the parking lot and they called us when a table was ready. Great service!

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Went to Sorella after the 'Cloud Nine' matinée production at Hartford Stage this afternoon. There was a 20% discount with a ticket. So here we were within walking distance and reservations.

I had a Ca' Montini Pinot Grigio [$10] and we shared the prosciutto di parma with butternut squash caponata, arugula, grana padana [$14]. Delicious.

The two entrées that we had had before were still our favorites: the rigatoni vitello  with chianti braised veal, veal glace, arrabiata, spinach [$22] and my rigatoni saltimbocca with ground veal, prosciutto di parma, sage, veal glace [$21]. Lots left over to take home. Both are still good and still our favorites.

For dessert we shared the Olive Oil Cake [$7] with a chocolate hazelnut smear. This was a truly great way to end the meal.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Green Room Café

Interesting lunch today at The Green Room Café a place that I have always wanted to visit. AND so I did with the help of a friend.

There is a cozy dining room larger than it looks from the outside. I was with someone who had eaten there before so 'knew the ropes'. Menu is varied and I ordered the Sampler: our House Salad w/ egg salad, tuna salad, and chicken salad [$14.00]. The salad part of the dish has many types of greens and some additions that are a bit surprising but delicious [banana+]. The egg salad was my favorite but the other two were good. We both started a cup of Soup of the Day which was Spring Pea and it was just the remedy for the piles of snow outside. Lovely!
Also shared a piece of one of the fabulous desserts, an almond cake which was superb. 

bloginfo: Open Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 3:00pm
blognote: If you park across the street, you will get a token to pay for parking!

Monday, March 13, 2017

ANGRY TOFU Korean Cuisine

I was asked about this restaurant today and have heard good things about it so will eat there soon. As far as I can see they still do not have a website but do have a Face Book page.

September 29, 2015
This is not a fair review. I have been waiting for this restaurant, ANGRY TOFU, to open for months now. It is at 1030 Silas Deane Highway. This was the original site of a Filipino restaurant, then Phuket before its sister place and then Mint Thai. There have been several places to eat here but not all have been successful.

It was the Grand Opening and the many visitors were Korean. This is much too early to write about a restaurant so I will redeem myself by going back with a group. Having guests this evening caused me to order just an appetizer for an afternoon snack. Perusing the menu I found the prices quite high even the lunch specials.

This is the Fried Tofu appetizer [$7.99]. The coating was light and tasty as was the sauce. The tofu was creamy. There were only eight pieces.

bloginfo: There is no website yet.
blognote: Without more help [especially Korean speakers] the dining room might become hectic.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Prospect Café

Fun evening at Prospect Café last night hosted by a good friend following her successful Artist Talk at a nearby gallery. Started off with a Calamari app to stave off our hunger before the entrées arrived. The Pesto Cod and Pork Loin were the favorites at our table of four. Skipped dessert as we were full and needed to get back on the road.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Bar Bouchée

Just happened to be in Madison to attend the opening reception at Mercy by the Sea by an artist friend. She took us out to dinner at Bar Bouché after finishing up. They are the people from the Restaurant du Village from Chester. We went there so many times and had lost track. I will be back here often. This reminds me of so many places in Paris; an authentic bouchon.

Crôque Madame

I had a Crôque Madame [$16.75] and a side of Frites [$5.75]. They definitely rivaled the ones I have had recently in Paris. Heaven! We all shared a bowl of Profiteroles [$9.50] for dessert.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Bear's Smokehouse BBQ

First time that I have eaten at Bear's SmokehouseBBQ in Windsor [ate at the Arch Street, Hartford location several times]. Got there today at 4pm and were first in line but 15 minutes later the line was out the door. 

Meal was good: Burnt Ends [with Texas pepper sauce] with baked potato and coleslaw [$15] and Pulled Chicken with coleslaw and mashed sweet potato [$14]. The servings were ample and tasty. Next time I will try the baked beans and cornbread.

blognote: This location not as clean as Hartford. They had plenty of time before the rush to scrub down the counters. I know BBQ is messy but...