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

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Fujiya Ramen

Had an interesting appetizer tonight at Fujiya Ramen, a new restaurant on Main Street in Middletown. The Takoyaki [$5] is an octopus dish that is very tasty and beautifully presented. I had Tan Tan Men [$12] a bowl of noodles with a good kick of chili paste and lots of spinach. The other diner had Chashu Ramen [$13] with pork belly but needed a bit more ginger which was provided and did enhance the bowl. Finished with a shared Vanilla Tempura ice cream [$5] which didn't excite either of us. Stick with the Mochi!

Tempura Ice Cream
Chashu Ramen

Tan Tan Men

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Valencia Lunchería

I want to live in Norwalk so I can eat at Valencia Luncheria every day! We were on our way to the Westport Playhouse so went early and enjoyed some good Venezuelan food.

The Arepa [pernil] plate came with avocado, plantains and rice/black beans and was unbelievable. The sandwich [$9.25] was filled with ancho seared strip steak, jalapeños, onions, mozzarella and tomato. The side of guac [$4.50] was spicy and fresh.

Arepa combo plate

Oaxaca Cheese Steak 

OC Kitchen

After a long day of eating and playing, we stopped in to OC Kitchen Bar. Hadn't been here for a while and things looked a bit differently. Talked with Nico, the manager, who told us about the new menu and changes to come. Can't wait!

After a yummy Fig Martini [$12] and a pour of Kono Sauvignon Blanc [$9], we split a Pizza Genovese [$14] with had a good combination of tomato, parmesan, pancetta and pesto. Very tasty!

blognote: Ashley, our server, is great and knows the menu very well.
bloginfo: Happy Hour is coming back soon.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Crab Shack

Go here often but then don't blog it. Sort of like my home away from seafood home! Go to the Crab Shack and enjoy the best seafood ever with no excuses. Had that Lobster Roll urge coming on summer-strong so went to visit and came home happy!

Just a beautiful Portuguese roll filled with scrumptious lobster and lots of it. Had two coleslaw with no French fries [diet LOL]. Now that's a lobster roll [$14.95].

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The HAVEN Restaurant

 My seasonal visit to Jacob's Pillow will always include dinner at The Haven restaurant under the tent. The setting can't be beat and neither can the service. We split a small order [2] of Duck Buns [$16] which were the perfect start to a great evening and a way to slowly peruse the menu. A glass of Albariño Sauvignon Blanc [#11] helped also. We split a Field Greens salad with a light citrusy dressing that helped get our palates for the main course. Never having had a sous vide preparation, we opted for the Rib Eye [$34] with grilled asparagus and Parmesan cheese puffs. The meat, medium rare, was tender and full of flavor, the included asparagus were fine while the cheese puffs, delicious, were a little heavy for the plate. We added a side of Wild Mushrooms [$8] and they were so good! I changed to a Nieto, Mendoza Pinot Noir [$9] to accompany this course. The dessert, a flight of Haven cakes [$9], was rich and plentiful. The favorite was the ginger/apricot bar.

July 23, 2017
The HAVEN Restaurant at Jacob's Pillow has always been sitting there under the tent enticing me to enter and I finally did. What a fantastic meal! We were there for full day adventure and had a light lunch of salad with Norwegian salmon saw two performance [matinée and evening], viewed rehearsal of youth class for In/Out performance and attended a talk by new Director Pamela Tatge. Dinner reservations were for 5pm and the room was packed.

We started with the daily Crepe starter [$14] of spinach, brie and parmesan cheeses. This was a delicious and telling start to a great meal.

For entrée I ordered a special of Pork Chop and grilled peach half over an arugula salad dressed with a peach vinaigrette. Super! moist, juicy and flavorful!

The other diner had the Filet Mignon [$35] pan seared medium rare with  a rosemary port wine sauce, grilled asparagus, and potato gratin. I 'stole' a bite of the potato gratin and it was delicious.

One dessert was the Chocolate Torte and mine was a Cake Sampler of which the Peanut Butter portion was the favorite.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bobby's Burger Palace

Was craving a real burger today so indulged at Bobby's Burger Palace at Mohegan Sun Casino. And this was the right decision so said my companion at her first visit here. I had the LA Burger with Avocado relish, watercress, cheddar cheese and tomato. Also ordered the Undecided: half buttermilk onion rings with Ranch dipping sauce and half sweet potato fries with honey mustard-horseradish sauce. We split a Blue Moon beer with requisite orange slices.

December 4, 2013

Thanks to a Gift Card well overdue for using from my favorite dining couple, I went to Bobby's for lunch with one of my other favorite dining couples [I have several sets of emergency eating companions]. The burger of the month was a Brunch Burger with American cheese, smoked bacon and a sunny side up egg. Sounds messy and it was [almost knife and fork] but so delicious with the burger medium rare and the egg runny. The other entrées were a Bobby Blue and a Griddled Cheese Deluxe which I had intended to order but...

April 7, 2013

Visited Bobby's again with two friends/relatives and had a good feast. A Classic Burger, an LA Burger and my Napa Burger [$7.75] ordered medium rare with Goat Cheese and Watercress. Also had an order of regular fries, sweet potato fries and onion rings [$3.00 each]. The place was very crowded but service was great. A delicious [but calorie-laden] time was had by all.

September 12, 2012

Bobby Flay's Bar Americain does not serve lunch so we ambled down to Bobby's Burger Palace. It is Restaurant Week at Mohegan Sun Casino so most places have a special offer; here it is 20% off the bill. It cost only $22.12 for this great meal.

We ordered a Bobby Blue [$7.75] medium rare, hold the bacon [sacrilege], an order of Sweet Potato Fries [$3], a Chocolate Milkshake [$5] and my Griddled Deluxe Cheese Sandwich [$7.50] and an Iced Tea [$2.75]. And guess what number came up for the table: 75! Celebrating my 75th birthday this week!

The Blue Burger was great and came exactly as ordered. The dark chocolate shake was so thick, I don't even want to think about it but can still taste the little bit I begged for. The fries are the best ever, repeat ever, ever. How I have lived without them is a mystery. My griddled cheese [american, brie and goat cheese] came with bacon and tomato. It is the best sandwich to have if not having a hamburger. What a meal!

blognote: Wheel of Fortune was not good to me. So I now have an attitude but will still visit the casino for the FOOD.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Firebox Restaurant

Another successful after CCH@RAW, we headed for Firebox, a favorite of ours for late night eating. Again a dozen Oysters [$36] to split. Same goodness, freshness and terrific mignonette. Wanted to pare down our eating for a day or two we decided to split a salad and an entrée. What a good suggestion that was! The Caprese Salad [$14] was the freshest 'farm to table' yet and the homemade mozzarella was divine. Had never seen the entrée labeled The Plate [$24] but settled on this. This season it is spicy tempura Cauliflower, Lentil & Quinoa “fried rice”, charred Carrots, Marcona almonds and kimchi aioli. What an amazing plate of food. Sharing both the salad and the 'plate' gave us just the right amount of food and the best combination of flavors. Could not pick the favorite item offered as each was perfect.

bloginfo: we ate outside but there can be noise interference from passers-by

April 21, 2016
After a rousing Creative Cocktail Hour at RAW, we headed off to Firebox to find a little something to eat. Well that ended up well!

Started with a dozen #3 Nantucket Oysters [$36] which were superb. I always forget how much I love oysters until something like this happens. Then we split a Kale Salad [$12] olive, bread crumb, red onion, feta vinaigrette, parmesan. Shall I go on? Then a small plate order of Grilled Asparagus [$12] covered with crumbled duck confit and a poached duck egg. Also [yes, the beat goes on] there was another small plate order of Roasted Brussel Sprouts [$8] with apple, bacon, malt vinegar, garlic aioli. And for dessert a Butternut Squash Bread Pudding [$9] pear-ginger compote, chocolate, espresso whipped cream, pistachio.

Two glasses of Sancerre [$13 per] and a coffee ended a wonderful meal that had us there until closing. I love Hartford!

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Wanted someplace close to home to grab a good lunch and Ramen-Ya came to mind. I called up a neighbor and enticed her to come along. A good decision that was!

Started with an order of Nikuman pork buns [$6.95] which turned out to be a duo of happiness. The dough was tender and fresh and the filling was amazing.

Then on to a bowl of Tantan Ramen [$12.95] which had a kick to it [look at that chili paste] that made me fall in love with yet another bowl of my favorite noodle. This item is not on the menu but is usually available for lunch or dinner.

Finished with a shared plate of Mochi ice cream [$4] one green tea and the other azuki [sweet bean paste] which was especially soothing after my ramen.

March 31, 2017

Back tonight after a quick last minute invite. Friends had read my review and it an offer I couldn't refuse. So went and had the Ramen Sampler.

February 24, 2017
Ramen is one of my many favorites and I found it at Ramen-Ya...close to home and delicious. Heard about this new little place from friends in Berlin and there it was but a little hard to find. Dinner was great with lots to choose from on the menu. Pork Tonkotsu is one of my fav meals so I chose the ramen version. The menu describes it as: 'rich and creamy traditional pork ramen with subtle hints of ginger and a buttery finish' [I agree fully] and comes with sunomono salad and pickle plate [$14.95]. This is not that little dried noodle packet fdrom the dollar store - this is the real thing!

blognote: Restaurant located directly across Farmington Avenue from TD Bank and Dunkin' Donuts. Parking on side of building.