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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Park and Oak Restaurant

Third visit even better! This is becoming habit forming [and I have a reservation for next Thursday!].

Had the same Brussel Sprouts and the Fresh goat cheese flatbread, asparagus, fig puree, sherry reduction  [$9.95] both were excellent and the fig purée on the flatbread was delicious. Went well with their Signature Negroni. There was a Duck Breast special as an entrée so had the duck transferred to a roasted red beets, green apple, goat cheese, arugula, champagne vinaigrette Salad [$25] and this turned out to be a super combo! The duck breast was large, succulent and very tasty! An excellent pour of Barbera added to the deliciousness of the meal.

Duck Breast and Salad
February 4, 2017

Second visit just as successful as first. I had another Negroni [$9] followed by a shareable plate of Pan roasted Brussel Sprouts, candied bacon, pickled red onion, sambal aioli $[6.95] which was super delicious and the very tasty slow roasted beef brisket Sliders, tomato-chipotle jam, smoked maple cheddar [$9.95]

Wonderful dinner at the new Park and Oak Restaurant in West Hartford tonight after the super play, Sunset Baby, at Theaterworks in Hartford. One Shrimp and Grits [delicious], two Baskets of Fried Chicken and my Chicken and Waffles [$15.95] with excellent coleslaw and bourbon-maple syrup. This was the best of this meal I have ever had! Started with a Negroni on my never ending Negroni search [this one had Aperol]. Ended with a shared warm Chocolate Bread Pudding with Pistachio Ice Cream. 

blognote: I will definitely go back!!! and recommend it highly for its excellent food, good service and very nice people.

Sunday, February 05, 2017


Happy Hour [with no TV] on Super Bowl Day!!! Great atmosphere and super food! Besitos rules!

I had a Pacifico beer [$4] with their great chips and salsa. Then split three appetizers [$5 each]: Street Tacos de Camarones with crispy shrimp, salsa chipotle, crema, salsa molcajete, queso fresco; Flautas de Pollo with crispy chicken tacos, queso fresco, crema, salsa verde cruda, salsa guajillo and Quesadillas Calabaza with flour tortillas, queso chihuahua, roasted green chiles, squash blossoms, organic mushrooms, salsa verde cruda. Each one better than the next.
blognote: We were able to take home the leftover chips and they included a cup of salsa AND a bag of churros!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Ninety Nine Restaurant

We tried the local Ninety Nine Restaurant for our monthly night out. A coupon for a free appetizer was on hand so the meal turned out pretty well and not too expensive.

Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

Fish Tacos
The mushrooms were fresh and the stuffing was quite tasty. Fish Tacos [$9.99]: 'Warm flour tortillas filled with crispy fried North Atlantic cod, fresh cabbage, fresh pico de gallo and chipotle sauce. Served with a citrus cilantro rice, guacamole, sour cream and a fresh lime for a burst of flavor.' They were very fresh tasting but the fish was fried [and delicious].

Friday, January 27, 2017

21 OAK

Stopped in for dessert at 21 OAK after a very successful opening at the Dehn Gallery on Main Street in Manchester. The vegan chocolate hazelnut torte was delicious!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Blind Pig Pizza Company

Got lunch at The Blind Pig and this was only the first or second day open. They had a soft opening and the pictures were super. So we sure got in on the excitement!

Started with an order of Blistered Shushito [$8] with preserved lemon, smoked salt and garlic oil AND super delicious.

Then we split a SHROOM Pizza [$12] with mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, parmesan and roasted garlic and an egg [+$1]

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Savoy Pizzeria

Quick visit to the new MAX' Savoy Pizzeria after Open Tech Rehearsal at HSC. Great welcome at the door and a booth was available!

Very pleased with the meal. Started with a Negroni Spaliato [$9 my favorite but with a splash of Prosecco. Then we split a Roasted Beet Burrata [$13] with pistachio,|beet vinaigrette and arugula. Then on to the Flower Power pizza [$13] with cauliflower, garlic oil, caramelized onions and fontina. Both were delicious.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Taste of Hawai'i 2016/7

Spent Christmas and New Year's Eve and Day in Hawai'i at the home of friends. They have a teahouse set up for guests so I lived the real good life for two weeks.

Five places of note and off the tourist track were:

L & L where I had my annual dose of Moko Loko. I have eaten here before and Moko Loko is savory hamburger patties over rice, topped with brown gravy and 2 fresh fried eggs

7-11 for Spam Musubi and yes the 'mo bettah' is found on the counter at your local 7-11

Viet Pho9 for New Year's Eve lunch for a typical bowl of PHO

fixings for my PHO
Tempura Ichida for a Japanese prix-fixe New Year's dinner: Yose Nabe (Chinese cabbage, shrimp, shimeji, shiitake, enoki, tofu, snapper, chicken, carrot), Donburi Trio (tuna, unagi, tempura), Zouni (mochi, chicken, rape blossoms, shimeji, green onion, fu, seaweed, carrot), Chawanmushi, Yuzu sorbet

Aiea Bowl for my lunch before getting on the plane: sesame crusted Furikake Ahi (tuna) with mac salad and white rice