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

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bob's Coffee Shop

Had a late breakfast after the gym at Bob's Coffee Shop on the recommendation of a few neighbors [to be]. It is a very popular place and so it tends to suffer for the conversation over the food. The chef and waitstaff spend an inordinate amount of time chatting which tends to leave food/coffee 'on the back burner'. Did enjoy my breakfast though but probably won't go back.

Two poached eggs over corned beef hash with home fries and marbled rye [$7.79].

Friday, September 23, 2016

CT Farm-to-Chef Week at MAX

Interesting lunch today during the CT Farm-to-Chef Week at MAX Fish in Glastonbury. They were unsure of what I wanted to order as this has been an evening menu for the week. Steph, my server, was able to get me to the meal! I started with an appetizer for my main course: Ct Oyster Pan Roast, cognac cream, tarragon, diced potatoes, grilled bread [$12] with Copps Island CT oysters, Bob’s “homegrown” herbs, Beckett Farm potatoes, Max Amore fresh focaccia. This was a good [not super] dish perhaps because someone in the kitchen was preparing it especially for me and the potatoes could have been a bit more cooked. It was delicious however and the six oysters were superb. I accompanied this with a glass of my favorite MAX Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc [$9].

Then on to dessert: Fresh Pumpkin Spice Doughnut, “The Creamery” Cinnamon ice cream, CT cold brew coffee anglaise [$8] with Cold Spring Brook Farm pumpkin, The Creamery ice cream. This was wonderful with hot doughnuts and cool ice cream; what a combination. This was accompanied with a glass of Cold Brew Coffee [$4.50] from the same people that I visited last evening at Nora's in Middletown for their ON TAP intro [see previous entry]. 

As always good service, good food, great ambiance...I even signed up for a MAX Card to ensure my many more returns.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

better butter...

Served with a cheese plate in Paris was an individual packet of butter and I fell in love with it. Looked it up on Amazon and found I could have it delivered to my cottage for about $80 a pound [shipping food from Europe sucks]. Because I am too thrifty for that I contacted Whole Foods in Glastonbury [my favorite] asking them if they had this brand. The Assistant Manager, Doug Pyne, contacted with the message that no they did not carry it. He suggested an alternate of which he comped me a package. I am now carrying on my taste test. The butter that I had in Paris was Echirré Buerre de Baratte and the butter I am trying now is Isigny Ste. Marie. 

Right now the Echirré is winning but maybe it was that I had it during lunch at The Restaurant in the Musée d'Orsay and the Isigny I am eating at home!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Wayback Burgers

Quick lunch stop today with son. Ordered what he ordered: a single cheese [$4.99] with stuff and Orings [$3.49]. Glad they have that combo now as I love their onion rings but can't go without fries.

April 16, 20016
Took advantage of the $4 BBQ Crunch Burger at Wayback Burger. It was a simple cheeseburger with a smear of BBQ sauce and a few home made BBQ chips nestled between the burger and tasty roll. Then there was a pile of these chips on the tray. They were a bit BBQish for me so didn't eat them all [honest]. The no calorie Peach Iced Tea is super [even though the lemonade was on a promo for 99 cents].

Friday, September 16, 2016

Prospect Café

This has become my go to place after any event. Weather was nice so we sat on the patio. Same guest so same Prosecco [$8] but a glass of Sauvignon Blanc [$9 New Zealand Crossings - my new favorite] for me. Unfortunately there was no Chicken Liver Mousse on the menu tonight, ordered the Maine Mussels [$12] from the app menu and they were super especially with extra bread to soak up the broth. From the Happy Hour menu got the Calamari [$5] and they were good but the jalalpeño caused the 'gates of hell' a problem for the evening.

June 23, 20016

Wine and snack after open live streamed rehearsal for Black Boy Jungle by Arien Wilkerson's company TNMOT AZTRO at EBK Gallery in Hartford. A glass of Prosecco [$8] for my friend, a glass of vin rosé [$8] for me and the BEST starter of Chicken Liver Mousse [$7] with pickled endive, pickled mustard seeds, pickled onion and greens with terrific toasted bread. On the patio for a super nice evening chat! Love it here at Prospect Café!

May 14, 20016

Stopped in again after the Trash Fashion Soirée with three other people. We started with the Fried Calamari [much to many jalapeño for us] the Fried Fiddle Heads [very small portion]. Then on to the Carnitas, a special of Cioppino which drew a rave review and two BBQ Chicken Sandwiches [mine needed salt and some other help] but the fried egg saved the day.


Third time to Prospect Café...didn't post entry on Valentine's Day with my Steak Frites but they were wonderful. Tonight after a rousing Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways, we stopped for some good 'vittles' and our server, Jodie, helped us pick out the best. She had the chef make up individual Caesar Salads and then we ordered the Salmon Pastrami [$10] with Meyer Lemon Crème Fraiche, Mache, Pine Nuts, Crostini and  the Crispy Brussel Sprouts [$10] with Bosc Pears, Green Apples, Pomegranate, Gorgonzola, Sunny Side Egg, Honey-Cider Vinaigrette. Both of these were totally delicious. Ended with coffe [no room for dessert].

Salmon Pastrami
Another after theater venture...this one successfully to Prospect Café newly reopened under the great concept of 'eclectic SCRATCH kitchen and craft bar'.

Their three orders of Carnitas [$18] looked [and tasted great] but my order of Fried Chicken [$18] was super. Three beautifully crispily fried thighs with a slice of jalapeño cheddar cornbread, ranch dressing and the very best bacon braised collard greens around town! The great pour of Malbec [$7] helped make this meal memorable.

We split the Chocolate Pot de crème [$8] which was delicious with blood orange zest in the chocolate. And as you can see didn't get its picture taken!

blognote: Jared was our server and he is excellent and put up with dietary restrictions [not mine!], an oxygen tank and a bill split 3 or 4 ways. Spoke with Paul, the owner, and this is definitely a place to which I will return.


Stopped in for an after dance performance snack. Had the Artisanal Cheese Plate [$12] with 4 cheeses: Manchego, Minnie Mae 'brie', Double Sharp Cheddar and Bleu with grapes, almonds and honey with toasty bread...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

REPUBLIC at the Linden

Birthday dinner hosted by a good friend. Food just as good but service a bit amok. Our server had upstairs and downstairs duty so was a bit slow on getting things right to the degree of my last here.

Shared the Burrata and Fig app [$12] which was delicious.

Then the Hangover Burger which had more chorizo than beef so it was a bit more spicy than expected. The avocado [spread] and fried egg led it on to a full tasty experience. My hostess had the Kale Caesar Salad [$7] with white anchovy on request [yes!] and added the Toad in a Hole [now $10]. Never had a toad but my proffered piece was delish...(brioche bread, fontina, truffle oil & egg yolk).

Dessert was the super good and gooey Baked Alaska and then two scoops of ice cream with a candle because someone leaked that it was my birthday celebration and the staff gave a rousing birthday song...

August 19, 20016
Had a super introduction to the Republic at the Linden in Hartford last night after Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways.

Started with a half dozen Rhode Island Matunuck Oysters [$2.98 each] very fresh and beautifully presented. The constant for  the evening was the presentation which fit in so well with the decor of this amazing site.

Then on to three apps: Beet and Quinoa Salad [$8] which was enlivened with some great garden arugula; Burrata and Figs [$12] the smoothest burrata yet and for the killer a side of the very best Brussel Sprouts and Bacon [$9] in the City of Hartford. To keep it going down I had a glass [or two] of Sea Glass Sauvignon Blanc [$8].

Skipped dessert. That slab of chocolate cake for two [$14] could feed a table of four. We did have coffee [$2.75], however they could do a much better job of that.

Fickle as I am, I will definitely be back as the menu has so many [too many] items that I have to have.

blognote: Justin, our server, was seriously competent but so amiable that we felt like family. I love Hartford!!!

Friday, September 09, 2016

Le Grand Café Capucines

Last night in Paris I ate at Le Grand Café Capucines and had one of the meals of the week.

This is definitely a beautiful restaurant in the grand old style. It is open 'jour et nuits' so you can something elegant to eat at anytime.

Started with the Soupe á l'Oignon which had that super cheese crust then filled with tender onions. Then on to the main course of Joue de Boeuf, delightful and filling dish of beef cheeks, potato and carrots.

Dessert was Profiteroles with ice cream and hot chocolate sauce. Eating here is such a pleasure as the room is as beautiful as the food.