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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

CURE Restaurant & Bar

Another after theater adventure with dinner at CURE Restaurant for bacon, bacon, bacon! And we were not disappointed in either the bacon or wealth of bacon possibilities. I ordered the Smoked Chicken Salad sandwich with sweet pea puree, bacon, pickled golden raisins, mint, arugula on sourdough BUT they were out of it [and I was out of it also] so ordered the BLT [$12] instead. Now you have all had a BLT before but this was quite different with mayo, tomato jam,  arugula, micro basil and house-made honey applewood bacon. For the side I ordered from the many varied offerings the Tuscan Fries [garlic++]. This was paired with a special beer of the night and aptly named after me: Stony Creek Ripe and Cranky IPA [$7]. I loved it and it helped with the loss of the Chicken Salad [did I already mention that?]. Yes, I did.

For dessert the four of us shared the Smoked Chocolate Ice Cream Brownie [$8] on the most delicious brownie with bourbon soaked cherries. 

blognote: If Anna is on duty ask for her as your server; lots of personality AND she really knows her way around the menu.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Firebox Restaurant

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!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Himalaya Restaurant

Had an 'exploratory' lunch today at  Himalaya Restaurant close by. They have just opened but the menu looked interesting. Had the luncheon buffet [$7.95] and it was plentiful, tasty and fresh. I do like Indian food but certainly am not an expert in the subtle varieties of this cuisine. My favorite is Lamb Biryani and sometimes find myself ordering and reordering this.

So for today I sampled just about everything on the buffet. There were two types of bread, one naan and the other maybe roti. None of the dishes was at the super hot level and all the main courses were quite enjoyable. The relishes and the chutney were all excellent.

blognote: When I return for dinner with others, I plan to order the Chef Special Thali (complete Indian and Nepalese style dinners) [$16.95 Vegetarian or $17.95 Non-Vegetarian]. This way you can really enjoy the variety of tastes [and maybe stop ordering only Lamb Biryani!].

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wayback Burgers

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].

Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Haven Pizza Truck

Know No Food held their first night of the spring/summer monthly get togethers. There were a good number of people for a sunny brisk evening and the spirits were all on a good vibe. Several food trucks were there: SAMBA Brazilian Food, NoRA Cupcakes and New Haven Pizza Truck. The Whey Station did not make it tonight even though they were listed. Have to wait until next time for that grilled cheese sandwich delight.

I had a slice [$3 each] of Buffalo Chicken and one of the original Margherita. Both were good but the Buffalo Chicken won out. Sat at a picnic table with a sample of Hog River Beer's 'red stout'. Caught up with all the hibernators and we will all be out in full swing soon! This monthly event on Bartholomew Street is not to be missed.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

BACI Grill

Unfortunate meal tonight at Baci Grill in Cromwell. Started off well with good bread with olive oil and then we split a peppery Caesar Salad [$8]. My Chicken Sausage [$18] with broccoli rabe over penne was certainly lacking in flavor with too much sherry in the sauce. Our server quickly let me choose something else something else - the special appetizer of Shrimp with broccoli rabe, tomato and a sherry cream sauce. The shrimp were jumbo but the rest of the dish was also lacking. The other diner had the Pork Chop special with whipped potato and broccoli rabe. No complaints there.

blognote: We each had a $15 gift card so not much damage was done.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Prospect Café

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...