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

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

21 OAK

WARNING: Eating at this restaurant could become addictive!

Had an appointment in Manchester so decided to try out 21 OAK  that I had been hearing about. Glad I did! The menu is intriguing with lots I wanted to try but the daily specials sounded even better. 

I ordered the Falafel [$7.00] which consisted of three luscious falafel balls on arugula and chopped tomato & onions spread lavishly with a cashew cream. It was fine lunch. There was a side of Zoodles to try [zucchini noodles] with a fennel pesto. This was very tasty. For my beverage I had for the first time Creme Earl Grey iced tea. Nice.

The food on the table next to me [one vegetarian and one vegan customer] looked really good and so I need to back and have dinner. They were definitely enjoying their lunches also. Wish it weren't so far to drive [but easy to find off Main Street].

bloginfo: 21 OAK is a little restaurant on the north side of the street, it is not another establishment with the word 'oak' in the name nor does it have outside dining.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Majorca [update]

Had a great meal tonight made up entirely of tapas [and desserts] and used a Groupon and split the tab with my guests. What a deal! Anyway, everything was delicious.

Started with Calamares Fritos [$9] with lemon and aioli [needed a bit more fry time but the aioli was fab] and Mejillones [$10] Cape Cod mussels with Chorizo, paprika, tomato broth delicious. Then onto Pan Catalan [$6] Grilled farm bread, warm pan sauce of cherry tomatoes, olive oil, marinated olives and shaved Manchego, Albondigas [$9] Spicy Pork meatballs, smoky tomato sauce, Manchego cheese and then the Papas Fritas [$9] Fried potatoes, Manchego Cheese, garlic, truffle oil.

the aftermath of the mejillones...
For desserts we had Casita Cheesecake, Chocolate Bread Pudding and Mango Tart Tatin [$6] and all were absolutely delicious.

March 14, 2015

Needed to go to Majorca to see what they have done with one of my favorite haunts O'Porto. The room is still the same but the menu is quite different. We were quite pleased with our meals and some food to take home. Started with two tapas: Datiles Rellenos [$8] dates stuffed with chevre and almonds, wrapped in bacon and delicious and Aceitunas y Hierbas [$6] Spanish olives served warm marinated in thyme, garlic, rosemary, citrus and bay leaf. A good sized serving and some here at home now. 
Olives and Dates
My order of Carne con Huevo [$22] grilled spiced rubbed hangar steak served medium rare as ordered with roasted potato and prosciutto over baby spinach leaves then topped with a fried egg and saffron basil sauce. ¡Rico! The other entrées were Camarones a la Plancha [$22] grilled shrimp over Moroccan couscous, roasted eggplant and red pepper salad tossed with chimichurri and Salmon con Lentejas [$21] pan roasted salmon over warm quinoa, lentil and artichoke salad with an almond and red wine gastric. Shared a dessert of Caramelized Pineapple Tort.

Carne con Huevo

Camarones a la Plancha

April 4, 2015

Back again today after Theater Works with three other people for tapas. I got there early so started with a glass of Albariño and the assorted Spanish olives [$6] which are my favorites. When everyone got there we ordered two orders of the duck confit, Pato con lentejas [$10], a good sized serving but the skin could have been crispier and the lentils were a bit bland and 'medium rare' although the duck itself was delicious. My order of meatballs, Albondigas [$9] was very good and easy to share. The roasted eggplant, Berenjenas Rellenas con Queso [$8], was also good and the sauce is terrific. Then after we thought we were finished, one order of ribs [$9], Costillitas con Cous Cous, was ordered and turned out to be a real winner. The Moroccan couscous was superb. Dessert turned out to be an order of dates, Datiles Rellonos [$8], are my all time favorite [see above]. The cappuccino was not as hot as I like but finished off a great meal of sharing and fun.

April 11, 2015

Here I am back again; this could become habit forming! Lunch today on the first real nice day of Spring. Next time will eat on the patio but a little too chilly today.

Tried the Pato con Lentejas again and asked that the Chef make sure the skin was crispier and mission accomplished. Still don't like the lentils that much. Since I had coveted the Costillitas last time I ordered it again and it was the best, very best. The ribs [4 of them] were amazing and the cous cous is great. This one goes on my 'let's order that again' list. Another item to add to the list is the Pan Catalan [$6]. While this is a different version of what I am used to in Barcelona, it rocks. It can be ordered with prosciutto [extra charge] and I will try that next time. Super. Also ordered the Papas Fritas [$6] and this huge order of sabor was great. We thought we could never finish them but did!

The pictures do not do justice to the food this time but will post next time with pix. Another excuse to visit Majorca!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Claire's Corner Copia

After a tedious bus trip excursion with the driver getting us completely lost, we stopped for brunch at Claire's Corner Copia. Got in line and ordered the Eggs Florentine [$10.45]: 2 poached organic eggs on an organic wheat English muffin, with organic baby spinach in a light cream sauce with mozzarella cheese. Served with roasted organic potatoes and slices of organic fruit. The eggs were definitely under spiced and the sauce while spinach filled was a bit bland. We should have eaten at Atticus Café where we stopped for a latte after our Yale University Museum visit.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Portofino's Restaurant

Went to lunch at Portofino's  with a group from the gym, NEAC, and had a nice time without having to exercise [except for the mouth!]. I had the Scallops over a Gorgonzola Salad [$13.95] with a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The pan seared scallops were flavorful if not plentiful. There was not much gorgonzola flavor or crumble so had to flavor it with the excellent olive oil mix on the table. The bread, however, was quite good. The convo was the best part of the lunch...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

El Pulpo Restaurant and Tapas Bar

If you can't find me on Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6pm, I probably am at El Pulpo Restaurant and Tapa's Bar [website under construction] on Main Street in Middletown. This new venture in Spanish cooking is located in the old ION space in the Main Street Market.

Wandered in after a meeting at the hospital and was just in time for Happy Hour. I had the Mussels and the Goat Cheese [$5 each] and a glass of Albariño [$4]. The white was chilled and fruity and the tapas were delicious. The extra bread with the mussels made the day while sopping up the spicy broth. The bread with the goat cheese floating in a sweet tomato sauce had a smear of pesto. 

Great decor in the dining room and bar and terrace seating. Wonderful service especially if Chris is taking care of you.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Happy Birthday Julia Child

Julia Child's spirit must be so happy and perhaps a bit amused that so many people remember her birthday by hosting a dinner. She must be especially happy that Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwright's is one of those! I attended the second dinner that he hosted on, of course, August 15th of this year, 2015. It was just as extraordinary as last year and maybe even better if that were possible.

Started with a cornbread and herbed butter and a glass of Prosecco.

Then on to a gorgeous Salade Niçoise of seared tuna, haricots vert, olives, potato cubes and the best eggs ever. Served with a 2012 Chateau La Berriere, Muscadet Serre et Maine.

One of my favorites that I have not had for ages was a Pissaladiere with anchovy, marvelous caramelized onions and thyme served with a 2012 L'Agape Vin d'Alsace Pinot Gris.

Then the Bouillabaisse with clams, mussels, shrimp, a superb scallop in a tomato broth with a rouille crouton. I love rouille! This was served with a 2013 Domaine Dichon, Moulin-a-Vent Gamay.

I had been waiting for this course ever since I read the menu online. The final savory course was a Daube de Boeuf shortrib with rice, olives, orange and capers and served with a 2012 Chateau Pegau, Côtes-du-Rhone. This wine was our favorite on a riverboat down the Seine visiting Impressionist Art sites and brought back wonderful memories.

The dessert was awaited by my guest who fell in love with clafoutis on our trip to Paris. This was a Cherry Clafoutis served with a Domaine La Tour Vielle, Banyuls. It was the best!

Julia would have been proud on her 102nd birthday of last night's dinner at Millwrights with Chef Tyler Anderson. This was a magnificent meal...a night of culinary wonderment at the hands of a super chef!

Salade Niçoise, Confit Tuna, Potatoes, Haricot Verts, Olives, Herbs
2013 Girard Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Potato and Leek Soup, Watercress, Mustard
2011 Joseph Cattin Riesling, Alsace

Duck Confit 'A L'Orange' Turnip Puree, Orange and Fennel
2012 Clos La Coutale Malbec/Merlot, Cahors

Boeuf Bourguignon, Bacon, Onions, Mushrooms
2011 Chateau Les Maurins Merlot/Cabernet/Cab Franc, Bordeaux

Fresh Fruit Tart, Nectarines & Berries, Ginger Ice Cream
Domaine La Tour Vieille 'Reserva' Grenache Noir/Grenache Gris/Carignan, Banyuls

Friday, August 14, 2015

Ninety-Nine Restaurant

Was taken to lunch today by a friend who is researching lobster rolls with me.We went to the Ninety-Nine restaurant in Cromwell as it is very close by.

As is quite evident we found the hot lobster roll [$17.49] on the menu. There was also a giant cold lobster roll also. This had a very large amount of lobster with about five claw pieces. It was served with french fries and coleslaw both of which were pretty standard. I liked the addition of a ramekin of hot butter to pour over the lobster. This helped as the meat was a little chewy.