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

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Birch Hill Tavern

Finally, finally got to Birch Hill Tavern [from the 2 Hopewell crowd along with the new Sayulitas] and it was very good. It may have been the company I was with but the food was banging as was the crowd in the bar.

Scallops over Risotto

Rex Burger

Berry Cobbler
There was an order of Lobster Mac and Cheese [$11] and a Salmon over Caesar Salad [$7+$8]. I did not order either of these but the Mac and Cheese was pronounced excellent and the Cobbler ice cream was better than the rest.

I can speak to the Scallops/Risotto [$12] [excellent appetizer] and the Rex Burger [$12+$3] which was one of the best burgers I have had in a loooooong time. It came medium rare as ordered and contained a fried egg, avocado, lettuce/tomato, cole slaw, pickle and extra for onion rings].

Will definitely go back and eat my way around the menu!

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Drove by this new restaurant, Chips, and was invited tonight to try it out. It's a cross between a Denny's, Bickford's and Cracker Barrel. It was brightly lit and newly furnished but had that sort of down country look. The waitstaff was helpful and the food filling. There, I have said lots of good things about it.

The food we ordered was the food it is famous for: omelets and Belgian waffles [and pancakes]. I had a Portuguese omelet with chorizo, cheddar and avocado with home fries and toast. The three egg omelet was filled with chorizo and the avocado was cooked in. I chose 'diner style' as opposed to 'fluffy'. Actually, I had imagined the avocado being an addition on the side. The toast was dry and not buttered and the home fries had seen better days. The Belgian waffle was standard and the sausage links were a bit rubbery. Not a winner to be sure and the price was not the high point either. Guess I won't be back there again!

Friday, January 16, 2015

BEARS Smokehouse

Had a super lunch in the new BEARS Smokehouse on Arch Street next to Arch Street Tavern. Went to see Tao's mural on the outside and then had some good BBQ. There were five of us and we all enjoyed. I chose the SWEET MAMA BEAR’S salad: romaine, cucumber, tomato, red onion, cheese, dried cranberries and candied walnuts with pulled pork for $9.99 and all other meats for $12.99. My salad was covered with Burnt Ends and I used the Texas Pepper bbq sauce instead of salad dressing. It was delicious and the pepper sauce was the perfect level of hot for me!

Everything is served on metal paper-lined trays and that makes it so easy. I had Sasparilla to go with my meal; oh, the memories. We ate upstairs which was toasty warm on a cool day. Service at the counter was a little slow because most people had not read the menu beforehand and queued up at the chalkboard. Would definitely go back.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

à VERT Brasserie

Had a marvelous lunch today at à VERT Brasserie in West Hartford Center. The day was blustery and terribly cold and the restaurant was warm and friendly. I guess I can save on airfare when I need that typical French lunch and just show up here.

We started with super bread and butter better than what I had on my rivercruiser on the Seine a few months ago. Cream of Mushroom was the soup of the day and it was earthy and filling with its little brioche croutons. Two specials of the day were shared: petite beef tenderloin sandwiches with a dab of camembert and a spread of aioli bedecked with a generous serving of frites. My entrée was called Lamb Stew but was a wonderful serving of root vegetables in gravy topped with two perfect baby lamb chops. Amanda, our server, picked out a Merlot blend to accompany this stew and it perfectly matched it. 

We ended with a Cappuccino and a French press coffee adorned with a pistache macaron and split an order of Profiteroles chock full of vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce and nuts. What a day that could have been such a bummer turning into perfection...c'est la vie [c'est ma vie!].

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Gina Marie's Family Restaurant

Have eaten here at Gina Marie's several times since last review and ate here over the weekend. Had one on their many specials and they are special; there is a genius in the kitchen. Had the French Dip of shaved roast beef and Swiss cheese. This came on a toasted onion roll with a side of au jus. There was a tiny cup of delicious coleslaw and the best rosemary/garlic steak fries.


Early dinner here tonight. Nice country family restaurant.

Had a dinner special of a great Grilled Veal Chop over spinach, gorgonzola and mushrooms in balsamic reduction and served with fingerling potatoes [$14]. Came with soup or salad bar.  Excellent meal for the money.

bloginfo: 71 Main Street, Hebron, CT. phone 860.228.9375

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Copper Beach Inn

Delightful Christmas dinner today with friends at the Copper Beach Inn in Ivoryton, CT. 

The offering for the day was a prix-fixe four course meal [$68]. My meal consisted of first course: Seared Foie Gras on brioche toast, fig jam and pomegranate seeds [excellent], second course: Potage of Winter Vegetables with toasted pumpkin seeds and herbed crème fraiche [aggressively spiced but underwhelming] and the third course: Honey Roasted Half Duck with dried fruit and an orange sauce served with a sweet potato gratin [excellent]. The dessert was a slice of Yule Log which we had packaged and took home. I accompanied the meal with a glass of Syrah [$14]. Others at the table had the Spiced Grilled Prawn [excellent], the Basque Seafood Bisque [very good], the Beet Carpaccio [good] and the Seared Stonington Scallops [excellent]. All is all, a wonderful meal, window view, good service, excellent crusty grainy rolls and very good service. They were filled up with tables of varying sizes and a long list of reservations. Hopefully this trend of offering an excellent of holidays will continue to grow!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014