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

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chez Pascal

Before Water Fire in Providence we ate at Chez Pascal where we had a delightful meal. We started by splitting a bowl of the soup of the evening which was a Cream of Fennel with polenta croutons. It was filling and flavorful. This was followed by marinated beets with pistachio purée, pine nuts, crispy goat cheese & summer greens.

We split the vegetarian entrée ensconced in a perfect empanada. Then came the highlight of the evening: house butchered pork of the day. This evening it was three slices of loin and then leg along with pulled pork around a perfect potato gratinée topped with a bit of salad. Perfect!

For dessert we shared a tasting of three french custards: lemon basil crème caramel, chamomile crème brulée and a chocolate pot de crème. What a way to start our walking journey through Water Fire.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pumpkin Creme Brulée Latte

Dunkin' Donuts has come out with a fall offering or should I say 'fail' offering. It's the well-hyped Pumpkin Creme Brulée Latte. I am not the only one not in favor of this lackluster sip of autumn.

It tastes as artificial as 'a rented Hallowe'en costume'!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Thirsty Owl

Another birthday adventure...this time to Saratoga Springs, New York. After a deep cleansing facial birthday present we went The Thirsty Owl for a complementary wine tasting. What a nice place specializing in New York wines. Tasted five wines, three white and two red, and had a tapa of Cracked Potatoes [$10] which was delicious. 

We were now ready to go out to dinner but it was raining so we decided to stay and eat in the Bistro. What a good decision. I had the Corn and Crab Chowder and then the Acapulco Salad with Grilled Shrimp.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Blue Oar

Gorgeous day for a drive to the river, so had lunch at the Blue Oar. Not too far if you take the right route which I did this time. 

Had a Crab Cake Sandwich [$9.95] with lots of crab and not too much cake. Came on a hard roll [should have had it toasted] with lettuce, tomato, pickle and a little cup of remoulade sauce. Very good!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Venda's Café

My first time to Providence and I was quite impressed with the number of Italian restaurants there. Ate lunch at Venda's Café outside by the fountain. 

I had Salsicce e Rapini [$14.00] Italian sweet sausage & broccoli rabe sautéed with olive oil, garlic & hot pepper seeds and finished with Pecorino Romano.

Also tried the Asparagi alla Griglia [$10.00] Grilled asparagus wrapped with Prosciutto di Parma 
served over mesclun greens and finished with shaved Parmigiano- Reggiano. These were the best!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Jessica's Garden

Lunch today at Jessica's Garden in Marlborough sitting out on a picnic bench overlooking the pond. The hot lobster rolls were good this time and the lavender lemonade was terrific.

We each had lobster roll [$12.95] with cucumber slices instead of chips [how dietetic] and shared the lemonade. Then took a walk around the grounds as they get ready for Hallowe'en [boo hiss].

Friday, September 05, 2014


Birthday lunch today at Cafémantic in Willimantic. Just the beginning of a month long rout of many restaurants near and far!

Ever since the NYT review that gave it a Very Good, I have been wanting to eat here. Many people have said that dinner time is the best time to go but lunch was great. After speaking with Chef Hudak, I will definitely be back there. They will be restaurant number three in the second series of TASTE @RAW so I will see them there also. If you want to be there with me and Chef Hudak make sure to try for a ticket right away as it sells out very early.

Started with the Blistered Padron Peppers / taggiasca olive oil & maldon sea salt [$7] and they were superior. Had them just recently in Madrid but these looked [and tasted] like someone had run out to the back garden and picked them for our table! The Roasted Bacon Wrapped Dates soaked in black tea, stuffed w/ pear & gorgonzola [$6] had been recommended and they were fine, just wish the bacon had a bit more crisp to them. Next we split a Slow Roasted Beet Salad / gorgonzola montagna, pickled nectarines, hazelnuts & lemon vinaigrette  [$8.50]. No pictures because it looked so good that I attacked it right away.

Next we went on to Five Cheese Mac & Cheese / speck ham, peas & herb bread crumbs [$9]. Served real hot so let it sit and the flavors all meld. At the same time we split Tomato & Basil Griddled Cheese [$9] roasted tomato / basil pesto / melville cheese. This was rich and flavorful.

And last but not least “S’more” [$7] graham cracker crumble / dark & milk chocolate / pastry cream / vanilla bean marshmallow which was a decadent way to end the meal but they brought two home-made truffles for my birthday treat.

What a meal! But we will be back and will make sure that  Alyssa is our server. She is a delight!