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

Friday, November 20, 2015

East Side Deli

Finished up consulting on a Trash/Fashion Art Curriculum project at the local Middle and High Schools and ran over to East Side Deli for some late lunch. Saw that they had Pastelón [which I call Hispanic lasagna] so had to have some Follow their Face Book page for the daily menu. It was worth the 'getting lost on the way over' ride. Aside from the delicious pastelon there was Spanish rice, a side salad and a huge slice of Bread Pudding. Yum.

October 9, 2015
You find the greatest gems in places you would never in point: East Side Deli. This new little place had been recommended for its sandwiches and that selection looked great. BUT when I entered I saw the Daily Special sign with EMPANADAS on it. Yes! Now I love empanadas, those scrumptious little meat pies, especially those from Argentina.

The empanadas [3 for $6.95] this week were beef [with raisins and good stuff] and they were terrific. They are made in-house and were as fresh as could be. The word is that there are different kinds to order in the weeks to come. This will be a weekly stop for me!

bloginfo: No website yet but call 860.828.0792 or fax 860.828.0813. Also you can check in on their FaceBook page: East Side Deli.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

River's Edge

After a riveting presentation of 'Rear Window' with Kevin Bacon at Hartford Stage Company, we went to River's Edge for dinner.

Started with Felafel and Grape Leaves [both $7.99] that were fresh and home made. I then ordered the Lamb Hummus [$17.99] with shaved lamb over house made hummus and a tabouli salad center. This came with a basket of pita bread [could have been warmed] and delicious pita chips. Lots to take home for another day. Also had a large piece of Greek baklava out of an array of many sumptuous desserts.

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Majorca [update]

Another visit to Majorca to introduce friends to some great tapas during Hartford Open Studio weekend. We started with the Stuffed Dates [$8] with chevre and almonds, wrapped in bacon and Olives [$6] marinated with herbs and served warm.

Then we progressed to the Pan Catalan [$6], the Croquettes de Arroz [$9] and the Albondigas Spicy Meatballs [$9]. For dessert we had coffee and the Mango Tart Tatin [$6] and a special of Pineapple Buñuelos. I am sure I made converts to this wonderful place. Hope they don't forget me next time they make reservations!

September 1, 2015

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!

Monday, November 09, 2015

WANG Chinese Restaurant

Went out for lunch with a bunch from the gym. WANG is just down the street so we thought that would be a good place to go. It is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants and have always had a good meal there; the lunch menu is great.

I was going to order General Tso's Chicken but at the last minute ordered the Chicken Curry [$6.50] with white rice. I should have stuck to my original thought. Now my motto is: Don't order curry in a Chinese place. The rest of the meal was great. The Hot/Sour soup was perfect as usual. We were comped a 'Chinese Pizza' [Scallion Pancake [$4.50]] that was a little doughy and an order of exquisite of Crab Rangoon [$4.95], the best I have ever had. Everyone else was very pleased with their meals especially the one person that got the Coconut Ice Cream [$1.50] for dessert!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015


Just reached 30,000 hits. Thanks to everyone that clicked into my 'come dine with me' blog. There are so many of us that are looking to 'find that perfect place to eat'.

Aside from running around Connecticut; the next big stop is Prague! Cuba, for the fourth visit, is coming up next March. Who knows what lurks between and beyond these culinary adventures.


CUBA 2011

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Crazy Chicken Grill

Had to check out this place because of its name: Crazy Chicken Grill. It is in a nondescript mall in a nondescript setting but surely NOT nondescript food. Just reviewed in today's Hartford Courant.

There were three of us and we started with a very hot basket of chips and mild salsa. Both the chips and the salsa needed a lot more salt. I knew there were Pupusas on the menu so had the one with the chicharones [$3]. The char on the outside of the wrapper was excellent. A plate of tostones [$3] and an ear of Elote [$3] rounded out the meal with a bottle of Pacífico to help it down. It did not need any help though as everything was quite good and very inexpensive.

They offer karaoke and DJ on different nights of the weekend and were getting ready for the crowd to come and celebrate Hallowe'en.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Blue Lobster

Dinner with my monthly neighbor night out at Blue Lobster which is an old favorite of mine. We decided to go out once a month freeing us from the dining room here. As my grandmother would have said: 'I had my face made up for fried clams'.

I had the MP Fried Clam dinner [$22.99] with coleslaw and an upgrade [$2.99] of fried onion rings. The upgrade was worth it as they were delicious. The platter of Fried c
Clams was huge and fresh and very tasty. Nana would have been pleased. My neighbor had the Crabcake Special dinner [$12.99] with an upgrade of Sweet Potato fries. We both had a glass wine [$4.95]; mine Sauvignon Blanc and hers Chardonnay.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Café 56

Went to a theme dinner at Café 56 tonight which highlighted Mesoamerican food. My two guests had called and cancelled and there was no way I would miss a meal here. Chef Sabrina was able to put me at a table with three other people. Sorry I barged in on your private meal but you were very nice to me and since we were all foodies had some good convo.

Started with a Black Bean, Queso Fresco, Guacamole with fresh corn chips and they were super. Then on to the next course of a watercress, radish Salad with a hint of mint and avocado served with a queso dressing. Why don't we use more watercress here in the United States; it is delicious.

A Subanique of five protein [duck, chicken, pork, beef and chorizo] was served in a pot of spicy broth covered with banana leaves. It was smoky, deep-flavored and delicious. The side dish for this was white rice with tiny shrimp. We ended the meal with the familiar Tres Leches cake with accompanying candied platano and  a sheet of caramelized sesame seed. The cake was so moist and the accompaniments made this a perfect dessert after the spicy stew.