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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Seasonal DD Lattes

Why do I keep doing this [disgusting...] thing. Just had a Sugar Cooking Latte [disgusting...] and not just the flavor [disgusting...] but all those little red and green dots floating around in your [disgusting...] cup!

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'!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Kitchen at HPL

Had a quick lunch at The Kitchen at the Hartford Public Library this afternoon. The special was Mac and Cheese with kale. I couldn't get the kitchen to get it hot enough! The flavors were great and the kale added a great crunch. Love the place but miss eating outside; Paris in Hartford!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Thai Place

On our way to visit the Peabody Museum in Essex we had lunch at The Thai Place in the Museum Place Mall. There was no one there just before noon but filled up soon. The meals were good especially that it was a $6.50 lunch. It was all well prepared and filled up but not memorable. I had the Garlic Chicken with vegetables and white rice but the garlic was sorely missing. The other two dishes were a Vegetarian Fried Rice and the Sesame Chicken. This dish was probably the best of the three but just a bit too sweet but crunchy and interesting.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Golden Lamb Buttery

Had a very interesting group lunch today at The Golden Lamb Buttery in Brooklyn, CT. The entire restaurant is in a barn with large and small rooms. This being a very cold day we luckily had a small heated room. The set up was very nice. The menu had several appetizers and entrées with no prices. It seemed that the menu was prix-fixe but was not. This was confusing and we did not find this out until desserts were offered.

I started with a Pumpkin/Butternut Squash Bisque [$6] which was very delicious, rich and creamy. It fit the day perfectly. To accompany this I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and then had another with the main course. This was followed by a carrot/raisin bread and dairy butter and no bread/butter plates. The bread was delicious but difficult to eat.

My main course, even though the Hillsdale Hash is the famous dish, was Maple Syrup Scallops [$16] over a Pumpkin Risotto and farm raised carrots. This was remarkable as the scallops were perfectly cooked and the maple syrup caramelized the outsides. I did order dessert but had some good coffee.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

East West Grille

Had a great, long-awaited-for lunch today at. East West GrilleI have eaten here before and while everything is always good, today was especially good!

Started with an order of Vietnamese Spring Roll [$5] with tofu. They were plated like sushi and the sauce was delicious.

Then on to an order of yellow [mild] Pumpkin Curry [$8.95] with tofu and lots of fresh vegetables: onions, zucchini, carrots, green beans. I had the purple sticky rice to go with it and there was even a little to take home for a snack-dinner.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

ABC Trattoria

Wonderful dinner for a rainy and dreary night: Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage over a garlic and oil Penne with a glass of Pinot Grigio...all at my 'just down the street' favorite restaurant

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.