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

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Criollisimo


Well I guess it has been a long time since my last visit but so glad I went back. Brenda recognized me!

Had nieto and nieta [politica] with me and did we enjoy. Each got something a bit different. Mine was, of course, the best: carne frita with white rice and beans. AND my favorite drink Kola Champagne. I will be back soon and this will become a regular lunch spot again.

November 6, 2009
I was having a 'rice and beans' attack so went to Criollisimo Restaurant in New Britain with a friend for lunch. Brenda, chef, was there so caught up on some NB Education Department bochinche [gossip].

We had Pernil [roast pork] with Arroz con Gandules [yellow rice with pigeon peas] and Costillas [ribs] with Arroz con Habichuelas [white rice and beans] with two slices of Avocado and split a bottle of water [$16].

Food is still as good as ever; plentiful and cheap. Lots of business even though we arrived after one o'clock and left after two; lot's of takeout.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Puket Café

Ran in for a quick early supper to Puket Café in Rocky Hill. Only one booth of three diners and someone at the bar; lots of loud convo coming from the bar and kitchen. Guess they were getting ready for the dinner rush. Lots of repeat diners here evident from the greetings and knowing what their favorite food choices were. 


Ordered the Crispy Pad Thai with Tofu and Veggies [$11]. This was a large serving of zucchini, pea pods, carrots and fried tofu over crispy noodles and sprinkled with crushed peanuts. Everything was very fresh and the sauce had enough flavor to really enhance the dish.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New England Emporium

As you can see, I haven't been here to the New England Emporium for a while. So glad I thought of this place for a quiet planning luncheon. Broke all the rules and we both ordered the same thing: Curried Chicken Salad [$8.25]. This was a huge bowl of field greens with craisins, cucumbers and slivered almonds under a dash of raspberry vinaigrette and topped with a delicious mound of curried chicken salad.


4/5/14

When the owner comes and helps out with an expired coupon, you know you are in good hands! Haven't been here at New England Emporium for a long time. Ran in today with an expired Groupon to get the face value of $5. Yes I know I am cheap but hungry and cheap go a long way.



Ordered the Grown Up Grilled Cheese herbivore style [$7.95] and it came on parmesan crusted country white with tomato, spinach, red onion, cheddar, American cheese & roasted red peppers. It was very tasty and came with a bag of potato chips. I love potato chips but I hardly ever eat potato chips. These are from Deep River Snacks and they are healthy: all natural, gluten free certified, Kosher certified, non-GMO potatoes, non-GMO sunflower oil, no preservatives, cholesterol free, no trans fat and no MSG!

10/4/11

Great breakfast this morning at New England Emporium right after an eye appointment. With my eyes dilated I ordered one of the daily specials only to find out it was yesterday's offering. I don't think the problem was with my eyes though. Anyway, they still had the ingredients and I lucked out.
This is a crêpe [$8.25] filled with sautéed broccoli, fresh spinach, sweet sausage and ricotta cheese. There was the added baby spinach salad and along with a cup of great coffee I enjoyed it immensely.

bloginfo: This was a buckwheat crêpe so technically a galette.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Majorca [update]





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!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Summer Shack [update]

OK so it's been a long time since I was here last. When I asked at the Hostess Station when they had changed the front entrance, the response was 'a couple of years ago'. BUT there was a Christmas gift card burning a slow hole in my bedside table [now you know where I hide all the good stuff!] and I wanted some seafood.

Started with a glass of Villa Pozzi Pinot [$9] which enhanced the rather lackluster starter of Steamers [m/p = $18]. A steep price for these babies; a good portion but maybe too early in the season.


Then on to the main course of a lunch special [read small order] of Fried Calamari [$16]. There was a choice of marinara or Rhode Island style ['spicy and greasy'] which was a very different presentation for me; enjoyable but the coating was a bit grainy. The fried oysters [$14] across the table had the same coating. These two orders came with good fries and coleslaw. Don't even think that they were not devoured. 

If I had not had the wine, the gift card would have covered all but the tip. So a good lunch for a good price makes the author of this blog a happy boy! And the company was terrific!!!

October 18, 2010

What's a great day at the casino? Forget it!
What's a good day at the casino? Got it!

Broke even at Wheel of Fortune and had a great meal on Players' Club Points.

App special at Jasper White's Summer Shack was Manila Clams in a tomato broth with choriço. That's how it was advertised. It was a bowl filled with little Manila clams in a stew of fresh tomatoes, green onions and smoky choriço with garlic toast points. Delicious [$13] and 'free' with my points.
bloginfo: Mohegan Sun Casino website here.
blognote: Senior Mondays suck!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Apricots [update]


After a drive to a closed museum and a wrong exit on the way back, we had a great lunch at Apricots. We each had the Gazpacho with Avocado Mousse [$6] and shared a Pulled Pork Sandwich [$10.50] with Sweet Potato Fries [$1.50 extra]. Nice lunch with a view of the Farmington River.

blognote: The Katonah Art Museum in New York was closed due to a power outage from the bad storm last night. It won't be open for a few days. We plan to go back and see the Cuban Contemporary Show.

Lunch on an early spring day with the sun shining on the flowing river as our view out the window was memorable. She had the Chicken Salad on a croissant and I had the Salmon burger on a brioche both with side Caesar salads. Dessert was a shared delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake.


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

HAWAI'I

The Stage Restaurant  was the site for a wonderful 77th birthday party. Table of 12 ordered from the menu. My selections are below:

Super Poke appetizer
ahi tuna, hamachi, octopus & sea urchin
fennel crusted seared ahi tuna over ratatouille with crispy lotus chips
the birthday girl with her cake
guava chiffon cake with chocolate flowers and leaves


YuZu in the Ala Moana Shopping Center was the place for a relaxing birthday lunch.

menu on the wall
salad with edamame
ahi poke
shrimp tempura and sauces
Alley Restaurant for take out of the famous Alley chicken plate lunch




famous chicken with brown rice, mac salad and waffle chips

Kahala Hilton Plumeria Room for another birthday lunch [what a popular lady she is] on the lanai overlooking the ocean.

Maui onion soup
guava birthday cake slice

Pipikaula [Hawai'ian spiced beef] reuben sandwich

Kahuku Grill was a great stop on the northshore on our ride around the island of Oahu for the best teriyaki hamburger ever.






Other Food...pix coming soon