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

Sunday, August 31, 2014

MOONLIGHT Sushi Bar and Grill

Quick afternoon nosh at the new owner Moonlight Sushi Bar & Grill on Main Street in Middletown. Started with a Vegetable Tempura [$5.95] which was fresh and crunchy. Then on to sushi with one order of Sunshine Roll [$11.95] with salmon and avocado topped with salmon, spicy mayo and scallions. This was deemed delicious and the crunch on top turned out to be tempura chips. My order was the already recommended Dragon Roll [$9.95] with eel and cucumber topped with eel sauce and avocado. This was extremely tasty with the taste of eel still lingering on my lips.

Dragon Roll

Sunshine Roll

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frittata redux...

So where should we go for lunch after the morning meeting and before the afternoon meeting? We went to O'Rourke's Diner where I hadn't been for ages. Sounded like a good idea, found a parking spot and there was a booth available. As usual the the menu had so many good items on it. Wanted the corned beef hash in some form or other but the special of the day sounded great. And it looked great too.






This is the Peach and Brie Frittata with Sausage Homefries [$16]. It was beautiful and bland where even a shake of salt and pepper didn't help. Labeled as a frittata but with the consistency of a quiche and 'I should have asked the price before I ordered it' syndrome kicked in.







And this is what it looked like the following morning after I sliced it and sautéed it in basil infused olive oil and butter. Not so pretty but oh so tasty!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Krust Pizza Bar

Finally got to Krust tonight before driving off to Centerbrook for an Art Opening at the Spectrum Gallery. Got there early and got of the tiny two-tops, the place filling up quite quickly. The noise level [music and chat] is quite high. Great place to eat but conversate no!


Started with a Burrata [burratina] [$10] with tomato pesto and toast crackles. Very nice and refreshing! Then on to a Veg Pizza [$14] from the daily specials. It was excellent: San Marzano Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta, Roasted Garlic, Peppers, Onion, Mushrooms.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bombay Olive

After theater and with a coupon in hand all five of us descended on Bombay Olive in West Hartford. I had a Kingfisher ale which was great and Lamb Biriyani while my 'across the table' partner had the Lamb Korma. We were trying to figure out which was best. I like them both, ordered medium, and got to take home a still grand portion of the Biriyani and a small portion of her Korma. The Raita served with the lamb dishes was a bit uninspired as was the service. Maybe it seemed slow due to my hunger pangs. The other dishes at the table were a Shrimp Mango Curry and a Kashmiri Lamb Rogan Josh. An order of Naan and Roti seem indistinguishable and neither were that good. All in all, the meal was flavorful and inexpensive.


Lamb Korma

Lamb Biriyani

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Julia Child

Julia would have been proud on her 102nd birthday of last night's dinner at Millwrights with Chef Tyler Anderson. This was a magnificent meal...a night of culinary wonderment at the hands of a super chef!



Salade Niçoise, Confit Tuna, Potatoes, Haricot Verts, Olives, Herbs
with
2013 Girard Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Potato and Leek Soup, Watercress, Mustard
with
2011 Joseph Cattin Riesling, Alsace

Duck Confit 'A L'Orange' Turnip Puree, Orange and Fennel
with
2012 Clos La Coutale Malbec/Merlot, Cahors

Boeuf Bourguignon, Bacon, Onions, Mushrooms
with
2011 Chateau Les Maurins Merlot/Cabernet/Cab Franc, Bordeaux

Fresh Fruit Tart, Nectarines & Berries, Ginger Ice Cream
with
Domaine La Tour Vieille 'Reserva' Grenache Noir/Grenache Gris/Carignan, Banyuls

Friday, August 08, 2014

On20

Another interesting meal, luncheon, at On20. It has taken me two weeks or so to write this review as I have such mixed feelings about the meal and the service.

The Parsnip Salad [$8] was wonderful and the Cold Onion Soup [$6] was even better. This soup was one of the best soups ever. The meal started, however, with an almost challenging dialog with our waiter who was, at least, very assertive. Assertive to a degree where we did not feel welcome. His idea of helping out with a choice of vodka turned into a diatribe against the choice of one of the diners. The restaurant does not stock that brand 'because he does not believe in the integrity of the product...' So be it! Let us peasants be! My glass of Albariño [$9] was fine.

Parsnip Salad
The meatballs were meatballs [$10], no better or worse than have been ordered elsewhere. The Croque Monsieur [$13] [and yes I do know that this is 'just' a ham and cheese sandwich' and thank you for informing me of this]. And yes, I have had them in Paris and elsewhere and the one offered at Millwright's in Simsbury was one of the best ever. So it was good, but not that good. The asparagus [$6] were also just grilled asparagus. The pommes frites [$5] were nothing to blog about but then I just did.




The Brownie desserts [$7] were remarkable. So it was a mixed bag. The beginning of the meal was very good as was the ending.

I find the charge for parking [$7.40] and 'validated' at table to be a bit tacky and since it is also taxed on the bill even more so.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Café 56

Breakfast on a Saturday...what better than going to Café 56


Chicken and Chorizo Hash with a fried egg and cranberry walnut toast!

7/11/14

Another theme dinner with 8:00 seating [sold out as usual]. The dinner this time was based on food from Guatemala. This also featured a certain region where the cuisine was based on meat. The first course was a tostada filled with meat, beets and herbs with a drizzle of creme fraiche.



The main course was a stew with four meats in a delicious broth with avocado. This also had tamal made with fresh corn and a slice of tortilla. Very filling and delicious.


Dessert was sweet plaintain filled with black beans, a puff of dough and cherries.



5/10/14

Huitlacoche is something you have to get used to; the sight uncooked that is because it is delicious and very unassuming used as an ingredient. Last night at the monthly dinner, Sabrina used it in the first course in her Cinco de Mayo [actually Neuve de Mayo] meal. The fungus was mixed with goat cheese and filled an incredibly light crepe. Delicious!


The rest of the meal was as great. Started with pickled carrots, onions and peppers with a side dish of guacamole surrounded by a sauce of tomatillo and honey. Then on to the crepes with a Chile Relleno as the main course. Dessert was a piece of artwork consisting of tres leches, chocolate and a churro.

3/7/14

After a long meeting I ran into Café 56 for a late breakfast [was too late] or an early lunch. Lucked out with the soup-of-the-day which was Vatapa, a Brazilian seafood chowder. It was fantastic and I took the side salad home so I could just concentrate on the flavors of the chowder.


Also bought a prepared food item [my first] of Lamb Pot Pie [$5.50]. It looks terrific and will heat it up for dinner tonight. Well, I just finished the Lamb Pot Pie and it was delicious. Was going to eat half of it and save the other half; that didn't happen. Lots of tender, moist  well seasoned lamb with carrots and other veggies with a piped mashed potato crust. Yum!



January 11, 2014
As you can see it has been a while since I have revisited Café 56. All who know me understand that I really like to eat [20 thousand+ people on this blog alone]. My taste varies but I have few dislikes when it comes to food. When I don't like something though I will note that on this blog. So here goes.

Today's brunch was pure PERFECTION and this rating does not come easily. Two perfectly cooked poached eggs over delectable Crab Hash with a silky lemon hollandaise accompanied with sourdough toasted bread with a side of onion jam. It does not get better than this!



August 2, 2013

Theme dinner for the month of August was Caribbean Night

Amuse Bouche: Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings and Corn Fritters. This was a hot, hot and spicy way to start the evening. Along with a dipping sauce the wings and fritters were delightful.



First Course: Crab and Conch Callaloo Soup. The creamy crab and crunchy conch swam in a bowl full of heaven laden with callaloo greens.



Main Course: Grenada Spice Encrusted Dorado with a Barbados Butter Sauce. This white meaty fish with its crunchy spice crust was enveloped with a smooth and elegant butter sauce. Yucca Fries and Hearts of Palm complemented the dish and the Green Papaya shreds added a beautiful finishing touch. This course caused groans of delight from every table.



Dessert: Banana and Sweet Potato Cake served with a Coquimel Sauce adorned with Brittle and dotted with Tamarind Paste. What a way to end a perfect meal.


Next month [second Friday of September] theme is Latin American Street Food and I will miss this dinner!

blognote: I hate photographing white and clear glass plates.

June 14, 2013

Dinner for the Month of June: This month's theme was Southern Spain with a superb menu, the best yet. Another great prix-fixe meal [$25].

Started with Tapas of Manchego Cheese, Salchichon, Aioli, Morrocan Oil preserved Olives and Tortilla Española. Then on to a first course of Gazpacho Andaluz so smooth and creamy with a little kick. Third course was a beautiful Paella mar y tierra made with Arroz Bomba and topped with Chorizo, Chicken, Mussels, Clams, Shrimp and Scallops. Fantastic and made for four with plenty to take home. The rice was the very best.


Dessert was Flan with a Churro for embellishment. What a great meal in such an intimate atmosphere.

May 10, 2013

Dinner of the Month for May. This month’s theme was Peru. The menu was again a wonderful prix-fixe [$25] Here is the menu:

Papa a la Huancaína [potatoes in a Huancina sauce which is a rich creamy tangy delight to spread on baby boiled potatoes. Delicious. We had to have an additional serving of potatoes to use up the sauce.

Peruvian Ceviche: Halibut ceviche with corn and concha. Tangy with a bite and so fresh tasting.




Duck and Chicken for the next course served with white beans and cilantro rice. This dish rocked and worked so well together. The sweet beans and the rice served as a beautiful background for the chicken and the gorgeous piece of duck.



Dessert was Arroz con Leche [rice pudding] with Alfajorres [the shortbread stuffed with dulce de leche]. A sweet ending to a spicy, tasty and well prepared dinner. Loved it all!



Next month’s theme is Southern Spain with Tapas and Paella.

4/12/13

Dinner of the Month for April. This month's theme was Guatemala. The menu was a wonderful prix-fixe [$25]. Here is the menu:

Antojitos: Chojin de Rabano [radish relish] and Guacamole Chapin [Guatemalan guacamole] both very delicious with a side basket of chips.

First Course: Jocon Maya de Vegetales [green vegetable stew Mayan style] hearty and smooth.

Main Course: Tamales de Marrano Guatemaltecos servidos con Ensalada de Berro [Guatemalan Tamales with pork and olives served with a Watercress Salad]. The best tamal I have ever eaten. Was it Guatemala or Chef Sabrina [or a combination of both]?

Tamal on a Banana Leaf

Dessert: Torrejas y Manjar servidas con Almibar de Anbis y Dulce de Leche [Spanish 'French' Toast filled with Pastry Cream and Anise Syrup with Dulce de Leche]. Not too rich, not too sweet, just the right ending to a great meal.

I'll be back next month for the Peruvian theme!

February 18, 2013

Wonderful breakfast this morning at Café 56 with friends. We all took advantage of the warm booth in front of the window and the specials:

My Crab Hash with Poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise sauce was delicious but did not photograph well. A Farmers Pancake: Dutch pancake topped with ham two eggs and melted Vermont cheddar finished with a Tomatillo sauce. Two Omelets: scarmosa cheese and sautéed sopresatta rolled and topped with a spinach cream sauce. Everything was great and Chef Sabrina and Baker Ed are such good hosts.

Farmers' Pancake