The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

THIS JUST IN: OLD RASPUTIN AT MONSTER B’S

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I have to say I’m impressed that Monster B’s Bar & Grille has Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (on tap) from North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, Calif. “A sweet, very yeasty stout with both toasted and fruity overtones. A long finish on the tongue with more residual bitterness than you would expect […] [Read More]
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MATTHEW’S BAKERY

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate Above: A pair of alfajores from Matthews’ Bakery. Below: Beef empanadas. 9/30/2008 MATTHEW’S BAKERY: 71 WEST BROAD ST., STAMFORD Pepe Huyhua, the owner of Matthew’s Bakery in Stamford, is quick to let you know he offers a dazzling variety of pastries for such a small bakery; French, Italian, German, Jewish, you name it. […] [Read More]
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WORTH A LISTEN: SCHARFFENBERGER ON NPR

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9/28/2008 Following the death of Robert Steinberg, co-founder of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, All Things Considered interviewed John Scharffenberger about Steinberg and their entry into the specialty chocolate industry. Listen here. –CP P.S. He says you can make chocolate at home. I’m intrigued, but not enough to put cocoa beans in my Mazzer coffee grinder. [Read More]
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THE LBC ENDORSES: CORNBREAD & TURBODOG

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Photo/Chris Preovolos 9/27/2008 If I wasn’t so lazy I would have whipped up some crawfish étouffée solely for the purposes of having something Louisiana-themed to wash down with a bottle Turbodog. The dark brown ale from Abita Brewing Company goes with pretty much anything, but drinking it always makes with wish I had a bowl of étouffée […] [Read More]
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BSF: HOT-BUTTERED GOODNESS

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate 9/24/2008 BURGER SHAKES AND FRIES: 302 DELAVAN AVE, GREENWICH Kory Wollins is all business. It’s just that his business happens to be hamburgers. As the owner of Burgers, Shakes & Fries (a/k/a BSF) in the Byram section of Greenwich, he is willing to talk shop with anyone who will listen. Wollins doesn’t […] [Read More]
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COFFEE FIX

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Lousy iPhone photo/Chris Preovolos 9/23/2008 I was down at Café Grumpy (the Chelsea location) this weekend with a friend and was delighted to see they were pulling Ritual’s Finca el Guayabo, Huila, a Colombian for their single-origin option for espresso and milk drinks. If you haven’t been down there yet, you need to go. I […] [Read More]
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FOR THE LOVE OF Q

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate I didn’t have any barbecue sitting around here for a photo so this will have to do. But rest assured, this is the GOOD STUFF. If anybody can tell me where to get this outside of KCMO, I’d be in your debt for life. 9/18/2008 TAKING PLACE THIS WEEKEND: The Blues, Views […] [Read More]
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PAT’S HUBBA HUBBA: THEY’RE BACK

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate 9/17/2008 PAT’S HUBBAB HUBBA: 820 COVE ROAD, STAMFORD Pat’s Hubba Hubba is back. The popular hamburger stand in the Cove reopened Friday after a fire closed the restaurant in May. With outdoor seating, hamburgers, dogs, fries, shakes, ice-cream–basically all things Summer-Pat’s has a loyal following. It’s mostly lost on me though, as […] [Read More]
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“I THINK I FANCY A PIMM’S”

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9/15/2008 In the waning days of summer, time is running out for one last pitcher of Pimm’s. The traditional British cocktail is made with a gin-based concoction called Pimm’s No. 1 Cup. Wikipedia has a good overview and sampling of recipes: here. All are basically variations on a theme involving: Pimm’s, lemonade, lemon-lime soda, fruit, […] [Read More]
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HAIR OF THE PIG THAT BIT ME

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Someone, anyone, tell me how to make this: bacon-infused Bloody Mary. Please tell me this isn’t a cruel joke like the “Whiskey Burger” cocktail outlined in Esquire earlier this year that broke my heart when I realized it has to be an April Fool’s prank. Or maybe not. Can you get that animal style? –CP [Read More]
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