The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

P.FEST ’08: MINE EYES HAVE SEEN…WAY TOO MANY PUMPKINS

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Pumpkins, Alyson’s Orchard, Walpole, New Hampshire. 10/31/2008 So, it’s Halloween and I planned a post about going to Keene, N.H. for Pumpkin Fest 2008 last weekend. The thing is, notwithstanding literally thousands of Jack-o-lanterns, there wasn’t a whole lot of pumpkin-related food action going on up there. We did buy a pie from the Peterborough […] [Read More]
Categories: food

LAYLA’S FALAFEL: COMING SOON?

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Shawafel plate (half falafel, half shawarma), $14.99. Chris Preovolos/The Advocate 10/30/2008 LAYLA’S FALAFEL: 926 HIGH RIDGE ROAD As owner Dino Sakakini tells it, he owned a Subway sandwich franchise in Bridgeport where he regularly made off-the-menu falafel sandwiches that garnered a cult following. It soon became clear to the Palestinian-born restaurateur that he could make […] [Read More]
Categories: food, news

CUPCAKES: THE FINAL WORD

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate 10/29/2008 At the risk of beating a dead horse: this will be my final cupcake update. Yes, Crumbs Bake Shop in the High Ridge Center shopping center had a soft opening today. Yes, the large cupcakes are $3.75. Yes, they are good. Yes, they are still, however, cupcakes so let’s get a […] [Read More]
Categories: food, news

FREE. CUPCAKES. THURSDAY.

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10/28/2008 I finally have official word on the opening of Crumbs Bake Shop in High Ridge Center. HERE IS WHAT I KNOW: 1,000 FREE cupcakes to be given away beginning at 8 a.m. this Thursday (10/30).  A ribbon cutting with the mayor at 3 p.m., which sounds exponentially less interesting than free cupcakes. And someone or something […] [Read More]
Categories: news

JOE IN GCT: BRINGING COFFEE SNOBBERY TO THE MASSES

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Cappuccino. 41st-ish and Park. Photo/Chris Preovolos 10/25/2008 JOE, THE ART OF COFFEE: GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL, GRAYBAR PASSAGE If you can bear to drink your cappuccino out of a paper cup – I nearly shudder at the thought – Joe, the Art of Coffee’s Grand Central Terminal location is easily the most accessible opportunity to experience […] [Read More]
Categories: coffee, news

CHILI CON CARNE: A STAMFORD SCOVILLE-SCALE SHOWDOWN

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10/22/2008 So, I’m a little behind news curve here… but according to this newspaper, there is a CHILI COOK-OFF this Saturday at the Unitarian and Universalist Society in Stamford. Read Christina Hennessy’s story on the event which benefits The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County: here. Now, while ‘Stamford’ and ‘Unitarians’ aren’t exactly words that […] [Read More]
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I AM THE FATE’S LIEUTENANT: AN OBSESSIVE QUEST

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(NOAA via AP/File) IN SEARCH OF GOOD CAFETERIA FOOD 10/20/2008 A couple of years ago my po’ boy-radar drew me towards a woman eating such a sandwich in the plaza at the 400 Atlantic building in downtown Stamford. Not knowing of any place around here that served one, I felt compelled to ask where she […] [Read More]
Categories: food, news

STREET [FOOD] JUSTICE

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UPDATE: The brothers from Calexico took top honors in this year’s Vendy Awards. I need to head down to SoHo ASAP for a taco. Hopefully next week…and I take back what I said about San Diego. 10/16/2008 If I (a) wasn’t working and (b) had $100 I would be here on Saturday: the 2008 Vendy Awards in DUMBO. […] [Read More]
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