The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

FOOD NETWORK’S GUY FIERI FILMS AT VALENCIA

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate 10/10/2008 According to the folks over at Valencia Luncheria, the Food Network’s Guy Fieri and crew filmed a segment for next season’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives at the restaurant in Norwalk this week. The platinum-coiffed chef and his signature 1968 Pontiac Firebird were spotted at Valencia at 172 Main St. and a […] [Read More]
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IN VINO VERITAS (AND FAMILY)

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10/09/08 Check out Jeff Morganteen’s story on the Rizzis (and their extended family), who gave us a glimpse of their home wine making operation. Last month the Rizzis won first place for red wines the 15th annual Federazione Laziali d’ America Homemade Wine Tasting Contest, held at the Italian Center. They were also kind enough […] [Read More]
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WHOLE HOG: BKYLN PIG ROAST 10/10

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Whoa, Nelson! Check this out: The Big Brooklyn Pig Roast, featuring: “…a 200-pound heritage hog, roasted over a pit and served, with Kelly’s help, alongside a variety of salsas, corn two ways, fresh greens, and beans and rice. Cathy has agreed to lend a hand with the apple crisp and Blue Marble is whipping up […] [Read More]
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BITTMAN’S NO-KNEAD BREAD: AN UPDATE

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UPDATE: 10/11/2008 I tried this out. The bread ain’t pretty but it is kind of awesome. I have to do some more research; there is an absurd amount of information about this recipe on the internet, most of it from two years ago…I guess I’m a little behind the times here. I have to say, […] [Read More]
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BACON AND MASHED POTATO PIZZA: AN EPIPHANY

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate Bacon and mashed potato pizza at Bar in New Haven. 10/6/2008 BAR: 254 CROWN ST., NEW HAVEN “They make a mashed potato pizza?” I asked. It didn’t seem plausible. As I was trying to wrap my brain around this delicious concept I was informed that, yes, Bar in New Haven does, in […] [Read More]
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THE LBC ENDORSES: STUMPTOWN YIRG

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10/6/2008 Venerable Portland, Ore. coffee company Stumptown Coffee Roasters has expanded eastward with a new roasting operation in Brooklyn. The ‘third-wave’ roaster is supplying 9th St. Espresso where I picked up 12-oz. of their very bright Yirgacheffe Kaleb Kocherie. Light, and floral with a delicate mouthfeel, the Yirg is a very distinctive Ethiopian single-origin that will […] [Read More]
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EAST VILLAGE/LES: NICKY’S VIETNAMESE SANDWICHES

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Photo/Chris Preovolos 10/4/2008 NICKY’S VIETNAMESE SANDWICHES: 150 EAST 2ND ST, NEW YORK While sitting at a tiny wrought-iron table at Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches in New York City yesterday I noticed my friend was looking at me funny. What? Did I have food on my face? Admittedly, I was attacking my sandwich with little regard for table […] [Read More]
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