The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

WINTER ROASTING: A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SOLUTION

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My home-roasted espresso blend. 11/29/2008 I roast my own coffee. This may be the epitome of coffee geekiness, but it really is the only way I can ensure a proper supply of fresh, quality espresso blends for personal consumption. You would think that Fairfield County with all of its affluence would be fertile ground for […] [Read More]
Categories: coffee

QUICK READ: JACQUES PEPIN IN THE COURANT

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11/27/2008 My favorite old-school television chef, Jacques Pépin – a Connecticut resident – is featured in a short profile here in the Hartford Courant. Thankfully he is still around since people like Rachael Ray had to show up and ruin everything. I’ll admit to watching the Food Network with a high degree of frequency, but […] [Read More]
Categories: news

PUMPKIN PIE: THE LBC OVERCOMES STUPIDTY, REDEEMS SELF

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It ain’t pretty, but that is not really the point. 11/26/2008 I’ve been tasked with making a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner. Gratefully, I’m not in charge of any of the heavy lifting. Not really knowing what I’m doing, a family member recommended a recipe from an AP food writer J.M. Hirsch. NOTE: this advice […] [Read More]
Categories: news

THE LBC PONDERS THE TURBACONDUCKEN

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11/26/2008 Bacon-wrapped turducken? For reals? I’m not saying this is acutally something I would attempt, or even neccesarily want to consume, but I have to give the guys at Bacon Today credit for trying. Check it out: here. –CP [Read More]
Categories: news

ARTOPOLIS BAKERY: ASTORIA’S LAND OF [FILO] AND HONEY

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Kataifi from Artopolis Bakery in Astoria, Queens. 11/25/2008 ARTOPOLIS BAKERY: 2318 31ST ST., ASTORIA, NY I don’t know where to start; I can’t come up with the right adjectives to adequately praise the Greek pastries here. I am without words to describe the feeling I have as I heedlessly dive into a box of kourabiedes […] [Read More]
Categories: food, news

THE GINGER MAN: REAL CASK ALE IN NORWALK

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Blue Point Brewing Company’s cask-conditioned oatmeal stout at the Ginger Man in Norwalk. 11/24/2008 THE GINGER MAN: 99 WASHINGTON ST., NORWALK After mentioning my recent experience with the unfiltered, unpasteurized cask-conditioned ales at the Spotted Pig in the West Village, I’d be negligent if I failed to point out that the Ginger Man in Norwalk […] [Read More]
Categories: drink, news

THE SPOTTED PIG: HYPE-WORTHY [THE BURGER, ANYWAY]

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Chargrilled burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries (and a pint of cask-conditioned bitter). 11/24/2008 THE SPOTTED PIG: 314 W  11TH ST., NEW YORK CITY It is with trepidation that I write this post as I realize the LBC is continuing to veer somewhat from the original purpose of this blog. However, while showing relatives […] [Read More]
Categories: news

GMA PIE UPDATE: WINNER ANNOUNCED SUNDAY

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11/22/2008/ UDAPTE: Norma Grubb’s coconut creme pie from Sommerset Hall Cafe in Dover, Kan. was voted in at number one in the GMA pie challenge Sunday. As previously reported on the LBC, Michele’s Pies, of Norwalk, is competing in Good Morning America’s “Best Slice” contest. Check out the contest page, while there is still time […] [Read More]
Categories: news

THINGS I LOVE: CAPPUCCINOS AND STATIONSTOP’S IPHONE APP

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate 11/20/2008 No trip to Manhattan is complete without a stop at Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea for a ristretto and a cappuccino (This time I also managed to get to Shake Shack before the crazy-long line formed). I had to rush back to Stamford for an assignment at Westhill’s student newspaper, the Westword. […] [Read More]
Categories: coffee, news

READ THIS: BEER, QUE IN THIS WEEK’S NEW YORKER

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11/19/2008 I recently decided I have no time to keep up with my magazine subscriptions. My nightly media consumption habits have devolved into endlessly watching reruns of The Simpsons and really pathetic stabs at reading the two books on my nightstand: Dexter Filkin’s The Forever War, and Jeffrey Steingarten’s The Man Who Ate Everything. So, […] [Read More]
Categories: news