The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

CHOWDER, REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY SERVED HERE

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate Nick Wendell, 10, left, and Andrew Hale, 10, right, and sell brownies, wraps, chips, sodas and other food items outside of the polling place at Davenport Ridge Elementary School. Proceeds will benefit the school via the Parent Teacher Organization. 11/04/2008 Parents baked and area businesses donated food: everything from clam chowder, wraps, coffee, […] [Read More]
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KALIMERA! NOW, WHAT’S FOR LUNCH?

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate John Tsiranides, of Norwalk, cooks chicken for a luncheon at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Stamford. 11/02/2008 The sweet fragrance of burning incense mingled with the savory smells of chicken frying and potatoes roasting outside of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church this morning. As parishioners solemnly circled the church three times, […] [Read More]
Categories: food, news

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]
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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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