The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

On the road with the LBC

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ABOVE: Miscellaneous San Francisco; clockwise from top left, a cappuccino at Four Barrel Coffee, my sister Steph and I at Tartine Bakery, a croque monsieur and Coit Tower. 12/31/2009 As many of you may know, I’m back home in California visiting my family in the Bay Area. It’s been mostly family time here in Vallejo, […] [Read More]
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Chili Chicken, the $8 buffet and Indian food in Stamford

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ABOVE: Chili Chicken. Watch out for the peppers, they are no joke. 12/30/2009 CHILI CHICKEN: 19 HIGH RIDGE ROAD, STAMFORD Basically, I’m too lazy to keep maintain a schedule of frequent postings. And then there’s the self-diagnosed seasonal affective disorder. And, you know, I’m broke and haven’t been eating out much lately. But mostly, I’m […] [Read More]
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Kitchen Culture: A taste of Pakistan

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ABOVE: Amnah Kiani prepares a salad for a traditional Pakistani dinner at the Kiani’s home in Stamford last week. 12/28/2009 The latest edition of the Advocate’s Kitchen Culture series brings us to the Kinani’s a Pakistani family living in Stamford. We found Hamid, the father and his son Fahad on the cricket pitch at Lione […] [Read More]
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An LBC Christmas miracle

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ABOVE: Super spicy shrimp tacos at Casa Villa 12/25/2009 CASA VILLA: 182 WEST MAIN ST, STAMFORD Being the junior member of what is now essentially a two-person department, I work Christmas almost every year. There is no real way to sugarcoat this; it pretty much sucks. My family is 2,900 miles away in the San […] [Read More]
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Kourambiethes. Don’t even ask me how to pronounce that.

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ABOVE: My first attempt at Kourambiethes. 12/14/2009 “It’s for Christmas cookies,” I explain, slightly embarrassed to be slipping a bottle of $4 brandy into my coat pocket, forgoing the paper bag at an East Side liquor store.” Though in retrospect, maybe I’d rather be seen as a cheap drunk than a compulsive baker. I haven’t […] [Read More]
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Drag it through the garden, baby

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ABOVE: The shrimp po’ boy from Jeff’s Cuisine JEFF’S CUISINE: 54 NORTH MAIN ST., NORWALK 12/13/2009 Speaking of New Orleans and my new 3Gs iPhone (that replaced my earlier version that I broke last month), I wanted to test out the new camera. What better to try it out on than a shrimp po’ boy […] [Read More]
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Worth a listen: Broncos and boudin

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(Chris Preovolos/Baton Rouge Advocate, via AP) ABOVE: Convict poker at the Angola Prison Rodeo, the self-proclaimed “Wildest Show in the South.” 12/13/2009 I stumbled on an interesting Hidden Kitchens radio story about food at the Angola Prison Rodeo while exploring the NPR app on my new iPhone. If you’ve never been to the popular event at […] [Read More]
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Pumpkin soufflés, a last minute addition

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ABOVE: Pumpkin soufflé. Of course, this is what it looks like after it had been frozen and popped into the oven to bake the next day. 11/25/2009 I realize it’s a little late for last-minute Thanksgiving menu additions, but I was testing out some pumpkin soufflés last night and thought it was worth a mention. […] [Read More]
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Where the Wild Things Are (eaten)

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ABOVE: The president serves up homemade wine at the Minturnese Social Club’s annual game dinner. 11/22/2009 Fluorescent panel lights cast a yellow pallor on the linoleum-tiled dining room at the Minturnese Social Club. It’s packed. All the folding tables and chairs are marked off by families or groups of friends. Frank Masone’s table here. Tony […] [Read More]
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West Side Notebook: Maya Restaurant

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ABOVE: Huevos Rancheros for 7 bucks. MAYA RESTAURANT: 166 STILLWATER AVE., STAMFORD 11/21/2009 When I walked into the Maya Restaurant on Stamford’s West Side today, I was horrified to see that the pastry case was missing. No more tres leches cake? Fortunately, it had only been moved to the rear of the restaurant which was […] [Read More]
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