The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

BARCELONA WINE BAR: VIVA EL MATADOR

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ABOVE: Counter-clockwise, marinated anchovies, Mussels al Diablo, the rear dining room and tuna tartare. BARCELONA WINE BAR: 222 SUMMER ST., STAMFORD 5/30/2009 The lone torero, stoic, motionlessly taunting his prize, stood printed on a banner in front of 222 Summer St. for months, similarly beguiling passersby eager for what was to come: tapas and Spanish […] [Read More]
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FRESHLY BREWED: NYC MUGGED

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5/28/2009 The newly-launched site NYC Mugged, dedicated to quality coffee in New York, is yet another example that New York’s specialty coffee scene is flourishing. The site offers a searchable database of coffee locations, reviews and short features, like where to find a cup of Stumptown, which made its East Coast debut last year. Even […] [Read More]
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IN CELEBRATION OF THE “EVERY DAY CAKE”

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ABOVE: A hastily baked raspberry buttermilk cake. Looks aren’t everything. 5/26/2009 Paging through the most recent Gourmet, this raspberry buttermilk cake caught my eye. As Deb, the prodigious poster behind the Smitten Kitchen blog remarks, “I have a serious soft spot for everyday cakes.” While I hadn’t really contemplated desserts in these terms before, I […] [Read More]
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“FOURTH WAVE” COFFEE AT THE MALL?

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LBC FILE PHOTO 5/23/2009 While at Williams-Sonoma today, looking at things I want but can’t afford, I was surprised to see that they just started offering a selection of whole-bean roasted coffee from the well regarded Vancouver-based 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. This is good news for Stamford, which is still without a real independent coffee […] [Read More]
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ICH BIN EIN FETTE SAU

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FETTE SAU: 354 METROPOLITAN AVE., WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN 5/23/2009 At Fette Sau [German for fat pig], after you jockey for some precious real estate at one of the long picnic tables in the dining room or on the patio out front, you head for the long line at the counter. Here you order your barbecue by […] [Read More]
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MARY ANN’S: NEW MEXICAN RESTAURANT OPENS TODAY

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ABOVE: The beef enchilada ranchera plate at Mary Ann’s Mexican restaurant in Stamford. MARY ANN’S: 184 SUMMER ST., STAMFORD 5/22/2009 After being called out as a “West Coast Snob” on the blog yesterday regarding my natural skepticism of the new Mary Ann’s Mexican restaurant on Summer St., I felt obligated to put aside my inherent […] [Read More]
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SUMMER STREET UPDATE

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5/21/2009 1. According to Barcelona Wine Bar’s twitter feed, they are set to open next Thursday. I walked by today and didn’t see much activity, but I understand they are more or less ready to go. 2. Mary Ann’s Mexican restaurant is open, though I’m still a little skeptical, but that is probably just West-Coast […] [Read More]
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RUTH REICHL TO SPEAK IN DARIEN

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5/17/2009 Check out Stamford Talk for a post about Ruth Reichl, the editor of Gourmet and former chief restaurant critic for the New York Times, speaking at an annual Darien Community Association event on Thursday. I caught her lecture at the Columbia J-School earlier this year and she had some interesting things to say about […] [Read More]
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PIZZA WARS: STAMFORD PIZZA TOUR DROPS BOMB ON CULT OF COLONY

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ABOVE: A sausage and cherry pepper pie at Colony Grill. 5/17/2009 The guys at the Stamford Pizza Tour blog seem to take pizza pretty seriously, so I was shocked [shocked, I tell you!] to find out that after they reviewed twenty-odd pizzerias in Stamford, Colony Grill was not among those chosen. I assumed this transgression […] [Read More]
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FOOD HEAVIES SPEAK OUT IN HARTFORD

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5/16/2009 As previously noted on the LBC, I really wish I could have attended a food forum in Hartford this week featuring none other than foodie goddess Alice Waters, Anthony Bourdain [insert leather jacket/cocaine reference here] and Duff Goldman, of Ace of Cakes fame. Unfortunately, the event was sold out and they were even selling […] [Read More]
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