The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

WALKING FOR LOBSTER

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ABOVE: The $9.99 “lobster dinner” from Stew Leonard’s Grill at Calf Pasture Beach, seved with corn on the cob, drawn butter and a view of the beach. 6/29/2009 I’m a glass-half-empty kind of guy. So when I’m complaining about how I have to get up at 6 a.m. to meet a reporter for an assignment […] [Read More]
Categories: General

SUMMER OF SALSA: EPISODE THREE, GUAVA, LIME AND ANCHO CHILES

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Maggie chips in with another Summer of Salsa recipe. I guess it doesn’t always work out how you’d like it [see post], but I guess that’s all part of the learning process. Do any of you have any salsa recipes you’d like to share? –CP Summer of Salsa: Guava, lime, ancho chile salsa Welcome to […] [Read More]
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SLOW ROASTED TOMATOES

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ABOVE: Roasted tomatoes and garlic. 6/26/2009 A QUICK UPDATE IN THE “IT’S-STILL-THE-FIRST-WEEK-OF-SUMMER” VEIN: Slow roasted tomatoes. It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out [read: even I can do this]. Halve a bunch of grape or cherry tomatoes, put them on a baking sheet with some whole, unpeeled garlic cloves. Season and drizzle […] [Read More]
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BOCCE NIGHT: BRING ON THE STEAK SANDWICHES

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ABOVE: Augustino Scicchitano, left, watches a bocce game while Nick Eisanelli and Dominic Schinella, enjoy steak sandwiches during bocce league night at the Minturnese Social Club. 6/24/2009 After rushing back on an express train from New York today, I arrived at Springdale station just in time for bocce night at the Minturnese Social Club. League […] [Read More]
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AN UNI ADDENDUM: MOMOFUKU SSAM BAR

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6/24/2009 MOMOFUKU SSAM BAR: 207 2ND AVE, NEW YORK I made my first trip to celebrated chef David Chang’s Momofuku Ssam Bar in the East Village with my friend Ali last night – primarily to experience the legendary steamed pork buns firsthand. The buns, stuffed with rich pork belly and pickles – what former chief […] [Read More]
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SUMMER OF SALSA: EPISODE TWO

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ABOVE: Red snapper with roasted jalapeño and citrus salsa. 6/21/2009 Today is the first official day of summer and Magdalene Perez and I are bringing you our second installment of the Summer of Salsa series. This week we made a roasted jalapeño and citrus salsa, which owing to our knifework, didn’t turn out a pretty […] [Read More]
Categories: food, General

QUICK MINI CHOCOLATE SOUFFLES

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ABOVE: My mini-chocolate soufflé, already slightly deflated just seconds out of the oven. 6/20/2009 If you missed today’s episode of America’s Test Kitchen on PBS and have any interest whatsoever in dessert, you should head over to their homepage and check out the recipe for the “make-ahead” chocolate soufflé. DISCLAIMER: Until this morning the only […] [Read More]
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SUPER DUPER WEENIE: NOT FOR THOSE ALLERGIC TO AWESOME

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ABOVE: A New Englander dog and some of the best fries around, at Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield. 6/18/2009 SUPER DUPER WEENIE: 306 BLACK ROCK TURNPIKE, FAIRFIELD It’s pretty clear my New Year’s resolution to no longer eat mediocre french fries was defenestrated months ago. But this isn’t really a problem at Super Duper Weenie, […] [Read More]
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BREAKING BURGER NEWS: FIVE GUYS HITS WESTPORT

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6/19/2009 EXCITING NEWS FOR BURGER AFICIONADOS: Five Guys Burgers and Fries, the ridiculously awesome Virginia-based chain, is launching a restaurant in Westport. Connecticut has a handful of Five Guys fast-food establishments, but this will be the first in lower Fairfield County. I first encountered Five Guys in Philadelphia, but subsequently came to realize you can’t […] [Read More]
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THE UNI BROTHERHOOD

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ABOVE: Live uni at San Diego’s Little Italy Mercado. 6/16/2009 The rugged mountains east of San Diego give way to rolling foothills and finally the jacarandas in their full, violet bloom come into view, dotting the suburban landscape with vivid splashes of color. But the real treasure here lies in the kelp beds, under the […] [Read More]
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