The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

ESPRESSO NEAT UPDATE: I DIG IT

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espresso NEAT: 20 GROVE STREET, DARIEN 8/31/2009 Espresso NEAT opened today in Darien and brings – as promised – a uniquely serious approach to coffee in Fairfield County. I could go on and on and on (and on) about coffee, but I’ll spare you. Just trust me, if you’ve experienced any of the quality espresso […] [Read More]
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THIS WEEK: A&P ON HIGH RIDGE OPENS AFTER FACELIFT

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8/30/2009 The A&P on High Ridge closed in May for renovations and will reopen this week as an A&P Fresh with a ribbon cutting on Friday. READ: The business-section story from May. AND: The thread on Chow. –CP [Read More]
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LIGHT BRIOCHE BUNS: THE EXTRA MILE

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ABOVE: A Panko-breaded chicken cutlet on a light brioche bun. I was waiting to put a burger on this, but since cops reporter Jeff Morganteen’s barbecue was rained out last week, this is the best I could do with what was in the fridge (essentially nothing). 8/28/2009 So, you’ve picked up some nice Roquefort cheese, […] [Read More]
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HOLY TOMATO BATMAN: LA TOMATINA DINNER AT BARCELONA TONIGHT

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ABOVE: The real deal in Valencia (AP) 8/26/09 BARCELONA RESTAURANT & WINE BAR: 222 SUMMER STREET, STAMFORD There still may be a couple of seats left for Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar’s 3rd annual Tomatina dinner tonight featuring a $60 prix fixe menu of all things tomato. FROM THE RESTAURANT: Every year the villages of […] [Read More]
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ESPRESSO NEAT: LEGIT ESPRESSO BAR HITS DARIEN

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espresso NEAT: 20 GROVE STREET, DARIEN 8/25/2009 OK, I can barely contain my excitement. This is huge coffee news for Fairfield County. When a friend and up-and-coming commercial coffee roaster, Donny Raus, told me a former Gimme! Coffee barista was opening an espresso bar in Rowayton, I rushed over and scoured the neighborhood for any […] [Read More]
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SUMMER RESTAURANT WEEKS

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8/20/2009 Downtown Stamford’s Summer Restaurant Weeks, which began this Monday enters its first weekend with dinner menus fixed between $19.09 and $30.09. Sixteen downtown restaurants are included, everything from Tigin Irish Pub to Market and Columbus Park Trattoria. You also get a couple of bucks off of an Avon ticket. Go see 500 Days of […] [Read More]
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SUMMER OF SALSA: BLUEBERRY, PAPAYA, AND TOASTED ALMOND SALSA

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Alright, alright. This dessert “salsa” — served atop dulce de leche ice cream — proves our summer of salsa experiment, now in week 7, has veered steadily off the traditional salsa path. But what can we say, Rafael Palomino and Arlen Gargagliano, the authors of our trusty guide, Nueva Salsa, certainly know how to stretch […] [Read More]

SLIDE SLAM SONO: THURSDAY

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ABOVE: A slideshow of images I will be showing at the Slide Slam SoNo at the 22 Haviland Street Gallery in South Norwalk on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. Head over to the 22 Haviland Street Gallery in South Norwalk tomorrow for their inaugural Slide Slam event. About ten local photographers are taking part in this, […] [Read More]
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SUMMER OF SALSA: LIMA BEAN, KALAMATA OLIVE AND ROASTED GARLIC SALSA

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We’re back! After a brief hiatus due to overwork, Summer of Salsa is back for week six. In case you haven’t been following, CP and I are celebrating summer by making a salsa every week. We are following recipes selected from the book Nueva Salsa by Rafael Palomino and Arlen Gargagliano. This time we made […] [Read More]