The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

HOMEMADE WINE: A FAMILY AFFAIR

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ABOVE: Vinny Rizzi racking his family’s homemade wine. 9/30/2009 ANNUAL WINE TASTING CONTEST: FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 7:30 P.M. AT THE ITALIAN CENTER, STAMFORD I was over at the Rizzi’s house last night, watching Vinny and his extended family rack next year’s homemade wine. But last year’s wine, their entry into Friday’s Federazione Laziali Annual Wine […] [Read More]
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AN ENDORSEMENT: APPLE AND DULCE DE LECHE EMPANADA

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ABOVE: The apple and dulce de leche empandas at Valencia. VALENCIA LUCHERIA: 172 MAIN STREET, NORWALK 9/27/2009 If Valencia Luncheria were in Stamford it would be a staple in my weekly lunch rotation. But it isn’t and this makes my visits there seem a little special, which is why I will indulge in their desserts […] [Read More]
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EL CHARRITO: STAMFORD’S LONE MOBILE TACO PURVEYOR

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EL CHARRITO: MOBILE, GENERALLY ┬áIN FRONT OF BEAMERS/JACKIE ROBINSON PARK OF FAME 9/24/2009 Last week, a reader named Adam commented on my latest/recycled post about Casa Villa and contested my claim that they have the best tacos in town. [Check out his super-informative taco entries: here] Nevertheless, I stand by my assertion regarding Casa Villa […] [Read More]
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SABATIELLO GETS SERVED [WITH A WARRANT]

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9/24/2009 The Advocate’s Jeff Morganteen reported today that Sabatiello “Sammy” Settembre, who was portrayed as a maniacal restaurateur on Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares, has been arrested by Stamford police for allegedly trashing his own restaurant before being evicted from the Bedford St. property: Local restaurateur Sabatiello “Sammy” Settembre caused more than $20,000 worth of damage to […] [Read More]
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AN LBC ANNIVERSARY AND AN ODE TO TACOS

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A NOTE FROM THE LBC: I have been part-time blogging here at the Advocate for a year now, so I thought I’d repost this entry, which inspired The Lunch Break Chronicles. 9/12/2008 CASA VILLA: 182 WEST MAIN ST, STAMFORD As a fifth-generation Californian, I come from a magical land of street-corner tamale vendors, homemade tortillas […] [Read More]
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BAOGUETTE: EXTRA SRIRACHA, PLEASE

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BAOGUETTE: 37 ST. MARKS PLACE, NEW YORK (AND 61 LEX AND 120 CHRISTOPHER AND…) 9/14/2009 After an event in the East Village last week we were in search of a decent sandwich before heading home. My initial thought was to head to Porchetta on East 7th for their remarkable porchetta sandwich, complete with crispy pork […] [Read More]
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AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN’S TAKE ON NO-KNEAD BREAD

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ABOVE: No-knead bread. Check out the photo at the bottom of my post from my aunt Sue in Denver, apparently she’s an expert. I’ll have to manage to visit more often than once every ten years. 9/12/2009 So-called “no-knead bread,” has garnered something of a cult following since Jim Lahey of Sullivan St. Bakery (and […] [Read More]
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SUMMER OF SALSA: TOMATILLO, CILANTRO AND AVOCADO SALSA

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We’re back in the final week of our Summer of Salsa escapade. In case you need to be filled in, Chris and I have been making a salsa every week to celebrate the glory days of summer, using the book Nueva Salsa, by Rafael Palomino and Arlen Gargagliano, as our guide. In week 8, we […] [Read More]

PERUVIAN FOOD FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

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9/3/2009 We just got a press release about “Flavors of Peru 2009,” a food festival kicking off tomorrow at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa (better late than never…I guess). I have a feeling this is going to be a little bit more refined than lomo saltado. FROM THE RELEASE: “Renowned Peruvian chefs Humberto and […] [Read More]
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STAMFORD DONUTS AT MJ’S FUNERAL: FILE UNDER “HUH?”

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9/2/2009 Don’t ask me how this came about, but celebrity gossip website TMZ is reporting a Stamford connection to Michael Jackson’s burial service: apparently somebody in the Jackson family likes the ricotta doughnuts from Stamford’s Market restaurant so much, they are flying a bunch out for the service tomorrow. I had dinner there last week […] [Read More]
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