The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

Jacques Pepin at Stew’s

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JACQUES PEPIN: AT STEW LEONARD’S, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 5-7 P.M. 10/30/2009 Jacques Pépin is the man. Long before Top Chef and the Food Network, there was Pépin on PBS. I’ve long admired his style and the way he handled Julia Child’s utter wackiness on screen. The chef will appear at Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk next Friday […] [Read More]
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The Get: Oxo 11-inch balloon whisk

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ABOVE: 11-inch stainless steel Oxo balloon whisk. $6.99 at Marshall’s. 10/28/2009 I rarely get this excited about something like a balloon whisk – OK, actually I am a total kitchen gadget geek –but the Oxo 11″ balloon whisk I just picked up is totally blogworthy. After leaving a whisk in New Hampshire, I was looking […] [Read More]
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Coalhouse: An initial impression

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COALHOUSE: 85 HIGH RIDGE ROAD, STAMFORD ABOVE: A 12″ pie with bacon at Coalhouse. A NOTE FROM THE LBC: In light of the Advocate’s review of Coalhouse which is up today, I am bumping this post up. I have been back to Coalhouse since my visit on opening day and still find the crust to […] [Read More]
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COALHOUSE IS OPEN

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COALHOUSE  PIZZA: 85 HIGH RIDGE ROAD 10/26/2009 For those of you waiting for the new Coalhouse Pizza in Bull’s Head to open: it is. The oven is fired up and they are serving pies as we speak during the first night of a soft opening. More later, I’ve got actual work to do. –CP [Read More]
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TABOULI GRILL

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ABOVE: The lamb kabob platter at Tabouli Grill Mediterranean Cuisine 10/15/2009 We headed over to the Tabouli Grill, one of the new restaurants in Bull’s Head after the mayoral debate today. Tabouli replaced the Margot Café & Wine Bar in the strip mall which will soon also feature Coalhouse Pizza. The setup is pretty similar […] [Read More]
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HABANA ON HOPE

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10/15/2009 HABANA: 245 HOPE STREET, STAMFORD ABOVE: Self explanatory. Quattro Regali moves to 401 Shippan. Habana, formerly of SoNo moves in. Owner Lushe Gjuraj, whose family also owns Parkway Diner, Spazzio and Lushe’s SoNo Diner (located in the former Habana spot), said Habana should open next weekend and will feature the same menu as it […] [Read More]
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ON TV: LE FARM ON TODAY, TOMORROW

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10/14/2009 Bill Taibe, of the spankin’ new Le Farm restaurant in Westport, sent me a note today saying he’s heading to NY tomorrow for a segment on the Today show. WHATS COOKING: Pork belly. Yay. –CP [Read More]
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A QUICK NOTE ON L&G

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L&G ITALIAN DELI: 425 WEST MAIN STREET 10/12/2009 I learned a couple of things about Julio from L&G Italian Deli during the bocce season. ONE: You get close to the palino and he WILL knock your a– out. TWO: The guy can cook. I discovered Rio Murgia pasta here and now I’m hooked. At $3.29 […] [Read More]
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NEXT WEEK ON THE DART: LA MARQUETA

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LA MARQUETA: 54 MYRTLE AVE. AND SOMEWHERE OVER ON WEST MAIN 10/12/2009 Reporter John Nickerson threw the dart today for our weekly neighborhood feature that runs in each Monday’s Advocate. The premise of the dart – not particularly original – is that we throw a dart at a map of Stamford, go there, find a […] [Read More]
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R.I.P. BEN ALI, FOUNDER OF BEN’S CHILI BOWL

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ABOVE: BEN’S CHILI BOWL, U STREET, WASHINGTON D.C. 10/8/2009 FROM THE AP: WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Ali, the founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl diner, a landmark in Washington’s black business and entertainment district and a frequent stop for politicians and celebrities, has died. He was 82. Ali died of natural causes Wednesday night at his […] [Read More]
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