The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

On the road with the LBC

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ABOVE: Miscellaneous San Francisco; clockwise from top left, a cappuccino at Four Barrel Coffee, my sister Steph and I at Tartine Bakery, a croque monsieur and Coit Tower. 12/31/2009 As many of you may know, I’m back home in California visiting my family in the Bay Area. It’s been mostly family time here in Vallejo, […] [Read More]
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Chili Chicken, the $8 buffet and Indian food in Stamford

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ABOVE: Chili Chicken. Watch out for the peppers, they are no joke. 12/30/2009 CHILI CHICKEN: 19 HIGH RIDGE ROAD, STAMFORD Basically, I’m too lazy to keep maintain a schedule of frequent postings. And then there’s the self-diagnosed seasonal affective disorder. And, you know, I’m broke and haven’t been eating out much lately. But mostly, I’m […] [Read More]
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Kitchen Culture: A taste of Pakistan

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ABOVE: Amnah Kiani prepares a salad for a traditional Pakistani dinner at the Kiani’s home in Stamford last week. 12/28/2009 The latest edition of the Advocate’s Kitchen Culture series brings us to the Kinani’s a Pakistani family living in Stamford. We found Hamid, the father and his son Fahad on the cricket pitch at Lione […] [Read More]
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An LBC Christmas miracle

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ABOVE: Super spicy shrimp tacos at Casa Villa 12/25/2009 CASA VILLA: 182 WEST MAIN ST, STAMFORD Being the junior member of what is now essentially a two-person department, I work Christmas almost every year. There is no real way to sugarcoat this; it pretty much sucks. My family is 2,900 miles away in the San […] [Read More]
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Kourambiethes. Don’t even ask me how to pronounce that.

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ABOVE: My first attempt at Kourambiethes. 12/14/2009 “It’s for Christmas cookies,” I explain, slightly embarrassed to be slipping a bottle of $4 brandy into my coat pocket, forgoing the paper bag at an East Side liquor store.” Though in retrospect, maybe I’d rather be seen as a cheap drunk than a compulsive baker. I haven’t […] [Read More]
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Drag it through the garden, baby

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ABOVE: The shrimp po’ boy from Jeff’s Cuisine JEFF’S CUISINE: 54 NORTH MAIN ST., NORWALK 12/13/2009 Speaking of New Orleans and my new 3Gs iPhone (that replaced my earlier version that I broke last month), I wanted to test out the new camera. What better to try it out on than a shrimp po’ boy […] [Read More]
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Worth a listen: Broncos and boudin

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(Chris Preovolos/Baton Rouge Advocate, via AP) ABOVE: Convict poker at the Angola Prison Rodeo, the self-proclaimed “Wildest Show in the South.” 12/13/2009 I stumbled on an interesting Hidden Kitchens radio story about food at the Angola Prison Rodeo while exploring the NPR app on my new┬áiPhone. If you’ve never been to the popular event at […] [Read More]
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