The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

Picture Hope for Haiti

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PICTURE HOPE FOR HAITI: MARCH 2, 6 PM, CHEZ JEAN PIERRE, STAMFORD 2/23/2010 It’s just the two of us back in the photo lab and some people talk a lot of nonsense. I often think we should just go ahead and add the padded walls and call it what it is. Then again, I’m responsible for […] [Read More]
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LBC Pick of the Week: Lomo Saltado at Mi Ranchito

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ABOVE: A plate of lomo saltado and rice at Mi Ranchito in Stamford. ($7) MI RANCHITO: 262 HOPE STREET, STAMFORD 2/22/2010 In my years at the Advocate the little restaurant on the corner of Hope and Pilgrim Walk has changed hands seemingly countless times. It was a falafel joint, or a cafe, or maybe a cafe that sold […] [Read More]
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SoNo Baking Company launches cookbook

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ABOVE: My first attempt at the simple ginger cookies, left, from the SoNo Baking Company Cookbook yielded a picture-perfect stack. SONO BAKING COMPANY & CAFE: 101 SOUTH WATER STREET, NORWALK 2/18/2010 SoNo Baking Company’s almond croissants have made me an addict, but they are a little advanced for my baking skills. When I saw that […] [Read More]
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Assignment notebook: pizza at Jim Lahey’s Co.

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ABOVE: A pizza margherita ($13) at Jim Lahey’s Co. in Chelsea. CO.: 230 NINTH AVE., NEW YORK 2/17/2010 NEW YORK – Carrie Parma-Collier’s dog, a samoyed, prefers Brazilian beef to MilkBones, but when you win best in breed in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, you can have whatever you want. Eschewing the concession stand […] [Read More]
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Fat Tuesday étouffée: beer, butter and bon temps

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ABOVE: Shrimp étouffée (sorry for the semi-recycled post, but what are you gonna do, I’ve been busy.). 2/16/2010 Ten years ago I was a photojournalism intern at the Baton Rouge Advocate, where crawfish became a staple of my diet. I became obsessed with all things crawfish; boiled crawfish, crawfish po’ boys, crawfish boudin balls and, […] [Read More]
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LBC Pick of the Week: Enzo’s chicken and arugula salad

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ABOVE: The chicken and arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette, a staple at Enzo’s. (Of course, since I know the secret Minturnese handshake, I got it with an extra cutlet on top.) ENZO’S ITALIAN FINE FOODS: 231 HOPE STREET, STAMFORD 2/15/2010 Every time I walk into Enzo’s on Hope Street it’s like a bocce league reunion. […] [Read More]
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Happy Valentine’s Day from the LBC

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ABOVE: Rachel Haughey serves up some latte art on a cappuccino at espresso NEAT in Darien. 2/14/2010 Happy Valentine’s day. –CP POST SCRIPT: I’m working a few hours a week at espresso NEAT just to keep busy and to maintain my caffeine buzz – but that’s a story for another day. [Read More]
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Five Guys in Westport: Maybe too close to home

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ABOVE: A bacon burger at Five Guys in Westport. FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES: 534 POST ROAD EAST, WESTPORT, CT 2/11/2010 I had my first Five Guys burger in downtown Philadelphia a few years back. It was late, I needed a quick bite and something just drew me in. The restaurant was so spartan and […] [Read More]
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Celebrating Chinese New Year with a little dim sum

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CENTRAL SEAFOOD: 285 NORTH CENTRAL AVE., HARTSDALE, N.Y. 2/11/2010 I am a relative newcomer to the world of dim sum but the core concept sits well with me: You sit down, you eat way too much, you leave fat and happy. “They just pull up the cart and you look in and point,” said state […] [Read More]
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Up in (Blue) Smoke

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2/10/2010 GREENWICH – Plans for a Blue Smoke – an upscale barbecue joint out of New York – went, well, up in smoke. Part of the Danny Meyer restaurant empire, Blue Smoke has locations on E. 27th and at at the Mets’ Citi Field, where they make a totally decent brisket. But hopes of a […] [Read More]
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