The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

WORTH A LISTEN: NPR’S BUDGET MENU SERIES

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5/3/2009 In light of the current economic…ah…malaise, NPR’s Food podcast has been running a feature where chefs present recipes for under $10. I suppose this isn’t really a revolutionary idea, but I was excited to hear my favorite crazy Spaniard, José Andrés, proposing a family favorite, a Moorish-style chickpea and spinach stew, in last week’s […] [Read More]
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IRON CHEF NORWALK: BOBBY FLAY AT STEW’S

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[handout photo] 4/29/2009 Bobby Flay won’t be in town until next Tuesday for a book event at Stew Leonard’s but today he talks burgers with writer Camilla Herrera in the food section. Flay might officially be here to sign copies of his new book, Burgers Fries & Shakes, but personally, I’m hoping for a guerrilla […] [Read More]
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SAVEUR TO CONNECTICUT: GO MAKE AH-BEETS

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4/29/2009 Seeing my adopted home state reduced to an index of pizzas, burgers and deep-fried hot dogs is obviously fine by me. Connecticut is featured on Saveur magazine’s monthly “State Plates” page, with a centerpiece photo that makes me wish I lived a little closer to Pepe’s. In the rundown are – of course – […] [Read More]
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GIVE ME A SIXER OF LIBERTY ALE OR GIVE ME DEATH

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ABOVE: A hastily poured, warmish Anderson Valley ESB. I’ll try to do better next time. 4/26/2009 Considering that Connecticut’s blue laws have roots in colonial times, I doubt Patrick Henry would have considered the inability to obtain alcoholic beverages on the Sabbath as a valid reason to enter into a bloody revolution. But wars have […] [Read More]
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MEXICAN STANDOFF: A NORWALK TACO THROWDOWN

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ABOVE: Tacos at Los Portales Mexican Grocery in Norwalk. 4/16/2009 In my endless search for quality tacos and taco-related foods, I decided it was finally time for a side-by-side comparison of the taco joints on Fort Point St. in Norwalk. A taco throwdown was in the works and along for the ride was reporter Magdalene […] [Read More]
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CHANGES ON SUMMER

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4/14/2009 Local Stamford bloggers, Stamford Talk and Streets of Stamford are kicking my butt…but what’s new? I must admit, I pretty much never walk down lower Summer St. when I’m heading downtown, so I haven’t taken much note of changes down there. However, Stamford talk has a recent post about the opening of the new […] [Read More]
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FIVE NAPKIN BURGER AND MORE PROOF I’M NOT CATHOLIC

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ABOVE: Five Napkin Burger’s classic burger. FIVE NAPKIN BURGER: 45TH ST. AND 9TH AVE., NEW YORK 4/10/2009 In town for the New York International Show, where I decided my next car should be a 2010 Porsche 911 Targa 4S, I had to stop at nearby Five Napkin Burger for my Good Friday lunch. The Hell’s […] [Read More]
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MAKE THIS: DUTCH BABY

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4/10/2009 One day this week, I woke up, grabbed the most recent issue of Gourmet off of my bedside and immediately realized that I had to make half-pancake-half-popover for breakfast. I meant to photograph it for the blog, but I ended up eating most of it before I could really got the chance to grab […] [Read More]
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