The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

THE GREAT FRENCH FRY ROLLBACK OF OUGHT-NINE

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1/2/2009 While I am not generally one for new year’s resolutions, I will say this: in 2009 I will make an effort to control my famously substantial appetite for French fries. Let me make one thing clear, I’m not vowing to avoid fries altogether this year. I am just proposing to give up the baskets […] [Read More]
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ON THE ROAD WITH THE LBC: WINE COUNTRY EXCURSION

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The View from Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Napa. 12/28/2008 ARTESA VINEYARDS & WINERY: 1345 HENRY ROAD, NAPA, CALIF. Tucked out of the way in the Carneros Valley, on the Napa-Sonoma county line, Artesa Vineyards & Winery has become something of a family favorite. After consuming a great deal of Artesa’s 2001 Merlot during Christmas at […] [Read More]
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ON THE ROAD WITH THE LBC: THE FERRY BUILDING

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The Ferry Building, San Francisco. [If you thought Metro-North's M2 trains were old, check out the renovated 1948 MUNI streetcar running on the F-Line.] 12/28/2008 FERRY BUILDING MARKETPLACE: THE EMBARCADERO, SAN FRANCISCO It wasn’t until after I was walking away from the legendary Acme Bread Company with three sourdough rounds that I realized my error: […] [Read More]
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ONE THE ROAD WITH THE LBC: IN-N-OUT BURGER

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A tray of In-N-Out burgers, Mill Valley, Calif. 12/27/2008 IN-N-OUT BURGER After foregoing breakfast and lunch then watching six consecutive hours of  Top Chef on a transcontinental flight Wednesday, I was primed for a visit to La Taqueria in San Francisco’s mission district. “CERRADO HASTA EL ONCE DE ENERO,” read the hand-written sign on the front door of […] [Read More]
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DUNGENESS IS KING (AND IN SEASON)

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12/22/2008 Midway through reading Calvin Trillin’s eminently enjoyable food book, “Alice, Let’s Eat,” two realizations converged, hitting me like a ton of bricks: I will be in the San Francisco Bay Area this week and Dungeness crabs are in peak season. Forget Christmas. Forget family. It’s crab season. And crab season is big business in […] [Read More]
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MULBERRY STREET DELI

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Chicken sandwich, though not what I ordered, from Mulberry Street Deli. 12/18/2008 MULBERRY STREET DELI & MARKET: 1100 HOPE ST., STAMFORD A fleeting break in the bleakness of winter provided an opportunity for lunch outside earlier this week. Initially, I proposed getting sandwiches from All American Gourmet Deli and taking them down to a picnic […] [Read More]
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RAUS COFFEE COMPANY: A PREVIEW

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12/11/2008 RAUS COFFEE COMPANY, STAMFORD As I bemoan the lack of high-quality, locally roasted coffee in Fairfield County, I am harboring a little secret: in this vast coffee wasteland, we do have a startup roaster right here in Stamford. Stamford resident Donny Raus, of Raus Coffee Company, has been working hard to fire up is […] [Read More]
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SABATIELLO’S CLOSES, SAMMY RETURNS TO ROOTS IN GREENWICH

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Keelin Daly/Greenwich Time, special to the LBC 12/10/2008 UPDATE As previously reported – or at least speculated on – Stamford’s Sabatiello’s Italian Grille, did close last week, not long after the Fox network aired an episode of Kitchen Nightmares featuring the restaurant and its problems. According to owner Sabatiello “Sammy” Settembre, he and his brother […] [Read More]
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