The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

SABATIELLO’S CLOSED?

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12/08/2008 Sabatiello’s Italian Grille, the restaurant featured in a recent obscenity-laden episode of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares, appears closed. A small “closed” sign on either door and the absence of equipment and furniture in the downstairs dining room indicates the restaurant is not operating at this time. The mere fact the restaurant was selected for the […] [Read More]
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THE LBC’S CHRISTMAS LIST

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58mm stainless steel convex base tamper with a handle of hand-turned (by my father) olive wood and ebony. 12/8/2008 Since my hand-turned custom espresso tamper came as an early Christmas present from my father, I’m not sure what else I could ask for. Not being one to shy away from asking for things I want, […] [Read More]
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ON THE ROAD WITH THE LBC: HALF-SMOKES IN THE DISTRICT

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Ben’s Chili Bowl, since 1958 12/4/2008 BEN’S CHILI BOWL: 1213 U ST., NW, WASHINGTON, DC Like Sam Cooke said, a change is gonna come. Though ‘change’ was tossed around cheaply during the election, in Washington things really are changing…at least at Ben’s Chili Bowl. Ben’s biggest regular celebrity patron, Bill Cosby, was for years proclaimed […] [Read More]
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WINTER ROASTING: A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SOLUTION

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My home-roasted espresso blend. 11/29/2008 I roast my own coffee. This may be the epitome of coffee geekiness, but it really is the only way I can ensure a proper supply of fresh, quality espresso blends for personal consumption. You would think that Fairfield County with all of its affluence would be fertile ground for […] [Read More]
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QUICK READ: JACQUES PEPIN IN THE COURANT

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11/27/2008 My favorite old-school television chef, Jacques Pépin – a Connecticut resident – is featured in a short profile here in the Hartford Courant. Thankfully he is still around since people like Rachael Ray had to show up and ruin everything. I’ll admit to watching the Food Network with a high degree of frequency, but […] [Read More]
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PUMPKIN PIE: THE LBC OVERCOMES STUPIDTY, REDEEMS SELF

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It ain’t pretty, but that is not really the point. 11/26/2008 I’ve been tasked with making a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner. Gratefully, I’m not in charge of any of the heavy lifting. Not really knowing what I’m doing, a family member recommended a recipe from an AP food writer J.M. Hirsch. NOTE: this advice […] [Read More]
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THE LBC PONDERS THE TURBACONDUCKEN

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11/26/2008 Bacon-wrapped turducken? For reals? I’m not saying this is acutally something I would attempt, or even neccesarily want to consume, but I have to give the guys at Bacon Today credit for trying. Check it out: here. –CP [Read More]
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ARTOPOLIS BAKERY: ASTORIA’S LAND OF [FILO] AND HONEY

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Kataifi from Artopolis Bakery in Astoria, Queens. 11/25/2008 ARTOPOLIS BAKERY: 2318 31ST ST., ASTORIA, NY I don’t know where to start; I can’t come up with the right adjectives to adequately praise the Greek pastries here. I am without words to describe the feeling I have as I heedlessly dive into a box of kourabiedes […] [Read More]
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