The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

WHISKEY FOR HIS MEN, BEER FOR HIS HORSES

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3/06/2009 Outlaw country legend and American icon Willie Nelson is set to perform at The Palace in Stamford next month. [Tickets go on sale today] According to The Smoking Gun, during a recent tour Willie and company required – among other things – a ton of organic fruit and vegetables, juices, milk, “local or regional […] [Read More]
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COFFEE GEEKS UNITE!

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ABOVE: 14 grams of a Kenyan peaberry in my favorite ceramic cone dripper today in the Advocate photolab. 3/2/2009 Have you ever poured a cup of your morning coffee and thought to yourself, I detect a hint of lemongrass with subtle blueberry undertones, a silky mouthfeel and clean finish? THIS ONE’S FOR YOU: The Connecticut […] [Read More]
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A BELATED MARDI GRAS: SHRIMP ETOUFFEE

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Chris Preovolos/photo ABOVE: Shrimp étouffée over rice. 2/28/2009 I was a little under the weather this week, so whipping up a New Orleans dinner for Mardi Gras was out of the question. I’m just now catching up. Without overlooking gumbo, po’ boys, boiled crawfish, bread pudding (and let’s not forget sazeracs), when I think of […] [Read More]
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O BOURBON, WHERE ART THOU?

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2/27/2009 Despite the cold that has been dogging me for a week, I managed to make it to see Ruth Reichl, the editor of Gourmet, speak at Columbia University’s School of Journalism last evening. I overheard a little snickering from a couple of students before the lecture; perhaps food writing holds not the gravitas of […] [Read More]
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THE GREEN MERMAID HITS SOUTHFIELD?

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02/20/2009 The Advocate’s Elizabeth Kim is reporting on plans for a new Starbucks on the West Side next to the old Bongiorno’s at 288 West. Ave. FOR THE RECORD: I’m going to call this Southfield, not the West Side, but I guess it’s sort of a middle ground. It will be the first Starbucks in […] [Read More]
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BURGER BAR: PERFECTION, GRILLED

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A Kobe beef burger with goat cheese, $18. 2/16/09 BURGER BAR AND BISTRO: 58 NORTH MAIN ST. Wary, of course, that I may need to rename my blog “…A Hamburger Today,” we are talking here about yet another burger joint…except that Burger Bar & Bistro, in South Norwalk, is hardly ‘yet another’ anything. My only […] [Read More]
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THIS JUST IN: LAYLA’S FALAFEL NOW OPEN DOWNTOWN

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Dino Sakakini, owner of Layla’s Falafel, slices off some chicken for a shawarma sandwich on the first day of business at the downtown location on Main St. in Columbus Park. 2/05/09 LAYLA’S FALAFEL: MAIN ST., COLUMBUS PARK, STAMFORD After an announcement nearly two years ago, Dino Sakakini finally has the Columbus Park location of Layla’s […] [Read More]
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DOWNTOWN LAYLA’S: HOOKAH RUMORS UNFOUNDED? (UPDATED)

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1/27/2009 A while back I reported that according to owner Dino Sakakini, the downtown location of Layla’s Falafel was opening within a matter of weeks. That was over two months ago. The delay is not really a huge surprise to those following the story as the space has been leased for nearly two years. Once […] [Read More]
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