The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

UNPASTURIZED, UNFILTERED, UNPARALLELED

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The LBC/File 3/20/2009 The Manhattan Cask Ale Festival kicks off today at Chelsea Brewing Company in Manhattan with 45 ‘real ales’ on hand for your beer-drinking enjoyment. The event runs through Sunday and is “pay-as-you-go,” as in: you pay by the pint, or half-pint, as it were. DOWNLOAD: the beer list here. I ain’t supposed […] [Read More]
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WHOOPIE PIES? FOR REALS?

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Whoopie pie, Keene, New Hampshire. 3/18/2009 During a visit to New Hampshire in the fall I encountered the Whoopie pie. My brief experience with this dessert snack left me with the distinct impression that people in New Hampshire must be crazy. When asked what – exactly – the filling of a Whoopie Pie is made […] [Read More]
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TV UPDATE: SUPER DUPER WEENIE ON FOOD NETWORK

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3/16/2009 You’ve seen the sign off of I-95 in Fairfield but if you haven’t pulled off on Black Rock Turnpike for a dog at Super Duper Weenie, you don’t know what you are missing. I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a hot dog guy; at restaurants and even back yard barbecues – you all know – […] [Read More]
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STREET FOOD NEW YORK: CARNE ASADA AT CALEXICO

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3/7/2009 CALEXICO: WOOSTER AND PRINCE, SOHO, NEW YORK It’s finally warm enough to wait in line for 15-minutes for a burrito from the Calexico cart in SoHo. The brothers from San Diego, who took top honors at the 2008 Vendy Awards, serve up California style tacos, burritos and quesadillas at Wooster and Prince Streets in […] [Read More]
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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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