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July 29th, 2014

At Joey Garlic's in Farmington, CT.

Pork cutlet parmagiano with broccoli rabe
IT'S BEEN FOREVER.

I haven't forgotten about LJ (like most of the world, what the crap?) but I got behind in posting my recipes here and then I didn't want to, like, spam post 80 billion of them and so I felt overwhelmed and... yeah.

But here I am again. Phew. I guess I'll try to post a recipe a day and catch up? Or is that annoying and should I just start here and not worry about catching up? You can always head to the blog if you want to see the recipes I skipped -- there are some great ones.

This one is fantastic: buttery, golden toast topped with a thick schmear of cream cheese, melty Gruyère, heirloom tomatoes, salmon, and fresh smoked whitefish salad. This heavenly combo was inspired by a bagel I ate in NYC. A quick note regarding the fish: it matters that you get great smoked whitefish. I was crazily impressed with the Blue Hill Bay smoked whitefish I bought (not so much with the other brand I tried — flattened, salty, and rubbery. Ew.) I also bought a super oily and lovely package of Nova smoked salmon trimmings. The fish is in the spotlight here, so it’s worth it to find great quality products. You'll probably have some whitefish salad left over after making your melts -- a treat for tomorrow's lunch!




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July 28th, 2014

From Taco Bell in Bristol, CT.

Taco Bell Cantina Power Steak Burrito and caramel apple empanada

July 27th, 2014

From Vero Pizza in Plainville, CT.

Phatty Magoo
Spicy pizza with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, hamburger, and ham.

Tiny salt and pepper shakers
Tiny salt and pepper shakers.

July 22nd, 2014

From Sonic Drive-In in Bristol, Ct.

Sonic garlic parmesan cheesy dog, fries, and jalapeno chocolate shake

The wienie was weeny. The roll was like bread jerky. The fries apparently were fried a few hours before. The cherry was ultra-Maraschinoed. The shake tasted barely of jalapeno or chocolate. They use syrups for flavor and I guess they use them sparingly. This meal cost $7.30.

The "whipped cream" did not melt. Ever. I rushed to my office so the hot weather and car wouldn't melt the whipped cream, but I had nothing to worry about. After a half-hour of nursing my shake, it still looked "fresh". An hour later and there was little difference. I think it was really whipped emulsifier.

The counter staff disappeared and never came back. Long after I would expect it would take to make my meal, a server on skates came out to the dining area instead of the counter, calling for me, and I had to play Marco Polo with her. She had the wrong shake and had to go back for the right one. The meal was supposed to be to go, but it came out on a tray and I had to ask for a bag.

I would say this experience was sub-Sonic.

Everlasting "whipped cream"
Melt, dammit!

July 20th, 2014

From Pizzeria Da Vinci in Rockfall, CT.

The Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa: "Broccoli rabe, sausage, fresh garlic and spices topped with asiago cheese". This was listed as a large pizza, but it should be "enormous". I couldn't fit the box in my refrigerator with the leftovers, which unfortunately left the box for the floor when I tried to make it fit.
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July 18th, 2014

Perfectly topped burger
Burger topped with bacon, cheddar, BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and jalapenos. From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

July 17th, 2014

Sheetz Maple Hotcake Griddler
Breakfast sandwich with "egg", bacon, "cheese", and maple-flavored "pancakes". Served with hash browns. At Sheetz in Blairsville, PA.

July 16th, 2014

With green beans and mashed potatoes. From Ruby Tuesday in Bristol, CT.

Ruby Tuesday hickory bourbon-glazed pork chop

July 15th, 2014

At Alexis Diner in Newburgh, NY.

Meatloaf sandwich and fries
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July 10th, 2014

chilis

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Homemade sriracha.

June 30th, 2014

Piggery Cold Cuts Sandwich

Essentials

Sandwich of salami cotto, capicola, and piggeroni with cheddar for lunch,
and bacon on the campfire. All from The Piggery in Ithaca.

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June 27th, 2014

chocolate peanut butter cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes - Moist Chocolate cupcakes and lots of peanut butter flavor. If you like peanut butter, you will love these! Recipe and more at The Alchemist.
Turkey club and fries
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

June 23rd, 2014

At Royal Masala Restaurant and Bar in Hartford, CT.

Goat rogan josh with rice
Goat rogan josh: "Goat meat bone-in with whole spic[e]s, tomatoes, onions, ginger and garlic." I think I will avoid goat from now on. Each time it gets served with unexpected bones (the print menu didn't mention them), and more of it gets in my teeth and gums than in my stomach.
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June 22nd, 2014

Hot dog from Lou's

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Dog from Lou

Hot dog with Nance's hot mustard and hot pepper relish from Lou's Hot Dog Cart in Downtown Ithaca.
Wasabi Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Ahi Tuna Burger

Wasabi bacon-wrapped shrimp and Ahi tuna burger.
From a meal a couple of years ago at Simeon's on the Commons.
After a truck slammed into Simeon's on Friday, it's closed indefinitely, and I'll be amazed if the building can be saved.

June 20th, 2014

Jalapeño cheesesteak
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

June 18th, 2014

With fingerling potatoes. At Amici Italian Grill in Middletown, CT. I took my father and the rest of the family there for Father's Day.

Bourbon pork chop
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June 17th, 2014

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Oven baked breakfast open taco with soyrizo, avocado, brocoli, sweet potato, and spinach.

June 13th, 2014

Fried red tomato BLT
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

June 12th, 2014

Hot hot dog
Grilled bacon cheesedog with grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, jalapeños, and hot sauce.  From Five Guys in Farmington, CT.

June 10th, 2014

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banana macaron ice cream

June 3rd, 2014

Sabji Pulao

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May 31st, 2014

Split Pea Soup

Thanksgiving Sandwich

Split pea soup and a Thanksgiving Sandwich at Ithaca's Lincoln Street Diner.
My traditional lunch spot on days when I give blood a block away!

May 29th, 2014

Sausage, egg, and pepperjack blueberry bagel breakfast sandwich
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 27th, 2014

Turkish Coffee

Pistachio Baklava

Turkish Coffee and Pistachio Baklava at Ithaca's new Istanbul Turkish Kitchen.
Dilled cheese
Grilled cheese with dill pickles.  From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 23rd, 2014

BBQ pepperjack chicken croissant
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 21st, 2014

Mexican dog
Hot dog with salsa, jalapeños, and pepperjack cheese.  From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 18th, 2014

At J's Crab Shack in Hartford, CT.

Popcorn lobster tails and fries

Popcorn lobster tails and fries

May 17th, 2014

the very best carrot cake cupcake recipe                                                        The Best Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe -  After a long search, I've finally found a carrot cake recipe I love! These cupcakes are full of flavor with a perfect texture, light and moist. And topped with brown sugar cream cheese frosting, a new favorite frosting of mine. Recipe and more at The Alchemist.

May 16th, 2014

Grapefruit gumdrop

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Grapefruit gumdrop
A Trader Joe's citrus gumdrop.
Grilled pepperjack, bacon, and jalapeño sandwich
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 15th, 2014

Grilled ham, broccoli & cheddar sandwich with clam chowder
From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 14th, 2014

Chicken fajita soup and spicy dill pickle potato chips
From Pages Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

May 13th, 2014

Western bacon veggie burger and tater tots
Veggie burger with onion rings, cheddar, bacon, barbecue sauce, lettuce, and tomato. From the Corner Cafe at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.
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