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Lan Chi's Vietnamese Restaurant (Middletown, CT)

kattyeyes,
Walking out the door for Mothers day lunch. We always do Asian on mothers day 'cause we can always get in. I'll report back!

D.

Cafe 56 (Middletown, CT)

Thanks kattyeyes,
I guess it's Luce then, we will try Cafe 56 and report back.

D.

Cafe 56 (Middletown, CT)

kattyeyes,
Thanks for the heads up, gonna take the wife and boy there for lunch tomorrow. Can't wait!

D.

Dough on Main, Deep River, CT

They had an opening last night and it was oh so swell! It was wall to wall with guests and the food was grand and you couldn't have asked for more.

D.

Dough on Main, Deep River, CT

There’s a new pasta shop open in Deep River by the name of Dough on Main. This is the third incarnation of such a shop since the well loved Pasta Unlimited closed several years ago. While the first two versions didn’t manage to succeed, I believe Dough on Main is here to stay! Chef, owner Francis Brooke-Smith creates a veritable feast for our eyes as well as for our stomachs. The deli case sports a range of dishes to tempt your taste buds , and you can easily choose from the offerings that change daily to create a lovely meal to take home or enjoy in the store. There are usually several prepared meats you can start with. I’ve seen buttermilk pan fried chicken, chicken cacciatore, slow roasted salmon with an Asian glaze, blackened catfish, hanger steak, and slow roasted beef short ribs to name a few. Once you’ve chosen your main dish, there are many sides to go along with it. There are simple, well prepared vegetables (I love the oven roasted tomatoes and the haricot verts), but you’ll also find an assortment of salads as well. The peanut noodle salad is delicious, and made with their own fresh pasta. The coleslaw is brightly colored and beautifully seasoned. I’m totally addicted to the kale salad with butternut squash, cranberries, and red onion. You’ll see different dishes each time you go, so go often!

I think the food that really shines at Dough is soup. They offer two choices daily, and always start with their own homemade stocks. There is usually a vegetarian as well as a non-vegetarian selection each day. My favorite has been the loaded baked potato soup - a delicious, hearty soup topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese, scallions and bacon. There are bisques, bean soups, chowders, and just about any other kind of soup you can imagine. They often come with homemade croutons or a crostini designed to compliment each soup.

As the name Dough on Main suggests, of course they have pasta. Using the original Pasta Unlimited recipes, they continue to follow the tradition of offering a broad selection of pastas, raviolis, and sauces. I love the herb linguine with white clam sauce. The tomato basil fettuccini with alfredo sauce is great, as is the cavatelli with Raphael sauce - a chunky sauce made with plum tomatoes and artichoke hearts. And you just can’t beat egg spaghetti with fresh basil pesto. Pastas are all cut to order in the flavor and cut of your choice. For raviolis, there are cheese, meat, sausage, tomato basil, and gorgonzola cheese with toasted walnuts. They are all worth a try, but my personal favorite is the gorgonzola ravioli!

If sandwiches are what you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed. They menu is diverse, and Francis roasts most of the meats himself. I love the roasted eggplant on ciabatta, warm with melted cheese and sauce, but the Not So Basic ham and swiss on rye is delicious. It’s made with one of the best hams I’ve tasted. You can even get an egg sandwich with ham or bacon throughout the day!

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll find plenty to choose from. There are breakfast pastries to start the day, but you’ll also find cakes, pies, tarts and cookies made on premises to satisfy that sweet tooth.

So all in all, there is something for everyone at Dough on Main. The staff is friendly, and happy to help with recommendations as needed. There is a small table for four, but they also have a long harvest table where you can enjoy your food and make some new friends while doing so.

coconut milk substitute?

Happygo...
Please post that recipe, very curious.

D.

Jan 06, 2013
raskolnikov in Home Cooking

Anyone tried The Red Hen in Old Saybrook?

I'm sorry to hear that, I was a big fan of Lupo and was surprised when they closed and still kept Cabo open. Is it maybe that new restaurant misstep, one that shouldn't happen to a seasoned restaraunteur after a few good digs? Just curious!

D.

Dim Sum.

Thank you as well gourmaniac.

D.

Dim Sum.

Chowhounds,
My wife and son and I are coming to Boston to stay between the holidays this season. Years ago we, my wife and I, went to a Dim sum restaurant on the edge of Chinatown, near an arch that seamed to be an entry into Chinatown. We're not married to that particular restaurant, we would just love to have the good stuff. Thoughts and recommendations would be well received and happy holidays!

D.

How to make my weeknight Thai taste more like restaurant Thai?

Make your own curry paste, it's simple and very easy to find the ingredients in any bigger grocery store. It's also fun to tweak it to fit your tastes as opposed to what's on the shelve.

D.

Sep 24, 2012
raskolnikov in Home Cooking

wow - stunned at whisked scrambled eggs

Meringue as I recall.

D.

Sep 24, 2012
raskolnikov in Home Cooking

Raw oysters on the eastern CT coast?

Hey ptmacp,
Good luck on that score! Even do it yourself from Atlantic is a buck and a 1/2 each. Max Fish in Glastonbury does a 1/2 price happy hour during the week, and boy is it worth the drive.

D.

Health-ier Pate???

Rachael,
I'm sure it is, it just won't be what you and I are really looking for. Boy did that sound like a bad romance novel line!

D.

Jun 05, 2012
raskolnikov in Home Cooking

neck bones in tomato sauce

stymie,
I've done them both ways and because they're just for flavor and not the meat, I've found that baking them was a better fit both from a flavor and a clean up point of view.

D.

Jun 05, 2012
raskolnikov in Home Cooking

Health-ier Pate???

Rachael,
I'm 50 and in good shape, exercise and a good diet helps. I have high cholesterol and it's all in my background and nothing shy of drugs is gonna change it. Pate is one of my true vices and I don't eat it often but, when I do it can't the 1/2 assed stuff, sorry, why bother. It's like my wife and her love of mousse, not all the time.

D.

Jun 05, 2012
raskolnikov in Home Cooking

The River Tavern, Chester, CT

dennisl,
Always one of my favorites and yet in the last couple of years it's hit or miss. Jonathan certainly has his hands full and yet my biggest gripe has been the service, end of story!

D.

Chester L&E remodel

Don,
I have not been since they changed over to a bistro. My best friend did all the work making it over so I got to see the progress, you won't believe it's the same restaurant! The owners had a business at some point dealing with antiques/salvage and they used a bunch of the finds in the makeover. WOW does it look great! When I get back there to eat I'll report.

D.

Hilltop BBQ and Steakhouse - Moodus, CT

All of the above and extra attention to DRY meat and the service is less than stellar. As I mentioned in the culinary wasteland of Colchester thread, Moodus/East Haddam are far worse and Hilltop BBQ doesn't help the situation. My family and I have tried it three times and we won't be going back, and they're a stones throw from my house for crying out loud. I guess we'll just keep driving outa town to eat.

D.

Guilford CT's Bufalina thrives!!!

zammdogg,
That was one nice review, and I can't wait to try them out. We're at least 45 minutes away and we're already planning a road trip. Thanks for the tip!!!

D.

Colchester, CT - a culinary wasteland?

My wife and the boy have been frequenting Ichiban Asian Bistro, recently opened, and I have to say, WOW! The sushi is amazing, fresh and colorful and large in comparison to other top flight sushi restaurants in the area. I guess when I say in the area I mean within a 30 minute cruise. The wasteland called Colchester just stepped out of the dark ages!!! Oh, and by the way eodell, Raskolnikov is right next door. Big smillie face and looking forward to this seasons garden and we should get together and cook!

D.

Quick dinner this Friday near West Hartford town hall?

THewat,
You will certainly have a wait... well worth it though as far as I'm concerned! And I'm notorious for not waiting.

D.

Great Dim Sum in S.E. Connecticut

jdgall,
Dim Sum in that part of the state is mind blowing, and it's good you say. I may be making a road trip with the family soon. Thanks for the heads up.

D.

Colchester, CT - a culinary wasteland?

Woops!

D.

Colchester, CT - a culinary wasteland?

Just a comment on the location on the spot below in my post, Colchester Ct.and not Canbton Mass. Thanks.

D.

Colchester, CT - a culinary wasteland?

FoodieJim,
You said a mouth full and I'm in Moodus, so talk about a wasteland. We drive 30+ anytime we choose to dine and Mangia in Colchester is one of our spots and it's quite good. It's tough to find good(and I say that based on our tastes and local) dining options within a tolerable drive. So we drive!

D.

Mangia
655 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021 Remove

Colchester, CT - a culinary wasteland?

FoodieJim,
You said a mouth full and I'm in Moodus, so talk about a wasteland. We drive 30+ anytime we choose to dine and Mangia in Colchester is one of our spots and it's quite good. It's tough to find good(and I say that based on our tastes and local) dining options within a tolerable drive. So we drive!

D.

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Mangia
655 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021

At what age should you let a child handle a kitchen knife to help with food prep? [moved from Home Cooking]]

Walker has amazing motor skills and I wasn't comfortable till he was what I think of as an older child. What really cinched it for my wife and I was how interested he was in the prep of what he was really enjoying eating. That was way earlier than we let him loose with a knife though.

D.

D.

Nov 10, 2011
raskolnikov in Not About Food

At what age should you let a child handle a kitchen knife to help with food prep? [moved from Home Cooking]]

Our son is now thirteen and we bought him is own "small" kitchen knife when he was around ten 'cause he was all of a sudden interested. He's now on to a larger style and I'm impressed with his interest and skill. All they need is a little lead and...

D.

Nov 10, 2011
raskolnikov in Not About Food

Pasta Vita , Old Saybrook Ct

My experience with Pasta Vita has always been by the seat of my pants. Need fresh pasta or ravs and most times been in the clear 'cause I was lax with my timing in regards to the party I was planning. The one time I did buy a couple of prepared meals my wife and I were so stunned at how tasteless they were that I swore off ever getting anything 'cept pasta when we don't have the time to make it! They seem to have a good thing going with the less discriminating and that's still a good thing.

D.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que comes to Stamford's South End

I rarely reply and certainly not south of New Haven. Is this for real!!!? Get a food truck dressed up as a dinosaur or two and save face! Sorry but....

D.