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PYT scandal... owner refuses to apologize for sharing tip

I thought it was the name of the restaurant, tho' I prefer the Michael Jackson tune. :)

Big E: 2014 food finds

Thanks kindly, masha bousha. I'll be on the lookout for the fried balls (giving new meaning to amazeballs, HA HA)! Was that all in one stand? The corned beef variety almost sounds like Irish arancine--YUM!

I always love the clam fritters from RI, too. Was just thinking about them last night. And YAAAAY, tomorrow is CT day!

about 1 hour ago
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Your Top Wait Persons

I love this idea, chowmensch. :D

Ben -- Taino Smokehouse, Middletown, CT. He is my favorite server not just because he smiles and is easygoing, but because he makes it feel like we're visiting a friend when we're there. Honestly, I go to Taino often enough that at least three people remember what I like (side of mayo with the fries, right?) and will ask me about my order before I even place it. It's become one of my homes away from home.

I wish I knew her name at Mondo, Middletown, CT. She's blonde, always smiling, just has a general happy vibe about her. She handles both a busy bar and tables from time to time with ease. I must find out her name and report back--she's a star.

Older gentleman at Forbidden City, Middletown, CT--hey, I'm not on a first-name basis with all these folks, we just know each other by sight. :D He's NOT always smiling. Sometimes he looks downright pissed off. But the best day was when I made him smile about something--something struck him funny and he laughed. I felt like I won a prize. Beyond that, we go to Forbidden often enough that when they changed the noodles in their lo mein, he made a special point of asking how I liked them, explained the change, and that's how we learned they make the noodles right there in the restaurant.

about 5 hours ago
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Big E: 2014 food finds

Haven't been in years, going this week. Anything new/noteworthy to look for? I always loved the apple flappen in Storrowton Village. Not sure that's around anymore.

Pretty sure one of us is going to enjoy the oysters from Matunuck Oyster Bar. :) And holy smokes, Skynyrd will be there on Friday? Who knew? Not sure about the beer-a-misu, but tell me if you've tried it.

http://www.thebige.com/fair/

Puerto Vallarta has a new lunch menu--oooh, and I like it! (M'town, CT & more)

Restaurants around Stonington, CT

I still need to get to Dog Watch. I'll third your recommendation for the DPI and agree with Rhody, it's more fun to eat in the bar there. :) I also love that they have Jonathan Edwards by the pour on tap.

PIEROGIS?

I also love being addressed in Polish at the greengrocer. :D I don't speak a word, but feels nice to fit right in when I go. I picked up an assortment today: meat, potato & cheese, sauerkraut & mushroom. Look how beautiful!

Look for the Tarczyn brand cherry juice, too--delish!

Looking for nice dinner in Lyme, Chester, Deep River, etc...

Tried the margherita today. I was dying to try the bianca, but there's always next time! :D Great call!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7956...

Is there a decent restaurant on the CT shore?

Finally got to Otto. WOW. If I've had better pizza in this lifetime, I can't recall where.

Dough--light, pillow-y, thin crust with a bit of welcome char. And I say this as someone who generally loathes char on a pizza or anywhere else.

I can't wait to get back there and order something new. We tried the margherita--the one with the stracciatella (which I LOVE). If you love it, too, you won't be disappointed. Not to mention, it's not as if most pizza places even serve it.

Do start with the wood-roasted olives. You'll wonder how you can possibly share the whole dish and next thing you know, they'll be gone. OUTFREAKIN'STANDING! And friendly, attentive service to boot.

http://www.ottochester.com/#!menu/c1yi7

Looking for nice dinner in Lyme, Chester, Deep River, etc...

Yes, you made me look and they say so on their site. :)

Puerto Vallarta has a new lunch menu--oooh, and I like it! (M'town, CT & more)

Maybe you've seen the billboards, too. I've always liked this place--chorizo chimichanga, albondigas soup, the "Popeye-approved" spinach enchiladas, the killer mushroom habanero salsa. But the new lunch menu will definitely get me there more often. Can't find the new additions online, so I'll just tell you, it's about half a large page of some very creative taco offerings and tortas, too.

We tried a chicken torta and four "mini" tacos--soft tortillas with chorizo, chicharrones and steak with a tortilla cup of beans and a side of chile de arbol salsa. Delicious and beautifully presented, each taco in its own paper, displayed on a rack across the dish. Honestly, it could only possibly have been improved with a little bit of greenery. Loved the torta, too. Looking forward to trying MAS Y PRONTO!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqaKi...

2 Nights in Hartford

Holy smokes, sorry you hit town in the heat. You would have lucked out just about any other time you chose to visit – it's been on the cooler side this year. At least you liked the chocolates! :) And I've always heard good things about TK, just never got there myself. Now that has to be on my list, too. Stay cool--thanks for checking back in to tell us how you made out.

Looking for nice dinner in Lyme, Chester, Deep River, etc...

Can't wait. I haven't been to the Sunday market in several years now. Am long overdue and I appreciate your tips.

Bad year for local corn?

Where are you in CT? If your travels take you to Wallingford, head to Route 68 and look for the sign shaped like a giant ear of corn. Among the best corn to be found 'round heah. Coming from 91S, it would be on the left side of the street heading toward Durham.

Sep 05, 2014
kattyeyes in General Topics

Looking for nice dinner in Lyme, Chester, Deep River, etc...

Shazz, I think I've told you before, I completely dig your hat. :) Tell us more about Otto's. What kind of pies have you had?

ETA: I shouldn't have looked at the menu because now I wish I could go RIGHT NOW!
http://www.ottochester.com/#!menu/c1yi7

Tin foil

In both cases!

Sep 05, 2014
kattyeyes in Cookware

Tin foil

I know that version, too--our respective families must have made one more than the other. And no, definitely not the same ring!

Sep 05, 2014
kattyeyes in Cookware

Tin foil

As are people that suck things down (like candy) here in the USA. :)

Sep 04, 2014
kattyeyes in Cookware
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Tin foil

:) I only say it when making icebox cake--do you know that one? A layer of graham crackers, then vanilla pudding, then another layer of grahams, then chocolate pudding. And it's important to do it in that order because you need to sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the top and the contrast is more striking over chocolate. :)

Sep 04, 2014
kattyeyes in Cookware

Angry meatball in the Tums commercial: what's he saying?!

Where is Roberto Benigni when we need him?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y9aK...

Sep 02, 2014
kattyeyes in Food Media & News
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CT apples in late Aug/early Sept

Gem, I thought the Prelis were Belltown--they have another stand? Where?

ETA: Answered my own question--I had no idea:
https://plus.google.com/1172126708827...

Neato:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LglCS...

Can I use/save/freeze fresh corn husks for tamales?

Oh, yum! Sounds like a twist on sweet corn cake, which I love. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm saving this idea! :D

Sep 02, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

CT apples in late Aug/early Sept

Not cool here--are you not melting where you are? ;) It's nasty and oppressive here in central CT. I think this is early for apples in general, yes?

No Macouns at Belltown yet:
http://www.belltownhillorchards.com/

Nor at Dondero--both in beautiful South Glastonbury:
http://www.donderoorchards.com/

Here's a handy guide to CT apple varieties and when to look for them. :
)http://www.ctliving.com/appleorchards...

Bad year for local corn?

You made me look that up--sounds fab! ;)

Sep 01, 2014
kattyeyes in General Topics

Angry meatball in the Tums commercial: what's he saying?!

It's me. I moonlight as a meatball and I like to talk about myself (insert eye roll here).

Sep 01, 2014
kattyeyes in Food Media & News

Bad year for local corn?

No, corn in the middle of the state has been freakin' EXCELLENT!

Sep 01, 2014
kattyeyes in General Topics

CT apples in late Aug/early Sept

Maybe other "guests" got to them first?

ETA: Macouns are my very favorite.

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Just my own curiosity--what changed about their policies that made you like it less? I'm really not interested in joining another food site, but can't help wondering why it lost its appeal for you.

Aug 31, 2014
kattyeyes in Site Talk

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Why would any blogger want to cut and paste their reviews in their entirety--so that content becomes YOURS as well as theirs?

Aug 30, 2014
kattyeyes in Site Talk
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Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

I'm really glad we got that sorted out. ;) I feel much better now.

Aug 29, 2014
kattyeyes in Site Talk
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