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Hawthorne Inn, Berlin, CT Closed

Oh, no! I truly wish you luck with the deposit and hope you have some sort of recourse as bagelman says. I understand about planning entirely, too. Fingers crossed.

Jul 24, 2014
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Hawthorne Inn, Berlin, CT Closed

Ouch.

Jul 24, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Hawthorne Inn, Berlin, CT Closed

This is very strange:
http://www.berlincitizen.com/news/all...

On July 13th, The Hawthorne posts they'll be opening on Sunday the 27th, but per the link from their local paper, <<A letter addressed to employees of The Hawthorne dated July 14 provided to town officials stated that “due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to close The Hawthorne effective as of the close of business today, July 14 2014.”>>

Bizarre.

Jul 24, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Hawthorne Inn, Berlin, CT Closed

Hold up--are you sure? A recent post (July 13, 2014) on their Facebook page reads as follows:
"We are closed for Sunday Brunch today and July 20th but will re-open on Sunday, July 27th. Call for reservations! 860-828-3571 Hope to see you here!"

https://www.facebook.com/hawthornect

ETA: They also posted a pic of their new sign on July 9, 2014. So it seems their "closed for renovations" banner across their website is legit.
http://www.thehawthornect.com/

Jul 23, 2014
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The Clam Castle?

"it's coolish now that the old air conditioner that blew around hot air seems to have been replaced." HA HA HA HA! That's great! Nice report, too. :)

Jul 21, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Stew Leonards...an ongoing debate

But now you have Disneyland, adamclyde. You can have a big glass of milk or an ice cream and pretend. ;)

Jul 21, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

The Clam Castle?

Nice find, buddy! I wonder if anyone has ever eaten at the other Donahue's--or if anyone has been to the new CC?

Jul 19, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Fresh Bratwurst/Knockwurst in Hartford area?

I second that--I was about to post it yesterday. :)
http://www.noacks.com/

Never been to Adolf's, but I get to Noack's at least once a month. Try their half-half wursts--those are my personal fave. Their bacon is also great, as is their beef jerky (several varieties, too).

Jul 16, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Procaccinis - East Hartford, CT

And, as though your voice was heard, there's a coupon from savenowct.com today--they even mentioned the veal. ;)

"Today's Deal: 50% Off Veal Parmesan, Specialty Pizzas and More at Procaccini's Italian Family Restaurant in East Hartford"

http://www.savenowct.com/

Jul 14, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Hey, Connecticut: How much $ for banh mi in your neck of the woods?

Don't forget to specify GRILLED beef or GRILLED pork on your sandwich here. The first time it came grilled, the second time it didn't and had to ask where the meat was.

Jul 08, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Asian Restaurant (Broad St., Middletown, CT)

You can always walk Memory Lane at Fiore II. They have great garlic knots, but you probably already know that. ;)

Jul 07, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Asian Restaurant (Broad St., Middletown, CT)

http://www.asianrestaurantct.com/

We've got a new little place in M'town! For several weeks, we watched and waited for the newspaper to come off the windows and the doors to open.

I've been missing a casual family joint a la Pho Mai where I could drop in for a tasty lunch or dinner without paying high rent district prices. I held out hope for greatness and, like magic, here it is, so close to home. It was totally worth the wait and I'm so glad they're here.

Culinarily speaking (Thai/Chinese/Japanese), they're all over the map in a good way. So far, I've had Thai lettuce wraps, kung pao chicken, Szechuan chicken, hot and sour soup. The soup, by the way, is JUST AS EXCELLENT as Forbidden City and loaded with crazy mushrooms. That's a huge compliment. Now Forbidden must share my top rating with Asian Restaurant. Portions are generous. You'll either go home quite full or carrying leftovers.

Asian Restaurant is one block up from Main Street on Broad where Michael's Deli and Sammy's used to be (Ethical Pharmacy back in the day). It's clean and comfy for eat-in service. They've got three booths and several tables, plus a couple of outdoor tables with umbrellas when the weather is cooperating. Not to mention the young ladies running this place are super-friendly and welcoming. I hope they're here to stay for a good, long time.

Jul 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

I had to look twice--both you and your sister to the north made corn soup and duck! Jealous, jealous again. Gorgeous!

Jul 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

I love the crunch!

Jul 05, 2014
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Keeping it simple with a sandwich that came to mind and really hit the spot: thinly sliced prosciutto, fresh mozz, basil from the porch, grape tomatoes, a drizzle of lemon olive oil, S&P on sourdough.

Jul 05, 2014
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Memorable Quotes about booze

The Mayor looking for Miller High Life and not finding it in "Do the Right Thing" ...

"But you asking a lot to make a man change his beer. You asking a lot, doctor!"

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

Jul 04, 2014
kattyeyes in Food Media & News

What to serve with White Peach Honey ice cream?

Fruit crisp.

Jul 03, 2014
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

Breakfast at Whammyburger, Michael Douglas in "Falling Down"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkwQ6...

Jul 01, 2014
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Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

HA, that and the entire scene where Lester serves his wife and "the real estate king" at the drive-thru window:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjNY4...

Lester: Would you like smiley sauce with that?
Carolyn: Lester! Just stop it!
Lester: No, no--YOU don't get to tell me what to do EVER AGAIN.

Jul 01, 2014
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So just what is a "Gourmet Kitchen?"

And, just for fun, my uncle owned a restaurant--the home kitchen was nothing fancy whatsoever (we did have a Kitchen Aid mixer, but everything else was pretty basic), but we ate like royalty. Still do.

Jun 29, 2014
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So just what is a "Gourmet Kitchen?"

Interesting. Our family's house fit none of those criteria. Big Tudor house in CT, built in the 40s (?), formal dining room, eat-in kitchen PLUS the nook.

Jun 29, 2014
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Do you dry your stainless steel sink?

Tree hugger!

Jun 29, 2014
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CT: clams casino or linguine with clam sauce, take me to the water!

Yes, and a beautiful day to be out and about in it! :D Thanks!

Jun 29, 2014
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So just what is a "Gourmet Kitchen?"

"There is adequate counter space, but also most of the things I use a lot are out and within easy reach." YUP! And enough cabinet/pantry space for all the tools, pans, etc. One day I want SPACE. Lots of SPACE.

Jun 29, 2014
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So just what is a "Gourmet Kitchen?"

That's funny. We had a breakfast nook at my cousins' house growing up. I pretty much never hear anyone else say that word. :)

Jun 29, 2014
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Do you dry your stainless steel sink?

That makes sense. And an outdoor kitchen--I think I want one of those when I grow up. Too bad it ain't gonna happen. ;)

Jun 29, 2014
kattyeyes in Not About Food

CT: clams casino or linguine with clam sauce, take me to the water!

Thanks, Alica. I had seen your recommendations for it and know we are on the same page. But Stonington was just BLOWING UP yesterday, and I'm not sure I'd have been able to slide in there any easier last night.

I was starving, so I went to Peking Tokyo (which I think I also know from you!). I love that place. I had the Green River Roll (spicy tuna and crab covered with avocado) and hot and sour soup. Both were excellent, as was the lychee-tini. Not to mention, the waitress was extra nice to me when she realized I was so hungry I couldn't think straight. :) Gawd, I hate when that happens.

Jun 29, 2014
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CT: clams casino or linguine with clam sauce, take me to the water!

I think September is probably a safer bet (or a crappy day, HA HA). At least I got to Mystic Village in time to get my FUDGE at Franklin General Store.

It's funny you'd ask--my recipe is very similar to yours, particularly the angel hair instead of linguine! Always chardonnay for sure. And because I love clams casino so much, I also add a shallot, bacon, peppers, lemon juice and capers. I love the idea of adding arugula or fresh tomatoes, even. Biggest difference, I chop my clams. I get that presentation-wise, people love 'em on the half shell, but I like mine incorporated if I'm cooking. Trust me, I would eat them any one someone made them for me, however. :)

Jun 29, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

CT: clams casino or linguine with clam sauce, take me to the water!

Not your fault, just wanted to let you know, I did make my way down to Dogwatch. Took me 1.5 hours because of a detour, only to get there and find there was a 2-hour wait (!!!). I only wanted to eat at the bar, but it, too, was packed. Will try again some other time when I'm in the area, for sure.

Jun 28, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

CT: clams casino or linguine with clam sauce, take me to the water!

OOOH, mean and guilty with a sunset view? That sounds just right. :D Mille grazie!

Jun 28, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England