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Middletown CT comings & goings

You're welcome--helps that I grew up here and have a few older hometown connections. You gave me something fun to talk about next time I bump into my friend as well. :D

about 2 hours ago
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Middletown CT comings & goings

YUP, now we can bring home the bacon AND fry it up in a pan...as did my mother, and her mother before her. And so on, and so on, and shooby dooby doo.

about 5 hours ago
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Middletown CT comings & goings

Well, well, well. So happens Moke's Anchor Bar, formerly on the corner of Main and Liberty must be the place you remember. It's long gone and I only know this because some people in my circle are 82 years old. Also found a reference to the Anchor Bar and Moke himself in a 1969 paper. Article mentions Connecticut law (then) prohibited women from standing in bars. Also learned Moke's daughter is a friend of my family. Small world.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid...

about 6 hours ago
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Help identifying a savory Italian Easter pastry

Roxlet makes a beautiful one--have you seen it? I've always wanted to make one. Cook's Country has a recipe in their most recent issue, too.

ETA: here's roxlet's recipe:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7754...

1 day ago
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The Herbery (Old Saybrook, CT): Herbs & Harney Teas

For the longest time, I wasn't really sure what you meant. But recently, after all these years of shopping there, I left with an unpleasant taste in my mouth and realized what you must have been talking about. No plans to go back.

Apr 15, 2014
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What to serve during a 'Blood Moon' Lunar Eclipse. .

Oh, DUH...why are we even making this complicated? Crack a Blue Moon and serve with a slice of orange. Brownie optional, because why not?!

Apr 14, 2014
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What to serve during a 'Blood Moon' Lunar Eclipse. .

Espresso--how else are you supposed to stay up for it? :) Spike it with Grand Marnier to get your orange/blood component in there.

Apr 14, 2014
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Middletown CT comings & goings

Just for fun--here's second grade me in my Bob's Surplus painter's pants with (NOT kidding) a Jerry's Pizza stain on them. To this day, I shy away from white clothes...

I grew up on Jerry's Pizza, but discovered Napoli Pizza in Meriden in my 20s and won't eat calzone anywhere else. And, while we're digging into my hometown's history a bit, Jerry (Napoli Pizza) is Jerry's (Jerry's Pizza) nephew. Howzat for an interesting little food didjaknow? :)

Apr 13, 2014
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The Best Dried Pasta.

Thank you, anyway, but looking for Ciccarelli.

Apr 13, 2014
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The Best Dried Pasta.

I'll look at Whole Foods next time. I tried my usual Stop & Shop, no dice. Haven't seen it in my local Italian mom & pops, either. I wish it would surface--there's no lack of Italian-Americans in my neck of the woods! :D

Apr 13, 2014
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diners and/or eats on Rte 84 in Conn?

Everyone loves Shady Glen. If you have a cooler and can get some to-go (because it doesn't go so great with ice cream), their cole slaw is pretty great, too. :) Friends out that way would often get it for picnics and parties.

Apr 13, 2014
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diners and/or eats on Rte 84 in Conn?

Love Little Mark's Big BBQ in Vernon. Not a fan of Rein's at all.
http://www.littlemarksbbq.com/

Apr 13, 2014
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Sorrel? What to do with it...

Sorrel soup is great--always thought it was an Eastern European thing. I only ever had it at a local Polish restaurant, The Baltic. In a Polish food mood this weekend, I rather wish I had the soup, too.

Apr 13, 2014
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The Best Dried Pasta.

Where are you able to find it?
I searched and only found it online:
http://www.bestfromitaly.us/Pastifici...

Apr 12, 2014
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SFOGLIATELLE: Who makes 'em best in Connecticut?

AHHH! I know lobster tails (I think you meant tails, not claws, my mom says it that way, too, sometimes--HA HA) from Modern up in Hartford. They are KILLA! Thanks for the tip. :) Cannoli cream is like eating a ricotta cloud. NOM!

Apr 12, 2014
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SFOGLIATELLE: Who makes 'em best in Connecticut?

Next stop, the zoo! :D Thanks again.

Apr 12, 2014
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SFOGLIATELLE: Who makes 'em best in Connecticut?

Not sure if Del Prete moved from Madison Avenue or what, but went to 1885 Main Street today and you nice folks did NOT oversell the sfogliatell'! They make minis of them, too--truly light as air. I've scarfed down two and one of the mini cannoli with a chocolate dipped shell. Grabbed some mini cassatas and pasticiott' as well as some little goodies soaked in cherry juice and filled with custard.

I'm only sad it took me so long to get there, but trust me, this kat did not forget. I thank you kindly for the recommendation. Just look at this little plate of Italian delights (and I don't mean scungilli)!

https://plus.google.com/1166659126943...

Apr 12, 2014
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Ruuthai - Real Thai in Bridgeport

Never been to SriPraPhai, but appreciated your review and recommendation. This was a fun day trip--nice call, LTSomma!

Having "window shopped" on Ruuthai's FB page, we had to try the chicken curry puff as an appetizer. Think of a Thai empanada--what a delicious idea! It's great with or without the sauce on the side and generously filled.

I chose the chicken larb. People often suck the joy right out of this dish for me personally by killing it with fish sauce. Nope, not here. Plus, it was nice to have something minty on a sunny, spring day. We also shared pork pad ka praw (onion, basil, string bean, bell pepper and Thai chilis).

The portions are generous, service is friendly. Though it's not a fancy sit-down place, it was comfy and clean. I'd love a similar little Thai hole-in-the-wall in our neck of the woods. Thai food's generally not a real strong suit for Middlesex County, either. I would always drive to New London for my favorite. Now I can go in the opposite direction if I like. :) Plus there's Del Prete's for dessert! More on that in a separate thread.

Apr 12, 2014
kattyeyes in Southern New England

Ruuthai - Real Thai in Bridgeport

I found this--along with your post :)--as well while cruising their FB page:
http://whiskandbrush.com/ruuthais-kitchen/#more-98

They have some delicious pics there, too:
https://www.facebook.com/RuuthaisKitc...

Very tempting. Need to find a reason to get there. Like maybe "I'm hungry!"

Apr 12, 2014
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Cookware Board denizens

My Aquitalias by Marvin K, more like.

Apr 09, 2014
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Cookware Board denizens

Shut up before I outdance you and clock you with the lid of my Staub!

Apr 09, 2014
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Current obsessions?

I don't think it was broken!

Apr 08, 2014
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Middletown CT comings & goings

There's a flashback. I had forgotten about the bins and that rather rubbery smell where all the sneakers were in the basement. :) Don't forget the painter's pants (I loved mine) and the fatigues!

Apr 08, 2014
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Middletown CT comings & goings

Why, yes--and "the jean machine"--not that you could eat there, of course.

And, for other memory lane strollers, remember Ethical Pharmacy on Broad Street, near where Giovanni's used to be? I'm playing, that was the 70s/80s. In most recent history, it was Michael's Deli, before that, Sammy's Pizza. New signage is up--"Asian Restaurant" (if memory serves) with a brightly colored parrot on it. Would be fun to have a hole in the wall place like Pho Mai back in town. Fingers crossed.

Apr 08, 2014
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Middletown CT comings & goings

GEEZ, the 50s only predate my time on the planet by a couple of decades. So, no--no Moke's, Moak's, Moors or Moops. Downtown M'town has changed radically since I was a kiddo in the 70s, nevermind before I even got here!

Apr 07, 2014
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German "Fujin Pan" Spelling?

OK, now THAT is funny!

Apr 01, 2014
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German "Fujin Pan" Spelling?

I'm sorry you can't find your fukin pan. And watch your mouth. HA HA!

Apr 01, 2014
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PB & J Day

Or peanut cookies with thumbprints in them for a jam insert? :)

Apr 01, 2014
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The Best Dried Pasta.

HA! That's the last name of a dear family friend (Cecc instead of Cicc, though, for him). I've never seen it in a regular grocery store. I would gladly buy it for him just for fun. Where did you find yours? I'm in CT.

Mar 30, 2014
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What goes with olives?

Tapenade. If not with bread, how 'bout mini croccatini? I'm especially fond of the black pepper or rosemary varieties.
http://www.lapanzanella.com/mini-croc...

Or mini-toasts (the cracker sort).

Pepperoni for sure.

Mar 30, 2014
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