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  1. Shame on them then for giving us the bum's rush.
  2. Dined here Saturday night (advance reservation on opentable). It was unseasonably warm so I requested a table in the Garden Room, walls on four sides and open roof. Nice and much quieter than main dining room which had loud rock music blaring. Food: Shared the Risotto Balls for an app, very good with a nice pronounced risotto flavor. Ordered Pomegranate Sangria to go with it. Nice, light, more like juice than wine though. Buccatini was like it should be and the sauce with guanciale had good flavor. Another pasta dish...with spiral pasta, prosciutto, peas and a cream sauce was also good.
  3. After you get used to a store you learn the shortcuts you can take to get out of the "snaking maze" as I call it. I've got the Danbury one down pretty well. The Danbury store has "Stew's Hoedown" an outdoor grill and dining area that sells burgers, dogs, grilled chicken and cheap lobster meals. Very much a crowd favorite in summer. The Norwalk store didn't originally plan for outdoor dining and put up a makeshift tent in the parking lot which makes for horrendous parking nightmares. The Danbury store also has a seasonal garden/Christmas tree and ornament shop. They get their cut trees very
  4. At the Stew Leonard's in Danbury, CT we like the mozzarella, which they make fresh in front of you, the parmigiana reggiano, milk, butter and dairy products, aforementioned sour dough bread, and yes the fresh made potato chips. We find the fried chicken too dry, but like some of the other hot foods. The porterhouse is very good when it is on sale, and the pork is quite good. When I want some nice fresh rack of lambs frenched, the butcher goes into the back and accommodates me. Of course you pay dearly for that, but the quality is very good. The fresh orange juice and herbs are good also. You
  5. The ribs were very good...smoked and unsauced. It came with a very refreshing apple slaw with no mayo but an apple cider vinaigrette which I thought was perfect. We shared an appetizer of them. I had the chicken and dumplings — delicious. Not a traditional preparation. The jus was really flavorful. The chicken was top notch. Husband had the hot turkey sandwich. Would have been excellent with twice as much gravy. Very tender and good turkey. The ultra small side of cranberry sauce was quite good, not too sweet. Mixed drinks were on the small side, but nicely prepared. Great spot for up
  6. I dined there for lunch a few weeks ago, and thought the meal was mostly excellent (albeit pricey). One problem was that chocolate souffle cake. It was really bad and we sent it back. Very dry and flavorless. I am surprised they are still serving it, am I the only one who mentioned it to them... Another problem, the bathrooms smelled horrible to the point of making me nauseous. My husband said the men's room smelled just as bad. Do you know if that has been fixed? I hpe so because I would like to go back again sometime.
  7. E Gullet is listed on eater.com's deathwatch list. What do you think? Is this the right place for this posting, and can this topic be addressed on egullet?
  8. I think some of the fun with the tailgate episode was the "15 minute of fame factor." You just know those tailgater guys helped out because they got to be on tv and go to the luxury boxes... The chef had to work with whatever resources he had and the fame factor was one on his side. But notice another guy wouldn't part with his lousy grill come h*ll or high water, or tv stardom... And Bryan..about those arms...kinda sexy to some of us womenfolk....
  9. That blog is great, as usual Tony is dead on. (Except it's Carlos not Alex).
  10. Saw a couple episodes recently (wedding reception and tailgate party), found it both entertaining and practical. Learned some little helpful tricks. I liked it, so it is probably doomed.
  11. For anyone who likes spoilers, eater drops a bombshell. But, it doesn't make much of an explosion. I'm not surprise there is no reunion show. Most of them have a lot to be embarrassed about.
  12. I wasn't sure I would watch the finale next week...but then I saw the little preview and lo and behold there is Wylie Dufresne, Mr. Molecular Gastonomy himself as a judge...so now I actually want to see what he thinks of Marcel's stuff... I would like to try the pineapple poi. Probably about the only Marcel dish that appealed to me in the series. As for Sam not mucking anything up other than the watermelon cabrales salad... don't forget that toad in the hole thing... Sam showed he can mess up just as badly as the next chef. He's no Harold. I have no doubt he will be successful though. Elia
  13. Certainly not assault and battery, there needs to be physical harm for that. It could questionably be assault, but only in some states and even then it's not really likely. ← This is the definition of Assault from Black's Law Dictionary: "Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury upon the person of another, when coupled with an apparent present ability so to do, and any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm, constitutes an assault. An assault may be committed without actually touching, or striking, or doing bodily ha
  14. Does anyone really care now how good the food is in the finale? Stick a fork in this show, it's done. There is no winner on Top Chef season 2, but there is a clear loser. Tom Colicchio has been completely emasculated by the Bravo producers. He wanted to boot the three off for their dreadful behavior but of course that would put a crimp in the fake "feel good" finale wouldn't it? The producers couldn't have that so they told Tom to pound sand. Tom has no real power or standing in the decision-making process. Guess he was just meant to be a shill for Kenmore, Kraft and Bailey's. A "Shame on You
  15. I'm just adding one to the like list: Tom Colicchio
  16. Isn't this the premise of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? Knowing how he likes to flirt... I am guessing this show will be called Insincere Guy for the Cutie Pie
  17. Chris, When you get to Nashville (and you should get there), you have to stop in at Rotier's for a burger (ask for it on french bread) and a shake. Good stuff! Also, there is a place (I can't remember the name) near the Parthenon (You HAVE to see the statue of Athena inside the Parthenon-- it's the most bizarre of bizarre things!) it serves a hot chicken sandwich with white barbecue sauce. It's a little hole in the wall place with a pig on the outside. I can't remember the name of it, but Holly might since he went there about the same time I did a few years ago. It's definitely an off-the
  18. Wow. Amazing that actual good recommendations to the original poster's question could come from me, whom the urban sophisticate hipster doofuses (Seinfeld reference) would call a B&T Fuddy Duddess. Hmm.. who took my frozen cosmo and Magnolia cupcake...
  19. Chris, Congratulations! I have had the pleasure to work with you on an Iron Chef collaboration, and as a journalist myself, I have total respect for you. I can't wait to see the show you carve out and knowing you it should be a lot of FUN!!! Yay!!
  20. Consider Stanton Social, Kittichai, Balthazar, Asia de Cuba, to name a few. For more info on them see menupages.com.
  21. Artisanal at Park & 32nd Street. A lot of increcidble cheese creations, french onion soup, cheese fondues, cheese plates, mac & cheese, decent enough entrees like steak frites, rabbit and skate, but cheese is king. Very nice selection of wines by the glass.
  22. TrishCT

    Top Chef

    From this week's New York magazine. Question asked to Billy Joel: How are you coping with the high price of gas? Answer: "We drive a hybrid car, but with my wife's organic-veggie food, we produce plenty of gas on our own." Mmmmm...when's lunch...?
  23. Chris, and others...there's a special place in heaven for you for risking your life on this mission. Just hope those bowls don't send you to that destination sooner. Saw the commercial for this treat tonight on tv for the first time. My husband said "Who would eat that, the potatoes aren't real mashed they're fake, the corn is probably canned, the chicken is McStrips, and KFC's gravy just tastes like pepper." I had to laugh. We haven't had a KFC "dinner" in our home in about 10 years at least. (Have had the potpies on occasion) ... and yet those sensory memories will probably last with us a
  24. TrishCT

    Top Chef

    I haven't seen the final episode yet, but from what I understand, Dave and Stephen were paired with Tiffani, they were drinking, and Dave was unccoperative. This is a bit sad. Isn't it a fact that in the cooking world you are often going to have work under a chef you don't personally like? This is what being professional is all about. I look forward to watching the finale at some point, but I feel this was a lost opportunity for Dave to shine. Quel domage.
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