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Brazi’s Italian Restaurant + “Curse of the Starving Class”

We stopped for a bite at Brazi's on our way to opening night of Curse of the Starving Glass, a work by the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard (who I met ... and school-girl swooned over... at the Kentucky Derby years ago!) and directed by Gordon Edelstein. Knowing we'd be back there after the performance for the opening night party, we nibbled only appetizers. The delicate Eggplant Rollatini (rolled eggplant stuffed with ricotta and topped with marinara sauce, $9.50) was almost a meal in itself with the two hearty portions. We combined that with a variety of grilled veggies ($8.95) that included zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, eggplant, [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:40:22-04:00February 23rd, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

The Addams Family at the Shubert

The 2013/2014 National Tour of the new musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its New Haven premiere at the Shubert Theater, New Haven, February 1–3, 2013. The four performances — Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2:00pm & 7:30pm and Sunday 2:00pm — are sponsored by Lexus of New Haven. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. Tickets are now available online at, by phone at 800-228-6622 and at the Shubert Box Office (247 College Street, [...]

By |2017-09-04T18:51:52-04:00January 31st, 2013|Theatre, USA Travel|0 Comments

Lenny & Joe’s + January Joiner at Long Wharf

Lenny & Joes's slipped into the space formerly occupied by Leon's (and Rusty Scupper before that) on the water in New Haven around the corner from Long Wharf Theatre. I stopped by this week for a quick dinner before heading to the world premier of Laura Jacqmin's "January Joiner: A Weight Loss Horror Comedy" on Stage II, now through February 10, 2013. Expect the same great seafood and friendly service that you're familiar with from Lenny & Joe's on the shoreline. Don't miss the perfectly seasoned creamy clam chowder (made so with only a splash of milk); it's chock full of clams and potato chunks ($3.95 a cup). Also fabulous [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:40:22-04:00January 19th, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Flutes & Frites at Chicago’s Atwood Cafe

Atwood Café, a downtown American bistro, is now serving “Flutes & Frites” every Monday from 5 pm until close. For $10.00 per person, a fizzy flute will be accompanied by a trio of specialty fries and dipping sauces created by Executive Chef Derek Simcik. In addition to bubbles, patrons can expect to see (and taste) lots of sea salt, parmesan and aioli. The Atwood Café is located adjacent to Kimpton’s Hotel Burnham, at 1 W. Washington Street, Chicago; 312-368-1900  For more information click here.

By |2017-08-31T15:37:31-04:00January 18th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|1 Comment

California Restaurant Month January 2013

California Restaurant Month runs for the entire month of January, 2013, offering dining promotions that feature gourmet prix-fixe menus with wine pairing opportunities. California Restaurant Month destinations and promotional dates are as follows: Northern California: Berkeley - Berkeley Restaurant Week Jan 15 - 22, 2013 El Dorado County - El Dorado Epicurean Jan 20 - 27, 2013 Manteca –  Manteca Restaurant Week Jan 14 - 20, 2013 Marin County - Marin County Restaurant Month Jan 1 - 31, 2013 Napa Valley - Napa Valley Restaurant Month Jan 1 - 31, 2013 Oakland - Oakland Restaurant Week Jan 18 - 27, 2013 Redding - Redding Dining Days Jan 13 - 26, 2013 Sacramento - Dine Downtown Restaurant Week Jan [...]

By |2017-09-01T15:03:56-04:00December 22nd, 2012|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|1 Comment

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Lemon Ball

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF) will host the Seventh Annual Lemon Ball, presented by Volvo & the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund with support from CIGNA, on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street. The Lemon Ball is an evening of cocktails, dinner, raffle provided by Govberg Jewelers, silent and live auctions and entertainment bringing together supporters of the Foundation’s mission – a cure for all kids with cancer. Liz and Jay Scott, the parents of the late Alex Scott, will co-chair the gala with Mary Stengel Austen and Peter Austen. Mary Stengel Austen serves on the Board of Directors for the [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:05:48-04:00December 19th, 2012|Foodie Interviews, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Small Plates at Gordon Ramsay at The London, West Hollywood

Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood has unveiled a menu exclusively focused on sharable small plates. The menu, created by Chef Anthony Keene, remains dedicated to contemporary Western European cuisine with subtle Asian influences, reinterpreting the award-winning recipes of Gordon Ramsay. Complementing its more accessible à la carte menu will be a less formal approach to service, redesigned uniforms and a more upbeat social atmosphere. The restaurant is open daily for dinner from 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. For additional information, click here. Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood Hotel 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA (310)358-7788 - guest contributor

By |2017-09-01T15:04:18-04:00December 8th, 2012|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Napa Truffle Festival January 2013

The Napa Truffle Festival takes place from January 18-21, 2013, with a keynote given by Colman Andrews. The event will include a winery tour, lunch, wine dinner and cooking demo.  Lunch, winery tours, and dinners are priced separately $150-$395;  other activities are priced between $25-$40. For more information, please click here.  

By |2017-09-01T15:04:28-04:00December 4th, 2012|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Meatfest November 15, Mesa, AZ

Il Vinaio Restaurant, in its tradition of serving its guests an extensive array of cuisine seldom seen on local menus, continues with the 4th Annual Meatfest to be held Thursday November 15, 2012 at the restaurant 270 West Main Street, Mesa, AZ. The menu includes a variety of fowl, seafood and meats complimented with several side dishes. The meal is All You Can Eat and Dine In only, for only $48 per person,  including a glass of wine or pint of beer.  The Meatfest will include Ostrich Medallions Bernaise, Live Crawfish Boil, Slow Roasted Duck Legs, Grilled Kangaroo Brats, Braised Short Ribs, Garlic Snow Crab Clusters, and Herb Roasted Prime [...]

By |2017-09-01T15:04:49-04:00November 13th, 2012|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Long Wharf Announces Flexible Ticket Plan

Long Wharf Theatre announces a new Passport program in an effort to continue to provide affordable and flexible ticket options. By paying $25 a month — with a three month minimum — you can see a play whenever you like, as many times as you like as you'll have unlimited access to every play at Long Wharf Theatre through the 2012-13 season. A Passport holder can call prior to their desired performance to reserve the best available seat, or simply show up and the Box Office will take care of them. Passport holders will also have free access to post show discussions, Sunday Symposia, Conversations with the Cast, and other [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:40:23-04:00November 6th, 2012|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Miami Grovetoberfest October 2012

Miami Grovetoberfest takes place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, Florida from 3:00-7:00 p.m. with unlimited beer from around the world. Grovetoberfest will hold a “Miami’s Best Homebrew Contest” presented by BX Beer Depot. The winner’s beer will be available at a local restaurant/bar for the rest of the year. Contest is only open to home brewers. Grovetoberfest will offer by  a  sweepstakes in conjunction with Beer Magazine and Draft that will give one lucky winner and a guest the VIP treatment, including roundtrip airfare, 2-night hotel accommodations at Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove, VIP tickets to the event, a Jet-Ski tour and a Deep-Sea [...]

By |2017-09-01T15:06:30-04:00September 30th, 2012|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Philadelphia Center City Restaurant Week September to October 2012

Philadelphia Center City Restaurant Week runs for two weeks from Sunday, September 30 to Friday, October 5, 2012 and Sunday, October 7 to Friday, October 12, 2012, featuring over 100 participating restaurants offering 2-course lunches for $20 and 3-course dinners for $35. For additional information or to see a full listing of participating restaurants and their menus, click here. -guest contributor

By |2017-08-31T15:05:48-04:00September 27th, 2012|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week September 2012

Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week runs from Saturday, September 1 to Sunday, September 9, 2012, featuring a variety of participating restaurants offering prix-fixe three-course menus at $25. For additional information or to see a full listing of participating restaurants and their menus, click here. -guest contributor

By |2017-08-31T14:08:46-04:00August 28th, 2012|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Haven’s 2nd Street Table

Our Empty Space, headed by Danyel Aversanti, organized its 2ndNew Haven Street Table on a balmy summer evening on High Street between Chapel and Crown.  Following the success of the first table, the event increased attendance from 75 to 100 people, all seated at one long table. Eight restaurants were scheduled to serve various tables assigned to them, and proceeds from the event are being donated to Common Ground High School which promotes healthy eating and environmental awareness. IKEA jumped on board this round and provided colorful table linens and tableware.  At the first street table, the plastic ware was kept together in the paper that you roll coins in.  This time [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:40:24-04:00August 26th, 2012|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Grand Tasting New Haven Food & Wine Festival

Earlier this week, I ate and drank my way through the New Haven Food & Wine Festival Grand Tasting that featured food from many of the city's top restaurants and wine sampling provided by The Wine Thief. Doing my duties, I stopped at every booth in the large tent  to sample each and every fabulous savoy item.  Those yummies included: 116 Crown's crostini with tallegio & vegetable spread from the restaurant's new organic garden Barcelona's chorizo bocadillo with spicy cabbage; and pork loin bocadillo with manchego, pimento and pickles Basta's farfelle funghi Caseus' fabulous cheeses and fresh fruit Geronimo's bison-elk Salisbury steak Ibiza's delicate shrimp & bay scallop ceviche Kitchen [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:40:25-04:00August 24th, 2012|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Boston Restaurant Week August 2012

Boston Restaurant Weeks runs for two weeks this August. Specifically, from Sunday, August 19 to Friday, August 24, 2012 and Sunday, August 26 to Friday, August 31, 2012, featuring a variety of restaurants offering prix-fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner: 2-course lunch for $15.12, 3-course lunch for $20.12, and 3-course dinner for $33.12. Prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax, or gratuity. For additional information or to see a full listing of participating restaurants and their menus, click here. -guest contributor

By |2017-08-31T14:10:01-04:00August 15th, 2012|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Michael’s Downtown

Attended Noise On 9 earlier this month to try to support local New Haven merchants. The event — run by a rude older woman - coddled some local bloggers, feeding and imbibing them with wine hoping they'd tweet about it. Sadly, she had little regard for regular attendees. Not a good thing when promoting a city! Since there was little going on, we ended up having a nibble at Michaels's Downtown in the space that Blue Pearl had occupied on Court Street. The appetizer portions are almost entree size. Filling indeed. We shared their fried (actually sauteed) calamari in a spicy Sicilian marinara sauce, replete with capers and fresh scallions [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:40:25-04:00August 10th, 2012|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Dallas-Fort Worth KRLD Restaurant Week August 2012

Dallas-Fort Worth KRLD Restaurant Week presented by Central Market runs from Monday, August 13 to Sunday, August  19, 2012, featuring over 125 participating restaurants offering gourmet prix-fixe dinners at $35. For additional information or to see a full listing of participating restaurants and their menus, click here. -guest contributor  

By |2017-08-31T14:10:30-04:00August 9th, 2012|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Taste of Provincetown

The Third Annual Taste of Provincetown takes place Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 6pm at Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street. Attendees will enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, les amuse-bouches, and fine wines and cocktails contributed by some of Cape Cod’s most highly-rated restaurants and celebrity chefs. “I’m thrilled to be participating again in a Taste of Provincetown,” said Faison, who was one of two finalists on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef and was the winner of Bravo’s 2007 Top Chef Holiday Special. “This event combines my passion for good food and fun, with my commitment to equality.” “Taste of Provincetown is a great night out on the Cape [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:19:33-04:00August 7th, 2012|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Haven’s 2nd Street Table: Friday, August 17th

New Haven’s 2nd Table will take place on Friday, August 17th!  The first one took place on Orange Street earlier this summer just off of Chapel.  At the event, one hundred people will sit at a long table in the middle of one of downtown's busiest streets  (specific location to be announced by 8/10), which will be closed to traffic, to have a three-course, family style meal served from one of eight area restaurants  -  along with generous amounts of wine.  IKEA has joined as a sponsor and will be adorning the table with all their newest furnishings, tableware and textiles. Go with old friends, make new friends,  it’s a fun evening of camaraderie in [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:40:25-04:00August 4th, 2012|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments