Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Coney Island Baby

Amy and I visited Coney Island the other day, and pretty much did all the classic Coney Island activities, starting with lunch at Nathan's...hot dogs and cheese fries.

We walked out to the end of the pier, we visited the aquarium (still in bad shape after Hurricane Sandy), we rode the Cyclone, and we rode the giant ferris wheel.

We also went to the side show (below), as a sort of homage to Tom Thumb. It was actually an entertaining little show - fire eating, sword swallowing, nails "driven" into the nose, eating a balloon, juggling knives...and best of all, Amy getting taken up on stage for an act where they ran electricity through her and lit a torch from her finger, and then her tongue. Boy, what I would give for a photo of that (but none were allowed).

Coney Island is not what it once was, I'm told, but what is? The creepy guy (below) still rules over a kingdom of fun and sun, right in the heart of old New York.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mecha Noodle, Fairfield

Best new restaurant in Connecticut? Mecha Noodle in Fairfield is not high-end, but their amazing dishes, reminiscent of Momofuku in NYC, are consistent and delicious.

We have been there twice - this time we had a selection of appetizers. Last time we tried their ramen - which was awesome.

Their pork buns are nearly as good as Momofuku - only the quality of the bun is a little better at the latter (I think its the bacon fat they put in there).

Ssam, mushroom dumplings, duck bao, charred octopus...all good.

I will be back soon - probably for the pho or the banh mi sandwich. But pretty much everything on the menu sounds delicious, and so far nothing has not lived up to the hype.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Yellow Squash and Sweet Potato Galette

My wife's latest creation - a yellow squash and sweet potato galette, with caramelized onions and a chili-garlic drizzle to give it a bit of spice and salt to this delicious meal.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Philip Johnson's Glass House

Stopped by the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan the other day...

The library (above) was fascinating, though not what I would have chosen.

The glass house itself was great. Amy said she would live there in a second. Our wonderful house (Nomad's End) took offense.

Looked like a great place to chat with friends, or work on my next book.

Then, fog enveloped the house from an art installation - creating an eerie, and wet, situation.

We also got to see the art museum and sculpture museum Johnson installed on the property, but did not get to climb the sculpture in the distance. Next time...

It is an expensive tour ($50 person) but well worth it from our point of view. Inspiring and thought-provoking. We had discussions all afternoon and evening about the ideas brought up...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Abbott's Lobster in the Rough and the Hamburger Bun Lobster Roll

When we visit Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, it is primarily to get their steamed lobsters. No matter how much practice we get at home, we never seem to get the lobsters as good as they do. I heartily recommend Abbott's for that, for the awesome bisque (above) and for its wonderful setting on the docks in Noank.

However, I have a bone to pick with them about their hot lobster rolls. Why, why, why do it in the hamburger roll? It looks cool (see above) but is utterly impractical. The meat falls out, the butter doesn't work, etc. It is not a pleasant eating experience. A cold lobster roll might actually work this way, since the mayo binds the pieces together, keeping them in the roll like a chicken salad sandwich. But I wouldn't put a bunch of tiny pieces of chicken sans mayo between two pieces of loose bread, and the same goes for lobster. Get some nice small grinder rolls, toast them, and then you can compete for the best hot lobster roll in Connecticut (see below).