About this blog

My mother was a great cook. My father loved to eat.
I am the Man from Pawtucket and this is my story. Here you will find a collection of observations, from Central Falls to Central Park, from Pawtucket to Paris, about Eating Well. Bon Appetit.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Need to try in 2013

1. Empellon Cocina at 105 1st Avenue @ 6th Streey
2. Mission Chinese Food at 154 Orchard Street @ Rivington
3. Bistro SK at 273 City Island Avenue
4. Mezetto 161 E. Houston St @ Allen 5. Exchange Alley, 424 E. 9th Street, Between 1st Avenue and Avenue A

Sunday, December 23, 2012


Had a wonderful meal at chef/owner Krista Kern Desjarlais's Bresca on Middle Street in Portland. This 18 seat , 4 nights a week only, serves up great food by a really nice staff. While there are many options in Portland, I might skip the 'big guys' and head to Bresca, if you are luckily enough to snag a table. And don't forget to order the cheese.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Classic A1

One really nice egg with one blueberry pancake

Eventide Oyster Co. Portland, ME

Starting with a grilled Rhode Island squid salad, followed by a dozen oysters from Maine (winter point, pine point, pemaquid, north haven, john's river and shallow bay); lightly cured artic char (fried bagel, creme fraiche, red onion).

Friday, December 21, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

DC pie

Good pizza at Mike Isabella's Graffiato.
Roasted potatoes and Caesar salad were also tasty but the roasted brussels sprouts were a bit sweet for me.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

An eatwells family dinner

Last night we had a real eatwells family dinner. We started with cauliflower and broccoli soup finished with olive oil from Poggio al Sole, Parmesean cheese and fresh parsley. Next we had roasted chicken with vegetables ( secured by mulligan) roasted with pil olive and sea salt and topped with parsley. Salad and cheese ( from our resident cheese monger luxurygir) with fresh bread from sabrkitchen. Finally carrot cake from Lloyd's in the Bronx. Now that is eatwells.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Not so Constant

Paris – September 2012 I had the opportunity to dine three times at the Christian Constant’s restaurants on rue Saint Dominique in the 7eme. While the food was generally very good, the service was less than consistent. Several years ago a well known breakfast place in south Florida closed. When I asked a serious trencherman why this old establishment closed its doors, he said “they weren’t paying attention”. I’m afraid M. Constant isn’t paying attention. The service was rushed and hurried, dismissive at times with the attitude many people might describe as “Parisienne”. I waited nearly 30 minutes for tarte aux pommes before giving up and asking for the check. Perhaps his success and popularity has taken its toll on the Zone Constant?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Ice Cream

A trip to Paris isn't complete without a walk to Maison Berthillon on the Île Saint-Louis, a short distance from the La Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris. Although there are many 'revendeurs' on the île and in Paris that resell Berthillon , I prefer to get mine directly from makers. Today, I chose pamplemousse (pink grapefruit); fraises des bois, (tiny wild French strawberries) along with noix de coco (coconut). They all tasted like their name. The grapefruit was especially good.

Le Comptoir - Paris

After a medical emergency forced the temporary closing of the beautiful Piscine Keller I decided to rent a "Velo Libe" and head over to Yves Camdeborde's Le Comptoir on rue de l'Odéon just off Boulevard Saint-Germain. I started with a croque monsieur au saumon fumé. Normally I don't like smoked salmon cooked but this was delicious. Perfectly grilled, cheesy, not too greasy. Next I had the tartare de bœuf (his way) which replaced the usually french fries or roasted potatoes with some cold, crispy vegetables. These made it a little bit 'lighter'.

Make it "medium"

This is 'a point' as told by restaurant Al Tres, the next door neighbor of La Table. They served a delicious côte de boeuf pour deux (really for 3 or 4).

La Table, Perignan

Had a very nice lunch at La Table, in Perpignan. L'oeuf polle poche aux girolles fraiches; filet du loup and 'crumble' aux mirabelles.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Authentic Mexican @ 40 Avenue B between 3rd and 4th Streets.

Fishermen's Grill

We were passing through Portland last weekend and decided to make a quick detour to Forest Avenue for lunch at the Fishermen's Grill. We knew were were going to have two 'classic' lobster rolls but decided to ask what was going into the frier that day. turns out just about everything. According to the owner, the clams had just been shucked, the haddock just cut, and the scallops just off the boats (the shrimp we were told were 'processed' - appreciated the honest answer). We decided on a mixed basket "sampler" and a large order of onion rings. After a little bit of wait, the baskets came out - piping hot and all of the fish was super fresh. While we might have over ordered (certainly we didn't need the 'large basket of rings), the detour was well worth it.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Al Forno in Providence, Rhode Island

Another great dinner at Al Forno in Providence. I've been eating the Italian cooking of Chef-owners Johanne Killeen & George Germon for more than 30 years, starting with the early days on Steeple Street. I worked in an office above the small restaurant and was tasked with picking up plates of spaghetti bolognese for my boss for lunch. Tough job, I know. Well, last Saturday I had the chance to go back to Al Forno and we had a wonderful time- great food, service, ambiance... it was really a lot of fun. After cocktails at the outdoor bar (they make a very nice Negroni), the real fun began. We had it all: Grilled Pizza Calamari crispy fried calamari, arrabbiata sauce, fresh herbs, two cheeses Native Tomato and Corn Salad red onions, fresh basil, garlic croutons, balsamic vinaigrette Native corn fritters (with that supper nice corny taste) Linguine with Creamy Egg, Duck Bacon and Pea Tendrils parmigiano-reggiano, hot pepper flakes Dirty Steak with Hot Fanny Sauce (one of their signature dishes) Fresh Native Blueberry Tart Grand Cookie Finale Freshly baked cookies, chocolate truffles, warm chocolate-ricotta fritters and candied citrus peel.

Hi-Hat Pancake House

Hi-Hat Pancake House in Farmingdale, Maine. We were tempted by the bacon pancakes so decided to give it a try. The problem with pancakes likes these is that unless the batter and ingredients are well mixed, the good stuff is all on the bottom. This isn't to say the bacon cakes were bad, but they were more like plain pancakes with some bacon on the bottom (not that there is anything wrong with that). The breakfast sandwich on 'housemade "Texas toast" was very good. Worth a stop, not sure about going too far out my way for it.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Kennebbec Cafe in Fairfield, Maine

At the suggestion of trencherman Razz we decided to check out the Kennebec Cafe in Fairfield. The KC is known for breakfast (they close at noon) and serves more than 30 kinds of donuts. After much deliberation we decided on six different ones that we would share among our party of six. The expectations were high for the house specials, but in the end, the simplest one - the olive oil donut - was deemed the best. THe chocolate coconut was good too, but certainly didn't need two "Almond Joy" chocolates stuck to the top- they were just too much. For the main course, I had an excellent dish with homemade hash (nice and chunky), house baked bread, poached eggs. I would go back to KC but not for the donuts.