Monday, October 16, 2017

Great Pumpkin Festival Putnam

October 21 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A stroll through downtown Putnam can be quite an adventure and this community celebration is no exception.

An array of family-friendly activities will be featured. 

Train excursion, 9th annual scarecrow contest, craft and art vendors, fantastic live music, activities for kids, special pumpkin themed menus and much more. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rags Hits the Boards at Goodspeed

I am not sure exactly what to say about Rags. The stars are exceptional, Samantha Massell is not only beautiful, she was a powerful voice. Adam Heller is a familiar face from Fiddler on the Roof and Christian Michael Camporin is endearing and has an amazing voice for a child. The rest of the cast is very talented and considering the weakness of the script does a great job of keeping us entertained. The orchestra added greatly to the overall experience. 

The storyline is timely, at one point the I felt extremely uncomfortable with the anti-semitic rhetoric and actions. The anti-immigration sentiments expressed in 1910 are all too familiar to those of us living in 2017. 

Did I go out singing any of the songs, no I didn't. The most memorable song was Children of the Wind but it didn't stick with me as I left the theater?  The curtain, however,  is really wonderful, with all the changing faces of the immigrants I particularly enjoyed it. 

The original version was not a success, this is a rewrite but not by the original author. It is not Fiddler on the Roof is all I really want to say. The ending is weak, quite improbable actually but I recommend seeing this show.  As always it leaves you thinking and feeling like you had an entertaing night out. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall Festival Park October 14

Park Congregational Church Norwich will have their Fall Festival on October 14, 20017 from 9 a.m. to  3 p.m. Come and enjoy the tag sale, crafts, raffles, baked goods and more. All profits go to benefit St Vincent de Paul Place.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cedar Hill Cemetery Tour Exceptional Women

Cedar Hill’s Exceptional Women 
Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am 
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Grace Parks Mitchell leads this tour emphasizing the extraordinary accomplishments of some of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s most distinguished women including Virginia Thrall Smith, Elizabeth Jarvis Colt, Anne Tracy Morgan and Katharine Houghton Hepburn. Hartford’s Victorian era serves as a backdrop to demonstrate the enormity of their contributions to Connecticut and worldwide advancement.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lantern Light Tours Old Wethersfield



Wethersfield Historical Society will be hosting Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017, in Old Wethersfield. Hour-long tours begin at 6:30pm and will leave every 15 minutes until 8 pm. Timed tickets are sold prior to the event, with remaining tickets at the door; however, tickets sell out early and group sizes are limited, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. 

Beginning September 19, tickets can be purchased at the Old Academy (150 Main Street) Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm or on the society’s website, Tours are appropriate for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $20 per person. Rain date is Sunday, October 22.

This year’s theme is “Forgotten Residents of Wethersfield.” Find out more about the history of people who have often been overlooked by formally recorded history: those of Native and African descent, women, and more recent immigrants to our community. There are fascinating stories to tell, so don’t miss this year’s tour! The evening begins and ends at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center at 200 Main Street with hot cider and cookies.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Apple Harvest Festival Glastonbury

It wouldn't be Fall in Connecticut without Glastonbury's Apple Fest, attracting 18,000 attendees every October for live music, food and all things New England. This year's dates are:

Friday, October 13  - 6:00-10:00 pm
Saturday, October 14 - 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday, October 15 - 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm 

Located at a bend of the Connecticut River, the Apple Harvest Festival and 5K Race in Glastonbury has continually been ranked as one of the state's most popular events. You'll enjoy three days of live music, vendor booths, food trucks, amusement rides, the Angry Orchard 5K, a Harvest Pub and much, much more

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Smoke in the Valley Craft Beer Festival

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 1-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $30
Where: Matthies Field Seymour
What: Dozens of breweries and hundreds of beer will be available as well as entertainment on two stages. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pumpkins and Pooches Autumn Fair and Dog Show

Head to Colchester on Saturday October 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Town Green. Crafters and vendors of all kinds will be selling their wares.  Also enjoy the dog contests and demos, food, inflatable toys and more.    

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Town wide Tag Sale Marlborough

If you are looking for something to do on Saturday, October 7 from 8:30 .m. to 1 p.m. head to Marlborough for the townwide tag sale. Sales will be held at private residences and at Marlborough Elementary School. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Festival in the Village East Hampton

When:  Sunday, October 7, 2017, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Village Center East Hampton
What:   Vendors booths and entertainment on Central School grounds

           Farmers, artists, crafters, small businesses and civic organizations will have booths.

           Chatham Historical Society will be open 2-4 p.m.

           The Joseph N Goff House Museum will feature an exhibit on the founding of Chatham

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hay Day at Hill-stead Museum Farmington

October 1, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Enjoy Fall Family Fun at Hill-Stead’s Hay Day!

All-day activities:

  • Tour the museum at your leisure, plus live show tunes on the Steinway.
  • Eat gourmet food! Culteavo is serving family-friendly food, hot cider, cocoa, coffee & tea at The Tea Room at Hill-Stead.
  • Be a pumpkin Picasso! Paint a FREE pumpkin / one per child.
  • Visit the Clatter Ridge sheep.
  • Shop for toys, books and gifts at the Museum Shop.
  • Play costume dress-up in the Education Station.
  • Special Exhibition Guided tour of From Page to Stage: Broadway Costumes from the Goodspeed Musicals Collection will also be available.
  • Rain or Shine!

Activities from 11 am to 2 pm

  • Hay wagon rides.
  • Face painting.
  • Haystack treasure hunt.
  • Live music by Essex Corinthian Jazz Band.
  • Touch a fire truck and tractor.


Family/Grandparent Museum Members and above: Adults are FREE, Children $5, Farmington kids are FREE.
Non-Members: Adults $15, Children $10, Farmington kids are FREE.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wethersfield Fall Craft Fair

Wethersfield Fall Craft Fair

From:10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AtCove Park

The 36th Annual Old Wethersfield Craft Fair for the benefit of Wethersfield Historical Society will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Cove Park on State Street, Old Wethersfield, rain or shine! The fair is renowned for its distinctive and high quality crafts from all over New England. There will be over 100 juried artisans displaying their handmade wares. In addition to the regular loyal following, this year’s show boasts an extensive variety of new crafters. As always, there will be great food served by Village Pizza, “I Made It”, “Spuds Your Way” and more! Lou’s Kettle Cooked Popcorn will serve up his famous, fresh popcorn for everyone!

Wethersfield Historical Society will hold a delightful bake sale. Be sure to visit the Society’s Attic Treasures booth, too! The ever-popular Round Hill Alpacas will be returning and face painting will be there for the youngsters. Stop by and say “Hi” and feed an alpaca or two!

Admission is $6.00 for adults and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. For information about the event, call 860.559.5560 or email For information regarding Wethersfield Historical Society, call 860.529.7656 or email

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Haunted History at the Nathan Hale Homestead

If you want something little spooky, why not try a haunted tour at the Nathan Hale Homestead. Tours take place at twilight on October 6, 7, 13 and 14. There is a haunted corn maze and a medium will hold a seance. Later in the month, more spooky tours on October 20,21, 27 and 28. Go to their website for more information. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Halloween Fairy Tea at the Avery Copp House

Halloween Fairy Tea

Sunday, October 22, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Avery Copp House
154 Thames St
Groton, CT
Children’s Gentle Halloween Fun! See how the fairies decorate for Halloween in the Avery-Copp House garden, enjoy fun and games, and make a Halloween craft to take home. Finally, celebrate with a magical tea party. Costumes are very welcome! Young children, please bring your favorite adult!
$15 per person / $12 member  $10 per child
Reservations required

Friday, September 22, 2017

Harvest Festival at Jonathan Edwards Winery

When: Sept 30-Oct 1 noon to 6:00p.m.
Cost $25 per day
Where: Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington
What: Wine, bands, food and picnicking, face painting, photo booths, hayrides and grape stamping contest. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Baci Grill Cromwell

For years we have been driving by this restaurant and thinking that we should probably give it a try. It has finally happened and I am now asking myself, "What were you waiting for"?

I have always thought that this restaurant might be a little too formal for us. I could not have been more wrong. We parked on the side of the building and entered through the bar area, and a very attractive bar area it is. The dining room is on the other side of the building and has a lot of comfortable booths. 

We got great service and were seated very quickly with menus in our hands and drink orders delivered. 

The lunch menu has lots of appetizers, soups and salads, a few entrees, sandwiches and wraps and stone pies. While there are a few Italian options, the menu is not Italian by any means. 

I opted for a salad with goat cheese and strawberries on a bed of field greens. I added a grilled chicken breast for a little protein. Steak, shrimp, portabello mushroom, chicken sausage and salmon are also available. The dressing was a light lemon poppy seed and was perfect for a hot summer day. It was a generous serving and I loved it. 

Al had a steak wrap with cheese and grilled onions. He gave it two thumbs up and brought home half which he ate for dinner. He said it was even better the second time, high praise indeed. 

We were in a rush so didn't stay for dessert but given the number of items on the menu that I want to try, I think we are likely to become regulars. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed and Breakfast Old Saybrook, Conn.

Old Saybrook, Conn. is over 300 years old. It has a perfect location at the mouth of the Connecticut River on Long Island Sound. There are many historic houses in town but only one of them has been turned into a lovely bed and breakfast. The Deacon Timothy Pratt House was built in 1746 and was built right across the street from the meeting house by deacon and carpenter, Timothy Pratt. It is located right next door to the equally historic James Pharmacy.

Anna James was an African American and she was also the first black female pharmacists in the Connecticut. Today her pharmacy is a soda fountain and a Mediterranean market and café. There are several rooms that are part of the Deacon Timothy Pratt bed and breakfast which are located in the James Pharmacy building which also dates from the same time period and was originally part of the Humphrey Pratt Tavern.

We had the Suite which is on the second floor of the original house. It is a large two room suite with a queen sized four poster carved wood pineapple bed. The room is done in a soft rose color with wood paneling, a fireplace,  and stenciling on the walls.

 It includes a second room with a single bed that is separated by glass doors. The TV was in the smaller bedroom. The large room had a sitting area with two comfortable chairs and there was a hooked rug on the painted wide plank wood floors.

The bathroom is large with a huge jetted tub and shower combination as well as a pedestal sink. There is plenty of storage in the room from both the nightstands and a highboy and an additional closet and dresser in the bathroom. The TV has lots of channels and there is Wi-Fi available though I was not able to access it. The owner was kind enough to hardwire me to the internet so that I could do my work.
A very pretty parlor on the first floor is available where you can sit and read or look at the books about the history of Old Saybrook and the Pratt family and house. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well but be warned, if you are a very light sleeper, ask for a room at the back of the house. The house is historic and close to Main St and you can hear cars going up and down the street.

We were greeted when we arrived by owner Rich. We arrived late and our welcome information was attached to the front door. If you are looking for a little snack there are cookies in the dining room as well as a Keurig to make yourself a cup of coffee. There is a refrigerator for guests in the dining room. Breakfast is served between 8:30 and 10 a.m. with checkout at 11 a.m.

If you have difficulty with stairs, the library room is on the first floor. Given the age of the house, it is not surprising that the stairs are quite a challenge. The grounds are beautiful and in June there were hollyhocks in bloom and a fountain and seating area in the back yard. There is plenty of room for a private moment.

 We went down to breakfast at 8:30 and the innkeeper Pat was prepared for us. It included a bowl of fresh fruit, coffee and juice, bagels and apple fritters. On the weekends there is a hot entrée as well. We were a little disappointed but certainly didn't leave hungry.

I would high recommend Deacon Timothy Pratt B&B if you are planning a visit to Old Saybrook. The welcome is warm, the house is lovely and the location is perfect for walking and driving to everything Old Saybrook has to offer.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Harvest Music Festival at Lyman's Orchard

Come out to the farm for a good old fashioned music festival, featuring some of the best local and regional bands, all to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. September 9, 2017. 

This free, family-friendly festival brings together great music, delicious food, an amazing Corn Maze and fun activities for kids! Plenty of activities for the whole family including pony rides, face painting and fruit picking in our orchard! The music festival is free though some of the activities are available for a nominal fee.

Silent Auction with continue throughout the day. It's a terrific opportunity to help St. Jude continue its mission to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
All the bands have committed to donating their time to help the children at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital with their fight against childhood cancer. Please consider them for all your musical needs. Just click on their name to reach their websites. 
Presley & Taylor 11am
Joe Ladore12:45pm
Downtown Train Band2:15pm
The Kingpins Blues Band            

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bishopgate Inn East Haddam, Conn.

Bishopsgate Inn is located in the small historic town of East Haddam, Conn. The house itself was built the early nineteenth century by a local merchant Horace Hayden. East Haddam is large in area but small in population. It includes the Devils Hopyard State Park which offers scenic vistas and great hikes. Goodspeed Opera House has been introducing great shows to the area for as long as anyone can remember and the Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale taught school here in East Haddam and you can walk right up the hill from the Inn to visit the site.

Bishopsgate Inn is within walking distance of the Opera House; as a matter of fact, it is only a few hundred feet. There are two restaurants and a very cute ice cream shop in the village. In many ways, you will feel as if you have taken a step back into a slower, gentler time.

The entrance to the Inn is around the back of the house, drive slowly or you may miss the entrance. A sign points it out on the steep hill but depending on which way you traveling it can be hard to see. The driveway is very steep and there is a nice parking area at the bottom. A pretty garden area was filled with irises when we visited.

The bed and breakfast has six rooms of which four have fireplaces and one is a suite with a sauna. We chose the Sunny Room but at the end of the day, we stayed in the very lovely Director's Suite. It is a nice size room with an additional small room with a single bed; this would make a perfect family room. As you lay in the very comfortable king size white iron bed you will notice the vaulted ceiling and the dark wood beams.

One of the walls in the room has some exposed brick that has been painted to match the rest of the room, a soft sage green. The room is decorated in an eclectic style, with antiques but the watercolors on the wall are contemporary.

The room has lots of warm touches, in the bathroom, there is a rack with a pretty collection of embroidered finger towels. The room has lamps to read, a flat screen TV and Wi-Fi, what more could you ask for? Well, the steam room would be a nice touch, and there is one.

The room also has a balcony with a table where you can sit and enjoy the evening or the morning. If you forgot to bring along something to read, there were plenty of choices in the room and there is a comfortable wing chair if you want to sit and read.

If you want to go out of the room to stretch out there is a guest sitting room on the second floor where our room was. Really, you can't make a bad choice when it comes to rooms, there are all beautiful each with their own unique flavor.

I was warmly greeted by our hostess and shown to our room when I arrived. We came back in our own entrance when we returned after dinner.

The bathroom is large, with a stand-up shower, a vanity with double sink and a separate toilet room. We were very comfortable indeed and I am sure I am going to regret that we have only one night to enjoy this wonderful place.

Breakfast is served when you want it between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Our breakfast began with coffee and juice and ended with two vegetarian eggs Benedict with fresh fruit and a scoop of salsa. It was just the right size. We had as much coffee as we could want and sat for quite a while chatting.

If you are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or just spend the night while you are in the East Haddam area, The Bishopgate Inn will certainly provide everything that you could possibly want.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Biscotti and Beyond September schedule

Simonee will still be doing farmers markets in September. 

Fri         1       Cromwell                     4-7 
Sat        2       Old Saybrook               9-12:30
Sun       3      Chester                       10-1
Fri         8      Cromwell                      4-7 
Fri       15       Cromwell                      4-7 
Sat      16       Old Saybrook               9-12:30
Sun     17       Chester                         10-1
Fri      22       Cromwell                       4-7
Sat     23       Old Saybrook                 9-12:30
Sun    24       Chester                         10-1
Fri      29       Cromwell                       4-7
Sat     30       Old Saybrook                 9-12:30

Oct       1       Chester                         10-1

Friday, August 25, 2017

Open Air Market at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown

It's that time again to gather at the Wadsworth Mansion to enjoy the fun and festivities of the Open Air Market. Sunday, August 27, 2017. Vendors will be offering Connecticut grown or made products. You can stroll from tent to tent purchasing fresh produce, fruit, cheese, breads and prepared foods. Local artisans will also be offering their wares including potters, painters, and jewelers. Plan to stay for lunch and listen to live music or take a tour of the historic mansion.  

Parking will be at Wilbert Snow School, Mercy High School, and Vinal High School. The most convenient parking is at Mercy High School.  Mansion parking is reserved for handicap and families with strollers only.

**A shuttle will run between adjacent Snow School and the Mansion**
**A second shuttle will run between Vinal High School and Mercy High School**

A complete list of participating vendors can be found on their website.


(Sponsored by Middletown Commission on the Arts)
10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Middletown Symphonic Band
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: CJ West and the Downtown Train
2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Juice Box


10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Carriage Rides by Allegra Farms
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Face Painters
Docent-led Historical Tours by the Friends of Long Hill Estate throughout the day

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Places to visit in and near Mystic, Conn.

Mystic is the most popular visitor destination in Connecticut. With all the activities it has to offer it is really no wonder. You can come for a day or stay for a week, you will never be bored. Mystic offers a myriad of options. 

As you are heading down I-95 you will come to a scenic overlook between exits 90 and 89. This overview known as the Hoxie Scenic overview give one of the best views of the historic seaport and the ships that are docked there. The view is free; entrance to the seaport is not.

Mystic began its life as a whaling village and a seaport and many of the things that made it so unique are still there to see today. Historic houses with widow's walks and the wealth that the ambergris brought to this area. During the Civil War, Mystic was second only to Boston in supplying the Union troops.

Mystic Seaport

This is a re-created fishing village with craftspeople and interpreters making it a living-history museum. You can walk through the village, take a horse-drawn carriage or take a boat ride for a unique perspective. All the buildings in the village are real; they have been moved here from other locations, but they are correct to the period of the village. You can watch a barrel being made and talk to the craftsman.

Ships from several different eras and sizes are docked at the pier and you are welcome to climb on board and get the feel of sailing. The Charles W. Morgan is the only surviving wooden whaling ship and it is here for you to enjoy. With the smell of the sea, the wind in your face, Mystic is the perfect location for a day in the outdoors. Your one-day ticket is good for two days, so it isn't quite as expensive as it appears at first glance.

The seaport is home to many festivals from lobsters to music, it is all about timing.

Mystic Aquarium

This is the most popular destination for visitors to Mystic. It is not an inexpensive destination however it is a favorite with locals and visitors alike.  If you are going to visit more than once, an annual membership is a great idea.

No matter what aquatic animals you want to see, Penguins, dolphins, sharks and even a Beluga whale, you are bound to find it here.

You can come for an hour or stay all day, whatever you chose you will have memories for a lifetime.

Mystic Pizza

No visit to Mystic is complete without a stop at the restaurant that Julia Roberts made famous. It isn't just the same little small town pizza joint that it was before the movie came out. Now it is a destination.

Beyond just the small town of Mystic are some interesting nearby destinations.


Time has stood still in Stonington since the mid-19th-century when the whaling business declined. This is a very good thing; it is a snapshot of the best that money could buy in that time period. The lovely homes have been turned into businesses and you can absorb all the atmosphere as you walk down Water Street. You will pass art galleries and head right for the Old Lighthouse Museum. When you're back on Main Street, the quintessential town green will remind you that after all, you are in New England.

Fort Griswold State Park

There was only one important battle in Connecticut during the American Revolution. Though it doesn't get a lot of press, it was a bigger massacre than the Boston Massacre, and it has left its mark forever on this part of Connecticut. There is a small museum but more important a monument, where if you have the endurance to climb the 166 steps you will have stellar views of Long Island Sound and the submarine base at Groton.

Bluff Point State Park

If you want to visit Long Island Sound and spend the day at the beach but don't want the hordes that will be visiting the more popular beaches, this is the perfect place to spend the day. You have to be willing to hike in over a mile, but you will be rewarded with a pristine beach and only the company of other hearty souls.

If you still haven’t seen enough to make you want to come, you can visit the Coast Guard Museum, the USS Nautilus at the Submarine Base in Groton or the two Casinos that are less than 20 miles away. Mystic is a great destination for a day, a weekend getaway or even longer especially if you enjoy shopping and eating seafood.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mrs Bridges Pantry Woodstock

Finding an authentic British tearoom in Connecticut has become somewhat frustrating, there are just not many choices any more. Woodstock is about an hour ride so given the fact that it is located right next door to the Scranton Shops where we can poke around for antiques made it seem like a good option. 

It was a Thursday and a rainy day at that. I called ahead to see if we would need reservations, they said no but when I got there, they had saved us seats which was very nice of them. I had my heart set on a Cornish Pastie. We got there shortly after 12 and they were already sold out which was very disappointing. I guess I should have reserved one of them as well!!

We had a pretty long wait to put in our order but since we were chatting and enjoying ourselves it really wasn't an issue. What was an issue is that the rest room is across the way adjacent to another shop. Not very convenient and they were not especially nice or clean. 

Mrs Bridges Pantry is very cute inside, not all that girly which is often the case with tearooms and also not very British in spite of the menu which is half English specialties. 

Since I couldn't have a Cornish pasty I went for a curry chicken one, our friend ordered the Farmhouse tea which is a sandwich followed by a scone, I added a scone and tea to my pasty. Al had a steak and mushroom pie. 

First I have to address the crust of my pastie, these are supposed to be flaky and you should be able to hold it in your hand to eat, they are really a hand pie. My crust was nothing less than limp, no way I could ever have picked that up. Might have been the rewarming that did that. The filling however was very tasty indeed. 

Al's little pie was very nice and it came with a small gravy boat with nice bistro gravy. The sandwich which was ham and cheese was crustless and delicious. 

The scones were served warm, I got orange and cranberry and Joe had raisin, they are served with whipped cream and either strawberry jam or lemon curd, we both opted for the jam. 

Tea was also good. Though a refill of our pot was never offered. Usually more water at least is offered. 

Al got the apple crisp and while he loved the custard, he found the apples al dente and overall the dessert was too sweet. 

Luckily, it seemed to have been rather a quiet day and we were allowed to take our time and just sit and enjoy. Our waitress was very friendly and answered all our questions with enthusiasm. 

I would rate our visit as a success and will return, I may not order the same things however, there are plenty of other choices. 

They do have a little store which I'm sorry to say we did not browse. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Portland Catfish Tournament

Portland Riverside Marina’s 14th

Annual Connecticut River Catfish Tournament

Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21

Portland Riverside Marina

37 Riverview Street, Portland, CT  06480

(860) 342-1911


(heaviest fish)

1st Prize................$300.00

2nd Prize...............$200.00

3rd Prize...............$150.00



11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
a.m to 6 p.m.

8 a.m. to noon

Sunday’s picnic (noon to 8 p.m.) will feature great

Food, music and all the stories about the ones that got away!


Single - $25.00         Family - $50.00 

Spectator only (includes picnic) - $20.00 per person

Picnic Noon to 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Plan B West Hartford

Part of the B group of Restaurant this Plan B is right on Park Road in West Hartford. There is a small parking lot at the end of the building that the restaurant is in but it is one of three restaurants in the building so I would not plan on finding a spot there. We were able to park on Park Road for free. 

If you are used to the Plan B in Glastonbury, I must say that this one is much smaller however, it has outdoor dining, a small dining room, and the bar area. We opted for the bar area. The menu is the same as at the Glastonbury location. 

I ordered the mini cheeseburgers and traded my fries for a small salad with the lemon thyme dressing, so good. 

Al got a  pretzel burger which has cheddar cheese. They have pink or no pink and rare. He opted for rare and it was just perfect. We had very good service. We were going to the Playhouse on Park and it was less than a half mile down the road so it makes a good combination with a show. 

We are big fans of Plan B which Al insists on calling second choice, lol but it was definitely our first choice today, and a good choice it was. I really love the fresh pickles that they give as a free amuse bouche. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Firebox Hartford

If you haven't tried Firebox in Hartford I have to ask why? It has just jumped into the number one position on my list of favorite places to eat. Kasey and John took us the to celebrate Al's 70th birthday and we were blown away. The food and service were outstanding. 

The concept is outstanding as well. giving jobs and opportunities to the Frog Hollow neighborhood and using locally sourced food, it is a win win proposition. 

You really need to have reservations.A parking lot and valet parking are adjacent to the building but parking is also available on the street, not that I would want to park on the street, there was a rather large group of kids and young teens hanging about and that made me just a little uncomfortable. 

We had early reservations, 6:15 and that was good, it got much busier by the time we left. 

The menu is not huge and on this particular night, there were no specials since there were new adjustments to the menu. The soup of the day was tomato basil and they had a soda of the day and a mixed drink of the day. 

I had checked the menu ahead of time and knew I want to order two appetizers instead of an entree. I ordered the Brussels sprouts and the cheese plate. Al ordered the ribeye steak, John the chicken and Kasey the soup and a salad. 

Our waiter was attentive and was able to guide us through the menu and the drink menu. We had some of their delicious bread to tide us over. 

I have to say, their Brussels sprouts are the best I have ever had anywhere, even my own. The presentation was cute too in a little cast iron pan. I threatened to take it home with me which our waiter found very amusing. 

The cheese plate included four selections, crostini, strawberries, grapes, Marcona almonds, and honey. It was delicious. 

Al's steak was cooked perfectly and those fingerling potatoes cooked in duck fat were to die for!! 

You would think that we would be too full for dessert but you would be wrong. I had heard from Kasey how good their desserts were and I had no intention of missing out on the pleasure. Kasey and John shared a berry short cake, we shared the lime curd. Oh my, the perfect dessert, light and not too sweet with whipped cream and fresh blueberries. With my cappuccino, it was the perfect ending. 

Perfection does not come cheap, Kasey had two of the drinks of the day and they were $13 each. The meal for the four of us ran over $200 without tip. Was it worth it, absolutely, I can't wait to go back there again.  Check out the Firebox menu here