Barcelona is perhaps my favorite restaurant in New Haven. I also have lots of great memories here. The food is wonderful but I always seem to have great company here as well; a winning combination! Barcelona simply put is excellence. The tapas are amazing with the beef empanadas being my favorite dish. Everything is carefully prepared and flavorful. The wine selection will leave the most discerning oenophiles satisfied. Barcelona has great ambiance but it is also a popular spot so it can get busy and noisy. That aside it is a wonderful dining experience.
This is a great place for a more creative date night, girls night out or even a solo stress relief outing. I regularly use the plate we made here and have another piece on display. No, I'm not that artistic but I am that sentimental so while they aren't much to look at they remind me of a really fun evening. There are lots of pieces to choose from and no shortage of materials. I didn't bring my own refreshments when I visited but knowing that you can is an added bonus.
I've ordered twice from Cookies by Design. My first order was for a giant cookie cake for my husband for Valentine's Day. It was a lot of cookie but we eventually ate our way through it. My second order was a Winnie the Pooh themed cookie basket for my son's birthday. They were a big hit and delicious!
We visited Rizzuto's on a gorgeous spring afternoon and chose to sit outside. Good food, good company, good service and beautiful weather make for a perfect dining experience. We ordered the Funghi pizza and it was delicious! The bacon was a bit on the salty side but it's bacon and bacon can only be but so problematic. Our server was very attentive and even offered my son a free bowl of ice cream at the end. The menu is interesting without being overdone so I am excited about returning to sample more of their fare.
This is perhaps my favorite theater in Connecticut. The theater is very intimate and there really is not a bad seat. I used to love when they had the 10 Spot option where a limited number of seats were available online for $10. They offer a very eclectic mix of plays and feature both timeless classics and more modern plays. Their production of a Christmas Carol is one of my favorites and always puts me in the Christmas spirit. I enjoy supporting them because of their strong commitment to bringing the arts to the community and showcasing up and coming local talent. I am looking forward to seeing what the 2013-2014 season has to offer.
I hosted an event here and the staff could not have been more accommodating. It felt like my wish was their command. They had several staff persons assigned to our event and everything went off without a hitch. They appreciated our business and included several complimentary and discounted items and services for our relatively small group.
I stayed at the hotel the night before the event and I was very pleased with the size of the room as well as other amenities including the business center. This is a run of the mill Hilton Hotel but what the hotel lacks in luxury it makes up for in superb customer service. 4 stars for being well maintained and a good value; 5 stars for hospitality and service.
Who doesn't love eating on the beach? Little Mermaids offers a nice selection of hot dogs, burgers, fried clams, fried dough and ice cream. Everything is made fresh which means you have to endure a bit of a wait before you get your food. The food is certainly worth the wait though.
I have been to Bar Americain a couple of times before and the food was always excellent. The service however never quite lived up to my expectations. My most recent visit to the restaurant however was perfection. My girlfriend and I had a wonderfully attentive waitress and every dish was to die for! My filet was perfect and so was the sweet potato gratin. My girlfriend's lamb was also delicious, as were the appetizers and cocktails. I'm happy that I've finally had the five star experience here that I've been looking for.
I have been wanting to experience Tanglewood for a while now. I adore quality time with myself and every year I try to plan a different solo activity to recharge my batteries. An organization that I am affiliated with organized a bus trip to Tanglewood this year and I jumped at the opportunity. What a wonderful evening it was!
My visit began with the prelude concert in Ozawa Hall. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus performed an all-Britten program celebrating the centennial of the composer's birth. Once that was over I went to get a glass of wine in the cafeteria. I packed a meal so I did not purchase anything else.
I found a spot on the lawn to sit on my blanket, eat and people watch. I was heartened to see all ages and cultures there. Sure there are lots of older people there but there are also families with young children as well. The lawn space is large enough that even a family with a small baby can find a spot without disturbing anyone.
Food and drinks are not allowed in the shed so I waited until the very last moment before moving to my seat in there. In the future I will be more mindful of choosing an aisle seat or one of the rear benches. As is the case with most old buildings, the seats are quite small and I generally don't like seating in between people anyway so lesson learned.
I originally planned to sit on the lawn for the duration of the concert itself. It started to get really cold however and I quickly realized that my sleeveless top and pashmina were not going to cut it. I visited the gift shop to look for a pullover but I thought everything was overpriced so I decided to suck it up and just drape my blanket around my shoulders.
The concert started on time and the Boston Symphony Orchestra masterfully performed Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 in D, Stravinsky's Concerto Piano and Winds and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A. It was a wonderful concert, particularly pianist Peter Serkin's performance.
The whole evening was the perfect end to a busy week. I was able to unwind, enjoy nature and have my senses stimulated. I look forward to my next visit!
No better value for money in this area! I found this hotel when trying to relocate some out of town guests from a Clarion hotel that they found unsatisfactory nearby. We visited the Fairfield Inn and were greeted by three friendly gentlemen at the front desk. The one who appeared to be the manager asked one of the associates to make sure we got the special. We ended up getting a room with two double beds for $89 after my AAA discount. The hotel is clean and new with a laundry room, gym, jacuzzi and pool. The rooms are spacious and clean. There is also a complimentary breakfast. My guests are very happy and I will definitely use them again the next time I have people visit from out of town.
Full disclosure: I accidentally posted this review for the Fairfield Inn in Manchester. Was looking through my reviews and spotted the error.
One of my cats came from the Connecticut Humane Society and though she's a little bit special, we love her dearly. The organization does important work as a low kill shelter. So many rescued and homeless animals would never have a chance without this facility. The Fox Memorial Clinic housed in the property also provides low cost vaccines and veterinary services for both dogs and cats. There is also a pet food pantry so that people don't have to give their pets away when they fall on hard times. They do important work bringing awareness to the need for pet adoption. I am an animal lover and I am fortunate to have a connection to the Connecticut Humane Society.
I have two cats. The crazy black one is a domestic long hair. Did I mention she was crazy? I love her to death but she is very skittish and will hiss, foam at the mouth and scratch without needing much provocation. So imagine my surprise when I took her to Clippers and Shears and it ended up being a positive experience. This is a very small grooming shop. The owner does all the grooming and she was wonderful. She somehow kept my girl calm during the bath, fur combing, and claw clipping. This is the same cat who once jumped on my head and held on to my scalp for dear life with her claws the last time she wanted to let me know she didn't care for baths. Needless to say it was $50 well spent.
We had a really great experience with My Gym for my son's birthday party. I can be a tad type A *cough* understatement *cough* so I really loved how structured the party was. The activities were interactive but short and sweet, so the children were not overstimulated. They kept us on schedule and politely kicked everyone out at the end. I've been to children's parties at other similar facilities and I think MyGym does the best job with small children. We have also been here for free play. This is also a good option for keeping the little ones entertained in an educational environment. The facility is clean and well maintained and the staff are all very kid-friendly and knowledgeable.
I came here late one evening after seeing a show at the Bushnell. The dining room had already closed and we were invited to sit at the bar. I had no problem with that. Before ordering my meal I decided to visit the restroom. Well it wasn't all that clean but what bothered me was that it was completely out of soap despite a sign that said "Employees Must Wash Hands." Not with soap apparently. That was my cue to leave.
The Kumo on Elm Street is one of my favorite sushi restaurants in New Haven. This Hamden location looks like a very different restaurant in terms of atmosphere, or lack thereof, but the food is just as good and the customer service is a bit better here. Hamden does not have much to offer in the way of dining options so this is my default restaurant choice when I'm in the area.
This is a no frills Peruvian restaurant with fresh, delicious, authentically prepared dishes. They have recently expanded their menu to include entrees from other parts of Latin America. For the most part however the menu features Peruvian and Cuban cuisine. The fish dishes are always good here. The Pescado al Ajo, fried fish with white wine garlic buttered sauce tastes as good as it sounds. The only thing that I don't enjoy is their sweet fried plantains. I always find them to be overripe and too oily. I think that this is more so a cultural difference. I love fried plantains but we use plantains that are less ripe and more firm in the British Caribbean. Sweet plantain aside, Latino Restaurant offers great food with all of the authentic flavors of Latin America.
Clearly this is not the place to go if you're a health nut or are on a diet. If you're in the mood for a nice greasy bacon cheeseburger then Big Steve Grill will hit the spot. You won't wait long for your burger and it will be cooked exactly to your specifications. I like coming here in the summer when it's warm enough to sit outside and people watch.
Old Sturbridge Village is great family fun. The village features New England life during the period 1790-1840. You can interact with artisans at work, explore early husbandry and purchase arts and crafts. There is also an indoor play station for small children that offers several educational activities but not too many to be overwhelming. I was a bit disappointed that you could not pet any of the animals but otherwise a great family activity for all ages.
The minute I walked into this place I was reminded of the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld, not because of the disposition of the staff (they are actually quite friendly) but because of the odd set up and sense of needing to know the rules. Louis' Lunch is a fun experience for a history buff/New Haven transplant. It is a quaint albeit crowded restaurant, offering up old fashioned hamburgers prepared in a vertical broiler and served on white sliced bread. It's a simple, no fuss burger. You are not permitted to request condiments of any kind. The only toppings that are allowed are cheese, tomatoes and onions. It is not the most filling burger but it sure is tasty! I agree with the reviewer who said it's the type of place you go to once just to say you have.
I've dined in at Eli's and I also had a couple of events here. I think they are better for events than they are as a restaurant. For dining in the restaurant, the menu is somewhat limited but the offerings are quite good. Alcoholic beverages are also slightly above average but service leaves a bit to be desired. The staff are friendly but not efficient. For events however, they do everything well. Both events that I attended here were casual brunch buffets and the food was outstanding. Everything was frequently replenished and there was lots of it. The downstairs room is also easy to decorate. I give Eli's 3 stars for dining in, 4.5 stars for events.
I prefer this location to the Plainville location because they are better at making the wings to my desired specifications. Their sauces seem to stick to the wings better also. The honey barbeque wings are very good here.
Generous helpings of fresh, tasty Chinese American food. It is so easy for General Tso's chicken to be a battery, overlooked mess but it is always lightly battered and perfect here. Same with the Orange chicken. I hate when I can tell that food has been cooked in reused oil. At Asian Fusion this never seems to be the case. The food always tastes extremely fresh. At $4.75 for one entree with rice or lo mein, it is a great value for money as far as fast food is concerned.
New Britain Museum of Art is a hidden gem in the heart of New Britain with an impressive permanent collection of American Art. I visited for a Museum After Dark event featuring a DJ, performers, finger foods, wine and beer. The featured exhibit was Toulouse-Lautrec & His World. It was a bit too crowded for me to really take my time and take it all in but it was certainly a very educational and visually appealing evening.
The Whey Station was parked outside of another event that did not quite deliver on its promise to serve hors d'oeuvres. Needless to say the cheese truck was a welcome sight. I ordered the Ella sandwich with brie, prosciutto and fig onion jam. Need I say more? Yum! The limited menu is the only reason I am giving this four stars instead of five but a great value for money and delicious!
I have seen the cheesy commercials for Crazy Bruce's Liquor a million times but never had any desire to go in. I finally popped in and I was really impressed with the wide selection of wines and spirits from all over the world. The layout makes everything easy to find and the prices are decent. I do agree with the reviewer that noted the imaginary discounts. You will see lots of little signs that tell you how much you are saving when in actuality the wine prices are no lower than you would pay at most package stores.
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza allows you to enjoy nature and the picturesque waterfront while simultaneously experiencing all of the hustle and bustle of a small metropolis. There are always great free activities on the Plaza and you are a stone's throw away from great attractions like the Connecticut Science Center.
As mentioned in another review I get the same thing at all of these frozen yogurt places so I'm really comparing the texture and taste of the Original Tart flavor. I am also comparing the selection and quality of ingredients, especially the fruit. I think Sweet Frog is no better and no worse than it's competitors. The price point is slightly better and they offer a wider array of flavors and ingredients. I think the freshness of their fruit is to be noted. I always notice when one of these establishments has mushy blueberries and over-ripe mangoes. I have been pleased with the quality of the fruit here.
I visited the East Street Eatery in the afternoon. It was pretty close to 3 o'clock so I was happy that they let me order off the lunch menu. We were the only ones in the restaurant so we got really attentive and friendly service. I got the honey barbeque wings and some fries. I've mentioned in my other reviews that I'm really hard to please when it comes to wings but these were perfect and they even obliged my request for all flats. I would like to go back when it is busier to really get a feel how the food and service is then. This is a family restaurant with a simple straightforward menu. They don't try to be fancier than they are and it works.
I am not usually a fan of these self-service yogurt places that have popped up all over. I don't think there is any reason for yogurt of any kind to require that much effort on my part. I also don't usually like the selection of random, inferior toppings that serve to do nothing more than add weight. The yogurt itself is usually too sweet and a bad reminder of the fact that you should have just had ice cream. I was pleasantly surprised with FroyoWorld however. The yogurt tasted like it was in fact low-fat and full of pro-biotics, but in a good way! The fruit toppings were all fresh and pretty much identical in variety and quality to what is offered at that other frozen yogurt place that Curb Your Enthusiasm made famous. I assembled a frozen yogurt that was identical to what I would normally get at the aforementioned rival company and I got a much larger quantity for about half the price. *insert happy dance here* I will return here several times this summer!
I have lived in Connecticut for over 10 years now but I feel like I am just beginning to really explore all that downtown Hartford has to offer in the way of arts and culture. Riverfront Recapture has done a good job of helping to rebrand the downtown Hartford area. I have enjoyed Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival and the Asian Dragon Boat Festival in particular. Hartford's parking and public transportation situation is still a major barrier to people really coming into and enjoying the city. Maybe Riverfront Recapture can find some creative ways to address this.
I have only played mini-golf here and the mini-course was not very imaginative but it is well maintained and fun nonetheless. I have never used the batting cage. This is a review of the food. Hidden Valley is only open during the summer months and is a great place to stop for hot dogs, hamburgers and italian ice. Food is always prepared fresh and served piping hot. They keep it simple and the price point is appropriate. I dislike the fact that you can only use cash here. It is such a barrier to me patronising this business. It is time to accept credit/debit cards already. In this day and age when every street vendor can whip out a Square or other credit card reader, a cash only establishment just seems absurd.
What a pleasant surprise Gobi Mongolian Grill is! At first I was a bit unsure how happy I would be with the set up. As I have mentioned in earlier reviews any relative of the salad bar generally disgusts me. Everything here however looked clean and fresh. The staff could be seen changing the food out frequently and ensuring that the surrounding area looked pristine so I was not bothered. I had a small salad then proceeded to assemble my entree. There are lots of vegetables and sauces to choose from. The meats are all freeze-dried discs that look like potato chips so there is no risk of cross contamination. There are several noodles to choose from. If you prefer rice you can request it from your waiter. Once you've assembled your meal you are assigned a number so that your meal can be prepared by four chefs on a rotating wok while you wait. My food was delicious! I do wish the lines moved a bit faster and that there was a way to sample the various sauces but overall a good experience.
If there was a half star option I would really give the Pottery Piazza 3.5 stars. Having had a similar pottery painting experience before I would say that the Pottery Piazza is superior in terms of the sheer variety of supplies at the customer's disposal. There are lots of pieces to choose from and just about every color paint you can imagine. The problem with the Pottery Piazza is that it's family friendly but not at the same time. I'm a bit weird about personal space so I don't really like how the tables are arranged. If you're an adult, painting can be a great way to clear your head and relax. You would therefore probably be annoyed if you were seated right next to a family with kids. On the other hand if you are a parent who is there with your child you are going to feel a lot of angst trying to make sure they're not bothering anyone both in terms of their messiness and noise level. I am a parent but I think there is something to be said for having separate adult and child areas at a place like this. It makes for a more optimal experience for everyone. Things like booster seats and smocks would enhance how family friendly it is for parents of small children and promotions like a BYO wine/beer would signal the more adult oriented blocks of time. Finally, while I understand that it gets very busy, I'm all about instant gratification so I do wish there was a way to get your pieces the same day. I understand that that's asking too much however.
As an aside I think it would also be helpful if they had a more rehearsed song and dance to explain the fine print to coupon customers as soon as you walk in, and before you have picked any pieces out. Something really straightforward letting you know which paints to use, the minimum value of the pieces that you may choose from and how long you can paint for. There was a really sweet young lady who cautiously attempted to explain the whole set up. I'm guessing they've had a hard time with Groupon customers in the past but all of that trepidation, hovering and hand wringing irked me. Spit it out already!
Overall a fun experience and we will definitely return and recommend to others.
I found out about this restaurant thanks to a Groupon deal. I was relieved that the fine print included a carry out option just in case the location left something to be desired. My husband and I visited Procaccin's on a Saturday evening. Since this is a family restaurant we had our toddler son in tow. The entrance was somewhat crowded when we arrived. A kindly older woman informed me that most people who appeared to be in line were actually waiting for carry out orders and that someone should be with us shortly. The waitresses all looked very busy and there was no clear hostess so at my husband's insistence I got in line to ask the cashier how seating worked. While in line, one of the waitresses informed me that we could grab the table for two behind us. I have Type A tendencies so whenever I encounter a situation with no clear system in place for maintaining order I get antsy; by antsy I mean annoyed.
Once seated we ordered one small Clams Casino, a small Meat Lovers pizza and a large order of fries. Well imagine my surprise and delight when a very large basket of fries and two large pizzas were presented to us. To say the portions are generous would be an understatement. We ate until we were stuffed and still had plenty of pizza to take home. The food is delicious! We also saw huge, and tasty looking pasta dishes being brought out to other patrons and added them all to our "to try nextime" list. I would definitely return but on a weeknight when it is less busy, especially if I am with my son.
If you like a no frills, unpretentious dining experience with great food then Procaccini's is the place for you!
This is no Grand Central but for a train station in a small city Union Station is a decent facility. It is conveniently located and efficiently laid out. I am usually in a hurry and trying to get somewhere so I never took the time to really take it all in. I recently had the pleasure of attending a gala here on the upper balcony and it completely changed my perspective. This was a formal sit down dinner and the space was completely transformed. The architecture is actually quite beautiful with intricate steel ceilings and hanging lamps. This is an excellent facility for a fundraiser. As someone who is affiliated with several community service organizations, I will definitely recommend Union Station as a place to host our next sit down dinner, wine tasting or silent auction. A hidden gem for sure!
This is a very clean shop with friendly efficient service. They are excellent for eyebrow waxing and UV gel manicures in particular. There are a couple of downsides however. There are times that I have popped in to get my eyebrows done and been told that the wait is half an hour. This despite the shop appearing to be relatively empty. The other downside for me is just a personal pet peeve of mine and that is being touched too gently. All of the employees use feather light touches to do everything including pedicures. That is a personal preference however. Overall, a reasonably priced salon with friendly, professional, highly skilled staff.
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August 2009Dinge, die ich mag
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