Ballpoint pen on copier paper.
At Carbone’s Ristorante in Hartford, CT.
Summer berry shortcake. Apparently they’re good judges of how much their guests can eat. The shortcake was tiny and I would have wished it were bigger if I had any room left.
Clam chowder with chives and bacon. Extremely good.
Autographed celebrity photos. Chubby Checker, Harry Anderson, and two I don’t recognize.
At Cora Cora Restaurant in West Hartford, CT.
Chicharron de Colas de Camaron with fries. “Juicy shrimp tails seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, egged, floured then fried. Served with house sauce, fried cassava or fresh fries and red onion salad.” I finally get a salad with enough onions in it! It had a cilantro dressing on it, which was perfect.
Lucuma ice cream. “Peruvian ice cream made with lucuma fruit.” Lucuma is an Andean fruit that looks like a cross of a peach and an avocado. The ice cream tasted like a cross of cherry, peach, and cantaloupe. It came with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel, cherry, cookie stick, and mint garnish.
Blue margarita, coffee, water, and cancha. Cancha is fried Peruvian corn with a sauce put out on tables, like bar food.
Fleece wall rugs showing scenes of Peru.
At Pond House Cafe in West Hartford, CT.
Seafood over pasta, with lobster tail, scallops, crayfish, shrimp, and grilled bread.
Crayfish and fat spaghetti.
Short rib popovers. “Three popovers stuffed with smoked Gouda cheese, slow braised shredded short rib, pepper jack cheese topped with sriracha aioli”.
Bread and dipping oil.
Caramel vanilla ice cream with fried caramel shell.
Candle with salt and pepper shakers
Pond House Cafe interior.
Dirty Asylum martini. Dirty martini with gorgonzola-stuffed olives.
Coffee with cream and sugar.
This was not thought out well. A bowl with a very small base plus a tower of ice cream overloaded with sprinkles plus a table with very little flat surface is a recipe for disaster. Fortunately I caught it but not before it rained rainbow on the table.
From an ice cream concession at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium in Pittsburgh, PA.