When I told friends and family my significant other and I were going to take a road trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I got mixed reactions. People told me with surprising frankness that they thought of Pittsburgh as nothing more than a dirty steel-producing city without much to do. Having returned from our trip, we can attest that this is not the case! We found ourselves wishing we had more time to explore museums, visit more parks, and enjoy the pleasant vibe of the city. Along the way, we also got to stop at Waffles INCaffeinated, a local breakfast joint, on August 28.Read More »
Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick Café & Milk Bar (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.)
If you travel to San Francisco and do nothing but go to interesting restaurants, you might leave a few kilograms heavier but you will not be disappointed. I enjoyed living and working in the Bay Area, and during my last full weekend there I stumbled upon this hidden gem in the historic Ferry Building. On August 5, I tried out Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick Café and Milk Bar.Read More »
Café Sol (Niantic, East Lyme, Connecticut, U.S.A.)
Although well-known to locals, downtown Niantic is a hidden gem that can be found in East Lyme, Connecticut. It’s a nice stretch of cafés, restaurants, and shops that are right near a gorgeous view of Long Island Sound. There’s even an old-timey movie theater that has $6 tickets on Wednesdays for any movie. However it was Café Sol that brought a friend and me here on May 7 for lunch.Read More »
Madison Cheese Shop and Café (Madison, CT, U.S.A.)
Living in South Korea, I was treated to some of the best food in the world and I felt incredibly lucky to be able to experience such a diversity of high quality cooking. There’s one major exception to this: cheese. While you can go to Korea to find any number of dishes or ingredients, cheese is still an expensive import item. You’ll either find yourself emptying your wallet or having to suffer with bland cheese. Being in the United States again, I knew I had to satisfy my craving for cheese. On March 30, I visited Madison Cheese with a friend.
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Hally Jo’s Corner Café (Deep River, CT, U.S.A.)
Recently, my bias toward diners has been coming through a bit too much on this blog–and this article is no exception. I promise a greater variety of restaurants in the future, but for today, get ready to brunch! A few days before New Year’s, I found myself driving midmorning through Deep River, Connecticut. I heard some good things about Hally Jo’s Corner Café. On December 27, I gave it a try.Read More »
Denny’s (Westbrook, CT, U.S.A.)
As many teenagers growing up in small towns know, late night food options aren’t all that plentiful. On late nights with my friends in Old Saybrook, we had a choice between the McDonalds drive-thru, a Dunkin’ Donuts, a gas station convenience store, and a Denny’s outside of the town lines. While Denny’s is not necessarily a local establishment, there was one item from my childhood that I wanted to review for this website. On December 26, I stopped by the Westbrook branch of Denny’s.Read More »
Dom’s Broad Street Eatery (Windsor, CT, U.S.A.)
In the past, I’ve written about the restaurant options in Windsor, Connecticut:
When I was in high school, there were four restaurants within walking distance: The Whistle Stop Café, Windsor 75 Diner, Giovanni’s Restaurant, and Union Street Tavern.
However, I was wrong: there were five. I forgot to mention Dom’s Broad Street Eatery, a local brunch restaurant. I decided to rectify this by visiting on December 29.Read More »
Turtle Café (Westbrook, CT, U.S.A.)
My mother collects turtle items. Turtle jewelry, turtle light switches, turtle stuffed animals, turtle tables. My mother has them all! So, when I saw a sign for the Turtle Café in downtown Westbrook, CT, my sense of filial piety kicked in. The place was packed when I ended up visiting on December 28.Read More »
Dunkin’ Donuts (South Main Street, Cheshire, CT, U.S.A.)
I have written about the Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks rivalry before:
In the United States, a bitter rivalry exists: Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts. Fans of Dunkin’ Donuts point to Dunkin’ Donuts’ affordability (and its donuts). Fans of Starbucks argue that Starbucks cafés have nicer atmospheres.
I love Dunkin’ Donuts, but the atmosphere of many Dunkin’ Donuts’ branches are simply bland and uninteresting. However, Dunkin’ Donuts’ 1021 South Main Street branch in Cheshire, Connecticut is cute and cozy. I visited with friends on December 29th.Read More »
Insomnia Cookies (New Haven, CT, U.S.A.)
Do you have a sweet tooth? Are most dessert cafés closed? Insomnia Cookies, open every day until 3 a.m., can help! I visited the New Haven branch with friends on December 27 to check it out.Read More »