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 »
Berkeley, California is one of the best-known communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, largely due to the University of California Berkeley. Having never been to the campus before, I decided to head to the city during a particularly warm summer afternoon. I had not eaten lunch, but I was pleased to find a number of different restaurants clustered downtown. On July 7, I checked out Toss Noodle Bar.Read More »
According to Wikipedia, a 1961 edition of Webster’s dictionary defined dive bars as, “a disreputable resort for drinking or entertainment.” In the subsequent 57 years, some dive bars have certainly earned this reputation, but many have managed to keep the grungy aesthetic while serving high quality alcoholic beverages and sometimes even good food. On April 10, I checked out a new dive bar in Meriden, CT called Dawg House Bar & Grill.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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. Dunkin’ Donuts offers fun, sweet treats, whereas Starbucks caters to a more hipster, selective crowd. Although I like both, I am solidly on #TeamDD, and my December 31 trip to the Dunkin’ Donuts 461 West Main Street branch in Cheshire, CT showed why.Read More »