Showing posts from September, 2012

Lunch at Temple Grill

This week's restaurant review is Temple Grill , located at 152 Temple Street, New Haven, Connecticut. It's just a couple blocks walk from where I work and close to the green, the center of Elm city's downtown. I have been to Temple Grill before, but it's been  a while. Since I was having a lunch with my colleagues, I'd thought I take advantage of the outing and make it my blog post this week. The Grill has a steady lunch crowd and for me that is a good sign. However, one of the downsides is that their dining area is fairly small and gets packed quickly. Although they have a patio for outside dinning, this is not an option when it rains. Be prepared to wait during the lunch rush if you plan to dine-in. Lucky for us our wait was only five minutes. They provide American-style entrees with an international flair and a homecooked feel. You can create your own salad or pasta, a popular choice for their lunch crowds. I like that they offer half  portion sizes for some

Coffee Break at Willoughby's

Greetings from Atlanta, I had the wonderful opportunity to come south for a work-related project and have decided to chill for the weekend with a bestie that lives in the area. Before I flew to Atlanta, I made my first visit to a New Haven food establishment. Wanting to be budget friendly since I was traveling I opted to check out a coffee shop. My choice was Willoughby's Coffee and Tea shop , located at 258 Church Street in downtown New Haven. It's right on the corner between Church and Groove Street.  Willoughby's window display Around three p.m. Monday afternoon I was ready for a caffeine pick-me-up and headed to Willoughby's. When I arrived in front of the building I was drawn to their window display. It was very decorative and I instantly learned that they were voted "Best Place" to buy coffee beans in the New Haven Advocate's 2012 Reader's Poll .  They roast their own beans. Upon entering the building I saw that it was standing room

Tasting and Reviewing New Haven's Restaurants

Pacifico's Paella I'm still adjusting to the fact that the drive-in I've grown accustomed to these last seven years will be over on December 21, 2012, maybe sooner, if I can manage to line up a new job. Traveling to New Haven takes me about an hour, if the merge onto Interstate 95 isn't backed-up due to an accident or everyday traffic. Since Gateway Community college re-opened downtown, I've added another 10 to 15 minutes getting off the highway and into the parking garage.  New Haven is more than one of Connecticut's largest cities and home to Yale University , the prominent Ivy League college. It's a cultural center with a rich history, that boasts diversity and character that makes it unique. Although I have been driving to and from New Haven for seven plus years, I have to acknowledge that I haven't taken full advantage of all the city has to offer. Especially when it comes to all the great dinning options. That's going to change. 

TGIF and Week in Review

TGIF everyone, So glad it's Friday. I'm looking forward to the weekend. Tomorrow Karim and I will be heading to the city to see Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark  on Broadway. Shout out to Travelzoo for their entertainment discount on Broadway tickets. The shows aren't typically Broadway's best sellers, but the shows are popular with good reviews and one can save from 30 to 50 percent off standard ticket prices. I remember when the Spiderman preview week was the talk of the town and not in a good way. Julie Taymor, the show's original director was forced out of the production after actors injuries and a slew of bad audience and critic reviews.  Despite the rough start, cast and crew managed to turn it around and word on the street says it's a spectacular show. This week has had many national news highlights. Trending topics on Twitter included the passing of actor Michael Clark Duncan , the US Open ,  hurricane Issac , Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta's reunion s